Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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Old RasputinOld Rasputin

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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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

Had on tap at Taco Asylum. Poured in a pint glass, reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width mocha head. Long retention and sticky, foamy lacing. Deep reddish black color. Mahogany.

S- Creamy and chocolaty. Toasty malts and caramel as well.

T- Deep, dark and bitter. Creaminess is not lost with the roast malts. Subtle and not overpowering. Wonderful.

M- Fairly thick and creamy bodied. Decent carbonation.

O- Wonderful beer. What hath North Coast wrought?

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, $8.99/4. No freshness information. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown that is opaque; huge, 2" fluffy light brown head that drops slowly and leaves a thick, continuous layer of lacing; tiny amount of effervescence under top layer.

S: Restrained roasted coffee; dark dried fruit, e.g. raisins & prunes; chocolate and vanilla.

T: Caramel; espresso and malt; licorice; intense, growing bitterness; alcohol taste is masked.

M: Medium carbonation, medium/full body that is thick without being syrupy; smooth & creamy; neutral/dry finish; alcohol warming.

O: A moderately big, full flavored RIS that is balanced, a pleasure to drink and a good value.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A world-class example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Pour an inky black with coffee-coloured head and decent lacing. Mouthfeel is pleasant, not nearly as oily or viscous as might be expected by the 9% ABV. Aroma of roasted malts and barrel tannins is followed by the well balanced, smoky taste. The barrel focused finish remains a true highlight.

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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: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark black, completely opaque, with no hints of color on the fringe of the glass. Tan head that has moderate retention, but beautiful lacing.

S: Cherry, plum and walnut aroma. Dark roasted malts and charcoal. Alcohol phenols.

T: Roasted malt, with dark chocolate and cherry. The secondary notes are of espresso, chocolate and beautiful american hop balance, that creates this bitter, yet sweet harmony. Dry and warm finish.

M: Medium body with mid to low carbonation. Alcohol warmth and distinct bitterness.

O: A fantastic RIS. It became more sweet and syrupy as it warmed up. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark black. Very small red huge showing through the glass. Big, thick head that recedes to a nice soapy consistency. It sticks around during the duration of the beer. Decent amount of lacing thanks to the 9% ABV.

S- Burnt dark chocolate & alcohol.

T- Same as smell. The alcohol creates a warming effect in the finish. This doesn't taste like sweet molasses or syrup, so that is a plus in my book. This beer is a lot smoother than most imperial stouts I've had. It starts of semi-dry to my taste-buds, then moves to a sweetness that is very well balanced with the rest of the beer's flavors.

M- Medium, but more towards full bodied. The finish makes the beer feel like it's stuck to the roof of your mouth and spreads to the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is what creates the warming sensation.

Overall, Old Rasputin has everything that a standard imperial stout has, but is smoother. It's less alcoholic than most in it's style, which makes it more enjoyable. It also doesn't have an extremely heavy molasses or sugary sweet syrup taste, so that's what I like about it. No where near my favorite beer, but it's damn tasty.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this both on-tap and in bottle, and surprisingly, the bottle was superior to the tap, god knows why, so I averaged the two ratings.

A - Black as night, opaque, no light going through this stuff. 1/2 pinky of head, darker grey colored.

S - Typical quality Imperial, nice hints of chocolate, maltiness, slight hop quality to it.

T - Great, tastes of smooth chocolate and the hops make their presence subtley known. The chocolate malt is clearly the forefront. Alcohol taste is very effectively masked by the fantastic flavors.

M - Thick, decent carbonation, not overpowering or underwhelming. Good balance. The creaminess is praiseworthy.

O - Does it live up to the hype? That, lads and ladies, is up to the drinker. In my opinion, the bottle lived up, whereas the tap did not. Anyways, both were great choices; drinkable, flavorful, nice ABV and cleverly masked. Recommended.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout: This brew is highly regarded by Beer Advocate reviewers, so when I saw it in a store it was hard to pass up. No surprise that it is pitch black with a thin near brown head. There is a good aroma to this stout with molasses and bready notes. If you try this beer be ready for an intense experience. The flavor is big and brawny. Get ready for hints (or hits) of coffee grinds, unsweetened bakers chocolate, blackstrap molasses and toasted black bread. The aftertaste is long with some bitter coming through. This is not your starter stout, and I would recommend for those not familiar with stouts to work your way up to the Old Rasputin with some more mellow offerings. This is an overwhelming beer!

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,467 ratings