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 lespaulrocker
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, let through almost no light. Creamy one and a half finger head. Really beautiful and inviting.

S: Chocolate, maybe some coffee. Caramel notes. Malty.

T: Exceptional. Lots of roasted flavors up front, followed by chocolate and coffee, maybe some hints of toffee as well. Some citrusy hop notes throughout. Really sweet. Almost a dessert in and of itself.

M: Very creamy and smooth.

This was a gift from a close friend to celebrate/mourn his moving away. I will definitely be seeking this out again, a great find.

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Photo of bgildea
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice dark black oil color. Nice thick tan head that left a significant amount of lacing.

S: Nice smell of caramel, vanilla, roasted malts, maybe a hint of chocolate or coffee as well.

T: Very nice taste. Complex, with a nice blend of malts, caramel, vanilla and hops. The beer starts with a great sweet taste and finishes with a lingering flavor of hops and coffee maybe. Very good.

M: Little thinner than I would have preferred. Still a good amount of chew though.

D: Very drinkable. The beer is delicious which of course will make me want to drink it again. I recommend this beer to any dark beer drinker.

Overall: Overall the beer was very tasty. The flavors were complex but well balanced. I definitely recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of yauri
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Darkest eggplant. Beautiful. Deep. Smooth. Had to take a picture, for the case this was some lucky strike.

S - man... tons of different smells, but very elegant. Slightly hoppy, nuts, slightly roasted malt

T - exactly what you would expect from a Stout. Again, elegancy is the word. Very reach, decently bitter aftertaste, roasted coffee beans, deep malts. Rich, dark, and yet - not aggressive.

M - did I mention elegancy yet....?

Overall - awesome. Stouts are not my cup of roasted coffee, but this one is must have option in my cabinet, for winter night, standalone drink, when you feel like a little taste of the dark side.
Can`t wait to try this one off the tap!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with very nice tan head and lacing. Smells of burnt malt, coffee, and some roasted nuts. Taste is very nice, good blend of coffee, expresso, nuts and malt with a little alcohol bite. Finish is clean, little coffee notes linger with a sugary malt taste. Overall this is a nice beer, not too bad a bite and great mix of flavors.

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Photo of Chris7482
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured pitch black with a thick one inch foamy head that didn’t want to die untl the last drop was gone from the glass. The lacing is thick and clingy. The smell is roasted malt with coffee mixed really well. The taste is bitter but very sweet having the hops combine nicely with the roasted malt and coffee. The beer gets sweeter as it goes. There is an ever so slight caramel in the taste as well. The palate is medium to thick bodied. Overall, this beer never ceases to amaze me no matter how many times I have it.

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Photo of eat
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hoping for a chance to try this one out for a while. Thanks to ritzkiss for opening this one up after cellaring for a year and a half or so.

Old Rasputin is black and opaque. The head fades to a ring around the glass and a patchy covering with bits of lacing. Head retention could be better, but I guess that's fairly typical for a strong, old beer.

The nose is of wheaty cracker, dark chocolate, caramel, light coffee, earthy hops and tons of smoky roast. Delicious. The alcohol comes off a little hot, surprisingly. I would have thought the aging would have smoothed that away. Definitely smells imperial anyway.

Heaps of roastiness follow in the mouth. High-quality dark chocolate, light coffee, bready and wheaty. The alcohol found in the smell seems to have disapeared here. Coffee on the finish.

I'd like the body to be fuller to match the malty flavour. The feel would be fine for a less-intense stout, but this one is just so big. Not bad though; smooth medium body and moderate carbonation.

For a RIS, the drinkability is as crazy as old Rasputin himself. So smooth. If I didn't know its ABV, I would say it was sessionable but obviously this one would kick your ass if you tried.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wide mouth pint glass

A-Dark coffee brown near black very thick and smooth, nice head great lace.

