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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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9,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,922
Reviews: 3,363
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,333 | FT: 42
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BlakeMatt, Feb 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

thatdavegy, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

artdec0, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

chrispoint, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Pdu8s
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- The best part about this beer is how it looks. It is extremely dark, almost black, with a brown head. It looks delicious

S- Not much of a smell, but what you can smell is pretty similar to the taste.

T- Roasty, Tofee taste apparent, but it definitely gets overwhelmed by the alcohol taste. It has a warming finish, but this beer, to me, was too bitter and tasted too strongly of alcohol. Had an almost soap-like taste.

M- Not as thick as you might think, has a creamy consistency.

Pdu8s, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of scar
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing beer and terrific in a special very American way. Taste and look were the best part of the beer,with smell lacking for an Imperial Stout.
My opinion is that even though this is an American Classic, this beer is really an over grown American/Foreign Extra Stout.

Imperial Stouts are billed as having aromas of dark fruit, burnt sugar, and aggressive yeast aromas and traditionally if true "English Stouts" don't have such a heavy Rbarley/coffee note.

Despite this, the beer was soooo drinkable and I love idea of an overgrown carrying a big stick stout.

scar, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ystazi, Jan 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ale207, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tinge of burgundy and piles of thick, creamy stiff sepia head that rims and just doesn't fade, leaving an abstract art installation worth of lace. Roast in the form of ash, bark, loam, an umame/fish note, and big orange oil hops - intriguing.
Oily espresso, char, hint of boysenberry, but also a warming undertone of fig and prune juice then a 1-2 punch of roast acidity and punishing hop bitterness plus a pinch of salt.
Citrus oil finish and colossal bitter linger. Medium to full, clingy and sticky, silky, no burn.

New record holder for the bitterest stout I've ever tasted, and possibly the hoppiest, too. It could be ever so slightly too thin, but probably has to be to stay drinkable. I can totally understand how this can have 3000+ reviews and still get the score it does. Amazing that a recipe this old has not been definitively bettered - and I'd argue it hasn't.


StJamesGate, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

VeggieNugget, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

TobinMitnick, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

Ajlvt, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Samp, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jnikkel, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

JustinQ, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

McBraniel, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Hogwildest, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of JerseyKirk
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: thick, 3 finger brown head. Pitch black. Nicely carbed.

S: dark fruit, chocolate, molasses.

T: molasses, thick black coffee, lingering bitterness, sharp alcohol bite, more booze, roastiness.

M: dry, leaves mouth feeling like a desert with a hint of alcohol emanating out.

O: would definitely stave off the cold in russia. I'm sure rasputins fermaltahyded phallace would also be engorged even in the frightfully coldest of nights. All things aside. Wonderfully drinkable. Great for the style.

JerseyKirk, Jan 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

imperialfreak, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

CarolinaKevin, Jan 29, 2012
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,922 ratings.