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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout

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911 Ratings
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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 136
Gots: 348 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Philousa on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 911 | Reviews: 92
Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big pillowy head that dissipates well leaving nice lacing.smell is amazing with great bourbon notes of oak and vanilla. Smooth. Taste is not as bourbon, with almost no heat. Notes of vanilla and light, creamy chocolate milkshake. Mouthfeel is a little light overall, with a little bit of a disappointing finish. Not sweet and not dry. 12% ABV is really well hid, with an amazingly smooth finish. Rather uninteresting for the price. Great beer, but won't spend $21 for this again.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate, dark fruit, and bourbon. Thinner mouthfeel and not much sweetness but it works. Warms my chest. It's good.

Photo of FightGame
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap.

Look: Dark, black, even holding it up to the light could not see through it. Poured a nice thick head which settled in about 5 minutes.

Smell: Hints of Vanilla and chocolate.

Taste: Bourbon flavor present. Malty backbone. Coffee aftertaste. Alcohol present but not overpowering.

Feel: Thick but not syrupy. Lingers a few seconds. Light carbonation.

Overall: a delicious imperial stout with great flavor that does not overpower your senses.

Photo of Pipelovejoy
3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Looked the part of a big stout and smelled hints of bourbon slight chocolate.
Tasted normal big stout flavors, nothing unusual and very agreeable.
The body was way to light for what I was expecting.

Photo of lemmy187
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not worth the hefty price tag.....too thin and bourbon forward.

Photo of Devman171
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

XV, pours thick black. Aroma is roasted chocolate and light booze. Taste is thick rich roast and a smooth bourbon barrel finish

Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a thin light caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of licorice, dark fruits, caramels, cocoa powder and coffee.
Elegant flavor with notes of licorice, lots of red and black fruits, milder Bourbon, guaraná, vanilla, coconut, oak, raisins, cocoa powder and dark chocolate, mild anise and light charcoal.
Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting roasted note.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.9% is felt, but in harmony with the overall beer.
Well balanced and complex Imperial Stout, though the bourbon and hops were more on the undertone. Very chocolaty, nutty and coconutty. Great beer.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to papat444 for this gem.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, roasted malts and chocolate.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate and bourbon that are quickly followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and extremely smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, well-disguised strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very nice big aged stout to sip on for a very long time.

Photo of rden4654
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice Beer with great Flavor!!!!

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager in a box this summer. Thanks again for all the goodness man!

From a 500ml cork and caged bottle into a snifter
Drank this beside the XIV for comparative purposes

APPEARANCE: Clear brown/black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy, light tan head with very good retention. Black body with no carbonation at all. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp. A faint wisp remains the whole way leaving some splotchy dots of lacing down the glass. Less carbo and less lacing than the XIV.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, pure chocolate and lightly roasted coffee on the nose. Lots of barrel and sweet cream aromas. Nice stuff. Very aromatic and barrel heavy. Same as XIV.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, with sweet cream notes up front. More bourbon and oak at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, some bitter pure chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Mostly barrel and alcohol with lots of sweet vanilla and coconut flavors, but some nice roasted and bitter flavors from the base beer under it all. Really nice. Same as XIV as well.

PALATE: Slightly lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down okay with a slight scratch at the swallow and finishes rather sticky. Some heat lingers. Perhaps a touch heavier than the XIV.

OVERALL: This stuff is really good. The feel could be beefed up perhaps, which would give it a stronger foundation, but this is a minor complaint in this case. Definitely barrel heavy, but the flavors are decadent and the base beer is still strong enough to punch some bitter flavors through the barrel. I will say that this beer is basically identical to the XIV, so I’m not sure why there is a separate entry to this every year. Nevertheless, it’s quality, and it’s nice that North Coast does it annually. Thanks again Rutager. Recommended.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Plenty of booze, a little thinner than I anticipated. Bitter, dark chocolate. Probably should have let it age longer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours dark brown with a white head. The aroma is big on Bourbon and oak. The taste is big on alcohol, some bourbon and small vanilla. In the finish a bit of anise almost pokes through. Hot, bourbon, stout, faint ghost bitterness. Overall, a big full bodied stout but a bit more age would help it!

Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an extremely dark woody brown color, near black, with two fingers of dense, soft-looking, light brown head. Head took its time fading into a faint collar which left spotty lacing down the glass.
S: Rich notes of bourbon, spice, chocolate, and roast come through. I get scents of toasted marshmallows, wood and vanilla as well. Bourbon is strong yet mellow and smooth smelling.
T: Extremely potent and rich flavors bourbon, chocolate fudge, chocolate ice-cream, caramel, candied dates, roasted and toasted malts, and vanilla. The finish is full of sweet bourbon and vanilla, and the aftertaste is roasted, chocolaty, and lingering.
M: Full body, smooth and decadent mouthfeel. No trace of alcohol heat whatsoever, but the bourbon lends some great flavor. There a solid bitterness to the brew as well, not unlike the original version. Rich over, with soft and even carbonation.
O: One of the most underrated bbl aged stouts is back again and it does not disappoint. Potent and rich, this is a great sipping beer.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The brew was jet black with an off-white head that left significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The booze seems to be present in the aroma, but it lacks the sweetness of bourbon. In comes across like the aroma of a soured stout.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect notes of black licorice, mild bourbon, and soured dark chocolate. The taste seems to fade rather quickly, almost seeming watery. DId I age this one too long? The aftertaste has the sour mash of bourbon, but lacks the burn. Eventually it just faces into sourness.

Mouthfeel - The beer has the thickness of a stout, despite failing to meet expectations on the taste front. The tongue is well coated with the sourness.

Overall - I understand why I see a lot of these on shelves still. It is a barrel aged stout in name, but missed the mark on most of the high points of the style.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.19.14

A - Pours a verk dark brown with a one inch fine dark tan head that fades slowly.

S - Lots of chocolate up-front, then some heat and bourbon.

T - More bourbon and oak, then a nice chocolate finish.

D -Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Nice barrel and bourbon, a bit rough, but tons of chocolate.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with an ample dark khaki head. A thin collar persists. Nothing else on the surface.

Smell - Really boozy. Singes the nostrils. Dark chocolate. Oak. Bourbon. Charred, intense oak.

Taste - Sweet, but dark chocolate. Bourbon and vanilla barrel character. It has a chalkiness that isn't desirable but at the same time isn't wholly unpleasant. Just is. Bitter oakiness in the back. Gives it a brief hint of acidity.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy. Medium carbonation. Heavy and boozy, but to be expected.

Overall - I remember really enjoying XIV, but I don't remember this chalky oak. Maybe it was there and I didn't notice it. I still have a bottle, maybe I'll go back it. But not after putting this monster away. Good grief, it's a big 'un.

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. (16.9 fl. oz.) corked and caged bottle purchased at CT Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and somewhat thin for the style. A super tight, creamy and foamy, mocha colored head topped the liquid and faded to a lasting, clingy ring of bubbles. Small patches of drippy lacing trickled along the glass.

Bourbon came through super strong in the aroma. The barrel character was intense. Quite sweet overall with loads of fresh vanilla bean, brown sugar and dark fruit notes. Raisins and plums were most noticeable. Dark chocolate appeared as the beer warmed.

On the front end, the flavor profile was similar to the nose, but the beer finished rather harsh. Intense roasted malt notes came through right away, but they were well tempered by sweet, rich, caramel and brown sugar-like notes. Lots of raisins and dark fruits. Loads of vanilla in the center. The beer turned quite harsh and hot on the back end. The combination of ashy, charred malts and a sharp, whiskey-like booziness on the finish was disappointing, especially considering how well the beer started off. Some woody, tannic notes were also detectible.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. As is often the case, the barrel seemed to thin out the liquid. A zippy effervescence gave the beer a smooth, supple creaminess. After each sip, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin is an intense bourbon-forward beer not for the faint of heart. Of the three anniversary releases I have sampled to date, this one seemed to drink a lot smoother than any of the others. However, even with a year of age, this still finished quite hot. I would love the opportunity to sample this again in another year, when the booziness might be tempered a bit more.

