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:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 5.84%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
19
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  8
SCORE
93
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Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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hopley from Massachusetts

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

Not sure how much 5 years if age did for this one but it was an extremely handsome beer with a beautiful creamy brown head that lasted well throughout the entire drink, at least around the edges at the end, and the taste was smooth and creamy with a slightly roasty and barrel character. Others might say smooth and creamy and it’s been years since I’ve had any form of the beloved Old Rasputin, so I’m thinking I’d like to revisit both a fresh bottle of BA as well as a bottle on non BA just to compare. Enjoyed drinking this one as I finally found the right moment to pop that cork!

Jun 16, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a quarter inch tan head that settles quickly to a ring and leaves many spots of lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, black licorice, dark fruits, vanilla and bourbon. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Very well done but really not worth the cost compared to other BA beers.

Aug 31, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another in the line of North Coast's barrel aged offerings. 500 ml bottle, $20 a pop, this one is on the high end of the price spectrum. Pours the usual thick and black just like the base beer, 1/4" tan head on the top of it. Aroma hits the strong boozy notes from the barrel. What is usually a heavily roasted malt presence in the base version, this barrel aged version tends to cover it up a little bit.

Taste is more hot alcohol booziness. Can't figure out why this one is on the higher end price wise, because it is on the lower end quality wise. Some chocolate malt notes there, but there really isn't anything adjunct or sweet wise to temper the high alcohol that is perceptible all the way through at any temperature here. So while this year's version might have avoided infection concerns that have been problematic, it still doesn't offer anything that you can't get for cheaper from many other sources. Given the awesomeness of the base beer, its hard to get excited about these versions that have pronounced alcohol as its main flavor component.

Jan 01, 2018
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RAFH from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle for $22.99 last year. Totally enjoyed this stout. Not quite as good as a Goose Island BCBS, Founders KBS, or Bell's Black Note Stout, but it's pretty close. Would love to try this one again, but not for that price.

Jan 01, 2018
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lbloom from New York

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Similar to Old Rasputin. Jet black, substantial tan head which subsides rather quickly, leaving about a quarter inch.The strong lacing sticks firmly to the glass.

Smell - Heavy bakers chocolate. Strong black licorice notes open up as it warms. Booze. Some dark fruits - rum soaked raisins. Subtle light roasted coffee. Subtle vanilla.

Taste - Probably opened this one a bit too early. Very strong bourbon taste, not subtle at all. Barrel overpowers the normal chocolate and coffee tones. Bitter black licorice sits in the back of the mouth. Dark fruit is subdued compared to a normal Rasputin. Vanilla and wood. Mellow roasted malts and chocolate sitting in the background.

Feel - Creamy and wonderful. Thick without being syrupy. Very similar to normal Rasputin.

Overall - An excellent stout that could benefit from more aging. I only opened it because I have a few more bottles that I’m planning to age. The licorice character of this one is surprising, as I don’t generally get that out of normal Rasputin. The booze and barrel play a more prominent note than I’d like, but I think that in a year or two, those notes will probably start to meld more comfortably with the chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes. Excellent, but young. Rating it a bit higher than I normally would, given that I opened it early and it will improve further over time.

Jun 28, 2016
Old Rasputin XVIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 19 ratings