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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

10,804 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,804
Reviews: 3,514
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,933 | FT: 53
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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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Rasputin greets me from the label with his trademark piercing gaze. He fills my vessel with a liquid black pearl through which the most determined light shall not pass. It actually appears that light particles are being pulled in, perhaps through a wormhole to another dimension. One finger of tight khaki head recedes to a persistent ring of vigilant foam.

Roasted espresso beans and burnt cocoa meet dark fruits and faint molasses in the nose. The initial feel on the tongue is silky smooth, morphing first into a crisp carbonated zing, then a bittersweet dark chocolate bite. French roast coffee and dark dark chocolate dominate the flavor, while smoky caramel malt and grassy hops dance in the background. As the nectar warms, a slight alcohol heat comes through on the finish.

Overall, this is simply one of the finest [non barrel-aged] stouts I've ever had. There is never a dull moment spent with Rasputin. The aroma, texture, and flavors converge to provide an experience that never disappoints.

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A - Poured jet black, with a taller-than-expected, rich, creamy tan head. The head recedes slowly, and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Attractive film hovers above the beer for the duration of the beer. Nice, but difficult to differentiate appearance in this style.

S - Very nice potency. I can smell it without jamming my entire face into the glass. Roasty malt. Dark chocolate.

T - Follows the nose. The tastes are clean readily discernible. Clean coffee, milk chocolate. Just a subtle sweetness, and no burnt notes. Just a bit of alcohol on the finish. Normally I don't like this, but it works well here.

M - I suppose it's possible for a beer to feel better, but I'm not going to split hairs here. Full-bodied. Luxurious. Goes down like silk, yet with just a hint of supporting carbonation. Love this.

O - Another eye-opening imperial stout. My second this week. At one time I held off on this beer due to 4-pack quantity and perceived high price. Those reasons have since been swept away. Truly a delicious beer.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,804 ratings.