Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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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
Ranking:
#509
Reviews:
3,755
Ratings:
12,369
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, purchased from a good bottle shop, 7/2011, unknown bottling date as I did not have access to the “mother case” were the date is located. Stored in a temperature controlled environment since purchase.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Thick one finger head when first poured, which settles into a thin cap, easily revived with a swirl, a lively stout, tan colored head, deep black/brown color. Classic look for an IRS.

The smell hits you first with deep roasted coffee malt, intense dark unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, and as it warms some yeast sneaks out, rather complex and extremely enjoyable.

Incredibly rich flavor of roasted malt, distinct coffee and dark semi-sweet chocolate. DELICIOUS! Not overly sweet at all which I find to be very refreshing. Wonderfully balanced bitterness waits for you in the middle, are there some hops here? I think so. As this stout warms the chocolate intensifies, but you never lose that great balancing bitterness. Full bodied mouth feel, though you certainly do not notice the 9% ABV.

Very long finish of chocolate/coffee/malt, coats the mouth, and lasts forever. First class.

You really can’t ask for a whole lot more from an RIS. This is just flat out delicious! Despite the strength of this stout, or maybe because of it, I find it very easy to drink several of these back to back. It’s so good! As seems the norm for me, I feel the sweet spot temp wise is 55 degrees, when everything starts to explode from the glass. If you are a fan of RIS, this is one to search for, IMO.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very thick and dark blackish hue with a deep tan head. Smelled of chocolate and maybe currants? The taste offers a sharp coffee-like bitterness that balanced the sweetness. Let it warm a little and of course it gets even better. This is becoming a go-to RIS for me as it's readily available, year-round no less. Some of the other breweries would do well to take a lesson from Northcoast and offer a pleasant RIS 12 months a year!

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin into pint glass

Rocky brown head on a black body. Great retention and lace.

Nose is big roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, piney hops.

Palette is spot on for the nose with an extra long espresso bitter
bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a low carbonation.

This is my quintessential impy stout. So easily drinkable and damn
near perfect. Oft overlooked in the day of barrels and limited
releases.

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Photo of grrrah
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of flynn1648
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Wow! What a beautiful pour. Two fingers of caramel head and BLACK, and I mean black. The head begins to fade as it warms and leaves behind thick, egg-white lacing. Thicker than I've experienced before. The foam left behind looks like crema on an espresso.

The smell is smokey with roasted malts but it's hard to make out any of the other aromas. Taste's smokey also, but there's chocolate and some balanced to light hops as well. The roasted malts dominate. I like that there's no burnt flavors. This is really a great tasting stout. As it warms the flavors increase, but this is not an intense beer. It's low key in a very good way. I'll be darned if I can pick up any alcohol taste at all. How did they hide 9% ABV?

The mouthfeel is luscious with low carbonation, and may be the ale's best quality. It would be easy to drink 2 or 3 of these, but I had not had anything to eat. I could feel the alcohol kicking my arse, so I settled for only one. That makes the drinkability hard to rate.

If you like stouts you have to try Old Rasputin. It may be the best stout I've ever had. Keep in mind that I'm a newbie, but this seems more like an American RIS than an English version. The hops are definitely present and play a role in the flavor.

Too bad they named this great stout after an infamous fellow like Rasputin. They even put his ugly mug on the label.

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Photo of jarrett123
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mattybz28
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Japple
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gardmark59
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kennethkearns
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of db12
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Lofreqwave
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of GolfingGq
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of terraism
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mozif
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of PierceTheElder
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeLev
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dantes
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12oz. crowned brown bottle, labeled 8.9% ABV; no date information. Black and gold label with a forbidding portrait of a greeting or saluting Rasputin. Russian inscription I can sound out but not translate.

Cost: $5.49 a 4-Pack at Total Wines

Presentation: Imperial Pint glass at ~50º

Appearance: Opaque, but of a slightly lighter brown than the typical imperial stout. More like a bittersweet chocolate than ebony. Copious gunsmoke on opening. Generated a medium-dense one-finger cocoa head, which resolved into a patchy slick.

Smell: This exhibited a deep, rich, roasted malt aroma, with some coffee and chocolate notes. Surprisingly subdued hops.

Taste: Good first impression. A bit sweeter than I expected, with lots of different sensations happening at once: coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, malty sweetness, and just enough hops to keep it interesting but not so as to be intrusive. Much less espresso–like than the Storm King. More like a Sam Smith’s. As it warmed, the more fruity elements came to the fore, with currants, prunes, and some gentle eau-de-vie warmth. Medium finish despite the relatively light body.

Mouthfeel: This was somewhat roughly carbonated and not as thick or creamy as I expected. Certainly doesn’t have the viscosity of an Expedition or Sam Smith’s, but the flavor makes up for a lot. Similar in body to a Storm King, but with better balance.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an imperial stout. The relatively light body allows for an extra one, and it has a nice balance of flavors (not too hoppy, not too espresso-like). Alcohol is unobtrusive.

Backwash: I have to say that I enjoyed this MUCH more than the Storm King. I found that it had better balance, allowing the perception of many different flavors. It has all of the flavor and is smoother. Perhaps the Storm King is a beer better sampled after aging (I have some from last year for comparison), while this is ready to go now. The lighter body and slight sweetness remind me of Perkuno's Hammer. I’d love to try some of the Millennium Edition, as it is described as being very thick. Unfortunately, I passed on the one bottle of it that I saw. I can imagine how something like this kept Rasputin alive under the ice of the Neva.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance. Muted brown/black, with a great tan head and nice lacing. The smell is fairly hoppy, but with some some softness to them, and of course, very roasted malts and a very slight fruitiness. Excelent complex flavor, burnt malts, coffee, nice hops, and the lingering flavor of dry, bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is slighly thick, but very velevety. No oiliness, but just dry enough to cut the thickness. This is a pretty freakin good imperial stout, but too complex and rich to drink much of.

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

Pours a dense pitch black into a snifter. 2 inch mocha colored foamy head that stays on for a while.
Rich dark chocolate on the nose, yeast and hops!
A punch in the palate with hops, sweet malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee! Alcohol is present at 9%, but it doesn't overwhelm.
An amazing Imperial Stout and a perfect addition to this cold evening! Hoppy to the core!
Highly recommended!

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

Pours deep brown with coffee and plums in the nose. Slick mouthfeel with good carbonation. Minimal lacing on glass. Burnt roasted malts followed by dark chocolate and coffee with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Exceptional. This is one of my 'go to' beers for the RIP style..

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Photo of semibaked
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a curved pint glass

A - It is a RIS so of course it pours black duh! It produces about a couple of inches of light airy foam from an aggressive pour into the glass.

S - Roasted malt sweetness, molasses, weak coffee, and vanilla.

T - First thing I notice is the hop bitterness which I didn't expect but it is good, some dark chocolate and light caramel.

M - Pretty much like coffee nothing great at all.

D - Goes down easy especially for a RIS, but there are alot better choices in the style than this, but it is a good price for the quality.

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Photo of Shakerman
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,369 ratings
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