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

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91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 927
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 134
Gots: 345 | FT: 29
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:
Beer added by: Philousa on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, roasted malts and chocolate.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate and bourbon that are quickly followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and extremely smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, well-disguised strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very nice big aged stout to sip on for a very long time. (851 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station

A: Black with a kind of light head for such a big beer

S: Not incredibly strong but there is a refreshingly rich matliness layered with oaky vanillla and a little bourbon

T: Light oat like matliness with a silky vanilla component, bourbon is a little less pronounced but overall the taste is well balanced and very good

M: Too light for my taste but it is very smooth and silky

O: Really top notch bourbon barrel stout (449 characters)

Photo of pants678
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thick tan to brown head.

Straight bourbon on the nose, right to the point.

Melted dark chocolate with a warm and welcomed liquor finish. The bourbon/vanilla is far from subtle but won't wreck your palette. It tastes simple and pointed like the smell but doesn't need to be complex with a rich balance like this. A dessert and a real step up from Old Rasputin without straying from the tree.

Somehow it doesn't come off clean but not really a punch to the mouth either. Serene. A bit of that marshmallow feel. (524 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, corked and caged, 11.9% abv. Very deep brown color, nearly black. Great looking tan, airy head. Very nice head retention, along with some good spots of lace.

Roasted malt, along with some coffee first up. Great rounded bourbon notes, along with vanilla, oak and caramel. Maybe a little dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Very impressive nose.

Heavy with coffee and roasty flavors up front. Oak tannins come through next, drying things up a bit. Some bourbon and caramel notes. A bit of dark fruit. Sharp notes of dark chocolate near the end. Bitterness and tannins linger long in the finish.

Full body, with lighter carbonation. Some warming alcohol, but nothing overwhelming. Very nice balance with the barrel aging here. Pretty good. (753 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with a nice tannish colored cap leaving behind some mice lacing and bubbles after the head resedes

S: Vanilla, oak, dark fruits, smooth bourbon notes. Me likey already!

T: Initial booze, milk chocolate and roasted notes hits the taste buds, but in a pleasant way, soe cocoa, appears and then the progression begins; vanilla, oak, dark fruits all begin to march across the palate. So nice! The finish has a lingering sting, dry, chocolate and big roastiness

M: Full bodied, rather decadent and creamy. My type of RIS!

O: A treat to drink but at the price point I only purchased one bottle ond the $8 I paid for my 6 oz taste was more than I can handle on a routine basis. (694 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

to take an already epic brew and turn it into this, is just simply a work of art. there is very little to compare this too, in terms of quality. up there in the abyss, big bad Baptist, kbs conversation, what could really be better? deep deep black color, excited and excitable mocha head, rich and bitter malt notes arise, as do hints of chocolate, good whiskey, vanilla, and char. lots of layers here, flashing and popping, interweaving with one another. not as heavy as some, which is a surprise, especially at this abv level, but its almost more drinkable than the not barrel aged version. its carbonated pretty well too, not syrupy, but definitely thick and way full bodied. not much to improve upon here, except for maybe the exorbitant price. the best thing north coast has ever made, hands down. an absolute must for the stout lover. (840 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (421 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, cooled in the fridge for about an hour before opening.

A- Pours black with a good two fingers worth of khaki head that slowly fades, leaving some froth along the sides. Lacing is also noted along the sides of the glass. Lots of head for a BA Stout.

S- Coffee, chocolate, roastiness, and booze on the smell. The bourbon is very apparent in the smell for me.

T- Roasty malts with notes of coffee up front. Then comes some chocolate before the bourbon settles in. Each sip leaves a nice alcohol warming sensation.

M- Heavy, alcohol-forward, roasty, a great sipping beer.

