Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
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From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
11.9%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 6.57%
Ratings:
134
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 19, 2022
Added:
Nov 01, 2017
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  32
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
Notes: 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
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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Old Rasputin XX from North Coast Brewing. 500 mL cork and cage bottle purchased 20/02/22 from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA, $15.00 (Including tax), $ 0.888/oz. On room temperature shelf at store. Stored at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 19/04/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated bottle. Served at 61.1 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 66.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), opaque, somewhat oily-looking.
Body – Brown (SRM 30), opaque. When rear-lite, same with light penetrating only at the extreme edges – yellow amber and oily.
Head – Small (Maximum 0.5 cm, aggressive center pour), citron, high density and slowly diminishing to leave a 0.3 cm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – Good. The thick, high-density head drags along the glass, leaving a wide band of mostly tiny and a few medium bubbles, connected to the next lower band by multiple short, narrow columns.
Aroma – 4.25 – Smells slightly sweet with chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and bourbon. No hops, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol. On the exhale, a hint of bourbon appears sans anything else.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of char and tannin, and a distinct alcohol roughness. No hops, no yeast. Ethanol (11.1 % ABV, as marked on container). Mild oropharyngeal alcohol burn before it hits the stomach, producing a mild warming which lasts but never becomes annoying. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, soft caressing carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 (After deducting 0.25 point for undated personal container) Probably shouldn’t have sucked this down after XXII – it has led to an unflattering comparison. XX has not held up well, being less flavorful and more alcohol-forward, giving it a rough edge. Still, it’s better than many other examples of the style.

Apr 19, 2022
 
4.49 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 01, 2022
 
4.25 by crewfan1952 from Ohio on Dec 29, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

500mL bottle (about 4 years old) poured into a tulip glass at 55F 11.1% ABV. The beer pours dense black with no light penetration and light brown head. The head recedes to an inch thick cap leaving rings of lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring chocolate and bourbon barrel prominently. The taste is bittersweet dark chocolate, bourbon and charred oak barrel with an earthy, lingering mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden except for a steady tingle on the tongue and heat in the belly. Overall, very good if you enjoy bourbon, which I do...

Dec 11, 2021
 
3.87 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

750 ml bottle poured into a rocks glass.

One finger of tan head over a near black oily pour that leaves nice lacing. Moderately strong nose of dark chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruit and more bourbon barrel aroma than I expected for the age. Tasting coffee and bourbon with a bitter, dry, roasty finish. Full bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Still has a little heat. It was kept @ 50 degrees F for most of its life and held up well.

Jun 01, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by barnzy78 from Illinois

500mL bottle, picked up as a gift set with XXII and a pair of glasses; no clue how it’s been stored, but I’m sure it’s fine. 11.1%ABV.
L: near black with a foamy tan head
S: boozy, bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted barley, fruity esters
T: very complex; dark chocolate, boozy & oaky bourbon, roasted barley, caramel, toffee, tobacco, cherry, plum, brown sugar, molasses, char, earthy/herbal hops
F: fuller body, ample carbonation, very rich, sweetness is balanced by bitterness and alcohol warmth
O: 3 year old aged stout - very complex and delicious!

Jan 18, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 1pt 9fl oz bottle in a snifter. This SOLID RIS
pours a deep and muddy brown tinged black with a
fantastic head of brown foam that dissipates to a thick
ring, thick clumping layer, and shows excellent lacing. Nose
of rich bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, dark coffee, dark
chocolate, and char. Flavors follow but exceed the nose
by presentation of rich bourbon, mellow oak, nice
vanilla, cola notes, cocoa, dark berry touches of black and
raspberry, char, deep roasted malts, and a touch of
nutty malts as well with the warming booze. Nice mouth feel;
full body, slick, coating, light carbonation, and a rich
warming finish that is lightly dry and very warming.

Overall-----excellence from North Coast!

Cheers

Jan 10, 2021
 
4 by archero from Texas on Dec 23, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

little else you can reasonable ask from a beer like this, on tap, fully aged now, its dry as a bone, still barrel rich, but drinkable in a dangerous way, very nicely disguised alcohol content and overall something quite special, even if there is some fade on it too, like the nose and taste have melted down a level or two, not to its detriment, still awesome, but i bet this was much more flavorful and barrel forward when fresh. still holds a weirdly active head from the tap for what it is, smells like dry baking chocolate and unlit cigar, has hints of vanilla and sweeter chocolate, but they never quite materialize in the taste, raisin and good whiskey, a trace of honey, but only for a second, wet soil, lots of wet musty oak. the base beer seems somewhat less robust, but i like this overall. i think a bit bland compared to the rye barrel version or two i have had previously, but more a product of age now i suspect. nice and bubbly still too, clean to finish, and obviously of a higher overall quality than most of these are at. i would love to try the bottled format too, but there cant be a whole lot of those out there anymore i dont suspect. a rare treat, thankful for this one!

