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Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: doughanson78 on 12-04-2011)
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into snifter

Pours an opaque blackness with a thick, frothy tanned head resting on top. Retains nicely, leaving a creamy tuft on top with some patchy lacing littered across the glass.

Heavy barrel character in the nose with warm booziness and slightly charred oak. Leather and vanilla with some chocolatey sweetness. Bourbon heat and roasted dark malts.

Warm and slightly sweet up front with strong bourbon barrel flavor. Oaky char and sweet vanilla, mixing with layers of roasted dark malts. Chocolate and nuttiness with a slight touch of coffee. Finishes warm and boozy followed by some residual sweetness.

Full bodied, nice carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Definitely a nicely done BA imp stout, although this doesn't quite justify its price tag like BA Old Stock did.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 11:58:28 | More by xnicknj
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've let this one sit in the bottle long enough, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a creamy dark tan head that eventually reduces to leave a ring around the glass, leaving a few patches of lace behind

S- getting a lot of medicinal aromas up front with black licorice, some herbal notes as well. Beyond that, the bourbon is quite noticeable and has a barrel juice aroma with notes of oaky vanilla and dark fruit added in. Underlying sweet chocolate with smoky malt to close it out

T- Chocolate and dark fruit flavors up front with a slightly burnt smoky malt flavor. The bourbon is still alive and well and kicks in around mid-palate, adding some barrel flavors and a kick of spicy vanilla. Big and sweet caramel malt on the finish that almost gives it the finish of a barrel aged scotch ale, more bourbon on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish. Given the abv, it could use a little more viscosity, but the alcohol is almost completely hidden, which the aging should have helped

O- The aging process has definitely added a degree of drinkability, as the alcohol is almost completely hidden. I was surprised at how powerful the bourbon flavors still are as it's still a bourbon forward beer. Overall, this didn't blow me away, but its an enjoyable sipper

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:38:12 | More by Treyliff
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with less than a finger of a small dark tan head that settles to a thin coating and ring. In the glass it is black and opaque.

Smell: Chocolate, bourbon, slight astringency, roasted malt.

Taste: Roasted/burnt malt, bourbon, chocolate, caramel. Lots of malt sweetness upfront, which transitions to a roasty, slightly burnt finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Booze is hidden well.

Overall: Good barrel aged stout, but nothing mind blowing. Worth picking up to try once, but no need for a repeat purchase. Just stock up on Bourbon County instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 04:39:34 | More by Jonada
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outlaw1323

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

03-09-2014 17:17:31 | More by outlaw1323
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had the XV fresh an found it to be excellent but slightly less then expectation. The XIV has had time to age and mellow and gave away more hearty and creamy flavors.The nose gives off a coconut and fudge brownie which moves subtly to the palate. The tongue then takes on a chocolatey mint, fudge and caramel flavor. This moves more into a dessert with all the decadent sweetness and creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:28:34 | More by KYGunner
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

02-23-2014 06:22:51 | More by CowsandBeer
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904Will

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-18-2014 19:33:46 | More by 904Will
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TriageStat

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

02-11-2014 23:32:16 | More by TriageStat
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ThePaleRider

California

4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Opened during a Super Bowl bottle share. I've been holding this beer for two years and just decided it was time. Really nice black ale with surprising carbonation. Lots of oak and toasted grains on the nose. This beer aged REALLY WELL. Absolutely no alcohol bite is present. Very smooth and for the ABV this drinks incredibly well! Body was a little too light for my taste on a strong stout. Amazing beer and I still have one left in the cellar. Maybe next super bowl.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 21:06:25 | More by ThePaleRider
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-22-2014 03:25:58 | More by kvgomps
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

01-19-2014 05:18:38 | More by Dactrius
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kmoen

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-14-2014 06:29:58 | More by kmoen
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-14-2014 06:27:01 | More by BAsbill
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Sonofalime

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-13-2014 01:41:19 | More by Sonofalime
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -19%

01-12-2014 21:23:20 | More by bsuedekum
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dirtylou

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

01-01-2014 21:26:21 | More by dirtylou
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RaggaD

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-30-2013 16:12:53 | More by RaggaD
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sia478

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-29-2013 05:45:33 | More by sia478
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bcuz7

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

12-26-2013 02:40:24 | More by bcuz7
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-25-2013 04:24:51 | More by weeare138
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-22-2013 16:27:49 | More by jaydoc
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-08-2013 02:33:04 | More by WanderingFool
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-07-2013 00:27:47 | More by billab914
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Eighty

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-05-2013 18:53:09 | More by Eighty
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PolloVagabundo

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-03-2013 17:38:57 | More by PolloVagabundo
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Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.