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

Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout

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788 Ratings
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%


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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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle (corked and caged) served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with the barest amount of light getting in at the edges showing a dark cola brown. Dense tan head upon pouring, but this died back to just a ring at the edge. Some small dots and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, all perfectly blended together. A great smelling beer.

Taste: Bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, with a mild bitter finish. The bitterness. Boozy, but not cheap - more like a fine liquor.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, with a nice alcohol bite. Warming for that alcohol bite. A bit sticky and smooth at the same time.

Overall / Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable and I'm very impressed with this beer overall. The bourbon barrel accentuates this stout and does not overwhelm like other bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. While I would be hurting later if I did it - I think I could work on another bottle of this great beer over the evening and would still be glad I downed it. A slow sipper to savor over an evening, but also great with food (meatloaf and mashed potatoes in this case). Overall an amazing beer. Very different than the normal Old Rasputin as the hops are muted, but that's okay. This beer does very well being less hoppy and I'm glad I had it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 00:15:29 | More by damndirtyape
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #700
500ml bottle , corked and caged, poured into a snifter.

A - Pitch black body with a tight knit head. A razor thin cap of bubbles is present throughout the entire drink.

S - Oceans of chocolate, sweet bourbon, toasted graham crackers, sharp whiskey, milk chocolate liqueur candy, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, honey(which seems odd)

T - Wow. Sweet dark malts, layered with earthy, milk, and dark chocolate, charred wood, rich vanilla, cherries, spiciness comes out mid-palate, espresso, licorice, creamy amaretto, berry and dark fruits, grape flavor without the tartness, sweet creamy espresso seems to catch up with the dense chocolate after it warms. Finishes semi-dry and a tad spicy with some buttery booziness

M - Full body, wet and viscous with micro bubble carbonation, creamy feel, semi-dry finish.

This one lives up to my expectations. There's complex flavor combinations in here that my palate has never tasted. Deep comes to my mind on every sip. The savory balances the sweetness very well. As usual this thing transforms flavors immensely from cold to hot. Chocolate and cream dominate the cold with espresso and buttery whiskey drying out when warmed up.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:41:47 | More by StaveHooks
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JackMcAwesome

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pours dark, with a two finger tan head. It looks to have the viscosity of milk. (Awesome) Lacing is pretty solid as well. I love holding this up to the light and it just blacking it out.

Smell: Roasted nuts, chocolate, a tinge of alcohol, with cherry and bits of wood thrown in. Everything I expected, but a whole lot of it. And it never lets up. Down to the final sip I could still detect everything as if it was right after the pour. Brilliant.

Taste: Follows the nose closely, but doesn't pack quite the punch. This is to say, it taste great, but can't match the perfect aroma it lets off. I love the bourbon affect it gives off, but a bit more of everything else would have been perfect. Still top-notch though.

Feel: Very smooth and creamy. Medium-low carbonation, and it's very warming.

Overall: A welcome addition to my tiny bit of knowledge of imperial stouts. I was surprised to see it in my store, and glad I picked it up. Hard to say which one is my current favorite, but this was definitely at the top. Did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:17:15 | More by JackMcAwesome
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beefmental

Iowa

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last five years have shows a lot of development for bourbon barrel-aged beers. No brewery has gained better command of their use than North Coast. Their Old Rasputin Ale continually demonstrates why the beer marries up so great with the barrels.

Like the original Old Rasputin, the beer pours with an inky-black appearance but with more embedded carbonation that makes the beer seem like it's crawling into the snifter Its creamy viscosity seems of motor oil just before the beer releases a lumbering head of creamy froth. Stubborn in its retention, the beer favors brandy-like lacing over sticky lace for an appearance that's much more of sipping ale than sessionable quaffing.

Strong succulent aromas of cocoa-rich chocolates and espresso-roast coffee commands the taste while deep toffee and fruitcake offer subsidiary aromas for added complexity. Still, the attributes of vanilla, cherry-like alcohols, oak, and unmistakable bourbon guide the nose all over the rim of the glass.

And all that richness and sultry sweetness is delivered to taste as the heavy bourbon caramel and vanilla goodness entertwines with strong espresso, bittesweet chocolate and even fudge-like seduction. Those fruit-forward alcohols of cherry, grape, and wood hedge on sherry-like vinous taste and weave in a plumby, fig-like taste that keeps the beer complex at all stages of its taste. The beer's strength in taste, savory sweetness, and robust roast character far exceeds what's expected for any style of stout.

