Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
12,279 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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

This revered RIS pours pitch black with highlights of brown. There is no light getting through this sucker. Massive, sticky, frothy head of dark khaki foam which leaves massing lacing chunks. This beer does not mess around.

On the nose, a classic RIS profile: A noticeable degree of roast, similar to coffee, and lots of chocolate – dark chocolate, cocoa dust, and maybe some milk chocolate. There's a slight dark fruit note (cherries) and just a whiff, very faintly, of alcohol. Super robust. I'm scared, momma.

Yowza. This is a smooth behemoth. I served this at cellar temp to experience the full flavor. Beginning with a robust roasty note – dark roasted coffee comes to mind – the beer dominates with dark, caramelized flavors into the middle of the palate along with some dark fruit and some earthy hop bitterness on the end. I appreciated finding some hop presence in this compared to most in the RIS style. There is just a smidge of alcohol, so I have the feeling this beer would benefit from additional time in the cellar. A super drinkable RIS though and a great balance in the flavor in the profile.

The mouthfeel, as expected, is heavy with a low carbonation tingle. It finishes with some earthy bitterness as well as notes of espresso and dark roast coffee. There's not much alcohol in the flavor, but it is defnitely noticeable in impact.

If you're looking for a starting point with imperial stouts, start here. With a heavy roast characteristic and nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, this beer is just as good fresh as after it has been cellared for a few years.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,279 ratings
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