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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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9,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,908
Reviews: 3,362
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 43
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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Eurytos, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

dmquinn, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of ooftu
5/5  rDev +16.3%

ooftu, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of drewburning25
5/5  rDev +16.3%

drewburning25, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of agammon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

agammon, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of clay_i
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

clay_i, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of masonacoats
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful black with brown head and incredible retention and lacing. Perfect.

Smell: Great roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, and herbal hops aroma

Taste: Roasted malt, dark caramel/toffee are up-front, alcohol is not as apparent as 9% would lead one to believe. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is just right; maybe a bit too prickly. Not too thick or thin. Very good.

masonacoats, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Health
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Health, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of KKB
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Deep, deep mahogany, hints of ruby when held up to the light so not quite black, a large, pillowy, beige/tan head that rises up to the top of the glass. This is one of the better looking beers that you’ll ever encounter….lacing doesn’t last too long though, probably owing to the full-bodied oily nature of this beer.

S – Now I’ve had this beer many many times before, and in my opinion the single best thing about it is the way it smells. The hops explode out of the bottle right off the bat. Hops? Hell yes, hops. But it is overwhelmed with chocolate and coffee and heavily roasted malt. Chocolate is the overarching smell though…or is it hops? So close, so complimentary. Oh my dear god, so good. So good that I don’t even feel like drinking it, just smelling it. Has kind of a fresh baked cookies smell to it too, that… and hops… oh and chocolate.

T – Did I say the single best thing about it is the way it smells? Because it very well might be the way it tastes. On the palate the battle of flavors is even more pronounced than in the nose, chocolate and hops, malt and coffee, and CHOCOLATE AND HOPS and so much yes. The chocolaty goodness derives from the heavily roasted black malt giving it that kind of bittersweet essence, as well as espresso/coffee.

M – Full-bodied, silky, smooth, almost a little bit chewy, which is how I like my Imperial stouts, carbonation is very light, very right.

O - It’s just such a unique beer. I’m used to the imperial stout having that nice chocolate/coffee flavor going on, and even a little bit of hops like with the yeti imperial stout, but the hops in this compliment the beer in such an incredible way owing to their sheer overwhelming presence. But it works. Inexplicably it totally works, and the flavors come together and play off of one another to make one of the best beers out there. I’ve been told it’s North Coast’s best beer. Well I haven’t tried all of them yet but I’m inclined to agree. It’d be tough to beat this.

KKB, Oct 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

ShreddedThumb, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

beernazi, Apr 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Immortal6pack, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

wehttam, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Howdymike, Feb 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

intangible, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

AndyandAng, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Endocador, Jul 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Recondopf, Aug 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Qabil, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of GimmeAles
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like squid ink with a deep mahogany edge. Quite Dark. A rocky mocha-colored head rises and falls quickly leaving sparse bubbles and lace

Surprisingly, big, green hops dominate the nose with a underlying edge of char and coffee. Flavours explode in the mouth with a big cocoa-powder-baker's chocolate intro laced with a soft lactose edge. A deep toffee sweetness mingles with the still-smoking coals from last night's campfire. A powerful hop presence gives a massive bitter finish. Who baby, a big delicious beer which really benefits from serving almost room temp.

Medium viscous body with a pleasantly coating wake that begs another dive into the huge flavors. Alcohol produces warmth and only a slight phenolic presence. Who's your daddy? Old Rasputin is, in case you've forgotten.

GimmeAles, Mar 04, 2007
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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember being VERY satisfied with this on draft and when I saw a bottle of it for $2.50....!!!! Come on, that's pretty much free when it comes to a beer this good.

Drew it into a snifter and watched the oily head build up and shrink to a layer that leaves a very wet and sporatic lacing on the glass.

The aromatics hint of coffee, chocolate and black licorice but not very strongly.

Taste is full blown chocolate malts with espresso and black licorice. Very well balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel lets the beer explode its flavors in your mouth and simply adds just another exciting part of the beer. Tends to lend itself to the carbonated side for this style.

Drinkability, for a 9% ABV beverage, is outstanding. Aside from the fact that you're going to be drunk, you'll still be wanting to keep tasting it.

ClassicBrad, Sep 12, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jono311, May 01, 2013
Photo of SQNfan
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color the beer poured a 1" thick light brown head that dissipated slowly (and never completely). The nose had scents of roasted coffee, raisins and bitter chocolate. The palate was concentrated though light on its feet. While nice, similar to the nose, the palate was fairly simple. It did build nicely from the front palate into the midpalate and then lingered with a bitter chocolate flavor. Overall, it was very nice though rather simple.

SQNfan, Apr 24, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Ironcityblackand, Aug 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

HopJack, Jan 14, 2012
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,908 ratings.