Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of drtth
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into an Imperial Pint glass a totally black liquid with a 1" head that leaves lots of lacing as it slowly recedes to a thin layer of foam on the liquid. Sipping creates interesting patterns of lacing.

The aromas include the roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee.

The flavors are strong and intense with the chocolate and coffee. There's also a lot of dark roasted malt mingled with both a light touch of sweetness from the malt and bitterness that seems almost as much from the roasted malt as from the hops. Towards the end of the finish there's still some chocolate and some hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and a bit creamy with the moderate carbonation.

Definitely a drinkable beer, especially for one this full of intense flavors. I could easily have another and will be revisiting this beer. Excellent and well made Imperial Stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - RIS black, dark as night. A light mocha colored 2 finger head that quickly dissipated to a light black film. Moderately carbonated.

S - Chocolaty with slight coffee scent. Roasted malts and a hint of some dark fruits. Expected it to come off stronger scented, but even after letting it warm up a bit, it doesn't impress me too much.

T - First thing to hit you is a 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 work really well. Not too dominant, but very tasty. No presence of alcohol in my tasting, which is pretty awesome at 9% abv

M - Medium bodied, which threw me for a loop at first. Expected it to be a full bodied brew. Smooth silky feeling coats the mouth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Solid RIS mouthfeel.

O - This beer is better than the sum of its parts! Appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel are above average, but nothing really special. It translates to something that comes together very specially. Its so readily available, cheap and tasty. This brew is in a league of its own. Everything that is better than it is harder to find year round and more expensive, but damn near comparable in every other department.

Edit: 1 year old aged Old Rasputin

A - Same

S - Almost the same, more chocolate to it.

T - Chocolate milk with some coffee and vanilla finish. Amazing stuff.

M - Smooth. I had this on nitro, which was amazing. The bottle aged is still really solid. Full bodied with an amazingly thick finish. Great stuff.

O - Aged 1 year puts this stuff into world class range. Amazing fresh, even better aged. My favorite bargain stout!

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trumpy
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second time trying this Stout, and its a nice beer. Close enough to jet black in colour, but the head is a light off white. it hangs around for a fair time though. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, with a hint of the alcohol. In the mouth its all creamy aniseed with a roasted coffee aftertaste that ends with nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty good, the carbonation is mild and suits the style. If you swill it around like you would a wine, then its actually pretty creamy. There is a definate hit of warm alcohol at the back end though, but thats not a surprise. A nice stout to sip, but just shaded by Green flash double stout.
I saw another review that said it was USD $8.99 a 4 pack! here in Australia its $8 a bottle! WTF!!

Seriously though, its great to see this style of beer available here now. Just a shame about the price.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date

Pours out a very black shade of brown. Pillowy dark mocha head with staying power and spotty lacing that doesn't stick. Smell is chocolate/cocoa powder and fire-roasted malts. A tinge of alcohol as well. Taste is bitter roasted malt, with accents of dark chocolate, dates, sugar cookies, dark coffee, nuts, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, good amount of carbonation, but you can feel the alcohol.

Nice, heavy beer. An enjoyable sipper for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out as black-brown with 3 fingers of frothy cafe-coloured head. Looks like the best thickest coffee you could ever how to get ...but beer flavour...this can't get better!

S: Rich smells of coco powder, fresh ground coffee, molasses, and deep toasted malts. Some hints of dark fruit and subtle wet earth.

T: Big flavours and not for the timid. Deep malts and molasses with coco. A bit of acidic coffee, which balances off the rich flavours well. Despite the malt flavour there is a good hit of hops from start to finish.

M: Full bodied and low carbonation, lovely syrup sensation that adds to the rich deep flavour.

O: This beer is rich and complex, it pair incredibly well with dark chocolate. Fantastic thick and flavourful brew that will knock you off your seat if you forget your drinking a 9% brew.
Delicious and complex, hints of hops and tonnes of malt, would be great sipping cause the flavours just keep getting better as the brew warms.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KajII
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a deep dark black with a large (2-3 finger) medium brown creamy head that lasted throughout, finally reducing down to a large thick cap of foam with excellent sheeting of sticky lace.

The aroma was wonderfully robust with a burnt dark bread malt and a moderate dose of a leathery yeast with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a decent scent of alcohol.

The taste started with a very mild sweetness that was slightly subdued by a rich bitterness and had notes of dark chocolate and molasses. Then it became extremely bitter and mildly acidic with notes of vanilla and coffee and a strong alcohol presence towards the end. The flavor hung around for a very long time letting the taste of an alcohol infused espresso settle in nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was extremely full in body with a dry creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this is an exceptional Imperial Stout with a ton of flavor and a smooth drinkability...

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brureview
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I tried this beer, it was refrigerated in the store, and drunk shortly afterwards. The beer tastes a bit bitter at a colder serving temperature.

This tasting was totally different. It was served at about 50-55, which makes a big difference. The color is a dark chocolate, with a four fingered head and a slight honey smell.

The mouth feel is a bit carbonated and more malty with warming.

The highlight of this beer is its finish: a complex nutty lemon, chocolate mixed with dark coffee. The flavors intensify with warming.

This is a great beer: serve warm!

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

Single bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. It's been ages since I had the XII - would be awesome to try the classic. Love the bottle design.

Poured into a nonic. Black as the deepest darkest corners of hell, with a sturdy mocha head. Lots of lacing. Splendid looking brew.

Nose is rich and complex. Ground coffee, maybe a lite espresso, cream, roasted malt - all the usual suspects.

Lovely sweet chocolate entry followed by a great roasted espresso burst. Really enjoyable brew. Finish is long and bitter, with that sweet chocolate making another appearance.

Velvety feel, light carbonation, somewhat creamy. Coats the tongue well.

Pound for pound one of the best stouts around. A great after dinner brew, or whenever the mood strikes. My only regret is I have but one bottle to drink...

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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