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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

10,797 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,797
Reviews: 3,512
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 417
Gots: 1,930 | 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: 10,797 | Reviews: 3,512
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of beerman207
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok...so north coast brewing came to Party town this past Friday. They put Old Rasputin on tap!

A: This thing pours like motor oil into my glass - nice 1 finger tan head that leaves skim as it leaves the glass

S: Smoke, malt, mollases, coffee

T: Chocolate, malt, smoke, raisin, and some burnt sugar

M: Mild - could be a little thicker - seems thin to me considering it being from draft

D: Ok....regardless of the mouthfeel this beer is fantastic. I have a growler full tonight and it's going to be polished off. Great offering.

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

This looks quite different off nitro. The creamy tan head is beautiful on top of the black doom that is Rasputin.

The smell has quite a bit of fruit, coffee, and some cream.

Taste follows the nose fairly well. Lots of cream and stone fruit with a hint of creamed coffee in the finish.

Creamy as hell. I love nitro beers.

I never thought Raspy could be more drinkable, but off nitro it is.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours with the usual Nitro flare, with khaki froth falling to the bottom of the glass. Head retention is top notch, lasting over 20min. The body is jet black, and opaque, no matter the lighting.

S: Bouquet is well presented, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and demerara sugar.

T: Ol' Raspy is semi-sweet with notes of dark chocolate, cream, and demerara.

M: Full bodied and creamy without being sticky or sloppy. Rich, yet delicate.

D: I have always loved the Old Rasputin, but the nitro offering is a great improvement. The bottled version is slightly hoppier than it should be, and the nitro both mutes this, and enhances the mouthfeel. Overall, this is a must have if you ever see it at your local pub.

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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A -

S - An extremely dark roasted malty aroma, with a hint of alcohol too.

T - Flavors are excellent; starting out with creamy chocolate and roasted coffee flavors, evolving with nutty flavors as well; addition of alcohol actually contributes positively overall to the beer's flavors; 9% alcohol content is very well matched with the sweet aspects to provide a strong flavor; very powerful and lasting flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, with some dark fruity and acidic tastes at the very end

M - again, due to the alcohol, a nice warming sensation washes over me after about the 3rd swig; thick but surprisingly not sticky afterfeel in my mouth; very pleasant

D - If the empty bottles didn't let me know how many I drank, I'd've easily died of alcohol poisoning. Seriously, though, this beer is dangerously easy to drink.

This might be one of my favorite beers. Period.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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!

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3.37/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - dark as night with a brown head that leaves lacing.

S - heavy roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.

T - a little hop. Roasted malts with a little chocolate.

M - medium coating. Has a carbonated feel like a pop.

D - it is okay but only a couple.

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4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Pours black with brown edges. Light tan head that sticks around the edges and leaves the slightest bit of lacing. The aroma is more vanilla, toffee, and chocolate than expected. The flavor is great rich chocolate and vanilla with a nice balance of bittering hops. Toffee and burnt caramel flavors in the middle and ends with bitterness from hops and roasted malts. Thick and luxourious over the tongue. Dry with just a touch of hotness from booze, without being boozy. Very sipable for an RIS.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,797 ratings.