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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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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 572
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.36%
Wants: 77
Gots: 376 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: doughanson78 on 12-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black liquid, dark tan head. Aroma was pretty heavy alcohol wise, the barrel gave more heat than it did positive aroma droppings. Once your face gets adjusted to it, the heavy wet barrel comes across.

Taste, again, hot, I really like the base version of this better than the barrel version.

Funny how the dude who brought this to the bottle share had to be forced to go get a bottle and he came back with this. Cheap ass sucka. Good beer but not worth the price of admission.

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Photo of imstimpy
2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Barrel aged, anniversary, and Old Rasputin ought to be a great combination. It wasn't bad, but the price and hype overwhelm the beer itself.

What struck me most about this beer is nearly everything about it was quite subtle. It is aged in bourbon barrels, but it isn't boozy nor very evident. It is dark, smells a bit of bourbon and maybe some anise, and the feel is very thin. It isn't super malty, super chocolately, or super roasty- just balanced. To be clear, it is not balanced in the "I can't believe they got all these great flavors to work together" but more like "nothing really stands out to make this amazing".

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ML bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Out of the bottle it comes out a dark root beer brown but becomes black as it pools up into the glass. Nothing for highlights as it sits in the glass Nice kaki colored head that has small bubbles and is thick and forthy. Medium amount of lacing.

This beer smells awesome. Regular Rasputin is a great smelling beer so it's not surprising that another anniversary version smells so good. Big normal RIS aromas of dark malts and grains come out. Aromas of vanilla, leather, plenty of bourbon, cedar/oak, some bitter chocolate and grains. Really great strong smelling beer that tickles your nose as you smell it. Everything meshes well together, great smelling beer.

By no means does this taste bad, but the flavor isn't nearly as full as the aroma. Tastes of dark grains, chocolate, vanilla, oak all meshed together.

Mouthfeel is good and maintains a flavor to feel balance that isn't easy to do. It has a full bodied flavor thats long lingering, yet the feel on your tongue doesn't feel to heavy. Moderate carbonation level and just the right amount of bite from the alcohol and the barrel. Starts sweet and maintains a steady silky smooth level with a dry finish that warms you up. Really great solid beer again from a solid brewery. Haven't been disappointed with a Rasputin anniversary yet, don't think I will be.

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Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice inky black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and great legs.

S - Aromas rich bourbon, vanilla, light barrel, chocolate, light booze. Really aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great bourbon notes, nice vanilla, great barrel notes, wonderful chocolate. Great dark fruity Russian stout.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch thin but the alcohol was hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer was quite tasty, great notes, aged wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of HopfenUndMalz2015
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ages incredibly well. Bourbon is well balanced and does not overpower. Age has probably helped mellow this. Deep rich earthy tastes, with a slight warming. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Zraly
4.9/5  rDev +15%

Stored this bad boy in my beer cooler for a few years now. I had it once before a few years back in New Orleans; a friend bought a bottle and shared it with several of us. It was tasty then but still young, so I was anxious to see how this would handle a few years of aging.

Jet black with mocha head. Pours like syrup. Faint whiff of bourbon upfront -- this has definitely mellowed substantially over the years. No sherry-like notes upfront, so I'm happy to know my storage method in my beer cooler works.

Tastes like a thick chocolate milkshake spiked with whole vanilla bean. Smooth and velvety, a bit a fudge and chew in the mouthfeel. I can -- for better or worse -- down this with little regard. It's definitely a sipper, but the smoothness deceives me into not spacing time well between sips. With that in mind, I'm slowing down right now to savor. As it warms more and more, layers of cocoa, char, chocolate covered espresso bean, and a whisper note of leather unveil. There is also a hint of grape skin lingering in the background, illustrating the richness of this stout. That and it is friggin' delicious. Heavy body.

Amazing, rich, delicious. I enjoy the non barrel-aged Rasputin, so I'm so happy to see this age well. My dessert beer and is perfect for that role.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opned on 2.18.14

A - Pours a motor oil black with a dark tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Lots of barrel and chocolate, then some bourbon hits.

T - Smooth bourbon, lots of oak and chocolate. Nice.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation, silky smooth.

O - Nice balance. A terrific BA stout.

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed form notes 12/15/11, compared side by side to 2011 surly darkness with Mr. Jeffery Abbott!!!

Smells extremely sweet and very boozy, tastes like booze but very, very smooth bourbon flavor to the point tat it almost takes over the stout, Jeff says we are drinking a "stout flavored bourbon." Not a bad thing at all. Very delicious and well rounded almost worth the $22 for a 16.9 oz bottle. As you drink the warmth of the bourbon flavor warms and coats your throat. wow! perfectly delish!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Jonada
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, another awesome brew that was generously cracked by Mike, can't thank him enough. Raspy XIV pours an ominous-looking, deep and dark black with a cream, viscous, mocha-tan head that is slow to rise up from the oily abyss and fades relatively quickly. A nice, fine-bubbled foam can easily be conjure up with a quick swirl of the glass, however. A pretty nice looking brew.

