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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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

Poured into tulip glass:

A: just about pitch black, with the slightest of dark brown hues on the edges when held to light. Yields a pillowy brown head that leaves just a bit of lace as it settles.

S: brown sugar, semisweet chocolate, pleasant alcohol fumes, molasses. Very appealing.

T: vine fruit (as in a bold red wine), bitter chocolate, alcohol heat, all rounded out by a bold, dark coffee flavor that lingers. So good.

M: Rich and full, as it should be. Can get a bit hot after a while, but that's to be expected.

O: I already knew this, but taking the time to be critical reaffirms how much I love this beer. They're two different animals, but the only Russian Imperial that equals this is Samuel Smith's. This is the standard bearer for the style.

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

Motor oil opaque black with a two-finger nut brown head.

Aroma is molasses, licorice or anise, coffee and bready malt. Taste starts with a fairly assertive earthy bitterness that maintains throughout. Really roasty, slightly burnt, not smoked, plus dried dark fruit like prunes and figs.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, highly viscous, and creamy.

This is a complex, roasty, bitter and delicous brew, and is incredible for the $7.99 per four pack price point.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aged 2 years and even better than fresh.

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A: Pours an amazing near-black-dark-brown, with a frothy chocolate tan head and beautiful lacing.

S: Major notes are chocolate and booze, coffee and malt too.

T: From the first sip, it is fabulous. A huge taste of chocolate up front combined with roasted malts. Almost like a shake. It ends with subtle flavors of dark fruit and alcohol, along with a tad bit of coffee.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Alcohol has mellowed out, incredibly smooth flavors. A touch of black licorice comes in, while bittersweet chocolate comes into play.

M: Nice and creamy, but more carbonation than I expected, it works, though. Alcohol masked incredibly well.

D: It's fantastic, the only warning would be the ABV. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Outrageously drinkable with a couple years on it. Throw a 4-pack in your cellar, you won't regret it (wish I put in more).

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,280 ratings
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