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: 918
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 137
Gots: 346 | FT: 29
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:
Beer added by: Philousa on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beefmental
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: thin dissipating head, jet black, opaque

Smell: oak, light fruit, bourbon, dark fruits, cocoa, dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts

Taste: chocolate, bourbon, oak, cherry, plum, vanilla, light hops

Mouth feel: medium high carbonation - livelier than I expected, This is not a thick beer at all - actually it's a bit thinner than I expected. Subtle warming as it goes down, but the 11.9% ABV is scary - this doesn't seem like it's that big of a beer.

Over all: Regular Old Rasputin is a classic easy-to-find RIS; this version takes that great base stout and accents with masterful barrel aging. This bottle was a bit pricey but worth the money. I savored each sip.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #700
500ml bottle , corked and caged, poured into a snifter.

A - Pitch black body with a tight knit head. A razor thin cap of bubbles is present throughout the entire drink.

S - Oceans of chocolate, sweet bourbon, toasted graham crackers, sharp whiskey, milk chocolate liqueur candy, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, honey(which seems odd)

T - Wow. Sweet dark malts, layered with earthy, milk, and dark chocolate, charred wood, rich vanilla, cherries, spiciness comes out mid-palate, espresso, licorice, creamy amaretto, berry and dark fruits, grape flavor without the tartness, sweet creamy espresso seems to catch up with the dense chocolate after it warms. Finishes semi-dry and a tad spicy with some buttery booziness

M - Full body, wet and viscous with micro bubble carbonation, creamy feel, semi-dry finish.

This one lives up to my expectations. There's complex flavor combinations in here that my palate has never tasted. Deep comes to my mind on every sip. The savory balances the sweetness very well. As usual this thing transforms flavors immensely from cold to hot. Chocolate and cream dominate the cold with espresso and buttery whiskey drying out when warmed up.

Photo of FightGame
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap.

Look: Dark, black, even holding it up to the light could not see through it. Poured a nice thick head which settled in about 5 minutes.

Smell: Hints of Vanilla and chocolate.

Taste: Bourbon flavor present. Malty backbone. Coffee aftertaste. Alcohol present but not overpowering.

Feel: Thick but not syrupy. Lingers a few seconds. Light carbonation.

Overall: a delicious imperial stout with great flavor that does not overpower your senses.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black into a DFH snifter with a dense 1/4 inch tan head that retains very well
S: smells of vanilla, oak, caramel, coffee, chocolate, some charred wood and roasted malt
T: tastes of caramel, vanilla, a little boozy, coffee and chocolate, swallow is big and lingering chocolate, coffee, roast malt, charred wood, and some oak
M: thick and creamy on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation slightly dry finish
O: very good, but very pricy. After a year they drink very well. last year's version was a bit better. great complexity and flavor as well

Photo of Joshpu
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a dark brown tinge and two-finger tan head. Pretty decent lacing, looks nice. Lots of carbonation.

S: Vanilla and oak smell from the bourbon barrels, toffee, fudge brownie. Smells sweet. Smells very pleasant, the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the smell.

T: Very chocolatey, like a very rich and lightly bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts. Dark fruit, oak, bourbon is there but is definitely not dominating the palate. Some coffee as well. Slightly bitter on the end.

M: Medium to full bodied. Pretty thick and chewy mouth-feel. Seems like more than average carbonation which also has a softer feeling on the tongue.

Overall not surprisingly a very good stout. A very chocolate forward beer. Can't go wrong with this stout, very complex.

Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass the beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a smattering of lace.

Wonderful aroma. Both dark and sweet chocolate, coffee. A little vanilla. A lot of booze.

The taste personified the aroma. Sweet chocolate/cocoa, dark chocolate. Bitter coffee. Big booze.

This was a full-bodied beer meant to be sipped. The alcohol is right there, but in a complimentary way.

I loved this beer!

Photo of vic21234
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, cooled in the fridge for about an hour before opening.

A- Pours black with a good two fingers worth of khaki head that slowly fades, leaving some froth along the sides. Lacing is also noted along the sides of the glass. Lots of head for a BA Stout.

S- Coffee, chocolate, roastiness, and booze on the smell. The bourbon is very apparent in the smell for me.

T- Roasty malts with notes of coffee up front. Then comes some chocolate before the bourbon settles in. Each sip leaves a nice alcohol warming sensation.

