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

Very dark amber pour, almost no head. fine lacing. Rich complex smells of dark chocolate, bourbon, a hint of mint, and caramel. Taste is beautifully complex, multilayered. First notes of chocolate and bourbon, then a bit of leather, light tobacco, mellowing to caramel. Tastes like KBS's brother. As a result I like it just about the same! Its a little more mellow, though, which in some ways I like more, though on the other hand KBS is more rich.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful nearly black color with a finger and a half to two fingers of dense dark tan head. Great retention and truly beautiful lacing.

S: Smells of a malty pang. Chocolaty with slight coffee scent and a hint of some dark fruits. Sweet and tangy in the initial whiff with slight roasted and chocolate malts present.

T: WOW - smooth chocolate taste from the roasted malts. A slight coffee aftertaste. I don't get much of the dark fruit that I thought I was smelling. Its blend of chocolate and coffee flavorings which work really well. VERY tasty. I better be careful with this one - at 9% - it's no chump!

M: Medium to full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Lovely syrup sensation that adds to the rich deep flavour. A hint of sweetness complemented with tasty dark chocolaty bitterness. A solid RIS mouthfeel with a perfect balance between sweetness and chocolate/coffee bitterness.

O: Bottom line - at $8.99 for a 12 oz 4-pack, this is a gem in the rough!! Appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel are above average. This brew is in a league of its own; everything that is better than what's harder to find year round and more expensive, but damn near comparable in every other department.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass
A: black with slightest tan head (less than 1/2 finger) which dissapates quickly over the volume yet rings the edges.
S: very powerful, strongly present scent overall.. chocolate and coffee with sweet malty hints.
T: wow. very full-bodied, matches the smell quite closely. Chocolate/coffee combination fades to sweet malt with tiniest hing of hops.. the alcohol comes through but powerful flavor largely distracts me from noticing the alcohol presence at first. aftertaste is elegant mix of both sweet and bitter chocolate.
M: thick, yet fairly smooth for the heavy taste- medium/low carbonation.
O: excellent.. a great Russian Imperial Stout, one of the best of the style IMO. Multiple strong flavors balance well- no one flavor overpowers the others (including the alcohol content). Great nose and visually appealing, overall a great presentation which is followed through with solid taste.

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P:  A pitch black abyss mounted by a mountain of frothy cappuccino head. Retention is great and  and leaves a thick layer of decadent clouds on top. 

S:  Decadent aroma with roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, molasses, and oak. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose and delivers a nice alcohol sting to cut the sweetness. Bitterness is mild but has nice earthy qualities. Small amount of cherry alcohol lingers in the back of the throat.  Full creamy body with a splash of carbonation. Finish is dry with some chalkiness and leaves behind dark cocoa and bitter coffee. 

O:  This is one of my favorite RIS because it's quite delicious and it's hands down cheaper than anything else. You couldn't ask for a better deal than this. The flavors and aroma speak for themselves and deliver a complex yet elegant beer that is sure to please. 

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,330 ratings
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