Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XX
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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.26 | pDev: 6.57%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!


Jan 10, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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trevormajor from Ohio

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

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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Strix from Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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
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sjrider from California

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Wolvmar from Michigan

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

Apr 26, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Aug 19, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 27, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Jan 22, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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.

Nov 04, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.”

Oct 30, 2018
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Nass from Florida

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

Oct 12, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

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. Light bodied for the abv. Overall a good BA Stout.

16.9 oz bottle, no date
4.5 rating

7/25/20 update
Flavors faded, quite light bodied now...

Jul 13, 2018
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CaptainHate from Ohio

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.

Jun 24, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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.


Jun 06, 2018
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pizzabutt from Maryland

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.

Apr 26, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

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.

Apr 21, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

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.

Mar 21, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

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.

Feb 23, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Jan 18, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Jan 13, 2018
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

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...

Jan 12, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

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.

Jan 01, 2018
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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.

Dec 29, 2017
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