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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
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3,628
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11,826
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4.28
pDev:
18.46%
 
 
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Photo of GimpyCane
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearence: poured burnt caramel brown w/ a 1/2 inch light brown head. Looks alot like molasses and left virtually no lace.

smell: got an intense whiff of roasted coffee and burnt caramel, also has a nice hint of alcohol present.

taste and mouthfeel: loved how it starts off w/ a creamy sweet caramel and ends hoppy harsh almost tart, medium to full body w/ a fizzy carbonation feel. Great hint of alcohol on tongue that wondered on my tongue for several minutes.

drinkability: nice sipping beer

Overall, I like this Russian Imperial Stout alot, especially at room temperature. While it is smooth to drink, it's quite intense and well balance w/ roasted elements, alcohol and body. Careful the ABV is 9% and will kick you in the ass.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an almost ink blank with only a hint of red at edges in the light. Half inch tan head stayed a few minutes. No noticable carbonation. Minimal lacing.

The scent of this beer has a huge chocolate strength. There is a strong alcohol smell. Subtle not of dates and caramel finish the aroma off with a complex hit.

A very strong tasting beer. The flavors of chocolate strike the tongue quite strongly. There is also a very strong bite of the alcohol. There is a lingering taste of bready raisins.

A nice thick beer. Hangs to the sides of the mouth. Not much carbonation to move flavors.

Quite a good beer in the style. A little to strong for an everyday beer. Would go very nice as an enjoyable beer with a cigar as an afer dinner drink. If looking for something in this style, don't pass this up.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It poured with a 1/4" tan head. Black and deep brown. Head fades at medium pace to a thin lacing.
S- Coffee aromas mixed in with some deep rich malts.
T-Bit of coffee flavor with really nothing else. Coffee flavor wasn't to strong and grew in after taste. The whole overall flavors were not to strong at all. There was also a little bitterness in aftertaste.
M- More carbonation than I expected. Had about medium carbonation and a medium body. Was sticky also.
D- It was a very simple beer lacking complexity. Not to strong flavors. Not much going on with the beer at all. Smelled good though. Is drinkable but nothing special at all.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Setting:
Sitting at my friend Scott's house with this beer, playing some xbox 360 and killing zombies...with the occasional hand of uno.

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a hefty head that seems to stay relatively firm, ala rootbeer float. Smell is very roasty!

Taste is very smooth at first, sweet and mocha-y. Then it grows into a pretty heavy alcohol finish...a bit of a burner really. Mouth is really round; the tongue really fills up with flavor.

This is a great return beer. But not a session beer.

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Photo of kmbaker
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

holy smokes i forgot how much i like this beer! Brian 700 hooked me up with one the other night and it was like finding an old 20 dollar bill in my laundry from way back when. anyhow on with it....

pours a dark rich black. light cream mocha head, residing into a thin and consistent lacing leaving some oily blotches here in there on the surface.. thats what i like to see on a stout!

Notes of vanilla and bourbon and the nose mixed with whiffs of black patent

taste: chocolate to snappy and zesty black patent sort of smokiness and finishes with what comes to me as an anise characteristic spiking the front of the palette as the robust smokey notes work on the peripheral of the tastebuds. aftertaste lingers and finishes with what you would expect from a shot of expresso.
creamy mouthfeel somewhat oily.

dangerously drinkable for this caliber of beer.

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Photo of jackorain
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this bottle since the summer of 2005. Just split it with my mother-in-law.

Poured into oversized whine glasse, for a lack of tulip or snifter.

A-dark thick black, what little head poured out immediately fell to a thin ring that provided some lacing. Almost no light gets through.

S-Unbeleiveable aroma, coffe, chocolate, dark roasted malt and hop.

T-very dark roasted malt hits strong right up front, followed by a nce hop bite. I'd imagine the hops may have even dissapated some over the year I have held it. Molasses, coffe, chocolate on the very long lingering finish. really good.

M-thick, full body, coats mouth wonderfully.

D-about as good as an RIS can be. I wish I had another.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a creamy tan head that sticks all over the glass. Dark roasted malt aroma with a bit of cocoa, coffee and nuts. Taste is smooth with a lot of roasted malt, a bit of bitter chocolate, coffee and hops. There is a seemingly never ending bitterness to the finish. Overall, North Coast really did an excellent job with this RIS and should be commended.

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Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again another beer I got from nflmvp a few days ago.

This one pours dark black with a brown head that doesn't leave to much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is of coffee, black patent, bitter chocolate, alcohol.

The flavor is chocolate and coffee mixed whith alcohol and plum. There is a nice alcohol warming but it isn't as chewy as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. It is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer especially for an imperial stout. Definately worth picking up.

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Photo of MLegendre
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with some slight transparencies towards the bottom of the glass. Very thin tan head that disapates before it even gets anywhere.

