Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
4.25 | pDev: 7.76%
Dec 05, 2021
Jul 27, 2015
Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

12oz bottle from Hops & Bottles. Black pour, skin of beige head. Rich chocolate notes throughout, licorice. Sweet, subtle strength. Not that boozy.

Dec 05, 2021
4.49 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Aug 13, 2021
4.21 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2021
4.56 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina on Jun 28, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by schoolboy from Ohio

I saw these and had to get them. I have long been a fan of most things from this brewer. This is #23.

This pours nicely black and heady. The aroma is strong and sublime - booze booze and booze. Get it? The taste is more like plain Old Rasputin, as if that were a let down. The aftertaste is a bit gritty - you know you've had the real deal.

Highly recommended. A different take on a classic brew that takes things to another level.

May 23, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Scotchboy from Idaho

Half-pour in a snifter, on draft near my house.

A: Dark brown/black, opaque, with a creamy tan head that laces well.

S: Strong impressions of rye whiskey, mild spicing and earthiness with oak and a good dose of vanilla, mild coconut from the barrels. There is a present coffee aroma as well as a mild chocolate/dark chocolate roastiness.

T: Moderately strong whiskey character with a strong roasted malt backbone...there is a good dose coffee flavors and earthy spice...dark caramel, char, faint smoke...bittersweet bakers chocolate.

MF: Very creamy and smooth, not quite full-bodied, with low carbonation and a present dryness and moderate clingy bitterness.

O: Really nice rye barrel characters in this one, and it’s VERY smooth; invisible alcohol presence and no booze really, just a nice rye whiskey presence with earthy spice.

Feb 12, 2021
4.47 by DCH from New York on Apr 03, 2020
4.25 by dbauer from California on Dec 26, 2019
4.35 by BKotch from Texas on Dec 01, 2019
4.28 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Nov 30, 2019
4.74 by JamesBondGA from Georgia on Oct 26, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kitch from Hong Kong

A corked and caged 500ml bottle, XVIII release. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger dark tanned to brown head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Light roast, chocolate, whiskey, oak and vanilla.

Taste: Rye whiskey forward providing sweetness, light roast, chocolate, coffee, oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Body was lighter than I’d prefer for what it is. I get the whiskey booze forwardness, but I don’t get much of the usual spiciness from rye whiskey (maybe I’ve held on to this bottle for too long?). But nevertheless, it is still an enjoyable sipper.

Oct 24, 2019
4.12 by Hop_God from California on Sep 24, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WickedBeer from Alabama

I can’t find a bottled on date anywhere on here, but ABV is stamped at 11.3%.

Caramel brown pour, dark and with a nice ring of beige head that settles softly around the body of the beer. Not much of any lace retention.

On the nose, immediately notes of dark fruit and rye barrel. Roasty malt and caramelized sugar compliment nicely as the beer opens up a little more.

Again, the barrel really shines here with a mildly spicy whiskey character. Following notes of caramel, molasses, raisin, oak, and subtle hints of coconut. Very well-balanced and subtly complex.

Fairy thin-bodied, with a low, soft carbonation. Not as much body as expected, but the residual stickiness and boozy warmth gives it all you need to round this out really nicely.

Aug 19, 2019
4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jul 05, 2019
4.33 by nyrblue2 from New York on Jun 06, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by wvbeerdad from Georgia

Loved this beer. Unlike many rye beers, this one has a smooth creamy finish. Nice head and aroma. Much more balanced than many whiskey barrel aged beers. Found this beauty at Public House in La Jolla.

Mar 01, 2019
4.42 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Feb 16, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Jmatz from Illinois


It seems everyone has a barrel aged stout these days...and most of them are fine for a few sweet sips for dessert...and little else.

Old Rasputin's 18 is something else...it's as heavy and complex of a beer as you'll ever taste, but it's also surprisingly smooth and drinkable...

It pours a dark "warm" black with a small cap of dark caramel colored somewhat fizzy head that dissapates, but hangs around in a thin layer for the rest of the time it's in your glass.

The smell is a boozy sweet and pleasant, but only indicative of a tiny bit of what awaits.

The flavor is just wonderful...there's the initial hot to the pallete, sweet, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, but things evolve quickly, running through a raisin/plum dark fruitiness to a bitter coffee and charred oak flavor on the tail end. It hits almost every taste bud, and it's wonderfully balanced, with no flavor domina ting and the progression from sweet to bitter leaves you craving another sip.

This is the real deal, if you find it, nab a bottle, save it for a cold night, and share it with someone else who'll appreciate it.

Oct 29, 2018
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Oct 06, 2018
4.25 by heysuz from Indiana on Oct 06, 2018
4.5 by CMC73 from Oregon on Sep 08, 2018
4.67 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Jul 08, 2018
3.52 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Jun 05, 2018
4.08 by taospowder from New Mexico on Mar 26, 2018
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Feb 02, 2018
4.19 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Dec 13, 2017
4.25 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Nov 27, 2017
4.12 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Nov 26, 2017
4.77 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Nov 24, 2017
4.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Nov 13, 2017
4.46 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Nov 06, 2017
4.23 by cgwami from Canada (MB) on Oct 06, 2017
4.3 by KensWorld from Florida on Sep 28, 2017
4.13 by Jhfinn from New York on Aug 27, 2017
4.02 by acurtis from New Jersey on Aug 27, 2017
4.08 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Aug 21, 2017
4.21 by Eziel from Ohio on Aug 15, 2017
4.31 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Aug 15, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Gmann from New York

Pours a black color with a big pillowy brown head that slowly dissipates leaving a wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a dark roast with a noticable whiskey and dark fruit scent.

The taste is of a dark roast with smooth caramel and vanilla notes. Dark fruit and hints of coffee. Slight sour note. Quite smooth, not sharp like other barrel aged stouts.

The feel is well bodied but not thick. Semi soft carbonation. Sweet but has a roasted bitter offset. A bit sticky.

Another great barrel aged brew from this brewery. Nice and mellow and smooth.

Aug 13, 2017
Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 262 ratings