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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 8391
Reviews: 3289
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%


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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Mantooth

North Carolina

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

Poured from a nitro-tap at Tyler's (Carrboro, NC) into a pint glass.

A: Massive mocha head, much lighter than it is from the bottle or on draft without the nitro infussion. Crazy thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a bit musty and not too dissimilar to Ron Burgundy's place: he has many leather-bound books and his apartment smells of rich mahogany.

T: Espresso, tofee, burnt malt & dark chocolate sweet in the finish.

M: Creamy (nitro) and sweet, fully coating the mouth upfront and ending with a thinner bitterness.

O: Potent beer milkshake.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-13-2012 17:24:21 | More by Mantooth
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Merkur

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice pitch black, with about 2 fingers worth of tan, creamy head.

Beer does not have alot of strong smell. A bit of coffee and chocolate, but not much.

Beer tastes very strongly of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and rich. Almost like drinking a milkshake.

A must try on nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-11-2012 04:22:00 | More by Merkur
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Phelps

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter at Papago.

None more black. Atop is a one-finger head of sand colored form that I let air out for about 15 minutes without it receding as much as a millimeter. Thick, sticky walls of lace coat the glass as I drink.

Smells burnt. Overtoasted bread, medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, touches of tobacco. The aroma overall is good, but is also a little subdued. Hard to pick up much through the thick head.

In the flavor, smokiness is increased, like a campfire. Bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, toast. A touch of sweet chocolate at the swallow, culminating in a smooth blend of burnt and sweet flavors.

The full, smooth, creamy, soft body is damn near perfect. Like a fleece blanket, it’s so smooth on the tongue. A touch of tingly carbonation keeps things lively, and there’s just a hint of alcohol in the nose. Finishes clean, which is a pleasant surprise. You'd expect it to be heavy.

Nitro is the way Rasputin was meant to be served. So, so smooth. Great feel, awesome flavor.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-20-2011 23:48:23 | More by Phelps
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mingo1968

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured dark as midnight with a nice soft thick head that stuck to the sides of the glass. I tastes hints of chocolate and coffee. The feel was creamy and smooth this went down very easy and at 9% i didnt taste any alcohol in the finish. I drank this with a smoked pork chop sandwich that i thought went well together. If you see this on tap i recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-19-2011 18:57:31 | More by mingo1968
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BenHesk12

California

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best imperial stout's I've ever had. Enjoyed out of a nitro tap, Old Rasputin has perfectly balanced flavors of bitter dark chocolate and coffee, as well as a surprisingly high alcohol content of 9%. Pours deep black with a creamy brown head, the low carbonation allows for full enjoyment of this delectable stout. Gentle mouthfeel and strong flavors that leave little to be desired. Can't think of a RIS I'd rather sip on a cold winter night than old rasputin

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-27-2011 01:27:20 | More by BenHesk12
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YumYumGumGum

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro tap served at crossroads coffee and icecream on southside richmond, va.

A: black with three finger superfine nitro head

S: booze! Barleyish caramel chocolate mix.

T: no caramel just imperial grain and some chocolate and black coffee

M: awesome, creamy texture and greating carbonation with a medium lacing for a substantial stout.

O: highly recommend on nitro. Average in bottle.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-20-2011 05:45:23 | More by YumYumGumGum
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cosmo4u

New York

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

on tap at the yardhouse in yonkers NY 11/12/11

Dark as night. Lower carbonation level due to the high alcohol content. Chocolate aroma with hints of licorice. Incredible flavour!! Coffee at first, with a smooth sweet chocolate middle, then a little warming with a gentle chocolate finish. The alcohol certaintly does not overpower. Mouthfeel is perfect, not too thin, but not too syrupy. Overall this is sweeter than other imperial stouts that I have tried, but with good balance. This truly is one of the world’s great beers! Thanks to Brian for serving me this remarkable beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-14-2011 21:05:58 | More by cosmo4u
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - Black as black can be. Thick, fluffy, latte-like head. Sits there for a long time as tall as it started. Well, until I took a sip a few minutes after the pour. Incredible.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt smack your brain. I'm inclined to describe the nose as creamy.

T - Thick, creamy roasted malt. Chocolate. Coffee. Slight alcohol. Amazing.

