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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

10,368 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,368
Reviews: 3,398
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,566 | 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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of pkalix
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black. just black. tan film on top. beautiful to behold!
roasty, malty, roasty, toasted smell . . . .
taste is like a creamy roasted coffee bean in an over-roasted starbucks cup.
mouthfeel is heavy, rugged.
overall . . . . in the world of stouts, this one's a great brew. i will admit, however, that i dont feel all that knowledgable about the stouts and porters. i appreciate them for what they are, and prefer the higher abv ones. there's a certain 'chalkiness' to this one that i really like, and i appreciate the 'espresso' and 'roasted' flavors, but i really need to learn more how these are produced. regardless.... cheers!
update: had this one on tap last night and what an incredible head it had. thicker than Guinness and way creamier.... a totally different brew on tap than was in the bottle....

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack because the price was right. No bottle date to be seen..Not sure how I feel about a beer calling itself a cult classic but that's ok let's get to it..

The pour is damn near black. More head than I imagined leading into some lacing.

Smell is big dark chocolate and malts, booze, burnt chocolate cake with dark fruits.

Taste offers creamy chocolate with a really nice roasted character, sturdy amounts of bitterness and more booze in the aftertaste.

Creamy and smooth, warming finish.

Glad I got to try this one. Would pick it up again

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Danno48
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this beast at world market. I'm pouring it into a chalice at 45 degrees F.

She pours as black as black can be. You know when you put it up to a light bulb to see the red hues... well there aren't any. Sexy, thick, and creamy head.

My smell is not the best but you smell like a spicy mocha or something close... maybe a little bit of anise.

First off... every flavor has that hint of alcohol but there is so much flavor it isn't a big deal.
Dry and woodsy... like spiced tree bark. Earthy and effervescent. It has a great... I'm not sure how to say this, but a dirty? taste to it. I really enjoy the lack of sweetness that I have had from all the stouts I have had this year.

Doesn't cling at all like you would think by pouring it out. But so flavorful that you just gotta sip it.

This stout is freaking awesome... All you can think when you are drinking it is "Damn, this is splendidly different!"

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a stemmed globed glass

A- Poured black with a huge fluffy, ice cream like head, chocolate milk colored head, some of the most impressive glass coating lace ever. I am pretty shocked at the size of the head for such a high ABV beer, this beer looks spectacular though

S- Some big licorice, roasted malt, some dark fruits, and some alcohol. Pretty nice aroma, the alcohol overwhelms some of the other aroma notes.

T- Big roasty and bittersweet chocolate flavors, lots of dark fruit, lots of woody flavors, and prominent alcohol taste.

M- So smooth and creamy up front with a lots of alcohol warming and a very slight burn, low carbonation, a little sticky, bigger than medium bodied but does not drink as full-bodied as other RIS

O- This is a big stout that packs a punch and has some booziness, but at the same time is incredibly drinkable

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now that's what I'm talkin' about. This stuff is what it's all about. It pours as black as my ex-girlfriend's heart with a beautiful two finger head the color of the nougat inside of a three musketeers bar and leaves elaborate lacing inside the snifter that I poured it into. Smell is mainly coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is a satisying fullness without being thick. Taste is robust. A strong coffee taste dominates, but there is also roasted nuts, dark chocolate and being a high ABV, some alcohol on the finish. This is what a RIS should be, a standard of excellence.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#15

Freshness Date: None

A: Opaque black with a khaki head. Looks substantial in my snifter.

S: Strong notes of cocoa, espresso, brown sugar, and raisins. Great depth and complementing sweetness which really gives this brew a wonderful nose that really awakens the senses.

T: Leafy bitterness and dark bread add to the same characteristics found in the nose. The cocoa, espresso, brown sugar join hands with dark fruit which is mostly raisins and some plums all topped off with a warming alcohol finish.

M: Velvety smooth, warming alcohol, and ample carbonation. Overall medium mouthfeel which is appropriate but not quite excellent.

O: A classic stout which represents the style well. Great depth of flavor and complexity although lacking some of the nuances found in the upper echelon stouts.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,368 ratings.