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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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10,800 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,800
Reviews: 3,513
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 417
Gots: 1,932 | FT: 53
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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Ratings: 10,800 | Reviews: 3,513
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black with foamy, creamy, carmel-colored 2-3 finger head. Great lacing lines the glass.

S - Smell seemed to be a good mixture of sweet roastyness. Notes of chocolate fudge, coffee, and even a hint of sweet nuts. A delightful, robust smell.

T - Somewhat of a chocolate-tobacco mixture, as if I was smoking a flavored cigar. The sweetness up front fades into a complex smokey/roastedness that's actually quite enjoyable. As I let it sit, I'm able to sense some more of a dark fruit taste, almost raisiny.

M - Not as thick as I actually expected. The beer coats the mouth ever so slightly, but is smooth and light in a way.

D - I'm not sure where they are hiding the alcohol in this, but it's remarkably drinkable. Of course, it's a full beer, so it's not easy to sit and down, but a perfect beer to just enjoy.

Overall - A great beer, highly recommend it.

Photo of goalie33
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Pours like motor oil. Pitch black beer, not even a hint of light around the edges. Two finer mocha head slowly fizzles away to a thin layer coating the top of the beer. I can't even see if there are a lot of carbonation bubbles in the beer. leaves a ton of lacing in the glass.
S: A lot of hops up front along with roasted espresso malts.
T: There is a lot going on here. First, I get bitter coffee. In the middle of the tongue, I get hints of chocolate and some sweetness from dark fruits. The finish is a dry hop bitterness.
M/D: Very thick, full body really coats the mouth. This beer has very little in the way of carbonation. Very drinkable. Hides the alcohol well.

This is one of the most balanced and complex RIS I've ever had. There is a very strong hop presence along with strong coffee flavors. Overall, an outstanding beer.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HoustonTX
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Incredibly dark brown, white frothy head. Nice head, and lacing retention.

S - Licorice malt/strong alcohol/chocolate/spicey notes.

T&M - Full-bodied. Taste upfront has tones of chocolate, infused with a strong alcoholic bite. Hop bitterness is definitely there upfront, and also near the end. Medicinal phenols bring a sharp bite to the palate. Licorice waves come upfront and near the end, spicey and awakening on the palate. Burnt tones, earthy and nutty also come through. Aftertaste is smooth and creamy with a small amount of bitter, that slowly fades to dry and then lingers for a good while.

D - Great for such a big beer.

An excellent Russian Imperial Stout, has a lot of compexity and depth. Rich, satisfying, and friendly on the palate. Definitely check this one out.

Photo of TheTrevor
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured pitch black with a big steady three-finger dark tan head that remained for the whole time I drank the beer. The smell is mostly roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee notes with the chocolate becoming more prominent as the beer warmed. This beer doesn't screw around, the taste starts off with sweet chocolate that's quickly dispersed by some bitter coffee taste and finished by a punch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and slippery with some warming from the alcohol. This is a very powerful beer, which means I couldn't imagine drinking more than one at a time but not for lack of quality.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DannyDan
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out a nice blackish brown that has a thick tan head with very good lacing and retention. The lacing clings nicely to my beer mug.
The Smell is a pleasant chocolate aroma with some alcohol.
The taste is dark chocolate, some hops mixed in and as it warms the alcohol comes out more. Also some bitter malts in the back and a slight dark fruity taste when it warms up a bit.
The mouthfeel is a nice creamy texture that leaves the mouth slightly dry.
This is a very drinkable beer for stout lovers. If you love chocolate and you are a stout fan than this is a must for you. One of the Allstrom brothers also said barley wine drinkers would like this, but can't make my own opinion on that since I only tasted one barley wine.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,800 ratings.