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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: 97
Hads: 948
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 29.6%
Wants: 134
Gots: 350 | FT: 25
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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 DovaliHops
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a very large tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is roasted malt with some lovely vanilla and barrel aromas. Definite bourbon aromas with hints of sweet chocolate. Light hoppiness as well. Taste is whiskey up front, but not the best whiskey (somewhat watered down). Immediately, the flavor profile gets better with sweet cherry and vanilla flavors, followed by better-tasting whiskey. Roasted coffee and toasty malt. Finished somewhat bitter with lingering vanilla flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat lacking in this department. Drinkability is fairly high, especially for this beer being fresh at such high ABV. Alcohol is there, but doesn't interfere with the drinkability. Overall, I remember past years of this beer to be better. This one was good...not great though. Also, many gripes about the price (just like every year).

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Photo of Etan
3.39/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of fox227
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured dark brown black with a khaki foam head that persisted and left a bit of lace. Smells of bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Delicious. Taste is phenomenal. Bitterness of dark chocolate plays against sweetness of roasted malt, vanilla, dark cherries and figs, caramel, molasses. No noticeable alcohol. Very good flavor. This is a high brow old rassy, for sure. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and creamy. Barrel aging really goes well with the Old Rasputin stock RIS, very enjoyable, wish I had more.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The brew was jet black with an off-white head that left significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The booze seems to be present in the aroma, but it lacks the sweetness of bourbon. In comes across like the aroma of a soured stout.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect notes of black licorice, mild bourbon, and soured dark chocolate. The taste seems to fade rather quickly, almost seeming watery. DId I age this one too long? The aftertaste has the sour mash of bourbon, but lacks the burn. Eventually it just faces into sourness.

Mouthfeel - The beer has the thickness of a stout, despite failing to meet expectations on the taste front. The tongue is well coated with the sourness.

Overall - I understand why I see a lot of these on shelves still. It is a barrel aged stout in name, but missed the mark on most of the high points of the style.

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Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a rich black, entirely opaque, no light coming through with a slight ring of off white head. Scents of chocolate, roast malt, black coffee and some hints of alcohol and oak. Flavor was rich dark chocolate, chocolate, black coffee, roast malt and slight hints of oak and bourbon all blended wonderfully together. Mouthfeel was thick and heavy bodied, but smooth with medium carbonation. Quite easy to drink and it hid the alcohol content well. An excellent Russian Imperial Stout, easily the best I have tasted, no other has come close.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of BierJager89
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of sitarist
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
2.21/5  rDev -48.5%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cola pour that darkens to an abyss. Healthy taupe head that soon ebbs. Initial aromas of oak and raw vanilla. Bitter licorice root and unsulphured molasses. Malty and moderate hopness but there's a one-off happening here that is not appealing. There's an astringent bitterness. Maybe overcharred oak, burnt caramel, overripe prunes but whatever it just plain old and funky. Taste begins with a mellow sourness morphing into cocoa nibs and malty. Definite barrel influence with oak and vanilla. Black coffee with bourbon tinged marshmallow. Charred oak barrel too much on the finish. Mild hop pop. Vanilla extract in the back of the throat. Medium body with just nuff carbonation to get you cleared and ready for the next nip. Overall, there is always, IMO, a difference with stouts according to temperature and I took that into account when rating. As I let this sit out it becomes bourbon sweeter and quite actually to my liking. Aroma funk has not gone away and my cork was solid; so no air influence that I can gather. Regardless I am still underwhelmed especially with the price tag. I love and would rather drink the standard unbarrelled Rasputin. Would not buy again unless an acquaintance can convince me otherwise.

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Photo of Philousa
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at Good Karma on 11/30/12.

This was served to me an opaque black with a dark oak tinge around the edges. Carbonation is sparse, but what's there is sand colored, fine, and hugs the glass. First thing I get from the nose is dark fruit: dates, raisins, and prunes. Sweet, but far from cloying. In descending order of strength, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate. A little alcohol aroma as well, but it's gentle, doesn't curl the nose hairs. Milk and milk chocolate flavors yield to strong fresh cut oak and a hint of vanilla. This tastes too young right now. The alcohol burn is abrasive and lingers at the back of the throat. This starts really strong, but ends harsh. The feel is slightly watery and the finish is bone dry. This is great, just needs to be set down for a year or longer. Makes me want to buy a bottle.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with a half a finger of tan head.

S - Overpowering (in a good way) bourbon with a slight alcohol smell. Oak, char, minuscule chocolate

T - A nice dark fruit and dark cherry are here first. Sweet, sticky bourbon, roasted malt, and dark roast coffee. A tiny bit of alcohol, but it's not distracting from other flavors.

F - I just admit that it's not as thick as other BA stouts, but it's by no means too think or watered down. A small alcohol presence, but not anything you can't overlook. Some lingering bourbon and roasted coffee. Drinkability is actually absurdly high as I slug down my bottle with disregard to the abv.

O - A very solid BA stout. Big roasted notes and coffee with subtle chocolate and an in-your-face bourbon taste. with some age this has NO alcohol presence and ridiculously high drinkability. It's a winner.

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Photo of Joshpu
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of pants678
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of palma
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$30 for the bottle at a distributor in Massachusetts.

The aroma is excellent. Best aspect of the beer. Big vanilla. Bourbon, plum, warm oak, caramel, delicious. Not sure this can be any better.

Taste is excellent as well. For a barrel aged stout, it is less cloying and winey than some other barrel aged beers. I like it like this. Still, it's fruity, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate baking bars, and relatively slightly hot. Coconut at the end. Nice.

Mouthfeel is good but the drinkability is great although that might just be the alcohol talking at this point.

An excellent barrel aged stout but not sure the 30 dollar price tag is warranted. Bottle looks great and impressive so maybe worth it for a special occasion to share with others.

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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.