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:
#953
Reviews:
3,807
Ratings:
12,587
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
637
Gots:
3,271
Trade:
49
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Ratings: 12,587 |  Reviews: 3,807
Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nass
3.57/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I agree with other reviewers stating that it is more of medium bodied stout than a full bodied stout. Believe it or not the first thing that I am smelling is some hops. I hope this is not a bad thing. the bourbon barrel aged version smells better. I also agree with this one particular beer reviewer stating that Old Rasputin tastes similar to a dark chocolate covered black cherry. Moreover, Old Rasputin has one of the best label design artwork that I have noticed. I did not notice a date on the bottle I had thought that North Coast Brewing Co. did put dates on their products, oh well a non adjunct RIS should not go bad too soon so, I won't take off points for that this time around. I am detecting some hop presence, but it's nothing inadmissible. This is a great laid back west coast style approach to a RIS style. I appreciate the adjuncts like coffee or chocolate, but sometimes I want to drink 2 or 3 bottles of a RIS that is not going to make me feel edgy & irritated. I can see why this is considered a benchmark in the earlier American craft beer days, with this beer sort of having a style of its own. I agree this is an overstated RIS, matter of fact this taste more like a black IPA. I'm very disappointed with the Old Rasputin. North Coast needs to work on revising this recipe big time. Furthermore, I would like to try this on tap sometime. Cheers! B

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

Photo of Richardalways21
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark stout that tastes lighter. Smooth and delicious

Second time not quite as impressive. Want to try again

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Like many people Guinness Export Stout was my first stout. I actually remember many Black and Tans with Bass usually the tan. Then I was introduced to Old Rasputin and the crazy notion that a stout from California surpassed my longtime favorite. Some 20 years later this beer is relevant because its attributes, a semi dry english style stout distinguished by the right amount of carbonation makes it that every day after work stout, like a Guinness, albeit with an abv at 9%. The score reflects the incredibly cheap 4 pack price of around 10 bucks!

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Photo of Dr_Porkenheimer
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Houlio_99
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent stout, easy to find and ages well. BUT.....since I'm not a big stout fan, I'll usually go with Founders Breakfast Stout when feeling like one. The Founders has this one beat by miles....at least for me.

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Photo of johnbday
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great in a bottle but outstanding on tap (nitro pour only).

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

Photo of Reemer686
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jbk81
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dsippel
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LGFitz2
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevebaggette
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daeds_714
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ronniejames82
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jeff4900
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Fantastic example of an RIS.

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Photo of suzikeith42
2.75/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Olesjm
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnDon
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,587 ratings