Old Rasputin XII | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by Tdizzle on 06-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
539
Reviews:
368
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
142
For Trade:
9
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark engine oil black with an initial dark toffee colored head that subsides down to a thick, even layer across the top.

S - Sweet dark chocolate aroma, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit.

T - Oak, bourbon, sweet dark chocolate, molasses, light smoke, black licorice, anise, vanilla.

M - Full medium body, light syrupy body, slick, sticky.

O - Strong bourbon, oak, molasses presence - if you have a bottle open

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 26/5/13, one of those beers I never thought I'd get to try, luckily for me MasterSki and Sean9689 are "The Man" that's right there's two mans

A dark liquid right out of the bottle with an edge that's a little deeper then I'd guess, lots of tiny bubbles pop up from everywhere and feed a two finger mocha foam that hangs around for a few minuets leaving one thick ring followed by random patches

S coco powder, caramel, vanilla, faint smoke and char, oak and bourbon with a blast of coffee and a hint of booze, smells great with some dark fruit as it warms

T more wood and booze, the barrels more noticeable in the mouth that's possible, fudge and coffee mix well with the char and a little licorice I didn't smell, tastes solid but the nose has a slight edge

M medium-full, creamy from the tiny bubbles, tannins are strong for a beer, slight heat but well concealed all things considered, very intense aftertaste of coffee, wood, and dark chocolate

O intense at times but that suits me fine, more wood then bourbon but you get a fair bit of barrel in one form or another, just stoked I got to drink one

I almost feel bad because I didn't share this gem, "almost" being the operative word. I'm not sure if I'd age this further if I had a second, drinking well today to say the least

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this one for a while. I think it's 3 years old at this point? I just reviewed XV a few months ago so I guess so.

A: Nice jet black pour with an interesting two-tone medium brown head. Good sized dense head that fades slowly. Nice solid walls of lacing and excellent head retention.

S: Mild caramel and burnt sugar from the barrel. Lots of sweet chocolate and some char. Nice vanilla too.

T: Caramel and brown sugar up front, melding perfectly with chocolate and a little char. Some anise too, just a little. Sweet milk chocolate in the middle, turning a bit bitter into the finish. Dark, bittersweet chocolate and stronger caramel and toffee and oak here. Light oak and vanilla and toffee too. Nice residual bourbon and barrel taste lingers between sips.

M: Pretty heavy, mellow and smooth. Not as heavy as you'd expect given the age and the ABV though.

O: I've never had this fresh, but I've had the newer versions fresh and this is definitely mellowed and smoother. Not as heavy a mouthfeel though. I don't know if that's from the aging or it just wasn't as thick as the newer batches, even originally. This was quite good but honestly I think I enjoy the fresher versions more. Actually, I just checked and I gave the exact same ratings across the board to a fresh XV a couple months ago. So I guess this beer hasn't changed a whole lot!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of those bottles that i've just been waiting to call my name and tonight it called. enjoyed from a half acre snifter.

a - decaged and decorked the animal. brew poured a silky black with a thin tan boozy head that was gone quick. great barrel shine.

s - definable bourbon. decadent chocolate magicness.

t - BAM. bourbon bomb...and i love it. thick lush chocolate dipped in booze. a meal in a glass. this is a double dessert.

m - thick and full but silky smooth and easy to drink. great boozy glaze. great carbonation. feels as you'd want a bourbon barrel aged stout to feel.

o - overall, EXTREMELY balanced. 2009 barrel aged stouts are in the zone right now. just delicious. big beer, but superb quality.

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Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.3 out of 5 based on 539 ratings.
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