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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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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is black. Opaque with two inches of dense foam the color of wet sand. The head slowly recedes, holding steady at a quarter inch, coating the glass with sticky lacing.

Terrific aroma consisting of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. oak, roast, hints of coffee and booze.

The flavor initially brings a prominent roast character, followed by melted bitter chocolates. Booze heat is there as well, but does not detract from the overall presentation. The finish carries a healthy dose of oak and vanilla, with an understated hop bitterness. Lingering alcoholic warmth in the throat.

The body is thinner than expected, with an aggressive, roasty bite. Complex, intriguing.

Well done. A great sipper. Another solid Old Rasputin anniversary brew. Recommended.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice on the pour. Good brown head with a black as night body. Nose seems one dimensional to me. All bourbon, and no grace to it. Flavor is nice. Has some good vanilla tones to it. Seems well rounded and even. A nice beer to drink, but not really blowing me away as other barrel aged Rasputins have. I wonder if it just needs some more time to mellow out is all.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Some good pressure off the cork pop.

A HUGE super foamy head, light milk chocolate brown in color, with much retention. Some faint leg action coating,

Bouquet is a mish mash of real good things. Barrel wooded oak and salted caramel seem to dominate primarily first, boy what a great combination. Faint dark chocolate, some real good balance in the nose here, some alcohol barleywine style heat, just nearly perfect.

Palate comes with a richness much on the nose. Rich malts, oozy texture almost silky and velvet, just a hint above wet but nothing too rich. Almost stinging hop strangely it seems in the mid palate, there is also some very tight faint fizz on this or some type of "tingly" sensation I am not sure if its carbonation. Rich mix also of hot pipe tobacco and stinging heat. THat word keeps coming up stinging, but enjoyable!

Overall, a great great beer very enjoyable, I am really digging this.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I did a side by side tasting with Old Rasputin. We poured the beer into snifters, and it pour a dark brown, almost black coloring with ruby highlights and a thin, tan head that settles into a sparse, uneven filmy covering. The beer's nose is oaky and boozey sweet, with vanilla highlights over a chocolate and mocha backbone. Flavors are super-smooth, with rich bourbon, black strap molasses, and caramel highlights over woody undertones. Dark fruit highlights on the palate as well, with a heavy dose of cherry. The body is thin and smooth, with boozey characteristics thinning out the lacing to the point of very quick recession. The aftertaste is mostly alcohol and woody/earthy profiles, with a smooth, slick finish. Delicious beer, and extremely different from its Old Rasputin counterpart.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown and settles black with two fingers of big, foamy light brown head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - Big bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas up front that give way to dark chocolate, roasted malt and charred oak aromas. A big sweetness is present to balance out the bourbon.

T - A good balance of barrel aging characteristics and the base beer flavours. Bourbon and vanilla up front, followed by roasted malts, charred oak and lighter notes of dark chocolate and espresso. The alcohol starts off being warming but eventually becomes fairly apparent in the middle. Fairly hot, but otherwise an excellent beer. This one needs a few months to settle down and mellow out.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1000th review on BA, I hope this beer is a nice celebration one...

A: The pour is thick and motor-oil black with a really compact and thick brown large head. Slowly the head sinks leaving pretty awesome lacings.

S: Dark chocolate and lots of vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Sweet malt, hard roast, almost a bit smoked. Dark dried fruits.

T: Rich sweetness from the roasted dark malts. Vanilla and bourbon from the barrels. Also chocolate and some strong black coffee. The dark dried fruits are held back by a bitterness.

M: Long warming bitter and sweet aftertaste. Body is thick, molasses-stylee. Carbonation is non-excisting. Very smooth, like drinking cream. The high ABV is not that obvious.

O: A very nice Stout where the bourbon-barrels made a nice complement to the malt.

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Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice inky black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and great legs.

S - Aromas rich bourbon, vanilla, light barrel, chocolate, light booze. Really aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great bourbon notes, nice vanilla, great barrel notes, wonderful chocolate. Great dark fruity Russian stout.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch thin but the alcohol was hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer was quite tasty, great notes, aged wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a five finger dark khaki head that fades to thin layer, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is sweet bourbon with hints of alcohol. Decent RIS. Way overpriced at $22.99 for a caged and corked 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.85/5  rDev -33.1%
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 Rhettroactive
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 500mL C&C bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/23/12
*From notes

A: More brown then black. A standard pour yields a two finger cola head. Sticky lacing rims the glass as I drink.

S: Sweet bourbon, coconut and raw mint leaves. Fantastic stuff.

T: Mounds of rich liquor, booze, dark and unsweetened chocolate and toasty vanilla beans. Not a lot of earth, and it (thankfully) lacks the green quality I sometimes find in the base beer.

M: Effervescent, more so then a Russian Imperial like this should have. Bumping up the viscosity would only add what what is otherwise a wonderful BA RIS.

O: Worlds better then Ol' Raspy, yet epically overpriced. One glass of beer is $22? Seriously? No wonder this has been sitting on shelves for a few months. Sure it's good, really good in fact. But at this price, I can find even better for a lot less dough. Certainly worth a tick, but not something I'm willing to buy more of at this cost.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black liquid, dark tan head. Aroma was pretty heavy alcohol wise, the barrel gave more heat than it did positive aroma droppings. Once your face gets adjusted to it, the heavy wet barrel comes across.

Taste, again, hot, I really like the base version of this better than the barrel version.

Funny how the dude who brought this to the bottle share had to be forced to go get a bottle and he came back with this. Cheap ass sucka. Good beer but not worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Smith commemorative Shorty. No freshness date.

A- Pours an ominously black black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains slightly before residing at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and various layers of surface foam. Slick lacing gracefully slides down the glass.

S- Initial dark chocolate expands to bring alcohol and oak that overwhelms the nose.

T- Powerful roast quality at the start gives way to some booziness that lingers somewhat before descending to the dark chocolate finish. Oak isn't as prevalent as in the smell. Notes of molasses and a bit of raisin. Definitely more aggressive than the non-aged but that's to be expected.

M- A bit creamy with plenty of carbonation and an obviously full body. The only drawback is the sharpness of the alcohol.

O- Great, as expected, but it could definitely use more age. I just couldn't wait any longer! Oh well. No regrets

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a slick, creamy black. Large dark tan head dies off a decent amount and leaves mild lacing. Zero light penetration.

S-Whiffs of bourbon, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Sweet and smooth aroma. Bourbon is set to the perfect pitch. Alcohol only mildly evident in the nose.

T-Would like to taste a bit more bourbon here. It is there, but I would like a bit more intensity. Alcohol brings some heat. Coffee, super-rich chocolate and huge vanilla. Oaky and again, super-smooth.

M-A bit lighter than anticipated. Not very viscous, but very creamy, slick and smooth. Alcohol dries. Mildly bitter.

O/D-For $22 a 500 ml, I think this is worth a shot. Not elite in my opinion, but a great drink nonetheless. A solid-to-exceptional bourbon barrel stout.

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