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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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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 380 | 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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours black, completely opaque, with two fingers of light tan head. Retention is excellent. This beer is very highly carbonated.

S: Smells great - bourbon is certainly the strongest aroma, but not by much. Roastiness is close behind the bourbon with a good mix of dark and milk chocolate. Light floral happiness in the background. Very complex.

T: Wonderful. I'm not sure where to start as everything blends so well. Dark chocolate is probably the strongest flavor. Caramel and bourbon sweetness is also there with a good amount of roastiness. This is still fairly boozy, but not overly hot.

M: Medium to thick body with slightly higher than average carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: This is a very well balanced and delicious barrel aged imperial stout. The sweetness from the bourbon mixes very well with the dark chocolate and roastiness from the Old Rasputin. It is certainly a little boozy, but this will be amazing in a year. Fresh it's still one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:43:15 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of ejw127


3.5/5  rDev -19%

02-01-2012 04:58:17 | More by ejw127
Photo of VinnieVanGogh


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-31-2012 04:08:29 | More by VinnieVanGogh
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:11:27 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Harvey98


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-30-2012 22:15:41 | More by Harvey98
Photo of dsauter


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-30-2012 00:04:01 | More by dsauter
Photo of corzocl


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-29-2012 23:07:03 | More by corzocl
Photo of sweemzander


2.88/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some good tan froth and lace. Retention was good.

(S)- Heavy on the barrel, but has some bizarre metallic oak spice characters. Bits of cocoa and raisin.

(T)- Some good rich barrel-aged like cocoa wood and raisin, but that same weird metallic spice to it.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. Just a little weird balance to it. Not exactly digging that off flavor.

(D)- Rather disappointing compared to the last batch of this which is still one of the best stouts I have tried. A bit strange and disjointed at this point.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 16:58:03 | More by sweemzander
Photo of celticfutblclub


4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a wine glass

A - dark brown body with a thin off white/light brown head. some decent lacing which wasn't expected.

S - big notes of chocolate and bourbon.

T - bourbon is more pronounced chocolate fades to the back. some grass hop bite in the back as well.

M - lighter bodied than i expected. lots of warming alcohol from this one which wasn't too surprising.

O - a very solid offering. not worth the price in my opinion but still a very good beer when you don't factor that in.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 16:54:14 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of nataku00


4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with a finger of milk chocolate brown creamy head that dissipates after a few minutes leaving a bit of heavy lacing.

Big bourbon notes on the nose, oak and vanilla, a light dark fruit, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt. Well integrated bourbon without smelling very hot with alcohol.

Taste follows the nose, bourbon characteristics hit the tongue first, oak and vanilla, dark fruits like cherry. Stout seems to be a bit of an afterthought in the flavor, with the Old Rasputin struggling to come through with more chocolate and roasted malt flavor.

Medium full body, silky smooth on the tongue. Pretty easy to drink beer, particularly if you enjoy bourbon as well, as the alcohol is well hidden. Only a touch of warmth in the throat. Would have like a little more stout qualities in the flavor though.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 05:21:29 | More by nataku00
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-29-2012 00:53:42 | More by CarolinaKevin
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemless snifter.

A: Deep oily black with a fading head of creamy tan foam.

S: Rich bourbon barrel notes are upfront - vanilla, oak, milk chocolate. The undeniable base beer is still there, however, and its smoke, toffee and charcoal come through as well.

T: Wow! Just, wow! Flavour of bourbon is prominent, but mellow. Deliciously sweet and rich. Vanilla is huge here and creamy, melted chocolate bar and coffee.

D: Drinks very easily for the strength. Alcohol is warming, but not strong. Balance is brilliant and I just love every sip I'm taking.

Overall: Better than last one. XII was a hot bourbon bomb; this is SMOOTH. I hate paying this much for beer, but sometimes it really is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:03:39 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of mrebeka


4.75/5  rDev +10%

01-28-2012 17:42:39 | More by mrebeka
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -19%

01-28-2012 11:26:42 | More by GehenHerzog
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2012 04:21:02 | More by tat2dhllblly
Photo of marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-28-2012 03:05:46 | More by marine1975
Photo of Captainren


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-27-2012 13:09:34 | More by Captainren
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-27-2012 02:27:07 | More by AlaskanYoung
Photo of smakawhat


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:51:49 | More by smakawhat
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-26-2012 22:01:53 | More by KAF
Photo of Bobheed


4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep black, thick like syrup with about one and a half fingers worth of a light brown, tight head.

S: Mostly bourbon initially. The more you smell it, the more you start to get dark fruits. Waves of figs, plums, rasins, and almost a brown sugar and coffee aroma

T: Dark chocolate right away. Goes into sweet, sweet roastiness, lots of bourbon characteristics, without having a harsh alcohol flavor.

M: So smooth, velvety. Quite thick as well

Overall, this one was great. I expected it to be pretty good, but I'm sort of blown away at it actually considering I don't really care for normal Old Rasputin. A really well balanced stout and for it being BBA and 11.5%, it has very little alcohol presence. Great stuff

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:21:15 | More by Bobheed
Photo of WankelEngine


4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter

A: Pours opaque black with just a hint of brown. A moderate pour yields a tan head of 2 and a half fingers leaving light lacing.

S: Just waves of bourbon and coffee. There is a sweetness to the smell, dark fruits, raisins and plums. Chocolate, toffee, oak, and butterscotch.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate dominate here. The bourbon is more subdued than it is in the nose but still comes through clearly. As the beer warms, caramel, toffee and warm brown malt become more prominent. In the finish, a little alcohol heat is noticeable and it contributes a bit of a vinous characteristic. There is also some more hoppy pine flavor.

M: Moderately thick but increasingly watery as it warms up (strange). A little sticky as it is fairly sugary. Very light carbonation.

O: Very well balanced. The smell of this is just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 07:13:35 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of kevgod


5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-24-2012 03:07:30 | More by kevgod
Photo of mikeycambridge


4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-24-2012 01:14:36 | More by mikeycambridge
Photo of QuadrantThree


4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-23-2012 23:11:09 | More by QuadrantThree
Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.