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Old Rasputin XII - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIIOld Rasputin XII

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

520 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%

this is one of those bottles that i've just been waiting to call my name and tonight it called. enjoyed from a half acre snifter.

a - decaged and decorked the animal. brew poured a silky black with a thin tan boozy head that was gone quick. great barrel shine.

s - definable bourbon. decadent chocolate magicness.

t - BAM. bourbon bomb...and i love it. thick lush chocolate dipped in booze. a meal in a glass. this is a double dessert.

m - thick and full but silky smooth and easy to drink. great boozy glaze. great carbonation. feels as you'd want a bourbon barrel aged stout to feel.

o - overall, EXTREMELY balanced. 2009 barrel aged stouts are in the zone right now. just delicious. big beer, but superb quality.

cosmicevan, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

yourefragile, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

drummermattie02, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

BillHilly, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of beertunes
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Thanks to OKComputer for this one. Poured into chalice. Poured a solid black color with only 1/8 inch of tan head that had quick dissipation and no retention or lacing.

The aroma was bourbon forward, covering up the scent of the beer. A pleasant amount of vanilla and chocolate did show through though. On the tongue though, wow! The beer flavors, malt, a light roast, and a nice grain, had firm footing. The bourbon was much more subdued, and complimented the beer, and didn't overpower it. The chocolate and vanilla tones added nice counter-points. The flavors of this beer were nearly perfect.

The body was flawless, smooth, even. well-rounded, and well balanced. Drinkability was off the charts, I would drink as much of this as I could find. Overall, Wow! A great beer. The only flaws were the nearly complete lack of head and lacing, and the overpowering bourbon scent. Otherwise perfect. A must try if you can.

beertunes, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

KiMiRaiK, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

cwxc818, Feb 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

muskiesman, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

DersOne, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

phingdong, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

arash1000, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

david131, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

millertime416, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

tobelerone, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours black with a half finger brown head that quickly fades. Disappointing

S- light aroma of bourbon with a little bit of chocolate. Not a powerful smell at all, and very disappointing

T- sweet chocolate, slight bit of heat from the bourbon barrels. Nice blend, not overwhelming

M- medium bodied, not nearly as thick as I'd think

O- eh, overpriced for what it is...I'd rather get two four packs of regular Old Rasputin than grabbing this one for more money

bigfnjoe, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Vermonthiker, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.15/5  rDev -27.1%

Draft service into a tasting glass at The Flying Saucer in Kansas City.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild oak and bourbon are surprisingly effective at excluding actual beer qualities. Instead, booziness is hinted at while the influence of the barrel is clearly transmitted.

T: Begins off-dry, with robust pure bourbon flavor. Acidity is strong--very carbonic--into the middle where dark fruit is enlivened by the acidity. More subtle oak emerges later, along with a return of the spirit. Alcohol flavor is mild, but a slight boozy presence persists throughout.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, highly acidic but otherwise velvety smooth, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Overrated--while this beer captures bourbon barrel-qualities well enough, it doesn't really stand out among more contemporary peers. Add to that the prevalent acidity that is all too common in strong stouts, and the palate has to ask the brain, "Why?" Value is poor, considering the price tag.

beagle75, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Yallnumbskulls, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

TGS, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

t0rin0, Dec 01, 2012
Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.