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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a midnight black with a thick, tan 2-finger head that dies down into a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasty. Chocolate and coffee. A bit of astringent alcohol comes through as well.

Taste - Strong, dark and roasted bitter chocolate and coffee malts. Alcohol shines through mid-taste, before being devoured by the bitter aftertaste, which gets stronger the warmer the beer gets.

Mouthfeel - Thick and a bit intimidating. Almost hard to get down once the beer warms. Best to drink it while it's cold.

Overall - A classic, straight forward Russian Imperial. There's nothing fancy about this one, and sip after sip becomes a bit of a menacing chore, though a chore that's enjoyable in a masochistic sense. It's a beer that feels stronger than the 9% label would have you believe. I consider Old Rasputin to be the standard by which all RIS's should be judged.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black, like motor oil, viscous, with a dark brown head. Smells of strong chocolates, bitter earthy roasted malt, and more chocolate. Taste follows with heavy chocolate but not too sweet, balanced by a beautifully balanced roasted bitter finish. Great medium-heavy mouthfeel and not too syrupy. Excellent and easy to find.

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

12 US fl.oz. bottle poured into a globe-shaped snifter...

A - Pours an opaque dark brown body, with a rich, creamy brown-coloured head. Lots of lacing and great head retention. Looks like a perfect RIS!

S - The nose is full of chocolate, roasted and slightly smoked malts. Hints of raisins and prunes and just a hint of alcohol. Smells very classic and yet very intriguing.

T - This must be love at first sip: starts out with a rich (and I mean RICH) chocolate and coffee flavour, with hints of smoke and vanilla. Then comes a pretty solid bitterness, with hints of bakers chocolate and prunes. Sweet, but not too sweet. In fact, the level of sweetness is almost ideal. Balanced and very robust!

M - Medium-to-full body. Very mild level of carbonation. Smooth and velvety on the palate. The alcohol is very well-masked in my opinion. This must be one of the most creamy and smooth Russian Imperial Stouts I've had.

O - This beer didn't disappoint! It's very close to perfection; the only thing I didn't fully enjoy was the almost-extreme level of roastiness, which starts showing after the beer warms up. All in all, this is a true classic and an excellent example of the style. Must-try, if you like stouts and chocolate; stay away, if you can't stand bitter and roasty beers.

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

I will forever be grateful to the reliable Old Rasputin for being the first Russian Imperial Stout I ever tasted, for it introduced me to my absolute favorite kind of beer on the planet. Some seven years later and the Imperial Stout remains my favorite, and I still consider Old Rasputin one of the best of its kind - and it remains one of the best priced out there!

A very dark pour creates an instantly pleasant aroma and it drinks smooth and strong, with a very nice aftertaste.


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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,207 ratings.
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