Dec 22, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by trevormajor from Ohio

500ML Bottle, vintage 2017 (of course), poured into a snifter at 53 degreesF:
L - black with a slight head that dissipated
S - molasses, bourbon, toffee
T - nice flavor, you can tell this bottle is 3 years old, but the change in the flavor profile is still pleasant. Notes of molasses, bourbon and toffee
F - thick mouthfeel with a bit too much carbonation, this is what separates the greats (Jackie O's, Wolfs Ridge) from the really goods (this)
O - a good beer that has aged nicely, I recently had the XIX, which I presume is from 2016, and I didn't like it nearly as well

Nov 05, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Strix from Wisconsin

Pours near black with thick brown head.

Roasted malt, slight bourbon and vanilla.

Roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthiness, brown sugar sweetness. Quite mellow in a pleasant way, less bite than fresh Rasputin, could be due to the age.

Surprisingly smooth, yet with body.

Nice sipper here.

Sep 19, 2020
 
4.25 by Richter525 from Michigan on Jul 05, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by sjrider from California

Poured from a bottle that has been stashed in my cellar for a while- dark as night with a cocoa frothy head. Nose is burnt cocoa malt with a bit of chocolate sweetness. Taste follows more or less. Really roasty barrel wood with hints of boozy alcohol on the finish. Mighty fine...would absolutely seek another bottle of this .

Jun 07, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Wolvmar from Michigan

Apr 2020 Review
XX vintage, 500ml corked bottle. Bought May 2018 in Santa Cruz area while in CA. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: super deep brown/black body, foamy, two finger light tan head. Head ends with a layer of clouds. A thick ring and tons of lacing. Not sure how it could look any better. Beautiful. 5.0

Nose: bourbon, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar. 3.5

Taste: boozy, slightly burnt toffee, dark stone fruits, brown sugar, coffee/bitter hops on backend. Lots going on, delicious. 4.0

Feel: when uncorked, it popped and has retained a moderate to high level of carbonation. But a Smooth, creamy feel. Really easy drinking. 4.0

Overall: a solid BA Stout. Will always be on the lookout for this as well as regular OR. Appearance is amazing and taste is solid. 4.25

Apr 26, 2020
 
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2020
 
4.09 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Feb 07, 2020
 
4.25 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jan 27, 2020
 
4.06 by GOBLIN from Ohio on Jan 04, 2020
 
4.13 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Nov 30, 2019
Photo of beergoot
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

The body appears coal brown and black with an exquisite dense, thick and creamy head. Excellent malted and roasted grain scent; some cocoa. Excellent rich cocoa and milk chocolate taste; vanilla and leather; mild sense of whiskey. Heavy body; dense, oily, and velvety; robust residual sugar heft.

This has been a delightful and well-balanced dark ale that aged well. Smooth, mellow, and bringing incredibly sweet and luscious flavors to the palate with just enough wood and booze to add depth and uniqueness to things.

Aug 19, 2019
 
4.4 by admonster00 from Illinois on Jul 13, 2019
 
4 by user785335 from Florida on Jul 07, 2019
 
4.54 by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey on Jun 05, 2019
 
3.79 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on May 29, 2019
 
4.39 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2019
 
4.2 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2019
 
3.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Mar 09, 2019
 
4.36 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Feb 18, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark opaque black color with creamy toffee colored head, very sticky lacing. Super sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Some light smoke, peat, oak, some vanilla, light cherry.

T - Up front is dark fruit and bourbon with light chocolate char. Lingering bourbon, smoke/char, oak, somewhat woody, roasted chocolate lingers forever on the back end.

M - Lip smacking sticky and chewy. Coats the mouth with a thick layer.

O - This is a fabulous beer, hands down.

Jan 27, 2019
 
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 23, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a black body with good head and lace patches. The aroma is woody, vanilla, boozy. Smooth, medium body, light considering how heavy and boozy this beer is, there is boozy hotness in this beer but it has a lactic and vanilla feel to it so there is great balance. Finishes real dry and this beer is a great sipper.

Jan 22, 2019
 
4.09 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia on Jan 13, 2019
 
3.67 by SFC21 from Florida on Dec 22, 2018
 
4.29 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 18, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BFCarr from New Jersey

The burbon really comes through. Excellent stuff.

Nov 10, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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.

Nov 04, 2018
 
4.68 by Mayhewbc from Nevada on Nov 02, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.”

Oct 30, 2018
 
4 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Oct 13, 2018
Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 134 ratings