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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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10,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,367
Reviews: 3,398
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,566 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin came out of the bottle a dark brown, nearly black, color. There was a half a finger’s worth of head, roughly the color of overly creamed coffee. The head stayed around briefly but fizzled off shortly, becoming a thin ring at the edges of the glass with an island or two of small bubbles floating around on the top of the beer. I think (I know) that I had the beer too cold when I poured it and I think that is why the head was so small. Russian Imperials should best be poured and consumed in the 50-55° F range. When I’ve enjoyed Old Rasputin in the past, at a more reasonable temperature, I remember a much more robust head that stuck around more. As I began to drink I noticed that the beer actually appeared almost red at the edges. When beer spread out on the way out of the glass with each sip I noticed a deep red or crimson to it, quite nice.

I got a big, dark, roasty, bready aroma out of my glass. Perhaps a bit of hop spiciness on the back-end. As it warmed up a bit I began to notice a lot of tobacco flavors, really near to that earthy sweetness of freshly dried and cut tobacco leaves.

This beer truly tastes wonderful. I get a lot of hop up front, not quite as sharp as a big IPA, followed by dark, roasted malt, a little boozy heat, something akin to sugar just as it starts to caramelize/burn, and finally a finish of alcohol soak chocolate covered raisins.

The mouthfeel felt pretty spot on for a Russian Imperial, it was smooth with a faint carbonation tickle with a slight amount of body.

It’s a classic and it's awesome. One of the best Russian Imperials out there, and maybe one of the first to receive widespread acclaim and distribution in the North American beer market.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So Ol' Rasputin. We finally meet. Poured into a rinse prepared turbinator style glass from a 12oz. bottle at room temp bottle and glass.

A: FANTASTIC. Huge rocky three finger tan head with dark-as-night body. not brooding, quite still for the head that poured. beautiful. Leaves thin wispy, soapy lacing with a 2mm disc through out.

S: roasted coffee, chocolate, mocha, toffee, caramel, some phenolic tar and figgy fruit scents. Many volatile organic compounds float northward to my waiting olfactory glands. On the verge of a malt bomb at room temp.

T: taste follows nose, with deep chocolate, toffee, coffee, deeply roasted malt. More fig. there is an almost indistinct spice from this yeast.

M: Not as thick as I hoped. Still pleasing moderate-thick body. creamy as head would indicate. slightly medium finish, not dry nor a maltbomb finish. ultimate finish is that volatile malt/hot booze.

O: fine example of the style. balanced in many ways, and complex. A "try" for sure.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,367 ratings.