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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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9,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,180
Reviews: 3,323
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 251
Gots: 1,007 | 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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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours with very little head. Beer itself is an absolute pitch black color, no light at all escapes this beer.

Smell- Deep dark malty nose with subtle hints of alcohol.

Taste- Very complex flavors, sweet candied fruit, coffee, hint of spicyness from lovely hops. Truly delightful, alcohol leaves hint on warmth on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Fills palate completely with warm dark malt flavors and its full and chompy.

Drinkability- One of the most enjoyable RIS Ive ever had this one just melts in your mouth, definitly a repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:44:26 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-02-2012 21:31:55 | More by ryancl
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is the darkest black I've seen in any beer. thick tan head that is sticky as hell on the glass.

smell doesn't strike me as much, chocolate and malts

taste is incredibly chocolatey and malty, dark chocolate and esspresso, creamy and smooth. quite possibly the most delicious RIS I've ever had.

thick, creamy and oh, did I say THICK! superior drinkability but watch out it will kick your ass!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 14:52:46 | More by naterock
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4/5  rDev -7%

05-21-2013 04:48:41 | More by CosmoHopHead
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Horse Brass Pub in Portland:

Pours with a disappointing head fading into a lackluster lace, but with a good, rich, dark hue. Smells richly of licorice, molasses, espresso, and some dark chocolate. A little funky on the nose and that carries through the palate, possibly from the kind of hops they used. Decent texture but abrasive on the finish.

Overall good, but probably better out of the bottle with some conditioning.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2009 02:40:13 | More by cbarrett4
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-10-2014 23:09:26 | More by jaywes754
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-08-2013 02:45:27 | More by Dreamer
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nto a tulip taster and also enjoyed out of the same bottle.

a- Pours pitch black pretty bubbly head that dissipates quite quickly leaving a little lacing

s- Chocolate and maple tingle the nose, anise is present and so is a little tobacco.

t- Dark chocolate and fruits, pear raisin and malts. A little wet grain in the back and through the nose. The alcohol is present but only invites.

m- Medium bodied, brilliant carbonation a great feature of the beer, the body does leave a little to be desired though. If you buy the bottle I would recommend it out of the bottle (never said that before but it seems to affect the light mouthfeel to a more robust and full one).

d- I would take on at least two. I say this because they are delicious and worth it, and with 9% alc your palate might be destroyed too much to fully move on to another good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:41:02 | More by JoeAmerican77
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-18-2013 16:00:46 | More by jono0101
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-26-2013 03:42:40 | More by pheelingIt
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-07-2012 18:16:44 | More by towlea25
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4/5  rDev -7%

11-14-2013 00:30:54 | More by JMurphy41
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-03-2013 19:17:23 | More by Jtrigonis
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4/5  rDev -7%

02-23-2014 06:24:25 | More by cavemanlawyer1999
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4/5  rDev -7%

06-18-2014 14:55:36 | More by green_plastic
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a pint glass. Poured very dark, nearly black, with a half inch head.

Nice hoppy aroma. Also hints of coffee and chocolate.

Very nice flavor. Rich, but not overpowering. Not too sweet. Coffee and chocolate tastes, balanced by a pleasant bitterness which cleansed the palate after swallowing. Although a high alcohol content, it didn't overpower the beer.

Smooth, clean finish. Didn't linger in the mouth.

An excellent beer, although it would be hard to drink a lot of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 14:38:58 | More by doppelmeup
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a solid black, no light or anything other radiation is getting through this brew. the head is large and is around a medium champagne colour.

S - one can most certainly smell the alcohol right up front, that is what is most noticeable; strong smelling but more subtle roasted malts trail behind the booze

T - A good and complex taste for this one. the hops add a great bitterness to the initial taste on the sides of the tongue, while there is a different type of bitter on the back of the tongue, reminiscent to that of strong coffee The alcohol only becomes prominent for the aftertaste, remaining very manageable on the palate.

MF&D - very smooth, and thick. Not as thick as it could be, but then again, who wants to drink syrup. nothing extraordinary to really note here.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 00:16:55 | More by erz316
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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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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-03-2013 11:58:16 | More by mtomlins
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-27-2014 20:16:59 | More by Pug
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-14-2013 23:14:21 | More by osuskin
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2013 18:57:00 | More by TwoTrees
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-05-2013 11:27:47 | More by jhlosito75
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-01-2013 00:54:41 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-31-2014 21:10:58 | More by AWB3
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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