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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
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world-class

545 Ratings
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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 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.

nataku00, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKevin
4/5  rDev -7.4%

CarolinaKevin, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
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.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
4.75/5  rDev +10%

mrebeka, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of GehenHerzog
3.5/5  rDev -19%

GehenHerzog, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

tat2dhllblly, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -7.4%

marine1975, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Captainren
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Captainren, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of AlaskanYoung
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

AlaskanYoung, Jan 27, 2012
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.

smakawhat, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7.4%

KAF, Jan 26, 2012
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

Bobheed, Jan 25, 2012
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.

WankelEngine, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +15.7%

kevgod, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of mikeycambridge
4/5  rDev -7.4%

mikeycambridge, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of QuadrantThree
4/5  rDev -7.4%

QuadrantThree, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a slick, creamy black. Large dark tan head dies off a decent amount and leaves mild lacing. Zero light penetration.

S-Whiffs of bourbon, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Sweet and smooth aroma. Bourbon is set to the perfect pitch. Alcohol only mildly evident in the nose.

T-Would like to taste a bit more bourbon here. It is there, but I would like a bit more intensity. Alcohol brings some heat. Coffee, super-rich chocolate and huge vanilla. Oaky and again, super-smooth.

M-A bit lighter than anticipated. Not very viscous, but very creamy, slick and smooth. Alcohol dries. Mildly bitter.

O/D-For $22 a 500 ml, I think this is worth a shot. Not elite in my opinion, but a great drink nonetheless. A solid-to-exceptional bourbon barrel stout.

VelvetExtract, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark black with a thin layer of light head that retains around the edges of the glass. A thin dark brown   at the very top of the glass. Looks amazing.

S: Rich deep bourbon exquisitely mixed with vanilla and oak. Gracefully soothes the nose in a blanket of awesomeness.

T: the first flavors that run down the tongue are intertwined with the perfect blend of bourbon and oak up front. The finish is a lovely mix of vanilla, oak, and chocolate. I expected this beer to be extremely alcy up front but to my surprise tastes amazing fresh.

M:Lays on the taste buds very nicely. Not to dry and not to sweet. This beer hits the spot and is def easy to drink considering how fresh it is.

O: This beer is insanely delicious and was surprised how wonderfully it tasted out of the bottle without a year of age on it. I will be buying more of this beer, that is a fact 

PatrickSwayze, Jan 23, 2012
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 travMI13
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 1/21/11, with fellow BA'a AngryNucleus and BeRanger. Beer #8 of the night.

5 oz. pour into a Founders snifter.

A: 1 finger of off-white head atop pitch black. Great lacing. This looks spectacular.

S: Very clean smell to this. Roasty malts and some chocolate. Not really smelling the bourbon here.

T: Chocolate and oak up front with vanilla and a ton of heat on the finish. Where is the bourbon? I'm not picking up on it here.

M: Dry, roasty, and full. Decent amount of carbonation.

O: I would call this beer solid and enjoyable. However, I don't think this is significantly better than standard Old Rasputin. I did enjoy this, and it was certainly worthwhile to try. However, at $24.99 for a 500 ml bottle, I likely won't be buying this again.

travMI13, Jan 22, 2012
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 jayhawk73
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a nice one finger chocolate head. Great lacing on the side of my New Belgium glass. The nose is great... Bourbon, oak, vanilla, alcohol. Really well balanced and smells amazing. The alcohol isn't overpowering. The taste is pretty amazing as well. The only thing added to the nose profile is a hint of chocolate. Really easy to drink, and really tasty. Feel is the weak point here.... It's a little thin for me, I'd like more malty goodness on the backbone of this brew. Overall, this is a fantastic beer that will probably be even better with a little age. Still, I really enjoyed it, and would have it again. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jimmy82063
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter.

A) Nice black body, creamy black head minimal lacing.

S) Bourbon and chocolate dominate.

T) Chocolate, coffee hint of oak with a nice bourbon finish. This is sweet but not overly so which can be an issue with the style.

M) Lighly carbonated don't get much of an alcohol burn.

O) Very tasty offering. I think I may get another bottle for the cellar.

jimmy82063, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black, tarry and doesn't let any light through. Mocha colored head that settles to a thin cover. Minimal lacing.

Smokey and woody aromas, reminiscent of hickory. Chocolate and pepper. Bourbon barrel aromas.

Lots of wood, hickory and bourbon barrel flavors. Chocolate and some red pepper. Vanilla and a warming alcohol burn. Some coffee bitterness, but this is a nicely balanced, smooth stout.

Another great entry for this series. And all of them have tasted different.

litheum94, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of XnFM
5/5  rDev +15.7%

XnFM, Jan 22, 2012
Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.