Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#515
Reviews:
3,760
Ratings:
12,398
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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Photo of Floyd80108
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Samuel906
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that I've had many many times before, but never got around to writing a review for it. All around one of my favorite RIS. Pours a deep dark red with some mild khaki color head. Smell is great, but a tad benign compared to other heavy stouts. Malt, chocolate syrup, and vanilla. Huge toasted flavor, with lots of malt and milk chocolate. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Just a hint of alcohol. Little thinner in the mouth that one may expect, but also means it's not overly sticky. Overall, a great beer that's widely available. One of my favorites.

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Photo of engagechad
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles purchased as a 4 pack from Wegmans in Leesburg, VA - poured into a pint

Pours dark as night with a MASSIVE head that never dies.. Beautiful brown head.
Smells complex with dark fruity notes and chocolate, taste follows with malt sweetness, maintaining great balance. Feels great and over all this experience was good, but nothing like on tap. on tap it's out of this world.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: [4.00] Slick black looking liquid with an impressive 2 1/2 finger head. The head is tan and creamy looking with tiny, dense bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (9%) but there is no date.

S: [4.25] The nose is chocolate with more chocolate.

T: [4.25] The taste is milk chocolate up front then after some time it is bitter-sweet chocolate at the back. There is a smokey element to the taste also. There are also some hints of dark fruits that become more prominent as it warms.

M: [3.00] Tangy on the tongue (not as smooth as I expected). There is dry sense to the finish.

O: [4.00] Very night flavor profile with chocolate and smoke. The 9% ABV is well hidden. The mouthfeel was the only thing that wasn't in the great range is is a little more carbonated and prickly than I expected. Overall this is a really good beer. Well crafted and nice to sip on.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wally839
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sweet caramel smell. Good mouth feel. Taste similar to dragons milk but not as complex.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wer34truh
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hobbes2112
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to reviewing this beer while it was in my hand.

Poured into a pint glass, no snifters were available.

Almost no head even with a slightly abusive pour. Black as they come in the glass, slight cola color around the top edges. Smell is of the roasted barley, coffee and anise.

The taste backs up the aroma, it is a very bitter and heavy. Sweet coffee with malt lead into a dry and bitter hop.

Not the easiest beer in the world to drink, but worth every sip.

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Photo of the_benskii
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scninmer08
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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Photo of surfer4life
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours thick and black with a huge brown head. Good lacing all the way.

S - Big dark chocolate scent, with some coffee and roasted malt hints.

T - Just as in the nose, massive chocolate taste. It's so heavy, there is some coffee as well but not quite as heavy as the chocolate.
Some hop bitterness is noted, but doesn't last long.

M - Heavy and low carbonated. Wonderful coating and alcohol warming.

D - Very drinkable, I will have many more of these.

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Photo of Lilmikey1989
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goodspeed83
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stimulus
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (4 pack) into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black with a one finger tan head that leaves a light lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: Dark chocolate and coffee.
T: The bitterness of the chocolate and coffee is followed by a bit of sweetness and hop bitterness and finishes with bitter coffee.
M: Heavy body, but not overly so for the style, and carbonation is just where it should be.
D: This is great for a readily available inexpensive imperial stout, great to cellar or even drink a couple in a night.

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Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black into a NB globe glass with three fingers high of amazing head, mocha and whipped consistency. No cascading effect and spotty but tight lacing.

Rather light aroma for an RIS but components are all there, predominant chocolate and coffee but paired with cherries, dark fruits, molasses and even pecans. Rather boozy and syrupy as well.

Sweet but not cloying, chocolate predominant, in fact very little coffee to speak of in the initial taste. This is coupled with some caramel, cherry and nuttiness. The after taste comes in late but rather strong, not of hop bitterness but coffee and charred almonds. Unlike the nose, alcohol is well hidden.

Medium heavy mouthfeel, velvety smooth almost creamy and lacking in carbonation.

A slow sipper meant to be savored and a great value to boot, under $8 for four of these bottles. Pleasant all around and a good portal into the world of RIS.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rlshep
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Burnt notes. Some plum

Appearance: Pours thick medium brown head. Very slow to dissipate. Tons of foam clinging to side of glass more like whip cream than beer head. Pours thick like motor oil. Black Hole black in glass. Some ruby highlights when pouring and at edge of glass.

Flavor: Creamy chocolate up front followed by acrid notes and coffee flavor. Thick caramel sweetness lies on tongue in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Strong alcohol but doesn't overshadow rest of beer. A little high in carbonation making somewhat harsh.

Overall: Really well done. I may be drinking this one a little early and getting too much alcohol and astringency. Can't wait to age it and try again.

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Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschind
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 12 oz bottle resulting in a huge creamy mocha head that reminded me of a root beer float. Thick, very dark and opaque. Excellent lacing all the way through.

S- Dark roast coffee, chocolate, raisins.

T- Sweet and malty up front giving way to some mild bitterness and carbon astringency. Faint hops flavor with some coffee notes as well. For something with 9% ABV, the alcohol stays in the background.

M- Rich and smooth, full bodied and gently carbonated.

O- Years ago this was the first Imperial Russian Stout I tried. It was a revelation after only having Guiness as a representative of the Stout style. HIghly recommended. Never say die!

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Photo of msscott1973
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deuschbag
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. cool little labeled bottle. pours a dark black with just a hint of ruby red with a light tan head. smell is chocolate more over coffee. taste is nice. the chocolate and coffee balance each other out so one or the other doesn't dominate the taste. feels very nice and mellow in the mouth. a very nice brew. i'm not much of a stout drinker but this is by far my favorite stout.

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Photo of Malefactor
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this beer for a while and I finally was lucky enough to find a fourpack at hyvee for 9 bucks. I went back a few days later and not a trace was left. It pours black. Not inky black like some others but dark enough. The amazing part is that you can see the bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to the top! I don't know what is causing it and it's the firts time i've ever seen in it. Head retention is pretty good not that I care. It smells like the typical Imperial stout, burnt. It tastes pretty complex for suck a heavy beer. I can detect a bit of citrus and rose on the front of the toungue. Maybe a little bitter for my taste but still delicious. The picture of Rasputin on the front is great. I'm surprised I found this in august as i usually thing of imperial stout as a winter drink.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,398 ratings