Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout
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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.33 | pDev: 9.24%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate, cola and oak. Smooth. Slightly oxidized. Finishes dry. Should drink this guy sooner rather than later. Better fresh imo.

Mar 23, 2017
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khmel from Ukraine

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Oily black, opaque, glorious.

S: Coffee and smokey sweet malt.

T: Smooth, carmel roasted malt, bourbon taste is mellow.

M: Slippery feel with a warm alcohol finish.

This is an amazing beer. Definitely worth a repeat!

Jun 24, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black body with a mocha tan head that has a frothy texture. Decent retention as a medium thick ring drops a large web and then spotty lacing.

S- Fairly lacking compared to all of the other Raspy Annis I have had. The roast malts and barrel are there but harder to pick up than the others.

T- Mostly medium toast wet oak and whiskey for me with vanilla bean sweets. For me this stout base in this one is lacking; it might have to do with the semi-hot untamed Bourbon and ABV. Missing the cocoa richness the others have.

MF- Thick and slightly oily body with a medium carbonation level. Texture is frothy and slightly creamy and it ends almost hot.

Probably the least decadent of what I have tried from this series. Lacks complexity for me and the fudgey, roast decadent base.

Jun 10, 2015
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Damian from Massachusetts

2.26/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Drank from a 500 ml/1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. (16.9 fl. oz.) corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Really solid appearance. The beer poured a somewhat thin, dark brown and was topped by an inch tall, super tight and frothy, tan colored crown. The head slowly dropped to a bubbly plume atop the liquid. Rings of drippy lacing coated the glass and eventually transformed into spotty droplets.

The aroma was really weak. There was a subtle roastiness and a bit of rubbing alcohol initially. Somewhat ashy. A chalky and dry yeast quality was also apparent. As the beer sat, a touch of bourbon and brown sugar came forth. Slightly sweet. The bourbon notes continued to intensify throughout the session, but they were still quite subdued.

The flavor profile was even more disappointing than the nose. Deeply roasted malts came through on the front end. Fairly ashy. Cold espresso was noticeable. The finish was acrid and dry and contained a sharp alcohol note, which crescendoed after the swallow. Punishingly bitter, earthy and piney hop notes also appeared in the finish.

The mouthfeel was a huge letdown as well. Thinner bodied for the style. The liquid contained a frothy, large bubbled effervescence. With time, the carbonation settled down and the liquid turned smooth and creamy on the palate.

I hate drain pouring any beer, but doing so to a $23 500 ml bottle is all the more painful. Many of the past barrel-aged Old Rasputin vintages were disappointments, but XVI definitely takes the cake. This beer is a thin, hot and acrid mess that contains barely any bourbon character. I will definitely pass on future vintages.

Feb 15, 2015
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rooskey379 from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Binny's, poured into a stemless wine glass.

Looks great, a ton of carbonation, head was around a while. 1 finger of dark khaki lace.

Smell was quite a lot of bourbon, maybe some chocolate.

Taste - ah, what can I say. It's good, not the best BA offering I have had and not the worst. The carbonation REALLY takes over a lot of the taste. I bet it is fantastic with a year or two of age.

Feel - again, too much carbonation to really appreciate what is happening in the beer.

Overall- a good beer, a beer definitely worth trying but also DEFINITELY worth aging. Price tag is a bit high, which is the only thing preventing me from the ultimate test - buying it again.

Dec 31, 2014
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Brolo75 from California

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a mocha colored heard, head is creamy, not much head retention, looks a little thin for an imperial stout, no carbonation.

A: Slight bourbon aroma, roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol is very noticeable even after two years in the cellar. Still picking up some vanilla, toasted coconut, and chocolate.

T: Slight bourbon flavor, dark fruits like raisins, plum, figs, some chocolate, alcohol comes through fairly strong, still has a nice complexity of a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

M: It has a chalky, powder like dry mouthfeel, I don't remember that when I first had this fresh.

This is a review of a two-year old bottle, not sure if it has aged for better as I think the mouthfeel has faded but it still has great flavors, I'm surprised that the alcohol is still noticeable.

Dec 29, 2014
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Icculus38 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed with this one. Ten years ago, Ol raspy was the first real stout I ever had, so I was really expecting more.

Too carbonated for my tastes.

