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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10,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,387
Reviews: 3,402
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,587 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of chadspivey
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a new belgium goblet.

A: Black with a brown 1 inch head. Brilliant lacing

S: what a smell! roasted chocolate malts with hints of vanilla. maybe a small hint of dark coffee.

T: dark, almost burnt coffee notes. Dark chocolates and the alcohol is present. Gotta love those roasted malts...

M: Full body and plenty of carbonation. very nice.

D: for an RIS at 9 percent, it's plenty drinkable.

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with a vicious dark tan head. Thick, fluffy head which resembles a pillowy sky. Nice sticky lacing and great head retention.

S- Smells of chocolate and molasses. Balances out with a floral hop presence. Plenty of sweet, chocolaty malt. I can taste the richness through the smell.

T- Full blast of roasted malt and chocolate with a bitter hop finish. The chocolate and toffee sweetness is followed by a floral hop finish. Amazing balance. Not too one sided or overpowering.

M- Creamy, smooth and perfectly balanced. Reminiscent of a piece of velvet chocolate cake. Leaves a rich, thick coat on the palate. Carbonation is in tune with the style.

D- Because of how smooth it is for an RIS, this one can easily be enjoyed one delicious sip at a time. Exquisite creaminess. One of the richest and boldest RIS's one can find. It still amazes and pleases me that this is available year round.

Photo of camp0474
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/4/11

A: Pours a pitch black with a nice frothy tan coffee colored head. Decent head retention and good sticky lacing.

S: Toasty alts with a sweet backbone. Smells of bitter coffee, molasses, slight dark fruits, and faint alcohol detectable.

T: Coffee, sweet dark fruits. Faint chocolate. Hop bitterness near the finish. Slight alcohol burn. Solid balance of all of the flavors. Hides the abv well.

M: Medium to thick body. Good fine carbonation.

D: A well balanced RIS and goes down easy. A welcomed slight alcohol warmth. Great cold weather stout.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After well over a month of not reviewing to make my taste and views more finite, I thought this was a good beer to start up once again.

A - Pours black with the slightest ring on the outside of the glass and a slightly thin consistency. It appears to be solid, the surface is so blemish free.

S - Lots of coffee and chocolate. I noticed deep fruit upon decanting, but no longer once poured.

T - I've had this on tap, and the bottle isn't any less. Once more, lots of coffee and chocolate. It could be what I had to eat prior to this, but it is finishing a bit sour, the score won't reflect this, but simply making note.

M - Much thicker in the mouth than it looked during the pour. I am a bit more impressed now. Very slippery upon enrty with a tingle going down, well done.

D - The drinkability of this beer increases with each sip. It gets smoother and better as it goes. I hate having the same beer one after another, but I could sure see it happening with this.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,387 ratings.