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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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9,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,900
Reviews: 3,362
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,324 | FT: 43
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.3/5  rDev 0%

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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Very good Imperial Stout. Definitely drinks best on the warmer side. Bold, yet smooth. Classic imperial stout.

Kevinpitts, Yesterday at 07:15 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Irishize75, Yesterday at 06:41 AM
Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Serving: 12 ounce bottle poured into an Old Rasputin 10 ounce nonic glass

Appearance: Jet black with a tan colored head, lots of lacing, sticks throughout the glass while I enjoy this brew.

Smell: The bottle I am rating is fresh, getting some hops on the front of the aroma, getting some coffee, malted roast aromas in the middle and end.

Taste: Hops on the front, coffee, chocolate roast in the middle, with bitterness at the end. The roasted chocolate malts linger with the bitterness, very nice. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, covers the palate, great mouthfeel, not watery at all, but not too thick. Very dry on the palate. Lots of carbonation, tiny bubbles.

Overall: This beer is world class, fresh it has a lot of hops for an imperial stout, with some age, the hops reside and more of the roasted chocolate elements of the beer come forward. Love this beer, one of my all time favorites, and a prime example of a Russian Imperial Stout, a must try!

Catracho5, Yesterday at 06:29 AM
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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