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:
12,207
Reviews:
3,722
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
602
Gots:
3,019
For Trade:
51
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JxExM
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of papposilenus
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz. bottle, undated as best I can tell. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep-dark chocolate with a plum aura. An excellent three-finger head of whipped mocha foam has very good retention and leaves thick sheets of heavy lacing sliding down the glass.

Smells of cocoa, copper, oranges and leaf mould.

The taste is lush and full, toasted grains and fruit juice, raisins, walnuts and tobacco. A solid malty backbone with high-notes of slick, roasted bitterness and very little aftertaste.

Feel is smooth, medium-full bodied and mouth coating with just enough carbonation to get the job done.

Overall, an excellent, beautifully bitter RIS. Although, at 9% abv, it should have been a sipper, it was so damn easy to drink that I done drunk it right up. Whoops.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark chocolatey brown color with a tan head that lingered. very nice.

The aroma is a dominant malty chocolate. Delicious.

The taste follows through on the aroma. A little bit muted though... I wish more malty chocolate flavors came through.

At 9% I wouldn't WANT to drink a lot of these in one sitting, but it's good enough to.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[review from notes taken 09/17/10]

on tap @ deep ellum, allston (boston) MA.

appearance is a dark, opaque brown/borderline black w/ a solid two-finger mocha-toned head. nice retention and lacing. great looking stout.

aroma is heavy with roasted malts; notes of coffee and chocolate as well, with the slightest suggestion of hops. nose is substantiated by the flavor profile with the roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee pulling through in that order. again, very faint but perceptible hop presence. tasty brew, easily an upper tier RIS, though IMO doesn't quite distinguish itself enough to rival the best of the best.

smooth, velvety moutfeel; moderately carbed. decent drinkability, as far as russian imperial stouts go. you won't find a better beer for your money.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of moundbz
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good and strong beer

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Photo of seand
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large stemless red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours solid very dark brown, maybe black. Two finger tan head, which disappears leaving a thin film on the top. Good lacing.

Smell: Sweet, complex but not overpowering. Hints of french vanilla coffee.

Taste: Taste is subtle and complex, hiding the alcohol well. Somewhat sweet, with mild but detectable hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Great, light carbonation, a little bit of stickiness, definitely complements the taste.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but the high ABV means you don't want to go through too many.

My first Russian Imperial Stout, and I will be trying more of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

A- Black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Poured with two fingers of dense, fluffy head into my snifter, that soon settled to a ring... can't ask for more at 9%.

S- Roasted grain, dark malt, charcoal, coffee, chocolate, molasses, alcohol. Smells excellent.

T- Initially thick, sweet malt, followed immediately by dark roasted grain and alcohol. Hints of soy sauce, sherry, chocolate, coffee, honey, cane sugar, and burnt bread crust. Wonderful.

M- I actually noticed the mouthfeel more than the taste on my first sip. Thick, chewy, medium carbonation, full bodied, leaves a slightly dry feeling at the back of your tongue, but the rest of your mouth feels coated in oil. I can't give it a five, though... Dark Lord has ruined me forever from giving fives in this style.

D- Quite good, especially for the 9%. I wouldn't drink it all the time, but if it was readily available... sigh. I'd be a happy man.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tapped into a pint glass at Lowbrow.

Appearance - Black body, medium brown one-finger head with enormous retention and stick.

Smell - Nutty, coffee malt. Slight alcohol underneath. Well balanced.

Taste - Coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Very roasty and lactic.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Totally full bodied. Coats the tongue.

Overall Drinkability - I want to give this beer all 5's, but since I'm rating it in style, it has some pretty stiff competition.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Luiz0930
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of supercolter
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is great very dark and thick looking, little to no carbonation.
Smell and taste are similar, but taste is a bit stronger. There is a very malty coffee up front, some tobacco, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Some slight dark fruit as well. Mouthfeel is good as well, medium to heavy body. Goes down much smoother than any other RIS I have had.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,207 ratings.
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