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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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96
world-class

10,720 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,720
Reviews: 3,492
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 403
Gots: 1,861 | FT: 50
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an amazing near-black-dark-brown, with a frothy chocolate tan head and beautiful lacing.

S: Major notes are chocolate and booze, coffee and malt too.

T: From the first sip, it is fabulous. A huge taste of chocolate up front combined with roasted malts. Almost like a shake. It ends with subtle flavors of dark fruit and alcohol, along with a tad bit of coffee.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Alcohol has mellowed out, incredibly smooth flavors. A touch of black licorice comes in, while bittersweet chocolate comes into play.

M: Nice and creamy, but more carbonation than I expected, it works, though. Alcohol masked incredibly well.

D: It's fantastic, the only warning would be the ABV. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Outrageously drinkable with a couple years on it. Throw a 4-pack in your cellar, you won't regret it (wish I put in more).

Photo of CBlack85
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a small chalice

The beer comes out from the bar black as midnight, with very few dark ruby highlights. There is about two fingers worth of dense, tightly packed dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving behind sheets of lacing.

The aroma is comprised of roasted malts with lots of chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla. There is quite a hop presence for a RIS. The alcohol is mildly present in the nose, but not overwhelmingly so.

The flavor is much bigger than the aroma would lead you to believe. Loaded with heavily roasted malts and chocolate, and accented by coffee and a slightly burnt quality. The hop presence is quite bright and noticable. The citrusy hop character seems to meld well with the roasty and chocolatey flavors that define this beer. Almost too much hop presence... Almost. Full bodied and creamy with a silky feel on the toungue. Finishes sweet with just a slight alcohol burn.

Remarkably drinkable.

Photo of gkunkle
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brickhouse a few months back, reviewing from chicken-scratch on the back of a receipt. Served in a pint glass with a one finger light tan head. Body of the beer is black, though I think a deep brown would be a better descriptor, as it's not truly a jet black. Aroma is of dark sweet malts, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel. When I sip the beer I get flavors of dark chocolate, roasted notes, bitterness, malt sweetness. Body is not as thick as expected considering the smell and the high ABV. I am generally not an RIS kind of guy, but this was one of the first imperial stouts I have enjoyed.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip from 12 oz bottle - no best by date visible.

Poured a deep black w/ thick two finger head that held retention for what seemed forever,excellent webbing as the lace lowered,good carbonation.

Taste - Toasted malts with burnt coffee ,bitter chocolate
slight hops /mild boozy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Well blended and balanced just enough flavors to pull off the high abv % - Tackles your tongue with exotic flavors.
Extremely drinkable - I recommend drinking it slowly as to enjoy all of it's complex flavors.

Photo of Auracom
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into my trusty C&B tulip on April 3rd, 2011.

Pours a very dark brown coloring, nearly black but not quite, with a finger-and-a-half light brown head. Decent retention for the ABV, slowly breaks down to a thin white coating with concentrated alcohol feet on the sides. Great lacing on this badboy. Doesn't look oily or quite as thick as many other imperial stouts I've tasted.

The aroma is predominantly coffee, roasted almonds, milk chocolate (moreso than dark chocolate), slight lactose, *minimal* citrus, and a little bit of alcohol. Not getting a whole lot of complexity with additional nuances such as spices.

The drink has more roasted notes than the aroma and more emphasis on the dark chocolate character with a lot of bitter bite at the backend. The dk. chocolate carries through to the aftertaste and is really nice. Less coffee notes. Some hops but I'm attributing more of the bitterness to the chocolate. ABV is slightly present but rather-well hidden. I can tell it's under 10%.

Mouthfeel is pretty textbook - medium/med. heavy body, smooth, appropriate carbonation. Neither truly thick nor chewy.

For an RIS, it drinks relatively easiy. The slightly lower ABV hides well and it's not really overbearing on the palate. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it safe? Yes. Is it too safe? Perhaps. Next to Founder's IS, this is the most standard-smelling and tasting imperial stout that I've tried, but it doesn't really shine in any particular category. FIS offers considerably more in complexity and flavor. The best quality for Raspy is in the smell; I'm really enjoying that milk chocolate aroma. It's a very nice entry into the style and I ought to have tried it earlier. Bonus points for absolute ease in finding this all over the place.

Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rootdog316
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet inky black with a nice tan head that sticks to the side of the glass, your esophagus, and coats the intestines. Milk chocolate, espresso, and alcohol; put all of that in a pot and slow roast it and you're getting close to the nose on this one. Espresso oils are first and most prominent throughout. Chocolate sweetness makes an appearance and a balanced alcohol and hop bitter finish take you home. There is a lot to this beer and you can focus on something different every sip.

Photo of humuloner22
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this one around for a while, but honestly I did not know what it was. I have been more hardcore into stouts lately and I felt that it was time to expand my horizons. I honestly purchased this beer on blind faith. I had no idea what I was purchasing and had no idea the high reviews it received on here.

Appearance: pours black as widows dreams, no light at all, large amount of head, it could have been the Bell's tulip I poured it into. The head remains fairly substantial and is a khaki caramel color.

Smell: Boozy at first, but nice chocolate and coffee aromas are in there. Definitely a more coco driven stout than coffee though. Sweet caramel and malts are also in there and maybe some vanilla.

Taste: It does have some alcohol burn, but its a 9% beer, however I have had 9% beers that had no burn at all. Good mild coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla notes, but the vanilla definitely takes a back seat to the chocolate. This is pretty boozy beer. I get a lot of alcohol in this one though. Its not really well hidden and it is also kind of on the thin side but not too much, I would prefer this one be a bit thicker on the mouth.

Overall: Solid beer, I have had better stouts, I am a bit surprised at the high ratings on here, but I guess that is because it has been around a while. Its good but not great. My main problem is that the booze is not all that well hidden.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -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%

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black color with an impressively dark head. It's a dark brown in color and leaves great, brown sugar lacing down the sides. The head keeps great for the whole glass.

I think I've had fresher bottles of this beer before, because I remember it being more hoppy. It smells great now, too. It has the typical coffee and chocolate aromas, but leans more towards a burnt, coffee like roast. The hops are in the background, adding a slight grassy element that makes it refreshing.

The flavor has a strong, bitter roast to it. The finish is bitter from both coffee flavored black malts and a lot of hops. The sweetness lies behind all the dry, bitter notes and adds just a touch of chocolate. A tiny bit of citrus hops are found on the finish, but don't add too much to it.

The mouthfeel is heavy and thick all the way through, with the heavy roast notes playing a nice contrast. It's smooth all the way, with carbonation just a bit on the high side. This beer is on the low end abv-wise for Imperial Stouts, but it feels a bit higher. This beer paired well with a chocolate cake. The dry aspects made it a refreshing pairing while at the same time being very rich.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,720 ratings.