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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.
Dark, blackish pour with a nicely building head of tan that sits a while with good lacing.

The aroma is strong with hints of chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, pepper and more that I cant get a handle on. Great aroma.

The taste is powerful in a very good way. It hints of floral notes while delivering chocolate tones and some cinnamon hints, coffee again and some alcohol in the back end. Overall a winning combination. As the beer warms it enhances the rich flavors.

It has a creamy feel and well rounded carbonation that enhances its complexity.

This is a great beer. period

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased as a 4-pack for $12 at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks, North. Poured into a Duvel snifter at 50F on a day when snow returned to the ground.

A: A stellar looking beer that is ink vblack with a two finger tan head that lasts seemingly forever as a cap, lacing wonderfully all the while.
S: A very interesting nose with initially a strong dose of liquorice and molasses off the top with a int of high alochos. The nose then mellows to a more chocolately / cocoa with a hint of cinnamon and pepper spice underlying it all.
T: Loads of roasted barley and coffee notes initially that give way to a slightly sweet body and a strong earthy bitterness that builds over time. Notes of chocolate underlie the entire beer. Nice, and enjoyable not to have a super cloying RIS here.
M: The mouthfeel here is a little odd. It is not thick and sticky like some RISes, but they somehow make it come across as almost watery. Super odd. The only thing that is holding this beer back. It needs to be a touch thicker as the bitterness and sweetness is well balanced. No fusels or high alcohols present here though!
O: Rock solid lower ABV (by today's ultra high ABV examples that seem to be all the 'world's best beers') RIS that delvers a nice balance between flavours.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,205 ratings.
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