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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12,191
Reviews:
3,720
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
599
Gots:
3,005
For Trade:
51
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Ratings: 12,191 |  Reviews: 3,720
Photo of MJ64
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Drunk-Monkey-Candyholic
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Not going to lie bought it because the ratings on beeradvocate and the high alcohol %. I've had 4 over the last 2 weeks. The first was the best... right after work and thirsty poured a little fast but head didn't over flow glass so off to a good start. Taste like a stout should be...not as smooth as some others but still a good after work beer. Goes down easy but 1 is enough. Overall good but not good enough to buy again... too many other beers to try.

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

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a "dark beer guy," but this was a party leftover which had to be consumed. Very good. Chocolate, malt and coffee tastes abound. Thin for the beer type, the ABV is completely undetectable. Thumbs up from a "hoppy" guy.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of michaelsmayhem
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got my hands on this from Bevmo!

Poured into a snifter glass at slightly warmer than refrigerator temperature. Produced a nice tall light brown head that lasted several minutes after pouring. The color is of the same opaqueness as black coffee. Smells light roasted malts as many others have said. The taste is just great. One of the best imperial stouts I have tried. Some imperial stouts have me a bit of a bite and unwelcome aftertaste (Lagunitas Imperial Stout) but this Old Rasputin goes done very smoothly. Gives a pleasant, somewhat sweet aftertaste.

I can absolutely recommend this beverage, even for those who are not dark beer fans.

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Photo of Bf_89
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aqualad
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blackop555
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with medium, thick, brown head that lasts

Smells chocolate, roasted malts, light earthy hops and light alcohol.

Tastes toasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee and a light bitterness. Finish is dry with a long bitter roasted linger and a hint of pine. Full body with lower medium smooth and creamy carbonation

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Photo of Trevor_martin
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of breardon1776
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A steady go to brew for me. Had a pint or three back in the 90s, strayed until several months ago.
Goes especially well with the rain, but I plan on savoring Old Rasputin year round, until the end of Time ...
Poured into a big mouth wine glass, enjoyed with a chocolate muffin.

Black with a few nice bubble streams, bubbly tan head, nice lacing too.

Smells slightly malty, with a bit of toasty bread, chocolate and coffee.

A complex taste, roasty-refined. Similar to the smell, subtle and delicious.

Truly Imperial: high quality, easily available and low cost, with a well deserved majestic reputation!

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Photo of Chlorizzle
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours total black with a shortlived espresso head. Dark chocolate and coffee with maple syrup in the nose. The taste is roasty, with rich chocolate notes. Pinesol and lemony hops provide great balance. Tobacco and leather notes in the background. The mouthfeel is medium full with a light carbonation. Moderate bitterness and dark chocolate and roasted barley in the long finish.

A very nice RIS, very much to style with plenty of complexity and balance. Any dark beer fan should seek it out.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Argh! This is so difficult and unfair from my end. I don't like stouts, unless they offer something extra (Dragon's Milk, Peche Mortel), so any rating from me on a straight forward stout is unfair. But I still try everything I can, and of course I had to try this one.
Not bad, a little more tolerable than most, but I still don't get why all of dark chocolate's goodness disappears in beer. I like dark chocolate a lot. In fact, that is the only chocolate I like. But in beer, it becomes obtrusive and bitter in a bad way (unlike the bitter goodness of a double IPA).
The rest is obligatory: beautiful thick head with some retention and gentle lacing, bitter (blah! to me) nose and a taste that will leave stout lovers satisfied, although it may be surprisingly watery to some. Buy it with confidence.

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Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spoild
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,191 ratings.
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