Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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4.3/5
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Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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:
#537
Reviews:
3,766
Ratings:
12,438
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Luiz0930
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of petrusek23
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slynger
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 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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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

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,438 ratings