Old Rasputin XI
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XIOld Rasputin XI
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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.31 | pDev: 10.44%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Old Rasputin XIOld Rasputin XI
Notes: This brew is to commemorate 11 years of brewing Old Rasputin. This is Old Rasputin aged in 12 year-old oak bourbon barrels for nine months.
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bestie had a bottle of this chilling since 2008.....holy fawk.....its aged well. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had bourbon and earth tones. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt mixed with bourbon awesomeness. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Jun 14, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this for a while, shared with rudzud

Pours a faint head disappears, incredible legs, pitch black thick oily beer

Nose big chocolate, dark choc cocoa, a little cardboard oxidation, background plenty of toasted oak and raw sawdust, little bourbon, little cookie dough and caramel, little metallic note, fluffy nougat

Taste big cocoa, biscuity toffee cookie dough, fluffy nougat, a little char roast, bitter acrid black malt, oily inky and minerality almost metallic, bitter roasted malts and little hop, little weird oxidation thing, touch wood dust.

Mouth is med bod, thinner and waterier than expected, decent carb, little booze.

Overall huge let down, I knew there is age but this really went south.

Jan 07, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark oily black with a good head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin wispy head.

S - Aromas of very very light bourbon, super faint barrels, light mineral notes. Rather poor.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, decent char. Light chocolate, more of that mineral. The bourbon is super faint, really uninteresting and bland.

M - Mouthfeel is really thin and watery. Alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a very mediocre beer, super unfortunate and lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 07, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, almost black, brown head, lighter, 1/3". These are always so bourbon and booziness heavy when fresh aroma wise.

Still hits with plenty of bourbon, chocolate malts imparting dark chocolate flavor and bitterness instead of sweetness. Brown sugar though, but not much to make it sweet or cloying.

Not bad stuff, just a high price tag.

Feb 16, 2016
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle held at cellar conditions for nearly 5 years. been waiting a while for this one and tasted alongside XIV. both were good, but this was great. has held on exceptionally well over the years and is tasting great. the bourbon notes were perfectly balanced by loads of chocolate and roast. nothing was off-putting and there wasn't the slightest hint of oxidation or age. no idea how much longer this will hang on for, but for those lucky enough to have this one stashed away it is delicious right now!

Nov 15, 2015
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ML bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary snifter. Gave it a pretty hard pour and while the liquid was coming out of the bottle it comes out a dark brown and in the thinner portions its almost a cola color. As the beer pools into the bottom of the snifter, a black liquid puddle rises in the glass. There's a nice slightly darker than tan colored head, small bubbles at the bottom and some medium sized bubbles towards the top of the glass. The head itself is pretty thick and provides some decent lacing and glass retention. After a bit there's a skim across the top of the liquid and very slowly turns into a ring around the glass.

Smell is awesome. It's had to have mellowed out a bit over the years so it's at the point where it's not too strong but certainly not too weak, can't imagine how this was when it was fresh. The bourbon really jumps out at you right away. As I said before, a little mellowed out, so it's like a bourbon soaked oak. Hints of vanilla and a blend of over roasted, burned and even some charred malts making a bit of a robust dark chocolate smell, maybe a hint of coffee. It all fuses together quite nicely.

Taste is right on par with the aroma, but actually a bit stronger. The bourbon jumps out in the beginning again. Some nice very, very feintly smokey oak with some coffee grounds, and bitter chocolate. All of those flavors cloaked under some subtle vanilla to balance everything out very nicely. Something about this just tastes like it uses pure ingredients, it's great.

Mouthfeel is about as good as it gets for a barrel aged stout. Has a thin feel to it, but the lingering flavor of the fullest bodied beer. Really maintained a great carbonation level. 11.6% isn't surprising, but at the same time I wouldn't have expected it. Smooth with a warming, on the edges of a hot finish. It's not too hot, but hotter than I expected, the appropriate amount. The drinkability is insane! You don't even need to be a ute beer fan to be able to polish this bad boy off. Slow sipper, but you gotta be carful with it. Love regular Old Rasputin, and love XI even more. See why people like this so much. Thanks Chris for a great trade.

Nov 24, 2013
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle into a snifter.

pours a dark black with almost no head. smell is huge on bourbon , taste is amazingly smooth. bourbon , vanilla, super super smooth holy shit! now, at 5 years old I was skeptical but this is amazing. feel is a legit 5/5. ABV extremely well hidden. full bodied, low carbonation.

overall so so creamy and smooth and delicious. loved it.

