Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 12,258 ratings
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#496
Reviews:
3,735
Ratings:
12,258
Liked:
11,526
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.23%
Alströms:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
608
Gots:
3,052
Trade:
50
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Ratings: 12,258 |  Reviews: 3,735
Photo of Slikpitt
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Obsidian with ruby tint and some stray photons passing through edges. Two finger ecru head with excellent head retention and great lacing

S - faint smell of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with alcohol in background

T - Extremely smooth the whole way with roasted barley and chocolate in the front and nice EtOH the whole way through. Not as bold as I expected but so smooth. Very little bitterness

M - full body moderate carbonation creamy and smooth

O - Fantastic Imperial stout. One of my favorites but still not as good as The Abyss.

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Photo of Kala1073
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this beer is what a Russian Imperial stout should be. Taste outstanding. looks dark as night. Feels the way it should and it smells similar to dark coffee / dark chocolate. The flavor is full on roasted goodness. Why pass this one up? Just get it.

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Photo of Merkur
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice pitch black, with about 2 fingers worth of tan, creamy head.

Beer does not have alot of strong smell. A bit of coffee and chocolate, but not much.

Beer tastes very strongly of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and rich. Almost like drinking a milkshake.

A must try on nitro.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of 20ozmonkey
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what the date of this bottle was, but I've been holding on to it for a little over a year now. I haven't reviewed a fresh bottle, but I have definitely had it before.

Looks very tasty. Half-finger tan head that fades and leaves bubble around the edge of the surface. Deep black color that absolutely no light is going to get through.

Surprisingly fruity notes on the smell. Light caramel and chocolate smells as well, not overpowering though.

I would say this definitely tastes different than a younger bottle. There's a blast of sweet fruity caramel on the front with bitter chocolate staying for the finish. The alcohol has smoothed out over time also.

Relative to other imperial stouts this is fairly light bodied. There's a bit of stickiness that coats your mouth, but nothing unpleasant.

Holding on to this bottle was a bit of an experiment and I would say it turned out great! I'm gonna have to grab another four pack to replace this bottle.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of gkunkle
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brickhouse a few months back, reviewing from chicken-scratch on the back of a receipt. Served in a pint glass with a one finger light tan head. Body of the beer is black, though I think a deep brown would be a better descriptor, as it's not truly a jet black. Aroma is of dark sweet malts, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel. When I sip the beer I get flavors of dark chocolate, roasted notes, bitterness, malt sweetness. Body is not as thick as expected considering the smell and the high ABV. I am generally not an RIS kind of guy, but this was one of the first imperial stouts I have enjoyed.

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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  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of sneth019
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Cyclone8
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of msarver16
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 12,258 ratings
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