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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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10,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,549
Reviews: 3,448
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,727 | FT: 47
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

Appearance - Pours dark as night (cola black) with a finger width of creamy tan head. Some slight bubbles present.

Smell - Dark chocolate, cherries, hint of vanilla.

Taste - The dark chocolate flavour is the most predominant. Slight hint of cherry and nut (almost like a hazelnut). Nice bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and slightly creamy with light carbonation.

Overall - Quite a unique imperial stout by North Coast. I was surprised by the intensity of the dark chocolate and cherry flavours. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Obsidian with ruby tint and some stray photons passing through edges. Two finger ecru head with excellent head retention and great lacing

S - faint smell of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with alcohol in background

T - Extremely smooth the whole way with roasted barley and chocolate in the front and nice EtOH the whole way through. Not as bold as I expected but so smooth. Very little bitterness

M - full body moderate carbonation creamy and smooth

O - Fantastic Imperial stout. One of my favorites but still not as good as The Abyss.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this beer is what a Russian Imperial stout should be. Taste outstanding. looks dark as night. Feels the way it should and it smells similar to dark coffee / dark chocolate. The flavor is full on roasted goodness. Why pass this one up? Just get it.

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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what the date of this bottle was, but I've been holding on to it for a little over a year now. I haven't reviewed a fresh bottle, but I have definitely had it before.

Looks very tasty. Half-finger tan head that fades and leaves bubble around the edge of the surface. Deep black color that absolutely no light is going to get through.

Surprisingly fruity notes on the smell. Light caramel and chocolate smells as well, not overpowering though.

I would say this definitely tastes different than a younger bottle. There's a blast of sweet fruity caramel on the front with bitter chocolate staying for the finish. The alcohol has smoothed out over time also.

Relative to other imperial stouts this is fairly light bodied. There's a bit of stickiness that coats your mouth, but nothing unpleasant.

Holding on to this bottle was a bit of an experiment and I would say it turned out great! I'm gonna have to grab another four pack to replace this bottle.

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4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brickhouse a few months back, reviewing from chicken-scratch on the back of a receipt. Served in a pint glass with a one finger light tan head. Body of the beer is black, though I think a deep brown would be a better descriptor, as it's not truly a jet black. Aroma is of dark sweet malts, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel. When I sip the beer I get flavors of dark chocolate, roasted notes, bitterness, malt sweetness. Body is not as thick as expected considering the smell and the high ABV. I am generally not an RIS kind of guy, but this was one of the first imperial stouts I have enjoyed.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,549 ratings.