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

10,386 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,386
Reviews: 3,402
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,583 | FT: 47
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a coffee black. Huge tan head that reminds me of whip cream and maple syrup and lasts forever. Ever so slight amber coloring in the glass, but no light is escaping from it, it is a black abyss. Lacing is thick and frothy, like the fangs of the ocean, or sea-foam wallowing in a tidal pool. It sticks to the glass nicely and stays for quite some time.

Smell:
Smells of a malty pang. Sweet and tangy in the initial whiff with slight roasted and chocolate malts present.

Taste:
Very smoky on the tongue, far more so than I got from the smell. Sweeter malts can be found in the aftertaste, but for the most part the roasted malts power through with lots of thick smoke. Vanilla notes can be found in the background character.

Mouthfeel:
Light and frothy, but a little harsh with smoky power of the malts. Fairly bubbly, too, on the tongue, with a long and bitter smoke aftertaste. Sits a little thickly in the stomach, as is expected with the style. Nice Russian Imperial Stout.

Overall:
I like this beer. Its smoky like a boy scout’s campfire, carries a lighter ABV for an imperial stout but still plenty of alcohol, and it fits the style well.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark, rubied mahogany, with an ephemeral cap of rocky cream-colored froth.

S: Baker's chocolate, alcohol, espresso, and luscious, incredible roasty notes. After aeration, toffee and caramel show a bit of sweetness.

T: Burnt roastiness leads to very dark chocolate and burnt espresso, finishing with a dark, berried sweetness masking the alcohol. No matter how many times I have this one, it continues to surprise me with new aspects and complexities. A classic, and deserving of this score.

M: Medium body, char sticks around in the palate long after each sip. This one asserts its presence long after the glass is empty.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the cask republic with The Larse. Norman brought us over the label from the keg. It said "30 percent nitro and 70 percent C02". Guiness is 40 percent nitro. Very interesting. I had never had the old rasputin on nitro before. It was very tasty. It was still delicious as usual and the nitro provided a little extra smoothness.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,386 ratings.