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

Enjoyed in a snifter at Papago.

None more black. Atop is a one-finger head of sand colored form that I let air out for about 15 minutes without it receding as much as a millimeter. Thick, sticky walls of lace coat the glass as I drink.

Smells burnt. Overtoasted bread, medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, touches of tobacco. The aroma overall is good, but is also a little subdued. Hard to pick up much through the thick head.

In the flavor, smokiness is increased, like a campfire. Bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, toast. A touch of sweet chocolate at the swallow, culminating in a smooth blend of burnt and sweet flavors.

The full, smooth, creamy, soft body is damn near perfect. Like a fleece blanket, it’s so smooth on the tongue. A touch of tingly carbonation keeps things lively, and there’s just a hint of alcohol in the nose. Finishes clean, which is a pleasant surprise. You'd expect it to be heavy.

Nitro is the way Rasputin was meant to be served. So, so smooth. Great feel, awesome flavor.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black, pours very dark with a dark thick head. my idea of a perfect looking beer.

Smell - hints of chocolate, roasted barley, and coffee

Taste - the hops hit you first the smooth off the a coffee chocolate aftertaste. the alchohol is almost completely hidden. very smooth and flavorful

Mouthfeel - thick and delicious. the flavor coats the mouth and stays there.

Overall -it was expensive for me at 15 dollars a 4 pack. but i just want to drink more of it.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured dark as midnight with a nice soft thick head that stuck to the sides of the glass. I tastes hints of chocolate and coffee. The feel was creamy and smooth this went down very easy and at 9% i didnt taste any alcohol in the finish. I drank this with a smoked pork chop sandwich that i thought went well together. If you see this on tap i recommend giving it a try.

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

It's been a while since my last review, but wow was it worth the wait! As one member mentioned it pours out like motor oil, dark as the night. Dark hues in the glass. I even tried holding a light up to the other side to get some color- but little came through. Great world class head that cliinnggs to the sides.

The smell is chocolaty and for me- no hint of the high alcohol. There is an espresso hint and roasted malts.

Taste is complex, and very good. On the front side is a small small hint of burnt coffee, and much chocolate- but quickly followed by the malts, with bitter hops in there. It ends with a slight sweet uptake. So it rounds out nicely.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Very slightly thick and creamy with malts rolling over your tongue.

Generally I like all beers, but I am mostly an IPA man. My fave of all time being Herculese Double IPA. But I must say- this is THE best Russian Stout I have ever tasted. It's not a session beer by any means, but worthy of a taste. Extremely well crafted and tasty.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,437 ratings