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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

10,518 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,518
Reviews: 3,438
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 382
Gots: 1,700 | 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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Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours with the usual Nitro flare, with khaki froth falling to the bottom of the glass. Head retention is top notch, lasting over 20min. The body is jet black, and opaque, no matter the lighting.

S: Bouquet is well presented, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and demerara sugar.

T: Ol' Raspy is semi-sweet with notes of dark chocolate, cream, and demerara.

M: Full bodied and creamy without being sticky or sloppy. Rich, yet delicate.

D: I have always loved the Old Rasputin, but the nitro offering is a great improvement. The bottled version is slightly hoppier than it should be, and the nitro both mutes this, and enhances the mouthfeel. Overall, this is a must have if you ever see it at your local pub.

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

A -

S - An extremely dark roasted malty aroma, with a hint of alcohol too.

T - Flavors are excellent; starting out with creamy chocolate and roasted coffee flavors, evolving with nutty flavors as well; addition of alcohol actually contributes positively overall to the beer's flavors; 9% alcohol content is very well matched with the sweet aspects to provide a strong flavor; very powerful and lasting flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, with some dark fruity and acidic tastes at the very end

M - again, due to the alcohol, a nice warming sensation washes over me after about the 3rd swig; thick but surprisingly not sticky afterfeel in my mouth; very pleasant

D - If the empty bottles didn't let me know how many I drank, I'd've easily died of alcohol poisoning. Seriously, though, this beer is dangerously easy to drink.

This might be one of my favorite beers. Period.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of obywan59
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one pitch black brew, with a 4 finger chunky head towering over my glass. It leaves very sticky lacing.

The aroma is of rich roasted malt complemented perfectly by over-ripe citrus and whiffs of coffee. It almost smells as if it were barrel-aged.

Sweet, smooth, and almost milky, like milk chocolate with caramel Bitter hops and roast malts refuse to allow the sweetness to overpower.

Thick and creamy in the mouth, with a bit of light foaminess. Very warming.

One of the best stouts. It's sweet, as I prefer, but countered well by the heavy bitterness. Great for a cool spring night.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been aging this one for nearly two-years, something I do not routinely do, if ever at all. I actually cant even remember what caused me to beging saving and aging this one, but I got a new place and thought I'd cristen it appropriately.

Pours a pitch black in color with a head I can only describe as some sort of irridescent peanut butter brown color. Thick and heavy, just as expected.

Aromas of alcohol seems to mask any other odor that may be seeping from my glass. Smells a little more like deep red wine than it does a beer. Maybe some raisins and dark chocoalte seep through, but mainly its just alcohol.

Wow, this one is definitly a sipper. One of the most complex-tasting beers that have ever graced my lips. Drinking any faster than a snail's pace would be wasting the excellent flavors this one has to offer and any opportunity to decipher them. At the front of the palate it is fairly simple, maybe roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol. . . but as the sip continues, and onslaught of flavors pour through. It seems as every sip is a bit different than the previous one, so picking them out is a bit of a task. Dark chocolate, coffee, herbal/plant-like (maybe that is the hops), vanilla bean, raisins, dried fruits, buscuits, chalk. It seems as if the list could continue on and on.

A heavy, slick, almost oily mouthfeel. The drinkability is good if your into kicking back with a slow sipper. This one is definitly not for the faint of heart, and also definitly worth the price and effort.

Photo of fx20736
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4 pak from Southtown Beverages in Rochester on 1/25/14. Poured into a Samuel Smith's pint glass at cellar temp.

appearance: Viscuos black with a towering mocha head.nice lacing.

smell: deep, deep roast, coffee, some chocolate. World Class.

taste: one of the best non barrel aged tasting beers I have ever sipped. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, charred roast. A nice hoppiness at the end acts as a rudder through this madness of flavor.

mouthfeel: unctuous, pleasing.

overall: an explosion of flavor that leaves shockwaves rippling through my soul. This is mind boggling.

Photo of biglite351
3.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - dark as night with a brown head that leaves lacing.

S - heavy roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.

T - a little hop. Roasted malts with a little chocolate.

M - medium coating. Has a carbonated feel like a pop.

D - it is okay but only a couple.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First stout reviewed, not typically a fan but this was a treat. Received as a gift from an employee and was hesitant to drink due to it not normally being my style and the high alcohol content. Pours dark, virtually black, with nice thick, tan head. Head stays around and leaves great lace. Smell is of coffee mainly but some chocolate as well and a little bit of alochol (only a little). Looks good...smells good...taste...its good too. Very thick and creamy, low carbonation and strong coffee (cant pinpoint what kind as I'm not a coffee drinker) and nice taste of chocolate at the end, little bit of alcohol taste but its hidden beneath everything else. The most complex tasting beer I have ever reviewed. For being so strong and thick you hardly notice, great mouthfeel, great beer. Curious to try other examples of this style but I think I'll only be disappointed.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,518 ratings.