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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

10,544 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,544
Reviews: 3,446
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,722 | FT: 47
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of shroompod
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured this has a nice tan head that sticks around. Very dark of course.

Smell is mainly hoppy , slight detection of burnt/dark malts.

Initially this beer has a decent amount of hops that transform from floral bitterness and yields to a dark bitter chocolate, bitter coffee , and finally just a hint of sweetness.

Beer has a thick mouthfeel , bitterness lingers. Good carbonation.

Overall a very nice RIS , highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of trevorwideman
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to demcorhip for getting this one for me.

Pours black as night with a 3/4 inch tan head off of a stiff pour. Lots of lace and good head retention throughout. Mostly sweet aroma with a coffee roasted bitterness, cocoa. A bit of chocolate and a bit of lactic sourness balancing with some juicier notes in the background. Smells good, straightforward and clinical stylewise.

Taste is good, but a little raw for my liking. There's a distinct background note of rubber beneath the inital whack of lactic sourness and bitter roast that assaults the palate. Bitter cocoa and milk chocolate. Bittersweet with a schwack of flavour and a big alcohol burn going down. This is still a bit rough for my liking, very flavourful though. Body is heavy, but not too heavy, carbonation is zippy, and finish is dry and satisfying. This is a drinkable stout, is small quantites of course, but it goes down pretty well. This bottle is still a bit rough though, and I'll be cellaring my other bottle to see how it holds up.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I consider this the textbook version of Russian Imperial Stouts. To be a good one you'd need to be close to this one. To be a great one, you'd need to exceed it.
The pour gives way to what looks like it could be a mixture of cola and coffee. Nose is full of roastiness, and dark fruits like plums and raisins. There's a bit of tartness in the nose that I don't care for. Taste is layer upon layer of different kinds of chocolate, sweet chocolate, bakers choclate, and cocoa. This is offset by a bit of molasses and some tartness. The tartness seems a bit out of place. Mouthfeel is near perfect with light carbonation to welcome the liquid to the tongue. If this wasn't so strong I'd definitely session it. Kudos North Coast!

Photo of pweis909
2.22/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured an opaque black with a big tawny head, which didn't last too long.

The smell is powerful. Fruity and alcoholic with spicey notes lingering in the background. Juicey fruit gum, soaked in vodka. Different, but not complex.

Taste is unpalatable. The roasts are too sharp, too bitter; the alcohol is too overpowering.

I didn't finish my 12 oz bottle. My mouth reviled at the taste and I had a hangover before I consumed 8 oz.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle at 45 degrees; a reddish-black color with a thick, foamy head.

S - A roasted mocha rounds out the aroma. Simple, yet powerful.

T - The coffee taste is more dominant than the chocolate, but both are washed out by a bready alcohol flavor. Alcohol also isn't too strong, but it's the dominant taste. Finishes strong with a malty aftertaste.

M - A thick, RIS body that is completed with the high alcohol content rounds out a wonderful warming feel.

D - A good cold weather, one-serving beer. One of my top RIS selections and an excellent representation of North Coast.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Jet black and totally opaque with a dense, fluffy tan head.

Aroma-Roasted aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate blend with pleasant earthy hop undertones.

Flavor-Bittersweet chocolate is quickly overtaken by rich, roasted coffee flavors. Coffee grounds and burnt espresso lingers on well into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Thick, full body is nearly chewy, though the moderate carbonation keeps this beer from seeming heavy.

I think this might have been the first RIS I ever had, and I've drank a lot of it since then. This is a lovely example of the style, and a fantastic beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SamN
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first real "craft" brew I ever had, had it in San Bernardino. This is the beer that solidified my love of RIS. However, many of my old favorite beers have been severe disappointments with a few years of beer under my belt. Let's see how this classic holds up...

A- Holy hell, would anybody expect a four finger head from a 9% abv RIS? Me neither, and yet, there it is looking at me, and this sucker had staying power. I've never seen such a head on this style, ever. Utter black, completely opaque. Like I said, a HUGE head. Dark tan, rather loose. Fairly rocky, I'm expecting decent lacing from this. This is really black.

S- Hoppier than I remember, but mostly burnt chocolate malts, spicy alcohol and a undercurrent of intense hops, maybe even some leather? Straightforward, no BS, this beer is fully loaded with three staple ingredients in huge proportions. Not very complex, but more like a black monolith of rich, burnt, bitter, woodsy smells. Could be a little stronger, too.

T- Slabs of burnt malts, bittered further by ample hopping. Incredibly warm, I can actually feel each inch of my esophagus heat up with the strength of this. Letting this beer sit on my lips without sipping creates an intense burn; is that the alcohol or the carbonation? Lesser tastes found include oak and some slight dark cherries dunked in bittersweet chocolate. Not much sweetness to be found, but the flavor definitely opens up and becomes less intense as it warms.

Bottom line; burnt malt bittersweetness, finishing on bitter hops and hot alcohol. Starts off rather aloof, but comes around after ten or fifteen minutes.

M- Starts with way too active of carbonation that adds to the initial burn, as if this beer needs any help with that. But it does chill out, becomes a little flatter, a little smoother. Not as thick as I was expecting, lighter body. Very silky, great tensile feel here.

D- Very high, considering. WHile not overly complex, this still deserves the time to sip and ponder, really take into account what this is and just how good it is. Great RIS, one of my favorite non-seasonal RISs. A real winter classic, get a bunch for your next snowstorm!

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of xseanprimex
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into an American pint.

A: This brew pours an immense head that is a sandy tan and lasts FOREVER!!! Maps well down the side of the glass. The dark black beer is almost impenetrable by light. Exactly what an imperial Russian stout should look like, and lives up to it's dark and mysterious namesake.

S: Dark and malty, it has a slightly bitter smell to it. Good smell.

T: Boozy. The dark malts are strong and up front with the good solid bitterness. The 9% ABV is tough in a good way.

M: Great and oily like the appearance clues to. The carbonation adds to a spicy and burning feel.

O: A really good brew. The look and smell are great, with a solid taste that is perfect for a cold, harsh winter.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,544 ratings.