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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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10,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,712
Reviews: 3,489
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 403
Gots: 1,858 | FT: 49
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle. I grabbed this bottle from the Foodery in Philly.

A: Very, very black body (No light comes through at all) topped by a thick tan head. It laces decently at first, but then dies away. I was expecting more I guess. Maybe it is the glasses fault, but I thought the head would stick around for the whole beer.

S: There is a BIG smell to this glass of beer. I smelled hints of chocolate and coffee with a strong hop presence. That balance in the aroma between hop and roasted malt is a wonderful combination.

T: BIG smell is followed up by a BIG flavor. Chocolate and espresso notes are contrasted by a strong bitter hop flavor. There is a serious warming presence by the alcohol content. In the aftertaste is where you will find the subtle fruit esters.

M: Full-bodied, though not too much. There is a rich, chewy sensation brought on by the leftover sugars in this beer. Delicious.

D: This is a drinkable version of a Russian Imperial Stout. Most are too much, but his is just right with the mouthfeel and the flavor being not too rich, etc.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into Chimay chalice for a nightcap 4.6.10.

Three-fourths finger slow developing brown head, Dark brown opaque body, hard to see and visible carbonation, nice brown lacing down side of glass. Nose is a big coffee/chocolate hit, a good dose of floral hops, dry finish in the nose. Taste is complex, light and sweet up front, big chocolate and coffee hit in the middle, good hop hit on back end. Mouthfeel is full and sticky, pretty good effervescence, satisfying. A great beer to end the session with, a bit boozy for multiple pints, but a full, satisfying flavorful RIS.

One of the best RIS I've had, right up alongside Southampton. Highly recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, $8.99/4. No freshness information. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown that is opaque; huge, 2" fluffy light brown head that drops slowly and leaves a thick, continuous layer of lacing; tiny amount of effervescence under top layer.

S: Restrained roasted coffee; dark dried fruit, e.g. raisins & prunes; chocolate and vanilla.

T: Caramel; espresso and malt; licorice; intense, growing bitterness; alcohol taste is masked.

M: Medium carbonation, medium/full body that is thick without being syrupy; smooth & creamy; neutral/dry finish; alcohol warming.

O: A moderately big, full flavored RIS that is balanced, a pleasure to drink and a good value.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip

Pours a rich, creamy head with even carbonation. Opaque chocolate color with a caramel-tan head. Aroma is of coffee and balsamic vinegar. Flavor has notes of burned sugar, some hoppiness but that hoppiness is mostly masked by the over-powering smoky malt. Mouthfeel is wonderful, creamy and smooth. Overall, a nice, smooth R.I.S. without being noticablely bitter. Although, not the most complex flavor profile either. That said, I am anxious to see how it will age.


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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,712 ratings.