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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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9,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,167
Reviews: 3,322
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 998 | 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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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
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

10-31-2013 02:16:43 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-25-2014 15:48:19 | More by Tyecko
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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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4/5  rDev -7%

11-24-2011 08:35:45 | More by Allurex
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-19-2013 14:20:28 | More by Benny3000
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-20-2014 16:19:06 | More by Klebe
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-18-2013 16:33:15 | More by Jacob007
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-17-2012 12:17:10 | More by rolandboy
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-14-2013 12:53:46 | More by rkcrozier
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4/5  rDev -7%

04-19-2013 17:26:12 | More by GratefulEdd
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4/5  rDev -7%

09-19-2013 07:18:57 | More by JDM44
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-30-2014 05:00:06 | More by Wsherry1
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-17-2013 00:33:19 | More by humulusphile
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-22-2014 02:06:31 | More by CorgiDad
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-02-2014 02:46:01 | More by beefsquatch
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-07-2014 23:31:40 | More by WiserBud
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New York

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at their brewpub. Alcohol was just the first thing you notice. I could sit back all night and drink this, of course then I would never get up

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2001 21:17:46 | More by AaronRed
Photo of LarryV


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I thought when I tasted this was wow! This is the stout I've been in search of for a long time. Pours an inky black that doesn't give up any light. Thick fine textured head with a malty, chocolate/vanilla aroma. Incredibly creamy mouthfeel with a rich, robust flavor. Hints of chocolate, vanilla and licorice show their presence here and there. Very complex and tasty. Hides the alchohol very well. Easy to drink and demanding of respect.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 23:50:47 | More by LarryV
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent amount of head, especially for a RIS, and a black color. Smell is a delicious mix of rich, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is sweet, malty, and roasted with coffee notes and a nice, balanced hop finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Nicely drinkable, especially for the style as it is ONLY 9% ABV and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 21:53:29 | More by AaronHomoya
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New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a translucent blood-red color into the glass, but completely opaque and dark once sitting in there. Very viscous and heavy looking. A straight pour in the middle of the glass creates a beautiful creamy light-brown head that rises up to almost two-fingers in depth. And after a few seconds it'll settle to a nice cap. Nice rings of fine-bubbled lacing appear on the perimeter as you sip. Aromas are heavy with roasted barley and malt, burnt dark coffee, chocolate and vanilla tones, earthy oak and alcohol. Complete package in regards to the template RIS - nothing lacking in scent here.

Excellent balance in the malt and hop profiles of this RIS. Starts off with some nice creamy chocolate/cocoa and caramel flavors and then enters into a great malt backbone. Very, very roasted in quality. In the finish is a nice hop bitterness, that of which is not too overpowering, and the 9% ABV. Actually giving me quite a nice buzz.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied which is very noticable on the tongue. Not much of a palpable carbonation feel as there is visually, but it adds to the smoothness of its drinkability, which is moderate. Definitely don't want to be indulging too fast; the 9% ABV catches on nicely.

Old Rasputin is definitely Ol' Reliable for the RIS style. Covers all aspects of the style and very tasty. I'm pretty anxious to try the XII and see how much more can be added to an already great stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 03:42:20 | More by infi
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-29-2014 21:15:45 | More by abrodsky
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip the head erupts to the top of the glass and ceases just before overflowing. Black body with a light coffee colored head. Smells of chocolate coffee and a nuttiness, very attractive nose. The taste brings more to the table with the aforementioned smells brought to the tongue with the addition of a prominent charcoal flavor which adds a nice character to the beer. More medium bodied, I'd like something slightly more viscous. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 15:50:34 | More by wcintula
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-08-2012 02:27:09 | More by tjkinate
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,167 ratings.