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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

842 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 106
Gots: 321 | FT: 28
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 +15.2%

Deltrus, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of stumac
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

stumac, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Live review. Poured from the corked and caged 500 ML bottle that I was surprised and delighted to find, for $19.99, at Giant Eagle in Painesville, Ohio. As I stood in the aisle not believing my good fortune I thought, "now this is why I always check the beer aisle!" Anyway, poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Almost completely black body. In front of direct light there are edges of a deep, dark mahogany. The head is a medium to dark brown, 3 inches in height after moderate pour and it sticks around for a full 2 or 3 minutes. As it receded it left a curtain like lacing on the inside of the glass. Very cool look. I did not expect much less. 4.5

S Wonderful Bourbon notes rise up in the front but there is a distant background of dark roast malt. Goodness in a glass. Makes it difficult to record these thoughts without taking a sip. 4.75

T Wow...great tasting beer first off. Secondly, I am struck by just how "bourbonesque" this beer is. I have had something like 10 or 12 bourbon barrel aged stouts and this might be the most bourbon influenced. The bourbon is up front and rather dominates the taste. I don't get nearly as much deep, dark roast malt that I got in straight up Old Rasputin. That is a slight disappointment since Old Raspy is one of my favorite Stouts. I guess that it is my opinion that the best BA Stouts retain much of the dark roast malt goodness but feature the Barrel Aged character as an accompaniment. By contrast, this BA Stout has the bourbon front and center. All of that being said, I have become an "easy mark" for Bourbon Barrel aged beers and so I find it hard to rate them at all badly. With all that in mind I render my rating on the taste of....4.0

M Feel is something of a disspointment. Again, my opinion formed after 10-12 Bourbon BA Stouts is that the best ones have a great silky smoothness. This one, by contrast is a bit thin. Upon the pour, the head suggested that it might have all of the silkiness that I could desire but the actual feel was more thin than that. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is fair. Despite its elevated ABV (nearly at the limit for Ohio BTW) it is entirely drinkable but its price limits me to only one bottle for an evening. Overall this is a great beer. I feel lucky to have been able to try it. Thanks to Giant Eagle for getting it in stock! 4.25

Notes: For my recommendation of a better Barrel Aged Stout: Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher.

adamette, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Casedogg43, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

sendbeer, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Charlie_Hoss, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Stockfan42, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Lare453
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Lare453, Feb 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

ChicagoNick, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%

Very fresh bottle, just released.

A: Dark brown pour. Enormous and ridiculously fluffy medium brown head. Head fades away very slowly. Moderate splashes of light fluffy lacing. Great head retention.

S: Ahhh. Some big, bold and sharp bourbon notes. Primarily caramel and brown sugar. Mild smooth chocolate underneath. Coconut and vanilla from the barrels.

T: Strong bourbon up front but not overpowering like the aroma. Again, mostly caramel and brown sugar here. Nice roasted malt, smooth and sweet chocolate and vanilla. Some char, primarily into the finish. Coconut in the finish and aftertaste with some oakiness. Aftertaste is almost pure bourbon due to the booziness.

M: Heavy but cut decently by the bourbon. Smooth with a drying boozy aftertaste.

O: Very tasty bourbon-barreled RIS. This one is obviously quite fresh and hot but that doesn't mean it's bad. Kinda reminds me of a less harsh fresh BCBS in fact. This one has a surprising amount of coconut from the barrels, and quite a bourbon-heavy finish (roasted malt didn't stand a chance here). Tasty and enjoyable.

Dope, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

imperiallibations, Jan 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

drummermattie02, Jan 28, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -5.3%

Black body with a 1/2" if cinnamon colored head.

The bourbon presence in the nose was really heavy. Oak, vanilla, tobacco. There's a good deal of chocolate and roast.

Good bourbon flavors, too. Vanilla, toasted marshmallow, oak, dark chocolate, and dark berries.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin to support the booze. If only it could be a little more viscous and smooth I think it would have gone a long way.

Overall, a very good beer. I really enjoy the NC anniversary beers but I wish they'd come down in price. There are better barrel aged beers out there for much less.

Vonerichs, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mkennedy119, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

xdefeatsy, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Rhettroactive, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

CBodamer, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

scott2269, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

djmichaelk, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bmoney, Jan 23, 2013
Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.