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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

10,195 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,195
Reviews: 3,384
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,463 | FT: 44
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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Photo of anwo56
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

anwo56, Nov 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

strangebrew321, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz bottle to Luettich-balloon style glass (Bruery tulip); no freshness dating is present on the bottle, from what I can tell

Appearance (5.0): Black as night in the body, light khaki head of very, very tight, fine bubbles, that starts at 4+ finges and fades to a hazy on the top of the beer. It leaves what can only be described as textbook lacing—I swear it actually looks like some kind of ugly tan lace draped down all around the glass.

Smell (4.0): Coffee, some bitter dark chocolate, some oxidization present; thought this bottle was from June or so, but as I said, there’s no freshness date on the bottle so that’s just a guess at this point. Some grassy hops in the back. Malt body is rich and roasty, with very little sweetness underneath it—this smells menacing, and I like it.

Taste (3.5): Bitter as hell black coffee and roasted barley that turns to dark, dark chocolate on the way down. The finish is some mixture of grassy, maybe herbal hops melding pretty seamlessly with charred, blackened cereals. Not a ton of complexity, maybe, but it’s a nice break from these sickly-sweet RISs other brewers and drinkers seem to love. As it warms, seems a bit richer, fuller, and quite a bit boozier, but still very straight-forward—no surprises here.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Rich and creamy, with a heavy, velvety carbonation that coats the mouth; body is on the lighter side of full (more than medium, not quite heavy but definitely full). Very nice.

Overall (4.0): Not a bad RIS by any means—kind of a benchmark in a lot of ways. It’s not the most interesting or most complex RIS in terms of taste, but it does seem to nail some elements rather well, suggesting to me that North Coast dialed in on a very dependable RIS recipe a long time ago. Good for them, because this works. Not surprisingly, this seems like a great candidate for cask and barrel treatments.

fmccormi, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black beer with a fluffy brown head, excellent retention; lace sticks well.

Big roasty aroma with coffee and sweet toffee-like notes. Undercurrent of hoppy bitterness. Hint of anise?

Tasty combination of roasted malt, black coffee, bitter chocolate, fruity sweetness. Again the hops provide a bit of balancing bitterness and traces of booze are noticed underneath, particularly as the beer warms. Faint anise/black licorice note. Big and flavorful.

Medium bodied; perhaps even a little light for the style. Modestly sticky, carbonation on the medium-high side. I might like a bit more chewiness.

An excellent everyday imperial stout. Always affordable and available; perhaps a bit thinner and hoppier than I like this style to be.

tobelerone, Nov 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

xxcarpxx, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Yalc, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

harrylee773, Nov 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

cmonfradi, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

RobertColianni, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

maxk, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bmur112, Nov 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

fuzzcherry, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

LBCaterson, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of TangTKE402
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pitch-black in color, with a mocha, 1-finger head. Some lacing.

S: Deep and rich, with strong notes of molasses, toasted caramel, chocolate-covered espresso beans, a campfire built with wet wood, and a touch of vanilla.

T: Complex and beautifully rendered, this beer has a wide flavor profile the works well in concert with the feel. Up-front flavors include molasses, prunes, and wet wood while the back notes are smoky, nutty, and leathery. Beautiful, crisp, and smooth without much hint at its alcohol level other than the robust character.

M: Bold without overpowering, the mouthfeel is crisp, full, and well-textured. It sits just right in your mouth, swallows easily, and leaves a slightly bitter longing in your mouth that begs for another gulp.

O: For me this beer is the standard for the genre. Old Rasputan Russian Imperial Stout is the bar by which others are measured against. A must-try, and the perfect beer for late-fall when the leaves are gone and the wind bites a bit more each day.

TangTKE402, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

JimInTN, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bdeast1, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Amp, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

drewburning25, Nov 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Heretic42, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of cvm4
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as black body with a firm tan head.

S - I picked up coffee notes with dark chocolate and malt notes. The coffee notes are very strong.

T - The dark chocolate hits you first and foremost. Then you get a medley of malt of coffee with sweet tones along the way.

M - No problem coating your mouth to let you taste every bit of this beer. Great carbonation and taste on the palette.

O - Represents what an RIS should be. A beer that can move you into stouts since it's so drinkable. And a great bargain too!

cvm4, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AlexChillton, Nov 28, 2011
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,195 ratings.