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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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10,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,535
Reviews: 3,443
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,711 | FT: 47
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz. bottle poured into Duvel Tulip
A- Pours a tan fluffy 2 fingers head, opaque black in color, nice head retention, consistent spotty lacing
S- Roasty, sweet chocolate, deep maltieness, some oak and dark fruit. Not very deep but dominated by roasted malts.
T- Nice roasted flavor, sort of burnt. Bitterness, caramel, chocolate, some alcohol as it warms
M- A little thick, smooth and some creaminess, roasted chocolate lingers in the mouth
O- A great year-round Imperial Stout, love that I can get this beer anytime I want. Roasty and Delicious.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

Photo of chugalug06
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, fluffy, caramel cololored head. Brew is gloppy black. Nice consistent lacing.

Amazing vanilla characteristics. Caramel, nutty, chocolate, and woody. Mild peanut butter scent. A bit floral for the the style. A bit crystal-y malty on the nose...

Very deep and dark without being overly heavy with chocolate or roasty nutty-ness. Carbonation is a bet extreme. Bitterness starts smooth and sharply turns to the ladder, but it ends very nicely leaving you wanting more.

A very nice RIS; one I've been putting off trying for no reason... It lives up to it's rating and should be tried by everyone who enjoy a solid stout on a cold fall day.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of The_Kings_Quart
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Luscious dark brown with ZERO light coming through. 1.5 fingers of head with good retention, and legs that could hold up a table.

S: Decadence. Rich chocolate and molasses notes take the foreground with just a touch of nuttiness on the periphery. Strong blast of the alcohol here, but that could be the snifter talking.

T: Strong burnt quality up front that transitions seamlessly to malts, malts, and malts. The sweetness is cut nicely by the alcohol and everything just comes together beautifully. Synergy is a word that comes to mind.

MF: I could savor this goodness all day long. This is my ideal when it comes to carbonation level and thickness. Bold enough to be called an Russian Imperial, but not heavy and syrupy like so many I've tried have been. This is how it should be done.

O: I don't know what I love more; how delicious this beer is, or how it's freaking EVERYWHERE. This is more than a beer. It's a testament that good things can be right in your backyard or, in this case, Trader Joe's. A perennial favorite that's gotten me through many cold winter nights.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only beer I would ever give a perfect score to. Never before has such a masterpiece been crafted. It is said that one even gains intelligence from drinking this wonderful brew.

A: Oh man the waiter brought me a schooner of motor oil again, atop sat an inch of thick tan head. As I sipped, it laced amazingly. When the whole 16oz was gone, it was still laced head to toe like a magnificent art piece.

S: Deep roasted hops with caramel and coffee aromas with light spices filled my senses, followed by a barely noticeable alcohol smell. It was delectable and made my mouth water.

T: Given the alcohol content and other imperials I've had, I expected a much more bitter harsher taste. This was quite the opposite, it was smooth and delicious, very easy to drink and enjoy. An amateur beer drinker could enjoy this just as much as our seasoned vets.

M: This would have only felt better in my mouth if it was vagina. It wasnt sticky, wasn't too thick nor too thin. It was perfect, absolutely perfect.

Overall: 100/100. 2 thumbs up. Worlds most perfect beer in this category

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of smalenberg
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours the beautiful black of used motor oil and only a little thinner. Very little carbonation in evidence - just a thin ring of very small tan bubbles.

S - Notes of coffee, chocolate, and a bitter hint come through a powerful malty sweetness that also carries a somewhat fruity character. Brings to mind dark chocolate covered raspberries. There is a lot going on here and it is well worth letting the beer warm a bit to experience it all.

T - Strong roasted malt is quite reminiscent of a really good coffee (sort of like Turkish). Bitterness seems nearly entirely from the dark malt (perhaps black patent) without a distinct hop character in evidence. Not as dry as you might expect with the fruit notes coming through late. Very enjoyable.

M - More carbonation that the pour might lead to you expect. Slightly oily with a viscous coating left on the roof of the mouth and the tongue after swallowing that lets the flavor linger for a long time.

O - A wonderful example of the style worthy revisiting frequently.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into 3 wine glasses (splitting this one). Pitch black beer with a rich tan head on it. Not much active bubbling visible.

S - Nice roasty malty aroma. No discernible hops.

T - Sweet and dark caramel notes. Followed up by a bitter smoky roastiness and lingering astringent bitterness in the finish. A nice roasted smoke flavor lingers for a while. Despite the high alcohol, there isn't much alcohol heat in this one.

M - Full-bodied with low carbonation.

O - An exceptionally drinkable and well-balanced beer. I'm not a big stout drinker, but this one is exceptional.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,535 ratings.