Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.9%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 6.81%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
120
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  32
SCORE
93
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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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Photo of Wolvmar
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of beergoot
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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 cjgiant
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Nass
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Tony210
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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 -1.9%
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 q33jeff
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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 pizzabutt
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured out of a caged corked 500mL bottle into a 20oz nonic pint glass

appearance: practically pitch black but has a deep mahogany color when held to light. poured with a short tan head that falls into a nice cap, which sticks around throughout the course of the beer. nice lacing.

smell: primarily cherry and dark chocolate. has a hint of roasted barley. smells rich and luxurious.

taste: similar to the nose at first. cherry and dark chocolate followed with smoked woodiness and roasted barley. a hint of alcohol and bourbon on the finish. leaves a smokey aftertaste that tastes ever so slightly like the cherry and dark chocolate.

feel: thick, rich, creamy, super smooth. velvety and very full-bodied. very nice mouthfeel. leaves a bit of alcohol-y warmth at the very end.

overall: this beer is excellent. it has reminiscence of the standard old rasputin, but at the same time it's a whole new beast. i spent about $27 on a bottle ($24+tax) and i'm not disappointed. i was holding off on purchasing it for some time because of the price tag but i finally gave in and it was well worth it. that being said, i think this is more of a special occasion beer than anything. still awesome though.

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Photo of Eddieeight
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out thick black a small bit of sticky lacing. It looks dense and inviting.
Smells of bourbon dark fruits and maybe licorice. Bourbon is very prominent.
The alcohol rises strong in the taste, fully experiencing the smoky oak. Vanilla grabs me too. Then it settles into a really juicy dark thirst quenching wave, followed by lingering bourbon aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick, medium carbonation
Overall this is better than regular old rasputin, this is like a fine leather chair in the library of a Tudor mansion.

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Photo of oberon
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet nearly jet black but there is a deep brown tinge when held to the light,an awesome deep beige creamy over one finger head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass,just an awesome pour.Toast and vanilla tinged bourbon stand out most in the nose along with chocolate and dark fruit,the dark fruit comes thru more as it warms.A lush creamy feel in the mouth,one to savor.Vanilla hits up front on the palate than dark fruits and dark chocolate,the bourbon heat starts to come thru as I drink more.It's a sipper and one to take in all the flavor components,very well made.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce (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 for a really long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, molasses, roasted malt, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some licorice, wood, coffee, and burnt/charred malt. Great balance between the sweet, bitter and barrel flavors, although I think it does lean more towards the roasty/bitter and barrel ones. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I always try to get the newest vintage of Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin when it's available here. I know it's pricey, but it's a beer that I usually enjoy a lot. Worth picking up, especially if you've never had it before. $20.99 a bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick / opaque consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of dark chocolate, a tinge of vanilla, some roasted malt (more than expected), a good shot of dark fruit (plums), a hint of licorice, and a fair amount of the advertised bourbon (and the accompanying barrel. A much more subtle flavor than I was expecting, but still quite flavorful. Complex and interesting.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, surprisingly easy to drink RIS. Well worth a look.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with two fingers of caramel colored foam. Head retention is good with a large, fluffy ring of foam lingering for a long while. Lacing is good as well. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Bitter and smooth notes of roasted and toasted malts give the beer a sturdy base with a slight bite. Bourbon and oak hit at the front of the aroma and trail off towards the finish. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, and rye spice. Toasted and roasted malts are robust and filling, but not overly commanding. Mouth feel is thick, with a velvety, smooth texture. Overall, a well crafted bourbon barrel stout. In fact, it leads the charge. It's smooth, and consumable, with strong notes throughout.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of citizencane
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown-black- a touch of brown around the extreme edges where light can pour in but that’s it. Smell reminds me exactly of the inside of an expensive European chocolate I had yesterday. Can’t remember if it was vanilla or butter cream. Faint hint of booziness in the smell as well. Taste is similar with bourbon taste shining through a bit more but booziness not really found. Feel is a touch dry, which isn’t really a fault for 11.1%. Mellow and one-dimensional given the barrel aging and the quality of the base beer. Overall, not the greatest barrel-aged beer I’ve ever had, but still delicious and well done. EDIT: as it warms, booziness begins to clearly shine through, and a sort of bitterness begins. Not a bad beer, really, but you have to wonder why they did this barrel-aged version when the original old Rasputin is already exceptional...

