Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by doughanson78 on 12-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

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1.28/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I must have gotten a bottle from the same batch that fitrock2112 did...mine was the worst thing i have ever had.

I dont know if something was wrong with it or what.

Poured it into a snifter and let it warm up...didnt matter.

It poured jet black with a dark brown head, but the nose was of musty bourbon and coffee/chocolate.

It tasted the same but add alcohol burn to it...

I dont know if a beer can become "corked" or not, but this was definitely corked!!

I would never buy another...

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Photo of fitrock2112
1.4/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured the Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary in a snifter.

A- Black as midnight, classic stout appearance, really looking forward to this one.

S- Overwhelming booze, bourbon , and heavy alcohol. Ohhhh no!

T- I can't believe this, the mess is over the top booze, with little else, what a huge disappointment. Trust me I wanted to like this so much.

M- Very, very thin for the style. I must have got a bad bottle. Feels as thin as a black lager. Not good.

O- Well, Not much good to say about this one, I just wasted my night and twenty bucks, because this one was a drain pour. The worst stout I've ever had, Period.

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2/5  rDev -53.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

Photo of sweemzander
2.85/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some good tan froth and lace. Retention was good.

(S)- Heavy on the barrel, but has some bizarre metallic oak spice characters. Bits of cocoa and raisin.

(T)- Some good rich barrel-aged like cocoa wood and raisin, but that same weird metallic spice to it.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. Just a little weird balance to it. Not exactly digging that off flavor.

(D)- Rather disappointing compared to the last batch of this which is still one of the best stouts I have tried. A bit strange and disjointed at this point.

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Photo of imstimpy
2.9/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Barrel aged, anniversary, and Old Rasputin ought to be a great combination. It wasn't bad, but the price and hype overwhelm the beer itself.

What struck me most about this beer is nearly everything about it was quite subtle. It is aged in bourbon barrels, but it isn't boozy nor very evident. It is dark, smells a bit of bourbon and maybe some anise, and the feel is very thin. It isn't super malty, super chocolately, or super roasty- just balanced. To be clear, it is not balanced in the "I can't believe they got all these great flavors to work together" but more like "nothing really stands out to make this amazing".

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2.96/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. I got this for $19.99, which despite being on the cheaper end for this brew, is still a horrible price.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy tan head. Retention is about average, but glass coating lacing is left.

3.0 S: Like the regular, this is very faint in aroma. Light chocolate with a very soft roastiness. Surprisingly, not even the bourbon stands out. Booze is well hidden.

2.5 T: Boring to the point that it's maddening. Very light chocolate, very light roastiness, and even lighter coffee. Bourbon is light and adds light leather and earth notes. A little bit of astringency from the barrel. Booze is in check again, but is more discernible than in the nose.

4.0 M: This is easily the best part of the brew. Medium to heavier medium body. Good carbonation, but might be a tad high. Very nice creaminess on this, especially for the body.

3.0 D: I made several posts before this was released ripping on people who were planning on buying it. Well, like a dumbass hypocrite, I bought a bottle myself. I saw the good early reviews then a case of "curiousity killed the wallet" took me over. Turns out I was spot on with my prediction. A boring beer was put into a barrel and a boring barrel aged beer emerged.

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of axeman9182
3.08/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle from OsNJCB, this one was allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Old Rasputin XIV pours a solid black, with about three fingers of coffee flavored foam capping the beer. Head retention is solid, and more of the top of the glass is left covered in lacing than not. The nose is heavy on the barrel aging, lots of bourbon and oak immediately standing out. It takes a couple whiffs before I can really appreciate the aroma of dark chocolate, but it's there. The flavor is even more dominated by the bourbon barrels. The overt bourbon taste isn't particularly smooth, and there's a healthy amount of charred oak flavor present. What little chocolate here is is totally stood up. The body is fairly full and sturdy, but the carbonation is just a little bit too bubbly. Old Rasputin XIV is a passable bourbon barrel aged stout, but there are plenty of breweries out there doing it better.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out of the bottle surprisingly see-through brown, but it sits in my glass black with about a finger of light brown head. Not a great retention, but the glass I'm using might have added to that. Lacing coats the side of the glass, but recedes quickly.

S: Big roasted chocolate aroma with a nicely integrated oak and bourbon character. Rich, with hints of alcohol.

T: The taste is really thin. The chocolate just seems to have been taken over by the barrel. Oak and roast mostly, bourbon and booze add some sweetness, but overall the barrel is all that remains. Sad, because I love Old Rasputin, I really wish more of it remained in this.

MF: Thin, low carbonation, boozy.

O: Huge disappointment. Absolutely not even close to being worth $25 for 500ml. Just an average Bourbon Barrel Aged RIS.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Sean9689
3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, spotty lace, thin cap, thin collar.

S - Really boozy, pretty messy, chocolate, harsh bitter barrel character. This is a little too hot for me to truly enjoy right now, and it needs at least 6 months before I'd consider opening one.

T - Again, super-booze bomb, tons of oak, bakers chocolate, lots of bourbon, light caramel, burnt sugars. Pretty straight forward here and pretty one-dimensional and a hot mess, if you ask me.

M - Way too thin, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Right now, this is too boozy, too messy, and the body is too thin. It drinks more like a barrel-aged porter then a RIS. Sit on your bottles and wait a bit before trying this beer. I will revisit in 6 months or so, and see what's become of this one. That said, if you like huge booze/oak bombs, then this is for you!

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3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a tulip. Beer is black with nearly no head, low carbonation, no lacing, poured from a ridiculously stupid bottle that uses about 4x the material needed to house A PINT.

Aroma is strong, sweet, lots of bourbon and malt, strong, pretty nice.

Beer is medium in body and pretty hot, it burns a little but it doesn't really detract from the roastiness of the beer. I am a little bored by this beer and annoyed by the serving format. I absolutely will not have this ever again. Not worth it.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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