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Old Rasputin XII - North Coast Brewing Co.

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 126
Gots: 138 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Tdizzle on 06-28-2009)
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Photo of zeff80


4/5  rDev -7.4%

Purchased and opened in honor of the birth of my son.

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a brown, two-finger head of bubbly foam that left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of cherry, bourbon, oak and hints of biscuity malt. Really a great aroma.

T - It tasted of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. The bourbon strengthens as the beer warms.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A chewy mouthfeel and a heavy bodied beer.

D - This is a good beer but I prefer the regular Rasputin. It's just too heavy and too much to handle.

09-08-2009 02:14:18 | More by zeff80
Photo of maximum12


4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Hate the price tag on this bugger, but ultimately, how many top-notch barrel-aged beers to you see on your local store shelves in the Twin Cities? So I gave in. Score one for North Coast.

Black. Smell is what I hope for; the bourbon present & accounted for but muted, mixed in with the roasted maltiness.

This is a winner. Bourbon is riding shotgun but not toting an AK-47. Coffee, vanilla, & oak are hanging around the shop flashing signs, while the alcohol, while not terribly apparent, is felt in the tips of my nose hairs like a good single malt scotch. Latecomers include a strong vanilla crunch.

Rasputin XII is very dry for an RIS, with a medium body that doesn't overload the stomach or senses. Drinkability? Wish they'd sell more than 500 mother...a bigger bottle would be nice. Splitting 500ML with the wife doesn't give me a good sense of being able to pound these over a shot glass with a quarter gripped between thumb & forefinger.

Excellent beer. Wish the price tag weren't so high, we could use some accessible barrel aged beers like this in the Midwest.

09-08-2009 02:08:55 | More by maximum12
Photo of rudylaw


4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

500ml bottle courtesy of eyebrews. Jack, you are truly the king of kings!

A very dark brown beer with ruby red highlights and a frothy off-white to caramel brown head.

Lost of roasted malts in my nose accompanied by chocolate, vanilla and oakiness.

The taste is an explosion. Chocolate brownie batter, watered down with chocolate milk. There's a good whiskey burn here but doesn't distract from the sweetness. The vanilla is present on the back end. Really nice stuff!

It's a thin RIS, a Cali RIS. It also hides it's near 12% very well as I'm just about kaput with this 500ml and ready for the next 500!

09-06-2009 00:24:09 | More by rudylaw
Photo of jrehmert


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

PACKAGE: 500 mL corked/caged bottle

AROMA: Substantial chocolate and bourbon with a slight note of roasty sweetness.

APPEARANCE: Pours opaque black with a persistent brown head (about 1/4") and dissipates to a thin brown, frothy film that leaves light lacing with each sip.

FLAVOR: Initial flavor is purely imperial stout - chocolate, coffee, and a light sweetness, but the bourbon takes over quickly and entirely, leaving a very distinct bourbon after.

MOUTHFEEL: A full bodied RIS (as expected) with a moderate carbonation level.

OVERALL: Exactly as advertised and a very enjoyable sipper. What more would one expect when starting with such a phenomenal beer and ending in a bourbon barrel for some complexity. The alcohol dominance was a bit out of balance, but that did not take away from my impression in the least.

09-04-2009 00:39:02 | More by jrehmert
Photo of KeefD


4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Great looking dark brown upon the pour, almost black in the globe glass, two finger creamed coffee head and light lacing. Looks great! Big wafts of cocoa and whiskey, a bit of burnt malt notes, hints of wood. Mmm, mmm... Can't wait for the first sip of this one! Wow, wonderful integration of sweet burnt caramel, chocolate, light coffee, a bit of buttery oak and some vanilla. Wow, just wow. This is just the way I love my RIS's to taste. Bourbon is there, but it's not overwhelming, just the right touch. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and really lets the alcohol heat come through. This was expected as regular Raspy is not necessarily the thickest of stouts, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Low carbonation, silky, but not quite creamy. Overall, this is some great stuff. How to make Old Raspy even better: Age it in bourbon barrels. There was a bit of sticker shock buying this beer, so I'm not sure if I'll buy another to age, but it was definitely worth the $18 for the chance to try it.