And most of all... Where is the flavor from the barrel? I got
Nearly nothing.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, and definitely doesn't warrant its high price. Probably won't buy another bottle, but I would like to try on tap.

Dec 21, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour
Black body with a thin covering of brown head that sticks around for a while.
Chocolate, caramel, wood and bourbon aroma.
Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and bourbon. It's a little warm. Imparts some good bourbon flavor.
Medium carbonation which was more than expected. Full medium body.

Dec 18, 2014
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth barrel aged beer. Not hot at all. 4.5 Excellent!

Had again in June 2016. My tastes have definitely changed. Decent beer, but lacks the stout flavor and bourbon flavor I like. Revives rating =4.1.

Oct 30, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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

Bottle at 40 degrees into tulip
Aroma of bourbon
Head small (<2 cm), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of bourbon, marked vanillin, some chocolate and coffee overtones; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.375

Oct 05, 2014
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

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

500 mL bottle courtesy of uvm2003 pours an opaque black with a dense and creamy brown head that lingers on and on. The complete curtain of lacing is fantastic as well. Pretty much a perfect looking beer.

Nose is chocolate (of course), marshmallows, wood char and blackberries. And roast, cant forget about the roast. Runs the gamut of various stout aromas one typically encounters.

I like how both the barrel character and the stout character both are very strong without one overpowering the other. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and wood shavings all come to mind. It still has some of that signature hoppiness that I get in the OG Rasputin too. It is superior to Old Rasputin...though my ratings wont compare as such - the stout game has changed tremendously since 2008. The barrel aging has mellowed it out considerably and given it more pop. Too bad it is so expensive, but nice for a treat every now and again.

Sep 25, 2014
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

From notes on 2/14/14

Dark heavy looking body. Decent head for an imperial stout. Kind of a rum aroma. Sweet, caramel smell. Really delicious. Very very smooth for 11.5%. Dark chocolate cocoa flavors. I’m impressed with this. Yum yum. Great end to Valentines dinner.

Sep 10, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

From a 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

A-The beer is good looking with a big (nearly three-finger) head of dense, mocha foam. For a beer above 11% ABV, head retention is good and the beer even leaves some stray lacing on the glass. Color is black and opaque.

S-The aroma is heavy on the bourbon with lots of vanilla, caramel, and burnt sugar coming from the barrel. Interestingly, for a beer with some much bourbon character, I did not pick up much oak. The beer flavors are roasted, but not heavily, with some cream and chocolate coming through. Alcohol heat is very apparent even though this bottle has been sitting in my cellar for at least six months.

T-The taste, like the smell, is heavy on the bourbon. I would even call this a bit hot with alcohol coming through very strongly among the bourbon flavors of vanilla (it is really heavy on the vanilla) and caramel. The beer is mostly in the background with some cream, marshmallow, milk chocolate, and a bit of roasted flavor on the finish.

M-The feel is not as dense or chewy as I would expect, but that makes it easier to drink (which is good and bad for a beer at 11.whatever % ABV). The carbonation is below average in volume but the beer feels a bit frothy on the palate.

O-If you like some beer with your bourbon, this beer is a good choice for you. The vanilla is especially flavorful here. Although I like it (because I like bourbon), I did not think it compared well against some of the better examples of the style, e.g., the Barrel Aged Ten Fidy I drank last night. It was just a touch too hot and I also thought the mouthfeel was a bit odd. That being said, I was glad to give this a try.

Sep 01, 2014
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StoneTSR from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

APPEARANCE: Holding this beer up to the light is an impressive thing. Absolutely zero light gets through, it is dark as midnight. Perfectly black. The head is a good two fingers thick to start and settles into a one-finger thick layer of off-white, organic egg-shell colored bubbles. Cathedral lacing covers the whole back side of the glass.

SMELL: Chocolate covered cherries are the first thing that comes to mind when I stick my nose into the glass. There is a hint of citrus underneath and just the slightest touch of roasty malt underneath it all.

TASTE: The chocolate covered cherries still come through big time, however, the bourbon characteristics really come through on the first sip; oak first, then hints of vanilla. This is not nearly as hot as the XV version. A vein of raisin runs through the heart of the sip with roasty malt notes on the edges.

MOUTHFEEL: There is a fair amount of carbonation in this beer for an Imperial Stout and I like it a lot. It’s amazing considering this was barrel aged as well. The body, of course, is very big yet surprisingly dry.

