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Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

545 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 73
Gots: 375 | FT: 10
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a very nice bourbon balance. The bourbon flavors are very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good RIS with a very nice balance between the typical RIS aromas and flavors and the bourbon barrel aging.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near black with a really nice mocha head. It falls from three fingers to a nice half-finger cap and stays there for awhile. Not too much lacing. The nose has a nice bit of oak and vanilla to go along with the bourbon. Complex and inviting. The flavor isn't quite as integrated, focusing more on bourbon and chocolate. There's also a bit of booze. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but then falls flat with a hot finish. Pretty good and will probably be even better in 3-4 months. Stouts don't need to be aged very long. Book it.

Thorpe429, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a very jet black body with no light getting through.

S: bourbon, oak, cedar and light vanilla. Very woody and herbal.

T: wood and bourbon up front. The roast malts are malt. The flavor is a little simple but very good. Vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts throughout.

M: medium body, very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: the alcohol is there but actually well hidden. very smooth but not overly dynamic. Not complex but for what it is, it does it very well.

kylehay2004, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason. Black bodied with unusually good lacing and head retention for the style. Nose has a lot of raw, boozy, unrefined whiskey character. There's a little tar and chocolate beneath that, and a touch of sweet caramel. Palate has a strong alcohol and caramelized sugar presence, with chocolate and charred oak. Body is about medium. This is pretty boozy, surprisingly so, and the booze isn't as balanced by rich cocoa and caramel as previous vintages. Decent, not great. Doesn't live up to previous batches.

largadeer, May 02, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7.4%

JAHMUR, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Thick caramel, toffee, and bourbon character with notes of vanilla.

T - Vanilla and dark chocolate up front with some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. Dark sugar and vanilla in the middle with notes of chocolate and smoky coffee that blend with the licorice and dark sugar.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - The barrel aged character works well to balance the complex character of the barrel and the base beer here. Lots of vanilla and milk chocolate here with spicy pepper and whiskey notes. Surprisingly drinkable for a beer of this strength.

nickfl, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice on the pour. Good brown head with a black as night body. Nose seems one dimensional to me. All bourbon, and no grace to it. Flavor is nice. Has some good vanilla tones to it. Seems well rounded and even. A nice beer to drink, but not really blowing me away as other barrel aged Rasputins have. I wonder if it just needs some more time to mellow out is all.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always a treat to find this barrel aged version, boy this cork was hard to get off. Opened with a pop

Pours black with a thumb of mocha head. Epic head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, boozeyness, some woody notes

T: Follows the nose, a touch hot up front, dark chcolate & cherry are there as well along with woody hop notes. Faint minty hop notes, along with black currant, baker's chcolate, some oaky & Bourbon notes as this warms, a touch of vanilla as well. Finishes warm, with mocha & cocoa notes

MF: Chewy, slick, subtle carbonation, warming

This one could've used a good 6 months more in the bottle, but a damn fine RIS any way you slice it

russpowell, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a tulip. Beer is black with nearly no head, low carbonation, no lacing, poured from a ridiculously stupid bottle that uses about 4x the material needed to house A PINT.

Aroma is strong, sweet, lots of bourbon and malt, strong, pretty nice.

Beer is medium in body and pretty hot, it burns a little but it doesn't really detract from the roastiness of the beer. I am a little bored by this beer and annoyed by the serving format. I absolutely will not have this ever again. Not worth it.

drabmuh, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up for $19.99 in NJ last month. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of fluffy dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two or three minutes and an inch stays throughout drinking it. Very little lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, wood and oak, sweet chocolate, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, toffee, and toasted malts. Nose is really nice, but a bit hot. Bourbon really dominates here.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, toffee, and alcohol. Again, some alcohol warmth here.

m - Full bodied stout and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy but some alcohol heat which keeps it from being great.

o - Overall I think this is a very good beer, but it's a bit hot right now, which is keeping it from being a great beer, like some of the other Anniversary versions I've had. I liked the nose, though it is still pretty bourbon forward; the taste is even more bourbon forward which hurts it right now. Based on my experiences with the XI and XII Anniversary beers, I think this will become a great beer in a few months when it isn't quite as fresh. I'd suggest waiting on it for now and opening it this fall; that's what I'll do with my next bottle.

mdfb79, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

beernads, May 18, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Acquired at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, California. Expectations are extremely high; I loved Old Rasputin. Thanks to Honeybunny for the excellent pour.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm substantially over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a two finger tan colour head of great cream, great thickness, and fantastically awesome retention (~5 minutes plus) for the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sweet lovely bourbon. Nice woody notes. Cream, caramel, good chocolate. Roasted barley joins with dark malts to form the foundation. Quite subtle and inviting. Really complex and inviting. A delightful mild strength aroma.

T: Gorgeous. An incredibly subtle blend of cream on the open, delightful roasted barley alongside well layered and incredibly rich dark malts, rich chocolate, a warm rich bourbon tone evocative of truly fine bourbon, restrained caramelization lending character, and even hints of biscuity yeast hiding beneath. Coffee. No alcohol comes through - incredibly. Extremely well balanced and built, though I do find it somewhat muted considering all the bold wonderful flavours it features.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice cream underlying. Dryness and coarseness on the finish. Suits the flavours nicely, though the mouthfeel is completely wrong for the style. A stout demands coarseness and dryness with overcoming cream, but that isn't at all the case here. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. I quite like it. I'd definitely have it again, though it is rather pricey. A wonderfully complex Imperial Stout, though it's not without its flaws. It's definitely something to try if your wallet can take the beating.

High B

kojevergas, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -7.4%

yourefragile, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

wrightst, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -7.4%

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

weeare138, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -7.4%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is black. Opaque with two inches of dense foam the color of wet sand. The head slowly recedes, holding steady at a quarter inch, coating the glass with sticky lacing.

Terrific aroma consisting of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. oak, roast, hints of coffee and booze.

The flavor initially brings a prominent roast character, followed by melted bitter chocolates. Booze heat is there as well, but does not detract from the overall presentation. The finish carries a healthy dose of oak and vanilla, with an understated hop bitterness. Lingering alcoholic warmth in the throat.

The body is thinner than expected, with an aggressive, roasty bite. Complex, intriguing.

Well done. A great sipper. Another solid Old Rasputin anniversary brew. Recommended.

Huhzubendah, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a five finger dark khaki head that fades to thin layer, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is sweet bourbon with hints of alcohol. Decent RIS. Way overpriced at $22.99 for a caged and corked 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

jdhilt, May 07, 2012
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Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.