S-The one downfall of this one nose is very small hints of malt and vinilla

T-Nothing like the nose as far as the subtle goes this one is big throughout, rich robust coffee flavor, with notes of vinilla, malt with an amazing bitter finish.

M-Nice thick body very complex flavors great carbonation level.

D-I am sad that I have not had this before but I will have it often from now on.

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Photo of largadeer
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pitch-black with a huge, dense and frothy nitro head.

Smell: Dark chocolate and burnt grains.

Taste & mouthfeel: Unbelievably rich and creamy. Baker's chocolate, espresso, toast and chocolate pudding. Hops are very much present in the finish, providing a balancing bitterness.

Drinkability: Not necessarily sessionable, but as close as I've found in an imperial stout. Despite the high ABV, this is incredibly smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shaneb818
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjc410
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a massive, effervescent head, the color of old parchment. Falls pretty quickly to one finger. Very loud bubble popping. The nose is wildly chocolatey, sweet, and full of coffee. Strong notes of alcohol and port come through. Taste is very bitter, but with a sweet finish. Incredible chocolate covered espresso bean aftertaste. Body is massive, the biggest I've had in memory. So incredibly smooth. Pairs very well with some strong chocolate. A very slow sipper, but a joy.

Develops some vinous and milk chocolate notes when paired with chocolate. Interesting. Becomes less bitter and rich.

This has improved so much with a year in the cellar. Fresh, it was abusingly bitter, and, if I remember well, far too hoppy. That has all changed, and I have some more left!

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Photo of mrbosworth
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick sandy head, with dense bubbles float above an opaque mahoghany chalice of Old Rasputin. A great coffee roasted, toasted molasses smooth flavor and rich body, with a smoky aftertaste, define imperial stouts. Vanilla, oaky flavors give way to a spicy bitter finish as the beer warms. It becomes drier and maltier and tastier near the end. I love this beer, if you hadn't noticed.

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Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Normal look for a stout. Strong roasted sweet smell. Great toasty malt taste with a dark chocolate taste. Medium heavy body with the same amount of carbonation and creamy. Great russian imperial stout

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Photo of dolem98
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-Overpowering burnt coffee flavors, faint smokiness
-Lots of bitterness, reminds me of chewing espresso beans
-Improved as it warmed
-Reminds me of quadruple shot (with a hint of raspberry and light on the chocolate) mocha

I didn't give it a higher rating in appearance, because I like it when Imperial Stouts pour like syrup. This one poured just slightly thinner than expected. Excessively bitter to get a higher drinkability.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ghbishop
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of merryjoulton
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, but light still comes through in the edges as a translucent brown. I like my RIS to be pitch black :) Smells of toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of bacon grease. Taste is superb, super heavy in roasty notes and chocolate mocha. Feels thick and full, drinkability is high.

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Photo of zshaft
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours jet black with nice frothy head. dissipates slowly. nose is nice charcoal and burnt malts with some licorace and pepper in there. mouthfeel is perfect with just right amount of carbonation. up front I seem to get some light hop prescence giving way to multiple layers of toasted malts with some sweetness layered in there making this a rather lighter tasteing russian than others I have had. ends with light dry licorace and leather prescence. overall very well done russian. all the typical flavors are there but not quite as bold as other russian stouts. very easy drinking for 9 percent as alcohol is well hidden. not my favorite as I prefer stone and founders but a must try if you like the style.

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Photo of AGoodStout
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LaGuarns
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therackman
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: jet black, 1.5 finger tan head head with good retention, lacing
N: roast malt, chocolate, not much to the nose
T: roasted malts, chocolate, coffee aftertaste, dry
M: smooth, light small bubbles of carbonation
O: so much flavor, like dessert, sets the bar for other RIS

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Photo of yoshie
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MHurley
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours black in color with great size tan head. Smell of toffee and raisins with hints of alcohol and chocolate with a very high and thin lacing. Very bold on taste but yet smooth with complex flavors. Great imperial stout

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,369 ratings
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