OVERALL: The fruit flavors in this beer are far more intense than I expected. Mostly dark fruits and the vanilla and oak are muted, compared to the previous release. This seems to be a better put together beer as a whole than in the past. The barrel emphasizes flavors, but is certainly not used as a crutch. Well done.

Aug 27, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Big khaki head. Beautiful lacing and great retention.

Smell - Extremely oaky. Sharp oak. Even a bit of acidity from the oak. Bourbon. Dark chocolate. Black roasted malt.

Taste - Coffee malts. As much oak in the taste as in the nose. Sharp woodiness. Bitter chocolate. Bourbon flavor lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel - The oak is pretty intense. Detracts from the drinkability, but it's a nice flavor. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Crazy oak. Covers the beer a bit, but the bourbon adds a nice element.

Jul 27, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, vanilla, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 26, 2014
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Bonsall_Phil from California

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky black into a tumbler, minimal head (as expected) but clinging to the side like a milkshake. A slight smell of bourbon-chocolate filled the room when I popped the cork but as I sneak up on the glass, I am surprised on what a smooth chocolate-vanilla scent it has. It's not boozy, I never really thought of the smell of a beer being balanced but that is what I'm getting here. I enjoyed waiting for this beer to come to proper room temp :)

I would love to do this side by side with the more heralded BA stouts. This one strikes me as featuring the wood of the barrel more. The bourbon is there but seemingly subtle and balanced, the heat of the 11+ is also quite tame on the palette. The warmer this beer got the more pronounced the bourbon was. The mouthfeel is a tad light for my liking and a little bubbly, reminiscent of some Mikkeller BAs I've had. A very pleasant drink, an all nite sipper for me and I will buy again if I see it even with the steep price tag.

Jul 17, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Had the XV last year, this is the XVI version. Pours nearly pitch black with a small khaki head on top. Aroma of strong bourbon notes, some light vanilla, roast, and a little chocolate. Flavor follows with heavy bourbon notes--a bit hot just like the last version I had--a little bit of chocolate, graham cracker, and some definite roast flavors in here. Vanilla is subdued and overtaken by the bourbon. The body is strangely lacking here--and I love the regular Old Raspy--with carbonation on the medium level and really coming off thin overall. I got this from last year's version, too. I've never had this aged, but maybe that's the way to go. It just comes off as a thin, hot mess of bourbon for me.

Jul 15, 2014
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babaracas from Florida

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish very dark brown, opaque and black-ish in the glass with several fingers thick exceedingly dense light brown head. Settles slowly to a quarter inch, sheet of lace down the glass. Smell: uncorking this one set off a cloud of bourbon aroma, but after a minute only a little remains... along with rich chocolate cake batter, prune, toasted brown bread. Taste: milk chocolate, caramel apple... fig and toasted brown bread... earthy espresso note cut by a splash of sweet booze. Velvety feel. Finishes with some earth, tannic, mild bourbon leftovers...drying and slightly sticky. Delicious...nice to see a barrel aged stout that's not over the top sweet.

Jul 07, 2014
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blankenhoney from Ohio

2.44/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle picked up from the North Coast taproom and enjoyed from a wine glass.

BA Raspy pours very dark and a little oily with a substantial khaki, frothy head. Appears to be heavily carbonated. Looks good, but the aromas are really off-putting. There is a ton of wood and wood shavings, and these are completely disconnected from the mellow, sweet oaky scents you'd expect from a bourbon barrel. That unappetizing aroma is compounded by lots of bitter baker's chocolate and an astringent alcohol smell. Add some roast and char and things go further downhill.

The taste is much better, but that's not saying much. Dark chocolate dominates here, with only the faintest hint of bourbon flavors. This is a bitter, roasty, charry stout. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, being mostly smooth and creamy. But it's also a bit thin and not unlike a soup that's been overly pureed.

Overall, this one is a failure. Unpleasant roasty bitterness dominates the nose and flavor. It's a shame, too, because the original Old Raspy is quite good. Generally we can expect barrel treatment to improve the base beer, but here it ruins it. And the fact that it's $20 per bottle doesn't help.

Full disclosure: leaving a glass of this out in the sun for 2 hours or more made the beer much smoother and easier to drink. But what kind of way is that to drink beer?

