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:
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
Ratings:
12,233
Reviews:
3,727
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
603
Gots:
3,037
For Trade:
50
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Ratings: 12,233 |  Reviews: 3,727
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4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ellswrth
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mdwalsh
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A great 1+ finger head that you don't often find in this style of brew. Not something I take off for lacking, but give credit for having. I even see some active carbonation in there. It is, as one would hope, Black and black and black and black. I like it very much.

S: Dark, sweet fruit, some malt and maybe a hint of roasted barley? No hops, no overwhelming roast. I really get the smell of cooking chocolate, such as making fudge or melting chocolate for dipping fruit. Very good, not quite perfect though.

T: More sweet fruit, not so much on the raisin side but more so the cooked apple and plum sort of taste. Absolutely no sign of alcohol. If you told me this was an NA beer, I wouldn't doubt you. I don't get the gritty dryness of a roasted malt or anything. I really, really like this beer.

M: Proper thickness, not too thin, not to rich or creamy. It does have a mild carbonation bite and a little tingle afterward which is kinda funny, but all in all pretty good.

D: Very good taste, very doable, but the abv limits its true drinkability. But for the style, very good.

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Photo of salinasa
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of 1levelabove247
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dank26
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jakewatt135
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of taylor714914
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update 10/23/13

Put this puppy on nitro and be wowed! Sweet mercy!

I have been wanting to try this for a while, and while out and about I found a four pack for 9 bucks. HAD to pick it up and try it.

A - Dark brown, with a 2 finger head which subsides to just a surface skim. Laces the whole way down the glass. Tons of it.

S - Roasted goodness, coffee, alcohol, just a hint of a sweet smell.

T - Burnt malts, roasted coffee beans, alcohol, chocolate, bitterness.

M - Not as thick as I had hope. Somewhat thin for the style, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D - An decent RIS, but there are many others I'd rather drink.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm finally getting around to reviewing this even though I've enjoyed it many times.

12 oz. bottle at 45* into a snifter.

A: This obviously pours pitch black with a finger and a half of small-bubbled, khaki-colored head. It actually looks similar to FBS but the lacing doesn't quite match up.

S: The nose is of chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, perhaps some licorice; the typical repertoire of the style.

T: The taste shows the notes of coffee and chocolate, but the sweet and sour dark fruits that take over set it apart from most imperial stouts.

M: This is surprisingly light on the palate which is definitely a negative aspect. On the plus side, it does not show any boozy heat or stickiness.

D: This is a solid RIS that retails at a better price than most, and it pairs very well with chocolate.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep coffee color with nice creamy tan head with just a small bit of lacing.

S - Nice malty smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a good solid roasted smell as well.

T - Immediately get that nice roasted malt. It follows with a nice coffee taste along with subtle but good chocolate hints.

M - Creamy full bodied beer. Very little carbonation. Chewy.

D - Solid. Definitely a drinkable stout.

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Photo of Acforster2
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of abkayak
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mlhyatt
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid black in color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head. Served from a 12oz stubby bottle from my cellar (50ish Degrees?)

The smell is chocolate and coffee as well as some of the alcohol coming through. The alcohol kind of hits you right away with this one. It leaves in the middle and then comes back for that warming feeling in the end. The beginning is coffee and chocolate. The middle is where the bitterness comes in. Nice! The ending is more coffee and alcohol than anything to me.

I recently purchased this four pack so I am assuming it is pretty fresh. Doesn't appear to be bottle conditioned but I think that I will cellar the other 3 for awhile. Just to see how they do.

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Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even on a summer day...

This beer is quite formidable as it pours into the pint. No ruddy edges, no hints of weakness. Nice bit of head that doesn't stick around long; probably knows too much.

The smell is enticing. Coffee, Warmth, Cocoa, Toast. Is this a beer, or am I waking from a dream to breakfast? The first sip greets the tongue with a warm kiss. The breadth of malt flavors is amazing, and the spices and body compliment the beer.

12 oz is really an ideal serving, though a pair make for a full evening.

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Photo of mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 9%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours jet black with a one finger sandy head that shrinks to a nice bubbly layer.

S-Smells big and malty. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose.

T-All kinds of various malt flavors jump out. Lots of roasted flavor, sweet notes, and dark chocolate come out in each sip. The sweetness and chocolate flavors are the srongest throughout. It has a nice roasted aftertaste.

M-Not overly thick. It is smooth and has some prickly carbonation.

D-A true classic and is a staple at my house.

This is one of my favorites and I'm surprised I had never reviewed this one. You can't beat its great taste and a four pack usually runs around $7.

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Photo of tedgelee
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a jet black color with a thin half finger of off white to slight tan foamy head. There was a gentle spider web lacing sticking but ending up sliding a bit into the beer.
The smell had some nice roasty to sweet chocolates with a decent amount of light roasty coffee.
The taste was mainly sweet with a nice roasty chocolate quality to it. There is also a nice long dry chocolate aftertaste with a very satisfying sweet finish.
The mouthfeel seems to be fairly creamy and sweet.
Overall, so glad to have this again tonight for a nice touch of a revisit and that I have three more of these to cherish.

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Photo of AllanPatchin1016
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of diamondlie
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of banger7
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of crwills
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

My last bottle (although I may have another one in storage). Might pick up some more this week when I'm back in the US!

Poured a thick, rich brown (almost black) into a standard pint glass. 1/2 inch tan head that sticks around for a bit.

Smells is surprisingly hoppy, with notes of bitter cocoa and unripe cherries. Other wild berries as well. A bit of caramel, and some noticeable alcohol.

Tastes very strong compared to some other Imperial Russian stouts. Bitter but well balanced. Strong espresso flavours especially, with the typical chocolate and dark fruits. A bit of caramel. However, the one thing I'd complain about with this particular brew (and why I don't like it as much as some others of the style) is how upfront the alcohol is in the flavour as it warms. Really decreases flavour and drinkability scores for me, unfortunately, although it's still a killer beer.

Excellent smooth mouthfeel though, and a pleasant bitter aftertaste with slight brown-sugary notes. Food note: Tastes great with some good pecan pie.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,233 ratings.
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