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

Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout
BA SCORE
4.33/5
972 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Philousa on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
972
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
341
Trade:
18
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the bottle (I didn't note the size) into a Russian River tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown - nearly black. Opaque, with a fairly thin tan head and low level of visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and old rich leather. Nice.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla hits up front. Oak dryness, with some drying bitterness from the roasted malts. Some dry tobacco as well. There's a sweetness from the bourbon, but it's completely outlasted by all the bitter and dry flavors in the hang.

M: Body seems a bit on the thin side for a RIS, but I wouldn’t call it watery. Average carbonation for style and the alcohol flavors fit nicely into the rest of the beer.

O: I felt like this was good, but I'm a little let down given the reputation and the cost of the bottle.

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Photo of travelguy
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pletser
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft version

Black/brown appearance.

Tan head; decent lace.

Sweet booze heat, oak & caramel nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Sweet booze heat, milk chocolate & oak flavors up front; the milk chocolate creaminess emerged as this warmed. Too boozy but slightly above average.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevem68
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Points a rich dark chocolate color. Aroma is mellow booze with deep roasted malts. Flavor is mellow bourbon with a rich chocolaty finish. Has a rich smooth finish. Overall a really delicious beer.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2011. 5 years worth of age.

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Photo of Mersh
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of amalburg
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 805FIG
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like black syrup, head very interesting with circular yeast floaters. Smell: very reminiscent of the rye oak barrels. Taste: nose is the ORS you are used to, but the finish has a bit of a spicy bite that gives the original beer a complexity it never had. I love the original ORS but it always felt a little short. The barrel aged steps it up and gives you the rye bite at the end to mix things up. At $24! a bottle its steep but I'm glad I got to try it. Love North Coast and hope they keep experimenting in this way. Experimentation transformed the smooth ORS to a complex and world class beer.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mscudder
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yesdog
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Catch up rating from Saturday's RS bottle share. Sample rated was XV. Smooth, silky, oily, just enough burn on top of this already exemplary stout. Nice sipper.

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Photo of American_Hawk
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrHolden
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tele
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 3.20.16

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a one-inch tan head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing, but there are a few large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S: 4.25 Fairly mild nose with bourbon, vanilla, cocoa powder, and light oxidation bringing a little cardboard on the finish. There’s also a slight cheesiness there too; the cheese and cardboard are a little weird, but not off-putting at all.

T: 4.5 Flavors are much stronger than the nose. Lots of brownies, cocoa powder, molasses, vanilla, and relatively mild bourbon. Roast kicks in next with a pleasant bitterness and tobacco flavor. Licorice, more vanilla, and molasses linger on the slightly bitter finish.

M: 4.75 The feel is really terrific. Creamy, rich, and good carbonation without feeling heavy.

O: 4.5 This is definitely a great BA stout that stays true to the base beer. Maybe not up to the level of others in the style, but worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of smi69
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingSlayer
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pbgnar
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9oz on tap

L - pitch black. Started out with a large light mocha head which dissipated to a small amount of foam laying on top of the liquid

S - honestly, this beer smells awful. Smells like an old leather couch that was left outside on a rainy night.

T - the taste is similar to the smell when it first hits the tongue but after swallowing, a fucking chocolate milk shake shows up. Serious leather belt notes fade to the creamiest, chocolatey-est beer I have ever had. Unfortunately after about half the glass, the old leather took over the good stuff and I'm now getting second hand loafers all the way through

F - nothing special. Kind of thin for a +10%

O - confusing. Would never drink this again but happy I had it once

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Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 972 ratings
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