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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

9,660 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,660
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 289
Gots: 1,221 | FT: 38
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

muchloveforhops3, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of beerprovedwright
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy pour from the bottle to my Sam Adams glass. A good three finger head of rich, tight foam, light brown, and delivering a moderate clinging lace. The color matches a 38 on the SRM beer color chart. Looks black until you hold it up to a strong light, then the reddish, dark brown color appears. Smell is a jack hammer of thick intense fragrances of dark chocolate, French brewed coffee, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, lime, and malt. The taste is very complex, with flavors of malt, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, plum, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with a creamy sensation, and a prickly texture of carbonation. A great beer for a one time drinking session. I would like to have another at a latter date.

beerprovedwright, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; body is black, can't see through it even when held up to the light. Forms a stiff, creamy dark tan head. Great retention throughout the drink with beautiful lacing.

smell; very toasty roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Spicy, woody hops are also pesent, somewhat tannic. A bit of caramel perhaps...

taste; bitter chocolate coffee beans and molasses. Some bitter flavors of oak as well in the finish, little more hoppy than sweet but the balance is still nearly flawless. Burnt malts ride from start to finish growing more bitter, then briefly taking on a lactic sweetness in the finish, before the hops gain control and balance things out.

mouthfeel; very heavy bodied and thick. Goes down smooth, leaving a slimy trail. Alcohol warmth is noted as well as tight carbonation. Finishes very dry and crisp.

drinkability; such a powerfully flavorful drink, without overwhelming the palate, quite an easy drink that sits perfect with me.

Sachsenfreude, Mar 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

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

jcb7472, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

williahd, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Jacob007, Jun 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Svendozen, Sep 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

xbrettfavrex, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

cdog707yo, Jul 14, 2014
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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3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

black with a off white/tan head, laced nice

smell was of roasted malts and alcohol

tasted like i was drinking burnt malt, ash, and lighter fluid.

The mouthfeel was hot, thick, motor oil mixed with lighter fluid.

I couldnt even finish my one bottle. I am not sure why this is rated so high, but i think if i drank any more of this it would make me look like the old dude on the bottle.

tayner, Jan 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7%

aslamm75, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Benny3000, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Vlaminck, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

SavageHopHead, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

d5001986, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

rolandboy, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Sarmartay, May 15, 2014
Photo of LarryV
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I thought when I tasted this was wow! This is the stout I've been in search of for a long time. Pours an inky black that doesn't give up any light. Thick fine textured head with a malty, chocolate/vanilla aroma. Incredibly creamy mouthfeel with a rich, robust flavor. Hints of chocolate, vanilla and licorice show their presence here and there. Very complex and tasty. Hides the alchohol very well. Easy to drink and demanding of respect.

LarryV, Oct 11, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Russian Stout - Who would have thunk it? Anyway - this one is a real surprise for the stout lover. It compares well to Rogue Shakespeare Stout.

It is a dark stout (of course) with a dark brown head that is not as creamy as the Guinness style of stouts. The taste is more malty with a strong taste of hops in the finish. Another beer that I rather enjoy. A little hard to find in stores. Definitely worth a try. Has a clean finish. And read the article on the side - what a hoot that is. This beer even has a history that is more than just how they make it.
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It's been speculated that no one had a greater appreciation for this rich, roasty elixir than Rasputin, the mystic wag (and favorite of the ladies of the court), who was the ultimate downfall of Czar Nicholas II.

Rasputin is probably best remembered for his dramatic exit. Having been deemed politically expendable, he was fed poisoned wine and tea cakes by his rivals. Surviving that, he was shot several times - whereupon he attacked his assailants. He finally succumbed when bound and stuffed through a hole in the ice to drown in the River Neva. Legends that attribute his tenacity to his appetite for Russian Imperial Stout are unproven.

AtrumAnimus, Dec 18, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Dreamer, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Rob315, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

harrisjohnson, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Quafftastic, May 21, 2014
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,660 ratings.