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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Reviews: 89
Hads: 922
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 134
Gots: 346 | FT: 29
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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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of WesM63
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours near pitch black with a rocky 2 finger light mocha head. Decent amounts of retention and lacing.

S: Smells of light bourbon, dark roasted malts, vanilla, faint coffee and chocolate.

T: Damn, this is good. Very subtle and smooth. Light bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Fairly hot, but reminds me i'm drinking a BA RIS.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly thin with more carbonation than expected.

O: Overall this is really good. It's much lighter than I expected. Slightly thin but I think being hot helps carry it. It is priced a bit high (not a factor in the review), but a treat none the less. (696 characters)

Photo of nick_asian
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a tan creamy head.
S: lots of great bourbon. Got some roasted marshmallow and dried fruits. Kind of boozy, but you get over it.
T: great amount of wood and bourbon with some caramel and dried fruit.
M: nice medium-full body. Low carbonation, but it works.
O: really great. All the great characteristics of the original, but with bourbon. (355 characters)

Photo of warrenout330
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, caged and corked

A- pours a thick looking opaque color... dense tan head... smears of lacing to the glass

S- well pronounced whiffs of bakers chocolate, soft vanilla, slight roasted coffee.... and booozzzeeeyyy wooden Bourbon

T- balanced milk chocolate... full on fledged vanilla ambush on the taste buds... boozey Bourbon slurred everywhere

M- smooth and creamy... well balanced carbonation ... alittle thinner than I remember from last year... not as chewy ... balanced hop bite ... alcohol burn on the mouth and tongue that leaves almost a numbing sensation... the 11.9 % really shows its self in the feel

O- I've always like this beer even though it is a tad easier to find than most BBA stout that are on the top lists... the price tag is a bit over the norm.... but I still find it worth it with the potential this beer has with age.... buy one and put it down for a year atleast... (910 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized tan head. Head fades at a steady pace, some lace.

Bourbon is the immediate smell. Vanilla and oak. The base beer does come through nicely as well: roasted malt, chocolate. Nice smell, all sits together well.

Flavour is very nice. The bourbon, oak and vanilla integrate very well with the beer. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. A bit of a burnt marshmallow flavour. A bit hot, but not too much.

Full bodied, quite slick, moderately carbonated.

Overall, very good. The barrel is strong but not overpowering. (557 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 mL bottle

My kind of beer. It's an 8 ball in a glass. Complete darkness, no lighter shades of brown, simply a black hole. The head is brown, but only a finger thick, though it retains well and produces pretty good lace.

Just from the smell I know it's going to hurt. Bits of chocolate, and then bourbon dominates.

The taste doesn't follow the smell in that the bourbon is subtle. Roasted malt and chocolate fill the taste buds, with bourbon a minor player.

You can't get away from the strength of this beer, but it's relatively mild and fairly easy to drink. A bit of sweetness, some smoke, a tad of bitter and then some heat from the alcohol. All work well together.

I'm happy I got this beer. Despite the strength, I'm left wishing it was a 22-ounce bomber bottle. Easy to drink, good stuff, great beer. (827 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from old notes.

Pours an opaque onyx with minimal medium brown head.

Aroma is very chocolate and bourbon dominant, with light roast and more toasty and nutty character than expected. Dark fruit in the form of raisins and dates adds complexity.

Toffee, bourbon, raisins, and oak dominate the flavor profile, along with roasty, chocolatey malt. Vanilla surfaces late. There's a hint of medicinal phenols.

Body is smooth and thick, with minimal carbonation and a little heat.

Great brew, but I think it will be even better in a couple years. (552 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very fresh bottle, just released.

A: Dark brown pour. Enormous and ridiculously fluffy medium brown head. Head fades away very slowly. Moderate splashes of light fluffy lacing. Great head retention.

S: Ahhh. Some big, bold and sharp bourbon notes. Primarily caramel and brown sugar. Mild smooth chocolate underneath. Coconut and vanilla from the barrels.

