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Old Rasputin XII - North Coast Brewing Co.

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524 Ratings
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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 125
Gots: 139 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

DarthKostrizer, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jkane101, May 10, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this one for a while. I think it's 3 years old at this point? I just reviewed XV a few months ago so I guess so.

A: Nice jet black pour with an interesting two-tone medium brown head. Good sized dense head that fades slowly. Nice solid walls of lacing and excellent head retention.

S: Mild caramel and burnt sugar from the barrel. Lots of sweet chocolate and some char. Nice vanilla too.

T: Caramel and brown sugar up front, melding perfectly with chocolate and a little char. Some anise too, just a little. Sweet milk chocolate in the middle, turning a bit bitter into the finish. Dark, bittersweet chocolate and stronger caramel and toffee and oak here. Light oak and vanilla and toffee too. Nice residual bourbon and barrel taste lingers between sips.

M: Pretty heavy, mellow and smooth. Not as heavy as you'd expect given the age and the ABV though.

O: I've never had this fresh, but I've had the newer versions fresh and this is definitely mellowed and smoother. Not as heavy a mouthfeel though. I don't know if that's from the aging or it just wasn't as thick as the newer batches, even originally. This was quite good but honestly I think I enjoy the fresher versions more. Actually, I just checked and I gave the exact same ratings across the board to a fresh XV a couple months ago. So I guess this beer hasn't changed a whole lot!

Dope, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of orangesol
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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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
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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%
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.

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%
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

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

Vermonthiker, Dec 31, 2012
Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.