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
Ranking:
#975
Reviews:
3,818
Ratings:
12,616
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
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Photo of Brian_Pheiffer
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gentlystewed
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beauty pours a licorice black body with a slim tan head that dissipates into a thin skim.
The nose is all about strong coffee, roasted grains, burnt sugar cookies and molasses.
The flavor mirrors the aroma along with some dark toasted pumpernickel.
The mouthfeel is medium light with just a slight carbonated sizzle on the tail-end.
Overall this is an intense and satisfying stout that stands out of the crowded field and clubbers your taste buds into submission with every pull.

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Photo of puck1225
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having a classic, and it deserves the title.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with a nice beige head and and great curtain lacing. Pleasant chocolate smell and taste. Toasted pumpernickel and a hint of coffee. Not boozy and very drinkable. Great beer!

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Photo of The_Essbee
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egrandfield
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AlFergie
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of moltch
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Unclevince
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of warrenc
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black/brown with thick tan head, a model stout look. Body is a bit thin and not at all heavy like a lot of other imperial stouts. Taste is a nice liquorice, coffee. For me this is the imperial stout I judge all others, a classic, not too busy and satisfying. Cheers !

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Photo of Jeffrey_Moreland
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good dark color, but a smaller head for a stout. Smells toasty toasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste smooth and flavorful for a stout. Bitter. Pretty standard for a stout. Hides the 9% well. Not quite as creamy as I would expect. Overall a solid stout but not my favorite.

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Photo of tgriff
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasting a bottle from a 4 pack...This beer is inky black in my pint glass with a roasted/chocolaty flavor. Some bitterness in the taste profile but not overwhelming. Slight head with good lacing on the glass. Someone else who rated it said it was their benchmark stout and I can see why. This is my first time tasting it and it's great, I'll be back.

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

Got a four pack of 12 ounce bottles, just gives you a great weighty buzz. An absolute darling, and would get it more but it is usually just out of my price range.

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Photo of Dheeznuhhtz
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Get it! This is the imperial stout I use as a baseline to compare all imperial stouts. It’s aggressive, slightly bossy, and right on the edge of my bitterness threshold. This beer will make a man/lesbian out out of you!

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Photo of MercInc
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AleManDan
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, rich complexity...hoppy, chocolate and coffee notes and thick, sweet mouthfeel. I’m not a huge stout guy but I recognize the greatness of this beer!

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Photo of Kiral
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of QuentinDishaw
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RockHop
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich brown black color with tan creamy head and curtains of lacing. Sharp roasted malt flavor, molasses with burnt sugar and bread. Some notes of olive too.

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black with thick fluffy tannish head. Great lacing.

S: Roasted grains and burned sugars.

T/F: Follows the nose. Strong roast character... sweet charred sugars, bitter roast, espresso, and dark chocolate. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied... oily... roast bitterness carries throughout with some sweetness to soften the finish.

O: A solid Russian Imperial. Really good flavor... very pleasing and drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of ladron1993
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spacejamflam
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The hype is real.
Normally, I dont like imperial russian stouts -finding them too heavy (feel & taste) and bitter, but this is a work of art.

Looks.. Well my phone flashlight is just a tiny brown dot through the pint glass.
Smells very chocolately and roasty
Tastes.. Very chocolately and roasty - big malts that give it a robust flavor with very present but very well balanced bitterness.
Feels very very wide and smooth, but with balance.. it doesnt weight you down but rather takes its time.
The 9+% abv is well hidden and takes its time as well - definitely not a session beer!!

Overall, it's bold yet balanced, powerful yet measured, deep yet drinkable. As I said, the hype is real.

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Photo of bear1
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of desint
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,616 ratings