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
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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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Reviews by superspak:
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of Kevinpitts
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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

Photo of Brolo75
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.

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
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

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

Photo of bcsteve89
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
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!

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

Photo of seangibbs60
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 22Blue
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
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.

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

Photo of kdahnke123
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.

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Photo of sia478
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of msscott1973
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of Tim725
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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