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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

9,527 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,527
Reviews: 3,341
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 277
Gots: 1,170 | FT: 34
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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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%

I am a big fan of the Imperial Stout, so I was looking forward to this one. Pours a dark dark brown with no transparency. The head is tannish and poured to a thickeness of 1 inch. There is a fair amount of sticky lace at the top of the glass that goes away toward the bottom.

The aroma is of strong coffee, a bitter smell. Very malty and toffee smelling as well. The taste is much like a bitter, strong coffee. It is not thick as some stouts I have tasted. The aftertaste is like a bitter dark chocolate. The one thing apparent in the taste is the strong alcohol flavor. At 9%, it is not surprising, although some beers are better at masking the alcohol flavor than others. This one does not hide it, thus the reason for the drinkability sliding down the scale a little.

10-24-2004 22:41:47 | More by abcsofbeer
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-16-2012 14:54:43 | More by robieobie1
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twizzbeatz

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-01-2014 22:55:00 | More by twizzbeatz
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-20-2013 17:50:49 | More by jbdpsu82
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-03-2013 17:59:29 | More by Bjlps
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hoegaardenhero

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

a: deep black crude with a one inch tan head; leaves light lacing

s: light roasted coffee, light grain; light cream; light grassy hops

t: dark roasted coffee; terra firma; light grassy hops; molasses; bitter burnt coffee and bitter hop kick

m: creamy anf thick; very light carb

d: a great Istout

07-15-2008 04:35:11 | More by hoegaardenhero
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hannydawg

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-24-2011 02:57:12 | More by hannydawg
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loganburgh

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-25-2013 06:09:50 | More by loganburgh
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mcc1654

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

10-18-2013 18:57:27 | More by mcc1654
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CaptainPancakes

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-29-2013 02:36:20 | More by CaptainPancakes
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AlpacaAlpaca

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-26-2014 14:11:54 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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Dmann

California

4.95/5  rDev +15.1%

This has to be the most easy to drink Imperial Stout I've ever had. It poured an almost opaque black with a awesome brown head that was so big I had to wait a few minutes for it to die down. The smell was of dark chocolate and hops. The taste was just about the same as the smell, with a perfect mix of coffee flavors in there. The thing I loved about this brew is that it was powerful but not overpowering. I could sit back and enjoy the whole 4 pack in one sitting, even though they are 8.9% a piece! Great beer!

12-20-2003 09:43:02 | More by Dmann
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bushbeer75

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev 0%

Since this brew has such an outstanding reputation I was wondering if it would live up to it, or if it was just “hype” – Well it sure deserves that fine rep!

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout poured an almost opaque [reddish] black color with a “bumpy” 1½ finger tan head and leaves behind some lacing. This is a complex brew with a rich intense robust palate that is creamy, buttery [smooth] with the right amount of carbonation. Old Rasputin has a light fruit aroma. The taste is dominated by dark chocolate and coffee with touches of blackberries.

Drink ability is a little lower due to its rich flavor [it hides the alcohol well] but that is NOT a bad thing! Rasputin makes for a GREAT nightcap.

12-01-2007 00:27:12 | More by bushbeer75
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Reviewed 12-25-2007

Old Rasputin pours a deep black with amber glints around the edges, a huge cocoa colored head builds leaving loads of sticky lacing.

The aroma is rich malty chocolate with a touch of licorice and nice floral hops.

The taste profile is dense and powerful, huge malts flavored of dark chocolate, a touch of licorice, very hoppy with a clean bitter finish. Alcohol is felt as a pleasing warmth and a mild aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, chewy and creamy with fine light carbonation.

A very good RIS and a great bargain in an RIS to boot. Highly recomended!

02-10-2010 00:25:53 | More by BlackBearForge
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-25-2011 02:28:37 | More by splendidsplinter
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kb2250

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-09-2012 23:40:22 | More by kb2250
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dannyhead

Florida

4/5  rDev -7%

09-10-2013 17:25:17 | More by dannyhead
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

09-03-2014 02:59:37 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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BigBarley

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Poured slow, you can see the thickness. See it! Jet black, with a nice finger and a half of tan foam. Standard stout characteristics, but somehow darker and more thick. You can see the flavor waiting.

S - Fantastic smell, great hop character, with a mild alcohol nose, and some notes of cocoa, coffee and sweet roast

T - Heavy roast bitterness up front, mild hops, dark coffee. Very multi-layered flavor. Alcohol on the back, the roasted black flavors of coffee, chocolate and burnt sugar, all rotating and being balanced by a prominent, floral hoppy bitterness.

M - Thick, lively carbonation, foamy finish. A wonderful texture for a RIS. Heavy, hearty, full.

O - A fantastic beer, just as great as I'd heard. I love Russian Imperial Stouts, and this one captures all the great notes of the style, and exemplifies them in a unique way. Great beer.

11-19-2012 17:48:40 | More by BigBarley
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Hefewiseman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-02-2013 00:47:55 | More by Hefewiseman
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-08-2011 20:09:45 | More by Oboogie
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yaksurf

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

01-12-2013 18:26:14 | More by yaksurf
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6demonbag

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-25-2012 07:02:45 | More by 6demonbag
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drinkAK

Alaska

5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-04-2012 07:46:48 | More by drinkAK
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JesseLara

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-09-2013 06:08:11 | More by JesseLara
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,527 ratings.