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Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout
BA SCORE
4.31/5
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431 Ratings
Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jtrigonis on 02-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
431
pDev:
9.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScotNH
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of strandm
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sneth019
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of D_Min
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
2.26/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 431 ratings
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