Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XIX
North Coast Brewing Co.

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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.03 | pDev: 15.38%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with two fingers of khaki-beige foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy malts with a sharp sting of cherry. Caramel and toffee add a little sweetness alongside the shy bourbon heat. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely, earthy malts with toffee, caramel, and molasses adding some sweetness. Heat is very mild, even at the finale of the beer when the heat it at its peak. Bourbon adds just a bit of sweet boozy heat at the back, just enough to dry up the initial sugary notes. Mouth feel is creamy with a mild grit to it. Thickness is medium-thick. Overall, a hearty stout that is paired well with bourbon to enhance the experience ever so slightly. Stout remains consistent and tame while still providing a strong flavor profile.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 500mL bottle.

Apr 01, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ML bottle poured into a snifter at 53 degrees F. No date on bottle but research told me it's from 2016.
L - Dark brown with a lingering tan head
S - Bourbon, molasses, toffee
T - Bourbon, fig, raisin. very little malt character
F - slight carbonation on the tongue, light to medium mouthfeel
O - A good beer, but a bit disappointing. Not as full bodied or balanced as I'd expected. Perhaps this bottle has aged a bit too long as the molasses and raisin flavors have overpowered the malt profile. At $20.99 for a 500ML bottle, this beer is overpriced. Perhaps the excessively heavy bottle contributes to the inflated cost.

Sep 30, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a creamy frothy tan khaki colored foam head. Smells like deep oak, bourbon, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, toffee, molasses, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, plum, dark grape, raisin, roasted malts, toasted bread, molasses, toffee, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, sweet bourbon, oak barrel, dried fruit, leathery tobacco, cigar box, char, with earthy grassy piney hops. Feels medium plus bodied, creamy and slick with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout.

May 17, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this one was good. I was previously a little disappointed by their regular Old Rasputin because it didn't blow me away - so I had slightly more modest hopes for this one, despite its reputation. But man this was great. Was very fortunate to find this one online. No date printed on bottle. Pours a thick syrupy dark jet black color with some tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Big, bold aromas of dark chocolate, fig, raisin, brown sugar, dark roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, some alcohol in the background, surprisingly enough. Taste follows the nose, amazing balance and depth, very complex and rich. I really enjoyed the restrained alcohol warming - definitely present but not overwhelming and very slow sipping wasn't necessary. Smooth, chewy, thick rich mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation. An excellent imperial stout.

May 04, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter tulip hybrid glass. This beer is a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice tan head that's about an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a thin to medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a decent film layer of surface foam. Not much lacing though. Aromas of roasted malts with some caramel sweetness, light notes of bourbon oak and chocolate and vanilla notes. A very similar flavor profile, with roasted malts with hints of caramel sweetness along with some chocolate and black coffee bitterness that gives way to hints of vanilla and bourbon oak. Not really much discernible hops here. Has a mostly smooth, slightly creamy, silky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a nice toasty aftertaste and a pretty clean finish.


Mar 01, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Caged and corked bottle; cork came out with quite a pop. 2016 release.
Dark medium brown colored body. Two fingers of tan head, which settles to a pillowy cap. Leaves a small sheet of lacing.
Buttery aroma. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla vaguely come through.
Taste has a touch of tart, with dark roasted malts. Vague chocolate and dark fruit. Boozy at the end.
Medium mouth feel, with some froth. Higher carbonation.
This does not rise up to the standard of the standard beer. Nose is off putting but the beer is drinkable (if one does not pay too much attention to it).

May 18, 2019
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very bark brown with a khaki head, nice lacing and moderate oily film on the glass. Aroma of molasses, brown sugar bitter cocoa, lightly roasred malts and some bourbon. Taste follows the aroma. I thought this would have more body, it seems thin for the style. Old Rasputin is my favorite RIS and I'm really disappointed with this.

Jan 02, 2019
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MFMB from Idaho

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a jet black with a thin light tan head. Nose is bourbon forward with light roasted malt. Taste: definitely a bourbon bomb. Bourbon is forward and mutes much of the other flavors going on. Coffee, cocoa, caramel and roasted malt all present. Slight oak char to finish. Getting roasted malt aftertaste after the bourbon finally fades from the palette. Medium to full body with a silky somewhat slick finish. Heat! A lot of hot bourbon!

Apr 07, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. (16.9 fl. oz.)/500 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

I can never figure out why these Barrel Aged Old Rasputin bottles are so heavy and why the corks are so difficult to remove. Relax guys. As for the beer itself, the appearance was pretty amazing. An insanely tight and creamy, three-finger tall, khaki colored crown rose above the somewhat thin, dark brown/black body. Copious rings of foamy lacing created a thick blanket along the sides of the glass. After the head receded, a thin bubbly film and a frothy halo capped the liquid.

The nose was very unique for the style and definitely like no other beer I recall trying in this series. Diacetyl notes dominated. Loads of butterscotch. Caramel corn also came to mind. Big nougat and milk chocolate presence as well. Perhaps some hazelnut and powdered cocoa too. Brown sugar was also apparent. Overall, fairly sweet and boozy but not overly so. There was a subtle, vinous, oxidized twanginess as well.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor profile was rather straightforward. Big roasted malt notes. Some char too. Espresso and bakers chocolate came through in the center. Hint of brown sugar sweetness. More bitter, acrid roast on the back end and the finish. A boozy, whiskey-like kick was also apparent, but unfortunately there were no real discernible flavors from the bourbon barrels.

