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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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mark on 01-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of drewone
2/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of Crosling
3.47/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle states that the beer is 11.6%. Pours light brown, but appears black in the glass. Very light brown head. The nose doesn’t show much strength or power, solely dominated by the barrel, it shows light hints of oak, bourbon and vanilla. The flavor, to be blunt, is just very mediocre. Those who know me know I am a huge fan of bourbon barrel Imperial Stout, but I am picky also. This doesn’t even come close to comparing with the best BA Imperial Stouts, particularly Bourbon County. The flavor, aside from being very mild overall and poorly concentrated, hardly shows any characteristics of the original beer. What I do taste is pure bourbon barrel, missing the chocolatey and roasty goodness that makes pairing an Imperial Stout and a bourbon barrel such a tasty process. It’s an okay, drinkable, somewhat enjoyable beer, but definately nothing special.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for cracking this one out, Deuane!

A - Deep black body with burnt tan head that left a fair amount of lacing around the glass. Carbonation is mild.

S - The huge bourbon nose makes it difficult to pull anything else out, but after a while notes of chocolate, bitter coffee and dark fruit begin to appear.

T - Lots of strong bourbon up front that eventually segues into a nice roasted maltiness in the finish. Traces of oak and dark chocolate are also present.

M - Creamy, velvety texture with very soft carbonation. Slight sting from the alcohol provides some heat in the finish. Just a tad watery but overall very nice.

A - A little strong on the bourbon for my personal tastes, but not as overbearing as I had anticipated. Glad I was able to try this one!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a 10 oz snifter. Much thanks to Deauane for pulling this out of his cellar.

Pours an absolutely pitch black with a 1/2 finger of light mocha colored head. It pretty much keeps all of that in the retention, which leaves just huge swathes of creamy lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma has just massive bourbon notes up front but underneath, you can still make out notes of chocolate, roast, burnt caramel, and coffee.

The taste is almost identical to the aroma with a huge presence of bourbon and oak dominating almost the whole way through. If you look deep though, some of our ole' familiar RIS is still in there, with chocolate sweetness, coffee notes, and roasted malts still making themselves known. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little thinner than I expected. It still packs a slick and smooth feel though. A slight sting of heat is present but it's hard to tell if that was coming from the actual body or all that bourbon taste.

I think a little toning down of the bourbon and oaked character might have made this work a little better but I was glad to see that at some of the regular Old Rasputin's awesome taste was still present. Still, it's pretty quaffable for it's size and I'm just glad to have had the chance to finally try this. Thanks again Deauane!

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for breaking this one open...
Appears a near black with a dark brown edge when held to the light. The small, light tan head fades into a mild cap and heavy collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light oak, vanilla, cocoa, roasted nuts, and booz.
Taste is a bit lighter than the aromas with some roasted malts, rum raisins, and vanilla oak coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy up front, syrupy, boozy, with rum soaked raisins and a slightly thin finish.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of popery
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Clockworkorange for this one!

A-Black hole black with a reddish-tan head that left nice lacing.

S-This is easy...bourbon, bourbon and then oh, wait...no, more bourbon. After some time warming notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit start to manifest.

T-Bourbon! Like you didnt see that coming! After getting thru that you start to find the Old Rasputin base of a lovely deep roasted malt base.

M- A bit thinner than expected but with an impressive creamy smoothness. Alcohol provides some heat in the finish.

A-You better like bourbon to enjoy this one. Either that or lay it down for a few years! I was happy to have the opportunity to try this special brew...I only wish I had another to cellar for a while.

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Photo of JAXSON
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!

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, big thanks to Terry (tmc) for this rarity, poured into a snifter.

The cork opens with a pretty impressive pop and pours with very good carbonation, leaving a one-inch creamy tan head. The body is a dark, dark brown that has some mahogany showing through the edges. It's lighter than I expected but the carbonation is really impressive give the barrel aging and age of the bottle.

The aroma is dominated by bourbon at the outset with very little from the underlying beer coming through. There are hints of dark chocolate malts along with some vanilla from the wood. Pretty one dimensional (bourbon) nose and honestly, the aroma is a bit of a let down...