The beer matches its rich taste with viscous body. Its overstated full viscous palate sensations offer us a creamy weight that's only thinned by the enormity of alcohol and bourbon booziness. As the beer garners warmth going into finish, it remains velvety and silky smooth with only a hint of dryness as the beer finishes. It easily supplants brandy and cognac as an after dinner delight.

As the beer reaches its apex, its apparent that the beer exceeds what's expected of stout, even barrel aged varieties. It's an exquisite stout that surpasses all expectations in flavor, texture, and aroma. Trying to define these intangibles further will only do the beer a massive injustice.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 06:14:28 | More by BEERchitect
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Lare453

Florida

4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 500ml bottle in a snifter

A black stout color with a medium quick dissipating head. Great lacing. Pretty beer.

S light bourbon, oak, bakers chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, espresso with lemon peel,

T wow! A surprising light beginning with cocoa, nice coffee, the middle has a light vanilla, charred bourbon barrel and oak, the end is the best part, bigger bourbon barrel flavors, dark and bitter chocolate flavors. The aftertaste is a long lasting bourbon. A fantastic and wonderfully balanced beer. Delicious.

M smooth, soft, no bite, no heat. Great beer.

O wow. This beer is wonderful. One of the best bb stouts I've had. Balanced, soft, smooth, not overly sweet, no heat what so ever, just absolutely fantastic. I love it and highly recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:08:12 | More by Lare453
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sitarist

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque deep cola brown, almost black in color. An inch of thick frothy tan head that has a coral hue. The head falls fast to a thin ring, and thin cap which leaves behind webs of lacing that slide back into the drink.

Sweet, alluring aroma... I detect hints of chocolate, vanilla, dried fruits, bourbon, caramel/brown sugar, and hints of wood. It has amazing balance, with vanilla being its dominant component. It falls between an English Barleywine, and an Imp Stout.

Its flavor follows its nose, not quite as balanced. It is sweet for a bbl aged stout,(I wonder what time will do?) Vanilla, and coco are the dominant flavors, with dried cherries, fig, anise, bourbon, and tobacco.

Medium body, feels just a little thin! Other than that it is perfect. It coats my tongue nicely, with a long finish. Though it is sweet, it isn't too sticky.

Easy to drink for 11.9% A very well crafted beer. Balance seems to be a theme with this one. Though it is sweet, it never becomes cloying.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 04:45:40 | More by sitarist
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BigBarley

Texas

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured jet black, thick as oil with a finger of light brown head that quickly receded to a cap of foam. Very active carbonation.

S - Bourbon up front with oaky notes, dark malts, sweet cocoa, heavy vanilla, coffee and alcohol. All of the aromas of a standard RIS blown up and wrapped in bourbon. Smells amazing.

T - Sweet chocolate and whisky up front, mild vanilla, extreme roasted notes. Alcohol is prominent as a flavor but wrapped in smokey wood and bourbon. Extreme stout flavor profile with plenty of barrel qualities.

M - Thick, but not necessarily creamy. Has quite a bit of carbonation underneath it.

O - Extremely satisfying beer. Unfortunately priced, but undeniably a delicious and filling barrel aged version of an already standout stout

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 09:12:01 | More by BigBarley
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beertunes

Washington

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in tulip. Poured a solid black, no translucence, with about an inch of tan head that had excellent retention and lacing.

The great scent of the base beer showed though solidly, with the bourbon and wood notes complimenting it very nicely indeed. The flavors, while not as bold as I had expected, were excellent. The fact that the bourbon wasn't too boozy, or the wood to notable, showed an great hand at balancing out the flavors. There was a bit of a licorice taste at the back, and just the slightest bit of alcohol burn.

The body was magnificent, full, smooth and even, with a somewhat surprisingly dry finish. Drinkability was, of course, superb. Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic beer and a must try by anyone's standards.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 02:29:38 | More by beertunes
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fox227

California

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Imperial Stout in a Bourbon Barrel. I think that most veteran beer geeks know where this goes. Let's get right to the flavor profiles! The whiskey notes are the first to notice, but during warming I get chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, and all this goes for the nose as well. Considering the entire profile of the beer, I would have to say that the balance is really well configured, in that no aspect was overwhelming. 22$ plus is hard to justify for a single bottle, but I'm glad I had! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:26:26 | More by fox227
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 07:09:20 | More by MattyG85
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stumac

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I would like to start by saying that I am chillin in my room drinkin this crazy awesome beer...and my roommate is downstairs doin P90-X. He has no idea what he's missing lol. So this $22 bottle pours up black opaque. Decent lacing of a chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is dark roasty malts, dark chocolate and a hint of milk chocolate, subtle dark molasses, vanilla bean, bourbon barrel oak is pretty dominant, caramel. Tastes is the same as the nose but with a spicy kick to it. Full bodied. Medium to heavy carbo. Me and Old Rasputin go way back. But his return this time around is awesome! This brew is pulchritudinous which is a synonym for beautiful bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 04:31:03 | More by stumac
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a corked and caged bottle into a Redhook Limited Release tulip.

