Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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:
#521
Reviews:
3,759
Ratings:
12,399
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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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 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 BG24
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of johlac66
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAp
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Bobbydigi
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the head on this brew is three fingers thick medium brown, and finely bubbled , with solid lacing, and a body dark as night.

I smell generous booze amidst a very nicely brewed stout. You get the conventional notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, raisins, aromatic pipe tobacco, all with a nice-sized smack of dark rum IMO.

Tastes like a deviantly smooth, yet rich version of the aroma. The booze note sits really fantastically with the coffee&chocolate elements of the stout. Adequate warmth from the 9%, but not sharp or harsh;nice and mellow/inviting.

The mouthfeel is thick and slightly chewy with fair carbonation. This alcohol warmth is really welcome on this frigid night, I may add.

Overall, I'll rate Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co. with a well-eared 4.75. It's odd to me that I'm just now reviewing this, as it is one of the very first "big" beers I've ever had at the very start of my "craft journey", so I'd just figured this whole time that it was reviewed by yours truly long ago. Nevertheless, you all know to grab this, 'Nuff said!

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Photo of Schmoog
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sulty
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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 ellswrth
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of warmbier804
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of TicoCali
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bierleichen
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,399 ratings