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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

9,139 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,139
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 991 | 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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PastorMeat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-30-2014 04:16:51 | More by PastorMeat
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casualfan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-04-2012 23:00:10 | More by casualfan
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Greasy

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2013 23:39:16 | More by Greasy
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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SkunkWorks

New York

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

Review is from notes.

Served in a snifter at the World of Beer in Orlando, Florida. Was my second round of the day and decided to go for something nostalgic; Old Rasputin was the first Russian Imperial Stout I remember having... this time it'll be on draught instead of in a bottle!

Look: black with a dark, dark red highlight at the bottom when held to the light. A thin layer of light brown foam sits on the top and literally retains forever. I was served my glass first, waited for my two companions to be served their glasses to let the beer warm a bit, and still the foam was there. Incredible considering the style.

Smell: I see why this beer got me into the Russian Imperial Stout style so easily already. Bittersweet chocolate dominates. Hints of coffee and hops are there as well but this is intensely chocolatey.

Taste: Follows the nose nicely. The chocolate flavor stands out heavily but the hops and coffee flavors come out a bit more, though it is not over powering with either. Absolutely delicious. No hint of alcohol or dark fruit, which is a quality I happen to like about this one.

Feel: medium to full bodied, quite creamy, no alcohol warmth and tending towards sweet rather than bitter. Carbonation is low and spot on for the style.

Drink: quite incredibly drinkable. I definitely thought about drinking one or two more of these after I finished my glass, if only I didn't have to leave the bar!

Overall, absolutely amazing. The great thing about Old Raspution continues to be the fact that it can stand side to side with world class Russian Imperial Stouts despite being affordable and easy to find, without all the release day, hype, and low bottle counts. I am glad I saw this on tap and maybe I'll pick up a four pack of this again in the near future to revisit this one more fully.

On a side note, I am glad that this one has held up against my palate as I've grown over the past two years as a craft beer drinker. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 22:38:27 | More by SkunkWorks
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ChrisYager39

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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furthurgone

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

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

This is a beer I've been after for a while, and finally got my hands on it thanks to the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Pours jet black with a decent level of carbonation and a big creamy tan head that shows good retention. The aroma is hugely dark and heavy with intense notes of chocolate, coffee and dark forest fruits. The taste is dark and bitter from the start with flavours of the highest quality cocoa, strong bitter espresso and a earthy smokey peat. After a few sips it is really the coffee flavours that come through the strongest, providing a massively rich imperial stout. The feel is full bodied and silky smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a superb imperial stout, one of the best i have tasted. I wish this was easier to get hold of outside of the US.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 22:20:07 | More by PartyBear
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Monkeypuker

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Joshuabeerme

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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bobv

Vermont

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

A: Very dark, pours a nice 3/4 inch head. Recedes rather quickly down to a thin skin of head with a little lacing.

S: A little chocolate, a little coffee, and a banana-like smell.

T: Very nice, all the the aroma attributes are prevalent in the taste, with a little more chocolate.

M: Very nice mouthfeel.

D: I could drink another with no problem, however, the alcohol is creeping up in the finish as well as the hops.. Overall this is one of the classics.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 03:42:46 | More by bobv
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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

Weird, cracked the first open and it did not give that oh so great sounding "psst" insead it poured flat as a pancake with no head, something is amiss...2nd one poured WAY better with a beautiful full 2 inch head the color of tan. Now we're in business.
Head settles down slightly to a nice thick foam. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Smooth taste all the way down, slight bitterness up front not unlike dark chocolate or dark roast coffee.
Great mouthfeel
It's been a while since I have had this beer but it has always been in the top 10 beers that are easy to get. Love this stuff.

Forgot to write, if you ever get a chance to have this on Nitro...DO IT! Had it that way on Darkness Eve at Stub & Herbs it was awesome!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 23:08:48 | More by kbutler1
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Alberta (Canada)

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Arizona

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,139 ratings.