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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

9,641 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,641
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,215 | FT: 38
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 BethanyB
4.04/5  rDev -6%

Appearance: Dark brown to the point of being just a notch below black. A prodigious, creamy, light brown head swirls its way to the top when poured, and lasts until the bitter end. Lacing all down the glass.

Smell: Roasted chocolate malt and sweet bananas are nicely framed by some spicy, floral hops that balance the otherwise syrupy scent with a fresh crispness.

Taste: The taste is true to the smell. Roasted mocha, banana bread, and dates, with a slightly burnt bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and some comforting alcohol warming.

Overall: An excellent example of an Imperial Stout, successful in exhibiting both sweetness and bitterness, while managing to keep things nicely balanced. Definitely not for session drinking, but a solid choice for sipping.

BethanyB, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of E_Cox
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

E_Cox, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

EugeBeerFan, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Bauzen
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%

Dark and chocolatey appearance. Amber foam.

Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. While the flavor follows the nose, it's much more bitter and hoppy than a typical stout in the same class. The finish is dry too. A clean presentation for a serious brew.

Overall, it's one of the best dark beers I've enjoyed on the west coast. A welcome change to a steady stream of IPAs and over-the-top flavored stouts.

Bauzen, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of BucBasil
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured form the 12oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Black with only the faintest light coming in at the very edges when held to light. Head was 2 fingers thick, creamy, and dark tan to brown color and lasted a while. Vicious looking beer.

S: You can smell this one from a foot or more away. Super roasty with hints of cafe au leait and some mocha and chocolate. Sweet dark fruit note in there buried deep and a touch of alcohol and then covered by caramelized and burnt sugar. Very nice, if intense smelling beer.

T: Almost overwhelmingly packed with flavor. Roasty, almost smoky character right up front, with hints of bittersweet and baker's chocolate all throughout. A bit of coffee shins through with mocha notes and espresso highlights. Finishes bitter with a warming feeling, alcohol and then immediately covered up in the roast again. Dangerous brew.

Overall: an absolute classic. What an imperial stout should be. Very bitter but also having some balanced characteristics of sweetness. Always a good go to.

BucBasil, Jul 21, 2013
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,641 ratings.