Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by palma:
4.36/5 rDev +0.5%
$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.
01-01-2014 22:31:13 | More by palma
More User Reviews:
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 836 ratings.