Oct 01, 2013
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GoldHorde from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If any disappointment in this beer - it is in the fact that the inviting adventure of the name is symptomatic of Big Media hyperbole. The anticipation of pouring a glass of a beer called "OLD RASPUTIN RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT" predicts an experience of mythical proportions. Perhaps of an ancient, mysterious cask unearthed by Siberian archaeologists, transported to a Moscow museum and subsequently stolen and tapped by a couple of Muscovite juveniles looking for a cheap kegger - I certainly see a movie here...albeit Drive-In kwality...

As I BRACE for the first sip, my expectation is RAMPED for anything but the ordinary...I even grab the arm of my beer chair with my other hand...just in case...

No regurgitating release of the cursed dark spirit of Rasputin; no sudden prolific visions of an apocalyptic future; no suddenly alarming alien sensation of an unknown flavor or sensation that is other-worldly...NOT EVEN an unexpected carbonated burp.


How can one NOT be disappointed?

Its, its...JUST a beer.

Admittedly - a good beer BUT still - I expected a whole lot more.

I firstly expect A LOT from anything labeled as a Russian Imperial Stout. These are in a class by themselves - a pinnacle unto themselves. A complex flavor gamut of Siberian hardship a pour that is always expected to be: Heavy, creamy, dark, bitter and smokey with a malty sweetness.

This beer does ALL that.

A = Opaque black; heavy tan head with dissipating lace
S = Malty with a chocolate, bourbon edge
T = Deeply malty with coffee kick
M = creamy, heavy
O = A very nice Imperial Russian Stout

Jun 12, 2013
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Dweezil from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It smells malty like you would expect from an Imperial but you also get a hint of alcohol in the end. Not the sort of Barley-wine, "I'm going to die" alcohol smell, but you can definitely tell it is not something to be slammed.

It pours rich and dark with a slight head but nice lacing as it goes.

Taste is almost chocolate but again hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is silky, goes down nicely; just don't drink it too quickly.

Mar 29, 2013
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daryk77 from District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opened on 12/26/11, 500ml bottle. Stored at room temp in a box at fairly constant temperatures.

Beer looks great, jet black as the original Rasputin, head disappears fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Great aroma, definitely some bourbon in the nose and still a bit of heat. When drinking cold the bourbon still comes through, surprisingly fresh. As the beer warms dark chocolate comes through and some bitterness at the end. Some oxidation to the beer but it does not take anything away. Great body to this, nice and thick.

Overall this beer is doing just fine. I am surprised the bourbon is still so prevalent as I thought it would fade more with time. The flavors are rich and smooth and I believe will continue to keep for several more years.

Another bottle open 03/12/2013, 500ml bottle. Stored at room temp in a box at fairly constant temperatures.

Curious about this one after reading reviews with people reporting it falling off. Appearance and smell are spot on, less bourbon in the nose, more chocolate/vanilla. Taste is great, very little oxidation, chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon (def. fading but melding) finishes roasty. Mouthfeel is rich creamy, decadent, thick, fantastic.

This beer never ceases to impress me. It has held up great, changing with much more chocolate and vanilla now as opposed to the heat of the bourbon. Still finishes roasty, slight bitterness that complements the beer. Love it, have one bottle left. I say drink now if you want more bourbon but still excited to see where the last bottle goes.

Mar 13, 2013
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aasher from Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB months ago and shared with the Charlotte crew for Charlotte Tasting 2012. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a medium bodied black chocolate brown in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. The nose is smooth and well integrated. It is dark and roasty with some oak, light bitterness, light astringency, and vanilla bean. The flavors are light and malty. There is a lot of smooth roasted malt, light oak, and light vanilla. I really can't pickup too much more. The bourbon is gone. It drinks lighter than I assumed it would. It drinks like it should've been consumed a year.ago. This just hasn't held up really well. I'm grateful for the review and the try but this beer is on its last legs.

Nov 11, 2012
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DiddyP from Arkansas

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with an overflowing head which is retained throughout. Good lacing. This rung up at 9%ABV but you'd never know. Not great picking up smells but I'm getting cherry and coffee.
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout wishes it was Old Rasputin. Killer beer bro

Nov 10, 2012
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle sitting in my temperature controlled cellar since I received it years ago via trade. Poured from a corked and caged 750 into a tulip glass.

A: A almost jet black liquid with a light brown nice head. Nice glass lacing that does not stick around forever.

S: Bourbon really jumps out with notes of charred wood and roasted malt. Some coffee grounds mix with dark chocolate too. Nice.

