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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,516 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,516
Reviews: 3,341
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,164 | FT: 34
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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TheOakKing

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2014 23:03:00 | More by TheOakKing
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-01-2014 02:31:45 | More by JSSmith
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-02-2014 03:21:59 | More by WuBByG999
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IPAIsaac

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Flight317

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Westmi

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-27-2013 18:37:02 | More by Westmi
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Lochnessmonster

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-18-2014 04:03:02 | More by Lochnessmonster
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jayfarley3

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

had on nitro-tap, served in a pint glass. appearance is a pitch black with a big creamy tan head. smells very good good, lots of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. tastes is very good, chocolate, coffee, and some malty sweetness, the high alcohol is covered up very well. mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy smooth. this is an excellent stout, one of my favorites.

09-01-2007 02:40:00 | More by jayfarley3
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-05-2013 19:51:20 | More by brycevolk
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-29-2014 11:31:33 | More by Schmoog
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jacobbocce72

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-27-2011 03:25:39 | More by jacobbocce72
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-27-2012 02:34:14 | More by olafphysics
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troy138

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-28-2013 16:45:41 | More by troy138
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JKV96

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-29-2013 21:13:51 | More by JKV96
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birddawg


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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JEdmund

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance
Black like espresso with a quickly rising head. The bubbles come up quickly and are tiny, giving the head a lighter body that dissipated a little quicker (or maybe I just drank it off because the glass was so full). I could see lots of little fizz bubbles coming up to the head, and those are certainly felt when drinking it.

Aroma
Malt, roasted/toasty, a little spicy, some dried/candied fruit, coffee; not overly big like other imperials (Yeti)

Taste & Mouthfeel
So impressive from the first sip - it goes down so nicely it just begs to be drank quickly. It feels really fizzy in mouth, but not like it's going to turn to foam either (it's hard to explain, but a good quality). There's a big upfront flavor of roasted malts, followed by dark chocolate, finishing with an espresso and hop bitterness, and finally, the aftertaste is even more of chocolate and some coffee. It has a peppery quality to it, although it doesn't sting at all unpleasantly. The whole thing is so pleasantly balanced it's unreal. It's almost too smooth to think you're drinking an imperial; however, the flavors are big enough to make you aware.

Overall
This is one of the best Russian Imperials I've ever had. I haven't had lots to try from though to be fair, however, it is in my top two, tied with GD's Yeti.

***

3-Year Tasting - '07 Bottle, cellared December 2007, tasted on February 1, 2011 (during a blizzard!)

Tasted at 55F

Immediately amazed by the strong head that forms and the lively aroma; aroma is still strong with cocoa and coffee. Flavor is still robust, though certainly not to the degree of a fresh bottle. What strikes me of its difference is it seems a bit thinner in body (though still has good carbonation) and the finish has a bit of a metallic edge to it. But the finish isn't off-putting; in fact, it has a fairly assertive bitterness still. It's leaving thick lace curtains! Getting good chocolate and coffee flavor throughout. Maybe a hint of some woodiness too. I'm pretty impressed with how well this beer has held up and consider it a success.

02-06-2008 16:48:40 | More by JEdmund
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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California

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-31-2011 02:56:20 | More by buckyp
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California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,516 ratings.