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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This is an excellent beer that pours dark and kicks up a lovely tan head. The flavor is fantastic, and I could really taste the darker malts -- but without the overwhelming bitterness and over-the-top burnt coffee profile that haunts other Russian Imperials.

There is some sweetness to found here, as well as some bittersweet chocolate and roasty/toasty elements. This full, rich beer is complemented by a very good mouthfeel. The nearly 9% ABV is expertly concealed by serious depth of flavor. Old Rasputin is a great brew at a great price. I will pay this one a visit again soon.

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12oz stubby bottle into tulip pint glass. (Like the "traditional" Guinness glasses)

A: opaque. Black. Some Coke-colored highlights when held up to light. Small head that fades to some coffee-colored lace. No doubt it'll stick to the sides of the glass. This stuff looks pretty viscous.

S: Dark fruit, alcohol, brown sugar/molasses (?), coffee/roasted malt. In that order.

T/M: Viscosity is as predicted under "appearance." It coats the palate and leaves a coffee-like bitterness for an aftertaste. Also gives a warming sensation on swallowing, like good whiskey. Has a brown sugar- or molasses-like sweetness up front, and the dark fruit from the aroma hits between that sweetness and the bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is present and adds a bit of acidity, but does little to cut the viscosity.

D: Very drinkable, to the point of being deceptive. It smells like alcohol, but it doesn't taste like alcohol, which can lead to drinking it too fast.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,419 ratings