T: The bourbon starts early and lasts. A decent amount of charred woody flavors mix with roasted malt, coffee grounds, dark bitter chocolate, some slight sweeter vanilla that yield back to the bourbon finish. Not really sweet, just nice and roasty and a bit bitter actually for it's age. Drinkability is high on this beer.

M: The only knock to the beer is that you expect it to be a bit thicker and fuller in the mouth. Alcohol is there for sure, but it still is real drinkable.

O: Another great barrel aged beer even for how old it was. I was pleasantly surprised as to how this held up and how well it drank. Great beer, I hope I get a bottle of some later years versions.

I enjoyed the hell out of this beer and easily drank the bottle in an evening. Loved it.

Oct 16, 2012
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beer2day from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aged since purchase in the back of the beer fridge.

Dark, black pour with 1 finger of dark khaki head. Very little retention. Still laces well, though. Fairly active carbonation smooths out after the first couple of sips.

The bourbon has definitely mellowed out in the nose. Still very present, but not as in your face. Vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and dark roast malt round things out. Picking up dried cherries later in the glass.

Intensely bitter flavor. Bourbon is still there, but getting much more in the way of bitter chocolate, French roast coffee, and dark cherries in the finish. Fairly complex and quite satisfying.

Only downfall here is the feel. Just way too thin for the substantial flavors.

Overall, had aged very well. Probably missed the window by a year or so with this bottle, but still better than fresh. The thin feel drags it down some, but the flavor is still very nice.

Aug 22, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of AndrewK at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, wood, and bourbon and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that smells better than it tastes but is still holding up quite well.

Jul 24, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is decent and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: I'm a bit surprised how good this smells. To give a bit of background, I think regular Raspy is boring as fuck and XII and XIV were nothing more than barrel aged versions of incredibly boring beers. This, in the nose at least, is much different. This is both powerful and pleasant. There's still a fuck ton of bourbon in this. Super leathery with a light earthiness. Vanilla and oak. Somewhat of a creme brulee vibe. Lots of chocolate from the stout with a supple roastiness. The stout still lacks complexity, but it's better now than it's ever been.

2.5 T: The taste, however, gives me more of what I'm used to from Raspy. Aside from roast and some chocolate, the base stout gives me nothing. Boring as hell. On top of that, the barrel aging isn't as flawless as the nose suggested. I'm getting some tannic astringency and the smooth leathery creme brulee thing is history. Strong bitterness to round things off.

2.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess. Too light in body, which also accounts for why it is light in flavor.

2.5 D: While this had good potential in the nose, everything went to shit after that. Raspy disappoints again.

Jul 17, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stouts have always had a special place in my beer drinking heart. Ever since I first tried this beer in the 12oz bottles I was sold. Beautiful all around, and that's my view on everyday releases of this beer. To have a big bottle, barrel aged is just the icing on the cake. Pours out dark and thick with a beautiful brown hazey hue head. Bitter whiskey bite at the beginning, maintains that bite for quite a bit and smooths out ever so slightly. Hints of wood and vannila from the barrel aging. All and all, great beer. Definitely a cold day beer.

Jun 14, 2012
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black, with a nice dark tan finger of head, dissipating to a nice film.

Aroma was very pleasant, with touches of bourbon, and oak, wood and chocolate, roast and coffee.

Taste was similar with the chocolate, roasted notes, oak and light bourbon notes. There was a hint of dark fruits as well.

Mostly full bodied and creamy.

We had this along side regular Rasputin bottle that was a couple years old, and this was definitely much better...but I am not sure if I liked this as much as fresh Rasputin... Very glad to have tried it!

Apr 22, 2012
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ChrisPro from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle picked up in fort Bragg in 09

A - dark chocolate with a little khaki head

S - bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisin, coffee

T - a bit muddled but tons of coffee on the finish. Nice chocolate sweetnes. Gets much better as it warms

M - fairly thin but perfect carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. Still a good bit of alcohol.

O - still a very good beer, better than fresh but I think I may have missed the perfect window. Drink em now if you've got em.

Feb 01, 2012
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours opaque black with a one inch head of dense brown. Smeary lacing and a few whisps of foam on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with charred oak, Oreo shells, Kahlua, bourbon, and bakers chocolate. Vanilla, nougat, and espresso follow through.

Full bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Just on the prickly side of lush.

Brownie batter, coffee grounds, bourbon, and vanilla start the palate. Booze-laced dark chocolate and burnt malt step forward.

Finishes with char, booze, bitter chocolate, and a hint of vineosity.

Tasty BA RIS, but the bourbon is not as pronounced as I had hoped, and the slight vineosity is perhaps a nod to limited cellar potential.

