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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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9,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,505
Reviews: 3,339
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 272
Gots: 1,160 | 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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4/5  rDev -7%

08-10-2014 02:23:28 | More by Stagga_Lee
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4.3/5  rDev 0%

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a massive, effervescent head, the color of old parchment. Falls pretty quickly to one finger. Very loud bubble popping. The nose is wildly chocolatey, sweet, and full of coffee. Strong notes of alcohol and port come through. Taste is very bitter, but with a sweet finish. Incredible chocolate covered espresso bean aftertaste. Body is massive, the biggest I've had in memory. So incredibly smooth. Pairs very well with some strong chocolate. A very slow sipper, but a joy.

Develops some vinous and milk chocolate notes when paired with chocolate. Interesting. Becomes less bitter and rich.

This has improved so much with a year in the cellar. Fresh, it was abusingly bitter, and, if I remember well, far too hoppy. That has all changed, and I have some more left!

08-13-2006 19:41:36 | More by mjc410
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-09-2012 13:08:46 | More by jhhollier
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2013 03:32:45 | More by elcrawl
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-19-2013 02:52:41 | More by crowbar540
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

This is a beer I've been after for a while, and finally got my hands on it thanks to the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Pours jet black with a decent level of carbonation and a big creamy tan head that shows good retention. The aroma is hugely dark and heavy with intense notes of chocolate, coffee and dark forest fruits. The taste is dark and bitter from the start with flavours of the highest quality cocoa, strong bitter espresso and a earthy smokey peat. After a few sips it is really the coffee flavours that come through the strongest, providing a massively rich imperial stout. The feel is full bodied and silky smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a superb imperial stout, one of the best i have tasted. I wish this was easier to get hold of outside of the US.

06-08-2010 22:20:07 | More by PartyBear
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-28-2012 21:24:47 | More by Harkrank
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2012 14:13:48 | More by Pat316
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4/5  rDev -7%

08-29-2013 15:23:07 | More by traviswhillier
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-09-2014 00:43:05 | More by PTEdelman
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bottle into a wide mouth pint glass

A-Dark coffee brown near black very thick and smooth, nice head great lace.

S-The one downfall of this one nose is very small hints of malt and vinilla

T-Nothing like the nose as far as the subtle goes this one is big throughout, rich robust coffee flavor, with notes of vinilla, malt with an amazing bitter finish.

M-Nice thick body very complex flavors great carbonation level.

D-I am sad that I have not had this before but I will have it often from now on.

10-20-2008 04:04:17 | More by SpecialK088
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours very dark, but still I can see some ruby hints around the edges, may be lighter/different in color than the average RIS. The head is kind of thin (<1cm) and dense, which leaves bits of lacing down as I drink. The smell is filled with sweetness, but deep in there are dried fruits (maybe from some esters or the black patent), the roasted barley - coffee type smell, and a light nose of chocolate. I can imagine a better smell, in terms of complexity, this one is about normal, but because its so intense, the smell is very much more inviting. The taste is very complex, and includes all of the usual suspects. The first sip has this dark, overripe plum taste, almost a hint of slick dark tartness, but with a pleasant sweetness. Then comes the coffee flavor, just flavor - no bitterness, and the sweetness still lingers, up until the last bite of chocolate. A roastiness fills as it goes down, again with the dried fruits, but overall pleasant. The mouthfeel is nice, pretty full, but kind of slick, this one fits the bill in terms out mouthfeel, but isn't a standout. An easy drinker for sure, I mean, you have to sip, but easy, good for the style. Recommended for an easily accessible RIS.

04-30-2009 00:06:15 | More by taylorhamrick
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

Another North Coast product that is available locally. One of the more expensive ones, but I decided to treat myself around Christmas.

Pours an inky black color that almost seems to swallow the light. Plenty of thick head that is a chocolaty color. Head has quite a bit of staying power, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

A hint of alcohol is detectable in the nose, not surprising given its high ABV. A hint of chocolate malts is also present.

Flavor starts out with a hint of chocolate, then a hint of alcohol, and then is washed out by dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Some coffee flavoring as well, but not the dominant flavor. Alcohol flavor is present throughout, but is on the periphery, rather than a main component. It is the nutty flavor that stands out and lingers most.

Generally not a stout fan, but this is a very good example of one. Not something I would drink all night, but good for an occasional indulgement.

01-17-2010 23:04:01 | More by Seanstoppable
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Served in a tulip

Old Rasputin is one of my favorite brews; I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts, but I always take time for an Old Rasputin. The mouthfeel is heavy, but very wonderful on a winter's night or a fall evening with friends by a fire. The taste is of burnt malt, some hops, and coffee/espresso. This jet-black beer is always welcome in my fridge or cellar.

10-13-2011 22:01:28 | More by BierStein711
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-10-2014 19:23:11 | More by Gus_13
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-14-2013 23:14:21 | More by osuskin
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-05-2014 14:12:48 | More by Spike-likes-beer
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-23-2013 00:02:46 | More by sachie23
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-21-2013 04:19:09 | More by SpasmWaiter
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

I've had this a few times, and tonight I decided on a formal review. The bartender served it beautifully. The head was gorgeous, like every nitro-tapped stout should have and the black color was quite nice. The smell was standard stoutish, but gave off more of a sweet coffee flavor than a bitter coffee flavor and that was rather enticing. The taste really developed the sweetness to bring a very nice balance to the beer. The mouthfeel was better than average, but probably because it was a nitro tap and added to the smoothness. It was drinkable in all respects, and I will keep getting it on occasion, but have a hard time going through a few pints in a sitting.

11-30-2006 05:06:30 | More by dbalsock
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

old rasputin

a 4-4.5 nearly opaque dark brown, tawny head leaves a swirly cap and branching lace.

s 4.5 semi-sweet chocolate, tobacco. you know it's warming to the proper temperature when the fudgy brownies begin making their appearance.

t 4-4.5 deeply roasted at first, but it yields to a complex brownie explosion. there are even hops in there fighting hard to be heard. a little undisguised alc comes through here and there.

m 4 seems too thin at first but gets chewier with time.

d 4.5 a classic. and a good base for the addition of other flavors if desired.

01-15-2011 23:58:45 | More by brewmudgeon
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle. I grabbed this bottle from the Foodery in Philly.

A: Very, very black body (No light comes through at all) topped by a thick tan head. It laces decently at first, but then dies away. I was expecting more I guess. Maybe it is the glasses fault, but I thought the head would stick around for the whole beer.

S: There is a BIG smell to this glass of beer. I smelled hints of chocolate and coffee with a strong hop presence. That balance in the aroma between hop and roasted malt is a wonderful combination.

T: BIG smell is followed up by a BIG flavor. Chocolate and espresso notes are contrasted by a strong bitter hop flavor. There is a serious warming presence by the alcohol content. In the aftertaste is where you will find the subtle fruit esters.

M: Full-bodied, though not too much. There is a rich, chewy sensation brought on by the leftover sugars in this beer. Delicious.

D: This is a drinkable version of a Russian Imperial Stout. Most are too much, but his is just right with the mouthfeel and the flavor being not too rich, etc.

05-30-2008 09:23:27 | More by MusicaleMike
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4/5  rDev -7%

09-10-2012 23:41:52 | More by heddar33
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-17-2012 20:12:19 | More by edwardkersh
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-12-2012 21:37:44 | More by dlin0sbb
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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