Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 12,258 Ratings
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:
#487
Reviews:
3,735
Ratings:
12,258
Liked:
11,526
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.23%
Alströms:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
608
Gots:
3,051
Trade:
50
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is pitch black like a cold espresso, small bubbly head that soon vanishes. Body is thick like a stout should be.
Aroma is malts, chocolate, and coffee.
Taste is chocolatey, malty, nutty, and coffee but carries a slight nasty metallic taste so it's missing something in its flavor. Not the best stout but do like the fact it's a 9.0 abv but probably won't buy again.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black. Crowned with a creamy mocha brown head that lasts forever and leaves sheets of tan lacing along the glass. A black beauty.
The aroma, like the appearance, is a black abyss that beckons you in. You get loads of sweet dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, figs, raisins, and soy sauce balanced by an intense bitterness of petrychor, black coffee, leather, and tobacco smoke.
The palate delivers. You get tons of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt toast, caramel, a little of soy sauce, fig, plum, raisin, burnt sugar, and black coffee. The balance between sweet and bitter is perfection. Finishes decidedly bitter, yet complex, with lingering notes of baking chocolate and espresso.
The mouthfeel is creamy, silky smooth, and ridiculously awesome to drink.

Overall: A hell of a beer. One of the best imperial stout, non-barrel aged, I could imagine. Absolutely beautiful.

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Photo of akolb
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Jet black with 2" caramel head
Aroma: roasted barley, acrid, chocolate. A bit subdued.
Taste: heavy dark chocolate, caramel sweetness, vanilla, big roasted bitterness, subtle piney hops. Absolutely wonderful, probably my top RIS at only 9%. Long bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, heavy carbonation.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 15 June 2002. It pours a very dark brown. The taste is full of burnt coffee & chocolate flavors, but in my opinion, they are not as nice as other imperials, like Victory Storm King, Alesmith Speedway or Stone Russian Imperial. I think it was OK, nothing special

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a thick tan head which dissipates quickly.
The nose is strong of unsweetened chocolate first and foremost. Dark fruits and espresso follow closely behind. Piney hops fill this one out.
The taste follows the nose flawlessly. Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, fig and prune, with a pine / citrus hop finish. Glorious.
The mouthfeel is slick and bordering on creamy.
This is an old classic and the first RIS that I ever tasted. Rock solid, one of my absolute favorites.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Retention on this thing is amazing. Half way through the glass it still has a decent little head and the lacing covers about 85% of the opposite side of the glass. The color is pitch black with a bit of a red tint towards the bottom of glass.

S: Coffee and chocolate aromas dominate with a little hop aroma coming through.

T: Nice and chocolaty with some strong coffee notes and a solid, bitter smack of hops for the finish. This is delicious.

M: The Old Rasputin feels like you are drinking a cloud - light, fluffy and very, very easy drinking. There is nothing about this beer that makes it seem like 9%.

O: Wow. I am very pleased and impressed. I am becoming a bigger and bigger Imperial Stout fan and this is serving to continue that trend. Dynamite beer.

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Photo of Naugros
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near black and served in a North Coast Brewery Old Rasputin nonic glass. One of the weirdest heads I've seen on a stout. It was light brown and not particularly thick, but there were spots of tan making differently sized splotches...sort of like a rash. Odd. The lace was thin and spotty without much coverage. Maybe it was their tap lines or the tap itself.

The only difference between the smell of this RIP is that I didn't detect a ton of coffee or chocolate. It was mostly roasty toasty. Not a bad thing, but not all that complex.

The taste was nearly identical to the nose in taste. A little spice in the bitterness entered into the equation, but not strongly, even when colder than it should have been. It didn't back off as it warmed, but stayed at a nice level.

This was a bit thin for a RIP. I don't want to say watery, because it wasn't. It had the body of an Irish stout, even being incredibly smooth.

With the light body and toned down bitterness this is one of the easiest drinking RIPs I've ever had, which is dangerous...check out that abv and you'll know why. You really don't sense much of the alcohol in this.

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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 12,258 ratings
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