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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

9,145 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,145
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 993 | FT: 32
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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BierStein711

Illinois

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

Served in a tulip

Old Rasputin is one of my favorite brews; I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts, but I always take time for an Old Rasputin. The mouthfeel is heavy, but very wonderful on a winter's night or a fall evening with friends by a fire. The taste is of burnt malt, some hops, and coffee/espresso. This jet-black beer is always welcome in my fridge or cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 22:01:28 | More by BierStein711
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traviswhillier

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

08-29-2013 15:23:07 | More by traviswhillier
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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid black with a light brown head.

S: Very rich malt aroma and some alcohol.

T: Strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The mildly bitter finish is balanced by warming alcohol.

M: Smooth, Creamy and a little heavy but not overly so.

Overall: A great beer with a lot of flavor. Like an alcoholic French roast coffee.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:08:05 | More by JuliusCaesar
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-19-2014 02:19:34 | More by vhmf1978
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bkwhoppa66

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

12-02-2013 01:07:22 | More by bkwhoppa66
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black, black as black can get with a nice toffe colored head. aromas of toasted malt, coffee, alcohol, raisins...everything an imperial should smell like. intense but inviting. first sip? oh man...roasted flavors run wild. this thing is complex! nice big alcohol slap, dark fruits, coffee coffee coffee, toffee and caramel, finishes with a nice puckering twang. damn, this is packed with flavor and character. very warming, you can feel this this beast in the chest. silky smooth in the mouth, yet you get the carbonation sting in the back of the throat. goes down like a friggin champ. for an imperial that weighs in at a whopping 8.9% this drinks like a dream. all i can do is throw the horns in the air and give it an "at the gates" tribute and hope the beer gods are satisfied. fackin glorious beer.

paid $5.99 for a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 07:15:26 | More by DESTRO
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diamondc

Texas

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

Old Rasputin is definitely one of the best values in craft beer today. A four-pack only set me back $9 and change.

No bottled on or best buy date anywhere on the bottle or case.

This beer looks magnificent in a over-sized pint glass. Motor oil black, with a ruby red tint when held up to the light. The head stays around for a while .. mocha colored valleys and peaks of foam with sticky lacing.

The first smell is unexpectedly of ripe dark fruits .. sour, red fleshed plums and black cherries. The prerequisite aromas of coffee and cocoa are present in the background.

The roasted malts are the highlight here .. lots of dark chocolate and cocoa nib flavors. Vanilla, caramel, and licorice all come into play with a moderate amount of pine-y hops at the end.

One of the most drinkable Russian imperial stouts out there. Despite having a high ABV %, the alcohol is unnoticeable. The roastedness never detracts from the drinkability. With a lot of different flavors coming out from cold to room temperature, this beer is a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 07:31:32 | More by diamondc
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-02-2012 07:59:17 | More by muchloveforhops3
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy pour from the bottle to my Sam Adams glass. A good three finger head of rich, tight foam, light brown, and delivering a moderate clinging lace. The color matches a 38 on the SRM beer color chart. Looks black until you hold it up to a strong light, then the reddish, dark brown color appears. Smell is a jack hammer of thick intense fragrances of dark chocolate, French brewed coffee, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, lime, and malt. The taste is very complex, with flavors of malt, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, plum, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with a creamy sensation, and a prickly texture of carbonation. A great beer for a one time drinking session. I would like to have another at a latter date.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 19:13:04 | More by beerprovedwright
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; body is black, can't see through it even when held up to the light. Forms a stiff, creamy dark tan head. Great retention throughout the drink with beautiful lacing.

smell; very toasty roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Spicy, woody hops are also pesent, somewhat tannic. A bit of caramel perhaps...

taste; bitter chocolate coffee beans and molasses. Some bitter flavors of oak as well in the finish, little more hoppy than sweet but the balance is still nearly flawless. Burnt malts ride from start to finish growing more bitter, then briefly taking on a lactic sweetness in the finish, before the hops gain control and balance things out.

mouthfeel; very heavy bodied and thick. Goes down smooth, leaving a slimy trail. Alcohol warmth is noted as well as tight carbonation. Finishes very dry and crisp.

drinkability; such a powerfully flavorful drink, without overwhelming the palate, quite an easy drink that sits perfect with me.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 21:26:25 | More by Sachsenfreude
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

05-21-2012 18:24:13 | More by SickNukes
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

09-10-2012 23:41:52 | More by heddar33
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frosted33

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-27-2013 03:40:34 | More by frosted33
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brewtus

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on nitro a few days ago. You can read all the other reviews about how solid this beer is but if you have a chane to drink this nitro, do it. To think that such a thick beer could be so velvety and smooth. This stout is a benchmark for stouts and fortunately available all the time but its really perfect for nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-12-2013 03:01:02 | More by brewtus
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tayner

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

black with a off white/tan head, laced nice

smell was of roasted malts and alcohol

tasted like i was drinking burnt malt, ash, and lighter fluid.

The mouthfeel was hot, thick, motor oil mixed with lighter fluid.

I couldnt even finish my one bottle. I am not sure why this is rated so high, but i think if i drank any more of this it would make me look like the old dude on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 12:42:23 | More by tayner
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darcange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

11-10-2012 15:37:41 | More by darcange
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Benny3000

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-19-2013 14:20:28 | More by Benny3000
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Klebe

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-20-2014 16:19:06 | More by Klebe
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Jacob007

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-18-2013 16:33:15 | More by Jacob007
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rolandboy

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-17-2012 12:17:10 | More by rolandboy
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CMOrak

Florida

4/5  rDev -7%

02-20-2013 03:34:58 | More by CMOrak
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itracy63

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-08-2013 04:30:37 | More by itracy63
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beefsquatch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-02-2014 02:46:01 | More by beefsquatch
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-03-2014 16:36:20 | More by hmmmbeer10
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-14-2013 12:53:46 | More by rkcrozier
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,145 ratings.