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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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9,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,919
Reviews: 3,363
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 301
Gots: 1,332 | FT: 43
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

LuckyLyle, Feb 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Stew, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

equinox1, Oct 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dannynoonan123, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Sudsday, Apr 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TastefulNudity, May 13, 2014
Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/19. Written from notes.

A - Brown approaching black. 1/2 finger of light brown lasting head. Left foamy lacing on sides of glass as liquid receded.

S - Chocolate mil and licorice.

T - Roasted coffee, chocolate liquor and whole milk. ABV hidden. Warming and very mellow.

M - Very nice tingle on tongue and creamy. Not syrupy or stick,

O - Phenomenal and highly recommended. Can't wait to try barrel-aged version.

Duane_Opfer, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of caaam
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

caaam, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

lakeylake, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

kgammell1, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BrentLinkin, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Oakengroves
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - A dark, foreboding back with an off-color, dull head.

Smell - A deep, earthy roasted malt scent. Very appetizing.

Taste - An outstanding dark, earthy flavor interrupted occasionally by a mixture of grain and chocolate. Delightful!

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - One of the most drinkable Imperial stouts on the market.

Overall - The gold standard for imperial stouts, and very, very difficult to beat for the price.

Serving type: bottle

Oakengroves, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

myhopsdontlie, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DinnerTheaterBrew, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

dads_basement, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

A - Pitch black. Tan and white layered 2 finger head. Very creamy in appearance. 4.5/5

S - Chocolate, toffee and coffee. Dark toasted malt. Toasted bread. Very muted. 3.5/5

T - Toffee and chocolate. Toasted bread. Slight bitterness on the back end. 4/5

M - Very thick and chewy. Very creamy. Heavy body which matches with this style of beer. 4.5/5

O - Great beer especially with dessert. Bitterness was more than expected. 4/5

bwood06, Aug 19, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick, chocolate coloured foam that stays for some time. Some carbonation running along the edges of the glass.

Smell comes on quite malty. Sweet fruit traces are present together with some sourness and chocolate. Nice alcoholic presence together with raspberries and black currant perhaps. Some hops present here aswell, perhaps grapefruit in there aswell. Dont know, just great smell on this.

Runs over tastebuds with quite so much burned malts. Chocolate mixed with coffee tones in faintly leaving place for sweet and harsh traces lifted by carbonation. Nice, fruity taste with a bitter harsh aftertaste give a nice bitter aftertaste with a warming alcoholic prescence. Sweet, yet burned and rough. Excellently balanced in there.

Really pleasant brew this rasputin. truly a masterpiece in a bottle, just missing some of that harshness and burned flavour (this is after all an imperial). Thats just being a pain in the ass though, wonderful brew, wonderful stout.

stjarnflikka, Mar 01, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

brin611, Apr 16, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%

wingedeel, Monday at 09:24 PM
Photo of Japerrault
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque black with a thick brown head. Nice lacing

S: Caramel, toffey, Sweet malts

T: Nice sweetness throughout, Cocoa, roasted malts, ripe fruits. Light bitterness in the finish. Complex flavors linger long on the tongue.

M: Medium body, ample carbonation.

D: Smooth feeling malty brew, very drinkable. High alcohol is hardly noticable.

Japerrault, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of spoons
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Fathers Office.

Appearance is dark, dark, dark. has a great small bubbles keeping the coffee colored head and lacing around for a while.

Smells of roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, and hint of caramel.

taste. A big chocolate/coffe taste that only gets better as it warms. Has some burnt malt bitterness that balances the overall sweetness of this beer. this great beer.

spoons, Apr 13, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is black with a very small tan head. The glass has quite a bit of tan lacing on the side. The smell is of burnt caramel, chocolate, toast, dark fruit. The taste is very complex, dark fruit sweetness, roasted malt, coffee bitterness. It feels good in the mouth with a good amount of carbonation and a rich heaviness. It is a beer that one drinks slowly because of its strength and richness. It may be my favorite beer.

sdj5, Mar 19, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Old Rasputin has a beautiful pitch black body and pours a two inch brown, foamy head.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts, dark coffee beans, bitter chocolate, and a pinch of alcohol are all apparent.

Taste: Flavors and then more flavors! The taste cycles among flavors of sweet roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and some kind of dark fruit, almost like raisins. This is probably the most complex stout I've ever tasted and yet so smooth. There is a slight burn from the alcohol in the aftertaste, which just adds to the complexity in my opinion.

Mouth feel: The beer feels creamy and heavy, just like a stout should.

Overall: Once again, this is a complex, flavorful stout. I was expecting it to be good, but not this good.

Raven3464, Sep 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

OregonMicrobrew, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bayougutter
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle to snifter @ 50 degees.

Black body with a finger and a half mocha head with a less than medium pour.Superb lacing all the way. The head took its time but finaly settle to an eighth inch head that lasted a while. This is what a RIS should look like!

roasted, not burnt caramel malts. Coffee with brown sugar in it. Then dark fruit and hoppy.

toasted caramel malts, semisweet chocolate, coffee, fig, and an excellent hoppy finish.

coats the mouth well, a little creamy but not overwhelming.

Overall a great example of a RIS. Very complex as some of the taste seems to come in combination, as well as the aromas. It's a "man"ly brew and not for the weak. My fav RIS

bayougutter, Mar 23, 2011
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,919 ratings.