Old Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XVII Barrel AgedOld Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged
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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
4.34 | pDev: 8.53%
Jan 30, 2021
Nov 07, 2014
Old Rasputin XVII Barrel AgedOld Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged
Notes: Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.

Prior to 2010, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin was released in such limited quantities that it was available only at the North Coast Brewing retail shop in Fort Bragg, California. However, we received so many requests for this beer that we began producing enough Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin to put into broader, but still limited, distribution.

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Style: Barrel-Aged
Color: Black
ABV: 12.1%
Bitterness: 38 IBUs
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Rated by BdM from Netherlands

1/5  rDev -77%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Another one to pull out of the cellar
Pours a med frothy brown head with good retention, good lacing, decent legs, inky jet black color

Nose is pretty nice, dark chocolate, cocoa, some vanilla barrel and bourbon soaked wood, baking spices, lots of smooth oak and barrel characters, little fudgey, caramel, light roast, touch of sweet candy, very mild dark fruits

Taste is even better, loads of barrel characters, bourbon and sweet barrel juice, vanilla and a little buttery oak, toasted oak, baking spices, and even some coconut, dark chocolate and cocoa with the baking spices, caramel, a bit of roast and coffee notes but not much, smooth alcohol with a little heat, cocoa powder as it warms, with a mild bitterness, drier finish with more raw cocoa that hasn't been melted yet, with some creamy milk chocolate and bourbon vanilla lingering

Mouth is fuller bod, rich chewy and a little creamy, thick, light warming alcohol, med to a bit lighter foamy carb

Overall this was the best of the Old Rasputin Anniversaries yet, base beer is always awesome, but this time loads of barrel and bourbon, I really need to drink these on the fresher side before the barrel fades like the older ones I had.
May 30, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by smi69 from New York

Mar 31, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 4.66 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
2014 vintage; drank 10/10/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Black/brown appearance.

Tan head; nice lace.

Cream, oak, chocolate & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Bourbon heat, oak & cream flavors up front; milk chocolate notes on the finish.

Boozy & not great, but drinkable.
Jun 18, 2019
Rated: 3.51 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 08, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2019
Rated: 4.63 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Mar 31, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Oct 26, 2018
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The non-barrel aged version of this beer and that beer was pretty good. I have been sitting on this beer for two years. Pulled this out of the cellar and decided to try it today. The beer is 47 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A gentle pour of the beer produced a one finger medium tan head with fair retention. The head is airy and foamy and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 37 a dark brown nearly black and opaque.

The aromas in the beer are whiskey, vanilla, alcohol, molasses, raisins, char, wood, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, bready, dark roasted malts, stone fruit, and burnt sugar.

The flavors in the beer are whiskey, vanilla, lots of char, molasses, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark roasted malts, and burnt sugar.

The mouthfeel of the beer is sharp and dry.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

I did not care for this beer. Too much char and the body of the beer is more akin to a porter not a stout. I am disappointed, was hoping for more.
Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by tbryan5 from Louisiana

Apr 21, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Black like anthracite coal; extremely dense, spongy, sculpted light tan head. Dense and rich aroma of charred grains, chocolate, dried figs and dates, and a hint of bourbon. Cocoa and restrained booze within the taste; very malty; chocolate syrup. Heavy body; sweet with some alcohol dryness.

I'm not sure when this was produced, but it's been in my beer collection for a few years. Like many big, heavy, dark ales, it has aged well. Thee is some awesome depth and complexity to the flavors, and as it warms up over the next hour (oh, it's definitely a sipper), I expect more sensory delights to emerge. A fine beverage for a sub-freezing winter afternoon while the wood fire blazes along...
Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Shaneb818 from California

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.39 by DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

Sep 24, 2017
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 cellared bottle.
Sep 14, 2017
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Reviewed by dustin22martin from Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Been sitting on this one for a minute. BA Rasputin was my first experience with barrel aged beers, so I might be a little biased, but this beer is sooooo freaking good. The extra couple of years in storage have only rounded out and mellowed what was already a super drinkable (but still deeply complex and flavorful) beer. The booziness is still there, but it is softened, making the chocolatey goodness and the vanilla oakiness shine through even more than when it's fresh. I had forgot how much I love this beer. It's going to be difficult saving another one for this long again.
Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado

Jul 04, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by mmoriarty from Rhode Island

Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by rab53 from Washington

May 13, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by GarthDanielson from Virginia

Mar 29, 2017
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Feb 16, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Jan 28, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by FrankCastle from California

Jan 21, 2017
Rated: 4.55 by Bill235 from Ohio

Jan 10, 2017
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Reviewed by gopens44 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Nose probably has more happening than the taste, as there's coffee, vanilla, maybe something in the dark fruit arena and finally a hint of molasses. Taste has a little less than advertised by the smell. After 2 years, still heavy heat. Most dominant characteristics of the taste is coffee and alcohol, followed by a hint of vanilla before a dry finish rolls out.
Jan 01, 2017
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Reviewed by KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
EASILY the best BA stout i've ever drank. Think it had a few years on it as it was in the back of the store's cellar area with wine bottles and was a bit dusty.

Gave it to a friend as a housewarming gift, and he shared about 4-6 oz with me.

Gorgeous black beer with a deep, brown head that had perfect carbonation. Beer had tremendous legs and looked oily in the glass.

smelled like boozy, vanilla and malt, and a tobacco and chocolate. Oh my god i was freaking out that i gave this beer away.

Taste was even better. Boozy, caramel, barrel character and chocolate that smoothly transitioned into a malty vanilla finish...

This beer was outstanding.
Dec 05, 2016
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Optics are as expected, though there was a surprisingly enjoyable amount of head for a barrel aged beer. Nose is pure bourbon barrel - sticky vanilla, woody caramel and oak. No trace of the base beer's aroma, though. I felt the taste was much the same, if a bit boozey and hot - it is tough to pick-out the classic Old Rasputin flavor. You get a little bit of the roasted nut & hop notes that the original carries so well, but the rest tastes like any other well-done barrel aged stout. Again, stress on well-done, just that the original beer gets lost in the barrel.
Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by AdamSteve from Michigan

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by k47k from New York

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island

Nov 15, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Nov 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
it has oak, caramel, toffee, slightly bitter chocolate, huge roastyness that you would expect from old rasputin. great touch of the barrel as well - big bourbon note that is strong but not overly boozy. good texture, silky smooth with a medium plus body. I knew this was gonna be good!
Oct 27, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by VABA from Virginia

Oct 23, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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.
Sep 23, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Sep 14, 2016
Rated: 4.45 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Aug 29, 2016
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