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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Photo of zaphodchak
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinnish tan head, dark brown body, decent lace.

Bourbony nose. Slight funk.

Magnificent bourbony body, cake-like finish. This is incredibly tempered-- the hops have worn away into an interesting spicy finish, The malt character has developed admirably and taken on the bourbon character with grace.

Nice full feel.

I don't like Old Raspy but I do like this. That's what barrel aging will do to a beer.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black pour that creates a lasting long head with big lacing, just like the traditional Old Rasputin. 22oz Bomber poured in tulip glass.

Can definitely smell the bourbon overtones and vanilla. I can pick up a bit of the roast malts. It smells good, very warming.

Taste feels like it has too much bourbon and washes out any roast, chocolaty malts and hops on the back end. The finish reminds my of bourbon. The beer is pleasing but I would like more of the traditional imperial stout with less bourbon feel to it.

Mouthfeel is very balanced, well carbonated and smooth as silk. The Bourbon profile lingers a while.

Old Rasputin Imperial Stout is one of my favorite all time beers so I was eager to try this. I felt like the Bourbon overtook the qualities that I like about this beer. Perhaps I don't appreciate this approach as much but wish the barrel aging overtones were back off.

If I made this beer, I'd age it less and add more of the hops at the end of the boil and dry hop it.

I enjoyed it, but for nearly $20 was looking for more complexity in flavor and aroma combining the aging and imperial stout beer qualities.

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Photo of dudeabides76
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of gford217
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml cork and caged bottle.

Pours extremely dark brown, almost black, with a surprisingly big head for a BA stout - big, thick and creamy tan that recedes slowly.

Aroma is huge on bourbon with plenty of oak and vanilla, but there is enough underlying roasty malts and dark chocolate to keep the bourbon from getting too overwhelming.

There is lots of coconut and vanilla right up front. Some bittersweet chocolate underneath, but the finish is really boozy, more than the aroma and the finish burns with bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the barrel character dominating. Very highly carbonated for a BA stout - almost too much so.

This is a great BA stout and it's one that I take for granted since it's relatively easy to get. The booze is probably a little too much for me right now, but I bet it'll get better after a little time in the bottle.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of elec
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

A: A pitch black pour with an enormous and dense brown head. Head retention is great but lacing is just a touch low.

S: Great strong bourbon notes. Lots of vanilla and toffee that can be smelled from several feet away. A touch oaky. Heavy roasted malts just barely manage to burst their way through. Maybe a touch of dark fruits in there too. Very boozy (naturally).

T: Not as heavy on the bourbon as I was expecting from the smell. A bit of sweet dark fruit (cherries?) up front. There is bourbon throughout, a nice toffee, caramel and vanilla presence along with some wonderful roasted malt and chocolate. Bourbon flavors fade revealing a stronger, even creamier roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavor. A little bourbony booze sting in the aftertaste. The creamy smoothness of it all helps hide the alcohol but it's definitely still there.

M: Ultra creamy and smooth and heavy. Just delightful.

O: This is a great bourbon barrel stout, no doubt about it. This is very fresh and is a bit hot but still decently balanced and quite good.

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Photo of Kromes
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black with a thick tan colored head that sits on top of the beer. Sort of looks like a root beer float. Tons of lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt with an almost burnt oak and bourbon flavor. There's also a nice dark chocolate aroma in the background.

T: Amazing flavor in this beer. It starts out sweet and then the bourbon and oak kick in. It lacks the over the top vanilla sweetness in some other bourbon barrel beers. It takes the best qualities...there's a muted bourbon flavor, a muted woody oak, and just a touch of vanilla. It supplements an already amazing beer. The finish rounds out with a nice chocolate flavor with the warmth from the alcohol and a slight bourbon tingle. Love it.

M: Heavy feel. Very, very smooth. A nice warmth end to end.

O: An amazing stout. They took one of my favorite beers and made it even better.

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

500ml bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours black, completely opaque, with two fingers of light tan head. Retention is excellent. This beer is very highly carbonated.

S: Smells great - bourbon is certainly the strongest aroma, but not by much. Roastiness is close behind the bourbon with a good mix of dark and milk chocolate. Light floral happiness in the background. Very complex.

T: Wonderful. I'm not sure where to start as everything blends so well. Dark chocolate is probably the strongest flavor. Caramel and bourbon sweetness is also there with a good amount of roastiness. This is still fairly boozy, but not overly hot.

M: Medium to thick body with slightly higher than average carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: This is a very well balanced and delicious barrel aged imperial stout. The sweetness from the bourbon mixes very well with the dark chocolate and roastiness from the Old Rasputin. It is certainly a little boozy, but this will be amazing in a year. Fresh it's still one of my favorites.

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Photo of ejw127
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of VinnieVanGogh
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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 Harvey98
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of corzocl
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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 celticfutblclub
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a wine glass

A - dark brown body with a thin off white/light brown head. some decent lacing which wasn't expected.

S - big notes of chocolate and bourbon.

T - bourbon is more pronounced chocolate fades to the back. some grass hop bite in the back as well.

M - lighter bodied than i expected. lots of warming alcohol from this one which wasn't too surprising.

O - a very solid offering. not worth the price in my opinion but still a very good beer when you don't factor that in.

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Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with a finger of milk chocolate brown creamy head that dissipates after a few minutes leaving a bit of heavy lacing.

Big bourbon notes on the nose, oak and vanilla, a light dark fruit, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt. Well integrated bourbon without smelling very hot with alcohol.

Taste follows the nose, bourbon characteristics hit the tongue first, oak and vanilla, dark fruits like cherry. Stout seems to be a bit of an afterthought in the flavor, with the Old Rasputin struggling to come through with more chocolate and roasted malt flavor.

Medium full body, silky smooth on the tongue. Pretty easy to drink beer, particularly if you enjoy bourbon as well, as the alcohol is well hidden. Only a touch of warmth in the throat. Would have like a little more stout qualities in the flavor though.

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Photo of CarolinaKevin
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemless snifter.

A: Deep oily black with a fading head of creamy tan foam.

S: Rich bourbon barrel notes are upfront - vanilla, oak, milk chocolate. The undeniable base beer is still there, however, and its smoke, toffee and charcoal come through as well.

T: Wow! Just, wow! Flavour of bourbon is prominent, but mellow. Deliciously sweet and rich. Vanilla is huge here and creamy, melted chocolate bar and coffee.

D: Drinks very easily for the strength. Alcohol is warming, but not strong. Balance is brilliant and I just love every sip I'm taking.

Overall: Better than last one. XII was a hot bourbon bomb; this is SMOOTH. I hate paying this much for beer, but sometimes it really is worth it.

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Photo of mrebeka
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of GehenHerzog
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Captainren
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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