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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: 540
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 74
Gots: 375 | 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 Spadoof
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Name: Old Rasputin XIV
Brewery: North Coast Brewery
Bottled on: ???
Purchasing Date: 12/31/11
Purchased From: 101 Bottles (Kent, Ohio) [$21.99 a bottle]

Origin: 500ml cage corked bottle
Serving Glass: 22oz Snifter
Serving Temp: 60F

Appearance: Black, surprisingly thick used motor oil body. 2" deep mocha head rise gracefully form the dark depts of my glass. The head retention is surprising for the ABV%. Lacing is sticky and persistent. A masterful brew.

Smell: Strong vanilla upfront, blended with a barrel quality. Chocolate and smooth bourbon.

Taste: Ahh... liquid sin. Well balanced. Matches the nose perfect. Rich and lush. Slight boozy finish with an awesome cocoa after taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, milkshake consistency. Awesome!

Overall: Another amazing beer by North Coast Brewery! Bravo!

Spadoof, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -7.6%

ADTaber, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, corked & caged, $19.99 in Columbus. This is the fourth in the series that I've tried (following X, XI, & XII). As with the others, this pours dark black and opaque. Unlike the X, this one presents with a huge pillowy head, leaving solid tendrils of dark tan lace.

The aroma is whiskey-forward, with beautiful toasty notes beneath. As expected this smells like the real deal. Slightly sweet smelling too, very nice. It tastes pretty hot, not really burning but there's no doubt where this beer has been living. Actually it might have just a little burn, also a lot of vanilla from the barrel. The sweetness and bitterness cancel each other out, easily getting overpowered by the barrel treatment.

Viscous and coating, lighter carbonation than implied by the head. Overall it's solid, tasting nearly as good as it smells, but hard to justify the price tag (as usual with North Coast barrel aged beer).

TurdFurgison, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 mL corked and caged bottle split two ways with a friend. Poured into a couple of tulip glasses at cellar temperature and enjoyed over about half an hour.

Appearance: Almost pitch black in color, very dark. Pours a pretty large, beige, foamy head with good retention considering the ABV.

Aroma: Chocolate and espresso dominate upfront with a lighter, but still assertive pine from the hops. A lot of heat from the bourbon on the nose. A little less barrel forward in the aroma than I expected. Background bourbon and caramel are nice additions though.

Taste: The chocolate and espresso notes from the base are the big flavors upfront. Pine notes from the hops blead nicely with the sweeter notes and offer a nice counter. The barrel notes of toasted coconut, vanilla, molasses, and bourbon don't overpower, but compliment everything nicely. Much smoother than the aroma and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall, a really impressive bourbon barrel aged stout with great balance. Not as barrel forward as others, but really good. I found this worth the price tag, even as it is really expensive.

Gosox8787, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

Balvenie, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml cage and cork.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a medium brown head. Easily 3 of fingers worth of head. Thick head with lots of large and small bubbles. Thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: great barrel notes mostly of vanilla and oak. This beer also smells really chocolately and has some roasty notes.

Taste: Chocolate and bourbon right away. The chocolate notes taste like a gourmet chocolate that has been liquified. Vanilla is strong at about mid palate and finishes fairly strong as well. Bourbon in this beer is there from start to finish and it just sits in the background and accentuates all the stout notes. Not at all boozey bourbon flavor and it really balances well with everything in the beer. Wow!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation that is at the low end of medium. Super smooth and mellow. This is a bourbon barrel stout milkshake. Easy drinking, but you continue to want to sip this and really appreciate the fine beer this is.

Overall: This is the second Old Raspy Anniversary beer I have drank. This beer is just a good fresh as it is aged. North Coast this is the best beer you make. At 22 bucks a bottle the price is steep, but its totally worth it. My only problem is why does this brewery base beer is easy to come by and at a great price point, but the barrel aged version is soo steep? Still worth seeking it out!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

herman77, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TicoCali, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

LiquidDegenerate, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of BullDurham
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BullDurham, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of gearzstang
4/5  rDev -7.6%

gearzstang, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

jamiekimble, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of IKR
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

IKR, Dec 31, 2011
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DonDirkA, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bootsdomino, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

srandycarter, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Swervine44, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

meerkat2, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of StonePhil
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

StonePhil, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Lerxst
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Lerxst, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cindyjeffsmith, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

chrisinidaho, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

kenzak, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

alxndr33, Dec 25, 2011
Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.