Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12,193
Reviews:
3,720
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 12,193 |  Reviews: 3,720
Photo of Hhawk06
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to sampling this after hearing good things through this site. It poured with a very small tan head and an almost pitch black hue. I like the smell, sweet and smokey. The mouthfeel is quite silky while remaining quite syrupy as well. It's certainly heavy and the high alcohol content is obvious. I think the real treasure of the brew is the finish, in which you're hit with a smokey, cherry, and alcohol taste, in that order. This is a beer you have to sit back and enjoy. Wasn't quite as good as my expectations, but still good.

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Photo of lighthabit
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a veritable black hole, light does not go far in this one. lacing it there - though i've seen this one do a bit better in the past - smell is malty bakers chocolate. yum. taste is so very well done. i enjoy this because it isn't super flashy in what it does, rather, it's a solid stout with a bakers chocolate bit of flavor, malt, hops, vanilla, finishing a bit dry . . . all assembled so wonderfully. sip and enjoy, the old man on the front is watching you, and i'm sure he's saying "slow down, take a moment"

update . . .
first, he's not saying that, but you'll have to go google it yourself.
second, go read up on old rasputin. i bet you'll enjoy this classic russian imperial all the more. here's a link to get you started - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Rasputin

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very strong taste of licorice in this one, but still its a good stout, a little bitter but with a great mouthfeel to it and mellow aftertone that helps with the bitterness.

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Photo of ed_loves_ipa
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of elliott1184
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of flyingpig
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
This one was definitely a very nice imperial stout from North Coast but at the same time it wasn't one that managed to blow me away or indeed to live up to the heights of some of the other American brewed imperial stouts that I've tried over the last few months. The beer was highly drinkable despite the strength, although some alcohol was noticeable throughout; an enjoyable beer but just not my favourite of the style.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to the point of being just a notch below black. A prodigious, creamy, light brown head swirls its way to the top when poured, and lasts until the bitter end. Lacing all down the glass.

Smell: Roasted chocolate malt and sweet bananas are nicely framed by some spicy, floral hops that balance the otherwise syrupy scent with a fresh crispness.

Taste: The taste is true to the smell. Roasted mocha, banana bread, and dates, with a slightly burnt bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and some comforting alcohol warming.

Overall: An excellent example of an Imperial Stout, successful in exhibiting both sweetness and bitterness, while managing to keep things nicely balanced. Definitely not for session drinking, but a solid choice for sipping.

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Photo of Skurasky
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Mmm____Beer
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of L0ne
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From backlog. 12oz bottle, November 2014.

Pours black with some faint brown highlights. Creamy, long lasting, tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Dark fruits, raisins, dark chocolate, roasty(coffee)/bready/toffee malts, caramel sweetness, maybe a hint of smoke. Slight warming from alcohol, and a roasty/burnt bitterness lingers on the palate alongside the caramel sweetness.

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Photo of redsoxjim
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bobert84
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great taste! Loved this stout.

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Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Very dark almost oil black color, just a little brown in it. Very dark coffee taste. Love it. Bitter taste is strong at the end.

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Photo of quang_dam
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of oldsailor
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andyfrancis
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

God damn do I love the look of a nicely poured stout in a glass. Black with an enticing tan 3/4" head that looks like it's gonna hang around all day. Smells of dark chocolate covered fruit.

Whoa. Flavors upon flavors and they keep coming. A little bit of oak and alcohol, chocolate and cherry, with a roasted coffee finish.

Nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of doremite
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm finally getting around to reviewing this even though I've enjoyed it many times.

12 oz. bottle at 45* into a snifter.

A: This obviously pours pitch black with a finger and a half of small-bubbled, khaki-colored head. It actually looks similar to FBS but the lacing doesn't quite match up.

S: The nose is of chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, perhaps some licorice; the typical repertoire of the style.

T: The taste shows the notes of coffee and chocolate, but the sweet and sour dark fruits that take over set it apart from most imperial stouts.

M: This is surprisingly light on the palate which is definitely a negative aspect. On the plus side, it does not show any boozy heat or stickiness.

D: This is a solid RIS that retails at a better price than most, and it pairs very well with chocolate.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black with a tan head that generates spotty lace on the pint.
Aroma has some vinous notes along with coffee, chocolate and mint.
Flavor is chocolate chips, some minty hints and a roasted coffee finish.
Mouthfeel is sweet chocolate to start, shifting to a roasted and bitter middle with a zinging, spicy kick on the finish.
Drinkability is a little bit thin for an Impy Stout but very pleasant beer.

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Photo of mullenite
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one and a half finger tan head, leaves decent lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell and taste are pretty much identical. Main flavor is dark chocolate with a little bit of a coffee aftertaste. All the bitterness comes from the dark chocolate tastes, the coffee simply accents and enhances it.

Mouthfeel is where this beer shines, heavy body and crisp carbonation makes a nice feeling beer.

Overall a little too easy to drink, the somewhat high ABV is what keeps this from being a 5 because it is really that easy to drink.

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Photo of travduke
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and thick. Inch and a half tan head. This is how a RIS should look.

Smell: Chocolate, malt, roasted coffee beans. Mmm.. sweet.

Taste: Thick and creamy. Just as it smells.. Chocolate and coffee dominate it. Very nice.

Drinkability: Could easily put back a 4pk of these, though these stouts usually fill me up quickly.

Side Notes: I'm not a huge fan of the style but this is a great beer, and reccomend it to anyone who enjoys a good Imperial Stout.

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Photo of trep
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle, not sure of the age, but i'm sure it has been sitting on the shelf for quite a while.

Dark body when sitting down, fairly translucent when held to the light. A nice cappuchino head that quickly fades after a vigorous pour. Sweet, hot, bitter, fruity, chalky, pretty complex. I like it, although I can't distinguish many of the aromas. A bit of alcohol.

Initially coffee bitterness, then a smooth chocolatey downfall to the vanilla cream finish. Very nice, not too fierce either. I was expecting this to be fairly hot, but I guess it has had enough time to mellow out. Not spectacular, but not bad by any stretch of the word. Also an incredibly good value at 6.99 per 4-pack.

Medium-full body with light carbonation. Very smooth for an imperial stout. I look at Old Raspy as kind of a baby imperial stout. I could see myself drinking these as long as I was standing though. Too delicious and easy to drink.

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Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up black with a decent little light brown head. pretty decent lacing. the nose is sweet roasty malts, subtle coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a nice aroma but pretty much the average Imp Stout smell. Nothing too insane. the thing that I like about Rasputin is the grainy rough texture it has. This is truly a man's Stout that will easily put hair on your chest even if you're a woman. The taste is the same as the nose except it also has a little bit of an alcohol note and a good spicy hop balance. Both the alcohol notes and the hops give this beer a nice lil kick. Medium to full bodied, high spritzy carbo. A nice rough Stout...

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Photo of corm44
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black, has a light brown head, curtains and little lacing.

The smell has a hint of smoked grain and spicy hops.

The taste has upfront sweetness, brown sugar and dried fruits, lightly smoked sausages and some good bitter hops.

Medium low carbonation, a medium body, a dry finish.

A nice texture and a refreshingly and surprisingly light RIS.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,193 ratings.
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