Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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Old RasputinOld Rasputin

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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4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass

A: Pours a deep black; tan foamy head; chocolate brown coloring around the edges when held to light
S: Smoky smell, maybe some hints of some spice, cinnamon
T: Smoky chocolate taste upfront; some hoppy bitterness towards the end; hints of coffee, licorice, and spices throughout with a nice roasted background
M: Full-bodied character, lingers in the mouth awhile
O: First time having this stout and it was very tasty...definitely a sipper that is best enjoyed while hanging out and relaxing...overall a very complex stout with a number of different flavors hitting you throughout

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip.

A- opaque black with tan head- good retention.

S- very floral, with some sweetness in the nose. Chocolate in background, came out more when it warmed.

T- Likewise, this developed more as it warmed, with ideal taste about 15-30 minutes out of the fridge. Alcohol present, with bitter chocolate, hops, and some fruit all present. The wonderful finish leaves chocolate upfront.

M- Fairly light for the style, with medium carbonation. Definitely goes down easier at warmer temperatures.

O- A very good imperial stout, I just wish the alcohol was hidden more to let the other flavors predominate, though at 9% that's hard to do.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most reviewed beers on here, and I have never tasted it. So here we go; fresh bottle poured into a snifter.

Totally black body. Even with a strong white light nothing penetrates save for a few dark brown highlights, but they are minimal. the head is brown and standard for the style.

Smells of hops soaked in dark wort, well roasted barley, black patent malt, and a touch of astringent coffee.

The flavor takes the coffee and dark wort-infused hops to a new level. Roast is big, smoke is very small. Coffee is big, chocolate is small. Actually I don't think there is any smoke in this flavor. Bold hops. Well done flavors that kick with grit but don't abuse the palate.

The mouthfeel is thick and full with low carbonation, which I think is spot on for the style.

Conclusion: I always imagined this to be a well rounded American version of this classic style, and it turns out to be exactly that. Worth the hype? Yes. Are there even better options out there? Yes.

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3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Near black. Dark brown at edges when held to direct light. Head is dark tan and drops to a thin ring in short order. Nice notches of lacing. Pours heavy and viscous without looking syrupy.

Smell: Citrus rind and burnt malts. Super burnt. Roasty sweet with some solid char notes. Easily one of the hoppiest aromas I've encountered with the style. So many roasted malts. Alcohol is present and assertive. Old coffee and a slight cocoa finish.

Taste: Burnt malts. Roasted malts and then some. Old espresso and powdery cocoa. I swear it tastes like orange zest and chocolate malts. Hopped pretty heavily for the style. Burnt, char, and some lingering notes of tobacco. Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than the pour would indicate. Solid carbonation keeps things lively and moving. Lacks the heavier mouthfeel I like to see in the style. It works for the flavor profile.

Overall: It's good, but it's not the best on the market for the money. Nice char notes and some hop notes make things interesting. Decent, but that's as far as it goes.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a textbook black color with very faints hints of a lighter brown shade near the edges. Retention from the mocha colored head is about average, but there are some nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

S: Big roast notes dominate the brew, with splotches of coffee, chocolate, hops, soy, and a touch of alcohol all around. Very hard to fault how this smells.

T: Compared with how I served the other bottles (refrigerator cold), chilling it lightly and allowing it to warm up really helped open up its character. Much like the smell, it's incredibly roasty, with lots of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, soy, with a noticeably hoppy finish that meshes extremely well. There's a little booze on the back end, but it never gets out of hand. The only real complaint I have is that it's not a paragon of perfect balance.

Even though it's a summery day with thunderstorms lurking around, sipping this somewhat out of season doesn't feel out of place - the hallmark of a great beer.

M: It's a little thin for an imperial stout, but it does a great job of coating the mouth like a proper RIS should. Sufficient carbonation, no more, no less.

O: This is a beer that screams "serve me at the right temperature!" Having it too cold will cause it to become far too bitter and hard to drink. Letting it warm up gives it a chance to show off some of its complexities. The fact that it's easy to find and a great value in the RIS world (got this 4 pack at $8.99, and I've seen it as low as $6.99 in VA) makes it panacea for those who don't/can't chase distribution trucks just to have a shot at purchasing KBS.

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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pitch black, tan head which measures to roughly 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Dark chocolate, but not a potent scent like some other stouts I've had.

Taste: Seriously this is your beer store's best kept secret. Dark chocolate, bitter malts, in all seriousness potent in taste.

Mouth: With an after-taste to lust for, this beer has med-heavy carbonation that doesn't initially go down smoothly but after the second sip you appreciate a real beer like this.

Overall: Straight up, get this F'n beer. If you like stouts or someone who appreciates real beer, you will definitely not be disappointed. Salud!

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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Jet/Opaque Black, so dark I can see my reflection very clearly on the glass. It's got a dark brown foamy head that builds up rather quickly once you star pouring it. The head and lacing retention is excellent, one of the best I have ever seen!

Smell - Rich Chocolate and Cocoa scents with some yeasts, coffee, and roasted malt notes. There are also hints of some fruity and butterscotch notes! It strikes a fine balance between Roast and Sweetness

Taste - Very rich chocolate with some surprisingly strong coffee notes. The flavor is backed up by a strong roasted malts along with sweet yeasts & fruity/butterscotch notes. I've had a few Russian Imperial Stouts, and this ranks right up there with Darkness in terms of flavor!

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy in body, but the carbonation is light and it feels very smooth and creamy when drinking. This has got to be the smoothest and easiest to drink Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had!

Overall - To put it simply: Amazing. This is one time where I cannot find anything truly wrong with this beer! It's got a excellent look, smell and taste. To top it all off, it's incredibly easy to drink! I'll go ahead and say that this one of the best beers I have ever had and the best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had!

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,404 ratings