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

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Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout
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Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mark on 01-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this beer a while ago, and dont remember who sent it to me. Sorry and thanks!
I am splitting the beer with Stopper at cellar temp and pouring into a snifter. The beer pours a deep brown color with frothy tan head of 2 cm foaming up and fades gradually to a surface layer. There is tight creamy lattice on the glass as it fades.
Aroma is oak and bourbon with some vanilla and chocolate as well, all very balanced with each other. Very appealing nose!
First sip reveals an average to thick body with slight syrupy texture. There is a very mild carbonation that gently rolls across my palate on each sip.
The flavor is as nose advertises with lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla. The chocolate is much more subdued here. ABV is well hidden and this makes for a very smooth enjoyable and drinkable beer. ARGGHH!! my only bottle!
I would definintely buy this if I saw it again!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
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

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Photo of bishopgary
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.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery in June 2007, then cellared for 20 months. Poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Dark coffee brown color, small tan head, plenty of finely patterned sticky lace.

The aroma takes me by surprise, in a really good way. Huge sweet bourbon barrel with a strong fruit and caramelized sugar aspect, like roasted agave, or pineapple soaked in honey and then grilled. Sweet vanilla and minty fresh herbs, too. Beautiful charred roastiness like cigar smoke, smooth and elegant. Outstanding.

The flavor has a lot of chocolate that didn't come through much in the aroma. Roasty dark chocolate, mezcal/tequila/agave (more tequila than bourbon!), bourbon, charred wood, vanilla, brown sugar, pineapple, white wine... complex and exotic, with spices, anise, grassy herbs, coffee, nuts... a smooth charred roastiness embraces and binds everything. Just the right amount of sweetness. Complex, spicy, brown sugary, bourbon barrel finish, with a gentle blast of alcohol - long, long, long.

Luscious smooth texture. A pleasure to drink.

Insanely good beer.

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4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My pops had this beer sitting around for a year or so and we decided to open it. We almost forgot about it. (Don't hide your beer)

Heavy sweet bourbon/chocolate aromas with a brief tan head and almost no lacing. It looks like iced coffee, but it sure doesn't taste like it. The bourbon is definitely in there with some chocolate flavors. Both take the spot light in this beer. This is a little bit of roasted malt hiding in the back end of the flavor, just enough to even out the sweetness. It's a shame they didn't make this again. This is definitely the first big stout that's been barrel aged that I can actually taste the barrel attribute full on. I am pleased to say this was some great drink. I am a huge fan of the regular old rasputin, but this was a pleasant treat. Well worth the wait.

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Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle acquired from tevering99 in a trade, thanks a lot for giving up such a great beer, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter tonight

A-Black color with no light shining through, not as thick as I anticipated, 1 1/2 inch tan foamy tan head, left a pillow on top of the liquid, nice retention, some very nice lacing for a beer that has been aged as long as this has

S-Lots of bourbon and was especially evident once it warmed, different scents of spices, vanilla, tons of caramel, strong oak aroma, dark roasted malt, special dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, and charcoal

T-Started off tasting like regular Old Rasputin with a mildly boozy finish, then it became increasingly warmer and had more vanilla, then the oak and bourbon took over and this beer began to taste very good, enjoyable sweetness in the middle with a whiskey finish that is somewhat dry, the absence of hoppiness did not play a role in the flavor of this beauty, really start tasting the different chocolate tastes after a little while and see how much variety this malt profile really has to offer, bit of a burn in the aftertaste but it is soothing, fantastic overall

M-Warming, chewy, and smooth mouthfeel, medium body and thinner than I thought it would be, oddly still a nice level of carbonation, small bubbles rushing to the top, taste lasted up to two or three minutes by the end

D-Could probably a drink a whole other bottle of this right now but it is still definitely a sipper, alcohol is hidden well regardless of its warming sensation, not too heavy or overly sweet, goes down too easy

Normally, I am not a huge fan of North Coast except for the Old Rasputin and this makes the regular brew seem like nothing, hope they barrel age more of this stuff in the future, regretted not buying some at Naja's place a few years ago when I saw it but the price seemed steep at the time, very happy to get the chance to try it now, aged wonderfully, think it has been about two years since it was brewed, would love to drink again, highly recommended

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4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a nice find this was. I traded for it after Dark Lord Day in 07 and it's been aging in my beer cellar (closet) ever since. I'm horrible with one-time beers like this. I keep wanting to wait for a really special occasion before I drink them. Tonight I am lonely and bored and I didn't accomplish anything today so I figure that's reason enough to celebrate!

The pour is as perfect as any I've ever seen in an Impy. Completely opaque blackness with a large, retentive, walnut-colored head.

Smells of harsh alcoholic yeast against fiery, thick, gooey death grain and the now-subdued node of a bourbon-aged stout. Nice, though the aging has caused a wee bit of an imbalance.

Tastes amazing. Age has done wonders. Smooth, raw porter grain starts things out, and that slides into a more stoutish chocolateyness that's mixed with the light fire of old, mellow bourbon. Bourbon dominates the rest of the way as it goes through the pleasantly overripe fruit of an aged stout and the smooth, almost sweet yeast of a good impy. The fire of bourbon lingers.

Maybe the best bourbon stout I've ever had. I sure hope they do something similar for their 15th anniversary--it'll be worth the wait!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I actually managed to get a bottle of this one, I was floored to see it in my fridge and could barely contain myself as I went to open it up. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/02/2009.

The pour was very nice, lighter then I would have though though, but very very nice. Rich dark brown with some light highlights on the sides. Some nice tan head on top that settled down nicely into a firm pillow across the top that stayed with it throughout the session.