S: Very very roasty which I love. Chocolate, toffee, coffee... pretty much anything you would expect from a IRS, only WAY roastier!

T: First taste the roasted malts and chocolate dominate the palate followed by some licorice and a slight sting of alcohol. Aftertaste is very bitter like a strong coffee leaving the tongue throbbing and begging for more. Sticks to the tongue like glue. I can taste it for a long, long time after I've swallowed. A little alchol burn is noticable after a while, but for the most part it's pretty well hidden. As it warms the malts become stronger while the alcohol becomes weaker. Tastes better and better as you drink it.

M: There is a slight burn of alcohol on the way down, but not too bad. Carbonation is a little high.

D: This has quickly became one of my favorite beers of all time. I can drink it like water and I drink it very often. Very easy to drink for something of such high ABV. I really can't see it getting much better than this.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this beer for a while and I finally was lucky enough to find a fourpack at hyvee for 9 bucks. I went back a few days later and not a trace was left. It pours black. Not inky black like some others but dark enough. The amazing part is that you can see the bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to the top! I don't know what is causing it and it's the firts time i've ever seen in it. Head retention is pretty good not that I care. It smells like the typical Imperial stout, burnt. It tastes pretty complex for suck a heavy beer. I can detect a bit of citrus and rose on the front of the toungue. Maybe a little bitter for my taste but still delicious. The picture of Rasputin on the front is great. I'm surprised I found this in august as i usually thing of imperial stout as a winter drink.

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Photo of surfmanjim
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured absolutely pitch black into the venerable old globe glass, with little head and a small amount of lacing. The smell is of dark chocolate and coffee with a matching, very dry taste and noticeable alcohol in the finish. The mouth feel is very heavy and silky. As enjoyable as this beer is, I don’t think that I would tempt fate by having two, but this is easily a beer that one could have in place of a brandy and desert after a good meal.

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Photo of uconnalum2
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I looked forward to trying this beer. It poured black with only a small head that went down to mostly a ring around the glass. I held it up to a lamp and could not see any light coming through at all. It had a roasted smell similar to coffee beans. The taste started bitter and then turned to coffee and some bitter, dark chocolate. There is some alcohol in the aftertaste and it lasted a long time. The mouthfeel is the most interesting thing about this beer. It is smooth, oily and thick and coats the inside of your mouth. This is a slow sipper. It went down easier as it warmed up (and maybe as it warmed me up). Overall, this is an intense beer. The bitterness, heaviness and ABV keeps me from having too many. I'd like to try one that has aged to see if it smooths out a bit.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited 1 Feb 15

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation with a nice one-finger creamy/fizzy med tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing and a huge island in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with some very nice dark notes (chocolate, toffee, and some coffee), slight vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, dark stuff. Medium body, with a slight dry finish, ABV is hidden very well for a 9% brew. Overall a very tasty brew, it's been here in UT for a few years, and I'm very glad it is. Highly recommended RIS at a very nice price per 12 oz. bottle.

A - Pours a nice black color, lots of carbonation, small fizzy head which dissapates quickly, not much lacing at all.

S - Scents of roasted malts, and toffee/caramel.

T - The taste is slightly bitter and of roasted malts and caramel.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a very tasty RIS, North Coast is a very nice brewer.

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Photo of biercircus
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty stinking good RIP. The high alcohol balances well with the complex dark chocolate and coffee flavor. My wife made me let her sip while eating dark chocolate. I tried some too, and it really complemented it well.

A- I saw it poured into a cup, but it was dark outside, and I just had a bottle.

S- sweet, chocolaty coffee smell, molasses, liquorice, hops

T- complex malty chocolate coffee, alcohol peeking through

M- heavy, creamy, bubbly. Takes a while to drink because it's so heavy. Some carbonation.

D- Very good sipper. Shouldn't drink fast. Very well-balanced flavors. Awesome beer.

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body. Brown silken head with small bubbles dispersed. Great lace and good retention. Some maply syrup coloring comes through at the edges.
The smell is complex with scent of chocolate, vanilla, sweet malts, licorice, coffee beans and pleasant hops.
Amazing malt and chocolate taste. Mildly toasted vanilla with strong hops. Great aftertaste, some, roasted bittersweet cocoa beans and good hops.
Full and sturdy mouthfeel. Powdery somehow. Some coating and very slick sensation.
A very smooth and enjoyable brew.

-Oelergud

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Photo of lancecjohnson
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was difficult for me to figure out the "drinkability" score on this one. On one hand, it's not the kind of beer that I can see myself having every day, as it's a bit on the strong side, flavor-wise. On the other hand, when I'm in the mood for one, it's perfect. That's the trick I guess - being in the mood for one.

That said, this beer almost looks syrupy when you pour it into a glass. You definitely notice a distinct mouthfeel with it, as it's smooth and creamy.

The high alchohol content is not that noticeable, but this is the kind of beer that hits you from your tongue all the way up to the bridge of your nose.