Jan 21, 2012
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doopiedoopiedoo from Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right before Christmas I go for a nice long run. Towards the end of the run I start to think about what beer to have once I'm rehydrated. I was pretty sure it's going to be a stout of some sort.
I open the door and find a box waiting for me. Strange because I had no pending trades. It's a surprise box send to me by TheBrewViking. Awesome. The box had all kinds of good stuff and this rare and retired beer is one of them. Thanks a million Brooks. It's much appreciated.

Poured into a pint glass.

Comes out black, very black. Carbonation is very present. A nice two finger mocha head leaving some lacing as the head reduces to a half finger.

The nose tottaly burries the base beer. Barrel heavy with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.

Flavors ar mostly bourbon, vanilla and with some chocolate and malts in the back. The hopprofile that love so muh in the base beer seems to have left the building

It's medium bodied. A bit of booze lingers.

It's a pretty good barrel aged stout. As with many of these barrel aged versions, the base beer gets burried and that's OK but don't expect Old Rasputin + barrel. Thanks a bunch Brooks. This was quite the experience for me.

Jan 11, 2012
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Doopie got a surprise box from his mate TheBrewViking and it included this rarity. Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing Doops.

From a 500ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.
Drunk right after the base beer.

APPEARANCE: Transparent brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium-thicker looking, tan head with great retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and really clings to the sides of the glass. A decent wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Great heat, but pour need to be darker and thicker for top marks.

SMELL: Barrel up front with some bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate. Touches of roasted malts and dark chocolate too, but this one is more barrel heavy. Medium strength nose.

TASTE: Barrel up front again with bourbon, vanilla and oak notes. Touches of milk chocolate, roasted malts and hop bitterness at the swallow, but this one is more about the barrel flavors than the base beer. Milder but lingering aftertaste of barrel notes, alcohol, and a touch of bitterness and roasted malts. This is pleasant, but not memorable.

PALATE: Medium-lighter body with higher carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of heat at the swallow and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. A touch of heat lingers. Definitely needs to be heavier on the palate.

OVERALL: This is a good beer, but not a memorable one. Enjoyable with a pleasant barrel component, but the base beer doesn’t come through too much and the flavors are probably much mellower than they were upon release. The body is also too light for the style. I was definitely excited to give this one a go and am grateful for the opportunity, though I don’t think this one is worth tracking down at this point. Thanks again for sharing Doops. Good times!

Jan 09, 2012
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NittanyBeerFan from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stoutfiend27 for sending this rarity in our ongoing bottle trading arrangement.

Deep brown-hued black in color. The pour yields a thin head that disappears quickly. Spotty bubbles on the sides of the glass both as lace and after a swirl, and the swirl kicks up some oily legs, too.

The aroma is full of dark fruits and subtle barrel notes. This reminds me a lot of aged Expedition as I smell it. Somewhat ashy in the aroma as well, I find it very compelling. The flavor is much bolder than the aroma, and as a result, it must be more complex to yield the same effect. Ashy tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, warm alcohol, and dark, bitter chocolate all come through. Great medley of flavors, though it find that it is a bit ashy for my tastes. I wonder if this is passing its peak...

Slick, oily, and pleasant feeling on the palate, this is now my second great experience with a barrel aged Old Rasputin variant. North Coast seems to have this barrel aging thing down pat between Old Stock and Old Rasputin. Definitely glad to have tried this.

Jan 04, 2012
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Pencible from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like toasted oak and coconut and vanilla and coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with some licorice and molasses.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and bitter coffee and licorice, with toasted oak and coconut and vanilla and molasses. It had a smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was an excellent bourbon stout, with delicious scent and taste, and very nice body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it was easy to drink, but of course this should be sipped. Could probably continue to be aged. Great beer, but not the best bourbon stout ever.

Dec 30, 2011
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mjyoung from California

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split w/ bbb099.

A: Dark, but not quite motor oil. No head but with some relatively decent lacing. Looks good, but nothing spectacular.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, malt and oak. Not much else at all, but the smell is overpowering (but balanced).

T: Barely a hint of bourbon, with more rich dark chocolate and strong roasted malt. Not the most complex of flavors, and a little harsh, but very good. Even after all this time there's a hint of booze.

M: Thick, creamy, and delicious. A little hot, but good.

O: Fantastic, and as a celebratory beer I'm quite ok with it. Worth the wait, and I'd love to get my hands on another bottle.

Dec 06, 2011
Old Rasputin XI from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 221 ratings