Fairly ordinary mouthfeel. Slightly thin for the style. The liquid contained a larger bubbled, greater-than-average carbonation that turned somewhat frothy and slick on the palate.

While some might see the diacetyl/buttered popcorn and winey notes in this beer’s aroma as a flaw, I actually enjoyed them a lot. That said, the flavor profile was pretty one-dimensional and unremarkable. Barrel Aged Old Rasputin beers are always a crapshoot, with far more misses than hits recently. Despite some interesting characteristics in this beer, I will not be purchasing another vintage until they get their infection issues under control.

Jan 02, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better bourbon stouts, with great balance and rich, refined character. Nice body and smooth finish. Could age well but doesn't need it. Still not sure if it's worth the steep price.

Dec 23, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(16.9 oz bottle, split between two snifters)

Odd expression of the original beer. Tastes of oxidation and sherry; body thin and mildly spritzy on the edges. Subtle hints of old coffee and powdered dark cocoa, but both much overpowered by the bitter, tannic vinous tang.

It's not terrible, but probably not the end result the brewer intended.

Dec 20, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark brown with red edges and a quickly dying tan head leaving a bubbly, chunky tan ring.

I'm mostly getting roasted nuts and an astringency on the nose--whether that's hops, I'm not sure.

On the tongue, cocoa, raisin, pine, and wood emerge.

It seems like it could become deep, but has a shallow cola flavor to it, with a tangy start, large frothiness and a dry finish.

Dec 11, 2017
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MVotter from New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - The Barrel-aged Old Rasputin (note this is vintage XIX) pours into a chalice the color of dark root beer, with a thick tan-colored head.

S - maple sugar, vanilla, black licorice, malts, malts, malts

T - bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, malts

F - medium to heavy texture, plenty effervescent, semi- dry

O - delicious sipper, if you like the sweetness of vanilla/maple sugary bourbon, this is the malt brew for you

Nov 23, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly foamy and vigorous cocoa head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a nice chocolate black with an interesting thinness to it. It's a decent look even if it's a tiny bit underwhelming.

The smell is good. It has nice moderate bourbon note along with bits of sweet chocolate and a light bitter hop note and light roasted malt note.

The taste is a bit disappointing compared to the smell. The taste has a more dominant hop note that comes off as a little watery with the sweet chocolate and roast in the finish.

The feel is okay. The carbonation is tingling and feels very, very thin. It's actually a bit disappointing especially since other barrel aged beer tend to still have some heft that seems to be missing from here.

Overall, it's a beer that's on the border between acceptable and good. However, for the price that was paid, I expected better. The smell and the finish make the beer worth drinking but it seems to be lacking in one of the crucial areas for a beer this pricey.

Oct 28, 2017
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maltznhopz from Nevada

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. Smells of bourbon, caramel and butterscotch. On the palate I get caramel, chocolate, toffee, some raisin, and a very light hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little light, but very smooth and almost no carbonation. Worth the try!

Oct 20, 2017
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FirstInLine from California

2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A grave disappointment. Cork was a royal pain to remove. Good carbonation. Nose has hints of vanilla, dried fruit. Taste is, just not "there". Vanilla went missing, no bourbon to speak of. There is oak, sherry, and a weird slight sourness to it as well. Finish has a bitter off-flavor.

It honestly tastes like they over-reused the barrels.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this, pick up the base beer instead.

Aug 23, 2017
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aoampm from Hawaii

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look is midnight black with a really nice creamy mocha colored head. The head is so creamy that it looks like this is a nitro beer! Some noticeable lacing around the glass also.

Not much going on with the nose. A hint of chocolate and lactose / vanilla is all I can pick up.

Taste is a let down. It has a noticeably sharp bitter and borderline sour flavor. Besides that there are big time chocolate notes, vanilla bean, coffee, molasses, and a ton of lactose. The bourbon isn't very noticeable at all.

Feel is very creamy and really reminds me of a nitro beer like I said earlier. Despite this nice creamy head this beer drinks way too thin for me. It isn't thick and robust like most bourbon aged beers and it has almost a watery feel to it. It really reminds me of the Stone Milk Stout from a couple years ago as far as the feel goes.

Overall this is a disappointment. It's an okay beer but the bourbon didn't help the base beer at all. I think the base stout is much better than this beer. This has been a long time want and I finally pulled the trigger. It wasn't a complete waste of $21 but man I expected way more.

Jul 23, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stuck around a while. There's a decent amout of lacing. The brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma but there's also some oak and a weird bitterness noticeable. Also, the flavor in general seems to be muted. Doesn't improve or get any worse the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating with a good amount of carbonation. By no means is this bad (I finished the bottle so it's not like it was awful), but it's easily the worst barrel aged Old Raspy I've had. I typically look forward to trying each version of this, but this was a disappointment. Hopefully your bottle was better than mine was.

