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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

10,361 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,361
Reviews: 3,397
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,559 | 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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Stoneman78
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown/black hue with small, creamy light brown head, excellent lacing throughout
S- Chocolate and coffee aroma with strong caramel/roasty malts
T- WOW! Sweet chocolate malts dominate, coffee roastedness tones, subtle bitter hops pop up near the end, very chewy and nicely balanced
M- Very full-bodied stout, creamy/chewy texture with soft carbonation
D- Surprisingly drinkable for a rather heavy stout, the 9% abv is masked mostly by delicious chewy hops, this brew could be a great post-dinner drink but the strong sweet malts makes it tough to drink several in one setting

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black, giant mocha head which took far too long to dissipate(but gave the beer some warming time).

Smells of malt, roasted nuts, slightly boozy, with some coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of anise(might be the booze).

Tastes thickly of great malts, dark and roasty, good presence of coffee and dark chocolate are there too. Very tasty.

Feels good, plenty of carbonation, yet coats the tongue, full bodied and a little boozy burn. My least favorite part of the beer, but still good.

Overall a great beer, not a bad choice for my fiftieth review. Bold and intense flavors really make this an excellent beer, one I will enjoy for years to come.

DOA

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that lowered slowly

S- Roasted malts, caramel, wood, slight sweetness, hint of alcohol

T- Creamy, espresso, roasted malts, sweet, smokey, hint of hops finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, rich, flavorful

D- Worth buying again

I always love this Russian Imperial Stout. It's probably one of my favorites in this catagory.

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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though I love the style, Old Rasputin has never been a favorite of mine. Generally I've found it a little too acrid and roasted for my tastes. Well I don't know if it's me, this bottle, or some combination of the two but this particular bottle is probably the best Old Rasputin I've ever had. It's been sitting for a month which I wouldn't assume is long enough to make it so much smoother and more palatable than the rest of the four-pack, but who knows?

Looks good, smells fine but taste is where this one really shines. The best way I can describe it is Abyss Light. Licorice, molasses, a roasted quality that isn't over the top. Not too syrupy. Maybe a touch over-carbed but combined with the medium body, it makes it about as sessionable as an RIS can be.

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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an amazing near-black-dark-brown, with a frothy chocolate tan head and beautiful lacing.

S: Major notes are chocolate and booze, coffee and malt too.

T: From the first sip, it is fabulous. A huge taste of chocolate up front combined with roasted malts. Almost like a shake. It ends with subtle flavors of dark fruit and alcohol, along with a tad bit of coffee.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Alcohol has mellowed out, incredibly smooth flavors. A touch of black licorice comes in, while bittersweet chocolate comes into play.

M: Nice and creamy, but more carbonation than I expected, it works, though. Alcohol masked incredibly well.

D: It's fantastic, the only warning would be the ABV. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Outrageously drinkable with a couple years on it. Throw a 4-pack in your cellar, you won't regret it (wish I put in more).

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brickhouse a few months back, reviewing from chicken-scratch on the back of a receipt. Served in a pint glass with a one finger light tan head. Body of the beer is black, though I think a deep brown would be a better descriptor, as it's not truly a jet black. Aroma is of dark sweet malts, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel. When I sip the beer I get flavors of dark chocolate, roasted notes, bitterness, malt sweetness. Body is not as thick as expected considering the smell and the high ABV. I am generally not an RIS kind of guy, but this was one of the first imperial stouts I have enjoyed.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into my trusty C&B tulip on April 3rd, 2011.

Pours a very dark brown coloring, nearly black but not quite, with a finger-and-a-half light brown head. Decent retention for the ABV, slowly breaks down to a thin white coating with concentrated alcohol feet on the sides. Great lacing on this badboy. Doesn't look oily or quite as thick as many other imperial stouts I've tasted.

The aroma is predominantly coffee, roasted almonds, milk chocolate (moreso than dark chocolate), slight lactose, *minimal* citrus, and a little bit of alcohol. Not getting a whole lot of complexity with additional nuances such as spices.

The drink has more roasted notes than the aroma and more emphasis on the dark chocolate character with a lot of bitter bite at the backend. The dk. chocolate carries through to the aftertaste and is really nice. Less coffee notes. Some hops but I'm attributing more of the bitterness to the chocolate. ABV is slightly present but rather-well hidden. I can tell it's under 10%.

Mouthfeel is pretty textbook - medium/med. heavy body, smooth, appropriate carbonation. Neither truly thick nor chewy.

For an RIS, it drinks relatively easiy. The slightly lower ABV hides well and it's not really overbearing on the palate. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it safe? Yes. Is it too safe? Perhaps. Next to Founder's IS, this is the most standard-smelling and tasting imperial stout that I've tried, but it doesn't really shine in any particular category. FIS offers considerably more in complexity and flavor. The best quality for Raspy is in the smell; I'm really enjoying that milk chocolate aroma. It's a very nice entry into the style and I ought to have tried it earlier. Bonus points for absolute ease in finding this all over the place.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,361 ratings.