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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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #119
Ranked #2,428
4.3 | pDev: 5.81%
Apr 18, 2022
May 31, 2021
Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Bourbon Barrels)Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Bourbon Barrels)
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by 40ontarget from Colorado

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
4.3 by crewfan1952 from Ohio on Dec 29, 2021
4.13 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Dec 18, 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 arizcards from North Carolina

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
4.34 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 05, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania


Dec 04, 2021
4.25 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Nov 17, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Solid, vinyl black. Doffs a puffy head of browned cream, which quickly deflates to slim, semitransparent frost.

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.

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.

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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3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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.

Oct 24, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Pivopijak from Washington

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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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Peach63 from New York

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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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by DIM from Pennsylvania

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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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sjrider from California

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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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by peoplewithhands from Nebraska

Delicious, if boozy, high gravity, barrell aged Imperial Stout! Worth the money at least once.

Sep 19, 2021
4.1 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Sep 18, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

World-class barrel-aged imperial stout! Notes of chocolate and coffee with a slight nod to bourbon in the aftertaste.

Sep 06, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

Excellent head production, retention, and lacing.

Strong, roasty nose with an equally strong bourbon mash and oak presence. Molasses, brown sugar, burnt caramel, espresso, cream, burnt toast.

Flavor is as expected: it's bitter, with espresso and dark chocolate tones leading the way. Bourbon isn't overly strong; by mid-sip, the oak and mash have come through, along with notes of red grape and toasted barley. It's boozy and strong, but the bourbon doesn't have much individual character, instead maintaining a complementary role to the base beer.

Thick and smooth; despite the noticeable ABV and bitterness, it's entirely savorable.

Another worthy entrance to the legendary Old Rasputin anniversary lineup, if not unique or ground breaking.

Aug 28, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by argock from Virginia

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Served at 56F.

A: Black with beige foamy 1-finger head with short retention but a thick band of lacing.

S: Aroma is more like usual OR with a lot of piney hoppiness and leathery, lightly toasty dark malt character with some cocoa and dark chocolate.

T: Flavor is more what you expect from a BA IS with more caramel, toffee, date, and milk chocolate flavors. There is a hint of coffee with plenty of decadent sweetness. Roast is lighter than in the aroma but helps round out the moderate bitterness and lighter oak tannin note in the finish.

M: Exceedingly smooth and lovely texture with full body but a bit more carbonation than most to help with consumability.

O: A delicious decadent beer that I am glad I didn't wait any longer to try. The nose is deceiving - this is a somewhat sweet IS but sweet in all the right places to deliver a stellar BA IS. Glad I sprung for this one!

Aug 28, 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 12ox bottle $4.99 Village Bottle Shop
Smell of bourbon, then dark chocolate, then caramel, figs
Dark black color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Taste of dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, alcohol after taste but not overwhelming as the high ABV would suggest
Overall a good stout made for sipping, especially with the strong flavors to enjoy.

Aug 28, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

smell: bourbon, smoke,

taste: bourbon, smoke, coffee, a little bread, vanilla, licorice

feel: medium/heavy body, balanced, just a tiny little boozy,

overall: good stuff! high quality barrel aging with relatively affordable price

Aug 27, 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 brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: A bubble show builds the beige head to two full fingers before slowly dissipating; shards of lacing

Smell: Bourbon aromatics are quite apparent but are complemented by Baker's chocolate, licorice and dark dried fruit tones

Taste: The Bourbon cuts into the malt flavors and keeps the initial chocolate and licorice sweetness in check; dried plum tones add to the complexity, with the Bourbon, oak and vanilla returning in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The mouthfeel is a bit thin for an 11%+ stout but I do like the flavors, just not as much as I did with the Rye version

Aug 25, 2021
4.43 by htownbeerhound from Texas on Aug 20, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 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, oaky vanilla. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt, bourbon, dates, raisins, oaky vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Coffee and bourbon in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Although North Coast is not too far away in California and well represented in our market, this is the first barrelled Old Rasputin I've ever seen (the regular is widely available here). As expected, this is a well made, rich barrelled stout with the malt depth expected from the base stout, which is a fine RIS. Bourbon notes are clear, but not overwhelming. Nice coffee and fruit with a little chocolate. Flavorful and welcome. Looking forward to the rye version and hope this becomes a regular, annual offering up here.

