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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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9,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,938
Reviews: 3,364
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,345 | 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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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
Photo of Theheroguy
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this is great beer, very rich and complex I regret having waited so long to try it.

In terms of appearance it's everything a stout should be deep black with an enduring and respectable but not thick head.

This beer is like drinking a malty dark chocolate bar. The malt and some fruitiness are first flavors you taste but the rich chocolate quickly assumes its role. This beer is seriously delicious.

The only thing bad about this beer is that is smells incredibly boozy. The 9% alcohol is hidden from the tongue but not from your nose.

It is expensive but well worth the price.

Theheroguy, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of gmcsierra91
5/5  rDev +16.3%

gmcsierra91, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of bengore
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, deep black into a tulip glass. Small amount of cherry bronze head that dissipates slowly. Aroma reminds me of chocolate cake with booze. Taste is relatively malty, coffee, and ultimately leads to an alcohol-y aftertaste. Overall a great, strong stout that is easily available. Goes great with a strong, hearty stew or curry. Definitely a go-to.

bengore, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

mpetersen, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

allstar255, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of flyingvrod
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle to a nice two finger light brown head that slowly falls to a quarter of an inch with good lacing and black as pitch

the smell is earthy with the bold malt and coffee

the taste is not as strong as some other stouts but so well balanced without a burnt or overpowering chocolate as some have the hops are at the back of this one quite subtle the abv is hidden almost too well

the mouthfeel is great nice and crisp without coating the pallette carbonation is just right not flat at all like others

this stout is one of the best i have ever had i could drink this more than a few times a week excellent beer!

flyingvrod, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Noelito76, Oct 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

skrblr, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

maynard713, Oct 21, 2012
5/5  rDev +16.3%

SEANDOYLE, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of biscuitroller
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

biscuitroller, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Hoptologist, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of prison1
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

prison1, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of joemon83
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

joemon83, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Mlitesonata
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Mlitesonata, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

BeerNW, Oct 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ReeseMax3, Oct 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

jalepeno4, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of mattporter2
5/5  rDev +16.3%

mattporter2, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black. just black. tan film on top. beautiful to behold!
roasty, malty, roasty, toasted smell . . . .
taste is like a creamy roasted coffee bean in an over-roasted starbucks cup.
mouthfeel is heavy, rugged.
overall . . . . in the world of stouts, this one's a great brew. i will admit, however, that i dont feel all that knowledgable about the stouts and porters. i appreciate them for what they are, and prefer the higher abv ones. there's a certain 'chalkiness' to this one that i really like, and i appreciate the 'espresso' and 'roasted' flavors, but i really need to learn more how these are produced. regardless.... cheers!
update: had this one on tap last night and what an incredible head it had. thicker than Guinness and way creamier.... a totally different brew on tap than was in the bottle....

pkalix, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

Roland45s, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Rojada1988, Oct 18, 2012
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,938 ratings.