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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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10,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,199
Reviews: 3,384
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,463 | FT: 44
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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Photo of dredz_126
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great looking bottle. Bought it using the beer advocate rating system. Pours very beautifully. Has a sweet chocolaty and caramel element in the smell. As far as taste; very smooth, velvety. The high alchohol content is very well hidden. A new favorite indeed!

dredz_126, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of BEERschlitz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BEERschlitz, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of marvmoreno
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

marvmoreno, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of JohnRyanJosey
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's getting colder, so that means I have to review a beer with a lot of alcohol that really warms you up. My second favorite beer of all time, just barely behind Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. This bad boy is HUGE. If you don't like your beers strong, you will absolutely hate this. On the other hand, if you like stouts, you have to give this thing a try. It's won THIRTEEN GOLD MEDALS in world beer festivals. It's as good as stouts get.

Appearance: 5 This baby is jet-black. A little red at the edges where just the faintest bit of light gets through, but that's it. A cocoa-brown head that dissipated quickly in my stein, but left nice lacing.

Smell: 5 Big alcohol smell, but also toasty coffee and roasted malts. Hits you in the face hard, so be prepared.

Taste: 5 Holy crap. Alcohol warming, but burnt coffee (in a good way) and strong chocolate. The aftertaste is strong dark chocolate and a very warming finish.

Mouthfeel: 5 thick, rich, and tongue-coating

Overall: 5 This is simply indescribable. There are too many strong flavors combining and re-combining for me to adequately describe them here. I just put short snippets of what I could, but it's simply the best stout there is. A drink that must be savored, slowly letting your mind wander to wherever the flavors take you. It's incredible. If you like stouts, this is the best one there is. A must-try.

JohnRyanJosey, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of BA_Berto
4/5  rDev -7%

BA_Berto, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of kona14
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

kona14, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Captain_Komamura
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - It is black, with a good head.

Smell - It is a like a burnt chocolate coffee smell to it.

Taste - Like the smell, but with a slight bitter toffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A bit syrup like, goes down nice.

Overall - It is an amazing Russian Stout, if it where cheaper I would get it more.

Captain_Komamura, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of eclosson22
4/5  rDev -7%

eclosson22, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of sbrendon89
5/5  rDev +16.3%

sbrendon89, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of anarchia
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a thick, creamy, ugly brown head. By ugly I mean beautiful, of course. Aroma is smoked wood, roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar--and maybe I'm just fantasizing here, in a Rasputin trance, but I pick up a faint, savory aroma that reminds me of bacon in the oven. Thick and syrupy with an acidic bite at the end that whispers "sip some more, sip some more!" Smokey, sweet, burnt, complex, chocolate, wood, hints of spice even (nutmeg & cinnamon). This has been and continues to be my go-to Imperial Stout. Others might be stronger but none hit me the way Old Rasputin does, even after all these years. Seems like a lot of people agree.

anarchia, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of ejohnson654
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ejohnson654, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

xungmound98, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
4/5  rDev -7%

hotsudge, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Sunn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Sunn, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of jjohnston88
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jjohnston88, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of 4amepiphany
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

4amepiphany, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of salinasa
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

salinasa, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of rallens
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites, I call it "Old Reliable" just for fun. I am reviewing this for the serving type "on-tap", however I have had it bottled as well, and it never let's me down in either form. Very rich flavor, with a smooth after taste (not pruny tasting). Highly recommended for all, even if you don't care for Stouts.

rallens, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Rast, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Benesi88, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

victory4me, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Bstewart, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

HOMEPL8, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of KevinDanger23
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

KevinDanger23, Nov 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

bcarrigg90, Nov 07, 2013
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,199 ratings.