Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12,189
Reviews:
3,720
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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599
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3,002
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review in about six months, been away for a while, but it feels good to be back, had this four-pack cellared since a Beers of the World trip last November, thought I would break it out to help get back into the swing of things.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH snifter:

A-Jet-black with nothing getting through this beauty, a touch of head that quickly ends up in a beautiful toffee-ish ring and just a bit of lacing

S-I get quite a bit of black strap molasses, coffee, chocolate, my lovely wife contends that there is a green olive feature there, but I don't get that at all

T-Interesting, very complex, definitely coffee and chocolate are present, I also get the molasses, it seems pretty mellow, this might be from the year that I put it away for, but the alcohol is not at all present. There is a little bit of after-taste, but nothing unpleasant at all

M-There's more carbonation present than I would have expected, but it seems a bit thin on the tongue, not at all thick and chunky like some RIS varieties

O-well worth the wait, both for the year that it sat and for me to get back to reviewing...

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. A dark black pour with wonderful, frothy 2 finger head, big lacing. Inviting.

Complex aroma of molasses, roasted coffee, some chocolate backed by balanced hop bitterness.

Taste starts coffee like fading into molasses finishing dry with big hops. The hops stay with you along time. Taste moves from one element to the other and leaves nothing to want. Complex and powerful flavors.

Mouth feel is creamy, effervescent all balanced.

Perhaps there are more recent, unique takes on this style with bourbon barrel aging and vanilla overtones but this beer represents the standard for Russian Imperial Stout. One of my fravorite all time beers. Never had an off bottle.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a very nice looking beer. I pour the beer out of a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer is a very blackish brown with a three finger head that is dark tan. The beer fades rather quickly and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: The smell of this beer is very pleasant. To me there isn't as much booze as I was expecting. It is strong in chocolate, coffee and even a little liquorice. It also has a foresty wood smell with roasted malt.

T: Wow! There are almost no words for how amazing this beer is. The first few seconds you get a strong amount of roasted malt and then as the beer lingers you start to get several different flavors, like chocolate and coffee. Its just amazing.

M: This is a very nice feeling beer. It burns the tongue a tiny bit on the tongue and the back of the throat, but for as high of alcohol, it is very nice. It isnt the smoothest or best feeling RIS, but it doesn't take away from the beer at all.

O: I have had this several times and it just seems to get better and better the more I have it. The taste is top notch and few compare. One of the best quality to price beers you can possibly get on the market.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass. Black in color and opaque, with a dense mocha colored head, almost gone in a few minutes leaving small spots of scattered lacing. Smell is black chocolate up front, with faint booze and cream. Taste starts with a bitter and burnt explosion, finished by subtle sweet chocolate and alcohol lingering. Entirely drinkable and creamy.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,189 ratings.
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