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
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Philousa on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
971
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. (16.9 fl. oz.) corked and caged bottle purchased at CT Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and somewhat thin for the style. A super tight, creamy and foamy, mocha colored head topped the liquid and faded to a lasting, clingy ring of bubbles. Small patches of drippy lacing trickled along the glass.

Bourbon came through super strong in the aroma. The barrel character was intense. Quite sweet overall with loads of fresh vanilla bean, brown sugar and dark fruit notes. Raisins and plums were most noticeable. Dark chocolate appeared as the beer warmed.

On the front end, the flavor profile was similar to the nose, but the beer finished rather harsh. Intense roasted malt notes came through right away, but they were well tempered by sweet, rich, caramel and brown sugar-like notes. Lots of raisins and dark fruits. Loads of vanilla in the center. The beer turned quite harsh and hot on the back end. The combination of ashy, charred malts and a sharp, whiskey-like booziness on the finish was disappointing, especially considering how well the beer started off. Some woody, tannic notes were also detectible.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. As is often the case, the barrel seemed to thin out the liquid. A zippy effervescence gave the beer a smooth, supple creaminess. After each sip, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin is an intense bourbon-forward beer not for the faint of heart. Of the three anniversary releases I have sampled to date, this one seemed to drink a lot smoother than any of the others. However, even with a year of age, this still finished quite hot. I would love the opportunity to sample this again in another year, when the booziness might be tempered a bit more.

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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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