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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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10,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,794
Reviews: 3,511
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 416
Gots: 1,928 | FT: 52
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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Ratings: 10,794 | Reviews: 3,511
Photo of Brackh
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. Smells like roasted toasted malt. Bitter up front. A little bit of chocolate. Super malty. It isn't overpowering in any department. Gets better as it warms up a bit. Good solid balanced beer.

Photo of dads_basement
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of MorganStout
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rlshep
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Burnt notes. Some plum

Appearance: Pours thick medium brown head. Very slow to dissipate. Tons of foam clinging to side of glass more like whip cream than beer head. Pours thick like motor oil. Black Hole black in glass. Some ruby highlights when pouring and at edge of glass.

Flavor: Creamy chocolate up front followed by acrid notes and coffee flavor. Thick caramel sweetness lies on tongue in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Strong alcohol but doesn't overshadow rest of beer. A little high in carbonation making somewhat harsh.

Overall: Really well done. I may be drinking this one a little early and getting too much alcohol and astringency. Can't wait to age it and try again.

Photo of BradleySig
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, why is the bottle in that picture up there empty? Well, I *know* why it's empty--same reason mine's empty--but I've yet to come across a bottle of beer that looks better empty than it does full.

I emptied mine into a Chimay glass, revealing a thick black brew with a tan head that dissipated to form what I could only describe as a nebula pattern, continually evolving due to a nucleus of constantly emerging bubbles. This beer is ALIVE. And alive with flavors, as well. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, hint of fruit, coffee; sweet and rich with a bitter, dry finish. A veritable meal in a glass.

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

A --- deep rich blackness and a nice head

S --- roasted malts, chocolate

T --- chocolate, dark malts, slight bitterness

M --- full-bodied, but not heavy smooth, oily, creamy, perfect carbonation

O --- An excellent RIS

At $6.99/four pack at Total Wines this beer is a steal. An excellent beer.

Photo of Thunderchief
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JeffZeltwanger
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jdmandel
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SATBMan
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of turdadactyl
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of airbag11
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bubba569
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Soomars
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of 420drinker
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Vinylboy20
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of CayseyW
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Novabrewer
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of ERRL710
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter. Bottle not dated. Finger mocha head

Smell- slight alcohol, mostly coco nibs. Smells DARK

Mouth Feel- Surprisingly thin, expected motor oil. Smooth, little bite.

Taste- Complex, mostly deep roasts and coco. Slight coffee after taste.

Over all must buy/rebuy

Photo of Weisseguy1
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chooch5
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of BradT
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of thomda11
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot of good things about this beer, and it did not disappoint. The appearance is near-perfect. The beer is night-black with an off-white head of about two-finger widths. It leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is robust, full of chocolate and roasted barely. The taste is equally robust. At first sip, the overwhelming taste was of dark chocolate, but as I drank it, roasted coffee came to the forefront. There is just a hint of alcohol, but nothing that would suggest the 9% abv. There was also a certain sweetness that I lingered on the tongue along with a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy with a modest carbonation. Overall, this beer is outstanding on every level.

Photo of drews240
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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