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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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9,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,683
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Quafftastic, May 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Benny3000, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Vlaminck, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

rolandboy, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Sarmartay, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Flight317, May 27, 2014
Photo of LarryV
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I thought when I tasted this was wow! This is the stout I've been in search of for a long time. Pours an inky black that doesn't give up any light. Thick fine textured head with a malty, chocolate/vanilla aroma. Incredibly creamy mouthfeel with a rich, robust flavor. Hints of chocolate, vanilla and licorice show their presence here and there. Very complex and tasty. Hides the alchohol very well. Easy to drink and demanding of respect.

LarryV, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got four Russian Imperials in front of me... ahhh!

A.Le Coq 2001
Old Rasputin
Rogue XS
Weyerbacher Old Heathen

Old Rasputin---
Pours with a slight head.
A reddish African Mahogany brown color in my tasting glass.
A meager nose- the dry alcohol is the most notable element followed by the bitter tones of hops surrounded by slight sprinkles of malt.

This beer had wonderful heavy long lasting flavor, but light bodied. The "carbonization" helps produce a tart feel on my palate with a bitter stance of hops then bounded by definite malt notes. If I were blindfolded I'd declare this beer a Russian Imperial Stout.

Long finish that dissipates with its dry alcohol character as the ending cadence. The living finish cleansed my palate and left my taste buds yearning for the next sip.

In my opinion, this is beer third to the A.Lee Coq 2001.
Doesn't have the flavor complexity of the A.Lee Coq 2001 nor the body / and overall mouthfeel.

Regardless a wonderful Imperial stout indeed!

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 03, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Rob315, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

harrisjohnson, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

lucas1801, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

GratefulEdd, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

my_knew_craft, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

humulusphile, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

WiserBud, May 08, 2014
Photo of AaronRed
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at their brewpub. Alcohol was just the first thing you notice. I could sit back all night and drink this, of course then I would never get up

AaronRed, Oct 03, 2001
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent amount of head, especially for a RIS, and a black color. Smell is a delicious mix of rich, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is sweet, malty, and roasted with coffee notes and a nice, balanced hop finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Nicely drinkable, especially for the style as it is ONLY 9% ABV and smooth.

AaronHomoya, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of infi
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a translucent blood-red color into the glass, but completely opaque and dark once sitting in there. Very viscous and heavy looking. A straight pour in the middle of the glass creates a beautiful creamy light-brown head that rises up to almost two-fingers in depth. And after a few seconds it'll settle to a nice cap. Nice rings of fine-bubbled lacing appear on the perimeter as you sip. Aromas are heavy with roasted barley and malt, burnt dark coffee, chocolate and vanilla tones, earthy oak and alcohol. Complete package in regards to the template RIS - nothing lacking in scent here.

Excellent balance in the malt and hop profiles of this RIS. Starts off with some nice creamy chocolate/cocoa and caramel flavors and then enters into a great malt backbone. Very, very roasted in quality. In the finish is a nice hop bitterness, that of which is not too overpowering, and the 9% ABV. Actually giving me quite a nice buzz.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied which is very noticable on the tongue. Not much of a palpable carbonation feel as there is visually, but it adds to the smoothness of its drinkability, which is moderate. Definitely don't want to be indulging too fast; the 9% ABV catches on nicely.

Old Rasputin is definitely Ol' Reliable for the RIS style. Covers all aspects of the style and very tasty. I'm pretty anxious to try the XII and see how much more can be added to an already great stout.

infi, Oct 28, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip the head erupts to the top of the glass and ceases just before overflowing. Black body with a light coffee colored head. Smells of chocolate coffee and a nuttiness, very attractive nose. The taste brings more to the table with the aforementioned smells brought to the tongue with the addition of a prominent charcoal flavor which adds a nice character to the beer. More medium bodied, I'd like something slightly more viscous. Very good.

wcintula, Oct 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7%

tjkinate, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mscott1975, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

rodkin, Jul 27, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh

Pours a beautiful three layers: a black bottom, a black/brown middle where the nitro effect is on full display with large round bubbles cascading downwards, and a creamy tan head that leaves extremely strong speckled creamy lace. Wow. Smell is a good amount of roasted malt: some dark chocolate, cream, hints of coffee. Taste has lots of the RIS metallic sharpness and a big warming alcohol presence. Good amount of roast malt, coffee, in the taste with some nice liquorice. As it warms the liquorice really comes out and complements to beer nicely. Mouthfeel is uber creamy and quite low carb.

This is the prettiest beer I have ever seen and definitely the best RIS I have had a chance to drink. In the dark world I think I prefer Founder's Breakfast Stout, but when compared to Old Rasputin the coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate almost come off as gimmicky. Old Rasputin is a legend and must have.

VaterRoss, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

olbubba, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,683 ratings.