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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 111
Gots: 323 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Philousa on 12-05-2012)
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1.5/5  rDev -65.4%

hikeeba, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Sarlacc83
2.14/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

XV. Bottle.

A: Leggy. Huge foamy mocha head. Pitch black.

N: Sharp bourbon, prune, vanilla, alcohol, dark cherries, smoke, melted dark chocolate and cinnamon. Despite all these flavors, it’s still mediocre. I don’t know how.

T: Bitter and smoky. Tons of char. Completely lacking in flavor.

M: Very thin for the style. No lasting effects except that of weak coffee.

O: Subpar, to the say least. I will never buy this beer again. Uninteresting waste of money. And this will continue get more fusel as it warms. I actually had a 2.7 on this at first and dropped it another 6 points after.

Sarlacc83, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of steeb
2.45/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a goblet.

A: Barely jet black with a thin head that dissipated quickly

S: Pretty good on the smell. Dark Chocolate, Cocoa, caramel with some bourbon barrel notes.

T: Here is where it falls flat. Bourbon barrel dominates the flavor. I soaked American oak in bourbon, the remaining over-oaked whiskey reminds me a lot of this beer. The barrel flavor intensifies as it warms.

M: Thin body, dry finish. Doesnt hold up the spirit flavors well.

O: I would like to taste this beer after the barrel flavors start to mellow out. I would buy this beer again just to cellar it for a year or two. For a BBARIS, this is kind of a let down.

steeb, Feb 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

Rish907, Jun 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

emceecue, Feb 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

ohiobeer29, Jun 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

ajzy, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

ChicagoNick, Feb 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

djmichaelk, Jan 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Cerveza, Mar 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

mmulebarn, Mar 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

mpayne5, Feb 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

schnarr84, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of CAPorter
3.01/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As someone who knows and loves bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts, I'm surprised I was overall disappointed in this beer.

The mouthfeel was thinner than I would have expected and the bourbon flavor was very light compared to KBS, Bourbon County, Porcine Unidragon, Black Ops, etc. The maltiness also didn't seem as present as its peers. It did seem rather hot in a general sense, not necessarily bourbon heat.

Not a bad beer, but not worth the price. I would rather pay less to get a better beer of this type.

CAPorter, Feb 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Taylor_Boggio, Aug 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

rpstevens, Jun 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

random846, Mar 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Brew33, Jan 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Nobcefus, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.34/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a glassy black body with a large tan head.

S: Oaky nose. Corny bourbon, fudgy, dry wood, dusting of cocoa, caramel.

T: Some light caramel and vanilla tannins hit the palate, followed by a stingingly astringent bitterness. I'm not sure if it's from the wood or the roasted malt, but it's a bit ashy and not very pleasant. Mild dark chocolate in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation.

O: Something went wrong here...the ashy bitterness is out of place.

Etan, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

After spilling some beer getting the cork out of this one, I have to say I am ready to get this in the glass – this stuff is expensive.

A: A slower-than-normal pour down the center of the glass yields a monstrous rocky head of tan foam, settling into the light-sucking black body at a pace of about an inch a minute. Thick lacing strands cover nearly all the glass’ interior as a finger of thick cream stands on top as retention; this is definitely the most classically pleasing look for a stout.

S: A gooey, vanilla-infused chocolate foreground conjures images of brownie batter. A meaty middle of licorice, icing, honey-roasted almonds, and the crisp husk of toasted (not roasted) grains; I can almost taste it. Though there’s always a tone of spicy, alcoholic heat to it, the bourbon and barrel is most prevalent toward the end of nose, creating a boozy finish. The only thing I can say in protest to this nose is a certain wet cardboard scent whenever I swirl the glass – unwelcome signs of oxidation, it seems like.

T: A milky chocolate body that’s bolstered by a warm vanilla bourbon tone and a peppering of zesty hops. Sweet caramel tastes, roasty malts, and hickory and maple syrup fill out the center of this beer, with a rindy bitterness hovering over it. It has a good bourbon stout taste to it, overall, but again, there’s this character of off flavors to the whole thing. Ashy, papery tastes surround the aftertaste in a shroud of unpleasantness; this is one I won’t be able to finish. I really want to like this beer, but I can’t help but be disappointed by what’s in my glass.

M: Pretty smooth in the carbonation, but it’s a pretty thin. A Russian imperial stout at nearly 12% should have some girth, it seems; unfortunately, that’s not the case.

O: Take a big whiff, you get cardboard. Take a nice long sip, you get the same thing. Take $25 from my wallet for a beer that has both off-flavors and an abnormally thin body, you get an unhappy customer. If there’s one thing I can say about North Coast, it’s that when they’re on, they’re on – unfortunately, they aren’t “on” consistently. You can tell that this beer is meant to be a very special batch, and at times, it shows; there’s good craftsmanship here. But the overarching negatives to this beer constantly overshadow the positives, and that’s why I’m avoiding North Coast for the moment.

BarryMFBurton, Jan 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Atomicskis5, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Mineo, Feb 27, 2014
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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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