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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

9,516 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,516
Reviews: 3,341
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,164 | FT: 34
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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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Undated (as far as I can tell) 12 oz bottle. Purchased in December 2009.

Pours a thick, deep brown to black with thin nutty brown head. The head is retained pretty well, with a small amount of lacing.

This surprised me at first with a very earthy, floral aroma. This was followed quickly with some dark chocolate and loads of fruit scents. Some nice roasted coffee as well. Overall a very complex nose on this one.

Taste was lots of roast coffee, balanced by a nice dry bitterness, from hops I suppose. More dark chocolate. There is not so much fruit as there was in the smell. Finishes dry with some more bitterness. As the beer warms, the alcohol heat becomes more prevalent in the finish.

The feel is thick and creamy. Medium to full body, with some nice crispness from the carbonation.

01-07-2010 00:43:42 | More by goldbot
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quine

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-08-2011 20:58:19 | More by quine
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-03-2014 16:24:09 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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pagesofphotographs

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-25-2014 06:07:37 | More by pagesofphotographs
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -4%

Based on the ruby fringes (visible only with the lamp turned up to max), this seems to be a clear beer. That being said, this one is black enough to appear opaque. Topped off with a finger's worth of chocolate milk-like froth that reduces quickly to a thin but persistent and clingy layer of bronzy beige. Despite the ominous darkness, the smell is remarkably complex and pleasant. Roasted notes are lighter than expected and complemented very nicely by the scent of milk chocolate. Some bitterness up front followed by a creamy mouthfeel that succumbs again to the bitterness. A blast of alcohol warmth shows up and fades very slowly. As mentioned above, the mouthfeel is creamy, but it also maintains an astringency rather than the clingy fullness one might expect or desire from a potent stout. Roasted grains and chocolate are there as well, but again are balanced nicely by the assertive hops. This is more complex than I anticipated and is a nice change of pace among stouts.

02-25-2004 02:20:12 | More by BitteBier
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

04-13-2012 02:28:02 | More by vbiliyar
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fisherbray

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-14-2013 21:40:02 | More by fisherbray
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

12-31-2011 04:30:04 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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Ultimate

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

07-11-2014 02:57:02 | More by Ultimate
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AWB3

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-31-2014 21:10:58 | More by AWB3
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a b/w picture of the mad monk.
Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a light brown whisp of a head. Lacing, is however, very nice.
Smell is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee (boy oh boy is it coffee).
Very smooth, espresso, chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of alcohol.
This beer is quite deceptive. At 9% abv, I would expect to taste more of the alcohol that is present. Nevertheless, the folks at North Coast have done a fantastic job hiding the alcohol. This makes the beer sneaky, perhaps not unlike the monk himself.
This is a great beer, will definitely be added to my list of favorites (especially since it's now available in FL...yay!)

05-16-2004 01:36:57 | More by LuckySevens82
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Pug

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-27-2014 20:16:59 | More by Pug
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%

08-15-2013 23:39:06 | More by KWMiles
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bca115

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-02-2013 03:10:58 | More by bca115
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ThrashMaster

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-09-2013 19:02:28 | More by ThrashMaster
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hsus0225

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-11-2013 22:53:08 | More by hsus0225
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Flashyspoons

Florida

4/5  rDev -7%

03-16-2013 17:10:19 | More by Flashyspoons
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tarheels4life23

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-29-2013 22:43:29 | More by tarheels4life23
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kidzord

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-23-2014 18:46:15 | More by kidzord
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-03-2014 16:36:20 | More by hmmmbeer10
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goz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pour is a super dark black with slight hints of ruby at the edges, thick tan head that fades and leaves good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, and some hops (flowery, light perfume) in the end. Flavor starts with chocolate, middle the roasted malts show through, some hops towards the end. Alcohol barely shows through at the very end when it reaches it's warmest temp. Full bodied, long lasting taste. Truly outstanding.

03-29-2003 09:50:32 | More by goz
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Old Rasputin!

This brew is as dark as the man himself!

Extremely dark and with a head that lasts for quite a long time. Coffee and Dark Chocolate tastes that mix well with the heavy hop flavor. Strong beer for strong taste.

Probably one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have had, and have had many times before... and will have many many times again.

I enjoyed this beer in a mug at a slightly chilled temperate, maybe about 58 degrees.

10-05-2009 00:37:53 | More by Spineypanda
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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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GinsuDave

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-19-2013 00:01:22 | More by GinsuDave
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-13-2013 00:37:31 | More by justforrazors
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,516 ratings.