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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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

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3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to globe glass.

A - The beer pours a deep black color with a nice 1.5 finger brown head with decent retention and excellent lacing.

S - A lot of roasted malt character with a noticeable alcohol warmth.

T - The beer is smooth, at first. Some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt character. The middle of brings a mild bitterness and a bit of sweetness. A noticeable alcohol warmth. The beer finishes sweet and strong but very crisp.

M - Full bodied with a little much in terms of carbonation, in my opinion.

D - Good

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of CTbeerboy
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This brew pours a deep chocolate without about 1.5-2 fingers of khaki head that disappears quite quickly.
S- You get lots of dark roasty espresso and coffe notes. Tan leather and dark chocolate cake come to mind as well. There is definitely a smokiness in the background as well that plays really nice.
T- Dry, almost spiky on the front of the tongue on my first few sips. This soon mellows out and you really get the espresso and chocolate notes on the back of the tonge. There are some nice dark fruit notes (maybe plum or black cherry) in the center palate.
M- Very dry and lingers long after the beer has gone down your throat.
O- Overall, this is a very good (and popular) Russian Imperial Stout that is quite easy to find everywhere. It smells good, tastes great and is definitely worth pursuing.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: dark and thick, color of a black bowling ball. 2 fingers of mocha-colored head leaves great lacing.

S: burbon, chocolate, and plum predominate. Some oaky notes as it warms. Roasty malts. To me the nose is the best part by far.

T: bitter dark chocolate and burbon predominate up front and at mid-palate. Some coffee in there as well and perhaps some black licorice. A bit hashed than I would like.

M: rather crisp with the alcohol heat but overall smooth. Perhaps a bit high on the carbonation. Not bad though.

O: a good stout but not my favorite. Pretty strong, could maybe benefit from some age. I believe they also barrel-age this one and I see why.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a tan head.

S - Big chocolate, gently roasted malt, coffee, vanilla,hazelnut? walnuts.

T - Robust espresso and rich chocolate on the palate, heavily roasted black malt, vanilla bean, roasted walnuts.

M - Heavy body, very smooth feel, low carbonation.

Big robust flavors with a big hop bite at the end. The roasted malt comes through more in the flavor than the nose. Nice nutty yeast, great stout overall.

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

Had this a ton of times and strangely I've never reviewed it. A classic that's available everywhere. This is the last of a 4-pack I've had in my fridge for about 4 months. Poured it into my Great Divide balloon glass.

This beer just looks awesome. Poured with a HUGE tan head. Still waiting for it to die down a bit. This isn't even on Nitro and I love the head. Just a classic, dark, awesome stout look.

The nose has some thickness to it, but I know from having this before that it's a bit misleading. Chocolate is the major note. Some smoke and hops, too. As it warms, the chalky dryness comes through.

The beer is a very classic RIS. Maybe a bit hoppier and chalkier than I would prefer. Comes across as a bit dry and astringent. Good depth of flavor... guessing this could use another 6 months to smooth out the hops. In fact, the depth of the beer at this point should tell me something about the quality. Still, it doesn't convey the RIS flavors that I like to find.

Old Rasputin is a good, standard RIS. Maybe a bit hoppier and chalkier than I would prefer, but there's nothing off about it. Very solid and something I'm not sad to see in my fridge... especially for the price point!

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4/5  rDev -7%

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,453 ratings