M - Smooth, creamy. Like a milkshake. Your mouth becomes filled with a residual roasty taste.

While Old Rasputin is great out of the bottle and the regular tap, nitro-tap puts it on another level.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-07-2011 06:29:19 | More by Gatch
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jvillefan

California

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

Got this beer on nitro at Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA.

A: Amazing, witth a light brown head that initially takes up the entire glass. After two minutes the head disappated to about three fingers. If you get this on nitro watch as the head melts into one of the best beers you've ever had.

S: The smell is slightly less then impressive. There is malt, hops, and alcohol, but is is not that strong.

T: Awesome. The dominate flavor is malt but it is perfectly balanced with hops, citrus, and caramel. After a while the chocolatly undertones come out and make this beer amazing.

M: This beer fills the mouth the way a beer should. It is viscous despite the high alcohol. The nitro is an awesome addition to this beer.

O: if you have not had had this beer on nitro then you have not had a stout. This is beer should be placed among the elite.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-02-2011 02:24:40 | More by jvillefan
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wedge

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Flying Saucer

I'm not usually one for Nitro beers, but I was feeling adventurous and decided to give an old classic a try. Pours black with a typically thick, dense, stable slab of a head on top that leaves much lacing on the glass. Nearly no aroma at first, but then a semi-sweet chocolate aroma emerges with an increased dark fruitiness as it warms. Tasty from the start...I think maybe a bigger stout like this is what I need from a nitro tap. Lots of chocolaty roast and a gentle creamy sweetness. Feels a little less than full bodied this way, but still obviously very smooth and floaty in the mouth. Whereas most nitro I come across is rather mild and bland, this is not...it works! It also reminds me that I need to revisit this widely available, great stout more often.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-01-2011 12:25:47 | More by wedge
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick and creamy head. Like with many nitros, you must wait until the beer settles before taking your first sip - but, the great visual effect of the beer settling makes the wait bearable.

The aroma is roasty with some general sweetness. The first sip yields a hearty beer with a bitter roasted finish that has a slight alcohol burn on the back end. As one drinks this gem down, the foam ring remnants divulge the size of each delicious gulp.

Since its an imperial, it could have a stronger roast profile, but no need to nitpick.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-28-2011 07:42:30 | More by 57md
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vfgccp

New York

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-Nitro tap-

A – Ridiculous, tempurpedic-pillow of a head stuck around at 2 inches high for almost 15 minutes till the glass was empty. Great lace. Almost pitch black body.

S – Malty with a deep pumpernickel breadiness, a touch of milk chocolate, and a tang of bitter roast.

T – Dark chocolate into a dark bready malt. A nice, solid woody bitter ramps up to balance the profile in the center. Full roasty finish with lingering sweet cream and molasses.

M – The pillow of foam lends a fantastic creaminess to the mouthfeel. Medium-full body starts a bit lighter than you’d expect, but quickly fills out to end rich and smooth.

O – Delicious, big, complex, and well balanced. Could use a shade more integration between the flavors, but this is still one the best beers I’ve ever had on tap.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-29-2011 03:20:12 | More by vfgccp
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antlerwrestler19

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oily pitch black with a half finger caramel mocha head that is super creamy - as I begin to take sips it leaves an impermeable coat of lace around the glass - excellent. The smell is coffee roast, chocolate malt, and burnt sugars - nice, roasty, and inviting. The flavors are no surprise - roasted malt, dark bitter and semisweet chocolate, dark fruits that have a bit of tang to them at the back of the tongue and bitter hops play through nicely as well - altogether very roasty and faintly smokey flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy like whole or chocolate milk and there is a presence of the alcohol. This beer is delicious I've had it on tap and bottled numerous times but finally got the audacity to review it. Love this beer and I'm glad its so readily available.

Enjoy!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-07-2011 03:12:43 | More by antlerwrestler19
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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

On Nitro tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

A- Pour just about black, totally opaque, with a huge turbulent khaki head. The head on this beer is amazing, it eventually settles to an incredibly creamy, khaki layer about a finger deep. Produces a heavy coating of lace.

S- Lots of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some vanilla.

T- The flavor here is massive. The malts are big and heavily roasted, with fistfuls of roasted coffee beans with some chocolate and char. Hops become more noticeable once you can get past the malts, some citrus is hidden in there. Finishes dry with some sweetness and a lot of alcohol, which is just a bit warming.