Appearance- Pitch black with two finger mocha head that left pretty quickly. Fine lacing.

Smell- Caramel bourbon bomb. Some chocolate, heavy roasty malts, mild vanilla. Bourbon dominates the smell.

Taste- Wow. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon oak, mild chocolate. Smooth. Clean. Not too hot. Bitter finish. Pretty incredible.

Mouthfeel- Considerably lighter than I had guessed. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and mildly boozy. Wouldn't guess it's 12%.

Overall- Pretty fine stout. Heavy on bourbon, but not aggressive. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:52:59 | More by Seanniek91
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BierJager89

California

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a creamy mocha head, beautiful.

S: Tantalizing bourbon character of oak and vanilla, a touch of caramel, chocolate and coffee in the nose. Smells amazing.

T: A bit of alcohol and some vanilla and chocolate followed by more vanilla and chocolate, some oak, caramel, molasses and licorice. A touch sweet.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not quite as good as the prior year's version, but an excellent example of a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 23:59:50 | More by BierJager89
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SilentBob2u2

California

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed on Feb 2nd, in 8 oz tulip

A - extremely dark, black opaque, light toffee head with minimal retention

S - heavily roasted bitter coffee, near burnt but not quite there, skirting the edge of burntness, alcohol comes through the coffee roast, concentrated dark fruit however not fruity, molasses-esque, bourbon comes through more than slightly, but not too strong

T - great roasted malt with coffee, warming bourbon coffee ness that's sweet in the middle and finishes smooth with a throat coat with sweetness and slight warming bourbon syrup combined with deep rich caramel.

O - smooth, complex, rich, deep stout. Wonderful balance between the roastyness, bourbon, and sweetness. The flavor is almost like bourbon-caramel syrup with coffee beans and creates a delightful sipping stout with nomfaults at all (in my opinion). Aged impeccably

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 18:49:50 | More by SilentBob2u2
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark black, no light passes through. Has a two finger mocha head with good retention and lacing for an 11.90 % abv beer. The aroma has Bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and coconut. Just amazing.

Tastes every bit as great as it smells. There is Bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, coconut, and dark roasted malt. This is a sweet beer, with some bitterness for balance provided by the dark roasted malt. Just superb.

Full bodied, rich, smooth, creamy, and very easy to drink. Mildly carbonated. Even though I can taste the Bourbon, this is not a hot or boozy beer. I suspect that waiting as long as I did to drink this has helped tone down the alcohol heat. A magnificent beer as usual. XV anniversary might be the best version yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:31:20 | More by hardy008
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Very classy simple label with the Old Rasputin logo, brewery info, web info, ABV info. Neck label has North Coast logo and Old Rasputin motto “Never Say Die”. Corked bottle with a North Coast logo cage.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 15min before pouring this from its 22oz bomber into a 16oz snifter. XV pours out a thick jet black with a slight amber hue when held up to the light. An aggressive pour led to a 2½ finger brown airy foam head. Head retention was excellent at 4min 56sec before fading to a thick frothy head. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell of deep chocolate along with a slight roast coffee aroma. Hints of cherry and dark fruits along with vanilla Sweet bourbon alcohol hints along with a slight charred oak backbone.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very rich with a heavy chocolate flavor accompanied by a nice vanilla/caramel/bourbon accent. This gives way to a dark coffee espresso flavor. Cherry and a smokey oak followed immediately by a figgy dark fruit essence. Has a smokey roast backbone.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the heavier side of medium bodied with a thick creamy smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable for a such a high ABV.

