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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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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Photo of StHopNick
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A truly unique and amazing imperial stout. The sharp taste is a perfect balance of alcohol, coffee and hops. This beer is at or near 40 deg (Black) with a perfectly thick head. This beer is probably one of the most drinkable and enjoyable imperial stouts you will ever have the pleasure of drinking. Now let me get back to my sixer :).

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Photo of Fubudu187
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avylover
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th Review, and a worthy beer to go with it. My wife "is proud." An american brew that is carried by a local bar that stictly carries only imports. Guess they saw the light on this one.

Pours thick & black with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Nice frothy tan head that gave the "waterfall" effect upon pouring. Aroma is strong in the malt department. Very sweet, yet there are some hops to calm things down a bit. An alcohol bite clears up the sinuses. This is one beer that's full of taste. Starts off with a deep sweet maltiness, followed by some hop bitterness fighting back, ending with a nice roasted malt aftertaste. There is some fruitiness in there all the while just trying to make things even more interesting. Decent carbonation that gives way to a nice slick mouthfeel, with a quite sticky aftertaste. Very drinkable stout, and dangerous at that. I could drink this all night....and end up with a rough morning. Great Beer...'nuff said

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Photo of Derek_Besly
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wingman14
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head, which was very small. Sweet chocolate and burnt aromas, this has a more powerful smell for a russian imperial stout. Taste is very powerful, sweeter than most, with a noticable alcohal flavor (not suprising considering the ABV). A bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting more. A good balance in flavor, not much carbonation which adds to the mouthfeel. I could have a couple of these after dinner or for a nice nightcap. This is not to pricey and is well worth trying. A great russian imperial stout to start out on, not to much ABV, but enough flavor to tell you if you like the style. Do yourself a favor and try this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of dohedan
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Received one of these from my friend baldy. Thanks bud I owe ya.
Poured into Good Nature snifter from 12 oz bottle on a warm sunny day. Maybe a pilsner would suit this day better, but as usual I was anxious.

A: poured a dark brown color and once in the glass, completely jet black. Nice creamy head that disappears within minutes.

S: roasted coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla. A sharp smell lingers in the nose for a while.

T: mmm... Beer. This one warms the insides. Chocolate upfront, with coffee malts present throughout. Roasted malts complement each other well in this one. Smokiness, with sweet hints of vanilla. Can taste the alcohol, but not overwhelming in the slightest. Kind of reminded me of a bourbon aged stout with the boozy aspect.

M: a bit thinner than I had expected, but doesn't take away from it at all. In fact, makes it even more sessionable. Still a medium bodied beer with a creamy texture once it hits your tounge. Coats the inside of your cheeks for a bit which felt unique. Carbonation is perfect for the style.

O: very impressed with this one. Would recommend to a stout lover as well as someone looking to get into the style. Flavorful coffee and chocolate malts really shine in this beer, with other sweeter flavors chiming in.

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

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend gave me a bottle of this as part of a Christmas gift, and boy am I glad. I had high hopes for this Imperial Stout based on what I've read about it and the fact that Imperial Stout is my favorite style of beer. I was not disappointed.

The appearance was great, dark brownish black. Very small tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice bit of lacing. It smelled of burnt coffee, toffee, chocolate and burnt molasses with a slight bit of alcohol in the background. The taste matched the notes of the smell. Very burnt coffee and chocolate/molasas. I also detected a weird soy sauce taste?!? Hard to explain but something reminded me of it, perhaps the molasses. There was also a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was excellent, smooth, creamy, hearty. I'd like to drink this after a long day outside in the cold. The drinkability was excellent. I could drink a few of these. The only thing slowing me down is the high abv, but if you're at home and staying in, I guess it's no problem.

All in all this was an excellent example of an Imperial Stout. I would defiantly try it again, hopefully on tap.

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Photo of supermetroid
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass. Dark, black-coffee color with a thin layer of creamy head. Leaves thick splotches of remnant down the side of the glass for the entire pint.

Smells burnt, smokey, nutty. A delightfully roasted smell.

Goes down real smooth. Intense roasted-malt taste. Subtle (cascade?) hops. Burnt coffee start, chocolate finish. Boozey aftertaste. A treat.

