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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

552 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle with thanks to MrKennedy. Shared with that questionable character and danieelol. Reviewed form notes.

Motor oil with a persistent mocha head that eventually recedes to a nice raised ring.

Liqourice, toasted coconut, sharp oaky wood and mild plastic notes.

Flavours are about big and beautifully refined barrel notes. Coconut, vanilla, raisins and muscovado sugar.

Velvety and smooth, with carbonation that is surprisingly high for the style, but thankfully more dusty than prickly.

Great BA RIS. The barell character certainly strong-arms the base beer, but it's so good you don't care.

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

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, some coffee, molasses, black licorice, dark fruits, earthy hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, molasses, black licorice, earthy hops, some smoke, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick and creamy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Fantastic bourbon aged imperial stout. Great overall balance.

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3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Picked this one up some time ago on a whim, finally getting around to drinking it. Tasted 22 February 2013.

Pours black, thick, and sludgy. One finger of medium-tan head, good retention, nice lacing. Solid, and just what I look for from an imperial stout.

Smell is bourbony and stouty, in equal parts, but they clash more than they blend. It's surprisingly thin on the nose, even after warming up. Chocolate, a grainy whiskey presence, but not much else. Edit: as it warmed up to room temp, the smell got better integrated, smoother, warmer. I'm liking it more now, though that doesn't make a huge difference to the beer as a whole.

Taste is an unbalanced, unintegrated blend of stout and whiskey. I don't know why, but the barrel and the beer just aren't working together in this. It's one of the more uneven barrel-aged stouts I've encountered. It's not over- or under-poweringly whiskey-flavored, but these two pieces just don't fit. Slightly charred, fading to bitter. Roasty, with chocolate as the dominant stout component. Whiskey brings little here - leather and a bit of burn. Meh.

Mouthfeel is good, but a bit overcarbonated. Heavy-bodied and thick, as it should be, but it surges up with carbonation that doesn't feel right for an imperial stout.

I found this to be a poorly integrated barrel-aged stout. Rough around the edges, and not in a good way. Sure, this version is gone from shelves, but this certainly doesn't make me want to throw down the money for another bottle of barrel-aged Rasputin. I actually like the base beer a lot better than I like this.

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