T: Strong bourbon up front but not overpowering like the aroma. Again, mostly caramel and brown sugar here. Nice roasted malt, smooth and sweet chocolate and vanilla. Some char, primarily into the finish. Coconut in the finish and aftertaste with some oakiness. Aftertaste is almost pure bourbon due to the booziness.

M: Heavy but cut decently by the bourbon. Smooth with a drying boozy aftertaste.

O: Very tasty bourbon-barreled RIS. This one is obviously quite fresh and hot but that doesn't mean it's bad. Kinda reminds me of a less harsh fresh BCBS in fact. This one has a surprising amount of coconut from the barrels, and quite a bourbon-heavy finish (roasted malt didn't stand a chance here). Tasty and enjoyable. (1,082 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Live review. Poured from the corked and caged 500 ML bottle that I was surprised and delighted to find, for $19.99, at Giant Eagle in Painesville, Ohio. As I stood in the aisle not believing my good fortune I thought, "now this is why I always check the beer aisle!" Anyway, poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Almost completely black body. In front of direct light there are edges of a deep, dark mahogany. The head is a medium to dark brown, 3 inches in height after moderate pour and it sticks around for a full 2 or 3 minutes. As it receded it left a curtain like lacing on the inside of the glass. Very cool look. I did not expect much less. 4.5

S Wonderful Bourbon notes rise up in the front but there is a distant background of dark roast malt. Goodness in a glass. Makes it difficult to record these thoughts without taking a sip. 4.75

T Wow...great tasting beer first off. Secondly, I am struck by just how "bourbonesque" this beer is. I have had something like 10 or 12 bourbon barrel aged stouts and this might be the most bourbon influenced. The bourbon is up front and rather dominates the taste. I don't get nearly as much deep, dark roast malt that I got in straight up Old Rasputin. That is a slight disappointment since Old Raspy is one of my favorite Stouts. I guess that it is my opinion that the best BA Stouts retain much of the dark roast malt goodness but feature the Barrel Aged character as an accompaniment. By contrast, this BA Stout has the bourbon front and center. All of that being said, I have become an "easy mark" for Bourbon Barrel aged beers and so I find it hard to rate them at all badly. With all that in mind I render my rating on the taste of....4.0

M Feel is something of a disspointment. Again, my opinion formed after 10-12 Bourbon BA Stouts is that the best ones have a great silky smoothness. This one, by contrast is a bit thin. Upon the pour, the head suggested that it might have all of the silkiness that I could desire but the actual feel was more thin than that. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is fair. Despite its elevated ABV (nearly at the limit for Ohio BTW) it is entirely drinkable but its price limits me to only one bottle for an evening. Overall this is a great beer. I feel lucky to have been able to try it. Thanks to Giant Eagle for getting it in stock! 4.25

Notes: For my recommendation of a better Barrel Aged Stout: Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. (2,427 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a one finger khaki head. Some faint lace.

S: As this stuff warms up, it gets downright orgasmic. Bourbon is faint, but leaves a nice vanilla note. Roasted malt, lots of barrel, chocolate covered espresso beans and toffee.

T: Lots of roasted malt and charred wood. Anise, espresso and some faint cherry. Some hints of bourbon throughout. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Other than that, a pretty tasty beer. (422 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice Blacker than black color gave way to a mass of carbonation bubbles along the edge of the snifter. Relatively thick head it was tan and laced minimally.

The scent is mostly coconut with traces of vanilla and oak. Very pronounced in aroma it is not liberally diverse.

The taste follows the nose with huge coconut flavor and a touch of vanilla. Not a lot of barrel taste it follows through a little watery.

Overall it's good but perhaps disappointing when I think I like the stock Rasputin better. (502 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a 1/2" if cinnamon colored head.

The bourbon presence in the nose was really heavy. Oak, vanilla, tobacco. There's a good deal of chocolate and roast.

Good bourbon flavors, too. Vanilla, toasted marshmallow, oak, dark chocolate, and dark berries.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin to support the booze. If only it could be a little more viscous and smooth I think it would have gone a long way.

