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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

9,155 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,155
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 996 | 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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r0nyn

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in '09.

Looks thick and substantial right out of the bottle, inky blackness that obscures all light. A straight pour produces a thick brownish head that leaves a lot of lacing and never really dissipates. Lots of barley and malt in the smell, along with a very, very distinct aroma of dark chocolate. Quite enticing.

Big malty kick right off the start, followed by the chocolate flavoring that was a big part of the smell. Transitions into a slight bitterness, but not as potent as compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had. Finishes off with a tempered alcoholic twinge, not too overpowering, but it lingers well enough into the aftertaste to let you know it's there. Mouthfeel is full and weighty on the tongue, creamy and nice. Not a lot of carbonation, which suits me just fine.

Drinkability is great for a beer of this type. I could easily have a couple more, provided I have an entire night to drink it in. The alcohol is masked well enough and the beer itself is so tasty that it'd be easy to just keep going. This is quite a tasty brew, something I look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 06:57:58 | More by r0nyn
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-03-2013 11:58:16 | More by mtomlins
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-13-2013 02:46:47 | More by harrisjohnson
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not that this beer needs another review, but it's great practice and I really love this beer. I've had this beer many times. I think it requires several tries to really appreciate it. I poured this into an imperial pint glass. I like to pour this beer pretty fast and rough for a bigger head creating the best nose and lace.

Appearance: Gotta love the deep black/brown darkness. Like a blackhole, no light escapes. A slightly fast, rough pour produces the best head - luxurious deep cappuccino color with a texture that reminds me of...I don't know...cappuccino or latte foam or maybe something I'd love to sleep on, hehe. Lacing is left with each sip producing a consistent scalelike pattern.

Aroma: Dark, nearly burnt malts and very dark chocolates with a hint of hops peeking through. Burnt smores anyone?

Taste: The taste buds get a shock at first, but they soon calm down and allow you to savor the dark roast coffee and cocoa bean flavors. Burn/carmelized brown sugar comes to mind as well. Hops are not present until the finish. It's Halloween (CST), so I popped a couple of Hershey's minis near the end of the glass - heavenly.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly. Not syrupy and not sticky, but smooth and silky like hot chocolate.

Drinkability: I never drink more than one of these in a sitting. Just makes no sense unless you need two to make it through that big juicy T-bone.

Overall: Old Rasp is just perfect with a grilled medium/medium rare T-bone or ribeye - any red meat with nice marbeling. Save some to have with a chocolate dessert and you've got yourself a perfect evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:10:11 | More by DelMontiac
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jdhasse

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-25-2012 00:08:22 | More by jdhasse
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TwoTrees

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2013 18:57:00 | More by TwoTrees
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-01-2013 00:54:41 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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AWB3

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-31-2014 21:10:58 | More by AWB3
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berlinabb

California

4/5  rDev -7%

12-11-2013 23:50:48 | More by berlinabb
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with no date, though I believe I bought this approx a year ago so it has some aging.

Pours into my tulip glass opaque black w/ big foamy 2 finger tan head.

Scent is lightly sweet and fruity. Raspberries? floral notes.

Taste is sweet, smooth and fruity. Dark fruits, raisins, plums(?). Some lighter sweeter fruit. I;d swear there are raspberries. Vanilla, anise. Doughy bread or cookie batter. Milk and dark chocolate. Molasses. Very smooth and silky. A nice hop bitterness still peeks through at the end.

Silky mouthfeel

Drinkability is very good though the alc warming is pronounced.

Although I neglected to review it then, this was delicious fresh. It strikes me as a bit softer and fruitier with a year of cellaring on it and is still quite a delicious RIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 01:39:47 | More by sethmeister
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-02-2012 21:31:55 | More by ryancl
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4/5  rDev -7%

05-21-2013 04:48:41 | More by CosmoHopHead
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

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

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin is roasty and rough-around-the-edges.

It poured black with a short and short-lived head. Almost no lace was left behind. It smelled and tasted like dark roasted coffee, with the flavor having an extremely strong roasted character. The feel was very aggressive and rugged, giving a remarkably long-lingering tongue lashing. This was no smooth or slippery stout.

Old Rasputin is a bold, flavorful, heavy-handed, powerhouse cold day or late evening sipper. It leaves a very strong impression.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 00:05:55 | More by MetalHopHead6
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-14-2011 08:33:34 | More by Josiah2729
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buzzed

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-03-2013 20:24:07 | More by buzzed
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osuskin

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-14-2013 23:14:21 | More by osuskin
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Beergelden

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-07-2014 12:52:23 | More by Beergelden
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bcuz7

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2013 21:22:06 | More by bcuz7
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours none more black with a thick and creamy tan head. Leaves a ton of lacing. Simply beautiful.

Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. Hop presence found in the taste doesn't have much place here.

Tastes of..coffee, chocolate, and a nice bitter hoppy finish. This is definitely a hop-forward stout.

Thick bodied and medium carbonation with a warming sensation.

Very good, very easy to find, but as it warms the hops tend to overtake the other flavors making it more difficult to drink as I prefer hops take a backseat if any seat in my stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 02:25:43 | More by sonicdescent
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jaywes754

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-10-2014 23:09:26 | More by jaywes754
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volta

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-03-2013 17:34:31 | More by volta
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spikechiquet

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

10-09-2013 00:47:23 | More by spikechiquet
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2013 05:57:47 | More by Thedaver4220
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JustinQ

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-30-2012 03:09:26 | More by JustinQ
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Mick-e-d


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-12-2012 20:28:10 | More by Mick-e-d
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,155 ratings.