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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

9,200 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,200
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 253
Gots: 1,012 | FT: 32
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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jschonert

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-20-2013 15:29:00 | More by jschonert
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

03-08-2013 21:38:53 | More by rypkr
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-28-2012 07:20:22 | More by shagal
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black and creamy-looking with a toffy head of about two fingers and mine is sticking around and leaving some pretty good lacing.

S: hops, malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. maybe a hint of dark fruit.

T: I was struck by the bitterness. Bitter in a pleasant way. Definitely getting coffee and dark bitter chocolate as well. Very nice.

M: Creamy, full mouthfeel. A little alcohol burn on the back-end.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:10:46 | More by circus_cat
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Stoutlad

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-02-2013 02:51:06 | More by Stoutlad
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NappyB

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

06-30-2013 02:04:46 | More by NappyB
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Getalegup

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-16-2014 03:26:16 | More by Getalegup
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gritz147

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7%

02-08-2013 03:49:35 | More by gritz147
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.

Appearance: Served in a chalice. Completely black with a one finger brown head that dissipates at a reasonable pace and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Good roasty malts, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee

Taste: More good roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, an excellent Russian Imperial Stout, I would consider it the gold standard of the style.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, full body with low carbonation.

Overall: A top notch brew, I had to get it when I saw it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 02:25:02 | More by MadCat
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-11-2012 03:05:18 | More by MisledTitan
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HopGrazer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-12-2014 17:06:23 | More by HopGrazer
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modernartblues

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip

A: black-brown body with a 1" off white head, a bit of lacing, but head retention was minimal

S: decent, chocolate, coffee, roastiness...not as roasty as other RIS, I pick up a bit of citrusy hops as well

T: not overly complex, but gets better as it warms, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits- plum...this doesn't quite do it for me. It's good (especially for the price), but drank this the night after a Stone RIS and the two just don't compare. Stone kicks this beers a** by a wide margin.

M: thick, but not overly so. good, not great for a RIS (I prefer them viscously thick).

D: I don't crave another one, which given the alcohol is not that bad a thing, but this doesn't make my best of style....

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 14:01:02 | More by modernartblues
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-16-2013 02:11:45 | More by Cazlo
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dctriman

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%

05-19-2013 00:10:03 | More by dctriman
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle ,no bottle date but I purchased it in aug 2013 so I assume it's a 2013 bottle.

A: Pours a dark brown, with a nice 2 finger brown khaki color head. When pouring I notice a reddish hue to the beer.

S: This bottle has a bit of oxidation on it which I tend to be fairly sensitive to unfortunately. Getting some nice chocolate and coffee bitterness to it as well.

T: Getting a lot of coffee and chocolate. Roasty notes coming from this beer. Also getting a nutty taste to it as well.

M: This is where the beer falls apart to me. I'm a stickler for mouthfeel and this beer fails here. Now Stone is reengineering their Ruinination for the modern pallate and I think North Coast needs to do this with old raspy. The BA version is thin as shit and this is right there with it.

O: Decent babies first RIS, though the mouthfeel is severely lacking. 10 yrs ago I'm sure this was a beast, but now it has the mouthfeel of coca cola. Had the BA version on tap and holy shit is that thin as hell, this isn't much different but least its affordable. Decent but nothing to write home about in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 17:04:33 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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Baab200

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

01-13-2014 00:41:06 | More by Baab200
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tarheels4life23

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-29-2013 22:43:29 | More by tarheels4life23
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AdamElb

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-08-2013 03:09:30 | More by AdamElb
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BA_Berto

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

11-10-2013 05:55:21 | More by BA_Berto
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lzepplin01

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-18-2014 04:18:55 | More by lzepplin01
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AndyEdgar

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-03-2014 14:22:59 | More by AndyEdgar
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cdog707yo

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-14-2014 23:50:14 | More by cdog707yo
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quasimoto

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love RIS's so my review might be biased, but I'll do my best to go by the guide lines. The appreance of this is black with a tan head, large frothy head and laces as I drink it. There is aromas of cherries, chocolate, molasses, bubble gum, wine and nail polish. The taste is of roasted nuts, oak, chocolate mocha and the bitterness of hops with whipped cream. The mouthfeel is light and smooth but warms up at the end because of the alcohol. Drinkability of this in comparison to other RIS's is that it's not the best, but it's still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 15:57:54 | More by quasimoto
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Russian Stout - Who would have thunk it? Anyway - this one is a real surprise for the stout lover. It compares well to Rogue Shakespeare Stout.

It is a dark stout (of course) with a dark brown head that is not as creamy as the Guinness style of stouts. The taste is more malty with a strong taste of hops in the finish. Another beer that I rather enjoy. A little hard to find in stores. Definitely worth a try. Has a clean finish. And read the article on the side - what a hoot that is. This beer even has a history that is more than just how they make it.
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It's been speculated that no one had a greater appreciation for this rich, roasty elixir than Rasputin, the mystic wag (and favorite of the ladies of the court), who was the ultimate downfall of Czar Nicholas II.

Rasputin is probably best remembered for his dramatic exit. Having been deemed politically expendable, he was fed poisoned wine and tea cakes by his rivals. Surviving that, he was shot several times - whereupon he attacked his assailants. He finally succumbed when bound and stuffed through a hole in the ice to drown in the River Neva. Legends that attribute his tenacity to his appetite for Russian Imperial Stout are unproven.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 07:54:56 | More by AtrumAnimus
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous pitch black, with a light caramel head that dissipates with elegance.

A great balance of coffee, darker plums and red cherries, and chocolate arrive at the nose. Sweet chocolate is present as well.

Coffee and Roasted malts come out right away in the taste and ride all the way through. While the fruits and bitter sweet chocolate come on more towards the end. A pleasant bitter coffee after taste rests on the palate.

Not as creamy as I was hoping for, and a little on the over carbonated side for the style.

But all in all, for the price a great go to RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:29:10 | More by CoolJosh
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,200 ratings.