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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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10,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,801
Reviews: 3,513
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 417
Gots: 1,933 | FT: 53
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: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap, a great winter beer. I haven't really been too big into stouts but lately more so and this one is truly fantastic. Totally black color with a nice minimal carbonation and super frothy creamy head, only about a centimeter thick. Lace clings to the glass like mud.
Smells very toasty and roast from the malt. Clean and alcoholic at the same time with some spiciness. Taste is very smooth and rich almost sweeter toward the beginning but that fades away quickly with the roasted/burt malt and coffee characteristic of the middle. The finish is hoppy and still coffee like with a little milk chocolate and slightly sweet.
Super creamy mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Very worth it to pick some of this up again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I haven't formally reviewed this before. 12 oz bottle, no bottling date that I can see, poured into my Darkness tulip.

Dark brown pour with a light mocha frothy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Very nice in the glass.

This is aromatic even though my nose is stuffed up. Extremely roasty with strong notes of baker's chocolate. Spent coffee grains are present but more subtle. Not very hoppy.

Taste is roasty and burnt, smoky, morseso than most imperial stouts, bordering on rauchbier level of smokiness. Some bitter hops and cacao. Halfway-burnt cigar ash. Almost no alcohol, remarkable.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth body, medium carbonation, and a sticky finish, but could really use more oomph behind it. Could be fuller and creamier. Not off-putting but holds the brew up.

Overall this is renowned for it's great price point and year-round availability. Definitely the best RIS that is year-round, present everywhere, and $10/4pack. It doesn't compare to the world-class RIS's that I've had the pleasure of drinking, but I would drink this any day of the week with a smile on my face, and save some time and money while I was at it. Pick up a 4-pack with no reservations.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013/14 Old Rasputin (No date on bottle or packaging, but it looks pretty new) 12oz, Opened on 1/22/14 and poured into a snifter.

A - Pours black like dark chocolate and forms a nice dark tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly though. Beer is dark, dark black and not see through. When held up to the light you can barely see through the outermost rim. What you can see through looks like burnt wood with just a hint of brown.

S - First smell i get is this raspberry jam kind of smell followed by the roasted malt and a whole lot of chocolate. Also a strong alcohol presence cuts through. Maybe a little burnt toast in there as well. But i burned toast in my house about an hour ago so it might be coming from that.

T - Right away i get the awesome roasted malt flavor followed up by heavy amounts of dark chocolate. I also get some fig and date flavors when i take a nice big sip. A bit of coffee bitterness on the finish with an alcohol heat that creeps up the throat. Mmmm!

M - Nice and creamy texture with a good amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth well but doesn't feel syrupy. I prefer a little less carbonation in my darker beers otherwise it is great.

O - Delicious as always. I love the strong bitterness i get from the coffee and dark chocolate and the mild alcohol warmth that comes on at the end. It isn't too intense, but just right. One of my favorite RIS. I get it every year around my birthday to cellar so i can do a nice vertical on my bday. This beer is both delicious fresh, and aged for a couple years.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Rasputin greets me from the label with his trademark piercing gaze. He fills my vessel with a liquid black pearl through which the most determined light shall not pass. It actually appears that light particles are being pulled in, perhaps through a wormhole to another dimension. One finger of tight khaki head recedes to a persistent ring of vigilant foam.

Roasted espresso beans and burnt cocoa meet dark fruits and faint molasses in the nose. The initial feel on the tongue is silky smooth, morphing first into a crisp carbonated zing, then a bittersweet dark chocolate bite. French roast coffee and dark dark chocolate dominate the flavor, while smoky caramel malt and grassy hops dance in the background. As the nectar warms, a slight alcohol heat comes through on the finish.

Overall, this is simply one of the finest [non barrel-aged] stouts I've ever had. There is never a dull moment spent with Rasputin. The aroma, texture, and flavors converge to provide an experience that never disappoints.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured jet black, with a taller-than-expected, rich, creamy tan head. The head recedes slowly, and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Attractive film hovers above the beer for the duration of the beer. Nice, but difficult to differentiate appearance in this style.

S - Very nice potency. I can smell it without jamming my entire face into the glass. Roasty malt. Dark chocolate.

T - Follows the nose. The tastes are clean readily discernible. Clean coffee, milk chocolate. Just a subtle sweetness, and no burnt notes. Just a bit of alcohol on the finish. Normally I don't like this, but it works well here.

M - I suppose it's possible for a beer to feel better, but I'm not going to split hairs here. Full-bodied. Luxurious. Goes down like silk, yet with just a hint of supporting carbonation. Love this.

O - Another eye-opening imperial stout. My second this week. At one time I held off on this beer due to 4-pack quantity and perceived high price. Those reasons have since been swept away. Truly a delicious beer.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,801 ratings.