The aroma was wonderfully complex and evolving with each passing minute. Loads of bourbon in here with a nice light touch of molasses mixed in. As it warms it takes on more of a deep, almost toffee like tone, similar to a nice old ale, but still blended with chocolate and notes of coffee. As I go in for a taste, warming alcohol rushes over me. Rich notes of coffee, chocolate, lots of bourbon and vanilla, Very complex and perfectly smooth and seductive. The alcohol was well mixed out and mellowed as each smooth sip opened it up to more and more unique flavors. The long lasting taste of vanilla is the perfect accent to a perfect nightcap.

Overall this was differnet then what I espected, but I have to admit so damn good I was blown away. I cannot wait to get ahold of the XI

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Photo of drowland
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the label: Old Rasputin 10th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout with 12 medals in 10 years, 7 of them gold. Old Rasputin has built quite a reputation. So, to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, we've aged some Old Rasputin in oak whiskey barrels to add a Bourbon note to its complex flavor profile. We think you'll agree that it works.

Old Rasputin X pours up with a moderate-full carbonation that creates a incredibly inviting tannish-mocha colored head that completely envelops the deep mahogony-brownish black body. Simply marvelous! The heavily chocolate aroma is quite complex with notes of rich toffee, toasted walnuts, cocoa nibs & plenty of coffee/espresso notes. A touch of fruity cherry-vanilla, bourbon & a hint of warmth add to the overall complexity. This one just gets better as it warms in hand. The smooth flavor starts off with an initial rush of caramel & chocolate sweetness that gives way to a solid roasted graininess with coffee & espresso notes marked by some underlying bitterness. The beer continues to grow on the palate, but dries out slightly towards the bittersweet, warming bourbon finish. This medium-full bodied Imperial Stout has long been one of my favorites, but the bourbon & cellar aging makes this one truly magnificant! Now I'm definitely looking forward to the XI & XII.

Skål! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to Thomas Hardy for the bottle and happy '33rd' birthday to amateurbeerguy.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is blacker than black with a brown head that left a pool of film in the middle of the liquid. The head went down to almost gone but then stayed for the 20 minutes that I left this RIP to warm. Absolutely amazing!

Smell – Oh, man, the stout aroma is big here. What strikes me first in the quality of the espresso bean. Beyond that the huge roasted malts have a nice dark yeast compliment that really rounds out the nose. But dig deeper as the beer warms and you find some gooey molasses and deep, dark fruity sugars.

What I like most though is the lack of overpowering oak. All too often "barrel-aged" means "licking oak." Here the wood is but a subtle compliment to the nose, extremely well done and not over done.

Taste – The wood properly comes out bigger at the taste. It needs to, too, because the malts here are gianormous. The espresso from the nose turned into more of a really fine coffee bean.

There's a dose of vanilla to this flavor profile that really sets off the malt and sugar relationship. The sweets are big here but with the substantial malt they aren't allowed to run wild. This is a very tasty and very intense RIP.

Mouthfeel – The regular Old Ras has a mouthfeel close to perfection, but the smoothness imparted by the X's barrel aging puts it over the edge. The upped ABV adds a nice alcohol character to this liquid velvet that makes it creamy and dreamy.

Drinkability – This is by far the smoothest RIP that I have ever had. The standard North Coast Old Ras is one of my favorite beers so I was skeptical about an anniversary edition, but this one delivers in spades.

Comments – A huge BA thanks to skyhand for donating a bottle to the Sponsor A RoyalT program. Her generosity is only matched by her choice of ale.

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Photo of grub
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Viggo shared this one, which we put up beside a regular rasputin that i got from kirok1999. huge thanks eric!

500ml bottle, corked and caged. bottle lists 11.6%abv, not 11.7% above.

pours very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a huge very dense tan head. the head falls very slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is great. huge bourbon and vanilla blast. alcohol. roast. lots of dark chocolate. light caramel sweetness.

taste is great. another huge blast of vanilla and bourbon. nice warming alcohol. roast. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. medium bitterness level. light caramel sweetness. big bread and biscuit malt.bit of raisin.

mouthfeel is good. low well integrated carbonation. nice big body. super smooth.

drinkability is good. balanced and very enjoyable. the alcohol is hidden quite well, mostly coming through as a little warmth.

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Photo of flexabull
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with the family.

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice tan head that lingers with a lot of lacing.

Aromas are of dark chocolate, bourbon and oak.

Flavors are smooth and creamy up front. A lot of chocolate flavors, milky, dark, and bitter. Finish is crisp and biting. There is a definite oaky bourbon kick on the end as well of some anise flavors, and a bit of a bitter tinge from the hops.

Mouthfeel is full, supple, creamy, and just about perfect.

Drinkability is quite good. Very easy to enjoy and sip even for such a powerhouse of a beer. This is special. Second only to the Abyss as far as Russian Imperial Stouts I have tried... I wonder if they have any left at the brewery???

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a very thin, fizzy khaki-colored head.

Smell: A quite captivating, strong bourbon-soaked aroma with all the expected notes of vanilla, oak, and dark brown sugar. Also lesser notes of dried dark fruits and caramel.

Taste: Heavy bourbon taste with an incredible sweetness. Hints of dark caramel syrup and prunes. All in all, only a meager amount of roasted malt flavors make their way around the effusive bourbon qualities. Lightly alcoholic, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Nicely warming finish.

Drinkability: The strong, prominent bourbon character does greatly blur the original beer for me, but as it is exceptionally delicious, I shan't fault it for that. I shan't!!

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Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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