Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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4.3/5
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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:
#516
Reviews:
3,759
Ratings:
12,397
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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618
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Photo of LXMRTN
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YoungMtn52
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black like coffee with amble carbonation, this stout has many complex but subtle flavors...I like this very much!

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Photo of nbrady37
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ghbishop
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vikinggary28
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into chilled glass mug from two 12 oz bottles. Colour is near black with a dark tan head. Smells of dark fruit and roasted malt. Taste has a nice mix of coffee, rich dark fruits and a touch of licorice. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side but still good. Very good stout. Prost!

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Photo of gruves33
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GiselesGazelle
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance - two fingers of thick, creamy, tan head. Very dark, almost black, with a very deep ruby hint when held up to light. Nearly opaque. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass in a uniform wall.

Smell - the aroma is almost sweet, with notes of darker fruit, dates, currant, and raisin. A little smokey. Black coffee and toffee.

Taste - malt is very forward with a taste of dark chocolate cocoa, leading to a lingering aftertaste of burnt popcorn kernel. Moderate bitterness.

Mouth feel - high carbonation, with a medium to full body. Smooth finish. More viscous than your average beer, but not as full bodied as I would have expected.

Overall - I'm not typically a stout kind of girl, so maybe this one is going to be victim of the style. Don't get me wrong, this is a really solid stout - you won't be disappointed. But there's nothing about it that "wows" me. At 9.00% abv this packs a good punch, and it is especially drinkable for such a dark beer.

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Photo of brainscience
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aprabhu
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UnderwhelmingAlcoholic
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jps715
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On Nitro

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

Photo of one_au
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flaskman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 12 ounce tulip glass. Very dark with a rich malty smell. Generous head with decent lacing. My first impression is that it tastes almost like a barrel aged stout. After enjoying some fresh Narwhal (which I truly enjoy) I have to say that this is a step above and worth paying a little more for. It is very well balanced and really shines for me on the finish. The front end is as it should be and the back end has a great combination of a slight sweetness mixed with a very enjoyable booziness. I only purchase it once or twice a year but when I do I am happy that I did.

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Photo of SmokeWagon1776
2.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J0k3s
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jeremiah87
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antmaniac
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CatzPajamas
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick with a foamy lasting head - from the bottle.

Smells foremost of licorice (not particularly my favorite) followed by dark fruity notes and a touch of roast.

The taste is so satisfying. Roast is much more prevalent and softened by sweet malts and dextrins. Many subtleties from unsweetened cacao, to chicory and on to dates/raisins. Some floral notes too. Definite hop presence and roast balance out the sweetness and allow this beer a beautiful balance.

Mouthfeel is full, but not overwhelming.

Overall this beer is a standard for a reason. Totally approachable and totally drinkable despite its 9% ABV. Would have no problem drinking a 4 pack in a night... other than knowing how unproductive my tomorrow would be.

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Photo of cusecuse246
2.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of MinerBob
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours black coffee color with a large tan head. The smell has chocolate, coffee and alcohol notes. The flavor is strong coffee and the alcohol really comes through. It's a smooth beer but leaves a strong taste in the throat. A really good stout but their are better out there.

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Photo of JDavis92
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eammon1920
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,397 ratings