North Coast Brewing – Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XVI

North Coast Brewing – Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XVI
A Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels

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Beer Name: Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XVI
Brewery: North Coast Brewing (Fort Bragg, CA)
Beer Style: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.3%
IBUs: n/a
Size: 500 ml. bottle
Beer Advocate: 96
RateBeer: 100



Seems hard to believe that we’ve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but that’s what’s happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, we’ve brewed a special small batch that’s been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. It’s bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label —- and it’s amazing. The depth, intensity and complexity of the flavor profile make it a worthy tribute to this fine beer.



Motor oil dark. Looks like heaven to me.



Intense coffee and bourbon aromas arising out of this.  Some cocoa and roasted malts too.  I would wear this smell as a cologne if they had it.



Just an assault on your taste buds.  Nice an smooth up front, then some nice bourbon burn at the end.  Just a fantastically balanced beer, especially for it being  more than 11%.  This beer drank entirely too easy for its strength.  I get some chocolate/cocoa notes, along with coffee and of course the bourbon.  Along with the boozy bourbon flavors I get really nice sugar notes that come off of the barrel during the aging process.



Honestly the only weakness that this beer has is its price point.  More than $20 for a 500 ml. bottle is a little pricey for me.  Other than that I cannot find a single flaw in it.  Complex, with a ton of different flavors and aromas.  Everything worked amazingly well together and the barrel aging process just improved an already amazing beer.




5 out of 5

World class beer with a high pricepoint


Original Tasting Notes:  

This beer was pricey, I hope it’s as good as my hopes for it are.  Oh damn, smell this!? Holy crap this smells like heaven… hurry up and pour it.  (After pour) — god damn, seriously so dark.  (First sip) Well then, that is how you make a perfect barrel aged RIS.


Until the next beer:



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