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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: 1,935 | 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: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting, in that the first one tastes a little powdery, without the "bottom end" that a great stout (such as Speedway or Expedition) has. However, by the time I'm halfway through the second one, it's a beauty. Has a bit of that powdered chocolate taste that you find in lighter stouts, but improves as you go (ABV, warming?). Not overly bitter or dry. Overall an excellent stout, but I have had better. Glad that it's available, and I like the brewery. I wish Speedway was local. For now, I prefer Yeti.

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This is one hell of a beer. I also cannot believe I have never reviewed it.

The appearance is black, with some dark brown edging. The head is a dark tan creamy froth. It leaves medium to light lacing around the glass.

The smell is good with cocoa and faint coffee smells. Also a light mocha or milky coffee smell is a strong characteristic.

The taste is great, especially for a year-around beer, how do they do it? Well served at room temperature or ABOVE is when it peaks. Malty coffee, small hints of cocoa. ABV is hidden all too well, makes it dangerous on a night out. The mouthfeel is thick, and creamy. The body looks thinner though, which tricks the mind. On tap it is a frothy malt bomb. In the bottle it is a little thinner and more drinkable. Dark roasted malts are very prominent giving it a dark grain taste. Beautiful.


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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, Russian writing encircling the image of Rasputin on the label.

This beer poured a dark brown black color that when held to the light, some penetrated casting a ruby glow on the edges. The head was thick, rich and creamy resembling in all aspects, even the color of the inside of a Milky Way candy bar. It left a lace behind that was sheety and lacey in different spots of the inside of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly complex, changing with each degree of temperature. I nosed coffee, dark and roasted malts, caramel, chocolates, slight fruits, some burnt chocolate, wood ash and alcohol. All smells seemed to couple up with each other and accent each other very well. The tastes were just as complex as the aromas and seemed to get only better as it warmed. I tasted bitter hops, burnt and regular coffees, roasted malts, caramel (slight), chocolates, alcohols, flowers, wood ash and some slight dark fruits. The first sip had some bitter hops to it, then an explosion of flavors all through the middle and then ended the same way it started. This is one complex beer. Big, full, creamy, lovely, luxurious and fabulous. Lives up to its name and its history behind it. The Czars would be proud.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a four-pack of this in a big wine mega-store in Maryland. I've had this beer before on the west coast, but it has been a while. The beer poured coffee black, with a light brown head about one-half inch thick. It smelled of coffee and chocolate. It tasted great, but had a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste. It was a little fizzy, but that was a minor problem. I would like to drink this more often.

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Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: The beer slides into the glass. Jet black. Dark tan head with no retention. This beer has serious legs.

S: Espresso and dark chocolate malt aromas waft out of my snifter. Very rich and boozy.

T: Dark chocolate malt flavor. A bolt of hob bitterness strikes at the middle and carries through and lingers. Coffee and espresso. Roasted flavor is restrained not harsh. Very complex and layered with plenty of booze.

MF: Thick and silky smooth. Dry finish. Well attenuated.

D, notes: Not sure I waited so long to try this classic. Very good. Despite its weight and full taste an easy to sip beer that does not sit in the gut.

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A: Poured into a snifter, deep black color with brownish head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Initial smell of sweet malts and caramel. As it lightens the smell of coffee and chocolate emerge and some bitterness from the alcohol.

T: Chocolate malts induce a luxurious sweet taste that is met quickly by the coffee biterness and alcohol to make this one amazingly balanced and tasty treat.

M: very creamy and thick, loved how it coated the tongue and mouth

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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