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:
12,158
Reviews:
3,711
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 12,158 |  Reviews: 3,711
Photo of JackieKu
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque black, with decent foam.
S: intensely roasted character and chocolate.
T: sweet cocoa, milk blended coffee, herb like spicy. Dry and medium bitter finish.
M: full bodied, medium carbonation.
O: This imperial stout is damn good. The flavors are perfectly balanced.

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Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Pete27lax
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of C2H5
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of philipquarles
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head that has decent retention. When it does disappear it leaves very nice lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malt, sugars, and dark fruit esters. Carries on into the taste, but much more boldly. The roasted malt is predominate, along with a bit of balancing bitterness. The fruits are nearly gone, though there's a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Thick, with a creamy head; pretty much what one would expect of a stout.

Overall a very nice RIS. Not exactly terribly drinkable, but that's just in the nature of the style.

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Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kegger22
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out darkly with a small, tan head that didn't last long (which is OK by me). I only got mild coffee aromas out of it. The taste was nice, strong coffee, but not overpowering. Ranks right up there with Speedway stout, but for different reasons. Heavy, oily feel; great for a stout. Warmed up nicely and I got a nutty chocolate flavor at the end that was worth waiting for. Next time, I'll serve this a bit warmer.

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Photo of Dirty25
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Duesler
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of johlac66
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acevenom
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours opaque black with a tall, creamy brown head. The head dissipates slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. Poured into a pint glass. Pours opaque black with a tall, creamy brown head. The head dissipates slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. Dark roasted barley malt, bitter chocolate, anise, dark fruits, dark coffee, some hops, and some alcohol round out the flavors. It has a nice, dark roasted flavor overall. The flavors are bold and well balanced. There is a bitter aftertaste. It should be noted that the alcohol taste is not strong despite this beer being 9% ABV. The body is full with adequate carbonation. This beer is smooth and the drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer and remains one of my favorite examples of this style. I've enjoyed this many times in the past and will continue to do so.

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Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Justinbshelton
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Greels
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beergod1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of KFrank729
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of TheDoak
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of tmars13
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of ScotNH
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of djchrismac
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Neffbeer
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of obrike
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one over a year ago at an Alamo drafthouse theater but did not review...just bought a 4-pack at Specs.

I think this is easily the best looking, most intense strong stout i've had the honor of pouring. A huge rocky tan head forming over a deep BLACK brew. The lacing on this one blows away other Imp Stouts I've had in the past...just perfect.

A fresh, albeit uncomplicated scent of mostly chocolate, followed by a bit of coffee. A slight hint of bitter hops, could be the alcohol though, as well.

Taste follows scent. Good, but did not blow me away. A super clean beer...the chocolate malt dominates...a nice bitter kick at the end. This one doesn't have some of the complexities that I really liked in Stone IRS or even Yeti. However, the Raspy is uber-smooth on the backend, booze is barely noticeable...and still a top notch Imp stout, especially considering the affordability.

This is one not to be missed if you're looking to dip your toes into an IRS.

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Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of waughbrew
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[about $3 for a 12oz. single at Downtown Wine and Spirits]

Black that becomes a very dark red when held up to the light. Airy khaki head that sticks and stays with consistent small light bubbles. Wow, the smell! Fruit salad. Strong mangos and raspberries. Chocolate and roasted coffee beans too. Very appetizing. Flavor is smoother chocolate with subtle herbs and growing alcohol spice. Finishes dry, but still present. Light and fluffy for the style. Smooth but a bit chalky. Alcohol pokes through, but not too much.

Wow - I had this a long time ago and did not remember or realize what a great beer it is. And a super bargain too! Cheers to North Coast.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,158 ratings.
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