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:
#943
Reviews:
3,801
Ratings:
12,570
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joelmathis
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pstone530
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste: I had the Nitro version on tap recently, rich creamy, hint of sweet,chocolate, coffee, dry toasted malt finish. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, tan refined nitro head. Medium/full body. Better than I remembered. 70 IBUs

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Possible date stamp on label is '81330709'. This is a 2018 produced beer.
Black colored body, with some dark brown and ruby brown edges when back lit. Aggressive pour brought forth a one finger, puffy, khaki colored head. Each sip leaves behind a few scattered spots of lacing.
Well balanced aroma of dark roasted malts with char, coffee, and chocolate. Out of the char is a whiff of dark dried fruits.
Taste is dark roasted malts that express deep dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and a hint of soaked, dart dried fruit.
Quite the smooth and creamy mouth feel. Very enjoyable. Okay carbonation. Not overly bitter.
Tremendous balance of the flavors lead to a very pleasant drinking experience. Very easy to take repeated sips in short order. Bitterness is kept very low and the char stays at the end, but the slight sweetness of the malts balance this out. There is a companion component of brighter hops that add well to the mix and balance.

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Photo of Abross
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VictorSage
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stephenparker
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll say if you like a stout this is it best one out there the right body and heat from the alchol mixing with the darl malt and notes of the beer amazing this is the best stout ive ever had bar none if you like stouts this is one to try

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Photo of onewayboogie
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bankboy66
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BerryKumquat
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of antihero404
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rhodester
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PA-hunter
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 9% abv.

Appearance- Pours a dark charcoal in color, high light brown head that sticks to glass.

Smell- chocolate, coffee, and vanilla round out the aroma.

Taste- Lots of malt up front, turning more chocolate as the flavor goes on. Lots of coffee notes into a bitter finish which is quite smoky as well.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body, medium carbonation.

Overall- A really good RIS with ample flavor and complexity. True to the style. This would be great aged.

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Photo of jasadewi
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice stout and a pleasure to sip. Enjoyed on draft at the brewery. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, creamy beige head. Sticky lacing. Great retention.

Aromas of spresso, roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Slight fresh hop presence too.

Taste follows the nose. That 'fresh' hop being more prominent than other RIS. Intense flavours.

Medium to full bodied. Bitter roasted coffee aftertaste.

Great beer!

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Photo of antonyliu
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass…

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Look
Poured brown-black with a 4 finger mocha head. A ton of activity on the build up, similar to a Guinness, an amazing brew.

Smell
Smell is espresso, nutty, roasted malt, and vanilla, with a bittersweet toffee finish.

Taste
Taste is the same as smell, and very well balanced—just the right flavor and finish.

Mouthfeel
Heavy, soft, velvety smooth body, with a nice carbonation.

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With the exception a Deschutes Abyss I once had on tap, THIS is the Russian Imperial Stout I go back to time and again—and the one I measure all others by. It’s a full-bodied and filling sipper for the right occasion.

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Photo of epercuoco
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong stout. Not as smooth as a breakfast stout and also not a stout for beginners. It’s strong taste has everything the seasoned stout connoisseur loves.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic American example of the RIS style.
Complex roasted malt character, black char and chocolate and earthy bitterness. It has some edginess to it rather than just being creamy smooth, though I imagine it would mellow out after some time in the bottle.

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

What a fantastic Russian Imperial Stout!! Will definitely have again!

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Photo of Kegger37
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jenrhart
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,570 ratings