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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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9,682 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,682
Reviews: 3,350
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 290
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 38
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%

pest, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

stevefinny, Feb 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Rojada1988, Oct 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

DersOne, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

MeisterSmudge, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

VaTechPhilly, Jul 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Los1324, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Nutwood, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

MrNate, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

ScottJWing, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

beefsquatch, Apr 02, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what I'm talking about. Pours a pitch black with a nice espresso head that sticks around. Lots of lacing. The smell of chocolate, starts wafting as soon as I crack the bottle. In the glass I get a lot of deep dark toasted malt.

The taste is incredible. Big waves of coffee, burnt malt, dark malt, licorice, and fig crash down on my tounge. The alcohol is well hidden and the finish is slightly dry. Just an incredible big, thick, chewy stout. Wish I could afford to drink it all the time.

yankeeheel, Dec 18, 2003
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

brewmudgeon, Jan 15, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No light getting through this thick dark dark brown stout. Smells of dark heavily roasted malts. Tastes of roasted espresso beans and bitter chocolate. For me, the mouthfeel and drinkability of this hearty meal are where it shines. So creamy smooth with enough carbonation to remind you that this is beer. Would you like another? Yes please.

yossarian14, Nov 28, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Thedaver4220, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

RandyBoBandy, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

buzzed, Dec 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

cbeer88, Jan 23, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

goldbot, Jan 07, 2010
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

quine, Dec 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

OleDixie, Feb 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

BitteBier, Feb 25, 2004
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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