09-01-2009 00:37:51 | More by KeefD
Photo of deereless


4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

A: A thick brown espresso like head, poured out of the bottle with the viscosity of a warmed maple syrup, lots of sticky patches of foam scattered on the surface of the beer and along the sides of the glass, a true pitch black - 5.00, S: Very obvious signs of the bourbon barrels on the nose, a sweet whisky aroma along with some earthy oak, whiffs of vanilla, strong chocolate malt presence - 4.50, T: Bourbon up front followed by a burnt grain, the vanilla that shows on the nose comes through on the tongue, thick flavors of dark and dried fruits - possibly plums, raisins and dates, dark bitter chocolate, a pleasant grainy sweetness is present from start to finish - 4.50, M: Full bodied and creamy, a touch grainy - 4.25, D: A very enjoyable beer, Old Rasputin is one of my favorites and to put it in bourbon barrels adds a nice layer of complexity - 4.50

08-23-2009 03:25:16 | More by deereless
Photo of callmemickey


4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

My second bottle.

A: Dark black body, has some weigh to it in its appearance. Small, dark khaki cap. Some lacing as the head receded to a nice tight ring.

S: Soft roasted malts, creamy chocolate, coffee, caramel, and oak and vanilla from the nice supporting bourbon component.

M: Sublime. Easy transitions between the bourbon and the chocolate/coffee forces. Slightly bitter, slightly boozey, but not hot or overbearing at all. The vanilla and oak run smoothly in the undercurrent.

M: Smooth. Clean finish with hints of booze and bitter chocolate. Medium-full body, but velvety and delicious.

D: Impressive. I first had this the other day when I opened my bottle at the Philly BA tasting.. Cracked it right after the 07-08-09 Dark Lord vertical... I thought it more than held its own.

08-20-2009 17:28:59 | More by callmemickey
Photo of kegger22


4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

I will preface the following statements with: Maybe it was the liquor store that sold this just taking advantage, but I paid $21.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle of this stuff.

Based on the price, Rasputin XII is NOT recommended. Never have I felt so ripped off by a beer! This beer tasted very much like the regular Old Rasputin stout, only with a bourbon aroma and bourbon taste, which did nothing to enhance either. So I will copy my review of Old Rasputin (just add bourbon), and include some comments at the end.

Poured out darkly with a small, tan head that didn't last long (which is OK by me). I only got mild coffee aromas out of it. The taste was nice, strong coffee, but not overpowering. Ranks right up there with Speedway stout, but for different reasons. Heavy, oily feel; great for a stout. Warmed up nicely and I got a nutty chocolate flavor at the end that was worth waiting for. Next time, I'll serve this a bit warmer.

Old Rasputin was better without the 12th anniversary bourbon barrel aging. I would much rather buy a four pack for $8.99 than and over-price 500 ml bottle on 12th anniversary that suffered in comparison.

08-18-2009 21:05:14 | More by kegger22
Photo of caskstrength


3.63/5  rDev -16%

a lot to pay for this sucker. Not even 22oz. 16oz actually.

nice pour. lets a little more light through than I expected. leathery head.

smell is ok, I guess. not 20 dollars/pint worth of bourbon barrel aged wonderfulness. that I am sure of. some oak, some bourbon, some roasted malt. nothing to make you yearn for a sip.

taste is good. not great. some oaky bourbon mixed with what you'd expect from Rasputin. not really at the high level of spectacularity I was hoping for (and paid for)

mouthfeel not as thick as I was expecting. good, but again, not great.

overpriced. but a good beer. I've heard it's a "more drinkable GIBCS"... no. not close to that level of flavor.

08-18-2009 20:00:07 | More by caskstrength
Photo of Blakaeris


4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights, and a thick creamy tan head.

Aroma is charred dark grain, with plenty of chocolate, along with whiskey and a touch of vanilla oak woodiness.

Taste is big and flavorful. Smokey charred grain, and rich espresso bitterness. Plenty of smooth milk chocolate. Whiskey comes on strong with generous alcohol burn. Finish is initially sweet, oak vanilla with a strong nut character; then turns dry and earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a very drinkable brew. Especially considering the high ABV. Great smokey whiskey quality. Woody and earthy. Very tasty.

08-17-2009 23:34:49 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured a thick dark black/brown with a creamy long lasting dark tan head.

The smell was very strong with a big whiskey, molasses, burnt dark chocolate, and a bit of fennel.

The flavor is huge and complex. Big dark chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla, oak, fennel, and whiskey all coming through. Nice bitter burnt black finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a long lasting oily finish.

