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

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Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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4.24/5
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235 Ratings
Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-27-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
235
pDev:
8.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of von_kaiser
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cgwami
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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

Photo of Jhfinn
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gmann
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense dark tan head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing.
S: Smells of bitter dark chocolate, roasty malts, burnt sugar, oak and spice
T: Taste is roasty malts, charred wood, burnt marshmallows, spices, oak, dark chocolate and a little espresso. Swallow is spicy oak, slight caramel and vanilla sweetness with some roasted malts, dark chocolate, and charred wood.
M: The beer is silky smooth on the palate with a full body. Carbonation is soft and adequate to keep things moving across the palate. The beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this one is great. I like the influence that the rye barrel had on the base beer. This one has some great complexity and flavors that make it a pleasure to drink. Time did this one well also.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 8/2015. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of steaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, raisin, coconut, molasses, and roast/oak earthiness. A bit of booze in the aroma as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and rye whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, raisin, coconut, molasses, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/pine hop bitterness; with rye whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish; lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, smoke, char, molasses, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and rye whiskey barrel flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet and rye whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with zero astringent roast/hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness; increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; and small pleasant warmth lingering after the finish, with minimal booziness. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and rye whiskey barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Amazing barrel balance and integration. The classic base beer flavors are all there; great added barrel complexity that does not overwhelm, dry out out the beer too much, or make it feel too boozy. A really amazing offering.

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Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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