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

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 109
Gots: 320 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Philousa on 12-05-2012)
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

analienacorn, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

beercatbrew, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

ms11781, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Festigio, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

jjheinrichs, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

leedorham, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jvillefan, Mar 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

pharmdoc300, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

sirsteve42, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

match1112, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

mcsauter82, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

SaxmanRick, Mar 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ilikebeer03, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of raynmoon
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

raynmoon, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of beertunes
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

beertunes, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

GoodOmens1986, Mar 06, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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?

AgentMunky, Mar 05, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

hsus0225, Mar 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

Cerveza, Mar 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

kevgod, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

bluejacket74, Mar 03, 2013
Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.