Photo of BierJager89
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a creamy mocha head, beautiful.

S: Tantalizing bourbon character of oak and vanilla, a touch of caramel, chocolate and coffee in the nose. Smells amazing.

T: A bit of alcohol and some vanilla and chocolate followed by more vanilla and chocolate, some oak, caramel, molasses and licorice. A touch sweet.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not quite as good as the prior year's version, but an excellent example of a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of palma
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$30 for the bottle at a distributor in Massachusetts.

The aroma is excellent. Best aspect of the beer. Big vanilla. Bourbon, plum, warm oak, caramel, delicious. Not sure this can be any better.

Taste is excellent as well. For a barrel aged stout, it is less cloying and winey than some other barrel aged beers. I like it like this. Still, it's fruity, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate baking bars, and relatively slightly hot. Coconut at the end. Nice.

Mouthfeel is good but the drinkability is great although that might just be the alcohol talking at this point.

An excellent barrel aged stout but not sure the 30 dollar price tag is warranted. Bottle looks great and impressive so maybe worth it for a special occasion to share with others.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 12/28/13. Enjoyed during the fight.

The body was black, with a light brown head. Decent head retention, and wow does it lace up nice.

This one smelled malty with dark fruit up front. Vanilla and caramel made their way through, with a strong booze aroma at the end.

The flavor was not far from the nose. Malty with dark fruit up front. A woody vanilla flavor came in, and transitioned to a buttery boozy taste. Finish was chocolatey.

Medium-heavy bodied. Heavy residue is left on the tongue.

Photo of JackieTH
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured dark brown black with a khaki foam head that persisted and left a bit of lace. Smells of bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Delicious. Taste is phenomenal. Bitterness of dark chocolate plays against sweetness of roasted malt, vanilla, dark cherries and figs, caramel, molasses. No noticeable alcohol. Very good flavor. This is a high brow old rassy, for sure. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and creamy. Barrel aging really goes well with the Old Rasputin stock RIS, very enjoyable, wish I had more.

Photo of Joshpu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a dark brown tinge and two-finger tan head. Pretty decent lacing, looks nice. Lots of carbonation.

S: Vanilla and oak smell from the bourbon barrels, toffee, fudge brownie. Smells sweet. Smells very pleasant, the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the smell.

T: Very chocolatey, like a very rich and lightly bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts. Dark fruit, oak, bourbon is there but is definitely not dominating the palate. Some coffee as well. Slightly bitter on the end.

M: Medium to full bodied. Pretty thick and chewy mouth-feel. Seems like more than average carbonation which also has a softer feeling on the tongue.

Overall not surprisingly a very good stout. A very chocolate forward beer. Can't go wrong with this stout, very complex.

Photo of nataku00
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours black with some brown at the edges with three plus fingers of fluffy light brown head. Head leaves a good amount of sticky lacing as it slowly dissipated.

Big bourbon barrel notes, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, toffee, chocolate, coffee. The bourbon aromas are the strongest though.

Taste follows the nose, bourbon flavors leading, vanilla, oak, toffee, cinnamon, melding with the bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavors of the stout. More bourbon warmth in the finish.

Full body with minimal carbonation. A good amount of alcohol warmth in the throat after a sip, but otherwise easy to drink.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

to take an already epic brew and turn it into this, is just simply a work of art. there is very little to compare this too, in terms of quality. up there in the abyss, big bad Baptist, kbs conversation, what could really be better? deep deep black color, excited and excitable mocha head, rich and bitter malt notes arise, as do hints of chocolate, good whiskey, vanilla, and char. lots of layers here, flashing and popping, interweaving with one another. not as heavy as some, which is a surprise, especially at this abv level, but its almost more drinkable than the not barrel aged version. its carbonated pretty well too, not syrupy, but definitely thick and way full bodied. not much to improve upon here, except for maybe the exorbitant price. the best thing north coast has ever made, hands down. an absolute must for the stout lover.

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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.