Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Black with a big and active light brown head. Decent lacing.
S: Tons of vanilla and bourbon. Roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate and a light musty (in a good way) like odor probably from the oak.
T: Bourbon is definitely present all the way through. It's not overpowering though. Vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of coffee and hops on the backend, it's got it all. Pretty much like normal Rasputin with bourbon. This would age really nicely!
M: Pretty thick, some nice bubbly carbonation. A bit of alcohol is left in the finish.
O: Very good. Glad I stumbled on some, but it is spendy (paid $22). Not sure if it's really worth the steep price for a 500 ML bottle. Worth trying for sure though.
01-02-2012 03:38:39 | More by herman77
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
500ML corked and caged bottle poured into my DFH signature glass.
Appearance: Pours pitch black, no light passes though. One finger mocha head, lacing sticks to the side of the glass very well.
Smell: Bourbon, oak, roasted coffee.
Taste: Bourbon is present the entire taste, it is not overpowering but a well balanced part of the taste. Toasted malt, bit of chocolate. The finish of this the best part, a fantastic vanilla note that fades into a great bourbon note.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, not even close to thick. Creamy, coats mouth well. Easy to drink.
Overall: The only part of this brew that hurts is the price, I paid about $20 for the bottle. Totally worth trying but the price is a bit steep.
01-01-2012 11:39:51 | More by BullDurham
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: Black with a generous beige head that slowly fades. Good lacing with the best head I've had in a bal-aged IS stout.
Smell: Mild Bourbon, coffee/roasted malt aromas, and some vanilla notes.
Taste: A balanced palate of Bourbon, roast malts, vanilla, and oak. The beer is not as barrel forward as some other Bal-aged ISs. To me it's more Abyss-like than let's say a Bourbon County. The finish is fairly dry with some roast and oak notes and a hint of vanilla. Slight alcohol presence in the finish but very subtle for the ABV.
Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied with a good level of carbonation, especially considering the bal-aging.
Overall: I like old Rasputin and a touch of barrel makes it better. The beer subtly combines the barrel with the base beer in a balanced approach. Pricy but good.
12-31-2011 04:32:24 | More by IKR
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
I didn't have access to a computer or anything to write with when I drank this last week so I have to go off memory. It was basically the same as a regular Old Rasputin (see: deliciously awesome) except it had some oaky characteristics with a little vanilla/bourbon tinge to it. Well worth the $25.
12-31-2011 03:51:27 | More by DonDirkA
4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Near black body, nice but thin tan head, leaves to disk within a few minutes then to ring soon thereafter. Some prominent cling.
S - Choc Chip cookies, molasses and a tinge of soy sauce. Woody booze apparent as well. NOTE: Improves as it warms.
T - Burnt malt, bitter chocolate, soy and a touch of anise, I think. Not much, but it seems to keep popping up.
M - Medium to heavy, good carb, very bitter ending, but balance good overall.
D - This one is NOT deceptive. One small bottle, preferably shared, should suffice.
12-30-2011 03:15:54 | More by srandycarter
4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
500ml bottle poured into a snifter.
A-Pours black with a tightly knit one inch mocha head that has good retention and leaves nice sheets of lace on the side of the glass as it goes down.
S-A nice bourbon aroma is ever present but doesn't attempt to dominate. It mingles together very nicely with hints of vanilla, oak, dark fruit, chocolate. Very nice nose on this one.
T-As with the nose, the bourbon is very noticeable but really melds nicely with the other flavors without dominating. The bourbon flavor here is one of the best bourbon flavors I've ever encountered in a stout-extremely mellow and smooth. Hints of oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, nuts & dark fruit. Damn this is well done!
M-I'd say this barely misses the cut at being full bodied. It's almost there but not quite. Medium carbonation tickles the tongue and may be a bit higher than other top entries in the style, but it's working here.
O-This was an excellent experience from start to finish. It is a bit pricey (I paid $20) but I'm glad I pulled the trigger on this one. If this was a year round or seasonal, It'd be a staple in my fridge.
In the past I've always passed on the Raspy Anni beers due to the price, and now that I've tried it, I'm kicking myself for all the quality beer I've passed on with the previous releases. If you like BBA stouts and don't mind the price, pull the trigger on this one.
12-27-2011 01:59:33 | More by Lerxst
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
Part of a great Christmas gift from my wife, 6 bottles of this. The XII was amazing. Hope this is at least close.
appearance: Oh is he black. Again, nice lacing like the XII.
smell: Bourbon is more up front and not as mature as the XII. I should say the XII had some age on it while this guy is barely out of the womb.
taste: Very nice and bursting with potential though the lack of maturity shows.
mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Full and creamy.
overall: So glad i have 5 bottles in the cellar. I think this is gonna be very bit at as good as his big brother XII with a little time.
12-26-2011 21:15:26 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
Reviewing the Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XIV from North Coast Brewing Company. I am very excited to crack this one open. Barrel Aged Old Rasputin was the beer that got me into imperial stouts, and I have not had this brew since 2008 (the XI anniversary batch).
2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass.
Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, ink black color with one-plus finger of creamy mocha/brown colored head that slowly settles in to a thin layer, leaving lots of residue on the side of the glass in the process. Excellent lacing. 5/5
Smell: Mellow bourbon, prunes and chocolate up front. Also detecting brown sugar, roasted marshmallow, and oats. Hints of nut, fig, and dark fruit. Some oatmeal. Hints of booziness. 4.5/5
Taste: Very balanced and nuanced with complex flavors. You can easily tell that this is an Old Rasputin brew, but with extra layers of complexity from aging in bourbon barrels. Mellow bourbon up front with lots of roasted malts. Toasted marshmallow, a little vanilla and unsweetened chocolate on the mid-palate. More chocolate comes through as the beer warms/layers on the mid-palate. Also detecting increasing amounts of prunes, figs and dried semi-sweet dark fruits. Prunes, raw chocolate and bourbon in the finish. A little nuttiness comes through in the finish as the beer layers. The bourbon characteristics of the beer also grow as the brew warms and layers. There is a touch of booziness the finish. Excellent linger. 4.5/5
Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied with minimal carbonation. This brew absolutely coats the palate with delicious flavors that really linger. Finishes slightly sweet. 5/5
Overall: This beer is just as delicious as I remember it being. A true top flight Russian Imperial Stout. At $25/bottle, the price tag on this brew is a bit high -- especially when you consider the regular Old Rasputin, at $7.99 a four pack, is one of the best year-round bargains in craft beer. Alas, this is one of those few costly brews that is well worth the high price.
Recommendation: A must try beer for casual beer drinkers and beer geeks alike. This brew is revelatory.
Pairings: Warm chocolate cake.
Cost: $24.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.
12-25-2011 20:27:14 | More by jegross2
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to Mrvonzipper i received this as a christmas gift, and we were planning to age it for quite some time, but also thanks to our grandfather for thinking it was a Champagne bottle and opening it, thus forcing us to drink it.
Pours black with a mahogany tint to it when held to the light. nice one finger brown head to it and good lacing around the glass.
very nice,nutty chocolate and the bourbon oak barrels aroma
fairly hot (as expected) from the bourbon, but not to over powering. nice rich chocolate but not as nutty as i was expecting from the nose of it.
mouthfeel was pretty viscous, med-light bodied, medium carbonation.
very enjoyable wish i could have aged it as planned but merry christmas to us.
12-25-2011 20:21:31 | More by rtaps
Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
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