Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XXOld Rasputin Barrel Aged XX

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

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

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by citizencane:
Photo of citizencane
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Roguer
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black brew with purple highlights; pours a huge foamy dark tan head. Retention is good, and lacing is nice enough.

As solid a roasty BBA imperial stout nose as you'll find in the business. Waves of roasted barley, manifesting in notes of char, coffee, nuts, and dark cacao. Oak and slightly sharp bourbon add to the inviting and slightly intimidating nose.

Flavor checks with what you expect from a BBA Old Raspy: it's never overly sweet, and the bourbon adds a layer of sweet mash and touches of vanilla and coconut that, along with the oak, merely add depth and complexity to an already rich and roasty stout.

Medium-full feel; lacks the chewy thickness of some other imperial stouts (including BBA stouts), but it's clearly a big beer. Not afraid to come across with some bite and heat, showing the high ABV without becoming unapproachable. A touch foamy at times.

Old Rasputin is nearly a standalone in the history of American RIS. It's less sweet and thick than many of the others which would follow in its wake, and unlike still others, derives its intense bitterness from the roast rather than from a bucket of hops. In this respect, this edition of the BBA version follows beautifully: it's not as refined, sweet, chewy, or "big" as many other BBA stouts, but yet it comes across as completely unique - truly its own thing.

I've had at least one iteration of BA Old Rasputin that was a D-bomb, and thankfully this is not (although there is a hint the more you sip and savor this brew). This is well worthy of saving for a special occasion.

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Photo of oberon
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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 AlarmClock314
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, no date, 11.1% ABV. Pours mostly black with a large sized dark khaki head. Smells and tastes of roasted malt, whiskey/oak, earthy hops, bitter cocoa, and some char. Medium bitterness and dryness. Some noticeable alcohol. Average body and high carbonation for the style. Overall, this is a straightforward BA RIS. It has lots of roasted malt and bitter flavors, but is high on carbonation and could use a hint of sweetness for balance. It stays fairly true to the style and has a nice roasted malt profile.

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Photo of Nass
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Jcbroome
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 hophugger
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Captain69
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Brolo75
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours jet black with a rich, full creamy mocha colored head, lots of retention and lacing, no light comes through when held up, lovely appearance.
Not as aromatic as I was expecting as this is a fresh bottle, bourbon, barrel, oak, toasted coconut, toasted brown sugar, espresso, rich roasted malts, vanilla, surprisingly, the alcohol is not coming through at all, lots of complexity and depth but lacks some punch in the aroma.
Awesome balance of the base beer and the barrels, incredibly smooth and complex, hit of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut up front, light espresso and dark chocolate like bitterness, some of the base beers notes come through with espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some dark fruits, finish has more of the bourbon and barrel reemerging dragging some notes into the finish, the bourbon, barrel, and espresso linger in the aftertaste, well done.
Full bodied with very little carbonation and a dry dark chocolate and espresso finish, smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, I've had some bourbon barrel aged stouts that hit with a lot of barrel, here, the barrel is present but is well balanced with the base beer, lots of nuanced flavors, depth, and complexity. I wish the aroma was stronger but it's a very tasty beer.

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Photo of buzzy
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Soul_Train
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Gregaroo
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/5/18 - On tap at Monks in Philly

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BennyProfane
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Impetuous
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stratospherically billowing, medium brown head. Lovely and plentiful lacing over pitch black head.

Flavors are bourbon tinged then sweet malts which the bourbon gives a Smokey peat flavor. Hops are in the background, but provide a pine background. Alcohol astringency is dominant at the end. Carbonation is light objectively but thick for the abv.

It’s pretty awesome.

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Photo of BigRed10
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dovers
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaneb818
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Allurex
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Old Rasputin Barrel Aged XX from North Coast Brewing Co.
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