Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels)
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #123
Ranked #2,550
4.3 | pDev: 5.81%
Apr 20, 2022
May 31, 2021
Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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4.34 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Apr 20, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

I have been looking for this beer since it was released. Still no sign in PA but I did find this in TN. $16 and change for a four pack.

Beer poured into a snifter type glass. Very little head, some tan ring stays around the edge but never really formed a head.

Smell on opening the bottle was a huge whiskey smell. In. The glass it’s much more muted and brings dark chocolate with coffee in the rear.

Taste here is not as exciting as I hoped for. Creamy chocolate with a light barrel. Upon warning this does not change too much.

A nice creamy feel to this beer it’s not thin but at 11%+ I think it needs a bigger feel here.

Overall I am enjoying this beer. At the price it’s still a good value, much better than the 12oz Abyss bottles not as good as the SMS bottles. I have a few packs of this and will stick to the base Old Rasputin once I finish them. The hunt seems to be more fun than the actual find on this one.


Apr 19, 2022
4.29 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Apr 15, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Black with slight mahogany highlights with a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing behind
S - Lots of rye whiskey on the nose along with hints of caramel and chocolate as well as charred oak and malts
T - Rye whiskey up front and throughout intermixed with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, charred oak, hints of coffee and dark fruits as well.
F - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.
O - This is a nice BBA Stout that embraces rye whiskey that gives this a nice flavor profile

Feb 19, 2022
4.14 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Jan 14, 2022
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3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz bottle, no visible dating. Opened 12-18-21.
2 finger tan head, very good retention and early lacing. Black with some dark brown highlights.
Spicy wood, booze, booze-soaked fruit, and some chocolate in the nose.
Sweet, dark fruit and brown sugar.
Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, and some heat.
Somewhat thin for the style - similar to the BBA version.
Very sweet and lengthy finish.
Expected way more.

Dec 19, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from TW-Greenville, SC on 9-8-21 for $6.49. No bottling date; consumed 12-2-21. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured dark brown with a great tan head that is hanging around long after.

Nose is very nice, chocolate forward with a touch of the barrel.

Taste is well done as the base beer agrees nicely with the barrel lending notes of cocoa and rye. Finishes well balanced without any residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a double digit abv brew.

Overall a very nice nose and flavor profile, glad to have an affordable bottle! Look forward to trying the bourbon version.

Dec 02, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Stellar, wtellar beer. In one word - rich. Its very sweet but in a very unusual way. Its not a bcbs or deths tar dark fruit kind of sweet. It rich with toasted brown sugar. The rye is just monumental. It reminds me of 2016 lagunitas high westified so much. I'm deeply curious as to what barrels this was in because its so reminiscent of high westified (but not willetized).

Dec 02, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by CHickman from New York

Pours as black as ink with a 1 finger thick foamy tan head that surprisingly faded very slowly, and as expected left minimal lacing. It smells of rye, peppery spices, cocoa, burnt coffee grinds, oaky notes, char and molasses. The spices weave in and out of the smoky booze aspects, bringing in chocolate and some whiskey as it fades. A really nice nose.

It feels dry for a stout, a bit thin too, but the fact that there’s zero bite or heat from the booze and it goes down easy had me loving every sip. Tastes of whiskey, rye, chocolate, piney hops, burnt coffee grinds, tea leaf, oak barrels that were charred with a flame thrower, smoked grains, campfire wood that’s ashy, cocoa powder and peppery, earthy tones. Some toffee or caramel sweetness pops up now and again, but this was mostly char, coffee, chocolate and spicy flavors that were complex and well balanced. Rye always brings out nice spicy flavors and this beer didn’t disappoint.

Nov 19, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bubseymour from Maryland

This is quite a tasty brew. Really takes the basic Old Raspy and smoothies it out a little and sweetens it up a touch as well. Only negative is it feels a little thin in body for a 11.4% stout. I need to find the Bourbon Barrel variant next and do a side by side.

Nov 04, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HipCzech from Texas

12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter. Dark, deep mahogany brown with a short head of cappuccino foam and lashes of tan lace. Aromas of dried dark fruit (prunes), oak and molasses. Almost leathery dark fruit followed by burnt caramel and spicy rye. Subtle boozy heat and a silky smooth feel with moderate carbonation. A pleasant sipper that grows bigger as it warms.

Oct 16, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a single 12oz bottle $4.99 Village Bottle Shop
Smell of fudge, then whiskey
Dark black color
Medium-high carbonation
Heavy, thick mouthfeel
Taste of fudge, creamy, whiskey finish
Overall really good, especially for the price. I'll buy this every year they make it if they keep the price and quality the same.

Oct 08, 2021
4.06 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Oct 01, 2021
5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Sep 27, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sjrider from California

Bottle pour- dark as night with thick chocolate milk head leaving scattered lacing. Nose is roasty malt sweetness, a bit of boozy rye spice and some hop notes. Taste follows with a creamy smoothness that finishes with lingering woody barrel notes. Delicious.

Sep 22, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

A 12 oz. bottle pours black as night with a two-finger dark brown head into a pint glass. The aroma is tantalizing.. an earthy, sweet, chocolatey, boozy, malty harvest with coffee notes.. my mind is racing already! The taste.. this brew demands your attention! Hoppy bitter at first sip, it can be equally sweet, depending upon which area of taste buds absorbs the full impact.. we're talking complex! The malt/hops balance is intricate.. the whiskey is palpable.. not overwhelming, but assertively present. It is a dry, poignant blend, much like it's excellent base, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. It can taste different on every sip.. fascinating!

