Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XIV AnniversaryOld Rasputin XIV Anniversary
587 Ratings
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 AlaskanYoung
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 KAF
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Bobheed
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep black, thick like syrup with about one and a half fingers worth of a light brown, tight head.

S: Mostly bourbon initially. The more you smell it, the more you start to get dark fruits. Waves of figs, plums, rasins, and almost a brown sugar and coffee aroma

T: Dark chocolate right away. Goes into sweet, sweet roastiness, lots of bourbon characteristics, without having a harsh alcohol flavor.

M: So smooth, velvety. Quite thick as well

Overall, this one was great. I expected it to be pretty good, but I'm sort of blown away at it actually considering I don't really care for normal Old Rasputin. A really well balanced stout and for it being BBA and 11.5%, it has very little alcohol presence. Great stuff

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter

A: Pours opaque black with just a hint of brown. A moderate pour yields a tan head of 2 and a half fingers leaving light lacing.

S: Just waves of bourbon and coffee. There is a sweetness to the smell, dark fruits, raisins and plums. Chocolate, toffee, oak, and butterscotch.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate dominate here. The bourbon is more subdued than it is in the nose but still comes through clearly. As the beer warms, caramel, toffee and warm brown malt become more prominent. In the finish, a little alcohol heat is noticeable and it contributes a bit of a vinous characteristic. There is also some more hoppy pine flavor.

M: Moderately thick but increasingly watery as it warms up (strange). A little sticky as it is fairly sugary. Very light carbonation.

O: Very well balanced. The smell of this is just fantastic.

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Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of mikeycambridge
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of QuadrantThree
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark black with a thin layer of light head that retains around the edges of the glass. A thin dark brown   at the very top of the glass. Looks amazing.

S: Rich deep bourbon exquisitely mixed with vanilla and oak. Gracefully soothes the nose in a blanket of awesomeness.

T: the first flavors that run down the tongue are intertwined with the perfect blend of bourbon and oak up front. The finish is a lovely mix of vanilla, oak, and chocolate. I expected this beer to be extremely alcy up front but to my surprise tastes amazing fresh.

M:Lays on the taste buds very nicely. Not to dry and not to sweet. This beer hits the spot and is def easy to drink considering how fresh it is.

O: This beer is insanely delicious and was surprised how wonderfully it tasted out of the bottle without a year of age on it. I will be buying more of this beer, that is a fact 

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 travMI13
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 1/21/11, with fellow BA'a AngryNucleus and BeRanger. Beer #8 of the night.

5 oz. pour into a Founders snifter.

A: 1 finger of off-white head atop pitch black. Great lacing. This looks spectacular.

S: Very clean smell to this. Roasty malts and some chocolate. Not really smelling the bourbon here.

T: Chocolate and oak up front with vanilla and a ton of heat on the finish. Where is the bourbon? I'm not picking up on it here.

M: Dry, roasty, and full. Decent amount of carbonation.

O: I would call this beer solid and enjoyable. However, I don't think this is significantly better than standard Old Rasputin. I did enjoy this, and it was certainly worthwhile to try. However, at $24.99 for a 500 ml bottle, I likely won't be buying this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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 jayhawk73
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a nice one finger chocolate head. Great lacing on the side of my New Belgium glass. The nose is great... Bourbon, oak, vanilla, alcohol. Really well balanced and smells amazing. The alcohol isn't overpowering. The taste is pretty amazing as well. The only thing added to the nose profile is a hint of chocolate. Really easy to drink, and really tasty. Feel is the weak point here.... It's a little thin for me, I'd like more malty goodness on the backbone of this brew. Overall, this is a fantastic beer that will probably be even better with a little age. Still, I really enjoyed it, and would have it again. Cheers.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter.

A) Nice black body, creamy black head minimal lacing.

S) Bourbon and chocolate dominate.

T) Chocolate, coffee hint of oak with a nice bourbon finish. This is sweet but not overly so which can be an issue with the style.

M) Lighly carbonated don't get much of an alcohol burn.

O) Very tasty offering. I think I may get another bottle for the cellar.

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Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black, tarry and doesn't let any light through. Mocha colored head that settles to a thin cover. Minimal lacing.

