Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout
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From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.7%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 9.79%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
27
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 21, 2017
Added:
Jan 15, 2007
Wants:
  161
Gots:
  4
SCORE
96
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Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout
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Rated: 3.77 by emerge077 from Illinois

May 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by BEER88 from Washington

Feb 16, 2017
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Reviewed by chango from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into Belgian glasses with the wife in the backyard 8 years after buying it at the brewery.

Appearance: Cloudy. Some floaters, but nothing to be concerned about. GREAT carbonation for a beer this old. Nice cream-colored head.

Smell: Subdued. Dark fruit and wood.

Taste: Smooth and mellow. All trace of fusels and boozy notes are gone. Dry cocoa, dark over-ripe cherry, dates, dank rotting wood (in a good way). Fabulous.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and creamy with the slightest sharp tangy edge.

Overall: I will miss this beer, but I felt 8 years was long enough in the cellar. As great as it was to drink, it also felt like it was on the verge of collapse. If there was a sweet spot for this particular bottle, I'm pretty sure I hit it.
Mar 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 26, 2014
 
Rated: 2 by drewone from California

Sep 23, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by GClarkage from California

Jul 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Paccamacca from California

Feb 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by largadeer from California

Nov 18, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Jul 23, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jun 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by yourefragile from District of Columbia

Mar 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by popery from California

Feb 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Jan 26, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by phingdong from New Hampshire

Jan 22, 2013
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Reviewed by oline73 from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with some red at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt with some carmel and dark fruit in the mix as well. Very smooth.

Taste: The age has made this a very smooth beer. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. The bourbon is there, but there isn't much heat at all. The roast and bourbon sweetness continue through the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I remember liking the XI a bit more when I had it, but this was a great beer as well. Never thought I would get to try this one. I'd have more if someone wanted to share.
Jan 14, 2013
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Shared by ygtbms94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is dark, ominous black. Still nice carbonation evident, with a half inch or more of beige head. Scents of roast, oak, chocolate, bourbon. Thick in body and smooth, with subtle alcoholic warmth in the finish. Oak and vanilla notes add depth and complexity. Additional flavors of chocolate and charred roast. Well balanced and delicious. Age has served this beer well. What a treat.
Jan 07, 2013
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Reviewed by MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review #2,750. Randomly busted out by Sean. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wispy partial cap, and spotty lace. Opaque near-black body.

S - This has held up surprisingly well, although some inoffensive oxidation is starting to creep in lending some fruity notes to the oaky vanilla, chocolate, roast, anise, and hint of char.

T - The taste is quite nice, and reveals less age and oxidation than the aroma. A delightful blend of cocoa, vanilla, oak, nutty and lightly sugary malts, and earthy bourbon. The aging seems to have muted the barrel-aging influence, bringing a bit more balance between the bourbon, oak, and base beer than subsequent iterations. Either that, or this was more restrained to begin with.

M - Smooth, medium body, pleasant carbonation. Perhaps a bit thinned out after nearly 5 years but otherwise really mellow, with minimal alcohol heat. Surprisingly dry and clean finish. Quite easy-to-drink.

D - This beer has held up really well. The oxidation is fairly mild and integrates with the flavor profile in a largely complementary manner. Quite enjoyable, but drink up soon on this one. Would gladly drink this one again.
Nov 16, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by AgentZero from Illinois

Nov 11, 2012
 
Rated: 4.75 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Sep 27, 2012
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Reviewed by HopHead84 from California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
5/27/2012

Thanks, Matt!

A: Dark brown with some dark red notes. Finger of light brown froth.

S: Soy and coconut with dark chocolate, vanilla, and soft oxidation notes. Roasted malt is mellow. Bourbon blends with nutty character and an earthy presence.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with caramel, coconut, vanilla, and a little booze. Nutty notes blend with bourbon and restrained dark fruit. Oxidation is light and graceful. Roasted grains are restrained. Smooth balanced finish.

M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Way better than the XI that I recently opened. Surprisingly good for a 5 year old Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. I'm happy I was able to try this.
May 28, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by jsnoek from Canada (ON)

Feb 19, 2012
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Reviewed by drowland from Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
The aroma screams bourbon barrel from the getgo - it’s all vanilla, oak, and bourbon (delicious!). The flavor parallels quickly with sweet malt, vanilla, touches of dark fruit, and a dry roasted malt finish. This is very much like the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but just slightly, ever so slightly, not as good.
Feb 05, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by TrickkyGangsta from Florida

Feb 04, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by CarolinaKevin from North Carolina

Jan 29, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by marine1975 from North Carolina

Jan 28, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by GehenHerzog from North Carolina

Jan 28, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by Alpar from Wisconsin

Jan 25, 2012
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pushes up a big 1 1/2 inch dark coffee, dense creamy foam that turns rocky as it drops over a rich, dark brown chocolate that is nearly black and passes no light. Thick rings of lace are deposited, while the head never goes away. Great label too.

