Old Rasputin XII | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XIIOld Rasputin XII
BA SCORE
93.7%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 539 ratings
Old Rasputin XIIOld Rasputin XII
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Tdizzle on 06-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
368
Ratings:
539
Liked:
505
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
9.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second bottle.

A: Dark black body, has some weigh to it in its appearance. Small, dark khaki cap. Some lacing as the head receded to a nice tight ring.

S: Soft roasted malts, creamy chocolate, coffee, caramel, and oak and vanilla from the nice supporting bourbon component.

M: Sublime. Easy transitions between the bourbon and the chocolate/coffee forces. Slightly bitter, slightly boozey, but not hot or overbearing at all. The vanilla and oak run smoothly in the undercurrent.

M: Smooth. Clean finish with hints of booze and bitter chocolate. Medium-full body, but velvety and delicious.

D: Impressive. I first had this the other day when I opened my bottle at the Philly BA tasting.. Cracked it right after the 07-08-09 Dark Lord vertical... I thought it more than held its own.

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Photo of kegger22
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I will preface the following statements with: Maybe it was the liquor store that sold this just taking advantage, but I paid $21.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle of this stuff.

Based on the price, Rasputin XII is NOT recommended. Never have I felt so ripped off by a beer! This beer tasted very much like the regular Old Rasputin stout, only with a bourbon aroma and bourbon taste, which did nothing to enhance either. So I will copy my review of Old Rasputin (just add bourbon), and include some comments at the end.

Poured out darkly with a small, tan head that didn't last long (which is OK by me). I only got mild coffee aromas out of it. The taste was nice, strong coffee, but not overpowering. Ranks right up there with Speedway stout, but for different reasons. Heavy, oily feel; great for a stout. Warmed up nicely and I got a nutty chocolate flavor at the end that was worth waiting for. Next time, I'll serve this a bit warmer.

Old Rasputin was better without the 12th anniversary bourbon barrel aging. I would much rather buy a four pack for $8.99 than and over-price 500 ml bottle on 12th anniversary that suffered in comparison.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a lot to pay for this sucker. Not even 22oz. 16oz actually.

nice pour. lets a little more light through than I expected. leathery head.

smell is ok, I guess. not 20 dollars/pint worth of bourbon barrel aged wonderfulness. that I am sure of. some oak, some bourbon, some roasted malt. nothing to make you yearn for a sip.

taste is good. not great. some oaky bourbon mixed with what you'd expect from Rasputin. not really at the high level of spectacularity I was hoping for (and paid for)

mouthfeel not as thick as I was expecting. good, but again, not great.

overpriced. but a good beer. I've heard it's a "more drinkable GIBCS"... no. not close to that level of flavor.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights, and a thick creamy tan head.

Aroma is charred dark grain, with plenty of chocolate, along with whiskey and a touch of vanilla oak woodiness.

Taste is big and flavorful. Smokey charred grain, and rich espresso bitterness. Plenty of smooth milk chocolate. Whiskey comes on strong with generous alcohol burn. Finish is initially sweet, oak vanilla with a strong nut character; then turns dry and earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a very drinkable brew. Especially considering the high ABV. Great smokey whiskey quality. Woody and earthy. Very tasty.

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

Poured a thick dark black/brown with a creamy long lasting dark tan head.

The smell was very strong with a big whiskey, molasses, burnt dark chocolate, and a bit of fennel.

The flavor is huge and complex. Big dark chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla, oak, fennel, and whiskey all coming through. Nice bitter burnt black finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a long lasting oily finish.

Very drinkable monster Stout, yummy.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large light tan head.

Scent of strong oak, roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, chocolate and a touch of alcohol.

Taste of roasted malts, whiskey, chocolate, molasses, and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bourbon Barrel Old Rasputin, 12

Fully ebon hued, with little foam on top, rather bare capped, at that.

Whiskey hits the nose right off, then blackstrap molasses, leather, bittersweet espresso and cholate...all the usual, banged up with bourbon.

Mmmm, indulgent...thick, rich, dry, delicious. Deep, yet mellow. Actually, this is something lovely. It's ...nearly gorgeous, in the realm of the imperial stout. The whiskey's big in it, but not so big. And when it hits, you feel no pain, to quote Robert Nestor Marley. Yeah, what it is, is groovy. Real groovy.

Full body, full flavor, and amazingly complex. The flavors roll out, and over, up and down. They reverberate, shock a bit, send the waves out on a molecular level.

Tobacco, toast, dry, dark chocolate...mmm, mmm.

I'm pretty pleased, though still not sure whether $21 a bottle is quite fair. 22 ounce, maybe...25 ounce, now, you've got a party!
My second bottle will sit for some time, I think, and be enjoyed to it's fullest.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously shared by Sonicdescent. Thanks Justin!

