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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
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:
#500
Reviews:
3,740
Ratings:
12,299
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
610
Gots:
3,077
Trade:
50
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Ratings: 12,299 |  Reviews: 3,740
Photo of alex_hart
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: black black black with a tannish, brown half finger head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful, thick lacing throughout the duration of the glass.

Smell: Burnt coffee, dark cocoa, sweet malt, and a hint of toffee.

Taste: Follows the nose almost to a T. Burnt coffee right off the bat, then the cocoa comes in along with the sweet malt. Slight bitterness on the tip of the tongue, but not overbearing at all. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy. slight carbonation twinge on the tongue. Leaves a bit of slick residue on the finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good RIS. There is a lot of hype about this one, but it isn't the best thing I have ever had. It is inexpensive (under $8 for a 4 pack) so it is worth the try. Everyone's palate is different! cheers!

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Photo of Skidz
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to re-review this, unsure of my previous review.

Pours out deep, dark brown and sits the same in the glass, only showing a tinge of crimson on the sides. Fluffy tan head stands atop with very nice lacings on the sides.

Smells of cinnamon, deeply roasted malts with that tinge of alcohol deep inside your nose. You sort of know what's coming your way... Cocoa, caramel and brown sugar linger about.

Tastes of chocolate, caramel and a light sour/acidicness. Nice, rounded flavors of roasted malts. Alcohol presents itself as a major player and comes through the dark roasted grains. Finished bitter with malty sweetness continuing on after swallowing.

Quite smooth in the mouth. Rich and easy to handle carbonation. Big, full-body.

A nightcap all the way to bed.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The evil monk was sampled on tap in a proleterian pint glass in Frisco's in Columbia. Poured an opaque black, like the heart of the wicked one. Like the Neva River itself, it was impassable to the light of day. A thick, lucious dark tan head and excellent retention/lacing stealthily masked the high ABV.

Aroma was mostly of bitter roasted malts, with just a bit of sweetness in the background. Interesting, it was just as complex served slightly chilled on tap as it was cellar temperature at home. Cream and sugar laden roasted coffee was followed by bitter chocolates. Toffee in the middle was literally beat down with some ashy coffee grounds onthe finish. Hefty, strong, memorable.

Bitter and acidic at times, it still finished like a nicely done cream and sugar coffee. Smoother than one would expect, and very drinkable.

Overall: Razzy was drugged, poisoned, beaten and shot, but only died after being wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the river. He grew from a womanizing peasant thief to a “holy man” helping the czar’s family with both the needs of a hemophilic son and the decisions for war with Austria. This is a beer that weirdly does it's namesake proud.

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Photo of Acforster2
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of crownrl28
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of BigCheese
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this bottle is a bit old, looked like it had been on shelf for a little while, tough to know for sure.

A: Pours a thick ink black. Pours a pretty thick head that is a cardboard colored head. Literally leaves a wall of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Dark Chocolate malts, oak, whisky, booze, hints of fruit maybe cherry/rasins.

Taste: Get hit with some sweet/slightly bitterness. Quickly changes to rich dark chocolate, hot chocolate (euro kind), burnt crust, honey bourbon, taste lingers for a while. For a really long time. Hop bitterness doesnt come through until it warms, beer really evolves as it warms. I'd drink this just below room temp for ideal consumption.

Mouthfeel: quite carbonated. A tad boozy but not in an unpleseant way. Once beer settles and warms its incredibly thick/syrupy. Could easily take down 2, maybe 3 of these, after that flavor/alcohol would be a bit overwhelming.

O: A perfect cold weather beer. Its got a great boozy warmness to it. Flavor evolves as beer warms which keeps taste buds interested. Taste lingers for a long time. One of the best brews I've ever had. A must try.

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Photo of BG24
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Schmoog
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App- The head rages to a four fingered, chocolate monster. It refuses to die after several minutes, leaving circles of soapy lace. The body is an opaque dark brown with no highlights. It is beautiful.

Smell- There is brandy, roasted malt, dark chocolate and some anise. Obviously some coffee roast in there as well. The alcohol heat might be a little too pronounced, but it is still pretty impressive.

Taste- Awesome roasted malt and sweet alcohol flavor morphs into a toffee mid sip. The finish is a dark chocolate, hard roasted coffee and char that really sticks. Really good.

Mouth feel- Smooth drink that is a little dry from the coffee roast. It is a little warm but not overpowering. It is full bodied and fits the beer very well.

Overall- I really enjoy this RIS. It is a brew that everyone should try it once. It's very well brewed with not many surprises, but you know exactly what you are going to get every time.

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Photo of SavageHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Being a fan of Imperial Stouts, I cannot believe I waited so long to try this one. Pouring it into my snifter, it looks almost motor oil black with a khaki head that settles into nice lacing on top.
The smell is one of dark roast malts. Bitter coffee grinds to say the least. That dark roast carries over to the taste. Not exactly sure how to describe it, but I like it.
The mouhtfeel is rich and coats the tongue and taste buds with that roasty goodness.
Overall, an excellent example of what an Russian Imperial Stout could/should be.
I will be picking this one up again.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

Has the standard coffee, chocolate, creamy flavor of a Russian Imperial Stout. Here's the kicker: the distinctive flavor that sets it apart from other RIS'? A mix of a flavor of cherries. Chocolate, coffee, cream and cherries.

A distinctive RIS. Excellent.

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Photo of Gunch52
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Xandrose
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pdonovan16
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TicoCali
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bierleichen
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Momon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ski271
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown letting no light through except on the edges. The head is very small, light tan, creamy and quickly diminishing to a ring. But still it leave some good rings of lacing early on. The smell is on the mild side for an imperial stout. Lots of darks bread accompanied by chocolate, light coffee and light molasses. The taste is of moderately sweet roasted (slightly burnt) malts supported by alcohol and some light herbal hops. More chocolate and more coffee than in the nose. The slightly astringent finish combined with the warming alcohol give your cheeks and tongue a bit of a tingle. It has a full body, slick texture and soft, low carbonation. As far as the style goes, this isn’t a heavy-hitter. But again as far as the style goes, this is rather easy drinking. Nicely done. I’d definitely drink this again… if I ever find it again.

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

Almost pure black in color with just the slightest ruby notes around the edge. Very fine bubble tan head that drops to a thin film. Smell and taste of burnt chocolate with a plum note. Also some alchohol on the nose. The burnt chocolate gives it an almost smokey note. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice bitter aftertaste. A nice winter brew that will warm you up on the coldest night.

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Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev -7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,299 ratings
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