Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beefmental:
4.59/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance: thin dissipating head, jet black, opaque
Smell: oak, light fruit, bourbon, dark fruits, cocoa, dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts
Taste: chocolate, bourbon, oak, cherry, plum, vanilla, light hops
Mouth feel: medium high carbonation - livelier than I expected, This is not a thick beer at all - actually it's a bit thinner than I expected. Subtle warming as it goes down, but the 11.9% ABV is scary - this doesn't seem like it's that big of a beer.
Over all: Regular Old Rasputin is a classic easy-to-find RIS; this version takes that great base stout and accents with masterful barrel aging. This bottle was a bit pricey but worth the money. I savored each sip.
06-16-2013 17:47:46 | More by beefmental
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4.49/5 rDev +3.5%
In a tulip glass the beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a smattering of lace.
Wonderful aroma. Both dark and sweet chocolate, coffee. A little vanilla. A lot of booze.
The taste personified the aroma. Sweet chocolate/cocoa, dark chocolate. Bitter coffee. Big booze.
This was a full-bodied beer meant to be sipped. The alcohol is right there, but in a complimentary way.
I loved this beer!
07-01-2013 22:28:11 | More by lordofthewiens
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from a 500 ml corked bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.
Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.
Smell: A big rich whiskey soaked dark malt aroma with lots of deep chocolate and fruit hints. Upfront barrel presence with big hints of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Hints of molasses sweetness. Undertones of dark fruit with hints of dark cherry, plum, raisin, and fig. Very light on hops. Fairly boozy. A very good aroma.
Taste: As big and good as it smells, dark roasted malts with lots of dark chocolate notes and a big barrel presence. Lots of bourbon whiskey taste upfront along with notes of sweet vanilla, wood, and oak. Dark roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, smoked malt, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet molasses and slight note of anise spice. Dark fruit undertones with some notes of black cherry, plum, fig, and raisin. Light presence of earthy hops. Very rich and fairly boozy. Very good taste.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. very creamy, rich, silky, and somewhat syrupy. Some alcohol heat is felt as expected but its still fairly smooth.
Overall: Another great version of the barrel aged Raspy. Great bourbon barrel flavors blend in well with an already great dark roasty stout.
08-16-2013 07:09:20 | More by MattyG85
Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.