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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
96
world-class

540 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 74
Gots: 375 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

tstigz, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

zeledonia, Feb 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

hiphophead316, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

AdamL73, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

montrealbcr89, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Bejam813bucs, Feb 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Yabev15, Feb 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

JVan, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

KimenTshom, Feb 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

atoulouk, Jan 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

mmikey8, Jan 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

EricTheRed, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ESPNman
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

ESPNman, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

TwelveOunces, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

CJS, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

phingdong, Jan 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Crimsontider22, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

arniepnminne, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

clutchmeister, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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?

kawilliams81, Jan 16, 2013
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4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

BierJager89, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Damian
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 500 ml/1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz./16.9 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Berman's Wines & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a sultry near pitch black, yet slightly thin. An amazingly tight, creamy and foamy, two-finger, saddle brown crown topped the liquid. Outstanding retention. The head slowly faded to a thick film. Drippy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass with each sip.

The aroma was incredibly rich and smooth. Quite sweet with noticeable bourbon notes. Tons of brown sugar. Strong indications of raisins and dark fruits. Moderately boozy. Hints of semi-sweet chocolate came through as well.

The taste was a bit harsher than the nose, but still respectable. Lots of roasted malts on the front end. Some sweet brown sugar and bourbon notes appeared as well. Cold coffee in the center. The beer contained a moderately sharp alcohol bite on the finish, but this seemed to decrease as the beer warmed. Some piney hops came through on the finish as well.

The mouthfeel was slick and creamy but much thinner than I anticipated for the style. The liquid contained a fine and moderate amount of carbonation.

As others on the site have mentioned, this beer is solid yet probably not worth the steep (in my case $25) price of admission. A year of aging seemed to have smoothed out some of this beer's rougher edges and I bet more time could improve this even further.

Damian, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

PhatAtUT, Jan 06, 2013
Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.