Old Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XVII Barrel AgedOld Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
12.1%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 7.34%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
394
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
96
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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.

Vital Statistics

Style: Barrel-Aged
Color: Black
ABV: 12.1%
Bitterness: 38 IBUs
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -33%
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
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -8%
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
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beergoot from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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dustin22martin from Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +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
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
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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KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
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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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev 0%
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
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stevoj from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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
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mdlb44 from California

4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is such a great beer. It may be the most well balanced BA Stout I have ever had. Nothing jumps out at you, nothing hits you in the face, but it tastes amazing. Almost perfect

Jul 13, 2016
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JFresh21 from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reminds me of Abyss which I didn't care for. This beer is pretty smooth, not much alcohol detected. However, it tastes like charred wood. If you've had a lot of world class stouts this one is not going to impress.

Jun 10, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

*****cellared 18months *****

L: pours brown, but black in the glass. A nice brown frothy head
S: very nice....bourbon, and chocolate. Intense aroma, smells great!
T: wow, very well balanced. Huge chocolate and bourbon. Finishes sweet too, love it.
F: very smooth, medium thickness, but coats my mouth well
O: above expectations here, and good thing since I paid $22 for this 500ml bottle

May 26, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours super dark chocolate color with a mocha head. Aroma is deep roasted malts and some booze. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts and some bourbon. Has a nice smooth finish and overall this is a really nice beer

May 06, 2016
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super barrel aged beer that was definitely improved upon the non-barrel aged version. Lots of chocolate in the nose and in the mouth. Great smooth mouthfeel. Nice roast character. Not very boozy.

Had pour into a wine glass from a bottle cellared since release (so about 1.5 years)

Apr 26, 2016
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gatheredwaters from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours with more carbonation than expected, but settles quickly, ultimately forming a billowy, soft, creamy looking head.

Smell: barrel, overripe fig, char/smoke

Taste: oxidized coffee, burnt caramel

Feel: DRY, light/medium thickness

Overall: Really enjoying this. The bitterness is lovely. The barrel is pronounced, with little heat.

Mar 26, 2016
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neurobot01 from California

4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml c&c bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Look: deep, rich brown, with a thick creamy mocha head that leaves thick lacing.

Smell: roast, dark chocolate, coffee, cherry.

Taste: roast, roast, and more roast. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and toffee peek through, but it's a constant battle against aggressive, bitter char.

Feel: medium to thick, fairly dry, with almost nothing in the way of heat.

Overall: I'm a bit torn on this. Some sips, I really dig the flavor, and subtle little nuances shine through; others, it's like licking a grill grate. With the multitude of options out there, I'll probably leave future iterations to those who more appreciate this flavor profile.

Mar 12, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick dark brown black, with a surprisingly active finger and a half of bubbly tan foam.

Dark chocolate, toffee/caramel, roasty, and slightly boozy.

Chocalte, caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon warmth.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, roasty char bitterness.

Overall, while tasty, this needs a little more body.

Jan 31, 2016
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black hole dark with bronze head in tight bubbles that retain and stick to the glass in clumps

Smells of vanilla, caramel and alcohol

Taste of malt, roasted , light sweetness

Unctuous mouthful

A very good stout

Jan 23, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black as night with no light emerging through. There's a fingernail of beige that covers the rim and most of the top. The aroma is packed with sweet bourbon and loads of dark roasted barley. The taste is full of aggressive dark roasted barley, but the sweet bourbon is the dominant player. The mouth is very thick and chewy.

Jan 17, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sumner. Football ❤️ Beer.

Dark brown body with a lasting beige cap. Roast, malt, oak, barrel aromas. Tannic, chocolaty, boozy. Medium-full bodied. Tasty.

Jan 10, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 500 ml/1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz./16.9 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

Outstanding appearance. Even with a careful pour, an outrageously tall crop of super tight and creamy, cappuccino colored foam topped the near jet black liquid. Astounding considering the beer's high ABV. The three-finger tall crown slowly dropped to a lasting dollup of froth. Copious amounts of soapy lacing coated the glass.

Metallic and wet paper notes initially came through strong in the nose. Very irony. Quite odd. I was predicting that this beer might be infected. There were subtle roasty and boozy notes in the background. A touch of brown sugar appeared as the beer sat. With time, the nose improved dramatically. The brown sugar notes intensified and dark chocolate also came through. Loads of bourbon appeared as well but surprisingly not a lot of booziness. Fragrant vanilla notes were present. The aroma literally started as a "1" but became a "4+" by the drink's end. Both the bourbon and vanilla continued to intensify as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was definitely better than the nose initially, but it was far from spectacular. Intense roasty, almost char-like notes dominated, along with an intense booziness. Ashy notes lingered in the finish, which was followed by an overwhelming boozy sting. I recall other vintages of this beer being very hot, and this release was no different. With time, some brown sugar sweetness came forth. Bit of vanilla too. The overall flavor profile eventually became much better. Roasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon all intensified as the beer sat. Bit of espresso in the center. The boozy notes also mellowed out.

The mouthfeel was really frothy and creamy but lighter bodied for the style. Almost a bit watery. Slick and smooth on the palate. The barrel really seemed to thin out the liquid.

Every year, I spend $25 on a bottle of Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin thinking that it will be better than last year's vintage, but this is never the case. While XVII improved dramatically as it warmed, it was still overly roasty and boozy, and quite thin in both flavor and mouthfeel. From now on, I need to stop making the mistake of buying this beer.

Dec 16, 2015
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BlushingMonk from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was excited about this beer and hoped the experience would equate to the price. It poured dark like its base with an aroma of dark chocolate and vanilla wrapped in a bourbon bow. The alcohol is balanced nicely in this thick delicious brew that has a mild bitter kick at the end. It's really, really, good...just not much beer in a bottle. I'm putting down my other two for a year and will check back, but doubt I will make this investment again.

Dec 15, 2015
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: Deep dark, nearly opaque brown. Some cola highlights barely peek around the edges when held to light. Big rich mocha head on the pour that mostly sticks around leaving a nice swath on the surface and messy lacing.
smell: cocoa, vanilla, roasty char, oak and bourbon. Rich but surprisingly gentle nose.
taste: All the flavors of the nose. Blooms into a rich full taste and the finish is a slightly spicy bitterness.
overall: Fantastic as always.

Dec 09, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, burnt/charred malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. I think the taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of anise, molasses and booziness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation. I've had some of the past versions of the barrel aged Old Rasputin, and I was a fan of those. This one is no different, it's a pretty good barrel aged imperial stout! Definitely worth picking up, but it's pricey at $21.99 a bottle.

Nov 26, 2015
Old Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 394 ratings