Aug 11, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by trevormajor from Ohio

12 oz bottle, vintage 2020, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark and silky with a hazelnut head that lingered
S - bourbon, malt
T - bourbon, malt, molasses
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation, silky feel
O - nice, a bit more boldness and less carbonation would perfect

Aug 09, 2021
4.3 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 04, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by CaptainHate from Ohio

12 ounce bottle with no apparent brewing or bottling date. Some of the past barrel aged Old Raspys have been somewhat underwhelming but I'm always willing to give an old friend another chance so here we are. You can smell the bourbon immediately after popping the cap but, that said, it doesn't dominate everything else so much as enhance an already superb stout. The smell and taste are infused with licorice, molasses, booze and malty goodness. This is so well balanced that I'm not sure if cellaring will improve it but that's why we experiment. The feel got a bump upward because of how creamy it is. Just superb.

Aug 01, 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 ilikebeer03 from Texas

Pour is black with a. Thick dense dark
Khaki head. Great lacing and retention
Nose is soft bourbon, vanilla, latte
Taste is soft bourbon, oaky vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, hints of fudge.
Creamy, thick body.
Great beer.

Aug 01, 2021
4.24 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jul 27, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by Scotchboy from Idaho

12oz bottle (nice work North Coast) poured into my HotD snifter. Doesn't pour as dark or opaque as I believe the regular Old Raspy does but I could be wrong...still sits pitch black in the glass with a moderate amount of tan/khaki head. There is a whiff of booze and the feel of heat but that plays well with the rich, roasted malt character and dark caramel that is definitely present throughout this one. Hints of espresso and charred oak as well, which are excellent components of the base beer as well as some dark fruits. This one is completely pleasant and I love the fact that these are in 12oz bottles now.

Jul 27, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Bottle from ABV.

Black with dark brown highlights and a light brown head with good retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is so much mellower than past vintages. The booze is dialed way back, the bourbon plays second fiddle to the base chocolate with its milk duds, caramels, milk chocolate and mild roast. Minimal wood. The palate opens mildly sweet with milk chocolate, buckwheat honey, mild duds and caramels, along with a light bourbon and vanilla note. Fresh out the gate, this is super drinkable, reminding me of good batches of Abyss. Will buy more.

Jul 24, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by VABA from Virginia

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

Jul 21, 2021
3.75 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Jul 20, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TBoneJones from Texas

Pours black with a typically nice stout head and lacing to boot.
Nose is chocolate and black licorice mostly, nicely roasted with hints of coffee and the bourbon barrel.
Caramel-chocolate bourbon notes in the taste of this. Tame bitterness. Slight butterscotch hint too.
Feels medium and creamy.
A bump to the appearance after I make the second and final pour of this from the bottle. What a creamy head l, and the lacing abounds. Like a quintessential example, BBA stout fans will NOT be disappointed.

Jul 19, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Black body with a creamy tan head. Medium collar throws a few streams of lace. Not too much going on in the nose on a cold beer - chocolate with maybe a hint of rye spice. Taste brings some alcohol and spice to the base stout, and a little bit more carbonation than I expected. Time to let it warm...

More of a dry baked brownie aroma comes out as the beer warms. The rye makes a little more inroads, providing quite a nice accent. There's something sweet and tangy in the nose that makes me think milk stout, even though it isn't one. Feel smooths out a bit, as well, although there's still a light peppering of my tongue from carbonation beyond the bite the rye-based alcohol is bringing. Nothing heavy here, but there is a light coating after each sip that holds some light wood tannin. The main taste is barely sweetened chocolate cake with the barrel's rye spice combining with the beer to also give some impressions of clove and earthy cinnamon spice. Very late on the near room temp last few sips, I get a sort of black licorice note on the side.

As expected, a nice mix of beer and barrel that doesn't try to knock you over with anything, although the classic base does work towards getting a little pushed aside the more I get into the glass.

Jul 18, 2021
4.34 by SFNC from North Carolina on Jul 03, 2021
4.88 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Jun 30, 2021
3.92 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jun 27, 2021
4.53 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Jun 26, 2021
Old Rasputin XXIII (Aged in Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 44 ratings