Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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Old RasputinOld Rasputin

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

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

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

Pours dark mahogany almost black with a small brown head. Aroma of dark malts, cacao, caramel, burnt espresso. Taste is similar to aroma. Palate si full bodied with good carbonation, creamy and thick. Finish is dark malts, chocolate, caramel with just enough bitter hops to add balanace. Flavors become more pronounced as it warms up. Very rich and creamy. Very well done IS.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A: Poured a dark opaque coal color with a tightly bound dark beige head that was mostly lasting.

S: a huge fruity aroma starting things out before yielding to dark espresso beans, and bakers chocolate.

T: The flavor was fruity and dark with raspberry like tartness that was backed by a huge palate of dark roasted malt and citrus hopping. There was some charred woodiness, dark coffee beans and some rum raisin as well. The palate was huge, robust and full of complex flavors of dark malt and fruity sweetness leaving a pleasant aftertaste that lingers long after you swallow. At 55 F brings out strong coffee flavor. Great desert beer and one that should be sipped and savored for its huge complexity of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate providing the standard per style for all others to follow.

M: dark and slightly astingent, bitter, creamy with a full body and thick viscostity.

D: Incredible drinkability, warm, luscious, full bodied and complex warming up to release a whole new layer of flavors and complexity.

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Photo of billymoe
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12 oz bottle

A - Very very dark with tan/brown head the quickly leaves

S - Good aroma of Coffe, chocolate a bit of alcohol

T - Taste is very similar to the aroma, first taste slightly bitter, but smoothed up nicely thereafter.

M - Mouth feel was full bodied but with enough creamy texture to make it smooth.

D - Very well done and will be drunk again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A=poured a deep dark brown, almost black with a very thick (3 finger) dark brown almost golden head

S=hazelnut and chocolate, roasted malts, no alcohol odor

T=roasted malts and chocolate/cocoa flavors, really seems to be very balanced

M=good light carbonation, not tremendous thickness

D=very good and very drinkable, easily have more than 2 at a session.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

Almost perfect black color with a dark tan frothy head that hold well. Settles to a razor thin cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Dark coffe like roasty malts with a strong creamy presence, and hints of bitter choclolate. Some warming alcohol in the background. Some dry fruit aromas are mixed in there as well.

Bitter roasty malts with some bittering hops to compliment the flavor. Full bodied, with low carbonation, giving it a very thick and viscous feel. Light dark chocolate flavors. Finishes dry from the bitter malts and the acompanied hop bitterness.

This is an amazing beer, expecially since I only paid $2 for it. The 9%ABV and 12oz size makes this beer great for ending the night without going to far. It's also fitting as a desert. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

After reading the low scoring reviews, I can understand why someone would hate Old Rasputin. But not a single "hardcore" Imperial Stout drinker will say that this is not a fantastic beer. Very full bodied, heavy, and complex. Burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate dominate the palate. Old Rasputin is, at least in the Chicago area, available at most liquor stores and Trader Joe's and is very reasonably priced ($6.99/4-pack). I always keep it stocked on my "stout shelf" (along with Victory Storm King).

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,420 ratings