Old Rasputin XII - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2013 20:10:54 | More by beertunes
3.85/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2013 20:51:00 | More by bigfnjoe
3.15/5 rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-16-2012 15:54:58 | More by beagle75
Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.