Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
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Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.

38 IBU

Added by AlarmClock314 on 11-01-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
99
pDev:
6.54%
 
 
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Photo of BFCarr
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The burbon really comes through. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black with a thick mocha cap that recedes slowly leaving a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is dark roasted chocolate malts and bourbon. Flavor follows the nose, a bit sweet up front, nice barrel presence, chocolaty and full of oak. Feel is thick and sticky. Overall a lovely beer that is unfortunately overpriced.

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Photo of Mayhewbc
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap (though apparently a year old or so):
Classic near black body, with eight-ball like reflective properties. Head is a light tan, with a soapy bubble quality to it. Threads of thin bubbles exist on the surface and the glass wall, the latter brought about by the remaining soapy collar.

A nice mix of coffee-esque roasted malt that turns a bit chocolate-like when the vanilla of the barrel mixes with it. The Smokey whiskey plays accent, with the lightest berry tang of the wood coming through.

Taste, when combined with feel, comes across as a little bit of a faded version of the nose. It’s still a very tasty beer, but the nose is more perfectly balanced. The taste leans a little more on the barrel, with a less bold coffee/chocolate malt influence. The whiskey adds a little bite. Medium warmth is a little more bold than cellar temps with the malts, to my palate.

A thinner stout, as the base beer is, but it also is lacking an excess sweetness that would bring that heft, so I’d say a wash there. Nicely carbonated with a very light (malt-driven?) bitterness in the dry ending.

Another nice BA version of this classic stout. I appreciated this version more than the last I had (a couple years ago), and more on par with the first try of it (the year before the previous), though it seems to be an “aged keg.”

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Photo of Dovers
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright I am quite a fan of the regular Old Rasputin so I am looking forward to this review. NO DATE ON THE BOTTLE, NOT EVEN A VINTAGE. The cork twists off rather easily. Pours black with a beige head that went down rather fast. I am getting the aroma of sweet malted barley & some alcohol. My bottle is a little over 1 year old & I am not getting any harsh alcohol for 11.1%, but I am also not getting too much bourbon. I don't think they aged this beer long enough in the bourbon barrel, this is also the weakest strength that I have seen this beer in. The dark chocolate note is there along with a little licorice, sweet tobacco earthiness, a little vanilla from the barrel, a little bourbon. It taste sort of like frosted flakes when mixed with chocolate milk, sort of like a sweet & milky corn type of taste. I am getting a little bit of the bitter espresso finish as mentioned by another reviewer on this page. I'm a little disappointed because for the big price I expected a little more bourbon barrel action. Moreover, the barrel aging mellows out the unnecessary hoppiness. It is not far too different from the regular Old Rasputin maybe that's why I like this one a lot. It does not taste like a barleywine it taste better than your Sierra Nevada Bigfoot any day of the week. Wow! this beer almost tastes nothing like the regular Old Rasputin it is way better. I am thinking the lower end of World Class on this one. Cheers! A

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Photo of DaPan
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tazzman
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cwkash
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gaddabble
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Heeenrik
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tony210
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with a sturdy mocha head. Outstanding aroma full of chocolate, molasses, whiskey barrel. Rich and chocolaty, alcohol is prominent, brown sugar, molasses, bitter espresso finish. Carbonation adds to a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a good BA Stout.

7/13/18
16.9 oz bottle, no date
4.5 rating

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking forward to this for a while. Poured into a DFH tulip had a thick tan head, which never completely dissipated, over a dark brown body. Very aesthetically appealing to look at. Smell was very nice with a boozy barrel aroma over a roasted chocolate malt base. Taste was fine but didn't quite deliver on the promise of the smell; lacking the complexity I was hoping for. Mouthfeel was just fine.

I don't know if it's appropriate to address it here but I'll do it anyway: is it appropriate to hold barrel aged Russian Imperial stouts to the same standards as double imperial stouts? Because I think it's an arbitrary differentiation and prefer to lump them together. That said, although I am enjoying this a great deal, I prefer KBS, BCBS and Ten FIDY and maybe more. I'm not trying to badmouth this by saying that as much as putting it in it's proper slot in the hierarchy. Maybe further aging would have improved this but I snagged the last one available.

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Photo of Negrelly
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Captain69
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GREAT TASTE - ALMOST LIKE A BARLEY WINE

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Photo of q33jeff
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

**
06/05/18

Bottle to snifter at Brew craft and Wurst.

Smooth and tasty.

Roasted malt with notes of light Chocolate, Light coffee, and hints of bourbon.

No soapy or buttery notes like the XIX. This is confirmation that that bottle was a fluke.

A treat of a stout.

**

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Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BennyProfane
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of uncleotis
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Badger2121
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gets lots of chocolate. Too much carbonation for me for a ba stout.

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Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 99 ratings