Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
12,278 Ratings
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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4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark and chocolatey appearance. Amber foam.

Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. While the flavor follows the nose, it's much more bitter and hoppy than a typical stout in the same class. The finish is dry too. A clean presentation for a serious brew.

Overall, it's one of the best dark beers I've enjoyed on the west coast. A welcome change to a steady stream of IPAs and over-the-top flavored stouts.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form the 12oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Black with only the faintest light coming in at the very edges when held to light. Head was 2 fingers thick, creamy, and dark tan to brown color and lasted a while. Vicious looking beer.

S: You can smell this one from a foot or more away. Super roasty with hints of cafe au leait and some mocha and chocolate. Sweet dark fruit note in there buried deep and a touch of alcohol and then covered by caramelized and burnt sugar. Very nice, if intense smelling beer.

T: Almost overwhelmingly packed with flavor. Roasty, almost smoky character right up front, with hints of bittersweet and baker's chocolate all throughout. A bit of coffee shins through with mocha notes and espresso highlights. Finishes bitter with a warming feeling, alcohol and then immediately covered up in the roast again. Dangerous brew.

Overall: an absolute classic. What an imperial stout should be. Very bitter but also having some balanced characteristics of sweetness. Always a good go to.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,278 ratings
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