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)

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Added by doughanson78 on 12-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 167
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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Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zchall23
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with scoand.

A- Pours a 2 finger frothy brown head, dissipates slowly, pitch black head, sticky lacing.
S- Really nice bourbon characteristics, big vanilla, nice buttery aroma, toffee, chocolate, slight alcohol burn in the aroma but not overpowering.
T- Really nice, oak upfront from the barrels, nice roasted malts, bourbon comes in on the finish, really nice, vanilla, bourbon, really nice buttery vanilla taste..
M- Big mouth feel, thick, silk smooth drinking, ends bitter.
O- I’m very impressed with this beer, I love the base, ageing the base beer in bourbon barrels makes this beer so much better. If the bottle wasn’t so expensive I would stock up on this beer.

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Photo of McLaughlin5350
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter:

A: Pours pitch black with a 2-finger brown head with great retention and lacing. Very fluffy head. Quite impressive look.

S: Roasted malts with a little medium roasted coffee, sweet bourbon, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, hint of raisin/dark fruits. Fairly complex, though the nose is a little muted (doesn't jump out of the glass like other big barrel aged stouts). Fairly bourbon forward with a touch of heat.

T: Fairly mellow. Light alcohol/bourbon burn upfront followed by sweet bourbon with a lot of vanilla and a touch of oak. A lot of toffee and toasted coconut. Dark and rich chocolate with a little molasses. A little coffee in the background. Surprisingly I'm not getting a whole lot of roasted malts. Hint of dark fruits in finish with a tiny bit of bitterness. Moderate to slightly sweet. As others have noted, it's very mellow for a barrel aged RIS.

M: Close to a full body, slightly high carbonation, fairly smooth, a little bit more dry finish than usual for a barrel aged RIS.

O: An enjoyable barrel aged RIS with some nice flavors and complexity, but I agree that it's a little too mellow.

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Photo of Snikwad1020
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my grandpa for thinking this gift I gave my brother was champagne, making us have to drink this fresh on Christmas eve.

Black with a solid foamy light brown head with nice retention and lacing. 

Bourbon forward nose with solid oakiness and nuttiness. Buttery brown sugar as well. Pretty nice.  

Bourbon forward in flavor as well. A bit hot. Needs to relax. A bit of vanilla and oak. Semi-muttled (but good) flavors seem they'll brighten up and work in more harmony as a little more time goes by.

Pretty dry. Just short of being as full bodied as I expected. Medium-High carbonation.

Overall it's a nice solid BA Stout. I feel it needs some time to age, in order for everything to settle and come together a bit. Should be very nice down the road.

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Photo of ricksrealm
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

In a tulip this beer was a very black color with a cafe au lait head.

It had a roasted malt aroma. Rather boozy. Some oak and some dark fruit.

Sweet chocolate taste. Espresso coffee. A lot of bourbon. Oak/vanilla. a tiny bit of raisin. These all went well together.

Medium to full-bodied. The alcohol added to, rather than detracted from, the mouthfeel.

I've been fortunate enough to have drunk some really great beers recently. This was one of them.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Abrengle
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: 0.5 in brown head, with great retention and lacing that clung to the glass the whole tasting

Nose: Milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and cream

Taste: Caramel, sweet malt, molasses, cocoa followed by sweet bourbon notes with vanilla undertones with an oaky finish.

Mouth: Medium body with supporting carbonation, but there is a slightly harsh taste here that lingers.

Overall: Another great offering, not as good as past years in my opinion, but still a good beer.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark oily black with a nice tan head that is about 1 inch tall. The head is nice and dense and creamy and sticks around for a while.

This brew has some delicious aroma. Its not too overwhelming but still very well crafted. Notes of coca powder and milk chocolate as well as some nice slight dark chocolate bitterness. Nice molasses and caramel notes mixed in with some nice Bourbon sweetness. There is some vanilla in there as well as some slight woody notes.

Starts off with some nice intense Bourbon notes and some nice dark chocolate notes. Cocoa bitterness and bourbon sweetness are up front with some nice roasted malt notes in the middle portion of the brew. There is a lot of vanilla in there as well from the Bourbon barrel. The sweetness gets balanced by some nice bitterness and the nice barrel finish of the beer.

Good brew with nice balanced between roast and sweetness. VEry nice barrel notes as well as some slight heat on the back end.

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Photo of dcbike
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Nightrain87
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick tan head that fades slowly and leaves walls of dark lace.

The aroma is full of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice with dark notes of over ripe plum, leather and vanilla hints. Oak and bourbon shine with coconut hints. Balsamic notes.

Flavor is just as complex as the aroma. Coffee, chocolate, leather, and licorice dominate with dark fruit notes, smoke, coconut and vanilla. Sweet bourbon and oak enwrap all of this. Nice toffee notes througout. Charcoal notes, somewhat ashy.

Rich, thick, vicious and warming

Complex, rich, delicious

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into a 20 oz giant Duvel tulip glass. Pours pitck black, with a huge 5 inch fluffy mocha head, that takes its tome settling with a good amount of lace, especially for its massive ABV. Smell is bourbon, dark chocolate, strong coffee, and leather. Taste is big bourbon up front, with the dark chocolate and coffee lingering in the finish. Body is large, but not over the top. Perfect amount of life for its size, not as dry as you might expect, and it is a sipper, but because of its complexity it goes faster than it should. This is the best beer I have ever purchased in N.H. The other beers in this league, I either purchased in another state or online. N.H has come along way in my 21 months on BA.

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