Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 78
Gots: 377 | FT: 12
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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:
Beer added by: doughanson78 on 12-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jtingue
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Pitch black in color, but appears fairly thin when poured. Pours with 2 fingers of cappuccino colored head, which dissipates to a ring around the side of the glass. Lacing is excellent, as are the alcohol feet.

Smell. Lots of bourbon and oak on the nose. There is a distinct buttery sweet smell that I get in a lot of bourbon aged beers. Some of the coffee and chocolate that you get in the regular Old Rasputin is in there as well.

Taste. Starts out with some bitterness that comes along with an oaky and dry bourbon flavor. The bourbon is very grainy charcoal tinged which is accompanied perfectly by the roastyness of the malts in the original Old Rasputin. One of my favorite aspects of the original, dark fruits and floral esters, still meld so well with the dark roasty flavors of the malt, but become more complex with the addition of the oak flavors and the age. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and frothy cappuccino start to take over. This leads into a dry finish with some alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel. Perfect. Medium to full body, with a moderate frothy carbonation. Really sets of the flavors of the beer.

Just when you thought Old Rasputin couldn't get any better... This is to date the best barrel aged beer I've ever had to date. Can't wait to get some KBS to hopefully change that opinion.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with scoand.

A- Pours a 2 finger frothy brown head, dissipates slowly, pitch black head, sticky lacing.
S- Really nice bourbon characteristics, big vanilla, nice buttery aroma, toffee, chocolate, slight alcohol burn in the aroma but not overpowering.
T- Really nice, oak upfront from the barrels, nice roasted malts, bourbon comes in on the finish, really nice, vanilla, bourbon, really nice buttery vanilla taste..
M- Big mouth feel, thick, silk smooth drinking, ends bitter.
O- I’m very impressed with this beer, I love the base, ageing the base beer in bourbon barrels makes this beer so much better. If the bottle wasn’t so expensive I would stock up on this beer.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter:

A: Pours pitch black with a 2-finger brown head with great retention and lacing. Very fluffy head. Quite impressive look.

S: Roasted malts with a little medium roasted coffee, sweet bourbon, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, hint of raisin/dark fruits. Fairly complex, though the nose is a little muted (doesn't jump out of the glass like other big barrel aged stouts). Fairly bourbon forward with a touch of heat.

T: Fairly mellow. Light alcohol/bourbon burn upfront followed by sweet bourbon with a lot of vanilla and a touch of oak. A lot of toffee and toasted coconut. Dark and rich chocolate with a little molasses. A little coffee in the background. Surprisingly I'm not getting a whole lot of roasted malts. Hint of dark fruits in finish with a tiny bit of bitterness. Moderate to slightly sweet. As others have noted, it's very mellow for a barrel aged RIS.

M: Close to a full body, slightly high carbonation, fairly smooth, a little bit more dry finish than usual for a barrel aged RIS.

O: An enjoyable barrel aged RIS with some nice flavors and complexity, but I agree that it's a little too mellow.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my grandpa for thinking this gift I gave my brother was champagne, making us have to drink this fresh on Christmas eve.

Black with a solid foamy light brown head with nice retention and lacing. 

Bourbon forward nose with solid oakiness and nuttiness. Buttery brown sugar as well. Pretty nice.  

Bourbon forward in flavor as well. A bit hot. Needs to relax. A bit of vanilla and oak. Semi-muttled (but good) flavors seem they'll brighten up and work in more harmony as a little more time goes by.

Pretty dry. Just short of being as full bodied as I expected. Medium-High carbonation.

Overall it's a nice solid BA Stout. I feel it needs some time to age, in order for everything to settle and come together a bit. Should be very nice down the road.

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of BeerOnTheWall
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Rizalini
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of xraided81
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of mwill7287
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Photo of bobhits
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Purchased for 23.49, I really still can’t figure out why I did it. I guess because I only had the XII with a lot of age and really wanted to see what this was like with some heat. I’m crazy, nuff said.

Pours a huge pillowy head with very good lacing for this style (would be average to poor for say a double IPA to compare). The body is dark and thick, but not the oily lacing or alcohol legs you’d get with say a bourbon county stout.

