Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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Old RasputinOld Rasputin

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

Pours seal brown with a bountiful mocha head composed of fairly large bubbles. Plenty of lacing lingers as the head recedes. Aroma is very present; a bountiful blend of chocolate, alchol, and hops. Roasted malt and bitter hops are at the forefront flavor-wise, with some chocolate and coffee playing more of a complementary role. Alcoholic warmth comes through in the finish, along with lingering bitterness. This is actually a little hoppier than I prefer a stout to be, but not surprising for a west coast offering. Either way, the bitterness is not outrageous, and it still leaves enough room for the lovely roasted malt to be appreciated. There's also a good amount of carbonation that lends a velvety texture to the brew. The thickness here is about right for a RIS, and the lingering stickiness gets my stamp of approval as well. Old Rasputin is certainly a tasty beer, though the slightly excessive bitterness keeps it from quite living up to the gorgeous presentation.

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

From what I have experienced North Coast Brewing is fairly hit or miss, but I consider this to be their finest brew. Reviewed live.

A = Pours a nearly-black dark brown into my XL snifter. One finger tan head recedes after 90 seconds leaving a ring of bubbles around the glass; in the glass it is completely opaque black.

S = Roasted malts, hops, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of anise (in that order).

T = Follows the nose. More hoppy than your average imperial stout, but it gives this stout a 'refreshing' aspect that is not common with other stouts. While the coffee and chocolate flavors are experienced last on the tongue, their lasting power is strong and very nice.

M = Decently thick and chewy. Alcohol is very well hidden, and the carbonation is appropriate.

O - I love imperial stouts (perhaps too much), and more often than not I am disappointed by what I find. However, if I am disappointed by one beer, I can always get some Old Rasputin to put a smile back on my face. This beer isn't overly complex, but it is executed very well. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a perfectly dark burnt motor oil black with diminished amber highlights and a creamy, dark tan, 2-finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a substantial web of lacing on the top half of the glass and some splotches on the bottom.

S - Dark, bitter chocolate with plenty of hops and a touch of plume.

T - A bit of bitter chocolate upfront. The body is a wonderful balance between dark and fruity hop notes (plum and fig) and a generous dose of chocolate malt that diminishes as the beer expands. Everything briefly shuts off as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before a vigorous finish of dark rum, burnt chocolate malt and dark fruit, leather, and cigarettes explodes in the mouth.

M - A fair amount of carbonation gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel that causes the beer to expand and change flavor as it sits in the mouth. On the lighter side of heavier bodied which seems to suite it well.

Old Rasputin has become a benchmark for the Russian Imperial stout style since it its introduction in the late 80's. And that benchmark holds - this is one of the best examples of the style i've had in quite some time. From the near textbook appearance to the intense and deliciously complex flavor, this beer does everything well. It's a keeper that I hope to have around often. Glad to have finally tried it.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of tan head that never fully settle, beautiful sticky lacing

S - overloaded with bitter chocolate and coffee, not a hint of booze, and a nice malt presence

T - Perfect balance of Coffee and Chocolate, nice dark malt character as well

M - Really light considering it's ABV. nice carb, althought I like my heavy stouts a little flatter.

O - This to me is the benchmark RIS. Every time I have one it's extremely enjoyable and insanely easy drinking.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pot at Terminus. From notes.

A - Poured black with a khaki one finger heat. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Coffee seemed strong with lot's of chocolate. Simple but enjoyable.

T - Chocolate, booze, chocolate covered coffee beans. layers of chocolate and roastiness.

M - Really smooth, mild carbonation and a medium to full body.

O/D - Nice but lacking depth. Don't get me wrong though, this was a good Impy Stout and really easy to drink. Just left me wanting more as I felt like it had the potential for greatness.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

A - Pours a nearly black color with a finger and a half of dense tan head. Great retention and beautiful lacing.

S - Roasty malts, oak, coffee creamer, and trace amounts of pine.

T - Robust malt profile with burnt chocolate, wort, bitter coffee, and candied pecans. Starts sweet and moves towards bitter with a little bit of pine on the aftertaste. Very good stout.

M - Very smooth with great carbonation and a medium feel.

O - This is a staple in my fridge. Roasty is what comes to mind as far as flavor and aroma. The price is a bonus here and I always appreciate it when imperial stouts are offered in 12 oz. bottles. I give North Coast a lot of credit for making a top notch RIS with wide distribution and a reasonable cost. Good stuff.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,421 ratings