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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

9,228 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,228
Reviews: 3,328
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 256
Gots: 1,027 | FT: 33
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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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Missouri

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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cbarrett4

Oregon

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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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-08-2013 02:45:27 | More by Dreamer
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

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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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-18-2013 16:00:46 | More by jono0101
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pheelingIt

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-26-2013 03:42:40 | More by pheelingIt
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towlea25

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-07-2012 18:16:44 | More by towlea25
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Pug

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-27-2014 20:16:59 | More by Pug
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JMurphy41

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

11-14-2013 00:30:54 | More by JMurphy41
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doppelmeup

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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erz316

Indiana

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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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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rypkr

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

03-08-2013 21:38:53 | More by rypkr
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Rudy

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-20-2014 16:57:05 | More by Rudy
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jhlosito75

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-05-2013 11:27:47 | More by jhlosito75
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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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volta

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-02-2013 02:51:06 | More by Stoutlad
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,228 ratings.