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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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10,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,804
Reviews: 3,514
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,933 | FT: 53
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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased as a 4-pack for $12 at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks, North. Poured into a Duvel snifter at 50F on a day when snow returned to the ground.

A: A stellar looking beer that is ink vblack with a two finger tan head that lasts seemingly forever as a cap, lacing wonderfully all the while.
S: A very interesting nose with initially a strong dose of liquorice and molasses off the top with a int of high alochos. The nose then mellows to a more chocolately / cocoa with a hint of cinnamon and pepper spice underlying it all.
T: Loads of roasted barley and coffee notes initially that give way to a slightly sweet body and a strong earthy bitterness that builds over time. Notes of chocolate underlie the entire beer. Nice, and enjoyable not to have a super cloying RIS here.
M: The mouthfeel here is a little odd. It is not thick and sticky like some RISes, but they somehow make it come across as almost watery. Super odd. The only thing that is holding this beer back. It needs to be a touch thicker as the bitterness and sweetness is well balanced. No fusels or high alcohols present here though!
O: Rock solid lower ABV (by today's ultra high ABV examples that seem to be all the 'world's best beers') RIS that delvers a nice balance between flavours.

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S: Roasty, chocolatey, hints of alchohol.
T: Doesn't drink like an imperial at all. Super smooth with roasty chocolate. A kick of alchohol finishes it off but it doesn't linger. A nice finishing touch.
M: Perfect. Sits with a perfect amount of bubbles and the nice flavors really come through.

Overall a great beer. I was reluctant to try it because usually imperials have too much ABV for me but this one did a great job of working in compliment with it. A must try.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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