Old Rasputin XII | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIIOld Rasputin XII
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Old Rasputin XIIOld Rasputin XII

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Tdizzle on 06-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 540 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ken. I understand this to be the same recipe as the Raputin XI. However I did not enjoy thi as much. Very attractive aromas, black with lots of lace, above average mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy. However the taste is coconut dominated.Another year, as when I had the XI made a difference.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, spice, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but is coming across as going downhill at this point.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This much anticipated drink met most of my high expectations.

Pours very dark brown/black with a thick, rich tan head. The nose hits you over the head with bourbon/whiskey and yields to espresso and finally sweet bitter chocolate as the beer warms and as it gets some air. Hints of black licorice, raisins and cabernet and syrah wine in the nose. Complex and inviting.

Mouthfeel is not as viscous as I would have liked but still rich and full, especially if you "savor" it a bit on the tongue and taste it like you might a glass of wine. Mouthfeel will improve with a bit of age. Lots of character and complexities.

The flavors and finish are the real stars here, as is the potential to age and improve. Flavors of whiskied espresso and dark chocolate and roasted grains develop into rounded flavors of sweet bitter chocolate espresso with a whiskey kick and rich layered flavors with hints of chocolate, cherries, complex red wine (cabernet and syrah) and coke. It goes through Madera and Sherry flavors and ends with a huge bitter coffee/espresso finish.

This will be wonderful with some age and I look forward to tasting it every six months, although I'm sure I'll open a bottle whenever I have an excuse or a good "beer drinking" friend over for dinner. A winner.

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was quite the find, I was very happy to grab a bottle of this a while back. With much excitement I opened the bottle and poured it out for my friend and myself. The beer poured out as a nice dark black color with a creamy looking brown head. The lacing is pretty nice on the glass. The smell of the beer has a lot more chocolate than the regular Rasputin. The other aromas were of big roasted malts and just a touch of wood. The taste of the beer was very good, rich malts and some wooden flavors with a hoppy bitterness in the back end. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, had a really nice texture to it. Overall the beer was very good, I liked it more than the regular Rasputin until I had it on Nitro tap. Won't know if I will ever have it again but it was a very nice beer to have tried.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here in Kentucky, a holiday favorite desert are the Bourbon Balls that are chocked full of chocolates, nuts, roasted cocoa, candied confections, and that irresistable caramel, vanillan, deep oak flavor that is bourbon. Old Rasputin XII is like drinking one of those.

The beer pours a lot like the standard Raspy but with a creamier, more viscous appearance. The beer seemingly crawls out of the bottle. A lot of froathy carbonation rises as if in slow motion to form this billowing caramel-stained head that could bounce a quarter. The head held firm nearly to the bottom of the glass and left light traces of lace behind, remarkable considering the abv. involved. ...and it's an opaque black, as if it needed to be said.

Robust aromas of bitter chocolates and espresso dominate the rim of the glass. Deep toffee malts and fruitcake breadiness rises to give depth to the malts and a warming fruitiness to the backdrop of the nose. Bourbony with strong caramel, oak, vanilla, and alcohol are undeniable throughout.

Flavors may even be more rich than promised by the nose. Rivaling Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, this beer has a heavy bourbon influence upfront and never reliquishes. Deeply caramelized malts are dripping with the French Roast coffee, melted cocoa, and handsome bourbon character. Dark fruits of cherries, plumbs, dates, and figs add another dimention outside of the bourbon, roast, and malts that further reinforce the complexity and balance that is like no other.

Equally as rich in the body as in taste. Very full, viscous, robust, creamy, and heavy on the palate; even moreso as the beer warms and the carbonation eases. Even then, the textures remain velvety and silky smooth with a cleansing alcohol dryness that ushers the beer past the palate and into the finsih. Lightly fruity with rum sweetness and cocoa-coffe aftertaste.

An absolutely delightful Stout that is about as good as any ever done. I am always impressed to see these larger than life beer capture more than just a fleeting memory of a Bourbon Barrel, but real Bourbon character that demands respect. Great job North Coast!

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4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased and opened in honor of the birth of my son.

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a brown, two-finger head of bubbly foam that left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of cherry, bourbon, oak and hints of biscuity malt. Really a great aroma.

