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:
12,190
Reviews:
3,720
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
599
Gots:
3,004
For Trade:
51
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Ratings: 12,190 |  Reviews: 3,720
Photo of Greggy
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a silky and fluffy 2 finger head into my large snifter. The head is tan colored and the body is pitch black. As the beer recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- First off, I get a huge hopiness reminiscent of pine and pineapple. I also get a big dark chocolate, some vanilla, and some nice spiciness.

T- This beer starts of with a bitter dry chocolate and slight vanilla with a nice big hopiness of pine then moves into a nice dry chocolate and hoppy finish. Nice.

M- Carbonation is a bit more than low which makes me think it could be a bit less. I would love to see a thicker, smoother mouthfeel, but overall, this is good.

D- There is 9% in here somewhere. Pairs great with dessert or an chocolate. Definitely a great, widely available russian impy.

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Photo of brywhite
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kalosjakar
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a toffee colored creamy head.

I got a huge wave of toffee while pouring this. Smells incredible.

Smells like sweet sugar and toffee. Getting some chocolate and a hint of vanilla bean.

Taste is bitter up front before the flavor of bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee (didnt see this coming, got zero coffee on the nose). Theres a bit of alcohol sting but the sweetness soothes it all. Great imperial stout, will buy again.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of patrick802
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body, 1 finger of tan head

S - Chocolate, coffee.

T - Typical stout profile. Chocolate, coffee, slight anise, roasted malts.

M - Full, decent amount of carbonation.

Not my favorite but a good example of a russian imperial stout. Bonus words.

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Photo of Devi0us
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bh123
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of crownrl28
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warmbier804
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Mar02x
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frlrv1020
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%

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 obywan59
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one pitch black brew, with a 4 finger chunky head towering over my glass. It leaves very sticky lacing.

The aroma is of rich roasted malt complemented perfectly by over-ripe citrus and whiffs of coffee. It almost smells as if it were barrel-aged.

Sweet, smooth, and almost milky, like milk chocolate with caramel Bitter hops and roast malts refuse to allow the sweetness to overpower.

Thick and creamy in the mouth, with a bit of light foaminess. Very warming.

One of the best stouts. It's sweet, as I prefer, but countered well by the heavy bitterness. Great for a cool spring night.

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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 JohnTurano
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,190 ratings.
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