An initial roasted malt kick delves into a sea of deep, dark chocolate and bittersweet cocoa before sending you into the huge wave of bourbon-barrel induction. Heavy bourbon notes, warming and vigorous, mesh with a much lighter note of dry oak that's been lathered in a rich, warm, savory cocoa bath. Raspy XIV certainly carries a pretty boisterous aroma - there's no doubt that this is gonna be a massive beer.

Staunch bourbon and heavy, heavy barrel notes arise from the first sip, reaffirming that this is one bad-ass beer that you're gonna have to sip. The barrel influence is perhaps a bit higher than one might gather from the nose, and the bourbon does a great job of warming up your chest. This is no joke. An overture of vanilla notes, light coconut, and the slightest touch of maple sweetness helps to cut the heat, also byproducts of the barrel-aging.

Once you get past the big initial booze-burst, the malts open up and come to life; roasted malts leave a slight char and ashy feel on the back of the palate, while a softer, sweeter, and creamier helping of smooth cocoa and rich chocolate works the sides of the mouth. An aftertaste full of burnt coffee beans, roast, heavy oak, and warm bourbon leaves your palate sticky and fully-coated. Such a huge mouth feel on this one, too; chewy, thick, and silky-creamy like a barrel-aged stout should be.

Such a nice treat, this is a great example of a barrel-aged stout that will knock you on your ass if you don't sit and sip it like it should be handled. Perhaps even a bit *too* hot in this phase, I would imagine that a year or two on this bad boy would really turn it into something magical. I may prefer the original Rasputin solely based on it's awesome flavor and superior drinkability, but this is really a special beer, and I would think that time may treat it very well.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up locally when this came around, enjoyed from a mini snifter. Beer poured black as night with a fizzy head that fizzed away quickly. Smell is boozy licorice. Taste is a bit more appetizing. Fairly boozy and black licorice. Black malts. Booze. Easy drinker for such a big beer. Not quite as amazing as xxii but a solid beer none the less. If only the price tag want so big on these.

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Photo of roger617
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500 ml poured into snifter
A: 4.5 very dark with 1 finger of head. Surprisingly more carbonated than I expected.
S: 4.25 does not hit me with any major flavors or aromas. I detect traces of malt roast, toffee, carmel, bourbon.
T: 4.5 very smooth, dark, compelling. Not what I expected, yet still true to the style. The roast flavor takes lead, after taste of chocolate, Carmel, coffee.
M: 4.75 thick as could be, as should be. Aftertaste is sweet and silky.
O: 4.5 very delicious. I would recommend this to any barrel aged fan, fits the name reputation to a T.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into block 15 snifter.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with about three fingers of dense and active dark tan head that slowly faded into a faint scum and thick collar. Streaky spots of wispy lace were left down the glass.
S: Sweeter than I was expecting with huge notes of bourbon, vanilla, rich chocolate and wood – pretty much in that order (of strength).
T: Bourbon and vanilla again dominate but I also get the chocolate and wood. The taste is more roasted than the nose and the vanilla is reminiscent of toasted marshmallows. The finish contains hints of cinnamon and barrel spice, and the aftertaste is full of roasted grains and sweet brown sugar.
M: Thick body, very well hidden alcohol (very little alcohol warmth/burn), and a very smooth and easy to drink mouthfeel. Impressive.
O: Just an all-around good time in a bottle, and a great treatment to an originally awesome beer. I look forward to this coming out every year.

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Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

XIV version poured near black with a durable, dark tan head.

Full bodied; light ABV heat; slightly syrupy (in a good way); (from memory) smooth than the original Old Rasputin.

Very fine smell and flavor even though the bourbon barrels partially over-power the original's RIS characteristics. Indeed, my main criticism is that there is a bit too much bourbon barrel flavoring in this stout.

O: This aging treatment has transformed this ale into something quite different but nearly as appealing.

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Photo of tut2528
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks again to a badass BA MatttYCE for this one!

Bruery snifter, Lousiville Cardinals heading to the NCAAB Championship Game!

A: typical RIS appearance, black as night with dark tan colored head formation that was about a 1 fingers worth. very nice lacing

S: just an absolute massive blast of oak, bourbon and sweet cocoa nibs. subtle aroma of liquorice and smoke.

T: interesting....the nose was very aggressive, but everything is dialed back and sits in nice balance. oak, bourbon, alcohol heat, sweet chocolate. vanilla and even a touch of coconut in the finish. quite nice. dark fruits also come out here as opposed to the nose. every once in a while, just a hint of smoke is noticed

M: solid full bodied brew here, slight carbonation, leaves a nice alcohol heat on the palate along with a chocolatey, bourbon flavor.

