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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

9,921 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,921
Reviews: 3,363
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 301
Gots: 1,331 | FT: 42
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Ozzie5365, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

devilshaircut, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of fipoceilz7
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In the aroma is a great deal of bread crust and brown sugar, chocolate, mocha, and a touch of prune and citrus after a couple minutes. Pours a large, frothy, long-lasting, deep tan head; the body is jet black. The initial flavor is sweet, roasted, ashy malt, but a variety of intense flavors soon comes through. The overtones include alcohol, which is quite noticeable but well integrated for 9%, and a dark, fruity/molasses-like quality. There is also a rich, bread crust-like malt sweetness. The bitterness is more noticeable in the aftertaste, accompanied by a toasty, peanut shell-like maltiness. It is certainly full bodied, almost viscous, with just a little bite from the minimal carbonation and a little bit of husky astringency from the roasted malt.

Fantastically well structured and largely well balanced. Lots of intense flavors that work well together to produce an overall pleasurable drinking experience. It's certainly not a quaffing beer; this one is just right for sipping and savoring.

fipoceilz7, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev -7%

From bottle at Home. Visually it pours a rich viscous lively opaque black with a deep tanned cap. Slight chocolate in the aroma. No burn & faint bitterness that are vanquished by a sweetish smokiness. The most dominate trait is deliciousness.

Very good. Very adult. Dispensaries should require double proof of age because the kids won't like it....all the more for me.

09/19/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. With out a doubt this is a nighcap. All the hallmarks of not just a completely satisfying brew, but the extremes of flavor & kick (mere 9% list ABV notwithstanding) ass brew.

Forgive me North Coast but blending this in a Black & Tan w/ something like an Stones Arrogant Bastard is a present day highway to hell. Perilous adventures await.

seedyone, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of smacgaha
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance - poured from bottle to snifter. Pitch black with almost no transparency except for the very edges when held up to the light. Poured with a light had that dissipated slowly with a beautiful tan color.

Scent - Chocolate and coffee. There's a slight metallic tinge, which goes against my memory.

Taste - Lots of chocolate, some coffee, a ton of heavily-roasted malt and a warming but masked amount of alcohol. The metallic off-flavor is a bit more present and somewhat troubling.

Mouthfeel - Crazy high gravity as expected. The bite from the carbonation slightly detracts from the flavor, but that seems to just be a personal preference.

Overall - This is exactly what I'd expect in a Russian imperial stout save for the coppery character, which seems like it might be a glassware problem or something. Old Rasputin is to the Russian imperial stout as Sierra Nevada is to the pale ale; it's just a great representation of the style.

smacgaha, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MikeH75, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

mrcotter, Oct 04, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -17.2%

Hopaholic, Oct 04, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +7%

JeromeT, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

fgmiele, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Crispy21, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Snowshoes, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tstahldotcom, Oct 04, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%

mr_pleasant, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

dts311, Oct 04, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%

homerman9, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Stezz420, Oct 03, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev 0%

kingjohnh, Oct 03, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -4.4%

gruss004, Oct 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Salud24, Oct 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

LukeGude, Oct 03, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

Hammer28, Oct 02, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev 0%

cljohnson1001, Oct 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

The brothers say, "not for the faint of heart", but for this style, remarkably easy drinking, as all the wood, chocolate, coffee, etc is mitigated by an overall delicate refinement, belied by the chunky head clearly visible through the dark bottle. Really, the overriding aftertaste is something of fruit, though the bitterness is pronounced as well, the hops probably preserving the taste, as it tastes like it was bottled yesterday. But the bitterness as with everything is perfectly calibrated, not too much, not too little. So much more refined and unobtrusive, than say Guinness, but ironically more intense than Guinness (how does that work). Hard to fathom how something this perfectly calibrated originated in America.

Slamms, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Jturner5, Oct 02, 2014
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,921 ratings.