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
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:
#509
Reviews:
3,755
Ratings:
12,368
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/03/2017. CBF Tulip.

A: pours an opaque black with a finger and a half of gorgeous frothy, sandy head. Rings of lacing down the glass.

S: deep, sweet, complex aromatic roast. Surprisingly jammy, fruity, herbal, hoppy. A lot like Narwhal in that respect - perhaps more so for the perceived berry-like aspect here.

T: wow. Intense hoppy, toasty, sweet maltiness. Characterized by a tart, berry-like sweet hoppiness and a lingering roasty bitterness.

M: full-bodied, slick, with virtually no carbonation.

O: I had this a decade ago as a taster at a winter farmers market and was blown away. I have been looking for it since, and I can see why. Truly superb. I honestly think I like this better than Narwhal or Blackout.

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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As an Eastern Orthodox adherent may I ask that the Lord look upon you and may His face shine upon you. If you're picking up this brew, then I think he is and has been. This is good, throaty stuff for true believers. If you're a casual, then retreat to your Bud Light. If you're ready for a hoppy martyrdom, then jump in.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is surprising for a stout! Pours with hardly any head, creamy light brown colour. When inhaled deeply can smell the alchohol, but there is actually an overpowering fruity citrus to the scent which I find very surprising. a slight bit of roastyness there, and a good amount of fresh smelling hops bitterness. Smells more of a black IPA than a stout.

Tastes like a black IPA as well, which I love! A huge a roasty caramel flavour on the start, with slight malt flavour finishing in intense hoppy, dry bitterness. Tastes way better than it looks in my opinion! I would go ahead and call it a black double IPA personally! Really find it tastes and feels more like a roasty IPA than a stout! Very bitter and floral hops tastes for a stout.

Bottom line: This is surprisingly really good in a way I didn't expect at all, I'm glad I got a whole growler!!!

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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: top notch. Excellent, bold, and complex brew. In the words of my Bro, it tastes like leather and man.

Look: super dark. Barely a ruby glimmer can be seen at the edge of the glass when held to the light. A sticky brown froth-like head that sticks everywhere.
Smell: hops, dark roasted malts, an acidic char, cocoa powder, Turkish coffee.
Taste: follows the nose. Dark charred malts, an acidic high note, grass, hay, and leather. Espresso. Some sweet notes.
Feel: full body, low to moderate carbonation, a little chewy.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,368 ratings
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