O: I have mixed feelings about this brew. the bourbon is aggressive in the nose but it also has enough cocoa presence to create just enough balance. taste had a nice balance and just enough alcohol heat to make this one enjoyable. Problem is this sucker is 500 ml and $20-$25...quite steep in my honest opinion

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Photo of spicelab
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle with thanks to MrKennedy. Shared with that questionable character and danieelol. Reviewed form notes.

Motor oil with a persistent mocha head that eventually recedes to a nice raised ring.

Liqourice, toasted coconut, sharp oaky wood and mild plastic notes.

Flavours are about big and beautifully refined barrel notes. Coconut, vanilla, raisins and muscovado sugar.

Velvety and smooth, with carbonation that is surprisingly high for the style, but thankfully more dusty than prickly.

Great BA RIS. The barell character certainly strong-arms the base beer, but it's so good you don't care.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, some coffee, molasses, black licorice, dark fruits, earthy hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, molasses, black licorice, earthy hops, some smoke, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick and creamy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Fantastic bourbon aged imperial stout. Great overall balance.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Picked this one up some time ago on a whim, finally getting around to drinking it. Tasted 22 February 2013.

Pours black, thick, and sludgy. One finger of medium-tan head, good retention, nice lacing. Solid, and just what I look for from an imperial stout.

Smell is bourbony and stouty, in equal parts, but they clash more than they blend. It's surprisingly thin on the nose, even after warming up. Chocolate, a grainy whiskey presence, but not much else. Edit: as it warmed up to room temp, the smell got better integrated, smoother, warmer. I'm liking it more now, though that doesn't make a huge difference to the beer as a whole.

Taste is an unbalanced, unintegrated blend of stout and whiskey. I don't know why, but the barrel and the beer just aren't working together in this. It's one of the more uneven barrel-aged stouts I've encountered. It's not over- or under-poweringly whiskey-flavored, but these two pieces just don't fit. Slightly charred, fading to bitter. Roasty, with chocolate as the dominant stout component. Whiskey brings little here - leather and a bit of burn. Meh.

Mouthfeel is good, but a bit overcarbonated. Heavy-bodied and thick, as it should be, but it surges up with carbonation that doesn't feel right for an imperial stout.

I found this to be a poorly integrated barrel-aged stout. Rough around the edges, and not in a good way. Sure, this version is gone from shelves, but this certainly doesn't make me want to throw down the money for another bottle of barrel-aged Rasputin. I actually like the base beer a lot better than I like this.

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Photo of ESPNman
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A - Pours a deep, dark brown... not quite a motor-oil black, but pretty close. A vigorous pour produces a finger of thick, brown head. It sits atop the beer for a few minutes, slowly fading and leaving solid lacing. The beer doesn't coat the glass in the same way that other Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts have, but it still looks thick.

S - Leather, oak, smoke, bourbon (although not much booze-y bourbon notes), sweet rasins, and a bit of earthy hops dominate the nose. The smell of this beer definitely becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T - A lot of the barrel comes through on this one, and in this case it's a good thing. Charred oak flavors go a long way to compliment the sweet cocoa and deeply roasted malt character of the beer. There's a surprising lack of booze up front here for an 11.5% beer, but it is present on the finish for sure.

M - Thick, chewy, and lingering. You do get a bit more booze in the mouthfeel than you do anywhere else in this beer. It finishes dry and with a bit of heat. Not the best part of the beer, but still very solid.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on nitro tap in a 4 oz glass.
Review #399

Pours pitch black with s large lingering brown head. This beer is as whiskey forward as the come. Huge bourbon notes and a nice flavor of sour mash and corn. Alcohol is well hidden but my brain renders it there from the whiskey notes. Malt wise, its what you would expect from the standard version. A load of chocolate and massive roasted malts.
The beer is what I expected from what I heard, and that is that it is very good and very expensive. A bottle the price of a bourbon county stout 4 pack? Really? I also would have like a larger serving size and non nitro tap to get a better idea of the beer, granted, the feel was lovely. Its good but over priced.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz cork n cage bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 2" dark tan head. Huge trails and wide rings of lacing remain on the glass.

S- huge whiskey aromas, vanilla, oak, fudge.

T- chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, some pepper, and slight bitter roast.

M- medium body and carbonation. Frothy, creaminess with slight abv burn.

O- good BA imperial stout. Surprised there's still some heat, but maybe another year will mellow it out?

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Photo of BierJager89
4.96/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: Roasted malt, vanilla, oak and caramel in the nose. Nice bourbon character.

T: Roasted malt, dark fruit, bourbons vanilla, oak and caramel. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, but I don't remember if it's super smooth. I do remember nothing being wrong with it.

O: An amazing beer, and a great example of what a bourbon barrel can do to an already delicious imperial stout.

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Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.