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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Philousa on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of anteater
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice Blacker than black color gave way to a mass of carbonation bubbles along the edge of the snifter. Relatively thick head it was tan and laced minimally.

The scent is mostly coconut with traces of vanilla and oak. Very pronounced in aroma it is not liberally diverse.

The taste follows the nose with huge coconut flavor and a touch of vanilla. Not a lot of barrel taste it follows through a little watery.

Overall it's good but perhaps disappointing when I think I like the stock Rasputin better.

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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 BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -7%
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 thegodfather1076
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 mL bottle

My kind of beer. It's an 8 ball in a glass. Complete darkness, no lighter shades of brown, simply a black hole. The head is brown, but only a finger thick, though it retains well and produces pretty good lace.

Just from the smell I know it's going to hurt. Bits of chocolate, and then bourbon dominates.

The taste doesn't follow the smell in that the bourbon is subtle. Roasted malt and chocolate fill the taste buds, with bourbon a minor player.

You can't get away from the strength of this beer, but it's relatively mild and fairly easy to drink. A bit of sweetness, some smoke, a tad of bitter and then some heat from the alcohol. All work well together.

I'm happy I got this beer. Despite the strength, I'm left wishing it was a 22-ounce bomber bottle. Easy to drink, good stuff, great beer.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.72/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 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 Buster
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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 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 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 beertunes
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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 AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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 bluejacket74
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 RoninTK3
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.46/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of SilentBob2u2
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
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 steeb
2.54/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a goblet.

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

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

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

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

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

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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.