Sep 21, 2021
4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida on Sep 20, 2021
4.34 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Sep 16, 2021
4.24 by MJSFS from Florida on Sep 10, 2021
4.2 by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia on Sep 04, 2021
4.25 by archero from Texas on Sep 02, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by argock from Virginia

2021 vintage. Served at 55F in a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark brown with 1-finger light beige head with decent retention and spots of lacing.

S: Roasted dark malt, herbal hops, coffee, dark chocolate

T: Flavor is dominated by dark maltiness with date and dusty earthy notes followed by more sweet and herbal whiskey notes adding some sweetness in the finish. Alcohol character is present but provides extra sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is thinner than most BA iS in this range.

O: Very interesting BA IS with more herbal character and lighter feel.

Sep 02, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

Excellent head production, retention, and lacing.

Strong and boozy aroma, but it's simultaneously rich and deep. Brown sugar, toast, toffee, chocolate, caramel, and espresso.

Smooth on the palate. Very little impression of rye whiskey as opposed to bourbon, although there is a subtle sharpness and spiciness. The boozy heat and oak come through quite well, and go very well with the bitter roasty base beer. Molasses, toast, mild to moderate char, red grape, black pepper, leather.

Easy sipper; remarkable for the bitterness and high ABV.

Another worthy entry to the series, but not a milestone.

Aug 28, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Pour is black with a small cap of khaki head. minimal retention and lacing.
Nose is rye whiskey, hint of coffee, cacao
Taste is hint of coffee, chocolate, whiskey, vanilla. Nicely balanced. Nice barrel / oak flavor. Fudge, marshmallow.

Aug 22, 2021
4.58 by htownbeerhound from Texas on Aug 20, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours with a one finger beige head capping the espresso colored liquid; it doesn't take too long for the head to be reduced to a film; spotty lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread, dark fruit, chocolate and Rye Whiskey

Taste: Toasted brown bread, chocolate and dark fruit with the Rye Whiskey building, mid-palate; re-emerging chocolate, fig and prune flavors fill the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but the Rye Whiskey is a nice complement to the RIS flavors

Aug 19, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a quarter finger khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, bourbon, dark dried fruit, vanilla and a touch of rye tartness. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt, bourbon, dates, raisins, oaky vanilla, mild cocoa; rye develops in the late taste and gives a rye whisky and vanilla finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Not unexpectedly, the flavor profile is very similar to the the bourbon barrelled version I had the other day. The rye barrel has an even more pleasant interaction with the fruit flavors in the malt and there seems to be a bit more vanilla in the oak component. Both are well integrated and pleasant. I really like the flavor of rye in stouts (and actually most rye beers of any kind) and I'm very pleased with this stout too. When I finally found this for sale, I was only going to get one to try, but it was only for sale in a four pack. I am going to be very happy to find a few more bottles of this in my basement in a few months, so that worked out excellently. This was somewhat ironic, because just a few years ago, BA stouts were often limited to one or two per customer and I would always wish I could buy more. Kind of ironic that I was required to buy a four pack in this case. Once again, I hope this is an annual event.

Aug 18, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

look: just black with off khaki dense little foam actively carbonating

smell: chocolate, vanilla, umami, bread

taste: coffee, whiskey, bread, wood, burnt food

feel: medium body, dry, boozy a little, no sweetness at all, mostly dry and bitter

overall: a quality barrel age, cheers!

Aug 15, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by champ103 from Texas

A: Pours basically an opaque black color. A dense tan head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention and plenty of lace left behind. It's a looker.
S: A big nose, up front is baked dark brown bread that I just love. Wonderful wood aromas with vanilla, and bakers chocolate. Light espresso and roast in there as well. Its all really well integrated.
T: Like the nose, that big baked dark bread up front. Wood, vanilla, semi sweet dark chocolate. The woody/oak flavors are aggressive but far from overbearing which I love. A bit of alcohol in there as well, which is to be expected. Really loving this.
M/O: A full body with moderate carbonation. Perfectly weighty, without being to syrupy or thick, but reaching a great balance in that regard. A bit tannin like as well. Really enjoyable. There is certainly warming heat here, which just makes this more welcoming to me. This is going down way to fast for the style and ABV.

Not surprised at all, but I love this. All around well balanced, with a ton of character at the same time. Barrel aged stouts don't always excite me anymore, but this is done right. Without being over the top or overbearing. Just all the great stout and barrel character mingling, and it works perfectly.

Aug 08, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Scotchboy from Idaho

12oz bottle poured into my HotD snifter. Pours out fairly opaque black with a medium off-khaki head. Rich and roasty and rye-filled on the nose; barrel char and some spice are apparent. Espresso, bittersweet bakers chocolate, dark caramel, present rye whiskey characteristics without being overly hot or boozy. Charred, dark, roasty, semi-sweet, warm and delicious.

Aug 02, 2021
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 01, 2021
4.35 by o29 from Texas on Jul 23, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has chocolate, coffee and whiskey hints
The taste follows the nose with a chocolate, coffee and whiskey flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Stout

Jul 21, 2021
4.23 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Jul 18, 2021
4.85 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Jul 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Bottle from ABV.
Light chocolate with spicy, fruity rye whiskey, boozy with some vanilla and oak. The oak expression is a little raw and woody, which stands in contrast with the milder, more reserved, milk chocolate notes. The rye expression, though, is excellent. Fruity, spicy, appropriately boozy, it pairs really well with the base stout. Faint anise notes are present. A touch thin, a little hot, this could do well in a year.

Jul 05, 2021
4.35 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Jun 26, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by fehrminator from North Carolina

I thought that this was slightly overcabonated and needed more time in the barrel. A step down from the large format bottles of the past. A clear step below the best examples of the style.

Jun 20, 2021
4.21 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jun 14, 2021
4.65 by beerrat from Virginia on May 31, 2021
Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 40 ratings