Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Auraan:
5/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured a rich black, entirely opaque, no light coming through with a slight ring of off white head. Scents of chocolate, roast malt, black coffee and some hints of alcohol and oak. Flavor was rich dark chocolate, chocolate, black coffee, roast malt and slight hints of oak and bourbon all blended wonderfully together. Mouthfeel was thick and heavy bodied, but smooth with medium carbonation. Quite easy to drink and it hid the alcohol content well. An excellent Russian Imperial Stout, easily the best I have tasted, no other has come close.
Serving type: on-tap
04-21-2013 08:54:33 | More by Auraan
More User Reviews:
4.26/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 23:54:29 | More by scottfrie
3.66/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 01:12:41 | More by JohnnyHopps
Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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