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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

10,367 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,367
Reviews: 3,398
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,566 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of nukem5
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fantastic black as night, coffee color with a rich brown cap of foam about 3/4 thick in my snifter glass. The look is so wonderful, absolutely no light passes thru glass.Thick clouds of foam cling to the walls of the glass.

S: Aroma is of rich coffee, roasty malts, nutty with hints of licorice.

T: First sip and POW tons of coffee, licorice, roasted malts... everything I expected to taste and in full abundant quantities. There is also a slight earthy taste almost floral hoppy.

M: Warming full bodied and luxurious feeling dancing on the pallet, slight chewy feel.

O: Definitely a drinker an excellent representation of the style.

Photo of dopelaugh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Slammy
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an opaque, deep brown-black with a 1/2 caramel head that dissipates relatively quickly. There is some lacing, but it is not very pronounced.

S - Toffe, burnt caramel, dark roasted coffee beans, the smell of a wheat field right before harvest.

T - Surprising taste of citrus on the first sip, which is not that present on subsequent sips. Wonderful dried wheat notes with a mild alcohol finish. Definitely not a sweet beer, but well balanced with some slight bitterness toward the end.

M - Strong carbonation on the tip of the tongue quickly turns into a creamy feel. On the more viscous side, but certainly not as thick as some in the same genre.

O - I wanted a rich, complex beer for this mid-November evening and this did the trick. While it's not the best Russian Imperial Stout that I have tasted, it is worth of its reputation and well worth trying. I'll probably buy this again in the future.

Notes: Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 4-pack of 12oz bought for $8.99 in Oregon.

Photo of JMurphy41
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Sgbrown78
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HereforBeer
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of gspeer711
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of deNevers
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of DJScroggins
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black, opaque, thin tan head that fades quickly. Light lacing.

Smells of malts and powdered chocolate

Tastes of toasted malts, light chocolate. Hops more prominent here than on the nose. Finish tastes of burnt coffee beans and bourbon.

Lighter bodied that one might expect. Some alcohol burn.

Overall an excellent Imperial Stout. It's a classic for a reason.

Photo of LXIXME
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thick very long lasting light brown head covers a clean and clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Aroma is on the lighter side with well roasted to almost burnt grain malts and some chocolates.

A full well roasted grain malt taste with lots of dark chocolates coming through.

Slightly dry aftertaste with some of the dark malts and chocolates tastes lingering behind with this full bodied drink.

Very well done, was lucky enough to enjoy this in front of the fireplace on chilly night.

Photo of tastymug
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Crowbar
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of paralyzer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of paresis
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dredz_126
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great looking bottle. Bought it using the beer advocate rating system. Pours very beautifully. Has a sweet chocolaty and caramel element in the smell. As far as taste; very smooth, velvety. The high alchohol content is very well hidden. A new favorite indeed!

Photo of BEERschlitz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of marvmoreno
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of JohnRyanJosey
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's getting colder, so that means I have to review a beer with a lot of alcohol that really warms you up. My second favorite beer of all time, just barely behind Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. This bad boy is HUGE. If you don't like your beers strong, you will absolutely hate this. On the other hand, if you like stouts, you have to give this thing a try. It's won THIRTEEN GOLD MEDALS in world beer festivals. It's as good as stouts get.

Appearance: 5 This baby is jet-black. A little red at the edges where just the faintest bit of light gets through, but that's it. A cocoa-brown head that dissipated quickly in my stein, but left nice lacing.

Smell: 5 Big alcohol smell, but also toasty coffee and roasted malts. Hits you in the face hard, so be prepared.

Taste: 5 Holy crap. Alcohol warming, but burnt coffee (in a good way) and strong chocolate. The aftertaste is strong dark chocolate and a very warming finish.

Mouthfeel: 5 thick, rich, and tongue-coating

Overall: 5 This is simply indescribable. There are too many strong flavors combining and re-combining for me to adequately describe them here. I just put short snippets of what I could, but it's simply the best stout there is. A drink that must be savored, slowly letting your mind wander to wherever the flavors take you. It's incredible. If you like stouts, this is the best one there is. A must-try.

Photo of BA_Berto
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of kona14
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Captain_Komamura
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - It is black, with a good head.

Smell - It is a like a burnt chocolate coffee smell to it.

Taste - Like the smell, but with a slight bitter toffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A bit syrup like, goes down nice.

Overall - It is an amazing Russian Stout, if it where cheaper I would get it more.

Photo of eclosson22
4/5  rDev -7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,367 ratings.