For me, the perfect time for this beer is at night while I'm settling down and watching TV. It usually takes me about an hour to get through, as it's not the sort of thing that I could - or even want to - just pound down.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now there's a fine beer.
Black, black body. There should be a word that expresses a darker color than black. This would be it. It's topped with a dark tan head, too. The head settles down into a skim but never completely disappears. The smell is dry, bitter bakers chocolate. But sweet, too. An excellent balance. Taste is huge. It all wraps itself up into a beery, chocolaty dream with 9% alcohol. Taste is smooth, but with a bit of alcohol harshness at the very last part of the swallow. This is a fine beer.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

apperance-pitch black in color. medium tan head

smell- pungent, mollases, sour smelling...light alcohol

taste- coffee high malt flavor with light hops.

mouthfeel-semi thick low carbonation mouthfeel somewhat creamy

notes- a very strong beer. not something i would make a session beer. a good brew to have every now and then im my opinion.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm never really sure what to give a beer for its appearance as opposed to what I have seen in the past, but this beer most definitely deserves the top. After its poured there is absolutely no light that passes through it, even when the glass is tilted. Really Impressive. The smell has to be teased out but is mostly like sweet grains and dark malts. The taste is just phenomenal. Its big, but is really well mixed. There is a lot of traditional stout flavor, but lots of chicory on top of it. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both great, again with a big flavor that is really well balanced.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The nose offers plenty of anticipation with prunes, molasses and prunes. Thick mouth. The beginning is smokey, earthy, toasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate notes. A little sharp tartness rounds out the hops balance. Towards the bottom some traces of woodsy oak, port wine, and even cherry come through. This beer I will definitly drink again, and probably North Coast's top beer.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a jet black color letting absolutely no light shine through. It boasts a thick brown head that fades surprisingly fast, leaving too few laces.

This beer has a huge malty aroma. It smells of roasted malts. Licorice aroma is present. I smell a huge coffee aroma. Some chocolate is present. I smell a slight hop aroma also.

This beer tastes coffee like. It has a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Hops are present. A slight fig like flavor is also making an appearence. The alcohol is hidden well.

This full bodied beer goes down smooth, leaving a coffee like aftertaste. It is a little too carbonated, but not so much as to detract from the beer.

This beer would probably not make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it tastes quite aggressive.

Overall: Although this beer is good, it is far from my favorite Imperial Stout. The aggressive flavor can sometimes be cloying. I will drink it again, but usually I buy it because of its great availability. It is slightly overrated.

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Photo of AmorousAngel
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured opaque black with a small brownish head. Small brownish ring remained around the glass for most of the life of the drink.

Predominantly coffee and alcohol aroma with hints of chocolate.

Lovely roasted malt flavor and coffee followed by stong hops. The flavor really lingers for a while after each sip.

Very smooth feel, with just a bit of a burn from the alcohol.

Not as heavy as some imperial stouts I've tried. Very good for sipping. I would probably rate this higher if the hops were a little less apparent.

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Photo of mjc410
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a massive, effervescent head, the color of old parchment. Falls pretty quickly to one finger. Very loud bubble popping. The nose is wildly chocolatey, sweet, and full of coffee. Strong notes of alcohol and port come through. Taste is very bitter, but with a sweet finish. Incredible chocolate covered espresso bean aftertaste. Body is massive, the biggest I've had in memory. So incredibly smooth. Pairs very well with some strong chocolate. A very slow sipper, but a joy.

Develops some vinous and milk chocolate notes when paired with chocolate. Interesting. Becomes less bitter and rich.

This has improved so much with a year in the cellar. Fresh, it was abusingly bitter, and, if I remember well, far too hoppy. That has all changed, and I have some more left!

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Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out black with a two-finger, mocha colored head. It left a little lacing.

S - It smelled very chocolaty and malty.

T - It tasted of raosted malts and chocolate. It also had a slight bitter coffee-like taste. An interesting contrast between the sweet chocolate flavors and the bitter coffee.

M - Very soft and smooth. It is a heavy beer.

D - It is a very good stout. It is very powerful in terms of ABV, which is a slight drawback. I wanted to have many more but two was my limit.

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Photo of ellisdee97
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark chocolate/motor oil black. A light coffee colored head quickly dissappears and leaves a light ring and nice lacing.

S: Strong smell of alcohol and chocolate with some hops coming through. Dark chocolate and coffee notes.

T: Heavy chocolate with a slight bitter hop bite and a kick of alcohol but nicely masked. Exceptional coffee and chocolate aftertaste, with spicy pepper.

M: Dry chocolate with a hop and alcohol bite. Exceptionally smooth.

D: For the alcohol content this is very drinkable, and not heavy as would be expected. This is one hell of a damn good beer. I will be getting this again, and as often as possible. I highly reccomend it.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,628 ratings.