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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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96
world-class

9,195 Ratings
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97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,195
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 253
Gots: 1,012 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve never really fancied stout beers. I’ve tried a small handful over the years, but never found myself attracted to what the style had to offer. I could probably even count on my fingers the number of stouts that I’ve tried. Having become quite the hophead and Barley Wine fan in recent months, it was about time I started to take a real serious look at what stouts have to offer. Several weeks back I had the chance to split a bottle of Rogue’s Imperial Stout with a fellow Beerfly at the Rogue brewery in Issaquah, WA – at little more than a 1/4 bottle, it was little to truly test my taste buds with, but the initial impact was definitely applauded.

Having played with real Russian beer earlier in the evening, I thought I’d tackle a Russian Imperial Stout “Old Rasputin” to be specific. In a single word – IMPRESSIVE! Now I know the Old Rasputin is a highly regarded stout, but I’ll have to admit, my taste buds, palette, stomach and the rest of me was really ready for this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sold in traditional 12oz dark brown, stubby bottles, the label features a sketched image of Rasputin to help prepare the drinker for battle. This brew pours exceptionally dark black, not quite as heavy a pour as some stouts, but suitable characteristics nonetheless. The head is a thick dark creamy consistency that sticks around for a long period of time.

This beer has an incredible rich aroma packed full of robust hints of chocolate, coffee, plenty of hops, and even some subtle fruit essence in the bouquet. An extremely appetizing aroma that makes you want to dive right in.

Taste wise, it delivers everything that one would hope based on the initial inspection of sight and smell. Very rich, intense flavors of dark roasted coffee (very bitter like many of Starbucks blends), a strong but even chocolate flavor which works well with the nutty flavors that come through in the brew too. There’s an almost spicy hint that this beer leaves on the palette, something I’m thinking it a result of the roasted malts, 8.9% alcohol and bitter hops. Its an interesting flavor that works very very well.

This brew is a super drink that worked well tonight as an after dinner relaxer and would make for a perfect winter warmer. Kudos to North Coast Brewing Company for this stellar addition. I wasn’t a stout drinker before Rasputin, but if this is what the world of stout beer is all about, consider me converted.

[ STATS:>> 12 oz bottle / ABV: 8.9% abv / PRICE: $3.19 USD ]

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 22:14:35 | More by 49degrees
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I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a jet black color with a thin half finger of off white to slight tan foamy head. There was a gentle spider web lacing sticking but ending up sliding a bit into the beer.
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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