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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

9,505 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,505
Reviews: 3,339
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 272
Gots: 1,160 | FT: 34
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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creez

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-11-2012 02:00:08 | More by creez
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Bowlus803


5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-10-2012 05:49:18 | More by Bowlus803
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%

Reviewed from notes. Had on nitro-tap at Redlight Redlight. Served in a 10 oz. glass shaped like a nonic pint pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, and opaque. Creamy dark tan nitro head, but much of the nitrogen movement within the beer had dissipated by the time I got the glass.

S: Coffee, dark cacao. Rich maltiness and a creamy sweetness. Not a huge aroma, but nice when you work at it a bit.

T: Sweet dark-roasted coffee, cacao, and big roasted malts without being overly bitter. Some toffee and a lactose-like sweetness throughout. Mild roasted bitterness in hang.

M: The body is on the thin side for style and the nitro-tap serving. Creamy mouthfeel, and alcohol is well-hidden for style.

O: Truly a quality, easily accessible example of style, but it didn't quite live up to my high expectations for having it on nitro.

04-10-2012 05:18:23 | More by macrosmatic
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obywan59

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

This is one pitch black brew, with a 4 finger chunky head towering over my glass. It leaves very sticky lacing.

The aroma is of rich roasted malt complemented perfectly by over-ripe citrus and whiffs of coffee. It almost smells as if it were barrel-aged.

Sweet, smooth, and almost milky, like milk chocolate with caramel Bitter hops and roast malts refuse to allow the sweetness to overpower.

Thick and creamy in the mouth, with a bit of light foaminess. Very warming.

One of the best stouts. It's sweet, as I prefer, but countered well by the heavy bitterness. Great for a cool spring night.

04-10-2012 01:40:52 | More by obywan59
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robnolan

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-09-2012 20:05:27 | More by robnolan
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DallasHopking

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-09-2012 16:07:31 | More by DallasHopking
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Farky87

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-09-2012 03:42:02 | More by Farky87
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mdimeglio

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-08-2012 21:22:26 | More by mdimeglio
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ng85

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-08-2012 11:53:49 | More by ng85
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hlaus

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

04-08-2012 02:31:40 | More by hlaus
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wighty

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-08-2012 01:16:13 | More by wighty
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Davit

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-07-2012 05:03:36 | More by Davit
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kirkse

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-07-2012 04:26:05 | More by kirkse
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cisteve

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-07-2012 02:17:02 | More by cisteve
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-07-2012 01:48:00 | More by tpauer
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-07-2012 00:21:39 | More by MarkyMOD
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PGVG

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-06-2012 17:01:18 | More by PGVG
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mungus

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-06-2012 14:07:03 | More by mungus
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Piotrek

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-06-2012 03:12:19 | More by Piotrek
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ThePortlander

New York

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

I can see why this is so popular. Roasted malts balanced by a pleasant bitterness, with tones of complexity to boot. It also warms nicely, which allows the chocolate and coffee flavors to bloom. The bottle I had wasn't especially creamy, to my disappointment. I think I'll revisit Old Rasputin with the hope the I'll get a better bottle, but this is how I feel about it for now.

04-05-2012 02:49:10 | More by ThePortlander
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howard12

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-05-2012 01:33:00 | More by howard12
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with almost four fingers of very active light brown head. Recedes to a film atop the beer.

S: Very strong roasted malts with a mixture of dark and milk chocolate, though light. Some piney hops in the background.

T: Starts out with a bitter hoppiness that is quickly followed by roasted malts, espresso, and dark and milk chocolate. The bitterness is a bit strong for me, but fortunately it's accompanied by great stout characteristics. As it warms, it gets better - the roast and chocolate become more apparent, and the bitterness less so.

M: Fairly thick with creamy carbonation.

O: A solid Russian Imperial Stout. Very roasty with great milk and dark chocolate flavor, but a bit too bitter for my liking. If it was a bit sweeter, it'd be phenomenal.

04-05-2012 01:08:14 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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casualfan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-04-2012 23:00:10 | More by casualfan
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MumboJumbo

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-04-2012 19:34:54 | More by MumboJumbo
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Jhatwig


3/5  rDev -30.2%

04-03-2012 04:04:45 | More by Jhatwig
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,505 ratings.