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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. (Closest glass nearby)

Yeah, no light is escaping this one. Kind of an odd thing to give a high appearance on, but I think you know where I'm coming from on a stout like this. :-)

The carbonation was pretty much spot on, nice small bubbles. I think I was surprised by the smell, not as strong as I was expecting. A little charcoal and bitter chocolate aroma.

The taste was very smooth, not overpowering. Somehow, I was hoping for some more complexity to shine through, but the variety of subtle flavors was dominated in my nose by the charcoal taste.

I was surprised how masked that 9% is. Doesn't feel like it at all. I'm not sure I'd ever session an imperial stout, but it's as likely a candidate as you're gonna find.

Regardless, it's good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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

A- The nose is a little understated. I get some coffee and roast.

A- Pitch black with a thin rich brown colored head.

F- Dark chocolate and deep roasty flavors are present. There's some bitterness, but it's subdued. Not harsh or overly astringent. The malt flavors are there, but not residual sweetness.

M- Low to average carbonation. Nice full body, without being cloying. Actually a pretty dry taste, like accented by the mild astrigent character of the roast malts.

O- An awesome beer. It's everything you could want in a Russian Imperial Stout. I love the fact that it's big and strong, but there's not a hot alcohol flavor and that the roast flavors are present, but the beer avoids being too harsh. It's a drinkable version that I'd come back to.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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4.06/5  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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,466 ratings