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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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9,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,938
Reviews: 3,364
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,345 | FT: 43
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Shawner, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Cook82, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of mobyfann
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz. bottle...

The appearence on this defines the qualities of a good stout, almost black-like base, with a dark brown head, retains well, laces well, little carbonation going on... well done. I love the smell of this stout, dark chocolates, dark-roasted coffee, hints of caramel and a few other spices and candy flavors.

The taste was pretty good, giving up what the aroma gave off until the aftertaste kicks in, and then you taste alcohol, thus lowering it's drinkability to just average, the mouthfeel is a step above that, but that kind of goes with the style.

Final Thought: Storm King is 9.1%, this is 8.9%, same ballpark, but the alcohol in the taste ruins the total picture... still sticking with Victory for a Domestic Imperial Stout.

mobyfann, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of xav33
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling(?), relished 09/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.

Poured black with outer dark ruby brown edges with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of heavy dark chocolate with light dark berry and moderate piney hops.

Taste was upfront medium milk chocolate sweetness, and light banana sweetnes and bitter burnt malt, followed by a bitter ascent into the harsh burnt piney bitterness of the malts (and hops?), keeping its medium chocolatey sweet backbone throughout and dies slightly vinous trailing behind, leaving only the initial chocolatey taste and some roasted character. Mouthfeel was medium to full, creamy coating and velvety, soft carbonation, with light astringency and light alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this beer is like grabbing a handful of fruit and spice flavored dark chocolates and jamming them in your mouth. Excellent!

xav33, Sep 20, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into bourdeaux glass.
No bottled-on date that I could find, but not a huge concern w/ this style...

Aroma: Fudge brownie, chocolate malt, and very prominent, herbal hops.

Appearance: Pitch black opaque espresso with a thick 2-finger pillow of tan foam stays for a while.

Flavor: Dark, dark chocolate bitterness is balanced by semi-sweet bitterness the whole time. A hint of tannic cabernet appears. Hop bitterness is prominent, but at no point is it out of control.

Mouthfeel: Bittersweetness (3/4 bitter, 1/4 sweet) coats the tongue. Very thick body with creamy carbonation.

Overall: I love this beer! It has the exact qualities I'd hope for in an imperial stout. Other brewers lend complexity to their impy stouts through flavor additions like bourbon barrel aging, coffee beans, and/or chocolate nibs. While those are delicious as well, this beer stands on its own with a masterful blend of water, barley malt, hops, and yeast.

Na Zdorovie!

mdvatab, May 13, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolute black (que the similes and metaphors about sucking your soul, staring into a void, etc.) with a brown head. The head poured fairly thin, but then just kept growing until it was about two fingers thick. Fades back down relatively quickly, but eventually settles into a thick crown with a nice film over the middle.

Nose is of dark chocolate, espresso, and sweet. The taste is superb. Dark caramel malts, espresso, dark chocolate, and a subtle hint of dark fruits. This beer has every excuse to be a bitter bomb, and it does have some bitterness, but it's actually quite balanced and distinctly sweet. Complex, superb taste.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. There's a mild amount of carbonation - you'll notice it, but it's not dominant. Subtle alcohol taste. A bit of a burn or tingle in the throat. There is a bit of a feeling/taste in the throat that reminds me of cough syrup, but it's not unpleasant.

Drinkability is tough to rate on this. It's delicious and you'll frequently find yourself sipping away on a glass of this, but it's heavy and full-bodied, so you're not exactly going to be chugging this or going back for seconds and thirds.

Mavajo, Nov 07, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

seanwhite, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let the stout sit out for 20 minutes then poured into my Great Divide Tulip.

Appearance-Black, like any other good RIS. Thick tan head that fades into thick lacing. Carbonation bubbles floating up the side.

Smell-Can really smell the booze. Chocolate, Malt, and alot of Espresson. I think I get some raisons in there too.

Taste-Sweet at the beginning, bitter finish. Lots of espresso and alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Thick and Creamy. Lots of carbonation.

Overall-Very drinkable beer. What makes this beer taste even better is b/c your getting a bargain, 799 a 4pk. Great beer to keep in your fridge without breaking the bank.

SWMeyer4141, Mar 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

LouDogg114, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of bigbeerfan
5/5  rDev +16.3%

bigbeerfan, May 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

drinkAK, Oct 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Braden, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ScotNH, Dec 16, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy smokes this is a nice stout! Poured brownish-black in color with a small dark tan head. A mellow alcohol and fruity notes make a soft aroma. This is one full-bodied stout starting with roasted coffee and creamy malt flavors. Very smooth overall and the alcohol isn't as apparent in the taste as in the aroma. At 9% this is very drinkable on this cold rainy afternoon. If not for a lingering bitter aftertaste I would have rated it higher.

ExtraStout, Mar 29, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle with a label depicting the Mad Monk himself in the midst of dark, psychic meditation. Cryptic Russian lettering wraps around the bottom half of label. Evil stuff. No freshness dating.

A: Pours an opaque ebony color with a two-finger, caramel-colored head that fades to a thin rim of foam. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, coffee, and a whiff of alcohol. A hint of wet wool. (That's a first.)

T: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Bittering hops in the middle. Notes of malted milk balls and blackstrap molasses. Alcohol is well-concealed. Finishes with a snap of licorice.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Generous carbonation on the tongue.

D: At 9% ABV, not exactly sessionable - but a great sipper that's appropriate for this time of year.

CaptainIPA, Oct 24, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

zachattack555, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Brunite
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amost black....some ruby edge.

S: Roasty of malts, burnt coffee and dark bakers chocolate

T: Excellent. No heavy sweetness. Roasted coffee and chocolate dominates here. Some nice hoppiness finishes. A lasting chocolate brownie flavor.

M: Medium.

D: As far as the style...very good. A great sipper.

Brunite, Feb 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jcb7472, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Vlaminck, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Liberatiscioli, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

cd_beer_disapear, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

loverofthecraft, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of jdubjacket
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Stella Artois chalice. Pours a deep brown -almost black with a chocolate brown head. Smells like chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite good. Very well balanced between the chocolate and coffee. Hops and malts are very well balanced in this one. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Don't know if I could drink more than one of these at a time, but if I had to, I wouldn't be opposed to it. One of the better imperial stouts that I've had in a while.

jdubjacket, Apr 01, 2008
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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