Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
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#912
Reviews:
3,784
Ratings:
12,505
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
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Photo of BigMac59
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of insouciantx
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Weston64
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ClintGoodman
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

North Coast Old Rasputin RIS - 9% ABV - 75 IBUs
Date: 06/21/18, enjoyed on 09/03/18.
Appearance: Black, not used motor oil black but a standard stout color with two fingers of mocha colored head. There is some slight ruby red color seeping in around the edges.
Aroma: Big roasted malt aromas, slight char, and bitter dark chocolate. It actually smells a little sweet, like cacao powder.
Taste: As with the nose, the boldest flavor are these big malty notes followed by a slightly sweet and more milky chocolate taste. There is a beautiful ashy, almost charred quality to the malts that really works wonderfully. The finish on Old Rasputin is quite bitter, letting those IBUs really shine. It has a full mouthfeel with an almost velvet texture. Some dark roast coffee notes come out as the beer reaches room temperature.
Biased comments: Wow, this is still one impressive beer and perhaps my favorite stout. After the explosion in popularity of adjunct filled beers and pastry stouts, it is very refreshing to return to a beer that is the antithesis of all that. Also, North Coast must be one of the most underrated breweries on the planet. All of their beers that I’ve had are quality beers, and that isn’t something I can say for very many breweries. This beer in particular is a good deal better than many of the whales I have managed to chase down and is available nearly everywhere for less than $10, and its Non-GMO as well!

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eafowler7
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense malty and hoppy character. Has a unique flavor compared to other imperial russian stouts that is hard to describe. This beer is not for everyone. It is extremely bitter. I can't seem to understand why some people seem to think more flavor=better. While this beer is worth trying at least once it's not something you would want to drink often. Most of these stronger flavored beers are overrated due to beer-snobs. The rating of this beer is higher than it should be. CHEERS!

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkstar8142
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franklin-Yeo
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mintzmeet
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, this is an instant classic. “Imperial” stout, so this beer packs a big punch. Almost tastes like some grog, but deliciously. This beer is daaaark.

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Photo of Matuhg
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bcordell
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarthVorador
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cdohr4
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyal8tr
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 7/29/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head; thick tree-rung lace.

Fresh earth, medium roast coffee bean & hop bite notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Medium roast coffee bean & hop bite flavors up front; fresh earth notes on the finish.

Too hop forward for me to really love; this is practically a Cascadian dark ale.

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thefuzzyone
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OhmSquid
1.38/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I have a wide range of what I like, pretty much everything.

This. Fucking. Beer. Is. So. Disgusting.

I picked a bottle up with a mixed six pack and put it in the fridge, had a Guinness to compare it to, well when time came.

I took one sip and this literally made me vomit. I don't think I've ever drank something more vile in my life. The other reviews made this sound awesome and I'm sure it is for people who exclusively drink Stouts, but if that's not what you normally drink, leave this alone.

Sincerely, a guy who loved Stouts who is now put off by them because of this.

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Photo of ChefBruceWest
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional quality.

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

Photo of CCLEID
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The espresso of imperial stout with dark chocolate hints.

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Photo of gdyork
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OneOfUs
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on nitro at a local brew barbeque joint. Cuz im a tryin anything and everything on nitro. Enjoyed it and recommend.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,505 ratings