T - It tasted of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. The bourbon strengthens as the beer warms.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A chewy mouthfeel and a heavy bodied beer.

D - This is a good beer but I prefer the regular Rasputin. It's just too heavy and too much to handle.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours obsidian, with a frothy beige head that leaves a sheet of lace as the head descends, along with striations of lace around the chalice

Smell: Bourbon and vanilla dominates, along with graham cracker, dark chocolate and a hint of prune

Taste: Graham cracker sweetness, up front, with a burgeoning blast of bourbon and vanilla that arrive at mid-palate, along with dark chocolate; after the swallow, there is a brief fruity flirtation, with both dark fruits and a hint of citrus, before the alcohol and graham cracker sweetness linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very good, no doubt, but I cannot help but think the XI was better; perhaps my memory fails me, as it has been almost a year, but that beer was truly extraordinary

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

Pitch black in my tulip, topped with two fingers worth of mocha-colored head that retains well. Huge tootsie roll aroma, very chocolatey, rich and sweet with an undertone of coffee. Bourbon becomes more apparent after a vigorous swirl, revealing vanilla, a little caramel and a lot of boozy heat. The taste is less sweet than the aroma implies, more coffee and bourbon-forward and less chocolatey. Vanilla, toffee and tons of boozy heat mid-palate, leading to a woody, semi-sweet finish. Medium-bodied, not exceptionally viscous but definitely not thin - exactly where I like it for this style. This is good stuff, but at $20 for 500ml, I doubt I'll be buying this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Roger at Bestway for holding a few bottles for me,he sold out over last weekend.Poured into a snifter a jet black with a mocha colored froth atop,aromas were dominated by the boubon barrell with vanilla and wood really standing out,there was a tinge of spiced rum and roasted nut as well.Flavors are again dominated by the barrell not saying its a bad thing it is just the dominant force of the beer,big vanilla oak flavors mixed with some rummy tones,its gotta nice sweetish vanilla-like finish.I like this beer alot and its damn good but maybe the barrell aging thing might becoming a bit much...maybe Iam wrong?

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4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium-brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - A warm, sweet bourbon note with elements of vanilla, toasted oak, and caramel. Nutty malt with lots of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee. Just a hint of spicy alcohol and hops.

T - Strong malt character of chocolate and light coffee up front. The mocha is joined in the middle by nutty toffee and a little bit of caramel. Finishes with a more distinctly roasted character of espresso and dark chocolate as well as vanilla and woody bourbon notes. Lingering roasted malt and toffee with sugary, boozy bourbon that coats the palate and becomes more coffee like as it fades away.

M - Medium-thick finish, moderately high carbonation, and a dry, warmly alcoholic finish.

D - Wow, this is bourbon barrel aging at its finest. The malt character is greatly enhanced from that of standard issue Old Rasputin. The coffee, chocolate, and toffee malt characteristics dominate in both the flavor and the aroma and completely wash away the strong hop qualities of the fresh beer. The bourbon barrel flavors themselves are quite nice as well, with rich, woody notes that are reminiscent of bourbon, but don't feel like the beer was just blended with liquor the way some other barrel aged beers come across. This is a case of an already great beer being improved upon by careful aging, a rare feat indeed!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Opaque obsidian pour into a mini-snifter, with a small cap of mocha head. Aroma of roasty dark malts, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate. Knocking the regular Old Rasputin up a notch, hearty dark malts in the taste, dark chocolate, tobacco, bourbon-drenched oak, hints of vanilla and ash. Smooth mouthfeel, just about full-bodied, and quite drinkable. This beer is 4 years old now, so it's gone through a good amount of aging / mellowing out so that the bourbon melds in without assaulting the palate with a lot of boozy heat.

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

A: A dark ebony with an espresso head.

S: Plenty of bourbon and sweet roasted malts, alongside a little bit of chocolate, tobacco, and espresso.

T: Thick and tasting of all of the above. The bourbon character is evident and really adds a lot to Old Rasputin.

M: Perhaps the best part. The one thing that's really lacking--for me, at least--with regular Old Rasputin is that it's a little bit thin. That is not a problem here.

D: Quite drinkable--a very worthy RIS and I'm quite glad that North Coast decided on wider distribution for this one.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
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