Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beefmental:
4.59/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2013 17:47:46 | More by beefmental
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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.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 02:30:42 | More by Alieniloquium
Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.