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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

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

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.

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Photo of ArizonaBeerBear
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance very black, 2 finger head that dissipates to a 1/4" with excellent lacing. Smell is fruity and malty. Taste is strong coffee, subdued chocolate with a dry finish. Feel is medium thick and smooth. Overall, a very satisfying and balanced brew. Wife really likes it, and she doesn't like most imperial stouts. Will be getting some more of this. About halfway thru my second, starting to feel the buzz. I like it.

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

Photo of RMW66
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Neversatisfied1980
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Bomber purchased at the LCBO; bottled Oct 28 2016 and served slightly chilled. Not the first time I've enjoyed this stout, though it is the first time I've had a chance to review it.

Pours black as night, with roughly one inch of frothy, tan-coloured foam seated atop. Ungodly retention; the head gives up virtually no ground for more than 15 minutes, though it does take on a smoother, creamier, lumpier appearance - as its big, soapy bubbles burst, gradually being replaced from below by tiny, finer gauge bubbles. Beautiful lacing, too; this is a visually-stunning brew. The aroma reveals this to be a rather well-hopped stout, with big leafy, earthy hop notes coming through almost as clearly as the rich, roasted malts themselves. Black coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and cocoa figure in strongly, with accents of licorice, dates, raisin, alcohol and smoke supplying added depth of character to the nose.

A genuine treat to sip. Big roasted malt flavours dominate the profile right off the bat - espresso coffee and baker's chocolate blend together with a mix of caramelized sugar and molasses sweetness. Hints of date, prune and vanilla also come through by the midpoint, with the sip rounded out by herbal licorice, earthy pine resin and leafy hop bitterness on the back end. Finishes bitter, with coffee grounds and earthy hop flavours fading as you approach the dry-ish aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with restrained carbonation that gently prickles the palate and provides a slight bite; the overall texture is quite smooth, luscious and creamy. Pleasurable and fulfilling to sip.

Final Grade: 4.35, an A grade. Old Rasputin is exactly what an imperial Russian stout should be - rich, smooth, balanced, and intense. When I first tried this imperial stout a few years back, I definitely liked it, but not to the extent where I considered it one of the best - however, this follow-up sampling has converted me into a true believer. The exquisite balance achieved between the roasted malts and sturdy hop notes is nothing less than a thing of beauty. There may very well be better stouts out there, but that doesn't diminish what North Coast has managed to accomplish. One of the grand-daddies of them all; if you haven't tried Old Rasputin, do yourself a favour and take whatever steps are necessary to correct that.

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

It's a heavy handed beer that knocks you out with a strong nose of raspberry and molasses, approaching a wine bouquet. Rich head, dark purple virtually opaque color.

Coffee on the front but not overly bitter. At first sip, I thought it slightly sweet. Soon enough, taste diffuses into rich body of aforementioned java.

Incredibly smooth.

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Photo of -steve-
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black with generous tan head. Looks enticing.
S - Rich chocolate malt wafts from the glass. My mouth is watering.
T - Chocolate, malt, roasted flavours abound. Dry alcohol finish lingers.
F - Feels warm and dry on the tongue.
O - Very nice Russian imperial stout.

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

Photo of Tben0308
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark pour and pleasant aroma. Complex flavors and characters with a slightly crisp finish. Each drink introduces new flavors. Well done.

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am baffled as to how it has taken me until now to review this beer. I wish that it were as easy as blaming it on The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but this was a fairly fresh bottle that I recently scored simply to drink & review. I am scratching my head in response.

From the bottle: "Brewed in the tradition of the 18th century English brewers who supplied the Russian court of Catherine the Great."; "Old Rasputin develops a cult following wherever it goes. It's a rich, intense brew with big, complex flavors & a warming finish."

Still shaking my head, I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour. Once sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with good retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing deep brown highlights to be visible only at the edges. Nose was smoky, with notes of coffee and especially dark chocolate brownies. To be even more precise, this smelled like liquefied chocolate brownies! Wow. No wonder this is so popular. I was impressed & I hadn't even taken my first sip of this review! Mouthfeel was big, thick & creamy, a dollop on my tongue. I just let it lie there & roll around. The dark, rich chocolaty taste was like a liquefied dessert, whether brownies, chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, ad chocofinitum. Wow! Finish was semi-sweet since the chocolate also had a bitter edge to it. It was just a bit much for me and left me craving something that was hop-driven. An RIS just is not my bag.

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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 Clarth
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

yummy stuff here

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

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

Photo of lr300
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dohedan
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one has a couple years on it.
L- Pours a very dark brown impenetrable to light. A one-finger, creamy, tan head with next to no carbonation.
S- Roasted coffee, caramel malt, cocoa.
T- Bitter coffee dominates with black licorice transitioning into bitter hop. Dark chocolate. Bitterness resinates up the nose.
F- One of the best warming feeling I have had. Very slight alcohol burn.
O- Awesome Russian stout. Just as they should be.

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Photo of kash2112
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SuiGeneris1
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slim_720
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of codytwo
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of Stevem68
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachkrauter
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Virby44
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,304 ratings
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