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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

9,228 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,228
Reviews: 3,328
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 256
Gots: 1,027 | FT: 33
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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FunkyFibes

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2012 06:09:42 | More by FunkyFibes
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Cr0wBait

Florida

1/5  rDev -76.7%

02-17-2012 04:45:00 | More by Cr0wBait
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Forb

Nebraska

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle thanks to Whole Foods!

Appearance: Almost dark as night! Pours a darkness that's riddled with a frothy thickness of brown; the head and lacing showing the coffee brown hue most pronouncedly.

Smell: Roast, roast, roast! is what the malt throws out at first impression amid this plethora of scents. Only after this stage do the finer, more subtle elements of coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate present themselves.

Taste: Roasted malt is the immediate presence with the espresso and a very dark chocolate quickly following suite in this ensemble of decadence that finishes with a hop bitterness coming in at the finally to close this crisp and extremely drinkable stout. Alcohol content remains well hidden for a 9%.

Mouthfeel: If I could compare this to coffee it'd be similar to a vienna roast in the sense of "rich but smooth" but clearly far more complex in additional quality. Medium carbonation with a medium to full body.

Overall: Amazingly smooth for such a delicious richness! Even a more skeptical craft beer consumer would give this one an easy A!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:00:56 | More by Forb
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zhumphrey

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-17-2012 02:00:23 | More by zhumphrey
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2012 01:18:41 | More by aszatk01
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-16-2012 13:32:30 | More by poopsmitherson
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-16-2012 06:25:17 | More by Cramerican
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drperry11

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-16-2012 05:27:02 | More by drperry11
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

02-16-2012 03:45:58 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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Shimbabwe

Tennessee

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

Deep, deep, brown, almost black, liquid pours from the bottle into an oversized wine glass—quite a challenge at room temperature, as the mountainous khaki head quickly boils to four fingers, nearly overwhelming its container. This bubbly froth slowly reintegrates over several minutes, leaving sticky rings of lace around the circumference of the goblet.


The emanating aroma is quite fruity for a stout, consisting of plums and raisins, with a touch of alcohol and piney hops; minimal coffee and chocolate on the nose.


Initial flavor is of sweet and dark fruits, then mocha and espresso, followed by a faint alcohol taste that subsequently yields to burnt chocolate and bitter hops, both of which linger all the way to the next sip. The hoppy bitterness pleasantly surprises and compliments the “charcolaty” flavors, while nicely balancing the mild sweetness of this brew.


Mouth feel at room temperature is rich, creamy, and somewhat thick—but not overwhelmingly so—with little carbonation; very decent for the style.


I’m a big fan of the style; and, this is one of my favorites. It’s well worth $10 a four-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:45:04 | More by Shimbabwe
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TCJosh

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

02-16-2012 02:33:15 | More by TCJosh
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Blargimus

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-16-2012 02:12:22 | More by Blargimus
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googam

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

02-16-2012 00:20:24 | More by googam
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oldseacaptain

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-15-2012 23:59:21 | More by oldseacaptain
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ionic66

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2012 17:32:33 | More by ionic66
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jlepersia

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2012 15:52:31 | More by jlepersia
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InfernoBoss

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-15-2012 07:13:43 | More by InfernoBoss
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-15-2012 04:17:33 | More by ChaseTheAce
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Beer21

Florida

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-15-2012 02:34:27 | More by Beer21
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7%

02-15-2012 02:25:50 | More by HumanParaquat
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7%

02-15-2012 02:24:04 | More by jfcaa193
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phisigben

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7%

02-14-2012 20:29:58 | More by phisigben
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jrenn

Kansas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-14-2012 20:11:42 | More by jrenn
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-14-2012 13:47:35 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much black. Towering tan head on the pour into my snifter. Four fingers high and poofing at the top. Lacing as it decompresses.

Semi-musty roast quality with mocha notes. The coffee is a cafe au lait and the chocolate is rather milky. Slight lactic sweet aroma. Grainy with a burnt toast character. Subtle complexity. Nice.

Bitter, smoky impy stout with huge roastiness, char, leather, and echoes of black coffee notes. This is a relatively fresh bottle, so I must note a boasting earthy/leafy hop in the taste. Some nice dry booziness in the finish. Burly flavor. Such great roasted malt bitterness.

Body has medium viscosity and lower tier carb. Alcohol levels are right where they need to be. Easy to finish one. A second would be a little difficult.

Such a quality RIS that is easily attainable and distinctive in taste profile. The gem among bitter, roasty, smoky RIS's.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 13:24:36 | More by thecheapies
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,228 ratings.