Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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95
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12,207 Ratings
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:
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
Ratings:
12,207
Reviews:
3,722
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
602
Gots:
3,018
For Trade:
51
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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of cleve1212
2.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of njmoons
2.59/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a very dark brown, 1 finger of foam which dissapated quickly.

The aroma was malty and overwhelmed by the spicy grapefruity smell of cascade hops. This overwhelmed the malt and heavy fruits I expect to smell in a Imperial Russian.

The taste was initially heavy malt and quickly overtaken by the hops, which took over the flavor with excessive bitterness and grapefruit flavors. This hop flavor overpowered the finish with a spicy bitter flavor that lingered on the palate.

Mouthfeel was thick and creamy appropriate to a Imperial Russian.

Due to the overwhelming hops flavors and bitterness the drinkability was relativily poor.

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Photo of Longhorn08
2.62/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TK5150
2.63/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Have had this beer many times, deciding to rate a bottle after having it again today.

A- Looks like a stout. Pours black with a beige head. I would like the head to be darker considering this is an imperial stout.

S- Very mundane, and tight. Not much going on, basically just some maltiness on the nose.

T- Malty with some bitter old coffee and a little dark chocolate. Does not flow well. Bad flavor transitions. Not much in the way of complexity or flavor.

M- Full bodied. Roasted grain bitterness out of nowhere is hurting the score though.

D- Glad I only bought a single bottle this time.

I keep giving this beer chances, but honestly this is not very good. Probably will not buy from the bottle again. On draft it is a pretty nice beer though. There is not much skill in this beer.

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Photo of Buebie
2.7/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, into a snifter.
Color is pitch black with no color to be found. 3 finger creamy brown head, sits there and sits there. Big thick clumps of lace rings around the glass. Retention is outstanding.

Great big sweet chocolate aroma of the knose. Some grainy earthy aromas, mixed with hints of grassy hops.
Oh that sweet milk chocolate aroma is intoxicating.
No alcahol fumes off the aroma.

More carbonation than anticipated, mouthfeel is somwhat thin for an RIS. Yet there is still an inky like texture. Bitter chocolate grainy flavors. The sweetness in the aroma is now nowhere to be found. This is quite bitter. Kind of a chalky aspirin flavor at the swallow. Some alcahol warming at this point.
Becoming increasingly bitter with hints of spicy hops at the lingering finish.

It was a terrific beer, until I took a sip. Then it became an ok beer for the style. Way too much carbonation, not thick and creamy either.

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Photo of dogboy
2.71/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thought I'd try this highly rated brew and was dissapointed. Pours good and looks ok in the glass. Smell was too much coffee on the nose and the first sip confirmed the smell. Overpowering burnt coffee taste for me. Also the beer was too thick and as I find with American stouts, too fizzy. It's ok enough and I'd like to try it on tap (or aged), but why the A?

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Photo of LiamStLiam
2.71/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got a good, black pour, low head.

I found it harder to drink than I expected. A lot going on in this beer, and not all of it to my taste.

I am a "smoothness" guy, and this is not a smooth beer.

I find this a difficult style to understand right now, and I know it's a hard one to do.

This is my first North Coast Beer, so I am not quite sure what to expect in the future.

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Photo of degueulasse
2.73/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's a rather standard but still attractive deep brown (almost black) with a dense but thin head. The head has a creamy feel on the tongue, and the body is pleasantly smooth and milky. This is likely one of the best-feeling beers I've ever had. That said, I couldn't get around to liking the taste, which is chocolaty but also somewhat sour and stale. It smells strongly of chocolate as well, though a little flatter than most beers of its kind that I've tried. This has the formula to be a favorite beer of mine, but it ended up disappointing me.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,207 ratings.
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