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

Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Bourbon Barrels)Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Bourbon Barrels)
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From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 6.96%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
48
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 14, 2023
Added:
May 31, 2021
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  1
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Rated: 3.75 by mmilyko from Nevada

Feb 25, 2023
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Look - super dark brown with quick disappearing head, no real rimming or lacing
Smell - chocolate bourbon molasses possibly some black liquorice
Taste - black liquorice, chocolate, bourbon, slight roated malt
Feel - medium full body with a medium light carb
Overall - ok, not but something I'd get again
Jan 15, 2023
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Reviewed by sodavisions from Michigan

4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
LOOK: Rich dark chocolatey brown with two and a half fingers of velvety mocha brown foam. Lots of sediment in the glass.
SMELL: Chocolate, Bourbon, Coffee.
TASTE: Holy **** it’s literally like rich liquid chocolate with alcohol in it. It’s got dark roast coffee, molasses, maybe a bit of plum, but like 95% of it is like really really good chocolate. Like if you liquified those crazy $5 bars you see at Whole Foods.
FEEL: Luxurious, decadent, thick, dessert-y. Don’t drink this if you’ve already had a full meal.
OVERALL: This is an immensely outstanding beer. Not saying this is a beer for every occasion, or even most occasions, which is expected at about $5 per bottle from my local store and with a higher ABV, but when it’s time, it’s never going to disappoint.
Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Old Rasputin XXII from North Coast Brewing. 500 mL bottle purchased 20/02/22 from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA, $15.00 (Including tax), $ 0.888/oz. On room temperature shelf at store. Stored at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 18/04/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated bottle. Served at 58.8 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.0 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), opaque, somewhat oily-looking.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, same with light penetrating only at the extreme edges – red amber.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), desert sand, high density and slowly diminishing to leave a zero to 0.7 cm crown and a complete cap.
Lacing – The thick, high-density head drags along the glass,
Aroma – 4.25 – Smells slightly sweet with chocolate and bourbon. No hops, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol. On the exhale, a hint of bourbon appears sans chocolate.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with semi-sweet chocolate, expresso, some tannin from the barrels, maybe a hint of char and vanillin. No hops, no yeast. Ethanol (11.3 % ABV, as marked on container) is otherwise hidden. No alcohol burn until it hit the stomach, producing a mild warming which lasts but never becomes annoying. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends with a slightly bitter aftertaste, like weak expresso.
Palate – 4.5 – Medium, creamy, soft caressing carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 (After deducting 0.25 point for undated personal container) As expected, damn good. Considering the base beer is of such high quality, barrel-aging can barely improve it.
Apr 18, 2022
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L - black with mahogany highlights with a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a slight amount of lacing behind
S - Sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, molasses, oak, roasted malts. Notes of oak throughout as well. Dark fruits.
T - follows the nose with sweet bourbon up front and throughout, with bitter dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, and vanilla intermixed pretty well with a nice roasted malt backbone a
F - medium to full bodied, light carbonation
O - Prefer this to this year's Rye version. Still a nice BBA stout that embraces the bourbon side of the equation
Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Black color with 1/4 inch tan grey head. The nose is vanilla, damp wood, chocolate, molasses, and a really nice toasted smell. The taste is chocolate, but not sweetly so. There is also buttery caramel and roasted char. The finish is a bit bitter with wood and coffee. There was a little more carbonation than I expected which adds to the rich creamy feel. This beer is so very good...a special occasion beer!
Jan 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by crewfan1952 from Ohio

Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Dec 18, 2021
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a single from TW-Greenville, SC on 9-8-21 for $6.49. No bottling date; consumed 12-14-21. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose is extremely nice; notes of vanilla and bourbon are pronounced with cocoa blending in the background.

Taste is really well done with a nice large malt base that combines very well with the barrel and produces notes of vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Finishes balanced with a good dose of hops and a cocoa in the aftertaste along with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel is not as thin as the Rye version but is light to medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall the barrels for this version of Rasputin must be younger and fresher as there is more going on. Glad to have tried!
Dec 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 05, 2021
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Rated by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Stellar.
Dec 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2021
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance:
Solid, vinyl black. Doffs a puffy head of browned cream, which quickly deflates to slim, semitransparent frost.

Bouquet:
Dried stone-fruits and malt grains, plunked into a heap of dark, cocoa powder. This amalgam is slowly stirred by an oak ladle that’s slick with peaty bourbon, sealed under a glaze of sticky-sweet molasses.

Feel:
Like enfolding oneself in a satin comforter, warm tinglies included—the latter of which are convincingly mimicked by the mild abrading of its medium carbonation and comforting, bourbon warmth.

Taste:
A horizonless abundance of sugar dates and raisins, submerged in a stream of oaky vanilla. From that stream, black chocolate and a woodsy espresso roast, rise in bitter, ghostly wisps. The linger brims with semi-sweet, bourbon dryness.
Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle.
2 finger tan head on a black stout. Some dark brown on a tilt.
Good retention, hangs in for a while as it slowly fades to a mostly solid cap. Wispy and spotty lacing.
Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, wood, and a light roast.
Chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits and booze - more so bourbon than bourbon barrel.
Medium body, seems thin for this beer - normal OR feels bigger. Lots of boozy heat that lingers. Finishes hot and sweet.
Good.
Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
bottle into glass
Thin, light brown head. Basically black in appearance, and quite opaque, with a bit of caramel color at the edge of the surface. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma, with a touch of bourbon, and a bit of roasted grain and chocolate. Medium bodied. Lots of alcohol, up front in the taste phase. Then a firm toasted barrel & grain flavor. Finish is a continuation of the taste.
Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours ebony with a 1.5" tan head, which lasts. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is molasses, coffee, roast malt, oak.

Taste is molasses, toffee, coffee, bourbon, oak, caramel, roast malt.

Full body, thick & oily, light carbonation. Semidry, astringent finish.

Outstanding! North Coast has a winner with this one. Excellent across the board.
Oct 11, 2021
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I had a Rasputin recently, still a top RIS. As a barrel aged stout though, this does not stand out. It's very good and the price is great, but in a crowded market this is middle of the road.

Brownie like chocolate, cocoa powder, and some espresso roast from base beer are here and as good as ever. The barrel notes are kind of subtle and not completely harmonious. The bourbon notes are nice but I get more oak than vanilla unfortunately. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Very good overall, but I'll stick with BA Narwhal as my everyday BA stout.
Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle pour - dark as night with short chocolate milk head leaving scattered lacing. Nose is all kinds of yummy roasty boozy sweetness. Taste follows with cocoa and vanilla and bourbony deliciousness. Finishes with woody barrel notes and lingering booziness.
Sep 25, 2021
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Rated by peoplewithhands from Nebraska

4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Delicious, if boozy, high gravity, barrell aged Imperial Stout! Worth the money at least once.
Sep 19, 2021
Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 48 ratings