Old Rasputin XI | North Coast Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
219 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Old Rasputin XIOld Rasputin XI
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by stumac on 12-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
219
Reviews:
146
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
53
For Trade:
4
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of poibag808
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Desaparecido
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of VAbdoyan
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of spatendan
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of mroque1
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of MrStark
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml caged and corked bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is nice opaque black with a one finger mocha colored head with pretty good retention.

Smell is wonderful blend of vanilla, oak, bourbon, a tiny hint of molasses with some mild hints of chocolate and coffee as well. A very pleasant and potent aroma that makes me just want to dive right in.

Taste is just as wonderful as the nose, with a beautifully sweet complex flavor of vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruit and a nice bit of the bourbon and mild bitterness in the finish. A very enjoyable flavor, hands down one of the best barrel aged imperial stouts I've had thus far.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth coating the mouth nicely on the way down finishing with a nice warming from the alcohol.

Drinkability is amazing!! This beer goes down very easy and smooth for the style. Like I said above, one of the best aged imperials I've had. I would love to have this many times again. The only thing I'd have against it would be the price tag, although I'd say its worth every penny, its just not something I could pick up on a regular basis. Hands down a wonderful brew!

 1,159 characters

Photo of oline73
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a bottle at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black with some light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of thick tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smooth bourbon with lots of roast, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Taste: Just as smooth as the smell. There are hints of bourbon, vanilla, maple, roast, and caramel. The bourbon and roast hold on through the finish. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with tingly carbonation and a touch of dryness in the finish.

Overall: One of the best beers I have ever had. I opened this up just after having BA Yeti and there was no contest. I picked up a bottle to trade initially, but I'm going to hold onto it for myself.

 766 characters

Photo of obireidkenobi
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've keep saying this. I'm a sucker for this style. I've loved the regular edition of this stout, so this one just seemed that much more delicious.

This beer pours a black with a very light bit of head around the side of the glass.

Smell. Wonderful notes of vanilla oak, chocolate.

Taste. Because of the taste, I'm not sure how much I WOULDN'T pay for these bottles. Chocolate/cocoa comes out, with the bourbon shining through in the balance. Without over assessing there isn't much that isn't inviting about this brew. Even the alcohol is inviting.

Drinkability - Each sip makes you want more and more of this beer. While you couldn't drink this beer all day, you can drink this bottle and worry about very little else.

 729 characters

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

 2,178 characters

Photo of azdback
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into on tulip glass. As absent of light, as the dark reaches of the universe, with a frothy, cafe latte colored head. The lace is laying down in a solid sheet. Beautiful beer.

The nose is bourbon barrel aged booziness. Roasty undertones, but even the undertones are soaked in bourbon. After a big nose full, I felt the strong urge to sit back in my recliner, and light a big cigar, just as my grand father would after dinner, in his study, with his snifter of single malt scotch.

Mmmm!!! This is phenomenal!! Vanilla covered coffee hard candy, dripping with bourbon. Slight tartness as it warms. A very pleasant alcohol warming of the throat.

The mouthfeel is spot on, but perhaps not quite as huge as it could be. I think something like the Abyss is the bench mark that I would use to score a 5 on mouthfeel for this style.

Overall, this is a fantastic Russian Imperial Stout. Thanks to BaltimoreBeerGuy for this rare treat. I hope all the RIS beers I have traded for recently are as good as this one.

 1,014 characters

Photo of larryi86
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Birthday gift from my sister

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pitch black with a three finger dark tan head that sticks to the sides.

S- Chocolate, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, hint of coffee. Very big smell, very rich, and complex.

T- Chocolate and roasted malts come out up front, nice hints of oak, coffee and dark fruits in the middle, and a bitter bit in the finish with hints of bourbon. Beautifully complex.

M- Thick, creamy, silky, fully bodied, chewy.

D- Better than regular Old Rasputin and very easy to enjoy as sipper. May buy another bottle to see what a little more aging would do. I feel that the $20 price tag is a little much, but not a rip off.

 674 characters

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Hamilton's tonight. What a surprise! I asked the bartender what was special about Rasputin XI, and he said it was their 11th vintage. First sip, oh my god. Definitely bourbon barrel aged. Walnuts, oak, bourbon, chocolate heaven. Christ, man. Shit. Smells of chocolate and dark bourbon. Black with a huge fluffy tan head that lasts. Velvety in your mouth, shit. It's like a chocolate bourbon shake that warms you up and never lets you down. One glass, and you feel like you're roasting marshmellows over a goddamn campfire. Shit. Two thumbs up.

 555 characters

Photo of riotontheroad
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Joey-bags1990
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jkane101
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jrep21pr
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of radshoesbro
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nitro at hamilton's. this is one incredible beer! pours black, with a tan foamy head that leaves a lace that looks like you're staring at tree rings! incredible! smells of malts and slight hops. it was actually somewhat hard to get a good nose with all the other smells there. tastes of strong malts with a slightly smokey atmosphere that wasn't overwhelming at all. there was a nice vanilla element to it that sort of masked a lot of the subtle elements of the beer, but it wasn't overpowering. if it weren't for the fact that it was $10 a glass and it poured so slowly i would've had this all night and i could drink it pretty much forever.

 642 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Old Rasputin XI from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 219 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.