Bourbon, caramel, almost a buttery finish with a lot of chocolate and some hints of fruity hop bitterness. I never thought highly of the XII from a flavor or aroma stand point, but the complexity is truly world class and the same here.

A very hard beer to place. Cocoa nibs, a lot of vanilla, bitter flavors from hops, and hints of bourbon. This beer is completely different from the non-barrel beer, but while there is certainly a good barrel aged effect I really feel like I’m drinking a different base beer as well. Oak oddly does not really jump out and the woody flavors seem a bit foreign to me and I’ve had more than my share of bourbon and bourbon barrel beers.

There’s a bit of heat here, but it never is overpowering. I don’t see more than 6 months of age being needed to mellow this for those not fond of that, and for those who enjoy a bit of bourbon heat, drink fast! There beer is very well carbonated making it easy to drink and enjoy. I like a bit more body and thickness in these stouts than I think this beer has, but the carbonation MORE than makes up for it.

This is a very very good beer with a price tag that is beyond absurd. I really cannot understand why I couldn’t just not buy this one. I’m taking off points here because of value. This beer is worth a steep price tag…I’d have no issue with a dollar an oz, but this is just silly. Add in the bottle is freaking thicker than hell. Guys, think about the planet when you put beer into 10 pound bottles!

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.96/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. I got this for $19.99, which despite being on the cheaper end for this brew, is still a horrible price.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy tan head. Retention is about average, but glass coating lacing is left.

3.0 S: Like the regular, this is very faint in aroma. Light chocolate with a very soft roastiness. Surprisingly, not even the bourbon stands out. Booze is well hidden.

2.5 T: Boring to the point that it's maddening. Very light chocolate, very light roastiness, and even lighter coffee. Bourbon is light and adds light leather and earth notes. A little bit of astringency from the barrel. Booze is in check again, but is more discernible than in the nose.

4.0 M: This is easily the best part of the brew. Medium to heavier medium body. Good carbonation, but might be a tad high. Very nice creaminess on this, especially for the body.

3.0 D: I made several posts before this was released ripping on people who were planning on buying it. Well, like a dumbass hypocrite, I bought a bottle myself. I saw the good early reviews then a case of "curiousity killed the wallet" took me over. Turns out I was spot on with my prediction. A boring beer was put into a barrel and a boring barrel aged beer emerged.

Photo of MattyG85
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 ml corked bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with no real color coming through. A big five finger brownish tan head which slowly settles into a thin tan film layer. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big bourbon aroma upfront with good hints of woody oak and vanilla. Big hints of chocolate and dark roasted malts with some coffee and molasses. Also some dark fruits lingering in the background with light hints of prunes and dark cherry. Somewhat boozy as expected.

Taste: Like the nose suggests, a big taste of bourbon barrel aging and dark malts. Good taste of vanilla and oak with dark roasty caramel malts. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Also some light hints of dark cherries and prunes that should come out more with some age. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a carbonation that is fairly high for a imperial stout, but it works well. A little heat is felt from the alcohol as expected with a barrel aged bomb like this but its very manageable. Vanilla lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall: A very good job of barrel aging for a great stout. A great sipper.

Photo of dorianmarley
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark black with a big tan head that fades to a pancake. Lacing is very good.

Smell is mostly mellow bourbon. It takes on the fiery side of bourbon: not just toasted, but torched sugars. It also has good chocolate and vanilla aromas. The malts are light, but they are there.

Taste is initially Bourbon. The sugars are sweet and astringent. Oak and almond are consistent throughout. Finishes with dark chocolate and coffee. Biscuit at the very end.

Mouthfeel coats nicely. It has medium carbonation, and the alcohol gives off a noticeable Bourbon burn. The beer is surprisingly refreshing, considering the boldness.

Overall, this is a decadent treat that goes down a lot easier than expected. The flavors are dynamic and complex. But you can find tastier Bourbon beers for a fraction of this $20 price.

Photo of Spadoof
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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).

Photo of Gosox8787
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of BullDurham
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of IKR
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.