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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

9,204 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,204
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 1,012 | FT: 32
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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AndrewBV

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-09-2013 00:14:40 | More by AndrewBV
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MtOrion

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-08-2013 23:50:34 | More by MtOrion
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-08-2013 23:28:04 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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shanny1981

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-08-2013 21:13:27 | More by shanny1981
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jr0b12

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-08-2013 18:02:22 | More by jr0b12
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-08-2013 12:55:16 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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itracy63

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-08-2013 04:30:37 | More by itracy63
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thehappybelgian

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-08-2013 02:46:39 | More by thehappybelgian
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Groomsy

Kentucky

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

This revered RIS pours pitch black with highlights of brown. There is no light getting through this sucker. Massive, sticky, frothy head of dark khaki foam which leaves massing lacing chunks. This beer does not mess around.

On the nose, a classic RIS profile: A noticeable degree of roast, similar to coffee, and lots of chocolate – dark chocolate, cocoa dust, and maybe some milk chocolate. There's a slight dark fruit note (cherries) and just a whiff, very faintly, of alcohol. Super robust. I'm scared, momma.

Yowza. This is a smooth behemoth. I served this at cellar temp to experience the full flavor. Beginning with a robust roasty note – dark roasted coffee comes to mind – the beer dominates with dark, caramelized flavors into the middle of the palate along with some dark fruit and some earthy hop bitterness on the end. I appreciated finding some hop presence in this compared to most in the RIS style. There is just a smidge of alcohol, so I have the feeling this beer would benefit from additional time in the cellar. A super drinkable RIS though and a great balance in the flavor in the profile.

The mouthfeel, as expected, is heavy with a low carbonation tingle. It finishes with some earthy bitterness as well as notes of espresso and dark roast coffee. There's not much alcohol in the flavor, but it is defnitely noticeable in impact.

If you're looking for a starting point with imperial stouts, start here. With a heavy roast characteristic and nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, this beer is just as good fresh as after it has been cellared for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:58:24 | More by Groomsy
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toadfather

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-07-2013 22:32:26 | More by toadfather
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CaptainStubing

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-07-2013 18:06:16 | More by CaptainStubing
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alex11ibanez

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-07-2013 17:47:17 | More by alex11ibanez
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Matagal

Brazil

3/5  rDev -30.2%

06-07-2013 17:25:39 | More by Matagal
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smitty5245

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-07-2013 15:36:07 | More by smitty5245
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -7%

06-07-2013 04:28:46 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Fizerfury21

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7%

06-07-2013 01:03:32 | More by Fizerfury21
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woodenbones

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 19:45:58 | More by woodenbones
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HoppyLuckyGoGo

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-06-2013 19:14:03 | More by HoppyLuckyGoGo
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kjrod20

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-06-2013 18:16:43 | More by kjrod20
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Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 18:16:05 | More by Matthewpakula
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SirHefeweizen

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-06-2013 17:50:04 | More by SirHefeweizen
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mwz5021

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 17:48:17 | More by mwz5021
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osupuck19

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 17:10:18 | More by osupuck19
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HomeyJosey

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-06-2013 14:57:41 | More by HomeyJosey
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PaleZombie

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Almost jet black with slight ruby tinges coming through at the edges of the glass. Nice 2 fingers of thick creamy tan head.

S - Roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, some dark fruits(rasins and plums) a little bit of coffee, and slight alcohol notes. Very nice.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose but I detect more of the bitersweet chocolate and dark fruit in the taste than the nose. Bitter coffee finish on this one.

M - Very nice and creamy on the heavy side. Medium carbonation. So smooth.

O - For the price this is an awesome RIS. It is a sipper though, its so heavy and syrupy yet so good. I think this may become a regular in my fridge.Gets better when it approaches room tempurature.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 07:30:11 | More by PaleZombie
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,204 ratings.