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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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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 118
Gots: 334 | FT: 30
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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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.