Crisp mouthfeel, significant and persistent carbonation.

This is a heavy beer, definitely tastes like it's 9%. You can see why they sell it in four packs.

Pairs beautifully with chocolate chip cookies or vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of Chef74
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jmg480
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour from the interestingly-shaped 12 ounce bottle yielded a large, firm tan head that lasts well and sticks to the glass as it tightens and becomes rocky; all this over an almost completely opaque black-ruby body. Don't call what it leaves on the glass "lacing," but rather "sheeting"!

Aroma is superb: vinous, figgy, chocolate-covered cherries with espresso. Is that cinnamon back there? Maybe some pink peppercorns? Definitely some caramel malt. Mmmm.

The taste fell off a bit from the aroma -- it smelled more complex than it tasted. The fruity notes seemed absent from the taste. Mind you, it's still good, but not up to "sniff."

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I thought -- still good, just not a chewy as I was hoping.

Good drinkability for an RIS, at only 9%. Definitely worth the price.

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

Photo of Mancer
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown color with a two finger high light brown head. The head didn't last long and was lightly coated with fine bubbles. The initial smell of the beer was of a dark chocolate roast with light coffee and malt undertones. The initial taste of the brew was that of roasted barley, chocolate, light coffee and caramel, as well as alcohol. The alcohol was noticeable, but did not detract from the quality of the present flavors. The beer was a bit creamy and had a full body with light to medium carbonation.

Overall, this was an excellent stout. I would highly recommend this to any fans of stouts.

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Photo of ThomasAWilson2
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

On tap, nitro-style, in snifter.
L: creamy light brown head, dark as night
S: mocha, a little boozy.
T: this needs to be warm or all you get is unbalanced booze. It is a strong beer, but a lot of flavors going on. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruit... What separates this from others is the balance and the mouthfeel. And it's hoppy; you don't sense it until all the other flavors fade and you get an astringency/dryness from the hops.
F: perfect. Thick, coats the mouth and doesn't go away quickly.
O: never had this on tap, only in a bottle. It's good bottled, great on tap. But only if you like this style of imperial stout.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a sinister looking 12oz. bottle into a mini snifter.

A - Poured black with a tanish brown head. The head quickly subsided and formed a spotty film and left scattered lacework.

S - Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate with ample alcohol in the finish.

T - Malty with a slight sweetness and a fair amount of smoke upfront followed by a bitter chocolatly finish. This stout is well balanced and delicious.

MF&D - Full bodied and sticky. A lip smacker after every sip. I think Rasputin has cast a spell on me. Pour some over vanilla ice cream, I did! Highly recommended.

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

Photo of d4114
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black; 2 fingers of creamy tan

S- Big coffee notes; At first it can be a little strong but after a little you really get the complexity; A little sweetness and some alcohol

T- At the front you get a really bitter and chard flavor; The middle you get coffee or espresso with a hint of alcohol; The alcohol is masked very well; At the back you are left with a smooth, dry bitterness

M- Medium to heavy bodied; Would have thought it would have been more thick and viscous; Warms back of mouth and throat

O- Really good complex beer that you can get year round

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Photo of mattkoon
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this in a beer club that i am in- i was a little annoyed, i have had this before and i liked it, however there are a ton of good seasonal beers out right now, (as the sc weather gets warmer) that go a little better with the spring. but i do yield to the fact that this is a great beer.

its opaque- the way a stout should be. black as a witch's soul. smells rich, with a smokey sweetness. the taste, also is rich with a strong bitter that isnt too over powering...its right on target. this beer actually went great with my lazy, rainy sunday afternoon.

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Photo of dabarton
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best Imperial Stouts and it is widely available!

A: A deep dark black, almost Black No. 1 color (thank you Type O Negative). Pours a 1/2 inch tan head that eventually disappears.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee with some alcohol scents. Very robust smell.

T: Nothing short of fantastic. Big flavors of chocolate, mixed with espresso on the front end, but not too sweet. Some slight hop bitterness on the back end balances out this beer.

M: Thick and creamy. Extremely smooth sensation left on the palate.

D: An excellent beer. One of the best imperial stouts that I have had. A high ABV limits the amounts I have, but its great on a cold dark night!

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,302 ratings
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