Jun 03, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.27/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25


Happy Memorial Day. Popped the cork on this to accompany me at the grill.

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: good looking thick black stout. Healthy creamy tan head.

AROMA: weird buttery AROMA dominates, little bits of malt and whiskey, but mostly this is gag worthy. I saw mention of Parkay Margarine which seems right on.

TASTE: Not as bad as the smell, but still odd. Soapy. There is a good whiskey burn at the end, and I also get cocoa, coffee, oak.

FEEL: hard to relish the beer on the palate when it does not TASTE or smell good. It is full bodied and there is good carbonation for a stout.

Very disappointed. XXVIII was so good. I now have to decide what to do with the other bottle I bought. I also had some trouble with the cork as some others had mentioned. Wonder if that is some other side effect of what went wrong.

(Edit 40 minutes later)
I actually made it all the way through this beer and enjoyed it a tad more as I got used to it. That being said I would not recommend this to anyone. Upped the overall rating A touch from 2.00 to 2.27.


May 29, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.32/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to whoever brought this to March Madness 2017. Glad I didn't have to throw down $20 for a 500ml below average bal stout.

No surprise here, beer pours black and produces a tan head around 1/2" deep. Aroma of diacetyl, heavy booze and charred notes. Lots of alcohol here, as is normal for these barrel aged offerings, equally met by the offputting infection. Definitely a dark and bitter fudge chocolate from the malt and barrel feel. I really couldn't drink much of this. It was pretty infected. Bad bitterness and tang. Just not a winner under any circumstance.

May 16, 2017
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap, and it was obvious that the keg had none of the infection issues that apparently came up with some bottles.

I like Old Raspy quite a bit (along with RISs in general), and this version is a good sibling to the base beer. The two are different, with the RIS character more apparent in base Old Raspy, and the bourbon more prominent here, just as you would expect. It's not quite as smooth or as ethereal as the best barrel aged stouts, but it's quite good.

May 16, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

1.89/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

500ML corked & caged bottle that’s been in the fridge for quite a while. Late night Twins game, wife out of town…time to pull out the big-boy snifter.

The cork resists my hands, I go to the toolbox, break off the top, & end up with the wine de-corker to extract the virgin-tight thing. The remnant comes out with a fierce pop more becoming of a berliner weiss than a stout. I will not read into this. The pour is black & looks whipped up by a 27 MPH wind. Nose is much lighter than previous anniversary stouts: barrel, roast, but not much of either.

Old Rasputin XIX isn’t right. I’ve never actually had a Parkay Margarine Stout, but I imagine this is what it would taste like. Creamy butter melds weirdly with a sharp, bitter roast, creating an unpleasant tango in my mouth. Milk chocolate, corrupted vanilla, butterbutterbutter…& I’m done.

I’d drink this under duress, but no way this is what the brewery intended. Diacetyl footprints all over this mother, & now all over my drain. An expensive, surprising waste, & not what I expect from a really good brewery.

Apr 27, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.35/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Heard some issues with this batch, so here goes...

Pours a dark ruby color. The head is oddly tall at three fingers high and a khaki shade. Retention is excellent, but the foamy texture worries me.

Also worrying is the pervading butterscotch aroma. Many elements here are sound, as I do pick up some vanilla, oak barrel, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. But the butter levels are just too much, and run over everything else. It's not a complete train wreck, but it's mostly a train wreck.

I can taste a good barrel aged stout underneath the butter. Pleasant tones of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and vanilla show up at the forefront. After that, the middle and finish are ravaged by diacetyl - even a slight metallic note shows up. A gentle sensation of alcohol post-swallow is almost irrelevant at this point. It's a diacetyl bomb, and not much more can be said.

At least there's little to complain about the mouthfeel. Though it's a bit thin in body, it's suitably creamy yet dry finishing. Only subtle hints of the 11.2% can be felt. Even with the nasty buttered popcorn quality on the taste buds, it's quite easygoing.

This ain't right, plain and simple. It's not a Silva Stout-level disaster (as there are hints of what this beer should be coming through), but it's not good either way. Caveat emptor, people.

2.35/5: The beer equivalent of Rasputin dying from a bad cold

Apr 23, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a two finger fizzy tan head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, dark chocolate and vanilla.

T - The taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and light bourbon. Finishes with some a nice amount of oak.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Decided to crack this open after hearing about infected bottles. While not infected this is not as good as years past. Still pleasant enough but not worth the price.

Apr 04, 2017
JMFBOSTON from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice pour pitch black fluffy head for a few minutes then thin cap looks good. Smell of butterscotch/off flavors at first pour and as it warms becomes much more prevalent. I was afraid it was infected but taking brewers comments as mentioned in Blackop555 review into consideration I pushed on. Nice undertones of subdued bourbon , bit thin not as robust as I expected. Very little bourbon on nose which concerns me but as it warms the alcohol warming takes on a greater presence. Medium/high carbonation which is unusual but not off-putting. Not sure about this, really need to let this sit and warm . I am a huge fan of regular Rasputin but this is not elevating the base beer or an improvement overall. Just not certain on this one.....

Feb 20, 2017
Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XIX from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 146 ratings