...but the taste erases any doubts about the quality of this beer. The bourbon is still there and doesn't hide in the background. But the taste brings out the underlying beer in a way the aroma doesn't. The dark roasted malts are present and accounted for as well as some espresso and dark fruits. The finish is slightly dry from the barrel aging but retains a smooth vanilla and bourbon taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly slick with good carbonation. It goes down very easy and leaves a very boozy feel on the way down.

I'm pretty surprised at the big bourbon presence in the one. In fact, as others have said, this one might could use a couple more years to tone that down a bit. It's an excellent beer, but I'm not 100% sure this is an improvement over the base Rasputin...but that's a pretty high hurdle honestly.

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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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into the oversized Riedel snifter it goes

A: Pours an uber dark brown hue with no opacity to it. Head is full, thick and creamy consisting of toasted cap’n crunch colored bubbles.

S: Yep, that’s bourbon. Really pungent and phenolic with a good amount of oakiness to it. Also vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, oily coffee and sticky prunes.

T: Begins with bitter baking chocolate hitting the tip of the tongue with a profound amount of bittering oak too. This beer is much “rougher” than the original. The bourbon swaggers in like a bull in a china shop, dominating most of original beer. Underlying flavors of dried cocoa, nilla wafers, caramel and chocolate muffin loosen up as the beer warms and the bourbon flavors chill out a little bit. Finishes with burnt brown sugar which becomes very rich and buttery.

M: Full body but the barrel aging has made it somewhat thin across the palate.

D: I love the original version of this beer…much more than most imperial stouts. I really hoped that the barrel aging in this instance would enhance the brick and mortar version, but the bourbon really overpowered all the other flavors. Now mind you…this is one tasty brew regardless…but I’m going to be a tough critic because I have to be. I don’t like this version as much but this beer is quite tasty, none the less.

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Photo of MasterSki
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.

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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generously shared by Unclejedi in the parking lot of Party Source. Beautiful black in the glass and a decent head. Huge smell of sweet caramel, oak and bourbon.
Taste is massive and way different than Rasputin. Smooth and creamy, the sweetness of the caramel is profound backed up by oak and bourbon, some slight earthiness and raisins, cherries, etc.
Feels thick and oily with just a little noticable carbonation. So massive it hurts the drinkabliity a little.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the cork and poured slowly into my 2005 Strong Beer Month glass. Lighter than expected, very cola brown in appearance. Super solid two fingers of mocha brown creamy head. Very nice looking in the glass, especially for a RIS that has been aging 'this' long in oak whisky barrels.

Aroma was all whisky. Some hints of vanilla and
even coconut, but huge bourbon whiffs.

Creaminess hit my mouth for a split second before the huge smack of hot whisky. Nicely carbonated with a slight sting on the tongue. More hot bourbon flavor and charred oak on the finish. Somehow, I tasted some citric hop flavor in the back.
Very good and tasty, but incredibly one-dimensional.

The frothy head fizzled after while, but not all the way down. Some nice cloudy lacing stuck on the glass, with a smooth looking tan film. Tiny bubbles hung to the outside of the glass.

Had X for a while, lurking in the back of my cellar. And I decided to open her open for no reason at all. I am glad I did, but am very surprised how prominent the whisky flavor was. In my mind, X could lay down for a few more years.

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4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz corked bottle I picked up from a really cool distributor in LA (thanks Kimo!).

The bottle reads "12 medals in 10 years, 7 of them gold. Old Rasputin has built quite a reputation. So, to celebrate this 10th anniversary, we've aged some Old Rasputin in oak whiskey barrels to add a bourbon note to its complex flavor profile."

The beer poured with almost no head, my friend remarked that it looked like cola. The carbonation was there, but again it looked like pop. But man the flavor and taste were pretty extreme. I honestly would not have guessed that this was Old Rasputin aged in a barrel, it was stronger and richer in every way. The aroma was bourbon and strong, rich, roasted malts. It was a bit like Kentucky Breakfast Stout, so much richer than normal Old Rasputin. The hops were definitely less pronounced than normal Rasputin, the flavor was all bourbon and rich imperial stout flavors. I couldn't find the vanilla described in other reviews, but there was definitely a lot in here.

If you're lucky enough to find a bottle, grab it and try it. If not, KBS is just as good.

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Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.3% out of 100 with 74 ratings
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