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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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10,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,804
Reviews: 3,514
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,934 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel chalice. Color is dark brown/black white a nice lacing that stays there for the duration.

Smells heavily of a potent dark coffee, bitter chocolate and alcohol.

Taste is complex but is dominated by coffee, chocolate and a kick-ass
bitternes that is a wee bit too heavy. I think this beer could use a little
less hops because it feels a little out of balance. I would definitely recommend this beer for people that enjoy a heavy stout but i would not
drink more than one bottle of it per night or it would be too much. I'm gonna see how this beer tastes after a year in my pantry.

Btw the russian text on the bottle means "Good friends doesn't come easily (fast)".

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

Appearance: Poured from a stout 12 oz'r into a snifter. This brew is dark as night and its dismal head starts off as a half finger length of creamy tan colored froth and then is quickly swallowed up by the noir abyss.

Smell: It smells like the equivalent of a mocha java milkshake and grinded coffee beans. There are sweet roasted malts all swirling around in this 'latte' that envelope your sense of smell along with burn it with some phenolic esters that linger in the swill.

Taste: Tastes like a nice smooth espresso with burnt malted grains. There is a touch of hoppy bitterness but is matched by a prevalent mix of sweetness that works well with the extremely rich dark cocoa presence. It has such a wide range of complexities that really swirl around in this opaque stout. The finish is slight tinges of ethanol and very heavy molasses.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice big body with a syrupy smooth coating. Froths as its leaves the mouth and leaves touches of bitter and a coating of oils. Practically crawls down your throat and clings to all sides of your esophagus begging to hang around.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for its depth and potency. Doesn't drink like a beer but rather like something you'd find on par with your local hole-in-the-wall coffee spot a.k.a. well crafted and highly chocolate-esq espresso-like beverage.

Overall: A very rich and complex RIS that is extremely balanced and would be a great brew to accompany dessert, maybe even replace it. Throw on a little whip cream and you have a highly enjoyable adult 'cremé de putin'

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

A: completely black, two finger mocha colored head. Head stayed quite a while.
S: Definite coffee, some chocolate, earthy.
T: Amazing! Chocolately, lots of malt, some coffee, some bitter aftertaste but very nice. Alcohol is well-hidden.
M: smooth, but very solid.
O: Great taste, feel. I would drink this anytime. One of the best stouts I've ever had.

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I've tasted this blind versus Bells, Rogue and other world class Imperial Stouts. It is always worthy of the competition, but not quite there with the best. Savoring the flavors by itself, its hard to imagine why. A great beer in every way.

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