Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary

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96
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552 Ratings
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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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.58/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of bootsdomino
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Swervine44
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StonePhil
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Lerxst
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of chrisinidaho
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of alxndr33
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of jegross2
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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).
Score: 96

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.

Photo of rtaps
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gbbass16
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheBishopco
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Alpar
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker than the previous releases, or at least it seems to be. Quite a bit of lacing and a big tan/brown head that recedes to the edge with a dollop sitting in the center.

S: Big glorious bourbon. Smells sweet and I am getting a good amount of alcohol but not an offensive amount. A little chocolate and roasty-ness that I might be confusing for coffee?

T: Bourbon infused fig delight! Geez this beer is just outstanding fresh. I didn't get the dark fruit in the nose but I can taste it with the barrel and some creamy vanilla as well.

M: Thin and slick for the style but barrels tend to thin these types of beers out a bit. The lingering vanilla and bourbon flavors make up for it.

O: Everything I remember this beer being while fresh. Phenomenal. I've had the X, XI and XII in the past few months and this beer is better than all of them. Just outstanding fresh or maybe that is my biased opinion because of the fondness I have for this beer fresh. Worth the price tag once in awhile but still hard to justify, its worth the experience at least once.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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