M- I can hardly even describe this. Full bodied and unbelievably smooth and creamy. The nitro produces a thick, rich feel. It mellows out after a while but the first few sips are like drinking a milkshake.

O- My first nitro experience and I'm really impressed. This beer retains all of the great flavors of a Russian Imperial stout but the feel on this brew is really incredible.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-18-2011 01:43:58 | More by WillCarrera
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

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

Served on nitro-tap in a snifter glass at Mikro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Black as night with a dense, two-finger head of creamy, tan foam which left chunks of lace on the glass and persisted throughout the finish.

S: Roasted black malt, spicy fruity notes, chocolate, raisin and a whiff of booze to add complexity.

T: Bitter, herbal, roasted malt flavor that gives off espresso bean, cocoa nib and fig flavors. Lots to work with here as a bitter, herbal hop rushes the palate, lending earthy, tobacco leaf qualities to the mix. Finishes bittersweet with some clingy, dark sugars and a smooth, creamy roasted aftertaste.

M: Creamy, full-bodied stout with a bit to chew on as well. Very smooth, deep and complex.

O: For the barleywine fan in your life, Old Rasputin is almost as good as it gets. The nitro-tap presentation here adds another dimension of complexity and enjoyment to the mix. Dangerously drinkable at 9% ABV, this stout is a favorite to have on hand during the cold winter months but is a treat for a dreary summer evening as well.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-07-2011 17:00:28 | More by Gambrinus1184
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a small chalice

The beer comes out from the bar black as midnight, with very few dark ruby highlights. There is about two fingers worth of dense, tightly packed dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving behind sheets of lacing.

The aroma is comprised of roasted malts with lots of chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla. There is quite a hop presence for a RIS. The alcohol is mildly present in the nose, but not overwhelmingly so.

The flavor is much bigger than the aroma would lead you to believe. Loaded with heavily roasted malts and chocolate, and accented by coffee and a slightly burnt quality. The hop presence is quite bright and noticable. The citrusy hop character seems to meld well with the roasty and chocolatey flavors that define this beer. Almost too much hop presence... Almost. Full bodied and creamy with a silky feel on the toungue. Finishes sweet with just a slight alcohol burn.

Remarkably drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-19-2011 20:24:23 | More by CBlack85
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro Tap at The Royale in St. Louis

A- Extremely dark, pours large creamy head

S- Smells subtle, hints of coffee and chocolate

T- Very well balanced. Lots of coffee upfront, creamy vanilla in the middle, a little acidic on the back. Alcohol is almost completely masked.

M- Medium and sticky body, very very smooth.

O- This was really great on nitro, much better than on regular tap or bottle. It really made it a lot creamier and balanced out the stronger coffee and alcohol notes.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-17-2011 22:10:49 | More by fo1ksguitar
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mjw06

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In a mediocre approach to this, I can best describe this beer by applying it to the "King of Stouts" in the manner that Budweiser is the "King of Beers." I can imagine Old Rasputin is what happens when the flavor of Guinness Foreign Extra meets the feel of Guinness Draught. But that's way to simple. Old Rasputin has an amazing full-bodied thick and creamy mouth that just isn't present in any other stout I've ever encountered. Somehow, the best of many worlds is what you get with Old Rasputin. Nevertheless, the taste packed an unpleasant bitterness on the swallow that I judged to be an imperfection and I was also disappointed with the alcohol, not that it was present, but rather its location on the palate. These of course are personal peculiarities that others may in fact love. I'd like to try this beer again however, exceptionally paired.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-11-2011 18:18:23 | More by mjw06
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mrkun

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro at Toronado SD.

A: Stout black with really foamy tan head with very nice lacing.

S: Roasty malt with mild coffee notes.

T: The taste follows the nose with strong roasty flavors becoming more prevalent as the beer warms up.

M: Very light carbonation and ultra smooth and creamy.

O: This is great on nitro and the creaminess makes it very easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-17-2011 06:20:11 | More by mrkun
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zimm421

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap in a standard pint glass at Bodega on 6/9/11. Appears a dark brown with slight black hues (not quite pitch black though). Has a thick, fluffy tan head that sticks around forever and leaves the best lacing I've ever experienced.

