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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: 93
Hads: 932
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 29.77%
Wants: 134
Gots: 343 | FT: 30
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 UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 08/06/15 notes, shared by BeerLawyer85; thanks Ross.

Pours a pitch black with no real head or carbonation evident. Nice coffee in the nose actually, nice bourbon in the taste. A little thin, no heat.

Overall a very good BA stout, but I have found after 1.5-2 years, these BA Old Rasputin's really get oxidized and fades a bit. The XII was MUCH better side by side. Still a good beer, but best with 1-2 years on it IMO.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's I think? Can't totally remember. Served in a DryHop taster glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick cap, minimal lacing. Very dark brown with some glints of transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Massive doses of coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, and chocolate fudge. Bourbon is present and earthy, but doesn't overwhelm, and there's some mild roast and oak to keep things from getting overly sweet. Not much booze, considering this is relatively fresh.

T - The taste is a bit more on the charry and roasty side of things, with more bourbon and dry oak and less of the awesome coconut and vanilla flavors. There's still a hefty dose of baker's chocolate, but this is definitely more on the espresso side of things with a lingering moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-full body, with pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation. Body is creamy and soft, with only mild roast and oak in the finish. Perhaps a touch of alcohol warming, but less than expected from a fresh 12% barrel-aged stout.

D - This was quite nice, and seems ready for prime time right out of the gate unlike some of the other vintages. Eminently drinkable, other than the steep price tag. That being said, I may actually buy another bottle of this even though it's $22.

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Photo of chinchill
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin XV
Extremely smooth.
Moderate contribution from barrel aging allows underlying stout to dominate the flavor.
Rich and complex.  BB aging adds to the regular version in several ways but, from memory, makes this a tad sweeter and, a tad too sweet Still, great ale.

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Photo of Lare453
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A solid version of Old Raspy.

Pours black with great head and lacing, a bit of a waterfall effect with the tan head.

Aroma pops from the bottle with booze and bourbon. Vanilla, sweet, some cocoa. Sniffing the glass reveals a toned down bourbon and booze. More leather and vanilla. Flashes of roasted malt and coffee.

Flavor is more stout and less BA. The vanilla and booze are not dominant, and I like that. For 11.90% this has some booze, but it's really quite drinkable. Leather, black plum, earth tones, red wine tannin all come through in the flavor. I pour this at cellar temperature so not much changed.

While my ratings may seem low, it's not b/c the beer lacks anything, except maybe some body. The flavors are nice, the feel is comfortable and the booze is hidden for the most part.

A darn fine beer. Glad I have another

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -7%

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!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter.

A - Black with one finger of thick cocoa brown head. Good lacing.

S - Big barrel notes up front - bourbon, vanilla and oak. Chocolate fudge, roast and brown sugar aromas in the background.

T - The base beer comes through a lot more than the nose indicated. A big roast profile up front along with a big bitterness. Some oak, bourbon and a hint of vanilla mid-palate. The finish adds cocoa, molasses and a warming alcohol presence. A slight astringency is present in the finish as well.

M - Medium body. Not as thick as I expected. Light carbonation.

O - This was a bit of a disappointment, especially considering the price point.

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Photo of beertunes
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from notes. L: Brilliant deep coffee brown under a 3” tan foam collar with a very fine bead. Persistent and lacy.
S: bourbon, vanilla, fruity, sweet chocolate
T: Chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruit, vanilla and bourbon. Slightly tart finish. Nothing burnt or harsh.
F: Chewy, medium low carbonation.
O: Rich, alcoholic, decadent, drink it instead of desert or savor with a Partagas.

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Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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?

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this with a couple years on it (in 2015). The beer is dark black with cream lacing. The nose is rather muted w/ not much bourbon on the nose. The taste is stout & heat, desipite the age. Bourbon is not very strong. Finish is alcohol heat, a little too much despite a couple years. Overall a solid beer but was hoping for more with the age.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.