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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

9,024 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,024
Reviews: 3,317
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 243
Gots: 952 | FT: 31
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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CUBS

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-06-2012 00:18:22 | More by CUBS
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MrHirschybar

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-05-2012 23:22:56 | More by MrHirschybar
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TheLargeMoose

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-05-2012 22:01:52 | More by TheLargeMoose
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%

01-05-2012 18:01:19 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7%

01-05-2012 16:17:26 | More by Etan
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Kavon

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-05-2012 16:05:41 | More by Kavon
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kemoarps

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours blaaack with a foamy tan/brown head that fades from massive to a pillowy crown that laces the sides of the glass beautifully.

The first note off the nose is black licorice, and you can catch the alcohol on the backend. In between, there are notes of dark chocolate and burnt malts

You certainly taste the alcohol as well. it comes across somewhat sweet initially, that fades into a bakers chocolate cacao. Roasted malts across the second and third acts give way to a hoppy bitterness that balances out the back end. Well balanced.

a drinkability that belies the 9%, even though you can taste it. Smoothe and well balanced with good carbonation levels. This does not necessarily make it a sessionable beer per se, but it is certainly drinkable for a big RIS. Definitely worth picking up a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 10:21:46 | More by kemoarps
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magictacosinus

California

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. No freshness date but I purchased this bottle in mid-August and opened it up earlier this evening. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that I've had this beer this old since its (assumed) fabrication date.

Imperial stouts really can't much better looking than this, can they? Well, they certainly can, but Old Rasputin represents exactly what I love about these beer: a gigantic head, black thickness resembling motor oil, nice carbonation on the edges of the glass, and a creamy presentation that is too good not to resist.

As for the smell - holy hell, what an aroma! There are so many bold, huge flavorful notes in this one. Right up the front I get dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol, cherries, roasted nuts, malty goodness, and so much more. It's, of course, very intense, but extremely complex.

As for the flavor and mouthfeel, I feel utterly and blissfully accomplished whenever I drink and finish a glass of Old Rasputin. The flavors are exactly the same as the aromas (except with more accentuated coffee) but instead of being malty and overly sweet, it manages to hold balance amid all the ridiculous flavors. There's a piercing bitterness that makes it less of a stout and more of a barleywine - or, in fact, its own style. The thickness of the malts and carbonation obviously makes it a "stout," but this is beer is so rich and intense that it pretty much transcends the beer style as a whole. It also warms you up like magic.

Absolutely one of my favorite stout offerings out there, especially when the weather gets cold. Every time I have it, it becomes more inviting and less intimidating to drink, and I while I think I prefer it fresher (more hoppiness all around), it's still very good when slightly aged. A timeless classic, although definitely not for everybody. Just an amazing beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 07:05:39 | More by magictacosinus
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newsage

California

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

THEE Russian Imperial Stout!! But with all the other Breweries that have copied this style since and that have barrel aged it, Well it should be barrel age really, it smoothes it out a bit and adds refinement to what is a strong hearty beer not for the timid or faint of heart! If you Don't like Thick Stouts don't buy this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 05:49:11 | More by newsage
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yoyosarecool

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-05-2012 00:35:36 | More by yoyosarecool
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mpmazza

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-04-2012 20:33:13 | More by mpmazza
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Rob315

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-04-2012 17:54:56 | More by Rob315
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Mjmoon15

Georgia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-04-2012 02:36:12 | More by Mjmoon15
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-04-2012 01:52:28 | More by jsurfs82
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leokbelo

Florida

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

Pours a dense pitch black into a snifter. 2 inch mocha colored foamy head that stays on for a while.
Rich dark chocolate on the nose, yeast and hops!
A punch in the palate with hops, sweet malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee! Alcohol is present at 9%, but it doesn't overwhelm.
An amazing Imperial Stout and a perfect addition to this cold evening! Hoppy to the core!
Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 01:07:34 | More by leokbelo
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MichaelBurns

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-03-2012 19:18:03 | More by MichaelBurns
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11amoreno72

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-03-2012 11:11:08 | More by 11amoreno72
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aliving1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%

01-03-2012 06:16:18 | More by aliving1
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ahq514

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB globe glass. This particular bottle is about 1 year old.

Pours a nice black color. Almost two finger head that is a light brown color. Head diminishes fairly quickly to a half finger. Appears to have lower carbonation. Light lacing.

Nose is what I would consider an RIS should be like. This one contains , roast, stronger on the chocolate, lighter on the coffee, and maybe a touch of oats. Some earthy hops lingering in the background.

It starts out a little sweet with a nice dose of dark chocolate. Next there is light bitterness that cuts through the beer quite nicely. It finishes with a nice roastiness and that touch of oats. The roast lingers for a little bit on the palate.

Good fuller body with a slight creaminess. Low carbonation.

Overall a solid RIS. I would consider this a good RIS staple because of the price and accessiblity. Dries out as it warms up, as where I would have liked it to stay slightly sweet. Will enjoy again I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 05:08:53 | More by ahq514
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Cinderbike

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like black coffee with tan head, some lacing.

S - Fresh roasted coffee, freshly torched wood, toffee, caramel, and cocoa.

T - Roast and chocolate, alcohol hotness, and lighter notes of caramel, peanut, and hay. Very heavy on roast character.

M - Not thin, not cloyingly thick. Average carbonation for a beer of this style and ABV.

O - For the easy-to-get stouts, this is pretty good, especially given the price. It's a bit hot fresh, but aged would probably be much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:23:19 | More by Cinderbike
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GuitarMC

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-03-2012 02:42:06 | More by GuitarMC
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter Bottle was aged 4-6 months.

A- Pitch black w/ a one finger thick dark brown head. Leaves a nice lacing om the sides of the snifter.

S- Has a nice RIS aroma, chocolate and roasted malts some through prominatly. Following slight coffee, licorice and hints of wood as well.

T- Nice smokey nutty chocolate taste up front giving way to some warming on the back end from the alcohol. As the beer warms the roasted malts and smokey notes become more prominent.

M- Smooth mouthfeel w/ nice carbonation but not as smooth as other RIS's. Also get a tingling in the mouth and tongue from the alcohol.

O- This is a very good RIS,but imo not an exceptional one. I enjoy this beer and have had it several times. Its a very good beer with a very reasonable price tag and a wide distribution. All of these factors keep Old Rasputin in my beer fridge, its just not the best beer in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:19:05 | More by HopsHopenstein
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jennaski01

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-03-2012 02:06:45 | More by jennaski01
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antique

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%

01-03-2012 01:14:16 | More by antique
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TheHopfather

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

assuming 2011 bottle poured into DFH signature glass

A- pitch black with 2 finger khaki colored head. When held up to light, nothing but black is evident.

S- a bit boozy. dark fruit, with a bit of chocolate. Roasty stout aroma.

T- Dry and boozy, yet doesn't taste too "hot" if that even makes sense. Roasty stout flavor with hints of dark fruit and the classic slight coffee and chocolate.

M- Thick mouthfeel. the more mouthfeel the better in my mind, and this one does not disappoint. Quite impressive compared to my expectations.

D- This one is fairly drinkable for the style. the mouthfeel impedes it, but the taste doesn't burn out the pallet nor overpower the tastebuds.

O- without counting the value into review, this one is still a great solid RIS. I plan on getting plenty of this to age and experiment with as it is so cost effective. Buy in bulk and buy often.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:01:12 | More by TheHopfather
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,024 ratings.