Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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Old RasputinOld Rasputin

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of GR_Rick
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice and dark brown; can't get any light through the beer. Poured with a nice big tan colored head that stayed around quite a while and left significant lacing on the glass.

S: Smells nice and sweet (perhaps a little brown sugar or caramel) for such a big, heavy stout. Hints of chocolate and roasty malt. Not as aromatic as I prefer, but a good smelling beer.

T: Not overly complex flavor, but nice and mild for the style. Easy drinking flavor without too much alcohol until the finish, where you first get a little bit of sweetness (chocolate?), and then just a hint of lingering bitterness.

M: Not much to say,but this is where the beer shines for me. Very nice, full, creamy feel. Nice and smooth, exactly like I would hope for.

O: An excellent beer, that's very easy to drink for such a big and dark style. Nothing here stands out in the plethora of "barrel aged" and "specialty" imperial stouts, but I can't find anything wrong with it either. This is a very solid offering for those seeking something that is brewed to style, relatively easy to drink, and not over done with the ABV or complexity in flavors.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of rangerred
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro at mellow mushroom in Johnson City, TN

Arrived looking like a typical nitro pour with an off-white creamy head. Body was solid black.

Aroma had pleasant notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Also a slight hint of smoke in there.

The flavor had loads of cocoa and a slight bit of coffee. Lots of roasted malt and unfortunately, a decent amount of alcohol. I kind of feel like the nitro may have hindered the flavor somewhat because I didn't find this all that spectacular. I will have to pick up a bottle sometime to see if my opinion is any different.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured this one into my pint glass for 2 fingers of frothy, light mocha colored head. The body is a deep regal brown. Light lacing clings tightly to the glass in random places.

Rich, dark roasted malt starts the beginning of this aromatic journey. A little raisin sweetness helps the transition into a coffee/chocolate mix, and alcohol tops it all off.

Dark roasted malt and that raisin hint start her off. Chocolate peeks its head in, then transitions to a smooth and delicious coffee flavor. Topped off with the perfect amount of alcohol and dark chocolate at the end.

Smooth beer. Medium to heavy bodied, the carbonation isn't noticeable other than as an assistant in the task of helping move this along. Not that I want it to go to fast. Coats the tongue very well.

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Photo of buzzedup
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying this is one of my favorite RIS.

A. This beer looks just like it should dark brown with red tints when held to a light. the head is perfect .
S. just like a RIS should smell rich
T. it is perfectly balanced with just enough taste but not overly complexed.
M . this is the only place this beer will let you down. t is a bit thin in the mouth,
O. this beer is hands down one of the best RIS you will ever taste. the best part is you can get it just about anywhere in the US and all year round. The price is right as well, under priced for the quality of this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of paulozanello
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown color with a little light coming through with red tones. Head is reddish brown with amazing retention and lacing.

Aroma is powerful and mainly of roasted dark malts, olives, chocolate, coffee, and mollasses.

Taste is dark malts, mollasses, some dark fruit, licorice and lots of dark chocolate towards the end of the sip. Finishes bitter with a palatable alcohol bite.

Body is full and rich with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel silky and smooth. Good drinkability for a RIS. Alcohol warmth follows each sip.

Overall this is a world class beer, very balanced between roastiness and chocolate as well as sweetness/bitterness.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,439 ratings