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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

9,151 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,151
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 996 | FT: 32
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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Jaru1026

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-02-2013 03:10:14 | More by Jaru1026
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Christianuriah

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7%

02-09-2014 22:50:09 | More by Christianuriah
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AceMaster

Iowa

4/5  rDev -7%

02-02-2013 08:02:55 | More by AceMaster
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CypriotPhilosopher


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-28-2012 22:06:18 | More by CypriotPhilosopher
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ncstephen


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-21-2012 02:09:57 | More by ncstephen
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Gluteus_Maximus

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-02-2013 03:12:01 | More by Gluteus_Maximus
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DeskLazer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-05-2014 16:03:12 | More by DeskLazer
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VirginiaJeff1

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%

05-21-2013 19:27:50 | More by VirginiaJeff1
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BSchnab

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2014 19:00:50 | More by BSchnab
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Can-In-Hand

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2014 23:20:46 | More by Can-In-Hand
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Gaffattack

Washington

4/5  rDev -7%

01-06-2014 03:07:07 | More by Gaffattack
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Christopher0331

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-18-2013 16:45:18 | More by Christopher0331
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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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l0rddavis

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-23-2014 22:25:06 | More by l0rddavis
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gwfrankpsu

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer, the mouth is flooded with so much flavor that you almost trip off line. This is great on a winters night by a soft fire, some fine chocolate and the one you love. One special brew, a true masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2001 10:07:15 | More by gwfrankpsu
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cracker

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional imperial stout. Pours almost like a viscous expresso with very little head out of the bottle. Smell is overwhelmingly 'chocolate' like with a slight coffee aroma. My first impression when sipping it is hops and lots of hops. I prefer my imperial stouts with a strong hop backbone to support the loads of roasted malts otherwise the alcohol presence is overwhelming and they tend to be on the 'sweet side'. In this case there is a great balance and the alcohol isn't as noticeable. Overall is very similar to Storm King Stout by Victory Brewing. I highly recommend this beer to any imperial stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 00:53:00 | More by cracker
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stevecee2003

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since my last review, but wow was it worth the wait! As one member mentioned it pours out like motor oil, dark as the night. Dark hues in the glass. I even tried holding a light up to the other side to get some color- but little came through. Great world class head that cliinnggs to the sides.

The smell is chocolaty and for me- no hint of the high alcohol. There is an espresso hint and roasted malts.

Taste is complex, and very good. On the front side is a small small hint of burnt coffee, and much chocolate- but quickly followed by the malts, with bitter hops in there. It ends with a slight sweet uptake. So it rounds out nicely.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Very slightly thick and creamy with malts rolling over your tongue.

Generally I like all beers, but I am mostly an IPA man. My fave of all time being Herculese Double IPA. But I must say- this is THE best Russian Stout I have ever tasted. It's not a session beer by any means, but worthy of a taste. Extremely well crafted and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 05:45:43 | More by stevecee2003
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ScottUCF84

Florida

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

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very, very dark. Quite possibly the darkest I've ever had. Hold it up to the light and you can barely make out a ruby hue. Thick, dark tan head that stuck around for a while. Beautiful.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some hops in the end.

T-A lot like it smelled... roasted, bitter malt, chocolate and coffee. I always wonder why people mention raisins in their beer reviews.. but there it was waiting for me in Old Rasputin... just a touch at the end, along with some bitter hops. Let it warm and you can really taste that extra ABV.

M- A bit syrupy, but once you get the ball rolling, a creamy treat.

D- Kind of filling, and after a few I wouldn't recommend driving. I'd say one is enough, but that one is oh so delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 03:18:54 | More by ScottUCF84
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cktison

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

scary as hell bottle into a pint glass.
a) dark, but not that dark, no light through, but mahogany on the edges. creamy, frothy, fluffy head that clings to the glass. it looks serious...
s) chocolate espresso. cinnamon hints. bit of tartness from the alcohol.
t) here's where that chocolate gets you. its like drinking desert. but still, the hopiness is there, a bit of citrus on the front of the mouth. warms to more fruitness - a chocolate covered raspberry of a beer if there was one. delicious.
m) the natural carbonation balances out the tremendous power of the beer, nice and creamy, but not heavy. finishes clean and dry.

this is a really, really great imperial stout. what a beer for a dark, cold, winter night by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 22:11:22 | More by cktison
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likestoswallow

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, pours an opaque dark brown, with an ample tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is rich with molasses, coffee and some chocolate. Notable flavors are coffee, roasted malts, some black licorice and walnuts set in a bitter hoppy backdrop. mouthfeel was medium up front, but it filled-out and left a very full, creamy, satisfying aftertaste by finish. Big finish with mostly dark bitter chocolate flavors. Overall: this is stout the way stout was meant to be. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 03:08:22 | More by likestoswallow
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Half a finger head, with weak lacing. There doesn’t appear to be much carbonation at all. Vaguely translucent, giving off a subtle crimson glow. Looks like crude oil.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, bitter coffee. A remote sweetness lurks somewhere in this layered aroma.

T: Initial malt flavor, maybe some caramel, coffee bean bitterness but well balanced. Might be some toffee. Has a transient sweetness possibly from some dark fruits, prunes? The hoppiness presents itself when allowed to mature on the tongue a bit.

M: Not as thick as I expected, very light carbonation. Not very dry, smooth with little after taste. A creamier character arrives as it approaches room temperature.

O: After engaging in some debauchery with old Rasputin, I can say I’m up for round two. This is an excellent stout for wintertime drinkin’. This was recommended to me by a rando in my local beer distributor, and I’m glad I took him up on it. A must try as far as imperial stouts are concerned. Until we meet again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:21:30 | More by ZagZagg
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mjs814

Iowa

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2011 00:53:57 | More by mjs814
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heath1agnew

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- great black color with a thick tan head and good lacing.

S- dark fruits, a bit of a metallic smell.

T&M- dark chocolate and coffee, with a nice bitter finish. mouthfeel is not too heavy.

D- good drinkability for russian imperial.

finally got hold of another great beer, they are hard to come by where i live.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:05:51 | More by heath1agnew
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jjchristiano

New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Duvel Tulip.
Took bottle out of fridge a good half hour ago.
Man I love this beer. A very very easy drinking 9% ABV Russian Imperial Stout.
I liked it so much I dont have any more to sip and make additional comments. Only bought a single in a mix-a-sixpack. Will buy a 4? or 6? pack next time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:20:04 | More by jjchristiano
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naturallight1

Nevada

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-21-2013 04:37:41 | More by naturallight1
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,151 ratings.