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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

529 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 381 | 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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ricksrealm

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-18-2012 21:47:37 | More by ricksrealm
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 20:51:51 | More by lordofthewiens
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CoryR

Oregon

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-18-2012 04:25:20 | More by CoryR
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-18-2012 01:46:33 | More by ASUBeer
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Abrengle

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-17-2012 23:59:25 | More by Abrengle
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2378GCGTG

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: 0.5 in brown head, with great retention and lacing that clung to the glass the whole tasting

Nose: Milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and cream

Taste: Caramel, sweet malt, molasses, cocoa followed by sweet bourbon notes with vanilla undertones with an oaky finish.

Mouth: Medium body with supporting carbonation, but there is a slightly harsh taste here that lingers.

Overall: Another great offering, not as good as past years in my opinion, but still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 13:11:21 | More by 2378GCGTG
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark oily black with a nice tan head that is about 1 inch tall. The head is nice and dense and creamy and sticks around for a while.

This brew has some delicious aroma. Its not too overwhelming but still very well crafted. Notes of coca powder and milk chocolate as well as some nice slight dark chocolate bitterness. Nice molasses and caramel notes mixed in with some nice Bourbon sweetness. There is some vanilla in there as well as some slight woody notes.

Starts off with some nice intense Bourbon notes and some nice dark chocolate notes. Cocoa bitterness and bourbon sweetness are up front with some nice roasted malt notes in the middle portion of the brew. There is a lot of vanilla in there as well from the Bourbon barrel. The sweetness gets balanced by some nice bitterness and the nice barrel finish of the beer.

Good brew with nice balanced between roast and sweetness. VEry nice barrel notes as well as some slight heat on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:45:21 | More by JoEBoBpr
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dcbike

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-16-2012 15:19:03 | More by dcbike
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Nightrain87

California

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-16-2012 08:06:14 | More by Nightrain87
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InyanEagleElk

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-16-2012 03:14:11 | More by InyanEagleElk
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick tan head that fades slowly and leaves walls of dark lace.

The aroma is full of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice with dark notes of over ripe plum, leather and vanilla hints. Oak and bourbon shine with coconut hints. Balsamic notes.

Flavor is just as complex as the aroma. Coffee, chocolate, leather, and licorice dominate with dark fruit notes, smoke, coconut and vanilla. Sweet bourbon and oak enwrap all of this. Nice toffee notes througout. Charcoal notes, somewhat ashy.

Rich, thick, vicious and warming

Complex, rich, delicious

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 19:55:57 | More by JayS2629
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-15-2012 14:50:19 | More by InebriatedJoker
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-15-2012 14:22:59 | More by 11millsown113
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SLUGLIFE

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-15-2012 05:11:19 | More by SLUGLIFE
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BubbaBeerMan

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-15-2012 03:17:21 | More by BubbaBeerMan
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into a 20 oz giant Duvel tulip glass. Pours pitck black, with a huge 5 inch fluffy mocha head, that takes its tome settling with a good amount of lace, especially for its massive ABV. Smell is bourbon, dark chocolate, strong coffee, and leather. Taste is big bourbon up front, with the dark chocolate and coffee lingering in the finish. Body is large, but not over the top. Perfect amount of life for its size, not as dry as you might expect, and it is a sipper, but because of its complexity it goes faster than it should. This is the best beer I have ever purchased in N.H. The other beers in this league, I either purchased in another state or online. N.H has come along way in my 21 months on BA.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:29:14 | More by SawDog505
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BroTucker

Texas

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-14-2012 05:10:54 | More by BroTucker
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BeerOnTheWall

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into Stella Artois Chalice.

Pours almost pitch black with just a hint of dark mahogany near the edges. Thin bubbled 1/2" dark tan head that dissipated quickly leaving behind nice lacing.

Take whiff....lots of chocolate, roasted coffee, bourbon begins to show as the beer warms, oak, vanilla, coconut cream pie, dark brown sugar. I actually prefer the nose a bit better before it warms and all the booze starts to show. Either way...it's a very nice smelling beer with lots going on.

