Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#516
Reviews:
3,759
Ratings:
12,397
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark black with a sticky brown head. Lacing is exceptional.

S: Chocolate and bitter coffee, slightly milky.

T: Bitter chocolate and vanilla with notes of coffee. There's also a little bit of a woody taste to it. Warming alcohol punch. Very nice.

M: Slightly bitter with low carbonation. Little bit of alcohol heat.

O: Fantastic stout. This really hits the spot for when I'm in a stout mood. Would love to try the bourbon barrel aged version.

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

Ok so I had a filling done the other day, and the anesthetic had worn off later in the night. My tooth was slamming, and of course I had a fridge full of beers waiting to be drank. So I decided to drink the one with the highest ABV in there (minus the barley wine I am aging), which was old Rasputin. This review may be a little more brief than most of mine, but that's because i am doing on my iPad sitting in an airport from tape recorded notes.

Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - cool looking bottle, love the packaging. Pours a jet black with zero transparency, having a nice two finger mocha head that hangs around for some time and leaves excellent lacing almost through the entire drink.

Smell - Roasted and charred malts are the big boys, but it has dark fruits, coffee, and some chocolate hints as well. A little oak smell in there, and a nice accompaniment of booze to round it out!

Taste - matches the aroma almost exactly. The big roasted, charred malts get you and hold your palate, while the other favors and scents mingle in with them. Chocolate, oak, dark fruits, and booze all make an appearance. Excellent taste

Mouthfeel - Finishes creamy and thick, with a nice warming finish because of the booze level. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Highly recommended. I will absolutely buy and drink this again. I have already recommended it to people who have not had it yet. Very very good beer, I strongly suggest you go get some. Good value too.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,397 ratings