Pours a viscous black body with no translucency. On top sits a nice light kahki brown head which looks nitro poured. Very pleasing to the eyes.

Perfect, but I will elaborate. There is an awesome roasted flavor that shows itself through chocolate and caramel malts. A nice creaminess compliments the roasted robustness perfectly. The bourbon is just right, not overly done yet succulent in flavor. Great oak and vanilla tastes. In the taste, unfortunately the vanilla shows just a little bit too much and provides a slight artificial sweetness. While creamy, the body is relatively light and the taste feels like it's missing something little. Still another great offering from North Coast.

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Photo of Plenum
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two 500ml bottles, after having the regular Old Rasputin, and loving it. The barrel aged version was very good, but not as good as the regular Rasputin (if there's anything regular about that great brew).

Poured black...very black. Little to no lacing, low carbonation. Could definitely taste the barrel coming through on this one...not quite as severely as the KBS, but it was there from start to finish.

Smell was fantastic...expecting and getting nothing less from North Coast.

Taste was good, still favoring the everyday Rasputin. Barrel Aged XII was definitely worth a visit, and I look forward to the next release.

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

This is a great version of an aged RIS.

A - A vigerous pour will give you a couple fingers of head. Great lacing with the tan head.

S - Wood, alcohol burn, black licorice, tons of roasted malt smell.

T - I was expecting some strong alcohol taste but I thought it was subdued perfectly by the overhaul of roasted malts. It was more balanced than expected.

M/D - Very smooth yet carbonated.

This was a great start to a long night. For $20 I suggest splitting this with one or two friends and savoring every bit tasted.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at the RBSG09 grand tasting. black with a small tan head. Lots of wood and bourbon in the aroma with bitter piney hops and dark roasted coffee. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate, light vanilla, bourbon, oak and some caramel. The body seems to have suffered slightly in the barrel and is not really full. I like this, but I might still like the regular version better, and at a billion times the cost, I can't see ever buying more of this.

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

Pours opaque black with a soda like fizzy brown head. The nose is a good blend of the beer and the barrel. There's that oak/vanilla/bourbon combo that we all love, but some roast and raisin actually make it through. Nice boozy bourbon flavors, and it keeps the integrity of the beer. The body is a bit thinner than I remember the original being, but its still substantial. Seems kind of fizzy though. Still, this is a BA beer worth bragging about.

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

500 ml. bottle -- a heavy, heavy bottle -- into a Brooklyn tulip, between four friends on my balcony. One of the "Last Hurrah" bottles of the night, as my wife and I are moving to New York in exactly one week from Virginia.

Appearance: Jet blackness. Mocha head. Retention floating to the sides. Expected. Good.

Smell: OR is good as is, at least I think so, so let's see what's going on nose-wise. Not a ton of bourbon. Some big coffee, caramel, and toffee when it warms. Black coffee. Big roasted malts, of course. Marshmallow and sweet chocolate too. The OR and nothing more, most of it, which is cool with me, but I was looking for more.

Taste: Big big coffee flavors, mostly in acrid black bitterness, along with some baker's chocolate, both bitter and sweet, bourbon vanilla woodiness, light caramel, some sticky marshmallowness, and an earthy sloppily soppy woodiness with the finish. Brings it.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy and big and viscous and luscious. But somehow I can't go beyond the good here.

Drinkability: Delicious, yes. A head-scratcher as far as the price, however, considering the price of a 4-pack these days of regular OR. Considering we split the bottle, it was worth it. But anywhere from 19-23 dollars or so, by yourself, would maybe be a bit much. Bourbon is not the cure-all for stouts. I know they weren't thinking that, and yes, it added to this, but it's not some transformation that wouldn't make another good stout better. Sometimes the brewery and limited nature can do things to folks' palates. I expected a lot more from this. If it wasn't so damn expensive I'd get another bottle. Split it with friends and see for yourself, unless you have the cash to spring, of course, for yourself.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours from the bottle quite a black color, but it does have some concentrated brown notes to it around the edges. A thin brown head disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is dominated by the Bourbon aromatics, but it remains smooth. There is a huge hit of vanillin up front followed by a touch of spicy Bourbon / oak character. You can really smell the dark / roasted malt character here after a bit. I like that this has a toasted malt backbone that supplies a sort of whole grain, well browned / almost burnt bread crust sort of note.

The beer is warm and spicy from both the alcohol as well as the Bourbon / oak notes. The finish is pretty smooth with vanillin notes playing a big role. There is also quite a bit of chocolate flavors here, which mixes quite well with the vanillin notes. There is quite a bit of roasted character from the base beer and it even contributes a touch of acidity to the finish. Overall though the roast character remains fairly smooth. Some more warming alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer warms up. The body of this beer could use a bit more richness; at times it can seem a little on the light side, especially as it warms up.

