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)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I want to preface this review by saying I have very high hopes for this beer. As bold and in-your-face as Old Raspy is to begin with, this should mellow and add complexity with the Bourbon.

A: Poured into my sniftner, this stout pours a very impress black with brown hints when held to the light. The head is massive, fluffy, brown, and is leaving some awesome lace.

S: The aroma made my mouth water, mhmmm Bourbon. Its been too long since I've had a beer of this caliper. The Bourbon soaked aroma has some rich sweet notes and oak. A little boozy, but still appealing.

T: The flavor is Bourbon up front, Bourbon in the back with notes of oak and some small amount of hops on the back. The boldness of Old Raspy is tamed, but the rougher qualities it possess remain. Tons of roasted malt notes remain with small hints of chocolate.

MF: Like many BA beers, this brew suffered on the mouth feel from being in the Bourbon Barrel. The mouth feel has thinned considerably.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but not every stout improves from spending time in a barrel. Still love Old Raspy though!

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Photo of jethrodium
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. XIV. Pours a dark brown with a small tan chocolate head that settles to a ring and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with a bit of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate, and a decent hop presence. The taste is bitter chocolate, with a bit of vanilla and bourbon, some coffee, and a moderate amount of hops. The finish is slightly bitter with a bit of oak. Medium body. Medium carbonation. This was a pretty enjoyable beer, but I wouldn't buy it again at roughly $20 for 500 ml.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful pour, black as a moonless night, billowing off white/tan head, good lacing. Nose is bourbon, ginger, graham cracker, chocolate and roast coffee. Flavor is similar, with perhaps some cherry thrown into the mix. Not overly complex, but perfectly balanced. It’s amazing how the bourbon has seved as bridge between the roast beginning and the hoppy finish of the original brew. As a gentleman before me has commented, this is definitely drier than a few other fine examples of the style, most notably Goose Island Bourbon County, and I think this is significantly better than that very fine brew. The mouthfeel is silky/creamy, but never too thick (or thin., and the finish is extremely long and very satisfying. I’m absolutely thrilled to have scored five of these, and I hope to have the discipline to put away at least one for aging. This is my idea of a flat out perfect RIS.

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Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
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 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 smarks2327
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Travisnin
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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


A - really nice deep dark brown/black, two finger very tan head and some sticky lacing

S - sugar, vanilla, bourbon, earth, wood, oak, slight licorice, tons of sweet and roasted malts, awesome chocolate, slight coffee, soil and effing awesome

T - vanilla, caramel, bourbon, sugar, nice oak notes, light coffee, nice light coffee, soil, huge malt notes all awesome, chocolate, nice yeast and slight hop bitterness

M - full bodied, well balanced, beautiful complexity, low acidity and very, very nice finish

D/O - this is a great beer, lives up to the hype and more! Awesome flavor, super fresh and every flavor blends beautifully! If you like ba stouts, get at this one!

Final thoughts - $20 and 11% abv, wow, the price sucks but everything else doesn't

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Photo of RappAttack
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with light brown head, good retention through out
S: smells of bourbon and vanilla with some chocolate and coffee notes, very complex
T: as it smells, bourbon come through a little bit more but does not over power and fades right into vanilla. bitter chocolate taste is left on the pallet
M: viscous and very full bodied
O: i generally do not like the taste of bourbon so im glade the bourbon was not overpowering, i know some fans of the style prefer a big bold bourbon flavor but remember its still a beer not bourbon. a little pricey but for something that only comes out once a year totally worth it

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Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

XIV - Caged and corked 500ml

A - Pitch black, 3 finger frothy mocha head, nice lacing along the glass.

S - Chocolate, light bourbon, woodiness, faint smoke, light hoppiness.

T - Rich dark chocolate, tons of oak, roasty dark malts, light bourbon, caramel, light char, alcohol heat.

M - Smooth, moderate-high carbonation, some heat, full bodied.

O - Glad I tried it, but I won't seek it out next year.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Dark chocolate brown, dark tan colored, soap like head.

Nose: Dark chocolate, fudge brownie, slight oak and vanilla, and an odd sort of musty smell.

Taste: Dark chocolate is heavy, as well as the brownie. Hints of vanilla, coconut and drying oak.

Mouthfeel: Light for the style but great carbonation here. A little underwhelming though.

Overall: A pretty great BA RIS. The bourbon adds a nice hint to the already good base beer. If it was heavier I'd have enjoyed it more. The abv is masked really well. Trying to figure out what age will do to it.

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Photo of Kala1073
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured into The Bruery snifter (RIP). Split between 3 people, after tasting BT and Hunahpu's.

A: It pours pitch black, as expected. I get a solid finger of deep tan head. It's got some tight bubbles, bottle conditioned? Sheets of lacing on the swirl and I get those nice alcohol feet as well.

S: On the nose I take away some dark chocolate and bourbon. You get that mild vanilla and oak from the barreling. Also pulling some mild dark fruity character.

T: First sip gives me some chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Not overly bitter dark chocolate or anything, just a touch. I get some soft vanilla notes in the middle of the mouth. Not a ton of oak, but really nice vanilla. The bottles conditioning is really nice on this one. Silky smooth beer. Very pleasant finish as well

M: Full bodied beer, but not as think as BT or Hunahpu. The conditioning carbonation is perfect.

O: Very solid A beer here. Much like the regular Rasputin, this one is delicious. They did a great job. It's not hot at all, or maybe I was just immune at that point. Subtle hints of vanilla and oak and chocolate blended perfectly North Coast!

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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 Archemedies
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of crbooher
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Doshkin
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outrageously delicious. Tasted side by side with the regular Rasputin, and the barrel aged version makes the original taste like water. And don't get me wrong, the original is itself an extraordinary RIS that pushes 10% abv. Back to beer on topic, all i can say is wow. It's so smooth, bourbon-y, chocolately, honestly everything you could ask for in a bourbon barrel aged RIS. Absolutely 100% worth the $20 i paid for this bottle. Had the pleasure of sharing this with a good friend and his dad while we brewed some beer.


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Photo of afipsycho13
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jriggins6
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to UCLAbrewn84 for this bottle share

Look: Black with a 1/4 inch tan head and good retention some spotty lace

Smell: Lots of bourbon and chocolate cake on the nose

Taste: Upfront is a great barrel character with lots of oak vanilla. Chocolate cleans up about mid way through and the beer finishes with a perfect amount of bourbon and leather. I would say this stayed in the barrel the perfect amount of time

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a decent amount of carbonation with a creamy silky finish

Overall: This is a great beer and I really enjoyed the depth of flavors the barrel aging added to this. Recommended and glad I have a couple bottles of this

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Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 587 ratings.
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