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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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9,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,640
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,215 | 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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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.7%

94Sip, Jun 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

Soma474, Sep 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

drunkskunk, Dec 12, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

MrBallz, Oct 02, 2013
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

Gki36, Jul 27, 2014
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1.13/5  rDev -73.7%

Upon pouring this beer looked like cola, maybe a little darker. Smelled like licorse. Tasted like Licorse and Alcohal. I found this beer difficult to sip, sallow, and even gulp. Had no head, and no lacing whatsoever which leads me to believe I may have gotten a bad bottle, so perhaps I'll try again.

However, judging from what I know about Rasputin, this seems like the kind of thing he would drink by the barrelful atleast ten times a day. So I suppose mission accomplished, Comrades.

callmeclemens, Aug 12, 2010
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1.2/5  rDev -72.1%

Chalkum, Aug 20, 2014
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1.2/5  rDev -72.1%

salyerm, Aug 24, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -70.9%

TDintino, Feb 14, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -70.9%

IrishTank, May 23, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -65.1%

llynn, Aug 05, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -65.1%

ZoomieGirlD, Sep 19, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -65.1%

mulliwater, May 25, 2013
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1.52/5  rDev -64.7%

wpwilson, Aug 14, 2014
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1.55/5  rDev -64%

I know this beer gets rave reviews, however...

I have enjoyed other RIS's but this one is just plain ugh.

It looks good enough, very dark brown, almost black, ruby around the edge against a light. Nice brown two finger head, goes down to a pretty lace after a while.

Smell is a little strange, very fruity, but not much else.

Taste...ARRRGH! Fruit and alcohol, kinda like Boone's Farm or something. Yuck!

Mouthfeel is as it should be, kinda thick, but not really thick.

Drinkability Well...I bought four of these, and have managed to choke down two, but the other two are probobly destined for the trash hopper.

Like I said, I have enjoyed other RIS's before, Sam Smith's is my fave, but I think Old Rasp is a little high on the ABV at 9%. It makes it too heavy more my taste buds to handle.

tfp4268, Jul 11, 2006
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1.72/5  rDev -60%

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1.75/5  rDev -59.3%

WJStyles, Nov 11, 2012
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1.85/5  rDev -57%

Usually I'm not a fan of Imperial Stouts, but this one looked cool and I was hooked into buying it for the looks and name. Pours a very dark color with a moderate sized tan head that dies off after a few minutes. Leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was burned malts and coffee/chocolate and some sort of spiciness (odd for an imperial stout?). This is a big beer. The flavor was majorly strong. Way too strong for my taste buds to accept. Tastes of alcohol, burned malts, slight spiciness, and maybe a little fruitiness. Didn't care much for it.

clvand0, Sep 15, 2003
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1.88/5  rDev -56.3%

I want to like this beer. Really, I do. I'm crazy about imperial stouts and I read the praise everyone has for this beer, but I can't help but think that I'm unlucky enough to keep purchasing skunked beer upon skunked beer.

Sharper than other imperial stouts, spicer and hoppier than I would prefer. Acrid taste, almost far too sharp to be palatable. Sample has drain pour written all over it, but I've bought this beer three different times during the past year with the same experience.

If ever I can find good things to say about Rasputin, I will joyfully update and upgrade my ratings. But until then, this is just nasty.

assurbanipaul, Sep 14, 2003
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,640 ratings.