Smokey and woody aromas, reminiscent of hickory. Chocolate and pepper. Bourbon barrel aromas.

Lots of wood, hickory and bourbon barrel flavors. Chocolate and some red pepper. Vanilla and a warming alcohol burn. Some coffee bitterness, but this is a nicely balanced, smooth stout.

Another great entry for this series. And all of them have tasted different.

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Photo of XnFM
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

How much more black could this be? The answer is none. None more black. Atop the inky liquid sits an expansive head of sand-colored foam that, as it recedes, decorates the glass in sticky webs of lace.

As Rasputin held influence over Russian royalty, so does the base brew impact the aroma. Bitter, charred flavors hold court -- burnt bread, medium-roast coffee, dark chocolate, touches of tobacco and pencil shavings. The barrels do play their part, however. Vanilla extract, caramel and bourbon are apparent, and Rasputin's impressive payload of piney hops is amplified by absolutely tons of vinous, new oak.

The flavor steps up both the sweetness and the influence of bourbon barrels. The heavy, sweet alcohol colors all the other notes within: molasses, dark chocolate syrup, espresso, pine. A surprising amount of sugary fruits are quickly replaced by some toasted coconut and a little butterscotch, resulting in a balance of sweet and bitter that carries into the long finish. The body's a little thin, soft and watery, but the silky, almost-not-there carbonation makes up for it, and the alcohol within is so effectively warming you could go play in the snow topless.

The nice thing about Rasputin XIV is that it allows the base beer to shine through, which is good, because the base beer rocks.

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Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of theminutemen
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black and thick, literally like a sugar free maple syrup consistency. The head is a very dark mocha brown, some of the darkest foam I've seen on a beer.

S: This aroma is something to behold; faint smooth alcohol, sweet dark chocolate, hints of black licorice, not overpowering at all and not really bitter either, it's all very exciting.

T/M: Carbonation is surprisingly high, it throws you off at first and then as soon as the bubbles fade off the tongue it's extremely smooth and sweet like a chocolate stout. Decadent is the best word. Alcohol is faint only on the back of the tongue and leaves a subtle burn but isn't too strong. I never thought I'd like the bubbles in something so dark and rich but they are perfectly complementary in this one.

This s**t is amazing.


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Photo of MikeytotheB
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of johnhenryconway
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Gmann
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a huge airy toasted khaki head, that left plenty of webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a lovely intake of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Not sharp but quite smooth. The bourbon aromas basically drown out any other aroma that might be there. Perhaps a hint of milk chocolate comes through.

The taste is of a smooth bourbon, vanilla and oak as well. Some mellow to moderate roast notes pop through, that also brings some ground coffee flavors. Some burnt caramel and anise can be detected. In the finish, there is some sour berry action.

The feel is moderate, almost light, with fizzy carbonation. Surprisingly light for the style. Sweet on the palate but has another of a roasted bitter offset not to be cloying. ABV well hidden, quite drinkable.

Excellent stout. The bourbon flavor is smooth and goes perfectly with the stout. No real boozy flavor or belly burn. Drinks light, which is scary.

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Photo of jtingue
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Pitch black in color, but appears fairly thin when poured. Pours with 2 fingers of cappuccino colored head, which dissipates to a ring around the side of the glass. Lacing is excellent, as are the alcohol feet.

Smell. Lots of bourbon and oak on the nose. There is a distinct buttery sweet smell that I get in a lot of bourbon aged beers. Some of the coffee and chocolate that you get in the regular Old Rasputin is in there as well.

Taste. Starts out with some bitterness that comes along with an oaky and dry bourbon flavor. The bourbon is very grainy charcoal tinged which is accompanied perfectly by the roastyness of the malts in the original Old Rasputin. One of my favorite aspects of the original, dark fruits and floral esters, still meld so well with the dark roasty flavors of the malt, but become more complex with the addition of the oak flavors and the age. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and frothy cappuccino start to take over. This leads into a dry finish with some alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel. Perfect. Medium to full body, with a moderate frothy carbonation. Really sets of the flavors of the beer.

Just when you thought Old Rasputin couldn't get any better... This is to date the best barrel aged beer I've ever had to date. Can't wait to get some KBS to hopefully change that opinion.

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Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 587 ratings
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