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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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast Brewing Co. - Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thinner brown-black and settles black with a good sized soapy head. Sticky chunky lacing.

Smell - Cola, some chocolate and coffee, definite dark fruits.

Taste - Taste is malt with bitter coffee and just a touch of chocolate. A little thin but generally outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Thin but full-medium bodied. Rests dry and bitter. Medium carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall - This is one of the pioneers of the style, and it's not lacking in flavor or complexity. Still, there are a better RIS out there now. As an intro to the style, this is a great place to start.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a dark roast coffee with a very slight amount of light coming through on the edges. As a high medium brown head that dissipates slowly to a thin ring.

S- Dark roasts, dark fruit, slight alcohol. I swear I'm getting some vanilla too even though it's not barrel aged.

T- Roast coffee, coffee acidity, light dark fruits, dark chocolate, and slight alcohol. A medium level of sweetness. Leaves a nice coffee acidity on the tongue.

M- A light-heavy mouthfeel for an imperial stout. A bit easier to drink than others I've had of this style.

O- A great lighter RIS. At 9% the alcohol is not overwhelming but the big roast and dark chocolate flavors are there. This is a great beer in that it is very easy to find as well as being all year and at a very reasonable price for a RIS.

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A: Pours a fantastic black as night, coffee color with a rich brown cap of foam about 3/4 thick in my snifter glass. The look is so wonderful, absolutely no light passes thru glass.Thick clouds of foam cling to the walls of the glass.

S: Aroma is of rich coffee, roasty malts, nutty with hints of licorice.

T: First sip and POW tons of coffee, licorice, roasted malts... everything I expected to taste and in full abundant quantities. There is also a slight earthy taste almost floral hoppy.

M: Warming full bodied and luxurious feeling dancing on the pallet, slight chewy feel.

O: Definitely a drinker an excellent representation of the style.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,331 ratings
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