M- Heavy, alcohol-forward, roasty, a great sipping beer.

This is one of those beers that I would always see on the shelf sitting for awhile but passed for something else. I'm happy I grabbed one because it is a well-done BA Stout. Great sipper. I'm sitting here drinking it in the summer but this would be really nice to sip on in the cold weather months.

Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep abyss brown/black and leaves a solid finger of tan head which lingers for a surprisingly long time until it falls flat, except for a thin, brown layer on the surface of the beer as well as lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, raisins, dark chocolate, light coffee. The bourbon really stands out in this one, in a good way - it screams to be tasted. Delicious aroma with all the staples of a barrel aged stout.

Taste: Bourbon is definitely front and center in this one, followed by chocolate, raisins and figs, coffee, and actually finishes rather subtly. For how pronounced the bourbon is, the ABV is amazingly well hidden and this beer is surprisingly smooth and delicious. Not overly sweet, but well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Surprisingly well-carbonated, medium bodied and creamy. Extremely smooth going down, along with a smooth finish.

Overall: This was a very interesting and impressive beer. The high level of carbonation really made it interesting - thinning out the body a bit and really smoothing it out. The flavors blend together nicely, revolving around the bourbon, to make this a really tasty stout.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to papat444 for this gem.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

to take an already epic brew and turn it into this, is just simply a work of art. there is very little to compare this too, in terms of quality. up there in the abyss, big bad Baptist, kbs conversation, what could really be better? deep deep black color, excited and excitable mocha head, rich and bitter malt notes arise, as do hints of chocolate, good whiskey, vanilla, and char. lots of layers here, flashing and popping, interweaving with one another. not as heavy as some, which is a surprise, especially at this abv level, but its almost more drinkable than the not barrel aged version. its carbonated pretty well too, not syrupy, but definitely thick and way full bodied. not much to improve upon here, except for maybe the exorbitant price. the best thing north coast has ever made, hands down. an absolute must for the stout lover.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with a nice tannish colored cap leaving behind some mice lacing and bubbles after the head resedes

S: Vanilla, oak, dark fruits, smooth bourbon notes. Me likey already!

T: Initial booze, milk chocolate and roasted notes hits the taste buds, but in a pleasant way, soe cocoa, appears and then the progression begins; vanilla, oak, dark fruits all begin to march across the palate. So nice! The finish has a lingering sting, dry, chocolate and big roastiness

M: Full bodied, rather decadent and creamy. My type of RIS!

O: A treat to drink but at the price point I only purchased one bottle ond the $8 I paid for my 6 oz taste was more than I can handle on a routine basis.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, corked and caged, 11.9% abv. Very deep brown color, nearly black. Great looking tan, airy head. Very nice head retention, along with some good spots of lace.

Roasted malt, along with some coffee first up. Great rounded bourbon notes, along with vanilla, oak and caramel. Maybe a little dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Very impressive nose.

Heavy with coffee and roasty flavors up front. Oak tannins come through next, drying things up a bit. Some bourbon and caramel notes. A bit of dark fruit. Sharp notes of dark chocolate near the end. Bitterness and tannins linger long in the finish.

Full body, with lighter carbonation. Some warming alcohol, but nothing overwhelming. Very nice balance with the barrel aging here. Pretty good.

Photo of pants678
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, roasted malts and chocolate.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate and bourbon that are quickly followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and extremely smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, well-disguised strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very nice big aged stout to sip on for a very long time.

Photo of anteater
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station

A: Black with a kind of light head for such a big beer

S: Not incredibly strong but there is a refreshingly rich matliness layered with oaky vanillla and a little bourbon

T: Light oat like matliness with a silky vanilla component, bourbon is a little less pronounced but overall the taste is well balanced and very good

M: Too light for my taste but it is very smooth and silky

O: Really top notch bourbon barrel stout

Photo of JackieTH
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured dark brown black with a khaki foam head that persisted and left a bit of lace. Smells of bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Delicious. Taste is phenomenal. Bitterness of dark chocolate plays against sweetness of roasted malt, vanilla, dark cherries and figs, caramel, molasses. No noticeable alcohol. Very good flavor. This is a high brow old rassy, for sure. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and creamy. Barrel aging really goes well with the Old Rasputin stock RIS, very enjoyable, wish I had more.

