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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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
256
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  128
SCORE
94
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Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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logobot from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jan 10, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aged? Where? Rye character is mild at best. Makes me sad. North Coast used to impress me with there BA offerings. What happened? Hope my rating is off for everyone else who bought this. It's OK. For a limited $20+ beer... In a word: Disappointing. Had with some age and did improve. Up rated to 4 from 3.75.

Oct 17, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As one of the most anticipated annual releases on the beer calendar, the North Coast brewer reward their fans with two variations: a wheat barrel-aged release and this rye-barrel option that carries a spicier, nuttier and sharper balance to its massive stout within.

Devishly dark, the espresso-black beer pours while swirling a mocha froth patiently about. One pass of the nose highlights the stouts decadent chocolate, dark-roast coffee and charming bourbon array of aromatics. And as its flavors creep onto the tongue, the tastebuds are quickly seduced by the beer's cake-like batter sweetness.

Perhaps the epitome of decadence happens as the stout slathers across the middle palate- saturating fully with lavish brownie, bittersweet chocolate, sweet toffee and caramel, earthy walnut, and the robust espresso roasty threads that tie all the tastes together. The stout's bitterness disguises as coffee and cocoa while the spicy grit from the rye barrel offers its own peppery bite and soiled finish.

Full and playfully chewy, the stout finishes with the culmination of bourbon-ball dessert candies as its caramel and vanilla tighten around its boozy warmth and its weathered oak spices. Lingering with chocolate and bourbon, the beer's sipping demeanor easily replaces dessert as an dinner closer.

Oct 21, 2015
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gouettn from Washington

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 20, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black with a tan colored, creamy head, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, pretty carbonated, decent amount of lacing, head dissipated after a few minutes.

A: Rye comes through pretty strong, spice, dark fruits, chocolate, oak, picking up some heat, has some complexity and depth, smells pretty good.

T: Hint of rye and spice up front, espresso, and dark chocolate, has a good amount of espresso bitterness, big dry finish, get some spice, nuttiness, walnuts, the rye adds a nice bite of flavor to it, very good.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish, has some heat.

O: Did not like this at first but as the beer warms the rye comes through and is noticeable throughout the beer. The rye adds a nice bite in flavor, the base beer comes through with dark fruits, dark chocolate, and a mellowed hop presence. I enjoyed this, probably won’t pick up another bottle. I do prefer Old Rasputin in bourbon barrels but this is different and enjoyable.

Jan 06, 2016
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gelasin from California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 24, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 22.00/500 mL + $ 2.68 shipping ($ 1.46/oz) from Blackwell’s, SF CA.
Unmarked bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of rye whiskey and roasted malt
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy with rocks, diminishing to three mm ring and partial creamy layer
Lacing – none. Basically standard for barrel-aged brews
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with a hit of rye across the palate, followed by roasted malt. The roasted malt is the predominant taste with a good hang time. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Aroma 4.5, Appearance 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

Jan 31, 2016
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Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

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

Apr 10, 2016
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bcsteve89 from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 31, 2015
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DaveBar from Canada

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade. 500ml bottle served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a huge 3" high thick rich looking foamy head that lasts forever and a day before film out. Super dark brown colour

S- Nice whisky barrel notes present.

T- Whisky note prevail. Roasted malt and some bittering hops make an excellent base and super rich. Bitter at the end though. Nice chocolate and coffee in the background. Very well blended brew

M- Creamy going down then dries out well

O- Nice brew. Worth trying once. Would like to try their bourbon barrel aged stouts one day as this one is pretty good.

Food Pairing

As always barrel aged stouts can be tough to pair and this one is no different. This nice little brew went well with........ Jerk chicken! The spicy nature of the jerk will hit you then let this brew take it away

Enjoy!

Jul 03, 2016
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seangibbs60 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 26, 2015
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CJNAPS from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 24, 2017
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22Blue from Kansas

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 07, 2016
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle at Ron's Corner Tavern.

Apr 25, 2016
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fthegiants from California

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

Jan 04, 2016
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kdahnke123 from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
L - Poured a very dark brown, almost black color. The tan, two finger head dissipated slowly leaving a long lasting lacing.
S - Lots of roasted malt, some hops and a little bit of whisky on the finish.
T - The taste is similar to the nose with a bitter coffee finish.
F - Very full bodied and smooth with medium carbonation.
O - Tastes pretty much like regular Old Rasputin with a little kick. Too much roast and not enough barrel. Not worth the extra cost.

Nov 15, 2015
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sia478 from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 02, 2015
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msscott1973 from North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 15, 2016
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Zekenyce from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 30, 2016
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brittanylicious from Indiana

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

Oct 06, 2018
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 06, 2017
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ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 21, 2016
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Tim725 from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 24, 2016
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

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

Nov 16, 2015
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sposter4 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 21, 2016
Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 256 ratings