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Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary
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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by doughanson78 on 12-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of Rjhami
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of getbehindthemule
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MaximalC
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours thick and dark, with as big a head as you are willing to invoke (a borderline perverse introduction, I'll admit, but I offer it unrepentantly). The head itself is a deep mocha color which, in my experience, is a good harbinger of what's to come in the flavor department (at least with stouts). Old Rasputin XIV does not disappoint here. The aroma is vivacious and seductive (and unapologetically boozy), another bold proclamation of the tastes to follow. As for the body, it's rich and luxurious, leaving a sticky residue in its wake. The taste is exactly what I look for in a stout--dark chocolate and coffee take center stage (backed by dark fruits), with staying power to last the entire session. Each sip is like a re-introduction to excellence. Alcohol is unavoidably present at 11.5% (possibly the only minor flaw), but that is to be expected of an imperial stout. This beer is the embodiment of decadence, and it makes regular Old Rasputin (which I enjoy) taste like discarded runoff by comparison. The price tag is quite hefty, so it's not for everyday consumption, but any stout fan looking to treat himself to something special would be well advised to partake.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stoutlover1978
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of eerbayman
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Fenris244
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my stone old guardian snifter.

Pours black with a thin light brown head, decent retention, little bits of lacing

Oak char, bits of toffee and dark fruit aromas, very strong aromas coming from the beer, very sweet in the nose, bourbon pops up too, im impressed already.

Almost like milk chocolate up front, little vanilla and some oak notes, bitterness is mild, flavors blend well. Chocolatey at first then a coffee like bitterness, some dark fruit flavors come though, followed by some of the bourbon flavors coming through on the finish. Short finish, very pleasant sweet after taste.

Heavy in body, the beer is thick and viscous, very smooth, little carbonation

Overall, not that big of fan of raspy for whatever reason, this however is nothing short of fantastic, worth every penny

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Photo of Omer4176
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Jimmys
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into long stemmed tulip. review #400.

A: big frothy coffee hued head. a spider web of lacing. super sticky. pitch black body.

S: woody and bourbon. very woody and very bourbon. shaking the glass revives a little bit of heat. roasty sweetness as well. a little bit of vanilla. coffee.

T: vanilla. tons of oak. big and boozy. bourbon is strong. after the bourbon and oak, roasted notes come across. a little hint of cinnamon. finish has some more bourbon and lots of sweetness.

M: the fizz is present. little bit too present for my liking. this thing just needs the most minor amount of carb. sitting around helps, but wouldnt hate a little less fizz from he get-go. full bodied.

D: the bourbon is strong, but also tasty. this is a good brew but not worth the $20> pricetag that comes with it. maybe some time would help to calm the wood and booze notes down....

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Agold
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pitch black beer with a khaki head. There is good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is very oaky, with nice roast and some mild cocoa and dark fruits, especially as the beer warms. Flavor has oak, coco, roast, a bit of vanilla,and some fruitiness. There is also a bit of heat from the alcohol which I enjoy. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel, not too thick or cloying. Enjoyable beer. Not as good as XII, but really nice, and I think it is definitely a beer that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pgaveau
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jhughes23
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ATXRyan
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 2/18/12
500 mL bottle split into two snifters

A- Black with a nice two finger tan head.

S- Bourbon, strong and hot, vanilla, chocolate. Just smells really good.

T- Roasted coffee/malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. This has nice complexity and is well balanced.

M- Smooth, full body, creamy.

O- Great, worth the price tag. Definitely a sipper, 8 oz was enough for me, really would like to see how this ages.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Poured from a bomber into a Southern Tier tulip glass.

A: Pitch black torso sporting a three finger thick mocha cap and random patches of sticky lacing.

S: This definitely has the nose of a bourbon barrel aged brew: bourbon, oak, charred wood, smoke, a bit musty and earthy.

T: Straight up bourbon, y’all. Wow. I’m definitely tasting the oak, lots of smoke, some faint vanilla and maybe some dark fruit in the finish.

M: Creamy, nicely carbonated with a dry and oaky bitter finish.

O: This isn’t as complex as I’d hoped but what it’s doing, it’s doing exceptionally well. Undeniable bourbon and oak play together a bit loudly here and I’m hoping this will mellow just a tad over time. I’ve shelved two bottles and look forward to reviewing this again a year from now. All that being said, there’s nothing to keep you from drinking this one now, I’m certainly glad I did.

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Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 588 ratings
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