The taste is outstanding! Bitter chocolate and black coffee bracketed by coconut, molasses, slight earthiness, bourbon. Nice bitter hop finish with a little alcohol heat in the back of your throat.

The mouthfeel is like a thick black velvet blanket wrapped in little bubbles of co2. Medium to full bodied with near perfect carbonation.

After drinking this beer I am in my happy place. Not because of the 11.5% abv...but because this beer is one of the best I've tried in a while. I am a big fan of barrel aged imperial stouts and this one may be my new number #1. If it wasn't for the $20 bottle price I could drink this every night after work.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:28:00 | More by BeerOnTheWall
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-13-2012 05:50:22 | More by mjmadsen21
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kif

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-12-2012 12:06:19 | More by kif
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Rizalini

Nevada

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 my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - This one pours pretty much black, with a thick, creamy 2 finger light brown head. Spotty lacing.

S - I got a whiff as soon as I popped the cork from this one! Bourbon and chocolate, smells delicious.

T/M - The smell doesn't fail my mouth. Big bourbon flavor that holds on to my tongue. There is a little bit of heat, but I feel that it adds to the bourbon complexity. Almost gives it a slight peppery taste. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would've preferred.

O - I very well put together bourbon barrel stout, but still a little hot. I'm glad I was able to get my hands on 2 of these so I can revisit this in a year or two. Price tag is a little steep tho, just had to throw that in there.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:59:02 | More by Rizalini
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cirtap

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-11-2012 21:19:17 | More by cirtap
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xraided81

California

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

A: Pours a jet black with no visible light shining through. A creamy tan head forms that dissipates to a thin white rim with legs forming on the tulip glass.

S: chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, vinous, boozy. a great balance between chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.

T: milk chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, raisins,

M: creamy, full body, not chewy, easy drinking doesnt have the mouthfeel of a 11% beer.
O: barrel aging mellowed out the aggresive hops in reg rasp. even balance between stout and bourbon. My guess would be that this beer is not 100% barrel aged, as it does not have the overwhelming bourbon aromas that can easily get carried away in bourbon aged stouts. nice be

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 07:34:47 | More by xraided81
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-11-2012 06:48:29 | More by Ohiovania
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mwill7287

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Rozi's Wine House around Christmas. Enjoyed it with my brother, who is a big time Old Rasputin fan, as a Christmas gift of sorts (i.e. didn't charge him $10 to split it!).

Poured from 500ml cork & cage bottle into GLBC snifter.

Appearance: Absolutely pitch black body. No light shall pass through this ale. A finger's worth of dark mocha tan head sits prettily atop the beer. Very little carbonation is apparent in the body. Surprisingly little lacing is left behind on the glass after drinking. 4.25

Smell: Intense bourbon, vanilla and chocolate waft into my nose. The wood aging of this beer is very apparent. My brother and I think that this could almost pass for bourbon on a blind smelling! I can feel the whiskey in my nose. rich. 4.75

Taste: Wow - so much bourbon! Very creamy, chock full of vanilla and rich dark chocolate. Bits of coffee are latent in the mix. Of course the main thrust of the attack is bourbon. The taste is very rich and decadent - awesome! A mild alcohol bite and the bitterness of the standard Old Rasputin are present amidst the rich flavors of the roasty malt and bourbon. Coffee and vanilla dominate the aftertaste. The harshness that the bourbon presents mellows out as the beer warms. I wonder what this baby would taste like in a year. 5

Mouthfeel: This is one thick, creamy, sticky stout. The bitterness is a bit subdued compared to standard Rasputin but still present enough to roughen the mouthfeel. According to my limited judgment, this could perhaps still use a few months of sitting, but it's still nice. 4.5

Overall: BBA Old Rasputin XIV is one of the best BBA stouts I have ever had. The richness of the bourbon aging, with a creamy body and medium bitterness makes for, outside the ABV, a highly drinkable beer. Wish I had the funds to purchase a bottle to age. 4.75

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 00:52:37 | More by mwill7287
Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.