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:
#538
Reviews:
3,771
Ratings:
12,451
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

if you like dark beers this one is worth the money you pay for it.

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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%

Photo of BierJager89
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee. Smells delicious.

T: Same as the nose, but more balanced, with chocolate and coffee sharing in equal parts of the deliciousness.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: I believe this was my first imperial stout, and it's definitely worth a try. The barrel aged version is amazing.

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Photo of hellhammermario
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TruePerception
3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

North Coast's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout: 9% ABV;

Appearance: pours dark rich brown, black in glass, nutty brown head;

Smell: malty, grass;

Taste/Mouthfeel: cocoa-y bitterness, black coffee, smooth/round, oaty, caramel/toasted malt;

Pretty Good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very opaque dark pour with thin, clingy brown head. Aroma is heavily roasted and coffee notes. Incredibly smooth with barely noticible alcohol - remarkable given the content. Instead, flavors are strongly parrallel to aromas - again with coffee and roasted maltiness. This is delicious. One of my favorites amongst my favorite style.

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

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sfprint
3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark, but not as dark as other Imperial Stouts I've seen. Almost a centimeter of head, cola colored, with teeny trails of bubbles scurrying to the surface. If looking at the thinner parts of the body, it's reddish brown.

S: Although the alcohol is one of the first things that hits the nose, it does so in sort of a soft way.

T: semi bitter coffee, tobacco, alcohol. There are also some grassy, hay like notes in a pleasant way. I would find it more pleasant with less alcohol or less of an alcohol flavor.

M: Smooth with a medium body, but the alcohol doesn't leave the most pleasant of mouth sensations.

D: Relatively heavy, I couldn't have more than 1 or two. It goes down ok for a high alcohol beer.

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Photo of 1levelabove247
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IceAce
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark enough that the midday sun cannot begin to manage to punch through. Foam collar is deep tan and short-lived w/o lacing.

Nose is alcoholic with deeply roasted malt conveying dark unsweetened chocolate, toffee, and freshly ground coffee beans.

Entry is creamy and possesses a dry, chalky mouthfeel. Midtaste leads with hot unhidden alcohol before it settles in with a blanket of chocolate. The finish sports a fleeting hoppy note, more chocolate, and a warming glow.

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Photo of saxclar123
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of hopswap1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GRFounder
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'll start off by saying that I am a huge fan of super dark beers, and that I know that it is not everyone's favorite type. That being said, this is one of my favorites. Especially for a beer that is easy to acquire year round here in CT. The pour is great with pitch black liquid and a nice brown head. The profiles of coffee and dark chocolate are very strong and give a great aftertaste. I love pairing this beer with red meats, although I drink this alone quite a bit. North Coast is a great brewery with an eclectic selection but this will probably remain as my favorite of theirs for some time.

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Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick opaque black with a one inch tan head, which leaves nice lacing while drinking. Smells faintly of dark fruit. Tastes of bitter chocolate and light coffee. One of the best stouts I've had. Just a little richer and stronger than Founders Porter, but not quite as smooth.

Using the Begnel formula, the Alcohol Score is 12 oz. x 9.0% = 108, or 2.1 Bud Lights.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Impenetrable black brew with a foamy brown head.

Smell: I can smell this beer as it sits on the counter. Thick, malty aroma intertwined with a robust hop presence. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Chunky malt flavor with complex waves of different bitter flavors. Flavors of scorched caramel, hops, Irish oatmeal and minerals.

Mouthfeel: Hearty, full body. Very grainy finish. Very still liquid.

Drinkablity: Bold and satisfying brew with excellent craftsmanship.

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Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ubenumber2
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,451 ratings