Old Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XVII Barrel AgedOld Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by largadeer on 11-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
385
pDev:
7.34%
 
 
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Photo of Casey3236
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of colts9016
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.

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Photo of groleau
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
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...

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 cellared bottle.

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Photo of dustin22martin
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.

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmoriarty
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bill235
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gopens44
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.

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4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KettleBellFreak
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of AdamSteve
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of k47k
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Old Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 385 ratings