Overall, a very good beer. I really enjoy the NC anniversary beers but I wish they'd come down in price. There are better barrel aged beers out there for much less. (580 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks big time Steve.

A- Split four ways from the 500ml with a pitch black body and a small light mocha cap. The head ends up as a foamy belt and lacing is mostly spotty with a few sheets.

S- A bit more tame than the other variants I have had out of this series; at least at this juncture. Mostly what I get is a chocolatey roast malt profile and a smoothed out, semi-oxidized Bourbon barrel profile. Time seems to have smoothed this out.

T- Large Bourbon barrel similar to what I find in the other variants with a wet and smoothed out woody oak flavor, peppery spicy whiskey and plenty of vanilla. Chocolate truffles, cocoa nibs and charred grains from the classic base brew. Somewhat sweet.

MF- Thick and slick oily body with a certain lack of carbonation but nowhere near flat. Texture is slightly foamy and creamy. Slightly hot finish.

Just seems to lack some of the complexity I find in the other ones. Not directly comparable but its unavoidable. Thick chocolate and a bold barrel. (993 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigTuro for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a chocolate chip cookie dough flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is pretty hot at the moment and can use some time to mellow out. (635 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with a mocha colored had this is extremely fluffy and is not dissipating with ease at all. I was expecting there to be little such a high alcohol content.

Smells super fruity, boozy and cocoa like. I pick up a tequila character with the fruit and bitter hop taking on a salty-like character. Really complex. I like it.

Right away I get a tequila taste, then to bitter cocoa and goes down with a light dark fruit presence from the barrel. Lots of hard liquor flavor. It seems like a rum with the body of a stout. Some warmth from the alcohol, but it is nicely hidden. As it warms I get a little more beer quality, but not enough.

I was expecting more cocoa/ sweetness and malt body. It feels a little thin in flavor with the liquor presence being a little heavy.

Scotch and Bourbon drinkers will love this. Overall, enoyable, but needs a little more depth to make it something really worth seeking out. Parabola takes this one down easily, unfortunately. (977 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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! (301 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,873 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Version XV on tap at Easy Tiger in Austin on Memorial Day 2013. Pours black with thick head in a wine glass. Aroma is big vanilla and black licorice. Flavor is very bourbon forward with subtle vanilla notes. Some of the beautiful roasty, chocolatey goodness seems to be lost from the regular version, and the mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Whiskey is slightly harsh and this might need a little age. Definitely comes in a bit hot. Overall a solid BA stout, but outside of the aroma, not nearly was I was expecting. (520 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz Growler, XV Anniversary. Served at around 55F

Pours black with a small one finger brown head that quickly dissipates and leaves short lived spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, coconut, good bit of oak, some dark fruits of plums and figs, roasted malts, lighter notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee, caramel, sinus-clearing alcohol. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is bourbon, dark fruits, dates, figs, plums, raisins, roasted malts, some coffee & molasses, hints of chocolate and caramel, vanilla, oak, fairly sweet, mild bitterness, decent alcohol bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, quite sticky, moderate carbonation.

While I have a bottle of XIV sitting in the cellar (but not for much longer), this is my first time trying a barrel-aged Rasputin and it is very good, really nice barrel-aged Stout. However, the price is pretty ridiculous, even with the growler fill being comparatively cheaper than what you pay for the bottles. Very good, but not to the levels of the likes of KBS, Parabola, Abyss, etc... (1,059 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Black, hardly surprisingly. Two fingers of brown/tan head. Heavy lacing, very impressive.

S: Big, boozy, and bourbony.

T/M: Ever-so-slightly disappointing. The mouthfeel is thinnish and weak, not nearly as smooth as I remember the XIV. The flavors are light, but are chocolate, smooth molasses, and light bourbon.

O: I enjoyed it, but last year's was much better. This was a lackluster imitation, but maybe it's just not old enough? (494 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (791 characters)

Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.