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Photo of Suds
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on New Year's Day, after a hike in freezing weather. The beer, from a caged and corked thick bottle, is dark brown, nearly black, with a medium-sized tan head. Wonderful head longevity. The aroma is woody, boozy, malty, with dark ripe fruit and vanilla. Thick in body. Wonderful and very satisfying on a cold day.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very glad to try this as just regular Old Rasputin is one of my top five RIP’s of all time for a national,y available RIP. This was very different though and most certainly not in a bad way. Just more bourbony if that is a word. 11.1ABV really wasn’t all that noticeable until I stood up. Luckily I shared half with a friend. A tad pricy though and I’d get it again for a special occasion. Well done North Coast.

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Photo of hman43
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. The head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has a strong chocolate aroma with notes of bourbon and vanilla. There are low notes of dark fruits like plums are in the background and light notes of roast.

Taste: There are strong roasted and bourbon flavors. There are also background notes of dark fruits, vanilla, wood, chocolate, slight burnt elements, and a bit of coffee.

Feel: It has a full body with a sharp bitter aftertaste, although it is not harsh.

Overall, an excellent combination of flavors and aroma notes make this an excellent tasting beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I have a hard time believing that this is only 38 ibu, lemme start there. Isn't the base version closer to 100ibu? Anyways, pours that thick and sexy black color with a thinner tan head compared to the base version. Aroma hits those boilermaker shots levels of booziness. I dunno if its psychosomatic with that one terrible bottle of this, but I swear I still smell a little bit of dog biscuit/food soaked in whiskey.

Taste is a heavy booze influenced trip, like, these were super wet barrels it seems. There is also so much bitterness and dark fruit licorice feels on this one. It doesn't hide the alcohol well. Price is up there per/oz as well, we're talking Eclipse pricing levels but without the awesome sauce.

There some chocolate in the dark unsweetened fashion. In fact, this beer could benefit from something to take the edge of sugar wise, where are your beetus jokes now?

I dunno for me, this takes the things about a Russian Imperial Stout I'm not big on (yeast = bitter dark fruit) and brings those qualities out even more, but like, with a 2 shots of whiskey added to it. So while a 4pack of the base beer is a great deal, a $20/500ml bottle of this skews to the other side of the deal spectrum. Not a fan.

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Photo of Buck89
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque dark brown color with a large tan head. Nice retention for a BA beer. Aroma featured whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, and fudge. The whiskey was muted and not at all boozy. Big dark chocolate flavor with prominent whiskey. Came across as slightly boozy with a warming finish. Body was a tad more than medium with a somewhat dry finish. Overall better than the XIX I had, but not a standout in this category.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: pours thin light brown but black in the glass with a finger of light brown foam.
S: bitter notes jump out...black licorice, molasses, subtle chocolate, bud sadly no bourbon.
T: luckily the bitter aroma doesn't play out in the taste as much. the flavors are not bold, but I get chocolate to start, then some bourbon, then the bitterness come in for the finish.
F: thin feel especially for a Ba stout.
O: disappointment

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Great Divide Snulip glass, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very dark near pitch black with a massive 2 plus finger tan head that leaves loads of thick lace behind.

Smell is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, and char.

Taste follows very boozy, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, leather, and char.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, plenty of life, defintly a tad dry, and a sipper for sure.

Overall this is a very over priced and over rated beer, that isn't bad at all, but for the price I expect a lot more personally.

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Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a nearly one inch tan head over a black body with very nice lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, and oak. Taste mirrors nose with the bourbon coming through as it should. Excellent mouth filling feel and overall, as good as it gets. Cheers!

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Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 120 ratings