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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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10,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,547
Reviews: 3,448
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,725 | 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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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everyone swears by this so I figured it's time to try it. Let's see if it lives up to it's legacy.

Pours pitch black with a massive creamy brown head. Big Chocolate coffee and charcoal on the nose with trace amounts of detectable alcohol. Head shows no signs of dieing down anytime soon.

Definitely a good tasting stout. Flavors kind of slap your tongue around a bit. Chocolate and tobacco up front with a thick chewy body that thins out a little on the swallow unfortunately. Dark chocolate sweetness is wiped away but a nice spicy hop finish. Layered in a strange way. Slight warming finish from the alcohol.

Beer is getting better as it warms, starting to love it.

Not my favorite but good for sure. Good for sipping.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of beerSexualizer
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Creamy tan head with a couple fingers of volume. Black brown in colour like when midnight closes it's eyes.

Smells of fruity hops, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Tastes like black licorice that goes from subtly sweet to agressively bitter. Dark chocolate is around before the bitterness takes over. Nice lacing that thins to almost nothing as it drys.

Mouth feel is subtle then quickly errupts into an effervescent coating which follows the sweet to strong bitter profile.

Get this beer and drink it. Strong alcohol, black colour, and formidable bitterness are all staples of this style. F**k yeah.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

So, I had this on tap at the 9:30 Club in DC, which is good and bad. The bad: they served it in a plastic cup and too cold, which is why I didn't rate it as highly as I possibly could have.

It was black with no head and no lacing (likely due to the cup) and the nose opened up as it warmed up with dark roasted malts, coffee and hints of chocolate I could definitely smell a bit of the alcohol too.

The taste was phenomenal! Lots of coffee and a molasses. It did have a bit of bitter finish, though, which was OK with me.

It was kind of creamy for the mouthfeel and thinner than I would I've expected, but awesome overall. I'll definitely seek it out in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer North Hills on 12/29/11. Served in a small snifter.

Pours a pitch black with thick, creamy, cascading mountain of cappuccino colored head that has great retention. The nose offers rich chocolate aromas, some roasted malts and coffee, and even some faint anise. The flavor is similar with rich chocolate and coffee with faint anise, but there are also heavy alcohol esters and a very faint astringency in the finish. The alcohol is intense, but doesn't take away from the flavor. It's a very rich, smooth, warm, full bodied beer.

This is a great RIS. I've had it several times before, but this is the first time I had it on tap. I'll go back to this stout again and again.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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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%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,547 ratings.