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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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9,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,947
Reviews: 3,365
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 305
Gots: 1,347 | FT: 43
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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4/5  rDev -7%

TychoNDC, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

MrNate, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bcuz7, May 19, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of CBFanWish
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grigory Rasputin's ability to control Nicholas II while he was sleeping with his wife, made him one of mankinds darkest and most mysterious men in history.
Like its namesake, Old Rasputin is truely dark and mysterious. As black as the heart of rasputin, himself. Atop was a thick, frothy dark tan head.
A wonderful aroma, sweet with the slightest bitterness, of dark chocolate and rich coffee fills the air.
Upon tasting, I am brought back to my childhood, biting into a chunk of chocolate, yet it is mixed with the more mature flavours of mocha and roasted coffee beans. Smooth and robust. Also has a prune finish.
This is not a beer for the timid. It's strong, rich flavours can be overpowering, but wonderful at the same time. I would recomend this as a dessert beer. It would be perfectly paired with chocolate cake, cheesecake, molasses cookies or ginger snaps.
One problem. I decided to review this as a porter other than a stout because it has qualities found in porters rather than stouts. I think it should be classified as an Imperial Porter.

CBFanWish, Jan 29, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

deac83, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of jar2574
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep purplish-black in color, with no light getting through. Nice purplish-tan head that sinks slowly into the beer but leaves a great film on the sides.

Roasted malt smell. A nice earthiness.

An excellent beer. Roasted malts dominate, with slight acidity. Heavy and creamy rather than light and bubbly. Like a meal in each beer. Looks great the whole way down, with rings left along the sides fo the glass.

Nice work. Probably better for winter months than spring and summer. And the acidity lowers its drinkability, because that gets a little old. But it's a very good stout. And the alcohol is really well hidden, so watch out!

jar2574, Apr 28, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Completely black, dark brown head, great retention and lacing is decent.

S: Sweet chocolate, very rich toasted malt, some dark fruit in the background, raisins, vanilla. This one smells great.

T: Very nice smoky, toasty flavor with some nice hops. Alcohol not as noticeable as I thought it would be. After swallowing, tastes like a campfire. A bit fruity and sweet on the front-end, which is nice. Flavor stays with you for a while.

M: Thick and creamy. Carbonation slightly above average, but fine. Slightly astringent. Heavy body.

D: Alcohol starts to kick in quick with the Imperial, as it should. Goes down very easy for the style.

ralree, Feb 21, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with North Coast...at least the first that I can remember...barely. Grabbed a 4-pack with my buddy to go play a round of disc golf and ended up losing 3 discs between the two of us. Maybe it was the cold weather but this was verrry drinkable for an Imperial Stout. An extremely well balanced brew and tasty brew. I could sit here and name all those typical Imperial Stout flavors that were prevalent up front...but what I most remember is this text conversation afterwards:

Jon: "Curse thee Rasputin!"
Me: "lol why?"
Jon "I don't remember..."


josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin 2009 vintage

a - very dark, thick brown almost black, beautiful copper head

s - malt, walnuts, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, some fruit and a lot of hops presence.

t - Very delicious and thick. Tastes like espresso, dark chocolate, and a tinge of fruit. Strong alcohol presence. Very warm, inviting, powerful and complex taste.

m - thick and creamy, medium carbonation, small head retention, great lacing.

d - one or two max, any more and it's taste overload.

Raspy's the quintessential Russian Imperial stout. It's also easy to come by which is a plus. I had this with porterhouse steak, which was delicious to say the least.

BeerNemesis, Jan 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

baybassboy, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

danipp, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jbdpsu82, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Fordknox, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

plinythederek, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of MJR
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with garnet highlights. It's mostly opaque, with a minimal amount of light getting through. What started as a 3/8" tan cap is now a small ring around the top of the glass. No lacing whatsoever...

Smell: Very basic aroma of bitter, roasted coffee with a hint of dark fruits. A small whiff of alcohol too...

Taste: Lots of roasted grain and coffee flavors take center stage is this brew. The dark fruits that are expected in this style are here, but they're much more subdued than in most other Imperials. I taste a touch of buttery rum, as well as some toffee. The hops are there, but they don't really draw any attention away from the malts. The alcohol is well hidden. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Round and smooth with a medium mouthfeel. It's too thin for the style...

Drinkability: Good for what it is...a nice, basic Imperial stout. There are much better examples to be had, but I wouldn't mind this on a cold winter night in front of the fireplace. I did expect this one to be better though...

MJR, Apr 30, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

dan027, Jul 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Quafftastic, May 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

VinsanityDiesel, Oct 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lzepplin01, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jaemeno3, Feb 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

truesolution, Sep 01, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a brown head and tons of lacing

Nose isn't too heavy, coffee cocoa, cinnamon and alcohol

taste is dried fruit, intricate espresso notes, chocolate with a bitter alcohol finish

mouthfeel is beautiful, silky and thick

a very nice imperial stout

benclimbs, Dec 28, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

first pour wasn't vigorous enough...second half of bottle i poured with vigor and it swelled and laced like a royal rogue of the courts. big splotchy network around the sides. this stuff is so dark, held up to the sun, i can't see but a tinge of deep deep red. wow.

toasted roasted burnt caramel and coffee bean notes. a sense of hops keeping it elevated and from sinking into the beautiful morass...

so full-bodied, tangy, hoppy, malty, sweet, bitter...the symphony that all have proclaimed to have experienced is true. dark fruit. nuts. i promised folks at work that if our workday was cancelled for snow (i teach) i would have this for breakfast. slightly edges Founders own b'fst stout... for all it's strength, there is the gentleness of a lamb. first timers into the stout realm are welcome!

mouthfeel is spot on and can't be separated from the tasting experience. 9%abv? can't tell. therefore quite drinkable and a session brew for anarchists and scalawags and aficionados of intrigue. tarot. duels. subterfuge...

mempath, Jan 12, 2011
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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