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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

10,365 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,365
Reviews: 3,397
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 354
Gots: 1,563 | 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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Photo of jaluria
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summary: A very tasty and enjoyable beer with relative complexity and smoothness

Appearance - It poured a very dark brown, almost black in color and seemed somewhat viscous. It had a very nice medium-brown colored head that stayed intact for more than a minute.
Smell - Hint of nutmeg, but first impression was of chocholate and Ethiopian coffee. Very pleasing because it was subtle & slightly unexpected.
Taste - Smooth and full-bodied, and yet crisp with a dry semi-sweet chocholate taste.
Mouthfeel - Lingering dryness that just doesn't seem to go away. My mouth felt like I was continuously tasting the beer.
Drinkability - Very good; can easily have a few of these. I'm not sure what it can be paired with because of it's accented texture, but I think a fruit-based dessert would be good.

Additional comments - I think this beer is well-balanced because no one ingredient is over-powering, but that also causes it to not be distinct and memorable.

Photo of MrKennedy
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Visually spectacular, pouring a thick black with a "top deck" head of foam that is a darker tan down the bottom and lighter up top. Poured with two fingers of foam and settling down at a quarter-inch with some good glass lacing.

Aromas are hoppy initially, mixed with dark chocolate and some coffee. Big roasted malt smell as well which makes it enticing.

Nice mix of flavours, chocolate initially, hoppy in the middle and finishing with a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is great, coating the mouth, finishing with some roasted bitterness and hoppiness.

Overall, i can see why this is ranked by many as the top year-round RIS. Complex, drinkable, interesting, well balanced brew. Hats off to Palais Imports for bringing this to Australia.

Photo of bleeps
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Absolut
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dlin0sbb
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Grant35
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of SteveB24
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance; color is a very deep, but not cloudy. brown with a tinge of red, pours a very thick, sticky, tan, head that retains well. appearance is as much as you can ask of an imperial stout.

smell; aroma is vey rich. contains notes of coffee, caramel, chocolate, bread, alcohol, hint of dark fruit.

taste; taste is coffee, burned sugar, toasted grain, alcohol, and hint of plum. there is a spicy kick as well.

mouthfeel; creamy but not overpoweringly thick, carbonation is mild. medium/ full body.

overall; taste is delicious and complex, looks great, smell delicious, an amazing imperial stout, will certainly buy again. probably the best stout i've had.

Photo of Cycle69
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of battlekow
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really, really, really like this beer. I shot it, stabbed it, poisoned it, and drowned it, and it just won't go away; its flavor lingers on my tongue like a passionate kiss. The Mad Monk is a deep and evil black that's basically headless--something the Romanovs probably should have considered. It smells like roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. Taste is deliciously bitter, like coffee grounds, with some chocolate and toastedness. The kind of big beer I like, lacking in the grossly sweet prune/raisin character that I dislike. Nice full mouthfeel. This is my second one, and I'm pretty sure a third would render me incapable of operating the grill, so I'm stopping here.

Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Such a good imperial, you can never go wrong with this beer. Had it the first time in Fort Myers. Srved it slighty chilled in my Samuel Smith pub glass. Poured a bittersweet choclate brown with a milk chocolate colored head that left some fine lacing. Aromas of roasted malts and baker's chocolate waft my nose. Taste has the alcohol edge in the finish with smokey, roasted chocolate malts in the front. A great after dinner quaff.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Almost black, dark brown with a scant brown head. Aroma has powerful licorice and roasted malts. The flavor is big and roasty with coffee bitterness; quite dry in the finish, and the hops blend in and don't overwhelm the balance. Full palate with fizzy carbonation. Very drinkable for an imperial, but intense and rich, dry and bitter. Goes nicely with chocolate desserts. (3.8) Rerate: This is damn good on tap. More dark chocolate and less hop bitterness, though still balanced nicely and very drinkable.

Photo of cj8311
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mquinn919
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

apperance-pitch black in color. medium tan head

smell- pungent, mollases, sour smelling...light alcohol

taste- coffee high malt flavor with light hops.

mouthfeel-semi thick low carbonation mouthfeel somewhat creamy

notes- a very strong beer. not something i would make a session beer. a good brew to have every now and then im my opinion.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't see any appreciable bottling date on the bottle, but I can definitely attest that this bottle is AT LEAST 14 months old, based on the date I bought it and subsequent cellaring. I'd probably guess it was more around 18 months, however.

A: Jet black in color with a creamy, thick, and slow-to-recede chocolate milkshake colored head. It retains quite well, with a relatively thick layer of foam retaining atop throughout in my large bowl snifter.

S: Very rich bittersweet chocolate, some light coffee, dark fruit notes, some vanilla. Quite rich and invigorating.

T&M: With age the hops have mellowed out substantially, revealing a very complex and excellent stout. Flavor starts with a confluence of dark chocolate covered black cherries, raisins, and other dark fruits before segueing into a pleasant roasted malt component. Finish is long, distinct, and savory and features espresso, dark chocolate, burnt black malt, and all kinds of wonderful dark flavors. Quite pleasant. Body is full and a tad bit oily (yet also creamy) with a restrained carbonation that just tickles the tongue.

D: Rather quaffable considering the ABV and body. This is definitely one to age, considering the sharp hoppiness when it's young.

Photo of Holmes698
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of aliving1
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Shnanign
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JesseLara
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jkd03c
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of C_S
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,365 ratings.