Very drinkable monster Stout, yummy.

08-17-2009 23:31:36 | More by bashiba
Photo of paco1029384756


4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours black with a large light tan head.

Scent of strong oak, roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, chocolate and a touch of alcohol.

Taste of roasted malts, whiskey, chocolate, molasses, and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation.

08-16-2009 02:04:44 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Bourbon Barrel Old Rasputin, 12

Fully ebon hued, with little foam on top, rather bare capped, at that.

Whiskey hits the nose right off, then blackstrap molasses, leather, bittersweet espresso and cholate...all the usual, banged up with bourbon.

Mmmm, indulgent...thick, rich, dry, delicious. Deep, yet mellow. Actually, this is something lovely. It's ...nearly gorgeous, in the realm of the imperial stout. The whiskey's big in it, but not so big. And when it hits, you feel no pain, to quote Robert Nestor Marley. Yeah, what it is, is groovy. Real groovy.

Full body, full flavor, and amazingly complex. The flavors roll out, and over, up and down. They reverberate, shock a bit, send the waves out on a molecular level.

Tobacco, toast, dry, dark chocolate...mmm, mmm.

I'm pretty pleased, though still not sure whether $21 a bottle is quite fair. 22 ounce, maybe...25 ounce, now, you've got a party!
My second bottle will sit for some time, I think, and be enjoyed to it's fullest.

08-15-2009 06:10:15 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of CoolJosh


4.45/5  rDev +3%

Generously shared by Sonicdescent. Thanks Justin!

Pours a viscous black body with no translucency. On top sits a nice light kahki brown head which looks nitro poured. Very pleasing to the eyes.

Perfect, but I will elaborate. There is an awesome roasted flavor that shows itself through chocolate and caramel malts. A nice creaminess compliments the roasted robustness perfectly. The bourbon is just right, not overly done yet succulent in flavor. Great oak and vanilla tastes. In the taste, unfortunately the vanilla shows just a little bit too much and provides a slight artificial sweetness. While creamy, the body is relatively light and the taste feels like it's missing something little. Still another great offering from North Coast.

08-12-2009 02:59:40 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of Plenum

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Picked up two 500ml bottles, after having the regular Old Rasputin, and loving it. The barrel aged version was very good, but not as good as the regular Rasputin (if there's anything regular about that great brew).

Poured black...very black. Little to no lacing, low carbonation. Could definitely taste the barrel coming through on this one...not quite as severely as the KBS, but it was there from start to finish.

Smell was fantastic...expecting and getting nothing less from North Coast.

Taste was good, still favoring the everyday Rasputin. Barrel Aged XII was definitely worth a visit, and I look forward to the next release.

08-10-2009 21:38:30 | More by Plenum
Photo of KCHopHead


4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

This is a great version of an aged RIS.

A - A vigerous pour will give you a couple fingers of head. Great lacing with the tan head.

S - Wood, alcohol burn, black licorice, tons of roasted malt smell.

T - I was expecting some strong alcohol taste but I thought it was subdued perfectly by the overhaul of roasted malts. It was more balanced than expected.

M/D - Very smooth yet carbonated.

This was a great start to a long night. For $20 I suggest splitting this with one or two friends and savoring every bit tasted.

08-10-2009 14:01:47 | More by KCHopHead
Photo of bulletrain76


3.58/5  rDev -17.1%

Bottle at the RBSG09 grand tasting. black with a small tan head. Lots of wood and bourbon in the aroma with bitter piney hops and dark roasted coffee. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate, light vanilla, bourbon, oak and some caramel. The body seems to have suffered slightly in the barrel and is not really full. I like this, but I might still like the regular version better, and at a billion times the cost, I can't see ever buying more of this.

08-10-2009 13:47:34 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of tjthresh


4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours opaque black with a soda like fizzy brown head. The nose is a good blend of the beer and the barrel. There's that oak/vanilla/bourbon combo that we all love, but some roast and raisin actually make it through. Nice boozy bourbon flavors, and it keeps the integrity of the beer. The body is a bit thinner than I remember the original being, but its still substantial. Seems kind of fizzy though. Still, this is a BA beer worth bragging about.

08-09-2009 15:28:02 | More by tjthresh
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

500 ml. bottle -- a heavy, heavy bottle -- into a Brooklyn tulip, between four friends on my balcony. One of the "Last Hurrah" bottles of the night, as my wife and I are moving to New York in exactly one week from Virginia.

