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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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9,669 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,669
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 289
Gots: 1,221 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ddevine, Feb 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

alwaysintense, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of partypak
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

partypak, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of efb123
5/5  rDev +16.3%

efb123, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-NITRO-tap @ the Royale - Food & Spirits in St. Louis, MO for $4.50. Tapped from the Black/Gold Tap handle w/ Mr Rasputin on it into a 12oz Stemmed Goblet Glass.

Aroma- Tons of cocoa and a nice, clean roasted aroma comes across in this one. You can even smell the creaminess here! Very nice and smooth to the nose.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5, creamy head that has long lasting retention. Has the most opaque brown colored body possible.

Flavor- Roast, deep chocolate, smooth coffee richness, and well balanced beer are all characteristics of this one. Malt made this one up. Medium bitterness finishes up this quite enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied due to unreal creaminess, Light Carbonation, SMOOTH, and has tons of malt that stay forever on the palate.

Overall Impression- Wow! While having enjoyed this one many times in bottle form, I never had nitro until the other night. Huge creaminess and enjoyed every sip. Definitely recommend finding this on nitro and enjoying one or two.

DCon, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BarrelAgedBarry, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jjohnston87
4/5  rDev -7%

jjohnston87, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BillH200174
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick creamy head to it’s oily core it’s a joy to drink. A nice burnt chocolate/coffee flavor greets the nose. Rich, oily mouthful like a chaw of chewing tobaccoo but such a nice tangy flavor. The beer finishes rich and malty with a wonderful mix of hoppy goodness.

BillH200174, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of fountainofyouth
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

fountainofyouth, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Xudoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Xudoo, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Black as night. Beautiful tan head, great retention

S: Robust roasted malt mixed with chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla.

T: Huge roasted malt that finishes in a tantalizing bitterness.

M: Perfect body. Coats the mouth like a hand in a glove. Wonderful!

O: Old Rasputin is a true classic, a truly amazing Russian Imperial Stout.

chanokokoro, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BrianGaynor
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first official review, so bear with me.

Appearance: pours completely jet black with a two finger tan head. Very thick pour. I personally love a thick beer so this has a lot of appeal to me.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of vanilla maybe?

Taste: this doesn't hit like some of the 9.0% beers I've had in the past. Really pleasing taste of roasted malts and hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: as said earlier, this beer is thick. You can really feel the thickness, but it still goes down smooth.

Overall: this beer is pretty good, I am going to enjoy drinking the other three in the pack.

BrianGaynor, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

ChanceK, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

stevefinny, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mtrog313, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

keanlacrosse, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

shelby415, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Danobold, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of fatmusic14
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the most complex beers I've had in a very long time - flavors galore.

A - literally pitch black. Carbonation doesn't dance like a Guiness, but appearance similar. Good head, dark and creamy, decent retention - no lacing.

S - I'm going to skip this one

T - in your face flavors. Felt like I was getting hit in the face with a sack full of hops. Bursts of coffee and mocha, with a strong kick of alcohol and bitterness, almost a horseradish hint. But delicious.

M - great smooth and carbonation level, very refreshing. If your eyes were closed while drinking this, you would have no idea that it was this color or consistency.

O - Got a 4 pack, will probably last me a few weeks.

fatmusic14, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Lynn, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Lexiconical
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You want complexity? This beer has astonishing complexity. Gave as a gift to my father, a wine drinker, and it aced the test. It has different tastes at different moments, like a great wine.

That said, I have not had other Russian Imperial Stouts, so what I liked about it might just be trait of the style.

Astonishing molasses color and thickness. Smell not up to the rest of the beer.

Lexiconical, Feb 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

wembly13, Feb 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

lilnicky068, Feb 26, 2012
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,669 ratings.