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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

9,642 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,642
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,216 | FT: 38
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%

Chris00710, Sep 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.00 %
bottle>pint glass @ E Street week of 9/23/09

Appearance is almost identical to Old #38 in color, very dark brown/black with a nice creamy tan head.
Smell/Aroma is dark roasted malty-ness with coffee and cocoa notes in a fine symphony for the nose.
Tastes as it smells and then some, with a full bodied roasty finish.
Mouthfeel is full body with low carbonation as expected.

Cocoa is a forward flavor in this stout balanced by a harmony of citus hop notes. Just the way I like an RIS.
Exceptional drinkability for a RIS, not 100% sessionable, but complex enough to make it a 5.0 if you pace yourself and respect this big bold brew!

unclejimbay, Sep 25, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AndyBeerGuy, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

NSLPublishing, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

thisiskatcooper, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ContentmentDIPA, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Skud, Jun 09, 2014
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quilty, Mar 19, 2012
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schiltron, Aug 18, 2014
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Samp, Jan 30, 2012
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Toadhopper, Sep 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Old Rasputins' ghost emerges from the bottle with a better cascading action than Guinness (its the lack of nitro). Blacker than doom? Not exactly, you can see through ruby-colored glass if you try hard enough. Quite impressive is the head that is created, a dirty ivory that squirms like its alive. A fine sticky lace has formed even before the first sip.

Hmm, interesting aroma. Sweetness is the first thing I encounter, scrambled with dates, prunes, and malty alcohol. Roastiness abounds. Also, an unfortunate amount of metallic twinges.

An amazingly carbonated hoppiness greets you initially, then follows the gulpingly thick sweet mass of Stoutitude. The mouthfeel is right on, thick enough to back up the huge amounts of alcohol, but light enough to allow carbonation to cut through the mess. The hops aren't out of control on this one, but quite noticible for the style. Like many stouts, your mouth is left with puddles of sourness on the beers' way down, but in this case it cloaks the alcohol perfectly.

If someone handed this to me as a stout, I wouldn't instantly think "imperial" and would probably put down one too many. Read: VERY drinkable.

Overall a damn fine creation from the talented folks at North Coast. Have another? Well thanks for asking - I will.

bigdonniebrasco, Sep 18, 2010
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amano_h, Jun 08, 2014
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Geesechops, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Pours a very dark brown with a finger of Mocha Head

S - Dark Chocolate, Roasted Malt

T - Amazing, Very Malty with a nice balance of Hops, Its like a warm cup of cocoa on a frigid day.

M - Perfect Carbonation and Very full bodied

D - This beer makes feel warm all over and takes me to my happy place

Definitely Recommend

Reed415, May 30, 2007
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Ironbuddha, Nov 27, 2013
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,642 ratings.