Photo of draheim
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL into a tulip. Pours a deep brownish black w/ a 1-finger tan head.

Aroma is bitter roasted malt, strong bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, wood smoke, dark stone fruit.

Taste is rich dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, caramel. Great balance, nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium to full bodied.

Overall a really nice barrel-aged imperial stout. Quality of the barrel is evident, which isn't always the case with this kind of beer.

Photo of chinchill
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin XV
Extremely smooth.
Moderate contribution from barrel aging allows underlying stout to dominate the flavor.
Rich and complex.  BB aging adds to the regular version in several ways but, from memory, makes this a tad sweeter and, a tad too sweet Still, great ale.

Photo of palma
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$30 for the bottle at a distributor in Massachusetts.

The aroma is excellent. Best aspect of the beer. Big vanilla. Bourbon, plum, warm oak, caramel, delicious. Not sure this can be any better.

Taste is excellent as well. For a barrel aged stout, it is less cloying and winey than some other barrel aged beers. I like it like this. Still, it's fruity, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate baking bars, and relatively slightly hot. Coconut at the end. Nice.

Mouthfeel is good but the drinkability is great although that might just be the alcohol talking at this point.

An excellent barrel aged stout but not sure the 30 dollar price tag is warranted. Bottle looks great and impressive so maybe worth it for a special occasion to share with others.

Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big pillowy head that dissipates well leaving nice lacing.smell is amazing with great bourbon notes of oak and vanilla. Smooth. Taste is not as bourbon, with almost no heat. Notes of vanilla and light, creamy chocolate milkshake. Mouthfeel is a little light overall, with a little bit of a disappointing finish. Not sweet and not dry. 12% ABV is really well hid, with an amazingly smooth finish. Rather uninteresting for the price. Great beer, but won't spend $21 for this again.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours black with a large, billowing khaki head, very good retention, spotty lacing.

S- Very barrel-forward, but not in an abrasive way, loads of coconut, vanilla, and nice bourbon aromas, on top of lots of dark chocolate and roasted grain.

T- Nice blend of sweet, coconut/vanilla bourbon flavors and chocolate and roast. A bit sweeter towards the beginning before finishing with coffee and char.

M- Full-bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy feel, alcohol is pretty mild.

O- I wasn't a huge fan of last year's BA Rasputin but this is pretty great, this is a very, very tasty beer.

Photo of Amish_Ambush
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: Thick head. brown sugar in color. The beer is pitch black in color; I am unable to look through it even holding it up to a lamp.The nose picked up on coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of bourbon. The taste profile is excellent: Strong notes of cherry, coffee and bitter chocolate. Medium notes of vanilla and bourbon. Even though this has been aged in a bourbon barrel; bourbon is not the main driver here. It was present but played a background role. It was refreshing to drink a bourbon barrel aged beer that doesn't overwhelm you. Instead they delivered a something that was subtle and tasty. Thanks to my friend Rusty who came over with this on New Years eve. It was a nice way to bring in the new year.

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. (16.9 fl. oz.) corked and caged bottle purchased at CT Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and somewhat thin for the style. A super tight, creamy and foamy, mocha colored head topped the liquid and faded to a lasting, clingy ring of bubbles. Small patches of drippy lacing trickled along the glass.

Bourbon came through super strong in the aroma. The barrel character was intense. Quite sweet overall with loads of fresh vanilla bean, brown sugar and dark fruit notes. Raisins and plums were most noticeable. Dark chocolate appeared as the beer warmed.

On the front end, the flavor profile was similar to the nose, but the beer finished rather harsh. Intense roasted malt notes came through right away, but they were well tempered by sweet, rich, caramel and brown sugar-like notes. Lots of raisins and dark fruits. Loads of vanilla in the center. The beer turned quite harsh and hot on the back end. The combination of ashy, charred malts and a sharp, whiskey-like booziness on the finish was disappointing, especially considering how well the beer started off. Some woody, tannic notes were also detectible.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. As is often the case, the barrel seemed to thin out the liquid. A zippy effervescence gave the beer a smooth, supple creaminess. After each sip, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin is an intense bourbon-forward beer not for the faint of heart. Of the three anniversary releases I have sampled to date, this one seemed to drink a lot smoother than any of the others. However, even with a year of age, this still finished quite hot. I would love the opportunity to sample this again in another year, when the booziness might be tempered a bit more.

Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.