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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

10,532 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,532
Reviews: 3,443
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 378
Gots: 1,708 | 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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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed over 25 minutes from a tulip glass.

It pours a reflective black core with cordovan edges that warm the ring that remains after the cap has fallen. Bubbly, light tan head with very leggy, patchy lacing.

The nose is full of roasted coffee and malt. It's chocolatey and a touch flinty, too. Hints of toffee and currant are present. Clean, fresh, and cool…there's a suggestion of the hops you anticipate to come out later.

The start is malted caramel, followed closely by acidic, light roast coffee. Those standard flavors then sit back for a bit and allow earthen sweetness to come in with a touch of currants and prunes. Then it's balanced by bitterness and salicylate that folds into coffee again with a finish and aftertaste of heavily roasted almonds, black walnuts, and Brazil nuts all so thick you can nearly crunch them.

The body is full and carbonation about mid-level. It spreads in the mouth fast and flat with a metallic essence enhanced by the wintergreen. Bubbles are more apparent on the tongue after it starts creamy. The dance it does all over the mouth is my favorite element.

Since this RIS seems a touch one-dimensional to me--essentially a roasted mixed nut iced coffee, I'm happy to drink it as or with dessert in cooler months. But, despite the reputation, I don't think this particular brew stands alone as a superior representative of the style. It's very good, but doesn't make my day.

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4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finding a 4-pack of this covered in dust at a local package store was like winning the lottery.

A - Dark brown, with little carbonation, maybe a quarter-inch head.
S - Huge and lingering on the nose. Toffee, cocoa, espresso.
T - The nose paid off in the taste -- sweet but complex; the coffee didn't overwhelm.
M - A little chewy; not syrupy.
O - This is the best stout I've had in a while -- I found myself wanting to spend more time decoding the various scents. I'd stock up on this -- if you can find it.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served this at around 60 degrees in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with 3 inches of head that laced beautifully.

Aroma: roasted malt, cocoa, black pepper, slight alcohol, touch of espresso, ever so slight 100% cacao chocolate. No burnt malt aroma.

Taste: Roasty, espresso, cococa, touch of guinness character. Midway, some alcohol bite although not too much.

Final results: Definitely one of my favorite imperial stouts. I love how it does not have a burnt flavor and instead the malt has a "grilled" like character. the coffee and chocolate work beautifully although the roastiness is the star. Definitely would drink again but too many beers out there that I need to try. Not hoppy but just enough hops so that there isn't too much sweetness. A plus for me.

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4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a handful of times. On tap, in bottle, on nitro. Every time I know ordering that it's a classic but I am continually impressed. If you like stouts this is a must try. North Coast sets the bar and sets it high with this one. Smooth smooooth drink.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,532 ratings.