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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

10,706 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,706
Reviews: 3,489
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 399
Gots: 1,850 | FT: 49
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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Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big aroma. Tons of roast malt. Some dried plum fruitiness, coffee, burnt sugar. No hops which is good for the style.

Deep black, with some red highlights when held to bright light. Small head but lasting around the edges. Kicks up when you swirll the glass.

Strong bitter flavor from dark roast malt. Ballaced out with lots of sweet base malt. Great fruit flavor and fermentation. Dried cherries, smokey esters. Hop bitterness is pretty high, no hop flavor, in style. Some hot alcohol.

Body is a little low for Imp. Stout. Slightly warming and creamy on the tongue.

Big sipping beer. A little smaller than some Imp. Stouts but it's a classic take on the style.

Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cola black, thin head, some lace.

S: Mocha, malty.

T: Nothing up front, just a great balance of chocolate malts, coffee, some dark fruit even. Also detect some hoppyness at the back.

M: Medium to slightly heavy. Pleasing.

D: ABV hidden well. Could not tell if it was 6% or 10%. Thats scary. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but, 2 of these slid pretty easy.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark, almost black brown that has brown highlights in extreme light. A very tightly foamy brown head forms 2 fingers deep and slowly dissipates.

S - Roasted malt, burnt black coffee beans, brown sugar, dark chocolate.

T - Tastes of dark chocolate, with a dampened syrupy quality like burnt brown sugar, dark coffee beans.

M - Thick, full bodied, with lots of tongue tickling carbonation.

Drinkability - This beer is gonna take my taste buds round back of the middle school and get 'em pregnant.

Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of TequilaTom
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of d5001986
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Duvel
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mvdillman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of xseanprimex
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into an American pint.

A: This brew pours an immense head that is a sandy tan and lasts FOREVER!!! Maps well down the side of the glass. The dark black beer is almost impenetrable by light. Exactly what an imperial Russian stout should look like, and lives up to it's dark and mysterious namesake.

S: Dark and malty, it has a slightly bitter smell to it. Good smell.

T: Boozy. The dark malts are strong and up front with the good solid bitterness. The 9% ABV is tough in a good way.

M: Great and oily like the appearance clues to. The carbonation adds to a spicy and burning feel.

O: A really good brew. The look and smell are great, with a solid taste that is perfect for a cold, harsh winter.

Photo of BA_Berto
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of lzepplin01
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TheBungyo
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I consider this the textbook version of Russian Imperial Stouts. To be a good one you'd need to be close to this one. To be a great one, you'd need to exceed it.
The pour gives way to what looks like it could be a mixture of cola and coffee. Nose is full of roastiness, and dark fruits like plums and raisins. There's a bit of tartness in the nose that I don't care for. Taste is layer upon layer of different kinds of chocolate, sweet chocolate, bakers choclate, and cocoa. This is offset by a bit of molasses and some tartness. The tartness seems a bit out of place. Mouthfeel is near perfect with light carbonation to welcome the liquid to the tongue. If this wasn't so strong I'd definitely session it. Kudos North Coast!

Photo of shroompod
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured this has a nice tan head that sticks around. Very dark of course.

Smell is mainly hoppy , slight detection of burnt/dark malts.

Initially this beer has a decent amount of hops that transform from floral bitterness and yields to a dark bitter chocolate, bitter coffee , and finally just a hint of sweetness.

Beer has a thick mouthfeel , bitterness lingers. Good carbonation.

Overall a very nice RIS , highly recommended.

Photo of LaChupacabra
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of roblund
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of BG24
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Berg77
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brinks
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jmryan8
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of trevorwideman
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to demcorhip for getting this one for me.

Pours black as night with a 3/4 inch tan head off of a stiff pour. Lots of lace and good head retention throughout. Mostly sweet aroma with a coffee roasted bitterness, cocoa. A bit of chocolate and a bit of lactic sourness balancing with some juicier notes in the background. Smells good, straightforward and clinical stylewise.

Taste is good, but a little raw for my liking. There's a distinct background note of rubber beneath the inital whack of lactic sourness and bitter roast that assaults the palate. Bitter cocoa and milk chocolate. Bittersweet with a schwack of flavour and a big alcohol burn going down. This is still a bit rough for my liking, very flavourful though. Body is heavy, but not too heavy, carbonation is zippy, and finish is dry and satisfying. This is a drinkable stout, is small quantites of course, but it goes down pretty well. This bottle is still a bit rough though, and I'll be cellaring my other bottle to see how it holds up.

Photo of McStagger
4/5  rDev -7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,706 ratings.