Appearance: Jet blackness. Mocha head. Retention floating to the sides. Expected. Good.

Smell: OR is good as is, at least I think so, so let's see what's going on nose-wise. Not a ton of bourbon. Some big coffee, caramel, and toffee when it warms. Black coffee. Big roasted malts, of course. Marshmallow and sweet chocolate too. The OR and nothing more, most of it, which is cool with me, but I was looking for more.

Taste: Big big coffee flavors, mostly in acrid black bitterness, along with some baker's chocolate, both bitter and sweet, bourbon vanilla woodiness, light caramel, some sticky marshmallowness, and an earthy sloppily soppy woodiness with the finish. Brings it.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy and big and viscous and luscious. But somehow I can't go beyond the good here.

Drinkability: Delicious, yes. A head-scratcher as far as the price, however, considering the price of a 4-pack these days of regular OR. Considering we split the bottle, it was worth it. But anywhere from 19-23 dollars or so, by yourself, would maybe be a bit much. Bourbon is not the cure-all for stouts. I know they weren't thinking that, and yes, it added to this, but it's not some transformation that wouldn't make another good stout better. Sometimes the brewery and limited nature can do things to folks' palates. I expected a lot more from this. If it wasn't so damn expensive I'd get another bottle. Split it with friends and see for yourself, unless you have the cash to spring, of course, for yourself.

08-09-2009 04:23:37 | More by asabreed
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

The beer pours from the bottle quite a black color, but it does have some concentrated brown notes to it around the edges. A thin brown head disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is dominated by the Bourbon aromatics, but it remains smooth. There is a huge hit of vanillin up front followed by a touch of spicy Bourbon / oak character. You can really smell the dark / roasted malt character here after a bit. I like that this has a toasted malt backbone that supplies a sort of whole grain, well browned / almost burnt bread crust sort of note.

The beer is warm and spicy from both the alcohol as well as the Bourbon / oak notes. The finish is pretty smooth with vanillin notes playing a big role. There is also quite a bit of chocolate flavors here, which mixes quite well with the vanillin notes. There is quite a bit of roasted character from the base beer and it even contributes a touch of acidity to the finish. Overall though the roast character remains fairly smooth. Some more warming alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer warms up. The body of this beer could use a bit more richness; at times it can seem a little on the light side, especially as it warms up.

Not a bad beer, I like that the Bourbon character remains well integrated with the base beer; both contribute just about equally to the flavor profile. In the end though I find this beer lacking in a certain richness that seems to be needed to keep this as a well integrated whole. Not bad, and I certainly wouldn't mind getting another bottle, but not as good as I was hoping either.

08-08-2009 16:38:54 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of BEERchitect


4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Here in Kentucky, a holiday favorite desert are the Bourbon Balls that are chocked full of chocolates, nuts, roasted cocoa, candied confections, and that irresistable caramel, vanillan, deep oak flavor that is bourbon. Old Rasputin XII is like drinking one of those.

The beer pours a lot like the standard Raspy but with a creamier, more viscous appearance. The beer seemingly crawls out of the bottle. A lot of froathy carbonation rises as if in slow motion to form this billowing caramel-stained head that could bounce a quarter. The head held firm nearly to the bottom of the glass and left light traces of lace behind, remarkable considering the abv. involved. ...and it's an opaque black, as if it needed to be said.

Robust aromas of bitter chocolates and espresso dominate the rim of the glass. Deep toffee malts and fruitcake breadiness rises to give depth to the malts and a warming fruitiness to the backdrop of the nose. Bourbony with strong caramel, oak, vanilla, and alcohol are undeniable throughout.

Flavors may even be more rich than promised by the nose. Rivaling Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, this beer has a heavy bourbon influence upfront and never reliquishes. Deeply caramelized malts are dripping with the French Roast coffee, melted cocoa, and handsome bourbon character. Dark fruits of cherries, plumbs, dates, and figs add another dimention outside of the bourbon, roast, and malts that further reinforce the complexity and balance that is like no other.

Equally as rich in the body as in taste. Very full, viscous, robust, creamy, and heavy on the palate; even moreso as the beer warms and the carbonation eases. Even then, the textures remain velvety and silky smooth with a cleansing alcohol dryness that ushers the beer past the palate and into the finsih. Lightly fruity with rum sweetness and cocoa-coffe aftertaste.

