Old Rasputin XXI Aged in Bourbon Barrels
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XXI Aged in Bourbon BarrelsOld Rasputin XXI Aged in Bourbon Barrels
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
12.2%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 5.3%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
35
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Old Rasputin XXI Aged in Bourbon BarrelsOld Rasputin XXI Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Notes: We aged special batches of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon and Rye Whiskey barrels for the XXI release. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.

Prior to 2010, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin was released in such limited quantities that it was available only at the North Coast Brewing retail shop in Fort Bragg, California. However, we received so many requests for this beer that we began producing enough Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin to put into broader, but still limited, distribution.

Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin uses Roman and Mayan numerals to indicate the release number.
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**
12/01/19

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: thick black, frothy beige head.
AROMA: whiskey, cocoa, oak,
TASTE: cocoa, whiskey, cola, vanilla, oak, veggie and barley.
FEEL: smooth, full bodied, carbonation makes is presence in the form of foamyness.

Really enjoying this. Best anniversary old Rasputin since XVIII, which was a rye barrel aged.

**

Dec 01, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wrapped cap 500ml bottle, XXI release. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a big two finger tanned to brown head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, bourbon sweetness, oak, caramel, and some raisins.

Taste: Moderately sweet, lightly roasty, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light caramel and dark fruit, maybe raisin and plum, also boozy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice enjoyable sipping. Bourbon may be a little strong versus other flavours, but it’s still good.

Oct 21, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of roasted, caramel malt and dark fruit, with some chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and charred oak coming through as well. Taste is dominated by roasted, caramel malt, dark fruits: fig, raisin, vanilla and tobacco, with lighter notes of dark, bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice, bourbon and charred oak. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some roasted, caramel malt, dark fruit and tobacco lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

This is a nicely balanced Stout with a rich and complex flavor profile that has some quite bitter, roasted, charred and sweeter dark fruit and vanilla notes to it, as well as a good bourbon-barrel presence that is perhaps a little too boozy, but really not too bad. NIce, full mouthfeel that could still be a bit more thick and creamy though. Not even remotely worth the ridiculous price though.

Aug 05, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with large tan head and lace ring. The aroma is roasted malts, boozy, woody, hints of black cherry and something akin to chocolate. Smooth beer despite the booziness and heaviness, minimal sweetness behind a somewhat harsh dryness that is roasted, almost burnt malts with hint of coffee (that dry). A dry, boozy finish with mostly hidden ABV that is slow sipping.

May 17, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a very nice dark color with a nice dark tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous Bourbon, coffee, molasses and vanilla hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very generous Bourbon, coffee, molasses and vanilla flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A great Stout

May 12, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thought of al the ba stouts I have had recently, this one captured the bourbon barrel the most. Granted, I like this series because old rasputin lends itself well to showing off nuances given its west coast composition. The smell here is incredible: charred wood, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, smoke, leather, slight hops, coffee, and vanilla. With the taste you can just chewy on this bourbon soaked beer, with all of the flavors from the smell plus toffee, lighter roasted malt, and dark fruits. Feel is a little light, but creamy, chewy and easy drinking. No booze burn at all, but plenty boozy.

Apr 17, 2019
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black and with a very large tan head that settles into a half finger of creme after a few minutes. Chocolate , anise, and very faint barrel on the nose. The taste is similar, well blended with a hint of roast. Vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium full, carbonation low. Creamy. Overall, a tasty concoction.

Apr 08, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Revisited 11-26-19

Original ratings: 4.5 4.0 4.0 3.75 4.0

The only thing that has changed for me is the mouthfeel. I don't get any fizzy quality, so I'm bumping up the 'Feel' rating...
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Black and deep brown; intensely thick and creamy head; sculpted and stunning; thick, hanging sheets of foam inside the glass. Heavy malt and caramel aroma; wood and oak. Boozy and dark malt flavors; bourbon. Heavy body; a bit soft and fizzy; plenty of alcohol dryness.

A heavy and boozy stout, perhaps a bit thin on the palate, yet definitely highlighting its barrel-aged pedigree.

Mar 17, 2019
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a super dark brown with just a hint of amber coming through at the edges with the pour. In the glass, no light emerges with backlighting. Beautiful and massive 3 inch dark mocha rocky head with excellent retention. Thick lacing.
S: Sweet bourbon, smooth dark chocolate, raisin, fig, soft oak char, leather, and hints of tobacco, vanilla, and medium roast coffee.
T: Bourbon and raisin notes hit first, quickly followed by dark chocolate, oak char, dry leather, vanilla, and there seems to be more dark spice and dark dried fruits that is difficult for me to parse out that is present in the background.
M: Luscious and decadent! Medium body...much lighter than ABV would suggest. Coating and darkly sweet. Slightly oily. Mildly astringent. Faint bourbon burn. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Wow! Simply a beautiful brew. And what a delicious sipper! This is not too hot and ready to drink right now. I'm sure it would cellar well too. Seek it out!

Mar 17, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Hopslam Snulip probably a year and a half or 2 years old. Pours near pitch black with a 2 plus finger sticky light brown head that leaves a thick ring of lace. 4.25

Smell is char, dark chocolate, vanilla beans, leather, dry coffee grounds, and sweet Smokey bourbon. 4

Taste follows but booze upfront and in the finish, char, deep dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, leather, tobacco, coffee, and more bourbon. 4

Mouthfeel is probably medium but personally want bigger, the right amount of life, a touch dry for sure, and at 12.2% more alcohol than I prefer, wish it was hidden better, but nothing solid all around. 4

Overall thinner than I like, boozy, complex in smell and flavor, and I will take a 12 oz of BA Yeti at $10 all day long over this, but still pleasant enough and far from one dimensional. $21.99 too much for this slightly above average 16.9 oz bottle. 4

Mar 01, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, frothy tan head. Incredible retention and lacing. Body is dark black with purplish highlights.

Hugely roasty nose, laced with massive amounts of oaky, sweet, mildly tart bourbon mash. Everything you look for in this brew: brown sugar, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, toffee, char, nuts.

Flavor is just as bold, with tart red grapes, ashy char, bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt coffee, and chocolate. Everything mingles together, with waves of flavor coming and going, but bourbon and chocolate tones being the mainstays.

Big, bold, full bodied, but it doesn't hit like a 12.2% ABV brew. A touch thin in spots.

Feb 18, 2019
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pizzabutt from Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: inky black, but has a slight brown on the pour. the head pours a beautiful dense tan and it maintains a small foamy cap and ring. nearly pitch black when held to light.

smell: dark chocolate, cherry, molasses. big roasty smell, but not like a coffee roast, more like a soft burnt woodiness. has a bit of a sharp note from the alcohol that shows up.

taste: chocolate and toffee are the dominating flavor notes off the jump. the chocolate stays strong as the toffee fades and notes of dark dried fruit appear. finishing up in the aftertaste is a hint of vanilla that blends finely with the waning chocolate. notes of peat and smoke persist in the background. not much alcohol is perceived despite being 12% ABV.

feel: thick, full bodied, as you'd expect from a barrel aged russian imperial stout. very oily and rich. definitely a slow sipper.

overall: similar to the last incarnation (barrel aged XX), this beer is excellent. i learned from last time and picked it up immediately. it's a beast of a stout, not for the faint of heart, and is best sipped while you contemplate life on a winter night. the alcohol hits hard and fast and it's too easy to drink before you notice it.

Jan 16, 2019
Old Rasputin XXI Aged in Bourbon Barrels from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 35 ratings