Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XIX
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XIXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XIX
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American Imperial Stout
4 | pDev: 16%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XIXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XIX
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Reviews by TrueOregonian:
Photo of TrueOregonian
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I mean honestly it tastes like wine... a good wine I guess with nice texture but i wanted a beer and honestly this is wine lol.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a decent size brown head. Head is very fizzy and fades out quickly, leaving no lacing or head retention at all.

S: Sweet bourbon and...hmmm I'm not sure. Sherry? An awful lot of fruitiness in there, a lot more than I expected. Not bad, just doesn't smell like a stout. Very butterscotchy actually, especially when swirled.

T: Oof. Caramel and butterscotch. Very sweet as a result. Milk chocolate follows along with a boozy hit in the finish. More butterscotch, toffee and caramel in the aftertaste with quite an alcohol burn.

M: Somewhat thin which is surprising. Quite harsh - it IS fresh.

O: Kinda disappointing this year. Usually I get a lot of toasted sugars, vanilla, marshmallow and such but this is a butterscotch booze bomb this time around. Not terrible but for the insane price I was expecting a stellar beer. This is just "good".

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Pitch black, topped by a creamy tan head that lingers forever and leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Butter. Lots of butter. Is this diacetyl? Some bourbon, and a bit of chocolate, but mostly butter and butterscotch. Very weak, too. The aroma is almost non-existent.

T: Some milk chocolate upfront, a bit of coffee, tons of butterscotch, butter, and caramel. Finishes with bourbon and oak, a bit warm, but mostly smooth. Mostly just butterscotch.

F: Medium, smooth and creamy.

O: Wow, this is a disappointment. It was worth trying once, but this is the least exciting and flavorful BBA stout I've ever had. It tastes like a mess of greasy butter with some bourbon heat.

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Photo of FirstInLine
2.53/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
1.89/5  rDev -52.8%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.35/5  rDev -41.3%
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

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Photo of Blackop555
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a brown, thick, tall head that lasts a while.

When cool smells slight butterscotch with bourbon and roast maybe some wine. As it warms over whelming butterscotch you can smell this from 5 feet away.

The taste is better than the smell. Light to moderate butterscotch but the barrel is still there. Light roast touch of chocolate. Lighter side of medium body light carbonation but creamy

I talked to head brewer he stated that the beer came out tasting like this and they know of the flavor but they do not taste any different than the fresh batch. The beer tastes the way they intended it to taste. That's just a summary of what he said. With that said I'm going to age my last bottle a couple years and see what it becomes.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty sure they've got this one down to a science.

inky black, with a tan head and lots of wet lacing. lots of oak in the nose, with some bourbon behind it. flavor follows suite. oak up front and vanilla - roasty notes and bourbon afterwards. mouth is slick and good carbonation. bourbon notes probably mask a touch of the alcohol.

consistency is key. this one is always a safe bet.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A prominent, airy, dark tan froth eventually settles thick across the shiny black brew. Bold aroma of dark chocolate, currants, vanilla, brown bread and pine. Fabulous. Tasty and near perfection as usual with big dark chocolate, espresso, pine, vanilla, various dark fruits, cocoa and faint cinnamon. Some syrup is left on the lips. Heavy but never thick. Smooth but never innocuous.

All time all star.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon Barrels.

A rather fizzy liquid, not a flat, thickness I was expecting. Totally, oily black color, tan/brown foam cap, and like the liquid, very bubbly and surprisingly active. Decent lace rings, mellows out fast.

The aroma reminds me of the classic Courage Imperial stout. Graham cracker, wet cardboard, woody, french roast, subtle dark berries, dry, earthy hops and peanutbutter nose.

The body is strange and interesting for Barrel aged Double stout. Just like the look, a jazzy, fizzy body, certainly "full" but not really heavy or thick. Finishes with a very oily and slick effect.

The Bourbon Barrel cask flavor is pretty dominant and rather boozy. The 11.2% abv is no joke. A slightly bitter, earthy and very dry hop and booze combo is very formiddable. Long flavors of: bakers chocolate and dry dark wheat, a hint of cream and then a bitter, bold french roast coffee finish. The bourbon cask flavor delivers a gentle, woody, boozy effect. Depth of flavor is very good, far from the biggest, complex Stouts, but very unique at least. The overall Barrel aged presence reminds me very much of the Innis & Gunn aged brews style.

As the liquid reaches the 50-55 degree mark, complexity pops out even more. The malt never gets sweet, it stays, boozy and earthy. The balance is pretty crazy, with the bitter earth tones, booze and cask flavor's continuing to dominate.

The mouthfeel gets, smooth and silky, much less jazzy as it warms.

Overall, very heady stuff. The bourbon cask really gives it a unique edge. I just can't help to think how this one would be in 5 years!

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Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Losati
2.13/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle, about 50 degrees.

L: Beautiful. Full 3/4" of gorgeous dark tan head. Black as night.

S: Awful. Butter. Almost all butter. This thing is a diacetyl bomb. There are some faint hints of bourbon, alcohol, and sweet roastiness. But all way overpowered by butter. It looked so inviting.

T: Almost as bad. 80% butter. There's more dark malts, some sweetness, some bourbon and alcohol. But it's really just butter.

F: Light-ish for an RIS, but not bad. You get some alcohol evaporation on the back.

O: Look, this thing may have just been my bottle (though I did see one other review along the same lines) but this thing is a butter bomb. Straight diacetyl. I almost never dump a beer, but this one is going. And I hate to do it. I should note: I have had a taste of this soon after release and didn't have this problem. That one was exactly what I expected. But this. This is one of the worst things I've attempted to drink in a looooong time.

Based on other reviews and my own experience, YMMV.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark oil color with a huge creamy head that hangs out for a bit. nose; big butterscotch, & light oak. taste; light cocoa malt, bourbon, oak, anise/licorice, ethanol, butter, & light vanilla. medium carbonation & mouthfeel, & surprisingly easy on malt. not as good as i was expecting being a big fan of the regular old rasputin. i'd like to try this one after some age.

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Photo of MVotter
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
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

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Photo of mwilbur
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark brown hue with 1-2 inch bubbly dark mocha head with good retention.
S: Talk about an intoxicating aroma...from a couple feet away! Sweet bourbon, oak (seems buttery), soft chocolate, dark roast malt, anise, leather, molasses, and vanilla.
T: Loads of big, dark flavors. Dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, anise, leather, molasses, buttery oak, vanilla, and a hint of pine resin in the background.
M: Medium-heavy feel (lighter than one would expect). Darkly sweet with some roasted nut qualities. Lingers and matures very well on the palate.
D: Definitely a solid brew, but the buttery oak note was a bid odd. Wish the body was a bit more full too. Even so, a very well crafted brew. Give it a go!

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Photo of CPAles
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and thick. Large dark khaki head is dense and long lasting. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Big aroma of bourbon, oak, caramel, and chocolate.

Bourbon on first sip. Chocolate, caramel, molasses, and licorice next. Some undercurrents of vanilla. Oak barrel.

Full bodied mouth feel with medium carbonation. Carb is a bit more than expected. Boozy bourbon heat. Oak notes linger more than expected.

This is always a fave of mine. Pricey but worth at least a bottle or 2 every year.

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Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XIX from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 135 ratings