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:
#545
Reviews:
3,774
Ratings:
12,466
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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625
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Poured from a bottle a blackest black color with a mocha meringue head and tons of sticky lacing.

Nice aroma of coffee, toffee, roasted malts, and caramel.

The first sip was a thick chewy blast very similar to a mocha latte, but with a hoppy presence. The coffee taste then lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel is rich and wonderful with moderate carbonation.

A very, very nice Russian Imperial Stout. I'm glad it wasn't one of those over-sweetened stouts that I've had before. Perfect for the upcoming winter season.

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North Coast is a little underwhelming as a whole, but this is probably their crowning jewel in their rotation. Here is my review:

A: Pours a pitch black color. Very thick with a nice tan head. Lacing is very prominent.

S: Smells very malty with a nice roastyness. Hints of chocolate and coffee, but not overpowering.

T: Very flavorful and tasty Imperial Stout. Lots of roasted malts with a nice smoke character. Chocolate is more dominant than the coffee, but is blended very well. Nothing really overpowers in the flavor, its very well balanced overall. Not nearly as intense as say Founders Imperial Stout, Great Divide Yeti, or Bells Expedition, but an excellent offering nonetheless.

M: Full-bodied and coats the mouth nicely. I have had thicker beers, but this is very nice overall.

D: Full-bodied and full of flavor, this is one you will revisit often. However more than one at a time is not recommended. Very smooth and tasty.

Fairly common and widely available, this is one that almost anybody can enjoy. There are better Imperial Stouts available, but this is always a solid performer and well worth the money. Highly recommended.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,466 ratings