Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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4.3/5
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12,505 Ratings
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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:
#912
Reviews:
3,784
Ratings:
12,505
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of detgfrsh
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Heavy, creamy feel. Rich coffee and chocolate flavors with a finish of hop bitterness. Outstanding, and the best part is that it's widely available.

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Photo of dsmith1857
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of tan head.
Smells roasty with some dark fruits.
Taste follows, lots of dark chocolate. Dark fruits, mildly bitter dark roasted finish.
Overall a great classic RIS.

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Photo of gbiello
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beersampler6
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this beer after hearing a lot about its reputation. Nice dark black color with some lingering foamy head and lacing. Smells faintly of coffee and chocolate, tastes of dark chocolate, dark coffee, some malt and hoppiness without much bitterness. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, trace lingering hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. A nice enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Kurt_van
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4 pack bought in Fort Bragg, CA. 03-2018

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

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Update: Read my review out loud like a 70’s porn star

Ohhh rich, dark and dirty goodness...almost sounds like an adult film. This stout will wreck you. It’ll leave you disappointed...with 90% of every other stout you drink. Pours dark and void of any light. Smells like deep, dark coffee and chocolate. If it sounds like I’m in love with this beer, then your reading it correctly. Albeit it’s darker then Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, it drinks remarkably smooth and refreshing! I would definitely recommend this to not only to friends but foes alike. Cheers!

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

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4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cardfan212
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Pitch black body with a thick dense tan head. Possibly my favorite looking beer ever.

Smell - Strong roasted malt tones with some really dark chocolate, think like 90% cacao chocolate.

Taste - The smell translates to the taste. However, there's also hints of coffee and a mild hop finish to round it all out.

Feel - Thick body with medium carbonation. Heavy and refreshing to drink.

Overall - This was one of the first beers I ever drank. Had it at a hot 4th of July party, and absolutely hated it. Coming back to it now, and I love it. A wonderfully enjoyable stout.

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

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

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark black with small tan head. Smell was roasty malt,coffee and some dark chocolate. The taste was coffee, chocolate and really roasty. I was surprised by the bitterness at the end. The feel was smooth with a little bit of dryness. Overall this was a solid RIS. For 9% ABV it hides the alcohol really well. And when you consider the availability and the price point, this is a worth the money.

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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pizzabutt
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 13-14oz stout glass from a 12oz bottle.

appearance: practically pitch black, very little light shines through. a small tan head appears on first pour and then becomes a slight layer.

smell: toffee, roastiness, coffee. a slight hint of dark chocolate.

taste: follows the nose fairly well. lots of coffee-like flavor, but not overpoweringly so. a hint of dark chocolate on the finish. nice dark roastiness throughout. slightly bitter but enjoyable aftertaste.

feel: smooth as butter. creamy, full-bodied. carbonated just enough to be noticeable but not enough to detract from the silkiness. very dry.

overall: one of the best russian imperial stouts i've had, and was also one of the first. i found myself comparing other RIS's to this one. i can't wait to try the barrel aged variety.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,505 ratings