Not a bad beer, I like that the Bourbon character remains well integrated with the base beer; both contribute just about equally to the flavor profile. In the end though I find this beer lacking in a certain richness that seems to be needed to keep this as a well integrated whole. Not bad, and I certainly wouldn't mind getting another bottle, but not as good as I was hoping either.

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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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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a pitch black, black as night, with a small, fluffy dark tan cap that settled to a very thin layer. It's not a overly pretty stout, only some tiny dots of lace.

Mmmm. Dark roasted malt, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and some dark chocolate. This is one nice, easy bourbon aroma. Nothing overpowering, everything is playing nicely together.

The dark roasted malt comes to the forefront, leaving behind vanilla and bourbon before a finish of belgian dark chocolate. A touch of warming lingers underneath vanilla tones. The flavors are all complemented well, it may need a few months prior to drinking to really meld together, but this is a hearty, robust RIS that will not disappoint. The bourbon characteristics are not too overpowering here allowing for some room for the other flavors to play in the sandbox too.

Silky, lush and velvety mouthfeel. Full bodied with a oily, slick consistency. Quite enjoyable.

I'll be honest, I enjoyed the flavors here but it slowed me down. That might not be a bad thing. This is a pretty big, bad beer with lots of nuances and should be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle split with a buddy, I figured this would be showing up in my neighborhood eventually, so no need to trade 4 it.

A- Raspy 12 is a black stout with a light shade of brown on the edges and when I get to the bottom of my glass. A light tan head only rose up about 1/2 inch settling for a bit, than becoming a faint skim. Not a big amount of lace.

S- Smells like old raspy with a 5th of bourbon. Bourbon whiskey notes are high with some light but nice oak. A big blast of vanilla,creme as well which is always welcome. Getting alot of sweet malts with chocolate. Some dark fruits in the back.

T- Well this one is heavy on the bourbon, that much can be said, leaving for some heat in the mouth. The oak and the wood are present. A big dose of malts with some roastiness, smoke. The vanilla really helps to offset the huge bourbon, I love vanilla. I get some nice dark chocolate, not getting any coffee from this which I usually pick up in this style.

M- Im figuring this is a different recipe and not just old raspy thrown into a barrel. Twelve has a thick mouthfeel but is thinner than the regular version IMO. I guess this lets the bourbon tones come out more which it is succeeding. A nice amount of carb on this, I felt it all over. Hot and boozy but not as much as anticipated.

D- I paired this with some dark chocolate and that worked well. It got easier with more sips and warmth to it. I probably could not finish a whole one of these to myself. This will be a good one to age.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml corked and caged bottle poured into an over sized snifter. cost me more per ounce than any beer ive ever had.

A- jet black body with a large and lasting coffee colored head. the head lasts a while, and leaves rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- roasted malts and alot of bourbon/oak. vanilla and sweet chocolate. coffee.

T- the bourbon and barrel come through in a big way. lots of vanilla and bourbon. lots of dark roasted malts, and dark chocolate. the beer seems to get sweeter as it warms up. alcohol. coffee/hops.

M- lighter in bodied than i would have guessed. lots of warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish but i dont think the price tag is warranted. a nice cold weather beer.

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

500 ml bottle purchased for twenty-two dollars from a local store, cannot believe how expensive this is, more than a dollar an ounce, drank last night, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is pretty close to black, one inch tan soapy light brown head, some nice retention, nice lacing at first too, aroma consists of bourbon, sweet vanilla, oak, roasted malts, dark cocoa, burnt caramel, and some sweetness, flavor starts with charry oak and roasty malts from the beginning, bourbon lets you know it is there in the middle, some more whiskey in the finish mixed with some chocolate flavors, more sweet than dry which surprised me a little bit, warms up with cream and vanilla coming to the surface, roasted, boozy, and smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, moderate level of carbonation that keeps this from being a thicker beer, taste lingers a long time, could have drank the whole bottle, alcohol is hidden well, goes down smoothly with minimal burn, pretty light feel even, not as good as the aged tenth anniversary version of this I had a while back, but with some time in the cellar, it should be right on par with that one, will drink again, recommended

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thrilled would be an understatement for my sentiment in regards to popping open this bottle. I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival into my hands and wasted no time at all getting it ready. Served chilled to cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009.

Appearance - Poured out one of the best looking, evil stouts I can remember seeing. Black as night, completely opaque with a huge billowing head of tan up and over the top of the glass. Really enormous look to it. Cascading head fell back down to earth and still at over two inches high refused to gain any ground what so ever. Tons of sticky caramel colored lace thickened up the sides of the glass and nearly obscured even when empty.

