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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

9,752 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,752
Reviews: 3,353
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 298
Gots: 1,263 | FT: 41
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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Photo of harrisjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

harrisjohnson, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ChrisKuhns, Sep 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

xbrettfavrex, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of sinistrsam
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The typical, awesome dark brown/black of an Imperial Stout. It had a small tan head which dissapated quickly, left medium lacing, and smelled of sweet coffee and caramel.
It tasted somewhat hoppy, with hints of sweet furits, roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate. The taste was somewhat more pleasant than other Imperial Stouts I've had, but I can't exactly place what was different; I'm going to say it as the balance of the flavors. It had almost a candy sweetness that countered the bitter very well.
It was also not as biting in the mouthfeel as some other Imperials. It finished actually refreshing and as tasty as the first taste.

sinistrsam, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an old engine oil black with a robust and frothy brown head.

S- Heavily roasted dark malts, a touch of dark coffee, and some dried figs or dates.

T- Semi sweet roasted malts open the show. The midpalate brings dried dark fruit and a touch of coffee. Finishes big with smoky bitter malt and a touch or herbal hop.

M- Just above moderate fullness and viscosity. The carbonation is medium low.

D- Took me a bit to come around on this one but now that I have I must admit it is quite the tasty RIS. The key I believe is to get this one up to at least 50 degrees before drinking it. The flavors really start to pop once it gets warmer.

UA8, May 05, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, dense black, no discernible highlights, with a large and sustaining foamy and creamy tan head.

Smells like a good imperial stout should, packed with deeply roasted grain, black coffee, and bitter dark chocolate, all on top of a bed of sweet malt with a touch of fruitiness.

More of the same on the palate, with an intense roasted character that strongly suggests a cup of seriously black coffee, accompanied by earthy, bitter dark chocolate. Turns sweet mid-palate, showing creamy, milky caramel, before finishing with a quite large earthy hop bitterness. Finishes firm and dry, with a lingering roasty and hoppy bitterness.

Full bodied and firm, but shows hints of softness. Alcohol is well hidden at 9%. A well-made beer, and while far enough down my list of top imperial stouts, this proves to be a great value.

wnh, Dec 09, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

elcrawl, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

crowbar540, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

aslamm75, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

DJButters, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

raulazzer, Apr 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

akinsja, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Pelicanrocks, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jackmax, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Dag48
4/5  rDev -7%

Dag48, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of mjc410
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a massive, effervescent head, the color of old parchment. Falls pretty quickly to one finger. Very loud bubble popping. The nose is wildly chocolatey, sweet, and full of coffee. Strong notes of alcohol and port come through. Taste is very bitter, but with a sweet finish. Incredible chocolate covered espresso bean aftertaste. Body is massive, the biggest I've had in memory. So incredibly smooth. Pairs very well with some strong chocolate. A very slow sipper, but a joy.

Develops some vinous and milk chocolate notes when paired with chocolate. Interesting. Becomes less bitter and rich.

This has improved so much with a year in the cellar. Fresh, it was abusingly bitter, and, if I remember well, far too hoppy. That has all changed, and I have some more left!

mjc410, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of ExtraStout
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy smokes this is a nice stout! Poured brownish-black in color with a small dark tan head. A mellow alcohol and fruity notes make a soft aroma. This is one full-bodied stout starting with roasted coffee and creamy malt flavors. Very smooth overall and the alcohol isn't as apparent in the taste as in the aroma. At 9% this is very drinkable on this cold rainy afternoon. If not for a lingering bitter aftertaste I would have rated it higher.

ExtraStout, Mar 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jhhollier, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of PartyBear
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I've been after for a while, and finally got my hands on it thanks to the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Pours jet black with a decent level of carbonation and a big creamy tan head that shows good retention. The aroma is hugely dark and heavy with intense notes of chocolate, coffee and dark forest fruits. The taste is dark and bitter from the start with flavours of the highest quality cocoa, strong bitter espresso and a earthy smokey peat. After a few sips it is really the coffee flavours that come through the strongest, providing a massively rich imperial stout. The feel is full bodied and silky smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a superb imperial stout, one of the best i have tasted. I wish this was easier to get hold of outside of the US.

PartyBear, Jun 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

HoneyLamb, Jan 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Harkrank, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jcb7472, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of BierStein711
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip

Old Rasputin is one of my favorite brews; I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts, but I always take time for an Old Rasputin. The mouthfeel is heavy, but very wonderful on a winter's night or a fall evening with friends by a fire. The taste is of burnt malt, some hops, and coffee/espresso. This jet-black beer is always welcome in my fridge or cellar.

BierStein711, Oct 13, 2011
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,752 ratings.