Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-22-2012 23:14:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
01-31-2012 01:11:27 | More by Thorpe429
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
07-13-2012 03:15:56 | More by kylehay2004
3.53/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
05-02-2012 04:38:05 | More by largadeer
4.2/5 rDev -3%
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.
05-09-2012 05:24:55 | More by RblWthACoz
4.2/5 rDev -3%
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.
07-13-2012 03:14:40 | More by nickfl
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
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
02-10-2012 14:46:27 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
03-07-2012 14:12:44 | More by drabmuh
4.23/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-15-2012 00:58:17 | More by mdfb79
3.7/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
06-03-2012 03:12:34 | More by kojevergas
4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-07-2012 22:31:50 | More by jdhilt
District of Columbia
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-22-2012 19:49:28 | More by Huhzubendah
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Some good pressure off the cork pop.
A HUGE super foamy head, light milk chocolate brown in color, with much retention. Some faint leg action coating,
Bouquet is a mish mash of real good things. Barrel wooded oak and salted caramel seem to dominate primarily first, boy what a great combination. Faint dark chocolate, some real good balance in the nose here, some alcohol barleywine style heat, just nearly perfect.
Palate comes with a richness much on the nose. Rich malts, oozy texture almost silky and velvet, just a hint above wet but nothing too rich. Almost stinging hop strangely it seems in the mid palate, there is also some very tight faint fizz on this or some type of "tingly" sensation I am not sure if its carbonation. Rich mix also of hot pipe tobacco and stinging heat. THat word keeps coming up stinging, but enjoyable!
Overall, a great great beer very enjoyable, I am really digging this.
01-27-2012 01:51:49 | More by smakawhat
Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
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