Smell - Huge aroma of bourbon, rich chocolate notes and wonderful hints of molasses. As it warms it takes on a very sweet note, with touches of coffee adding a slight bitter nose to it. Really well defined though I have to admit here. Lots of bourbon, with that vanilla character very prominent indeed. This was a wonderfully full smell, I was literally headed over heals for this one...

Taste - ....then I took a taste. Perfection. Rich vanilla notes undermined the huge coffee and chocolate flavors, vanilla, molasses, hints of oak notes, sublime. Even as it comes up to near room temperature it keeps its insanely rich character. The final sips were so sweet, so full, I found myself chasing an empty glass for that last little drop.

Feel - Here is where my only really off comment could come. It could have been a bit thicker. Carbonation was spot on, but it was just not that full, syrup like texture I would have wanted to make this perfect, but still, enough viscosity to allow the flavor to really absorb on the palate which is a really good trait.

Drinkability - For how big this was, I was shocked by how little ABV there was present here. Really well done I have to say. It was insanely good and drinkable with enough of a body to really let the flavor pop, letting this one sit in the glass most of the night and keep me great company.

Overall - One of the best barrel aged stouts I have ever come across, and that is no laughing matter. I am so happy to have a couple of these to enjoy when the weather turns colder. This is a real treat and it needs to be sought out.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black shade with two-finger tan head that leaves sticky lace down glass. A great smell of considerable strength; coffee, roasted, vanilla, bourbon cask does peek through, wood (again). Taste and mouthfeel more of the same as this a full-bodied beer that just buries the tongue in malty goodness. Not overly smooth or creamy or chewey but easy to drink, my palate picked up coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, wood or oak, some other sweet goodness as there is a tad bit of sugary sweetness in this beer and it finishes w/ a dry backbite. A great sipper but I must say, and I rarely say this at all, but a little too much in the cost department for my liking...$24 where I'm at.

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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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank to RJ for sharing this behemoth SOB.
Poured a jet black with a nice brown head, good carbonation. Nose is blue cheese, bourbon, vanilla, wood, chcolate, a slight bit of coffee. Taste was big roasted malts, vanilla and bourbon. Very good and well balanced for such a big beer. Vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon and chcolate were the key players. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Very creamy but the hotness came out in the mouthfeel. While great. this is one to be shared for sure.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.99/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by largadeer at a tasting. Thanks Chris.

A: Pours a pitch black with chocolate tones in the glass, probably imparted by the finger's worth of mocha-colored head on the brew. Retention isn't much (and not expected to be), but there isn't much lacing aside from a few spots.

S: Tootsie roll! Very easy to pick out when it was in the glass. But also a fair amount of bourbon (without being overpowering), vanilla, oak, roasted malt, toffee. There's an almost citrusy note in there.

T: The nose is somewhat deceptive. Bourbon is very strong, with an associated dose of vanilla. It flows into an oak flavor with hints of orange and spice. The flavor goes into roasted malt and toffee at that point, gradually drawing to a close with dark chocolate and coffee. Booze is quite generous in the finish, too. I think it's a good flavor, but it's very barrel-dominated with some boozy harshness to it. It's not particularly balanced -- or, for that matter, unique against other barrel-aged stouts. Some finesse would be welcome.

M: Full-bodied, but creamy owing to restrained carbonation. Does not hide the ABV very well. Leaves a coat of chocolate behind after each sip.

D: Everything that people have wanted to say about the $20+ price tag has already been said. It was cool of Chris to bring it, but this is exactly a one-time thing. I'm also not likely to pick up the XIII after this.

NOTE: Part of the reason I ranked this lower than the XI is that the XI, when I had it, had cooled off a bit and was more balanced. This one is still strongly bourbon and booze. And I stand by the drinkability score. I would not pay to have this beer again.

IMO, this is exactly what I'd expect to get after tossing an imperial stout in a barrel; no surprises, not a lot of subtlety. Like dumping a shot of bourbon in the regular Old Rasputin, and it's expensive, too. Not impressed by this on any level.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never thought This brew would come to my neck of the woods. I'm really glad I received a case at work. This elixer pours black as a moonless night, with a thin sand colored head that doesn't seem to go away. The wood is definitely present on the nose, with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. There is also a slight fruity note as well. The flavors of this beer are incredible! Sweet, with a strong charred oak presence, caramel, vanilla, and coconut. It's gorgeous finish consists of espresso and chocolate. For how intense the flavors are, I was suprised this offering didn't have more body. Overall, this is one of the best oak aged beers I have ever had. Thanks, Brad!

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Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93.7% out of 100 with 539 ratings
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