Jun 15, 2014
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JerseyHopHead from California

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black with a tan/brown head with moderate retention.
Nose is distinctly bourbon with just a hint of cocoa.
At the very start, there is a hint of cocoa and flavors familiar to drinkers of regular Old Rasputin. These are quickly overcome by a clear, strong, but slightly sweet bourbon taste, which is actually not too boozy. It finishes pretty smooth with a bit of a boozy note.
First of all, I really enjoyed this. The bourbon really changes the character of the beer and has a very different effect on the palate. It really doesn't taste as strong as it is (at 11.3%). I would definitely recommend this to fans of Old Rasputin (though it's fairly different as I mentioned) and anyone who likes barrel aged beers. It may be a bit strong for the casual beer drinker but if you have a taste for bourbon, maybe not.

Great beer from a great brewery.

Jun 05, 2014
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

# 500! Yay!
Poured into a snifter

A: Black with a tan, one finger head that lingers. Thick, curtainy lacing.

S: Bourbon and chocolate dominate with a light vanilla and oak backbeat.

T: Knocked my socks off. Blended bourbon and chocolate. Leather, anise, oak and vanilla. Plus a bit of espresso. Just divine.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation.

O: I have entered heavens gates. This is one if the best stouts I've ever had the privilege of enjoying. A bit pricy, but definitely for special occasions (or a holiday weekend with friends). Takes the taste of regular Old Raspy and whisks it into the taste bud orgasm zone. Will seek out in the future.

May 26, 2014
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MasterfulIdiot from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ikea snifter. Liquid is dark black, as expected. Produces a shockingly thick brown head on the pour that fades fairly quickly, but leaves an impressive blankets of lace on the glass.

Aroma is lots of vanilla from the bourbon, and lots of chocolate from the base beer. Nice roasted espresso notes as well.

Taste is really nice - I can definitely taste the base Old Rasputin, with the requisite espresso and dark chocolate notes, but the barrel aging adds a nice complexity to it, with the vanilla and oakiness.

Mouthfeel is predictably thick, with nice soft carbonation.

Overall, really nice - barrel-aging did this beer really well, which is pretty much the best thing you can expect!

May 11, 2014
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of light brown frothy/creamy head. Retention is a touch below average and a moderate amount of irregular lacing is left.

3.75 S: Lots of roast, like the original, which is complicated by the barrel's char and astringency. Chocolate, leather, apples, melon, caramel. The booze is better hidden than previous installments.

2.75 T: The taste isn't $20/bottle good. It's not even particularly good with price not involved. Too much char, roast, and astringency. This is balanced by a richness that is heavy without being sweet. Chocolate, caramel, leather, apple, but it lacks a focus overall. The caramel component is peculiar and is why I don't care for the regular and it's plentiful in here to.

3.75 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonable creamy and smooth enough.

2.75 D: Kinda sucks. Not sure why I buy this every year wondering if the ratings will be right for once.

May 05, 2014
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don1481 from Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been saving this for a special occasion. I would say that the birth of my first child more than suffices!

500 ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours with a nice, big, frothy khaki-colored head that leads to a very dark - almost pitch black - coffee colored liquid. Decent amount of bubbles in the beer that just sit along the side of the glass. This head is one of the most intriguing that I've ever seen - it's got big bubbles on the top that turn into really small and compact ones just above the beer. The head leaves a beautiful lacing along the side of the glass as it dies down. Just beautiful.

Smell: Oh my goodness. Coffee? Check. Chocolate? Check. Bourbon? Check! This is right up there with BCBS and its varietals such as coffee stout in terms of just sheer ecstasy from the smell. It's like when Bruce Willis was dead at the end of Sixth Sense good.

Taste: VERY boozy. That said, it still allows notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and even a little oak to blaze through. This isn't a taste for the weak of palette. This is very much an in-your-face beer that cuts right to the point of its boozy core. It keeps opening up and balancing out with the chocolate/coffee/vanilla notes as I let it sit.

Mouthfeel: Coffee and bourbon notes linger, but it's surprisingly lighter-bodied that I would have expected from a stout.

Overall: Ok, I think I need to find a way to get TWO of these bad boys next year so I can age one and have one at some point in the year. Very glad I saved this one for such a special occasion!

May 04, 2014
Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 442 ratings