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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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Photo of oline73
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.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt umber with generous pomegranate-orange highlights along the edges. Nowhere near a black hole. Who says that alcohol is a foam and lace killer? The mochaccino colored crown looks good after the pour and even better as it starts to melt. Extensive lace almost pulls the score up to the high rent district.

The aroma is spectacular from a distance and is merely good up close. There's a near perfect blend of Russian Imperial stout and bourbon whiskey, just like the boys at NCBC drew it up. Only a shortage of nostril-filling roastiness and pungency keeps my enthusiasm in check.

North Coast Old Rasputin 10th Anniversary Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout might just be the longest name in beer history. It's also damn good beer that has held up remarkably well. That's no surprise given the style and the ABV, but plenty of similar beer hasn't fared so well on its second birthday.

As in the nose, the flavor is right on the money when it comes to the relative proportions of RIS and bourbon. If you love both as much as I do, then you'll love 'X' as much as I do. It's hard to say whether age or brewing skill has more to do with how well the alcohol is hidden. Probably both.

The flavor profile includes roasted barley, dark chocolate fudge, crushed coffee beans, dark brown sugar, vanilla, oak and a finishing flourish of Sambucca. It all comes together in splendid fashion, becoming even tighter and more seamless as room temperature nears. 'X' is a beer that begs to be consumed quickly. Don't give in to temptation, though, because you'll be smacked upside the head with a velvet hammer that will lay you out before you know it.

The mouthfeel comes into its own as the mercury rises. This might be one of the fullest and most crushed velvet-like ales that I've ever had after two years in the bottle. It must have been perfection personified right after bottling.

Old Rasputin aged in anything is bound to be great beer because it was great before it even entered the barrels. If you still have a bottle of 'X' in the depths of your cellar, crack it open today! before the ravages of time take a bite out of this outstanding barrel aged stout. Thanks to the incomparable Talisker for yet another rare and delicious brew.

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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 Huhzubendah
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.

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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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from inflatablechair and reinheitsgematt .... Big thanks to both of my Boise bottle providers. Decided to enjoy this tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project.. Thanks to Matt and Sam... a small round was shared with Brenda.

My New Belgium snifter is brimming with 2 fingers of a cappuccino looking head... sheets and leopard lacing are very pretty... no light escapes from the brew in the bottom of the glass.

Big stout aromas.. roasty and toasty with quite a bit of char.. black with added spice.. vanilla and subtle bourbon.. dark chocolate with more than enough French Roast... yeasty esters .. prune and plum.

The wood is background with a very smooth and well composed RIS.. Hugely complex.. thick chocolate and vanilla.. dark malts with roasted barley.. Bourbon is present from start to finish but it never becomes a "shot of Beam boilermaker" .. the bourbon at this point is more of an essence that is part of the entire brew.. very smooth and nothing is out of line..

Body is thick and very smooth... spot on carbonation.. with a silky velvet body.. honestly one of the best RIS I've had.

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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 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 Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to jgaston for sending this my way, insane treat! Sampled side by side with the regular Rasputin for comparison.

Pours a very opaque black, brown head, very thick, settles down to a nice layer, leaves lots of lace. Smell is excellent, sweet bourbon, oak, chocolate, lots of vanilla, toffee, very rich, bit of alcohol, more vanilla. Taste is similar, tons of vanilla, chocolate toffee middle, vanilla roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, bourbon, tons of flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, insanely smooth, really goes down way too easy. Fantastic example of barrel aging, really improves on the original. Thanks James!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
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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Photo of mynie
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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking stout. Wouldn't call it black but close. More of a burnt russet. Opaque with a active head seems overly carbonated in bottle. Head is a good 3 inches tan fairly thick leaves nice sticky lacing around the glass and possesess good retention.

One of those beers you just love to sniff and sniff and sniff and sniff. Unfortunately sniffing gets you no where so eventually you have to drink it and it will dissapear. Light milk chocolate aromas with toasty oak aromas and bits of sweet vanilla as well as a pinch of bourbon. Sweet ripe dark fruit of both curran varieties, black cherry, blackberry and black raspberry. Very sweet toffee malt aromas as well as a bit of floral hoppy-ness.

This is quite a sipper. From indication of the nose I was expecting this beer to be somewhat thin in mouthfeel and boldness; I was wrong:) This is a damn big, creamy, mouthcoating delicious beer. The bourbon barrel aging was nearly perfectly integrated. You get that same ole goodness of Old Raspy with a smear of sweet charred oak, vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, mollasses, black cherry covered in white chocolate, toffee and caramel, with a smidgeon of plum. A prickly carbonation is there as well and I think it fits well with this beer. I normally wouldn't prefer that in this style but times are a changin. Alcohol is very well hidden yet traceable in both the mouth and chest but nothing over the top. RS is also decent with a nice bittering hop balancing any cloyingness on the finish.

Now to see how my other bottle tastes in a year as I'm not sure this will improve with age.

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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 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 blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Mega thanks to IntriqKen for the generous offering!***

Pours with a 5/5 frothy dark khaki dense head cap that surprisingly settles to a wafer thin coating down to 4.5/5 status. Body is a bowlingball dark midnight hue black hole allowing nary the scantest sliver of light thru the edges into the light. Lacing is drippy and spotty.

Nose certainly bespeaks of oaky woody booze and bourbon hints. Complexity of the nose evolves with a gentle warming swirl to introduce a black liquorice.

First swigs: Thick chewy charred roasted wood malts. Coffee chocolate ice cream. This one is a mean mother. Caramel toffee, ripe fig, and leafy brisk dirt Earthy flavors develop in between the uber-roasty malts. Bourbon aspects are subtle yet prescent. Enjoying the intermingling complexity.

Feel is a full bodied "eat it with a fork" chewy. Some brisk frothy fizz could be a tad more subtle. Booziness is totally in check.

Last swigs: A sippy boozy cocktail of burnt roasted malts washed back witha kiss of bourbon.

Beer is good. Happy roasted beering!!! Thanks K.H!

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