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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

9,219 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,219
Reviews: 3,327
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 256
Gots: 1,022 | FT: 33
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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MacDonaldT84

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-09-2012 18:47:29 | More by MacDonaldT84
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Clayton1220


4/5  rDev -7%

05-27-2012 01:07:22 | More by Clayton1220
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Veebz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2013 03:47:05 | More by Veebz
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ZBerkeleyan

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-22-2012 04:12:11 | More by ZBerkeleyan
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JohnDMartin

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7%

01-27-2013 23:19:22 | More by JohnDMartin
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bcornwell74

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-25-2014 22:36:13 | More by bcornwell74
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Brianhigginskc

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-09-2013 01:02:22 | More by Brianhigginskc
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Puppetz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7%

04-06-2014 02:59:17 | More by Puppetz
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poolemhore

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2014 18:27:50 | More by poolemhore
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LiberateTeExInferis

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2014 08:50:01 | More by LiberateTeExInferis
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cornchz

Korea (South)

4/5  rDev -7%

06-16-2014 04:39:29 | More by cornchz
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TheFlea1

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -7%

06-01-2014 01:54:11 | More by TheFlea1
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great looking dark dark brown beer with a nice thick tan head and crazy good lacing
S: smells like a nice cup of coffee with some chocolate and a after hint of alcohol
T: Taste goes along with the smell, with an initial bitter coffee taste balanced by some malt and dark chocolate flavors with a delicous after taste that stays on the tongue. and almost no alcohol taste
m: really good mouthfeel for such a dark high abv beer

O: one of my top stouts right up there with founders breakfast and ten fidy

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:31:27 | More by GinjaSlice
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Stephenjtorres

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

07-16-2014 21:15:36 | More by Stephenjtorres
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Dief88

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-11-2014 21:12:27 | More by Dief88
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3leggeddub

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

If I trawl the old memory banks I think good ol' Rasputin was one of the first imperial stouts that I had and the one thing I've always liked is the way it looked. Pitch black with a respectably thick tan head that thins down to a thin cover that leaves sticky lacing all the way down. No light getting through this stuff at all. The nose is pretty appealing with sweet notes of dark fruit like plum or raisin. Of course at 9% ABV you can definitely smell the booze in there.

To be blunt the first sip of Rasputin is a kick in the mouth. The carbonation is sharp and hits your tongue first. After that it's big bitterness around the edges. There's a coffee flavor that goes beyond dark roasted into burnt. The word acrid comes to mind to describe the first third of the bottle. The fruit in the nose are pretty much nowhere to be found in the taste. As you make your way through the bottle your palette starts to get used to the bitterness. With that acclimatization comes the realization that Rasputin has a nice velvety body that bitterness aside is very pleasant. Flavor-wise you notice some fleeting hints of unsweetened baker's chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Lingering underneath that is an earthy, chalky aftertaste that isn't all together unpleasant. Aside from the bitterness there's little other flavor in here to hang a hat on and enjoy.

Put all of this together and Rasputin is a decent imperial stout, but personally I don't see it as balanced, complex or amazing as many others do. For those still trying to find their preference in the world of RIS's I would recommend trying Rasputin at least once to see if a more bitter stout is for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:27:11 | More by 3leggeddub
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beerad666

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Cooper's Bar in Chicago, it was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This was the last beer of the night after a great dinner, so it was almost like ordering an after dinner coffee. The color is a nice dark black with a small head. The alcohol smell is slight but masked by the coffee and malt smells. The coffee tastes comes through very nicely, with a very light chocolate taste but not that sweet at all.

If you like coffee definitely worth reaching for.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 19:27:26 | More by beerad666
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Rbodacious

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-16-2013 02:03:14 | More by Rbodacious
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twaddlac

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black, no head and a little lace.

S- Anise, dark chocolate, cherries, slight coffee and toffee

T- Dark 99% cacao initially, aftertaste the bitterness slightly fades but is still very noticeable. Strong coffee, slight anise. Very strong and bitter!

M- Very heavy body, mild carbonation with a film that is left in your mouth for a long time!

D- Very strong and bitter but very drinkable!! One really good beer that I would definitely recommend!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 01:16:19 | More by twaddlac
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naturallight1

Nevada

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-21-2013 04:37:41 | More by naturallight1
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bevenson

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-23-2011 03:29:54 | More by bevenson
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beertasterb

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-25-2014 01:57:07 | More by beertasterb
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gregb13

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one tonight after a session in the pool (heated) and spa. I'd had it before but didn't remember much. To start with, it pours like motor oil with a small mocha head. Nice retention and lacing. Nose is very inviting; lightly bitter hop, roasty malt and a little booze. Taste is fairly complex; bitter (back end) hops and espresso, some dark bitter chocolate, moderate booze. Bitterness lingers a little more than I'd like, but it's hard to be perfect. Mouthfeel is velvety, with a medium-full body. A sipper for sure, especially at 9%. Overall this is very good. Would seek out again for sure.

Addendum: This tastes very similar to Deschutes Black Butte porter (which is also very good) with more booze. Similar hop profile. Booze booze and more booze, and some licorice. Not very complex. Where's the beef? Give me control of the brewery and I could produce one hell of an inviting stout. Why can't these guys do the same?

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 05:41:56 | More by gregb13
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Dhren1979

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Pours an inky, black w/only the slightest hints of mahagony red at the edges.

S: Coffee. Roasted coffee malts. A hint of bitter hops present irself and is quite welcomed and a surprise.

T: The dry taste of coffe makes itself known right away. Dry roasted malts. A slight bitterness presents itself but quickly disappears.

M: A wonderful coating of my mouth. So smooth and silky...a great sipper.

D: Oh why is this my last one??!! This needs to be in the fridge at all times!!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 06:06:36 | More by Dhren1979
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jar66su

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%

09-16-2012 20:57:38 | More by jar66su
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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