An absolutely delightful Stout that is about as good as any ever done. I am always impressed to see these larger than life beer capture more than just a fleeting memory of a Bourbon Barrel, but real Bourbon character that demands respect. Great job North Coast!

08-07-2009 21:33:26 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

500mL bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a pitch black, black as night, with a small, fluffy dark tan cap that settled to a very thin layer. It's not a overly pretty stout, only some tiny dots of lace.

Mmmm. Dark roasted malt, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and some dark chocolate. This is one nice, easy bourbon aroma. Nothing overpowering, everything is playing nicely together.

The dark roasted malt comes to the forefront, leaving behind vanilla and bourbon before a finish of belgian dark chocolate. A touch of warming lingers underneath vanilla tones. The flavors are all complemented well, it may need a few months prior to drinking to really meld together, but this is a hearty, robust RIS that will not disappoint. The bourbon characteristics are not too overpowering here allowing for some room for the other flavors to play in the sandbox too.

Silky, lush and velvety mouthfeel. Full bodied with a oily, slick consistency. Quite enjoyable.

I'll be honest, I enjoyed the flavors here but it slowed me down. That might not be a bad thing. This is a pretty big, bad beer with lots of nuances and should be enjoyed slowly.

08-06-2009 21:27:53 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of BARFLYB


4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

500ml bottle split with a buddy, I figured this would be showing up in my neighborhood eventually, so no need to trade 4 it.

A- Raspy 12 is a black stout with a light shade of brown on the edges and when I get to the bottom of my glass. A light tan head only rose up about 1/2 inch settling for a bit, than becoming a faint skim. Not a big amount of lace.

S- Smells like old raspy with a 5th of bourbon. Bourbon whiskey notes are high with some light but nice oak. A big blast of vanilla,creme as well which is always welcome. Getting alot of sweet malts with chocolate. Some dark fruits in the back.

T- Well this one is heavy on the bourbon, that much can be said, leaving for some heat in the mouth. The oak and the wood are present. A big dose of malts with some roastiness, smoke. The vanilla really helps to offset the huge bourbon, I love vanilla. I get some nice dark chocolate, not getting any coffee from this which I usually pick up in this style.

M- Im figuring this is a different recipe and not just old raspy thrown into a barrel. Twelve has a thick mouthfeel but is thinner than the regular version IMO. I guess this lets the bourbon tones come out more which it is succeeding. A nice amount of carb on this, I felt it all over. Hot and boozy but not as much as anticipated.

D- I paired this with some dark chocolate and that worked well. It got easier with more sips and warmth to it. I probably could not finish a whole one of these to myself. This will be a good one to age.

08-06-2009 17:15:27 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of jwinship83


3.95/5  rDev -8.6%

500ml corked and caged bottle poured into an over sized snifter. cost me more per ounce than any beer ive ever had.

A- jet black body with a large and lasting coffee colored head. the head lasts a while, and leaves rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- roasted malts and alot of bourbon/oak. vanilla and sweet chocolate. coffee.

T- the bourbon and barrel come through in a big way. lots of vanilla and bourbon. lots of dark roasted malts, and dark chocolate. the beer seems to get sweeter as it warms up. alcohol. coffee/hops.

M- lighter in bodied than i would have guessed. lots of warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish but i dont think the price tag is warranted. a nice cold weather beer.

08-05-2009 04:23:34 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Floydster


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

500 ml bottle purchased for twenty-two dollars from a local store, cannot believe how expensive this is, more than a dollar an ounce, drank last night, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is pretty close to black, one inch tan soapy light brown head, some nice retention, nice lacing at first too, aroma consists of bourbon, sweet vanilla, oak, roasted malts, dark cocoa, burnt caramel, and some sweetness, flavor starts with charry oak and roasty malts from the beginning, bourbon lets you know it is there in the middle, some more whiskey in the finish mixed with some chocolate flavors, more sweet than dry which surprised me a little bit, warms up with cream and vanilla coming to the surface, roasted, boozy, and smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, moderate level of carbonation that keeps this from being a thicker beer, taste lingers a long time, could have drank the whole bottle, alcohol is hidden well, goes down smoothly with minimal burn, pretty light feel even, not as good as the aged tenth anniversary version of this I had a while back, but with some time in the cellar, it should be right on par with that one, will drink again, recommended

08-05-2009 03:46:25 | More by Floydster
Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.