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:
#538
Reviews:
3,765
Ratings:
12,436
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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620
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3,171
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Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: December 15, 2017... OCCASION: relaxing after the annual Frost ugly holiday sweater party... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk stemmed tulip... builds a three-finger brown slushy head that forms a mesa at its center... the pile of brown head sits atop the crypt-like blackness... thick cocoa intensity early, with a soft lactic enticement... roasted malts mesh with oats, coffee bean, and earthy vegetable... first sip is potent, thick, warming, lasting, resounding with a molasses-like consistency... slightly boozy, but not alcoholic.... strong, dry, and commanding... sweet, almost puckering at 9%, textured enough to leave a tobacco-like herbal finish... after passing this by in stores for years, I am happy to have made its intimate acquaintance... the smears of lacing articulate a quality product, with heavy clouds around the glass... huge payoff, and one that drinks like a scotch...

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium creamy head. Smells of roasted coffee, caramel and a hint of dark fruits. Taste follows the nose with a rich roasted coffee taste and notes of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits and chocolate, with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice, but could honestly be better, which is my main complain here. Does not top Narwhal for me, which has a better mouthfeel and is more chocolate-forward, with a milder bitterness.

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Photo of christimm
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redbarnbikes
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatBeerMakesMeCry
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thin head, but nice lacing. Little aroma. Malty. Amazing flavor. Hints of chocolate in the retronasal. Mild alcohol taste, esp for a 9%. Had a bottle in LA.

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

Photo of quaffinganale
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Noles9585
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Plumbwader
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

If its possible to make a better RIS i dont know how they would do it. If you are a stout/porter fan you owe it to yourself to get this one. On par with A Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout and thats my favorite stout. Wow. Great job

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

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joem5636
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of my favorite beers. Sometimes hard to find because of it's distributors.

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Photo of chill-i-am
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChipChaight
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with little translucence in the pour. Minimal head and little lacing.
S - Complex notes of dark fruit, roasted malt/grains, and just a little chocolate.
T - Everything, just like the nose, is very, very well balanced.
M - Almost my level of medium bodied. Definitely lingers for a bit and carbonation is good.
O - Like someone else just said below since I won't say it better "A definite standard for non-barrel aged stouts." I'm more of a barrel-aged stout fan, but this is what the best of bases tastes like. Get it again as a good standby.

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Photo of TMM1983
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Deep, rich, complex flavors of fruit, malt, chocolate - none overbearing, such an enjoyable sip. Looks and feels exactly how you'd want and expect. A definite standard for non-barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of jkblr
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 5/8/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. The head recedes to a ring and patchy islands leaving lacing from the top of the glass to the bottom. The aroma is roast malt, coffee and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is semisweet dark fruit at first that transitions to big roasty bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated, smooth and dry. Overall, excellent. This is a standard bearer for the style.

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Photo of Shaneb818
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bajdog
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jurcab788
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of dustin22martin
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,436 ratings