Overall/Comments: This was phenomenal. Very complex in the nose and on the palette with little to no alcohol detectable on either. A must try! Consumed 3/23/13. Classified as a Russian Imperial Stout at 11.9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 14:27:34 | More by thegodfather1076
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a deep brown to black with a two finger tan head into my pint glass.
S: all kinds of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and booze. Some roastiness and wood is there as well.
T: follows the nose impeccably. However, the dark chocolate and roasted malts are magnified. The booze really comes through at the back.
M: not as thick as I thought. Creamy but viscous. Excellent aftertaste.
O: this is one fantastic brew. Complex, smooth and so tasty. At 11%, you can taste the booze but its not overwhelming. Well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 23:24:28 | More by Infamous7100
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours jet black with a thick, brown head that sticks around for a long time for such a high gravity beer. The beer has visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The aroma is of bourbon with oak and vanilla. I also get some chocolate and coffee in the aroma. It smells wonderful. The most impressive part of this beer has to be in the flavor and mouthfeel. The bourbon does not overpower this, but adds a nice accent to the flavors. I also get the oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, dark malt, and the alcohol. That can't be escaped with a large beer like this, but it's not exceptionally overpowering. The mouthfeel deserves high marks. It is very smooth the moderate carbonation helps this beer drink very easily. It's not heavy in the body at all and I don't feel like I'm chewing this beer. Then again, Old Rasputin has a great mouthfeel as well. Why wouldn't the barrel aged version have it? This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 00:27:12 | More by acevenom
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Buster

Oklahoma

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose: The aroma on this beer is heavenly. It's dominated by bourbon and oak, with an abundance of dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and sweet caramel notes. There is also a hint of booze and some coffee. There is a lot going on, but the aromas blend together perfectly.

Taste: The taste lived up to the aroma (and the hype). It's complex, but balanced, and unimaginably delicious. Much like the smell, I got flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon and oak, vanilla, caramel, and even some dark fruits. Basically, it's everything that's wonderful about Old Rasputin, but greatly enhanced by the bourbon and oak. Unexpectedly, the booze was well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium, and not as thick as I had thought it would be. It left an amazing aftertaste and lingering warmth on the tongue.

Overall: It's one of the best beers I've ever had. Sure it's pricey as hell, but it's well worth it for a special occasion. I plan on putting my other bottle down to age for a while. I'm sure it will only get better.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 14:38:02 | More by Buster
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Andreias21

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This took me by surprise. Huge creamy mouth feel, perfect bourbon accent, the bourbon is like a warm winter coat covering the cold stout base. Might as well be 5% alcohol as smooth as this drinks. Absolutely in my personal top 10. Worth every penny of the 22$ I paid.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:49:15 | More by Andreias21
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Samuel906

California

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's hard for me to feel comfortable giving out 5's for anything, but this earned it in the taste category. Simply amazing. The first thing I noticed was the bourbon aroma, rich and heavy backed by oak, coffee, cherry, vanilla. Smells terrific. Taste is simply glourious, complex and rich. And it gets even better as it warms. Chocolate, hazelnut, smokey wood, and bourbon... the barrel aging really comes through. This would be simply orgasmic after a good aging. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 16:15:06 | More by Samuel906
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Tan head on a black, black beer.

S: Vanilla, rye, bourbon, coffee, espresso and a touch of chocolate. Deeply charred oak on the end. This is complex smelling and wonderful. everything combines so perfectly. I need to drink this now!

T: Chocolate up front. Bourbon. a smokey, spicy rye. vanilla. licorice. espresso and coffee bean. Wonderfully rounded oak. Very roast and a huge hit of booze! AWESOME!

M: Smooth. long bourbon finish that stays with you. medium bodied and creamy.

O: Fantastic. Lives up to all the hype. smooth with killer flavors. I'm about to go pick me up another. Phenomenal. /96

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 20:46:38 | More by schwemjw
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 500ml bottle into Chimay Trappist glass. Thanks warrenout330!

A - This is a beautiful looking beer just like the classy bottle it comes in. Almost jet black with a finger of mocha head that dissipates quickly into lacing.

S - Bourbon dominates this one with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Very nice.

T - Sweet with lots of vanilla and bourbon. Hints of chocolate and dark malt. The nearly 12% ABV is covered up extremely well. This drinks a little too easily.

M - Smooth and medium bodied. Goes down incredibly easily for it's high ABV.

This is in the highest tier of beers I've had. Old Rasputin is good enough, but this takes it too the next level. Hope to find some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:10:51 | More by RoninTK3
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GR_Beer_Nut

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall, this may not be worth the money to people who have had the opportunity to try this beer... But this is a perfect beer, plain and simple. I can't wait to see what age will do to this. Still can't fathom a $22, 650ml beer. Will not seek this beer out again, but try this once!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:14:53 | More by GR_Beer_Nut
Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.