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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I fell in love with Ol' Raspy the first time I had it a few months ago, and tonight is the night the second bottle comes out of the fridge for a more formal tasting. At long last!

APPEARANCE: Pours a very dark brown to black with a 1-inch, dense, beige head. It lowers to a splotchy, rocky cap and tops off the beer with striking contrast. Eventually the head vanishes, leaving a thin collar and patchy lacing up the glass.

SMELL: Aromas all over the place! As I'm assessing appearance, I can't help but get a whiff of the fantastic scents. Upon further inspection, this beer smells like real heavy hitter. Sweet, dark and toasted malts, alcohol, dark fruits, and floral hops all stand out. The hop aromas are nicely subtle, and do I detect a faint hint of smoke?

TASTE: Holy Tsar! The initial taste is dominated by chocolate and fruit esters. Alcohol is fairly apparent but not as much as I expected. This beer really starts to shine as it crosses the palette. The roasted flavors really make themselves known and linger long after the final gulp. The hops play a background role the entire time but are definitely an important part of the overall taste.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium full bodied and chewy. Like drinking beer syrup. It leaves a generous coating in every corner of my mouth. Nicely carbonated - maybe could use a bit more.

DRINKABILITY: Never mind that it's 9% ABV. Never mind that you can absolutely tell. This beer goes down quick and easy. Perfect for a snowy night like tonight.

An amazingly glorious RIS in every sense of the style. Now I see how right my initial impressions were when I first tried this beer. Probably at the top of my list in this style to date. Fantastic!

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,453 ratings