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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

10,720 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,720
Reviews: 3,492
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 403
Gots: 1,861 | FT: 50
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Motor-oil black brew with an enormous dark brown head, with very impressive retention and very nice lacing. Can't imagine a stout looking any better.

Aroma is a little puzzling: some grape-like booziness, with dark malts behind, a little like a burnt brownie.

Sharp and bitter bite to the flavor, initially heavy on barley flakes and a sharp booziness following the nose. Strong notes of burnt coffee and dark cacao on the back-end.

Full-bodied and complex, but a hair thinner than I expected.

A standard among stouts, Old Raspy doesn't disappoint. It's not thick and rich and chocolatey like some of the in vogue stouts, and it doesn't have a bourbon bite. That said, it embodies the basics of what a solid stout should: dark malty character, burnt coffee bite. I look forward to having the rest of the pack with some age on them.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed over 25 minutes from a tulip glass.

It pours a reflective black core with cordovan edges that warm the ring that remains after the cap has fallen. Bubbly, light tan head with very leggy, patchy lacing.

The nose is full of roasted coffee and malt. It's chocolatey and a touch flinty, too. Hints of toffee and currant are present. Clean, fresh, and cool…there's a suggestion of the hops you anticipate to come out later.

The start is malted caramel, followed closely by acidic, light roast coffee. Those standard flavors then sit back for a bit and allow earthen sweetness to come in with a touch of currants and prunes. Then it's balanced by bitterness and salicylate that folds into coffee again with a finish and aftertaste of heavily roasted almonds, black walnuts, and Brazil nuts all so thick you can nearly crunch them.

The body is full and carbonation about mid-level. It spreads in the mouth fast and flat with a metallic essence enhanced by the wintergreen. Bubbles are more apparent on the tongue after it starts creamy. The dance it does all over the mouth is my favorite element.

Since this RIS seems a touch one-dimensional to me--essentially a roasted mixed nut iced coffee, I'm happy to drink it as or with dessert in cooler months. But, despite the reputation, I don't think this particular brew stands alone as a superior representative of the style. It's very good, but doesn't make my day.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finding a 4-pack of this covered in dust at a local package store was like winning the lottery.

A - Dark brown, with little carbonation, maybe a quarter-inch head.
S - Huge and lingering on the nose. Toffee, cocoa, espresso.
T - The nose paid off in the taste -- sweet but complex; the coffee didn't overwhelm.
M - A little chewy; not syrupy.
O - This is the best stout I've had in a while -- I found myself wanting to spend more time decoding the various scents. I'd stock up on this -- if you can find it.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,720 ratings.