Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary - North Coast Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +15.5%
Corked and caged. Unlike some other corked bottles, this one did not have much of a 'pop'.
Poured into a nonic producing a a solid 3 finger walnut shell brown head which was densely foamy, retentive, and quite sticky. The liquid was jet black with no light passing through at the edges. A real beauty.
Fragrant! The oak jumps out at you as you bring it near. Bitter chocolate, toasty vanilla, tootsie roll, hints of booze/bourbon, pumpernickel bread and molasses. I could spend a long time just smelling it as it is very complex.
What an evolution on the taste buds. Super long finish with waves of flavors throughout. Right up front rocks you with oak and bourbon characteristics yielding to dark chocolate and dark roasted malts with some bready molasses. Just when I expect to get hit with some alcohol burn it turns creamy and coating reminiscent of a milk stout. It finishes up giving you more oak and chocolate and it hangs out for a while.
The mouthfeel is an evolution as well; starting out crisp and nipping at the tip of your tongue, to coating the mouth with a creamy feel, then progressing to a drying, almost tannic feel toward the end of the finish.
Overall....one of the best. It is big, chewy, super complex, and balanced. Not too much bite, not too much alcohol, everything blends together masterfully. I can't think of anything critical to say about it.
08-05-2012 17:40:05 | More by BelgiumBill
5/5 rDev +15.5%
Beautiful pour, black as a moonless night, billowing off white/tan head, good lacing. Nose is bourbon, ginger, graham cracker, chocolate and roast coffee. Flavor is similar, with perhaps some cherry thrown into the mix. Not overly complex, but perfectly balanced. It’s amazing how the bourbon has seved as bridge between the roast beginning and the hoppy finish of the original brew. As a gentleman before me has commented, this is definitely drier than a few other fine examples of the style, most notably Goose Island Bourbon County, and I think this is significantly better than that very fine brew. The mouthfeel is silky/creamy, but never too thick (or thin., and the finish is extremely long and very satisfying. I’m absolutely thrilled to have scored five of these, and I hope to have the discipline to put away at least one for aging. This is my idea of a flat out perfect RIS.
02-15-2012 17:49:37 | More by Impfan
Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.