Opens with baker’s chocolate and roasted malt with some milk chocolate and background grapefruit. Black coffee comes out with alcohol fumes. All becomes sublime with warmth.

Rich roasted malt has almost a burnt character with bitterness that is heavy. Flavors are close to the nose, however, each is punctuated. The finish is long with roasted malt maintaining its impact. There is a light, smoky flavor with some tobacco and brown sugar as it warms. Definitely let this one warm up, as warmth reveals how well-crafted the flavors are.

The Dogfish Head snifter holds a medium bodied beer with a velvety texture and lively carbonation. This one is quite dry with a light astringency in the finish. Alcohol is well tamed.

Old Rasputin is definitely a sipping beer, but a few big gulps won’t hurt. While the reputation may be slightly overdone, this is quite an experience worthy of a return trip. I am going back to try it with a juicy ribeye steak.
Jan 21, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by nucmedmario from Illinois

Jan 13, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by bespin15 from Washington

Jan 12, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by akinsja from Tennessee

Jan 03, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by TGS from California

Dec 19, 2011
 
Rated: 3.75 by brandoman63 from Illinois

Nov 29, 2011
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Reviewed by tmoneyba from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured black color with an average creamy creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, woody and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a rich smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted sweet chocolate cream flavor with a medium to heavy sweet smooth finish of moderate to long duration. Another standout brew.
Jul 12, 2011
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Reviewed by JAXSON from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours not a totally opaque black with a medium/small brown head. Nose is immediately big roasted malt, some black licorice, and barrel. Further layers are vinous, dark fruits, vanilla. A good nose. Flavor is quite dry up front, very thick and creamy. Vanilla mostly on the mid palate, and a long finish of charred malt and ash. Really interesting flavor profile. The main distraction here is the mouth feel. Although it's definitely thick and creamy, there is crazy high carbonation all around that just assaults the palate. Other than that this is very nice...I love dry imperial stouts, love that ash and char quality which is really subtley done here, barrel influence isn't over the top. Thanks Doug!
May 19, 2011
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Reviewed by bishopgary from Utah

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bought a few bottles the last time I was in Fort Bragg. Drank most fairly quickly, but manged to store one for nearly 4 years. Opened recently, the quality was such that I was inspired to review here. Some beers age so well, but yet aging is not something a lot of beer aficionados consider. I am making a case for aging here.

A: Poured black with slight hints of brown while pouring, with a moderate amount of head, that lingered slightly. Just as you would expect an Imperial Stout to be.

S: Incredible, Roasted malt, chocolate, slight hints of plum. The alcohol lent it complexity, that compared to bottles consumed earlier, seemed more like a dark port, but then the roasted malt brings you back to stout

T: Very balanced, and smooth. Caramel, slightly burnt malt and barely detectable hops to keep it interesting. Noticeably smoother than bottles opened earlier. Alcohol less present in taste than smell at this age. Finished with a slight hint of licorice.

M: Coated the mouth well, with a noticeable tingle. Very round, rich and creamy

D: Extremely drinkable, the age mellowed the alcohol flavor upfront enough to make you think you could drink quite a bit of this. Hands down one of the best stouts I have tasted. Wish I had saved more.
Nov 28, 2010
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into snifter.

Pours a light brown head that leaves some nice lace. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Warm bourbon, sweet creamy chocolate. Oak flavors and vanilla. The bourbon in this beer is big, but I like it.

Taste: Warming bourbon up front again, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, and chocolate. Sweet and creamy. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warm. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends warm.

Overall, a great beer with that was very drinkable for how big it was. The bourbon really added a nice layer to this beer. I was very glad to have gotten to try this one.
Aug 17, 2010
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Reviewed by MuenchenerKindl from Germany

4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle to a snifter the liquid is very dark, close to blase with a caramel reddish hue. The head is one fat thumb, dark mocha and leaves some lace.

The smell is dark roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Nice.

The taste follows lots of vanilla, oak and chard malt just the way we like it. The alcohol presents is still strong, Hops have a great bitter finish that leaves a tingle.

The mouthfeel is good, nice but not quite full body and a crisp carbonation.

The drinkability is excellent, a must try and share with friends. Prosit, MK
Nov 28, 2009
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Reviewed by gregc from New York

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On Nitro at Blind Tigers VSK night. Wow I can't believe they have this..
Pour was pitch black with a big white head.
Aroma is amazing...Whisky, vanilla, smooth smoke, chocolate, big roasted notes and some oak. Not quite as oaky as the 11 and 12, but the wet oak aroma is still present.
Taste was a bit of a let down after the wonderful aroma. I picked up a lot of sweet chocolate, some booze, big on the bourbon flavor. Charred oak and a small amount of anise seed.
The mouthfeel was a bit on the thinner side, it was not quite as full as i had hoped it would be. Overall the drinkablity of this beer is pretty high. It went down very smooth without a ton of alcohol present. This was a rare treat to enjoy I am very happy i had the chance.
Nov 19, 2009
Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 74 ratings