Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Philousa on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cola pour that darkens to an abyss. Healthy taupe head that soon ebbs. Initial aromas of oak and raw vanilla. Bitter licorice root and unsulphured molasses. Malty and moderate hopness but there's a one-off happening here that is not appealing. There's an astringent bitterness. Maybe overcharred oak, burnt caramel, overripe prunes but whatever it just plain old and funky. Taste begins with a mellow sourness morphing into cocoa nibs and malty. Definite barrel influence with oak and vanilla. Black coffee with bourbon tinged marshmallow. Charred oak barrel too much on the finish. Mild hop pop. Vanilla extract in the back of the throat. Medium body with just nuff carbonation to get you cleared and ready for the next nip. Overall, there is always, IMO, a difference with stouts according to temperature and I took that into account when rating. As I let this sit out it becomes bourbon sweeter and quite actually to my liking. Aroma funk has not gone away and my cork was solid; so no air influence that I can gather. Regardless I am still underwhelmed especially with the price tag. I love and would rather drink the standard unbarrelled Rasputin. Would not buy again unless an acquaintance can convince me otherwise.

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Photo of Atomicskis5
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Mscarpen
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A solid version of Old Raspy.

Pours black with great head and lacing, a bit of a waterfall effect with the tan head.

Aroma pops from the bottle with booze and bourbon. Vanilla, sweet, some cocoa. Sniffing the glass reveals a toned down bourbon and booze. More leather and vanilla. Flashes of roasted malt and coffee.

Flavor is more stout and less BA. The vanilla and booze are not dominant, and I like that. For 11.90% this has some booze, but it's really quite drinkable. Leather, black plum, earth tones, red wine tannin all come through in the flavor. I pour this at cellar temperature so not much changed.

While my ratings may seem low, it's not b/c the beer lacks anything, except maybe some body. The flavors are nice, the feel is comfortable and the booze is hidden for the most part.

A darn fine beer. Glad I have another

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3.64/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The brew was jet black with an off-white head that left significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The booze seems to be present in the aroma, but it lacks the sweetness of bourbon. In comes across like the aroma of a soured stout.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect notes of black licorice, mild bourbon, and soured dark chocolate. The taste seems to fade rather quickly, almost seeming watery. DId I age this one too long? The aftertaste has the sour mash of bourbon, but lacks the burn. Eventually it just faces into sourness.

Mouthfeel - The beer has the thickness of a stout, despite failing to meet expectations on the taste front. The tongue is well coated with the sourness.

Overall - I understand why I see a lot of these on shelves still. It is a barrel aged stout in name, but missed the mark on most of the high points of the style.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Philousa
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at Good Karma on 11/30/12.

This was served to me an opaque black with a dark oak tinge around the edges. Carbonation is sparse, but what's there is sand colored, fine, and hugs the glass. First thing I get from the nose is dark fruit: dates, raisins, and prunes. Sweet, but far from cloying. In descending order of strength, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate. A little alcohol aroma as well, but it's gentle, doesn't curl the nose hairs. Milk and milk chocolate flavors yield to strong fresh cut oak and a hint of vanilla. This tastes too young right now. The alcohol burn is abrasive and lingers at the back of the throat. This starts really strong, but ends harsh. The feel is slightly watery and the finish is bone dry. This is great, just needs to be set down for a year or longer. Makes me want to buy a bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 971 ratings.
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