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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4.46/5  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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,438 ratings