Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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!
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2013 02:00:15 | More by srandycarter
3.38/5 rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2013 00:26:10 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.9/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
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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