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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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 Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-27-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
56
Ratings:
244
pDev:
8.02%
 
 
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7
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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow.

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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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%
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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 244 ratings