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North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

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RATINGS: 1058   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Seems hard to believe that weíve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but thatís whatís happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, weíve brewed a special small batch thatís been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. Itís bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label ---- and itís amazing. The depth, intensity and complexity of the flavor profile make it a worthy tribute to this fine beer.

This entry is for all anniversary Bourbon BA Old Rasputin releases.


X 11.6% ABV
XII 11.2% ABV
XIV 11.5% ABV
XV 11.9% ABV
XVI 11.3% ABV
XVII 12.1% ABV


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (801) - ESTONIA - AUG 22, 2015
Pours dark brown, edging black. Aroma is sweet, heavy, sticky with all those dark fruity flavours and a bit of booze. Taste has a lot of sweetness, bourbon barrel coming through nicely, does not feel too heavy but rather nice, great for sipping. Some roast flavour complementing the sensation, vanilla. Great warming beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zakoon (274) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2015
500ml bottle enjoyed @ home, XVII. Pours almost black with a beige head that leaves thick laces. Aroma is straight up bourbon, lots of it, tobacco, tar, chalk, lots of wood, roasted malt. Taste is boozy, salty and medium bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is boozy bourbon, itís hard to drink it because of the alcohol bite.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ctipping (276) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Originally reviewed 5/29/2014. 500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. XV bottle. Black with an ample dark khaki head. A thin collar persists. Nothing else on the surface. Really boozy aroma. Singes the nostrils. Dark chocolate. Oak. Bourbon. Charred, intense oak. Tastes of sweet, dark chocolate. Bourbon and vanilla barrel character. It has a chalkiness that isnít desirable but at the same time isnít wholly unpleasant. Just is. Bitter oakiness in the back. Gives it a brief hint of acidity. Very creamy. Medium carbonation. Heavy and boozy, but to be expected. I remember really enjoying XIV, but I donít remember this chalky oak. Maybe it was there and I didnít notice it. Or perhaps vintage XV is just intensely oaky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (3302) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle, thnx to bytemesis. Pours a pitch black beer with a big, brownish head on top. Aroma has massive bourbon notes, a big touch of vanilla, wood, some oak in there as well. Flavor is very sweet, American, strong, slightly boozy and bourbon. The balance is very nice, it lacks a bit of density. Still very nice and impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4592) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle ( XVI ) at home. Pours nearly black. Small , light head. I exected it to be more dark, but at least its not white.... it fades fast as well. Smell is roasty, bit bitter, some bourbon-inspired grainyness, but not really vanilla or sweetness...Taste is bitter up front , and than turns into a beautifull, complex and elegant. Some booze towards the back, but itís not unpleasently strong. Just like the base though, this is the typical Imperial stout where there is nothing wrong , at any level, but its not rememorable, íjustí a well brewed BA Imperial stout. I like it, but I would have prefered a thicker MF. and perhaps something to set it apart from all the other beers in this type that are on todayís market.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fphv587 (1) - CHINA - JUN 7, 2015 does not count
medium body, creamy, bitter, bread, toast, roasty, barnyard, banana, skunky, vanilla, amber, cloudy, minimal head, white foam, brown foam, sparkling, medium sweetness, umami,

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1298) - GREECE - JUN 7, 2015
500ml bottle from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob! Black color with beige brown head. Malty aroma, lots of dark dried fruits, plums, chocolate, wood, vanilla, light alcohol. Sweet and bitter like aroma. Medium oily creamy body with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2840) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle. XV. Nose is booze and vanilla. A moderate chocolate aroma. Rich. Taste is dark bitter chocolate. Really damn smooth, rich. Overall yum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (1447) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
dense beige head leaves some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is lots of bourbon, wood, vanilla, boozy. tase like aroma, lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some molasses with a long bitter finish. silky smooth body, pours thick, medium carbonation. superb, not a sweet cloying BA mess like some others RISíes! bottle (reads) 50cl (is 75cl?) / XII vintage

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (651) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
(This rating is for XII) Standard malty stout smell. Taste is a great mix between chocolate, malt, and bourbon. Low carbonation, medium to full body, and smooth.


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