This is one of those beers that I would always see on the shelf sitting for awhile but passed for something else. I'm happy I grabbed one because it is a well-done BA Stout. Great sipper. I'm sitting here drinking it in the summer but this would be really nice to sip on in the cold weather months. (929 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep abyss brown/black and leaves a solid finger of tan head which lingers for a surprisingly long time until it falls flat, except for a thin, brown layer on the surface of the beer as well as lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, raisins, dark chocolate, light coffee. The bourbon really stands out in this one, in a good way - it screams to be tasted. Delicious aroma with all the staples of a barrel aged stout.

Taste: Bourbon is definitely front and center in this one, followed by chocolate, raisins and figs, coffee, and actually finishes rather subtly. For how pronounced the bourbon is, the ABV is amazingly well hidden and this beer is surprisingly smooth and delicious. Not overly sweet, but well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Surprisingly well-carbonated, medium bodied and creamy. Extremely smooth going down, along with a smooth finish.

Overall: This was a very interesting and impressive beer. The high level of carbonation really made it interesting - thinning out the body a bit and really smoothing it out. The flavors blend together nicely, revolving around the bourbon, to make this a really tasty stout. (1,203 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black into a DFH snifter with a dense 1/4 inch tan head that retains very well
S: smells of vanilla, oak, caramel, coffee, chocolate, some charred wood and roasted malt
T: tastes of caramel, vanilla, a little boozy, coffee and chocolate, swallow is big and lingering chocolate, coffee, roast malt, charred wood, and some oak
M: thick and creamy on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation slightly dry finish
O: very good, but very pricy. After a year they drink very well. last year's version was a bit better. great complexity and flavor as well (560 characters)

Photo of Joshpu
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a dark brown tinge and two-finger tan head. Pretty decent lacing, looks nice. Lots of carbonation.

S: Vanilla and oak smell from the bourbon barrels, toffee, fudge brownie. Smells sweet. Smells very pleasant, the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the smell.

T: Very chocolatey, like a very rich and lightly bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts. Dark fruit, oak, bourbon is there but is definitely not dominating the palate. Some coffee as well. Slightly bitter on the end.

M: Medium to full bodied. Pretty thick and chewy mouth-feel. Seems like more than average carbonation which also has a softer feeling on the tongue.

Overall not surprisingly a very good stout. A very chocolate forward beer. Can't go wrong with this stout, very complex. (797 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick tan head, foamy cling. Black as night. Gonna be good!

S - Woody, vanilla, chalky and sweet malt all at the same time.

T - Bright, boozy, malty, woody very apparent.

M - Medium to heavy, great carb, creamy, good balance.

D - Perfect winter drink! (260 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. This is a very good smelling brew, it smells like bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit, and bittersweet chocolate. It's a pretty good tasting brew too, it tastes like bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of anise and molasses. There's a good mix between the sweet and bitter roasty flavors. The mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and has moderate carbonation. Like the other versions I've seen in the past, this was $19.99 a bottle. But I like this beer a lot, so I keep buying the new version each year when I can find it. (745 characters)

Photo of FightGame
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap.

Look: Dark, black, even holding it up to the light could not see through it. Poured a nice thick head which settled in about 5 minutes.

Smell: Hints of Vanilla and chocolate.

Taste: Bourbon flavor present. Malty backbone. Coffee aftertaste. Alcohol present but not overpowering.

Feel: Thick but not syrupy. Lingers a few seconds. Light carbonation.

Overall: a delicious imperial stout with great flavor that does not overpower your senses. (468 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,316 characters)

Photo of beefmental
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,185 characters)

Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (2,187 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

look: Deep dark, nearly opaque brown. Some cola highlights barely peek around the edges when held to light. Fairly full mocha head on the pour that mostly recedes, but lingers around the rim.
smell: cocoa, vanilla, and subtle roasty char. Delicate oak and bourbon. Added all up a damn fine and decadent nose.
taste: All the flavors of the nose. Blooms into a rich full taste and the finish is a slightly spicy bitterness.
overall: A work of art. (446 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,607 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of fox227
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
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! (495 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of sitarist
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (993 characters)

Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.