Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.26/5 rDev -1.8%
Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized tan head. Head fades at a steady pace, some lace.
Bourbon is the immediate smell. Vanilla and oak. The base beer does come through nicely as well: roasted malt, chocolate. Nice smell, all sits together well.
Flavour is very nice. The bourbon, oak and vanilla integrate very well with the beer. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. A bit of a burnt marshmallow flavour. A bit hot, but not too much.
Full bodied, quite slick, moderately carbonated.
Overall, very good. The barrel is strong but not overpowering.
01-20-2013 21:01:25 | More by jrenihan
3.34/5 rDev -23%
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.
01-20-2013 02:44:33 | More by Etan
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
01-15-2013 05:13:43 | More by pants678
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
A - Thick tan head, foamy cling. Black as night. Gonna be good!
S - Woody, vanilla, chalky and sweet malt all at the same time.
T - Bright, boozy, malty, woody very apparent.
M - Medium to heavy, great carb, creamy, good balance.
D - Perfect winter drink!
01-13-2013 02:00:15 | More by srandycarter
3.38/5 rDev -22.1%
After spilling some beer getting the cork out of this one, I have to say I am ready to get this in the glass – this stuff is expensive.
A: A slower-than-normal pour down the center of the glass yields a monstrous rocky head of tan foam, settling into the light-sucking black body at a pace of about an inch a minute. Thick lacing strands cover nearly all the glass’ interior as a finger of thick cream stands on top as retention; this is definitely the most classically pleasing look for a stout.
S: A gooey, vanilla-infused chocolate foreground conjures images of brownie batter. A meaty middle of licorice, icing, honey-roasted almonds, and the crisp husk of toasted (not roasted) grains; I can almost taste it. Though there’s always a tone of spicy, alcoholic heat to it, the bourbon and barrel is most prevalent toward the end of nose, creating a boozy finish. The only thing I can say in protest to this nose is a certain wet cardboard scent whenever I swirl the glass – unwelcome signs of oxidation, it seems like.
T: A milky chocolate body that’s bolstered by a warm vanilla bourbon tone and a peppering of zesty hops. Sweet caramel tastes, roasty malts, and hickory and maple syrup fill out the center of this beer, with a rindy bitterness hovering over it. It has a good bourbon stout taste to it, overall, but again, there’s this character of off flavors to the whole thing. Ashy, papery tastes surround the aftertaste in a shroud of unpleasantness; this is one I won’t be able to finish. I really want to like this beer, but I can’t help but be disappointed by what’s in my glass.
M: Pretty smooth in the carbonation, but it’s a pretty thin. A Russian imperial stout at nearly 12% should have some girth, it seems; unfortunately, that’s not the case.
O: Take a big whiff, you get cardboard. Take a nice long sip, you get the same thing. Take $25 from my wallet for a beer that has both off-flavors and an abnormally thin body, you get an unhappy customer. If there’s one thing I can say about North Coast, it’s that when they’re on, they’re on – unfortunately, they aren’t “on” consistently. You can tell that this beer is meant to be a very special batch, and at times, it shows; there’s good craftsmanship here. But the overarching negatives to this beer constantly overshadow the positives, and that’s why I’m avoiding North Coast for the moment.
01-10-2013 00:26:10 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.9/5 rDev -10.1%
A Good color and thick pour. No question on it's suit of a stout. Thick sandy lingering head.
S Aromas of espresso, bitter chocolate, floral hops, leather, prunes, blackberries, molasses, oak, hickory and briquettes. Muddled dark fruits.
T A lot of the smell is in the taste.No briquettes. Licorice root. A extremely nice combination of sweetness and bitterness not often found. Nice barrel aged quality and not boozy. Sweet prune and fig in middle. Has a bit of spice on the back end.
M Very viscous and drinkable. Lathers the tongue!
O Can't really knock this one in any way except for the price tag. I almost don't want to buy another bottle. Almost. Could have had more chocolate profiles, maybe different bittering hops and brighter floral hops. I get a bit too much herbiness from these. Other than that not the best, but a balanced stout.
01-08-2013 02:38:41 | More by CJS
Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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