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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

10,530 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,530
Reviews: 3,441
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 378
Gots: 1,706 | FT: 47
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Shawnxa3
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of brin611
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of spoons
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of sdj5
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Takahiro
3.22/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle into my Tulip

A: looks pitch dark with a 2" thick foam after an aggressive pour.

S: coffee, toffee, roasted malt, burned malt, dark fruit, alcohol

T: roasted & astringent malt characters and huge bitterness from hops. Hop bitterness seem to be in a bit ahead of the game. This bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while with a little bit of alcohol sweetness.

M: silky smooth at first, but the bitterness sticks.

D: although it feels dry beer, it's also quite bitter. It is a good sipping beer.

Photo of OregonMicrobrew
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bayougutter
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JarMills
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The foam just stays still the entire time you drink it. It's like nothing I've ever seen a beer do. I tilted the glass, and it just stayed one blob! It smells like chocolate or coffee. But the more important thing, the taste: it's great! A bit bitter, but smoother than any other ale I've had.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Clarkson
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of GolfingGq
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of HOPTOMIC_BOMB
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of intangible
3/5  rDev -30.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Flaherbear
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Lard_City
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Chocolate boozy goodness. A stout for beer geeks who don't like stouts. Easy to drink.

Photo of Joose33
4/5  rDev -7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,530 ratings.