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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

9,664 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,664
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 289
Gots: 1,220 | FT: 38
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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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black-brown with only the slightest red hue when held up to the light. Thick bubbly brown head with good retention.

Dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, and roasted caramel/toffee aroma..

Somewhat mellow and understated for the style, but still a full-flavored brew. The citrus hops are the first thing I notice, along with the full and complex malts. Bitter chocolate and coffee with healthy, but not overpowering alcohol flavors.

Creamy but somewhat syrupy full-bodied mouthfeel. This is probably the most drinkable RIS I've tasted too, since the flavors are so subdued and there is almost no bitter aftertaste.

Phocion, Nov 06, 2006
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle with a label depicting the Mad Monk himself in the midst of dark, psychic meditation. Cryptic Russian lettering wraps around the bottom half of label. Evil stuff. No freshness dating.

A: Pours an opaque ebony color with a two-finger, caramel-colored head that fades to a thin rim of foam. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, coffee, and a whiff of alcohol. A hint of wet wool. (That's a first.)

T: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Bittering hops in the middle. Notes of malted milk balls and blackstrap molasses. Alcohol is well-concealed. Finishes with a snap of licorice.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Generous carbonation on the tongue.

D: At 9% ABV, not exactly sessionable - but a great sipper that's appropriate for this time of year.

CaptainIPA, Oct 24, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amost black....some ruby edge.

S: Roasty of malts, burnt coffee and dark bakers chocolate

T: Excellent. No heavy sweetness. Roasted coffee and chocolate dominates here. Some nice hoppiness finishes. A lasting chocolate brownie flavor.

M: Medium.

D: As far as the style...very good. A great sipper.

Brunite, Feb 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

bigpoppa67, Feb 23, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Stella Artois chalice. Pours a deep brown -almost black with a chocolate brown head. Smells like chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite good. Very well balanced between the chocolate and coffee. Hops and malts are very well balanced in this one. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Don't know if I could drink more than one of these at a time, but if I had to, I wouldn't be opposed to it. One of the better imperial stouts that I've had in a while.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,664 ratings.