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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When you get a propper pour of Old Rasputin, you should be watching the beautiful cascading dance thats happening just underneath the head for at least three minutes. This is the point when this brew becomes spiritual.

The appearance is as black as you can get, with a nice dark-ish cream colored solid head. Don't wait for it to go away, plow through it.

When the ol'nostrils get involved, you are smelling some stout standards: chocolate, a lil coffee, a lil sweet malty.

After all this foreplay, and you finally take a sip, just creamy malt chocolate coffee working as a team. Well Balanced. The flavors take over your mouth, but not overwhelmingly. Every tastebud is involved.

This is one of the few beers that I will notice everytime its on tap. Consistent, dependable, and just one of those great experiences in craft beer.

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A: Pitch black, head is cream colored and holds for a while with nice lacing on edge of the glass.

S: Sweet toffee and roasted malt smell with hint of alcohol on the back end which if more prominent as it warms up.

T: Smooth with a moderate thickness, roasted malt, toffee, coffee and sweetness. Alcohol can be appreciated as it warms up.

M: Great body the finishes nicely and cleanly. To my taste buds, I get a hint of alcohol when it warmed up.

O: FANTASTIC. The alcohol is a minor issue and only when warms up, especially at 10%. I need to age one of these and see how it turns out in about a year or two. I don't know if my patience can last much longer than that.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,466 ratings