The nose smells of dark chocolate and malts with some alcohol scents as well. The aroma isn't as overpowering as I hoped, but still smells good. The taste is very similar with dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The alcohol doesn't jump out at you. Finishes slightly bitter and goes down well. Not quite as flavorful as the bottled version, but definitely still enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth. Thick, heavy bodied and lesser carbonation than the bottled version. Overall, the nitro makes it beautiful in the glass, makes it go down smoother and makes it slightly more easy to drink. The tastes are less outstanding but still good. Again, still a great brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-11-2011 21:18:18 | More by zimm421
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at the Owl House, served into a tulip.

A- motor oil body with a solid 3" of dense mocha head that slowly disperses into curtains of lacing all down the glass.

S- Only really catching bitter chocolate and coffee here.

T- Roasty, sweet malts, coffee and dark chocolate

M- Starts off nice and creamy and full, then towards the middle loses a bit of it's body and seems to get watery, only to return with a solid finish.

O- Very impressed how well this beer does on nitro. Will definitely have again and again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-11-2011 20:53:03 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I knew what this was going to look like after having it from the bottle a few times before. The Nitro just sets this brew off right from the start. It's got the deep black stout look to it. With a wonderfully thick creamy tan head that leaves a fantastic lacing down the glass. The smell has some pine on the nose with a deep roasted aroma following after. The taste is explosive, it's hoppy and has a masterful chocolate taste. The finish is dry and smoother than just about any beer I've ever had. The mouthfeel is creamy, heavy and silky smooth. Overall I never wanna have this from a bottle again. If you see this on Nitro it's a must have!

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-10-2011 22:30:33 | More by Knapp85
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

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

A: It’s pitch black with a finger worth of light brown creamy head. Settles to a solid cap and left tons of lace.

S: Roasted malt and coffee for the most part. No alcohol on the nose.

T: Roasted malt with some dark chocolate and coffee. You also get some alcohol on the finish.

M: Light carbonation a medium body.

O: Sampled this on tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver. I normally hate anything nitro but this had a good mouthfeel and the taste wasn’t watered down either. I would however like to try this not with nitro to see the difference.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-09-2011 23:18:15 | More by marty21
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beagle75

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft service with nitrogen propulsion at Yard House in Irvine.

A: Opaque black color with over one finger of dense and persistent beige foam head. Heavy, continuous sheeting of lace remains on the glass.

S: Generic dark roast is present, with a weak charcoal and mineral snap. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with concentrated roasted grain and semi-sweet Hershey's syrup. Acidity is very restrained into the middle, where a whiff of dark fruit emerges. The finish is remarkably mild for the style, slightly spirituous, with easy-going bitterness that seems as tied to the roasted barley as to earthy hops. A fine thread of dark olive brine lingers on the palate.

M: Thick viscosity, smooth and creamy on the palate, with very low carbonation.

D/O: Before imperial stouts were cool, there was North Coast's Old Rasputin. I remember the first time I tried it during Winter 2001-2002--when craft beer meant Sierra Nevada pale ale, Alaskan amber, Widmer wheat, or whatever stout I could get at the local brewpubs--and it was shocking to the senses. I may have thought that no beer should taste as this does. Now the beer endures, and it offers an honest look at how my palate has changed in a decade. Now (and especially on nitro-tap) it is a mellow and even old-fashioned take on the style, with a drinkability that is off the charts compared to its contemporaries. While some strong members of the porter-styles seem to struggle to separate roasty from smoky qualities, this is all roast and no smoke. It is chocolatey at the front-end, with a small finish that leaves room for that dessert such a beer is expected to accompany so well.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-24-2011 23:38:53 | More by beagle75
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farlieonfootie

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin pours a pitch dark black, with a two fingered, milk chocolate head that looks as if it's gonna stay awhile, and leaves behind epic lacing. I get malt, licorice and other dark stuff on the nose; Old Rasputin smells kinda boozy.

And the taste? Wow! Liquid heaven. Very complex, and oh, so smooth, like a velvet hammer. This stuff could kill you. I taste hops, roasted malts, and then rich, dark chocolate before the long, sweet finish. This beer is not for everyone: Big Boys only need apply. It's one of my absolute favorites; it just doesn't get any better than this.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-21-2011 14:20:40 | More by farlieonfootie
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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