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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

10,368 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,368
Reviews: 3,398
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,566 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice head retention. Dark color body with ruby highlights. The head looks creamy and delicious.

Some chocalate and coffee with a hint of cherry coming in the aroma. Nice smell as it warms with a smokiness that my brother pointed out.

The taste is delicious. Vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, coffee and chocalate mixing very well. I taste a little bit of alcohol nothing over the top.

Feels great in the mouth. Medium body. Goes down nice.

I could have another. Seems to get a little heavy but nonetheless a very tasty beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of devilben02
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin is like casting Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight: she wasn't a particularly sexy choice to take over the part, but was very believable in the role and gave a solid overall performance that was better than her predecessor. Similarly, Old Rasputin isn't the sexiest imperial stout to pick off the shelves, maybe because it seems to be fairly widely available and cheaper than many options in the style. When you do give it a try, though, it certainly delivers and could be considered a benchmark against which other imperial stouts are compared.

From the beginning, it has the perfect color for an imperial stout, with a deep, dark opaque black/brown color and a fluffy mocha-colored cap. The aroma is likewise a terrific example of what an imperial stout should smell like, with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The flavor is also packed with dark chocolate, malts that are roasted to the point of charring, and a dark caramel sweetness. The body is a bit thin, but it is smooth and warming. Overall, not intriguing or different, but it is a well-constructed, flavorful, and enjoyable example of the style.

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3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown/black color, almost like motor oil. Thick chocolate color head with great lacing and retention on the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolates, cocoa and coffee. Some alcohol is also present in the smell.

The taste is just like the smell very rich chocolate, like a liquid chocolate cream pie. Some toffee and caramel are also present with a warming smooth alcohol. Maybe a little light on the boldness of the flavors though.

Great mouthfeel, a thick and viscous full bodied beer. Creamy heavy texture on the tongue.

Quite a drinkable RIS, however I would prefer a little more boldness in the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours jet black, medium viscosity with a nice tan 2 finger hard that recedes to leave a tinge of lacing. The aroma has rich roasted malts, a slight marshmallow scrent with vanilla and cocoa powder. Flavor has espresso, milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla and some malted candy type flavors. Nice mouthfeel with a good palate coating component but a tad too high on the carbonation for me. Overall this is a g

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,368 ratings.