Old Rasputin XXI Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
North Coast Brewing Co.

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Russian Imperial Stout
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3.8 | pDev: 7.37%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: We aged special batches of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in 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.
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 9
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into Old Rasputin Nonic Pint.

Dark black color with a towering creamy brown head of almost half the glass. Lots of lace in specks and sheets as it begins its climb down to beerland.

I smell fresh paint, aged wood, rye, root beer, chocolate, caramel, and whiskey.

Flavor is decent but doesn't exactly translate to a killer beer for me. I get dark chocolate, hops, toasted malt, paint chips, whiskey barrel, whiskey sweetness/dryness, and some of that root beer I was mentioning earlier.

The feel has a nice acidic bite with a good whiskey burn, but is far too thinned out for me to score this highly.

Overall, I sat on this bottle for a year after I bought it, waited for a depressing night which is definitely tonight, and this just makes life suck even more. Still gonna finish it, it's not abhorrent, just not particularly enjoyable

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Photo of REVZEB
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have come to find the ba old rasputin to have its own niche, in that the stout is west coast so the body is thinner, the aftertaste is spicier, and it really goes well with more summery food. This was no exception to this trend, though a touch thinner in the feel. Not lacking in flavor however with charred wood, roasted malt, rye whiskey, cocoa, leather, tobacco, and some dry leaves. Robust yet lighter, thought this combo was a winning won in a world of heavy and sweet. Smell was rye whiskey and malt, shallow and disappointing there. Good when in the right mood, but thought other vintages were better

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s anniversary beer night! 500ML bottle that defines this brewery for me.

The liquid is black, the nose is cocoa, spicy rye, with a touch of roast. Pretty tame.

Old Rasputin XXI – Rye Barrel Aged is a throwback to a more innocent age. One of this beer’s forebears was the first barrel-aged beer I ever saw on a shelf, back in ’08 or so. Thin by today’s standards, with barely the heft of a Keanu Reeves performance. Soft rye, roast, mild sweetness, creamy, dried leather soaked in oak. Light.

This should really come in $14 four packs & compete with Central Waters & Boulevard barrel aged stouts. For the rather obscene price, this is one & done for me; just “pretty good” for $20/500ML is not acceptable.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a super dark brown with 3 inch bubbly dark mocha head with excellent retention. Nice lacing.
S: Strong whiskey note with hints of dark chocolate, leather, and oak char around the edges.
M: Whiskey note is too strong and overpowers the rest of the beer. Hints of chocolate, leather, and oak char.
T: Medium body. Strong whiskey burn. Some dark fruit sweetness. Whiskey note lingers into the finish.
D: The whiskey note unfortunately overpowers the rest of the beer. The bourbon barrel version of this is much better.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle pours deep dark brown for color, and has garnet back lit high lights. 2018 production.
First pour brings forth a three finger deep tan head, which collapses in time and leaves behind a webbing of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts with chocolate and char. Has spicy rye barrel note.
Taste of dark roasted malts and chocolate, along with the tangy, and almost sour rye barrel.
Thinner mouth feel for this high ABV& stout. Good carbonation.
I like regular Old Rasputin more than this special release. This beer is thinner and is less complex in aroma and flavors. Initially I thought this beer had soured since bottling, but the tangy/sour taste could be from the rye barrel influence. I am not getting the char and dark fruit as what is found in regular Old Rasputin.

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Old Rasputin XXI Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 9 ratings