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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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10,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,527
Reviews: 3,440
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 378
Gots: 1,704 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of 12owls
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

youwza! what a great beer...pourned into a pint glass. smell was choclolaty,with some mocha/coffee. some roasted grains. the color and head at extremly attractive...frothy lighter brown chocolate head, that left beind some cooll lacing. mouthfeel is robust, light carbonation toasty flavors all over the place. taste is great, i caught coffee roast grains, some smal fruit rind inbetween the first taste, to the last. some bitterness behind thats bind everything nicely. a.b.v is not to crazy but good where it is. great beer, great stout. very very enjoyable!

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Murrhey
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Taco Asylum. Poured in a pint glass, reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width mocha head. Long retention and sticky, foamy lacing. Deep reddish black color. Mahogany.

S- Creamy and chocolaty. Toasty malts and caramel as well.

T- Deep, dark and bitter. Creaminess is not lost with the roast malts. Subtle and not overpowering. Wonderful.

M- Fairly thick and creamy bodied. Decent carbonation.

O- Wonderful beer. What hath North Coast wrought?

Photo of seanmugs
4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of bierbrauer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, $8.99/4. No freshness information. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown that is opaque; huge, 2" fluffy light brown head that drops slowly and leaves a thick, continuous layer of lacing; tiny amount of effervescence under top layer.

S: Restrained roasted coffee; dark dried fruit, e.g. raisins & prunes; chocolate and vanilla.

T: Caramel; espresso and malt; licorice; intense, growing bitterness; alcohol taste is masked.

M: Medium carbonation, medium/full body that is thick without being syrupy; smooth & creamy; neutral/dry finish; alcohol warming.

O: A moderately big, full flavored RIS that is balanced, a pleasure to drink and a good value.

Photo of dragomni
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A world-class example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Pour an inky black with coffee-coloured head and decent lacing. Mouthfeel is pleasant, not nearly as oily or viscous as might be expected by the 9% ABV. Aroma of roasted malts and barrel tannins is followed by the well balanced, smoky taste. The barrel focused finish remains a true highlight.

Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of rodney45
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark black, completely opaque, with no hints of color on the fringe of the glass. Tan head that has moderate retention, but beautiful lacing.

S: Cherry, plum and walnut aroma. Dark roasted malts and charcoal. Alcohol phenols.

T: Roasted malt, with dark chocolate and cherry. The secondary notes are of espresso, chocolate and beautiful american hop balance, that creates this bitter, yet sweet harmony. Dry and warm finish.

M: Medium body with mid to low carbonation. Alcohol warmth and distinct bitterness.

O: A fantastic RIS. It became more sweet and syrupy as it warmed up. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark black. Very small red huge showing through the glass. Big, thick head that recedes to a nice soapy consistency. It sticks around during the duration of the beer. Decent amount of lacing thanks to the 9% ABV.

S- Burnt dark chocolate & alcohol.

T- Same as smell. The alcohol creates a warming effect in the finish. This doesn't taste like sweet molasses or syrup, so that is a plus in my book. This beer is a lot smoother than most imperial stouts I've had. It starts of semi-dry to my taste-buds, then moves to a sweetness that is very well balanced with the rest of the beer's flavors.

M- Medium, but more towards full bodied. The finish makes the beer feel like it's stuck to the roof of your mouth and spreads to the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is what creates the warming sensation.

Overall, Old Rasputin has everything that a standard imperial stout has, but is smoother. It's less alcoholic than most in it's style, which makes it more enjoyable. It also doesn't have an extremely heavy molasses or sugary sweet syrup taste, so that's what I like about it. No where near my favorite beer, but it's damn tasty.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this both on-tap and in bottle, and surprisingly, the bottle was superior to the tap, god knows why, so I averaged the two ratings.

A - Black as night, opaque, no light going through this stuff. 1/2 pinky of head, darker grey colored.

S - Typical quality Imperial, nice hints of chocolate, maltiness, slight hop quality to it.

T - Great, tastes of smooth chocolate and the hops make their presence subtley known. The chocolate malt is clearly the forefront. Alcohol taste is very effectively masked by the fantastic flavors.

M - Thick, decent carbonation, not overpowering or underwhelming. Good balance. The creaminess is praiseworthy.

O - Does it live up to the hype? That, lads and ladies, is up to the drinker. In my opinion, the bottle lived up, whereas the tap did not. Anyways, both were great choices; drinkable, flavorful, nice ABV and cleverly masked. Recommended.

Photo of AaronKashtan
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,527 ratings.