Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by doughanson78 on 12-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
587
Reviews:
167
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
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77
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363
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Ratings: 587 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a very jet black body with no light getting through.

S: bourbon, oak, cedar and light vanilla. Very woody and herbal.

T: wood and bourbon up front. The roast malts are malt. The flavor is a little simple but very good. Vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts throughout.

M: medium body, very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: the alcohol is there but actually well hidden. very smooth but not overly dynamic. Not complex but for what it is, it does it very well.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a very nice bourbon balance. The bourbon flavors are very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good RIS with a very nice balance between the typical RIS aromas and flavors and the bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Acquired at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, California. Expectations are extremely high; I loved Old Rasputin. Thanks to Honeybunny for the excellent pour.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm substantially over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a two finger tan colour head of great cream, great thickness, and fantastically awesome retention (~5 minutes plus) for the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sweet lovely bourbon. Nice woody notes. Cream, caramel, good chocolate. Roasted barley joins with dark malts to form the foundation. Quite subtle and inviting. Really complex and inviting. A delightful mild strength aroma.

T: Gorgeous. An incredibly subtle blend of cream on the open, delightful roasted barley alongside well layered and incredibly rich dark malts, rich chocolate, a warm rich bourbon tone evocative of truly fine bourbon, restrained caramelization lending character, and even hints of biscuity yeast hiding beneath. Coffee. No alcohol comes through - incredibly. Extremely well balanced and built, though I do find it somewhat muted considering all the bold wonderful flavours it features.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice cream underlying. Dryness and coarseness on the finish. Suits the flavours nicely, though the mouthfeel is completely wrong for the style. A stout demands coarseness and dryness with overcoming cream, but that isn't at all the case here. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. I quite like it. I'd definitely have it again, though it is rather pricey. A wonderfully complex Imperial Stout, though it's not without its flaws. It's definitely something to try if your wallet can take the beating.

High B

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason. Black bodied with unusually good lacing and head retention for the style. Nose has a lot of raw, boozy, unrefined whiskey character. There's a little tar and chocolate beneath that, and a touch of sweet caramel. Palate has a strong alcohol and caramelized sugar presence, with chocolate and charred oak. Body is about medium. This is pretty boozy, surprisingly so, and the booze isn't as balanced by rich cocoa and caramel as previous vintages. Decent, not great. Doesn't live up to previous batches.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

XIV version poured near black with a durable, dark tan head.

Full bodied; light ABV heat; slightly syrupy (in a good way); (from memory) smooth than the original Old Rasputin.

Very fine smell and flavor even though the bourbon barrels partially over-power the original's RIS characteristics. Indeed, my main criticism is that there is a bit too much bourbon barrel flavoring in this stout.

O: This aging treatment has transformed this ale into something quite different but nearly as appealing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near black with a really nice mocha head. It falls from three fingers to a nice half-finger cap and stays there for awhile. Not too much lacing. The nose has a nice bit of oak and vanilla to go along with the bourbon. Complex and inviting. The flavor isn't quite as integrated, focusing more on bourbon and chocolate. There's also a bit of booze. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but then falls flat with a hot finish. Pretty good and will probably be even better in 3-4 months. Stouts don't need to be aged very long. Book it.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Thick caramel, toffee, and bourbon character with notes of vanilla.

T - Vanilla and dark chocolate up front with some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. Dark sugar and vanilla in the middle with notes of chocolate and smoky coffee that blend with the licorice and dark sugar.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - The barrel aged character works well to balance the complex character of the barrel and the base beer here. Lots of vanilla and milk chocolate here with spicy pepper and whiskey notes. Surprisingly drinkable for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

A - Black with trace red highlights.  Thick, creamy cap of mocha head.  Great retention and nice lace.

S - Stellar nose with rich vanilla, caramel, tootsie rolls,  soft booze, and a touch of smokey oak.

T - Simply outrageous.  Sweet booze and bright woody hops melt into a deep, smooth chocolate liquor.  Espresso and deep roast grains flow through the center accented by alcohol, and echo through the finish.

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy.

O - An absolutely stellar beer. Complex, well integrated, and delicious.  To my palate this offering separates itself into a category of what i would consider to be perfect beers, something I can say for less than 0.5% of beers I've ever had.

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3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always a treat to find this barrel aged version, boy this cork was hard to get off. Opened with a pop

Pours black with a thumb of mocha head. Epic head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, boozeyness, some woody notes

T: Follows the nose, a touch hot up front, dark chcolate & cherry are there as well along with woody hop notes. Faint minty hop notes, along with black currant, baker's chcolate, some oaky & Bourbon notes as this warms, a touch of vanilla as well. Finishes warm, with mocha & cocoa notes

MF: Chewy, slick, subtle carbonation, warming

This one could've used a good 6 months more in the bottle, but a damn fine RIS any way you slice it

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up for $19.99 in NJ last month. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of fluffy dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two or three minutes and an inch stays throughout drinking it. Very little lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, wood and oak, sweet chocolate, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, toffee, and toasted malts. Nose is really nice, but a bit hot. Bourbon really dominates here.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, toffee, and alcohol. Again, some alcohol warmth here.

m - Full bodied stout and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy but some alcohol heat which keeps it from being great.

o - Overall I think this is a very good beer, but it's a bit hot right now, which is keeping it from being a great beer, like some of the other Anniversary versions I've had. I liked the nose, though it is still pretty bourbon forward; the taste is even more bourbon forward which hurts it right now. Based on my experiences with the XI and XII Anniversary beers, I think this will become a great beer in a few months when it isn't quite as fresh. I'd suggest waiting on it for now and opening it this fall; that's what I'll do with my next bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured entirely into my CBS snifter (I love this thing).

Appearance - Black, but not inky black. Looks like it's going to overflow my glass as I pour it, but it just fits. Huge mocha head. Sticks to the glass. Rivals Zhukov in appearance, but Zhukov's head is darker in color and therefore awesomer.

Smell - Barrel. but not overly barreled. Bourbon is light, but more prominent than the oak and vanilla. Roasty chocolate and a definitive hop presence. Definitely Old 'Putin behind the barrel.

Taste - Barrel, like the smell, but not too much. Nice flavor that doesn't overpower the stout. Lots of chocolate and coffee roast coming through. The hops are subdued in this one, but still present. The finish is a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel - So the hops are less intense, which I enjoy, but the beer seems thinner than regular Old 'Putin. Too thin, really. The finish seems to drop off leaving very little of the residual flavors on the palate.

Overall - It's just as good as regular Old Rasputin, with some benefits and flaws. Less hops, which I like, but less body, which I don't like. I don't really know how that happens in the barrel.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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