Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 75
Gots: 377 | FT: 11
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of XnFM
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

How much more black could this be? The answer is none. None more black. Atop the inky liquid sits an expansive head of sand-colored foam that, as it recedes, decorates the glass in sticky webs of lace.

As Rasputin held influence over Russian royalty, so does the base brew impact the aroma. Bitter, charred flavors hold court -- burnt bread, medium-roast coffee, dark chocolate, touches of tobacco and pencil shavings. The barrels do play their part, however. Vanilla extract, caramel and bourbon are apparent, and Rasputin's impressive payload of piney hops is amplified by absolutely tons of vinous, new oak.

The flavor steps up both the sweetness and the influence of bourbon barrels. The heavy, sweet alcohol colors all the other notes within: molasses, dark chocolate syrup, espresso, pine. A surprising amount of sugary fruits are quickly replaced by some toasted coconut and a little butterscotch, resulting in a balance of sweet and bitter that carries into the long finish. The body's a little thin, soft and watery, but the silky, almost-not-there carbonation makes up for it, and the alcohol within is so effectively warming you could go play in the snow topless.

The nice thing about Rasputin XIV is that it allows the base beer to shine through, which is good, because the base beer rocks.

Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of theminutemen
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black and thick, literally like a sugar free maple syrup consistency. The head is a very dark mocha brown, some of the darkest foam I've seen on a beer.

S: This aroma is something to behold; faint smooth alcohol, sweet dark chocolate, hints of black licorice, not overpowering at all and not really bitter either, it's all very exciting.

T/M: Carbonation is surprisingly high, it throws you off at first and then as soon as the bubbles fade off the tongue it's extremely smooth and sweet like a chocolate stout. Decadent is the best word. Alcohol is faint only on the back of the tongue and leaves a subtle burn but isn't too strong. I never thought I'd like the bubbles in something so dark and rich but they are perfectly complementary in this one.

This s**t is amazing.


Photo of MikeytotheB
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of johnhenryconway
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

Pours a pitch black color with a huge airy toasted khaki head, that left plenty of webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a lovely intake of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Not sharp but quite smooth. The bourbon aromas basically drown out any other aroma that might be there. Perhaps a hint of milk chocolate comes through.

The taste is of a smooth bourbon, vanilla and oak as well. Some mellow to moderate roast notes pop through, that also brings some ground coffee flavors. Some burnt caramel and anise can be detected. In the finish, there is some sour berry action.

The feel is moderate, almost light, with fizzy carbonation. Surprisingly light for the style. Sweet on the palate but has another of a roasted bitter offset not to be cloying. ABV well hidden, quite drinkable.

Excellent stout. The bourbon flavor is smooth and goes perfectly with the stout. No real boozy flavor or belly burn. Drinks light, which is scary.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Pitch black in color, but appears fairly thin when poured. Pours with 2 fingers of cappuccino colored head, which dissipates to a ring around the side of the glass. Lacing is excellent, as are the alcohol feet.

Smell. Lots of bourbon and oak on the nose. There is a distinct buttery sweet smell that I get in a lot of bourbon aged beers. Some of the coffee and chocolate that you get in the regular Old Rasputin is in there as well.

Taste. Starts out with some bitterness that comes along with an oaky and dry bourbon flavor. The bourbon is very grainy charcoal tinged which is accompanied perfectly by the roastyness of the malts in the original Old Rasputin. One of my favorite aspects of the original, dark fruits and floral esters, still meld so well with the dark roasty flavors of the malt, but become more complex with the addition of the oak flavors and the age. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and frothy cappuccino start to take over. This leads into a dry finish with some alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel. Perfect. Medium to full body, with a moderate frothy carbonation. Really sets of the flavors of the beer.

Just when you thought Old Rasputin couldn't get any better... This is to date the best barrel aged beer I've ever had to date. Can't wait to get some KBS to hopefully change that opinion.

Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zchall23
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with scoand.

A- Pours a 2 finger frothy brown head, dissipates slowly, pitch black head, sticky lacing.
S- Really nice bourbon characteristics, big vanilla, nice buttery aroma, toffee, chocolate, slight alcohol burn in the aroma but not overpowering.
T- Really nice, oak upfront from the barrels, nice roasted malts, bourbon comes in on the finish, really nice, vanilla, bourbon, really nice buttery vanilla taste..
M- Big mouth feel, thick, silk smooth drinking, ends bitter.
O- I’m very impressed with this beer, I love the base, ageing the base beer in bourbon barrels makes this beer so much better. If the bottle wasn’t so expensive I would stock up on this beer.

Photo of McLaughlin5350
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter:

A: Pours pitch black with a 2-finger brown head with great retention and lacing. Very fluffy head. Quite impressive look.

S: Roasted malts with a little medium roasted coffee, sweet bourbon, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, hint of raisin/dark fruits. Fairly complex, though the nose is a little muted (doesn't jump out of the glass like other big barrel aged stouts). Fairly bourbon forward with a touch of heat.

T: Fairly mellow. Light alcohol/bourbon burn upfront followed by sweet bourbon with a lot of vanilla and a touch of oak. A lot of toffee and toasted coconut. Dark and rich chocolate with a little molasses. A little coffee in the background. Surprisingly I'm not getting a whole lot of roasted malts. Hint of dark fruits in finish with a tiny bit of bitterness. Moderate to slightly sweet. As others have noted, it's very mellow for a barrel aged RIS.

M: Close to a full body, slightly high carbonation, fairly smooth, a little bit more dry finish than usual for a barrel aged RIS.

O: An enjoyable barrel aged RIS with some nice flavors and complexity, but I agree that it's a little too mellow.

Photo of Snikwad1020
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my grandpa for thinking this gift I gave my brother was champagne, making us have to drink this fresh on Christmas eve.

Black with a solid foamy light brown head with nice retention and lacing. 

Bourbon forward nose with solid oakiness and nuttiness. Buttery brown sugar as well. Pretty nice.  

Bourbon forward in flavor as well. A bit hot. Needs to relax. A bit of vanilla and oak. Semi-muttled (but good) flavors seem they'll brighten up and work in more harmony as a little more time goes by.

Pretty dry. Just short of being as full bodied as I expected. Medium-High carbonation.

Overall it's a nice solid BA Stout. I feel it needs some time to age, in order for everything to settle and come together a bit. Should be very nice down the road.

Photo of ricksrealm
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

In a tulip this beer was a very black color with a cafe au lait head.

It had a roasted malt aroma. Rather boozy. Some oak and some dark fruit.

Sweet chocolate taste. Espresso coffee. A lot of bourbon. Oak/vanilla. a tiny bit of raisin. These all went well together.

Medium to full-bodied. The alcohol added to, rather than detracted from, the mouthfeel.

I've been fortunate enough to have drunk some really great beers recently. This was one of them.

Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.