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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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10,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,201
Reviews: 3,384
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 333
Gots: 1,464 | 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 tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a shade of black, barely dark brown around the very top and edges of the beer - looks super viscous and thick as hell. Leather-tan head, super thick with little fine bubbles; great definition and nice retention.

The chocolate aroma is noticeable even before putting your nose to the glass. Huge bouts of unsweetened, dark cocoa beans and bittersweet, black coffee/espresso beans as a secondary note. Big-time roasted malt aromas fill your head, leaving a silky smooth and buttery feeling before even taking a sip.

First sip, chocolate amasses on the palate to a huge degree; dense and deep - not like a milk chocolate bar, more like a less-sweet version of dark chocolate, raw cocoa beans, dry cocoa powder. The chocolate gives way fairly quickly to a charred, woody, nutty flavor; oak and nuts, just toasted to hell and burnt to a crisp. Some slightly bitter coffee is in the background, maybe more like espresso - very strong, deep, rich, and dense.

The woody flavor lasts until the end and even begins to take on a smokey character after a bit. A few seconds before the final moments of the sip, the bitterness of the hops start to come alive, and are very noticeable here, unlike many RIS's where the hops are almost nowhere to be seen. They take on a very herbal, leafy, and grassy profile, playing hand-in-hand with the bitterness from the unsweetened cocoa and coffee flavors earlier.

The bitterness from the hops grows and fades out - the aftertaste is a combination of the herbal burn, charred and smokey wood, slight tobacco, and an overall roasted-character finish. Overall, a very dry, bitter, and nearly harsh finish which is supported by some underlying sweetness from the malt. Alcohol warmth is notable at seemingly random times, but never impedes or distracts. Thick and creamy body, silky smooth, robust, and rich. Medium carbonation, slightly higher than many other RIS's.

Wow, a truly complex beer, and very true to it's style. This RIS is unique enough to stand out and that's what has allowed it to make a name for itself. Nice, noticeable bitterness and herbal hop presence which goes unnoticed in so many brews of this style - very refreshing for a change of pace. Slow sipper at 9.0% ABV, but the alcohol plays well with the palate and never gets overbearing. Bottom line: if you like RIS's - stock up on this.

tectactoe, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of SitkaSteve
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a jet black color with a thin half finger of off white to slight tan foamy head. There was a gentle spider web lacing sticking but ending up sliding a bit into the beer.
The smell had some nice roasty to sweet chocolates with a decent amount of light roasty coffee.
The taste was mainly sweet with a nice roasty chocolate quality to it. There is also a nice long dry chocolate aftertaste with a very satisfying sweet finish.
The mouthfeel seems to be fairly creamy and sweet.
Overall, so glad to have this again tonight for a nice touch of a revisit and that I have three more of these to cherish.

SitkaSteve, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of popopine
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy coffee-chocolate-licorice-flavor mother of god -- this one is big indeed. Nice deep black color. Medium head. (Hint of cat pee aroma not so great but easy enough to look past). 1st one and certainly not my last. i was going to try and float a pils on top but that would just f-it up.

Like a good Guinness on steroids.

popopine, Jul 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +4%

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Photo of humuloner22
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this one around for a while, but honestly I did not know what it was. I have been more hardcore into stouts lately and I felt that it was time to expand my horizons. I honestly purchased this beer on blind faith. I had no idea what I was purchasing and had no idea the high reviews it received on here.

Appearance: pours black as widows dreams, no light at all, large amount of head, it could have been the Bell's tulip I poured it into. The head remains fairly substantial and is a khaki caramel color.

Smell: Boozy at first, but nice chocolate and coffee aromas are in there. Definitely a more coco driven stout than coffee though. Sweet caramel and malts are also in there and maybe some vanilla.

Taste: It does have some alcohol burn, but its a 9% beer, however I have had 9% beers that had no burn at all. Good mild coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla notes, but the vanilla definitely takes a back seat to the chocolate. This is pretty boozy beer. I get a lot of alcohol in this one though. Its not really well hidden and it is also kind of on the thin side but not too much, I would prefer this one be a bit thicker on the mouth.

Overall: Solid beer, I have had better stouts, I am a bit surprised at the high ratings on here, but I guess that is because it has been around a while. Its good but not great. My main problem is that the booze is not all that well hidden.

humuloner22, Wednesday at 02:30 AM
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,201 ratings.