Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I chose a 12 ounce bottle from the singles section in my Trader Joe's. Upon opening, my dog began to bark and ran under the house as the heady aroma of coffee grounds, bacon drippings hops and Hershey’s chocolate syrup filled the air. Oh, I forgot to take the trash out again.

This stuff goes down smooth, like molasses on corn bread, or white on rice. The +8% alcohol content makes it easy to brag to my wife, “I’m just having one, dear, I’ll do the dishes after Sports Center is over.” And the check is in the mail.

And such clever package design. Is that the Giant's closer Brian Wilson on the label or Karl Marx?

This is sipping beer and I drink slow so the last two inches in the bottom get pretty warm. I use those last dregs to dissolve the brake dust off my car wheels, it is powerful stuff.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A black beer with a cream, persistent light brown head that leave lacing on the glass.

S: The strong, rich aroma of dark roasted grains and unsweetened chocolate dominate the aroma with and underling aroma of prunes and alcohol. There is a moderate citrus hops aroma.

T: Again a rich roasted malt and alcohol dominate backed up by flavors of roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate and a dark fruity ester mainly of plums. There is a moderate hop bitterness with the balance being bitter and roasted. There is some malt sweetness mid-palate but it is overtaken by a hops and dark grain bitterness with unsweetened chocolate and roastiness lingering into the aftertaste.

M: A silk, smooth and creamy full bodied beer with moderately-light carbonation. There isn't as much warmth as the nose suggests but it is definitely there.

O: Dessert in a glass at least for me it is but there isn't much sweetness which suits me fine. A beer that highlights dark, rich roasted malt, alcohol with hints of chocolate and coffee.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this one. This was the first Imperial Stout I ever had, and a classic.

It is super dark, no light or red hues were coming through when I held it up to the light. You can see the carbonation coming up from glass as well, lots of it. Beautiful lacing.

It smells like a stout. It has that whole Java, Mocha thing going on. The beer is still a little cold though. It has this slight fruitiness that I cannot quite describe but just brings back memories of when I first had this.

This beer is pretty bitter, and it burns. It almost reminds me of a Black IPA or something. You definitely pick up on that hop bitterness character, which leads to a creamy, alcoholic finish, which definitely defines the style I think.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,234 ratings.
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