Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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:
12,229
Reviews:
3,726
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
603
Gots:
3,036
For Trade:
50
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4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alpha-Leader
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alt-malt
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft in taster glass. Poured dark black with a persistent foam that took several seconds to lift into a thick sticky head that remained on top of the beer and on the sides of the glass as I drank the beer down. Smells thick of rich malt and lightly of malt. Taste is slightly bitter and sweet with a delicious mix of coffee flavor and hops playing well together. The feel is rich and smooth on the tongue. Body is fairly heavy, but not overwhelmingly so. This beer has a near completely perfect mix of everything from the smell, taste, and body which makes for a fantastic beer that thoroughly pleases.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured pitch black with a thick one inch foamy head that didn’t want to die untl the last drop was gone from the glass. The lacing is thick and clingy. The smell is roasted malt with coffee mixed really well. The taste is bitter but very sweet having the hops combine nicely with the roasted malt and coffee. The beer gets sweeter as it goes. There is an ever so slight caramel in the taste as well. The palate is medium to thick bodied. Overall, this beer never ceases to amaze me no matter how many times I have it.

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Photo of Trboley
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shiu-chan
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour in pint glass, dark with one inch of head.
Charred and toffee nose.
Vanilla, charred wood, hoppy and espresso taste.
Overall, a typical imperial stout but lack complexity.

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Photo of Fourlives
1.9/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was completely excited seeing this stocked here in the East Coast and decided to give it a try.

Please, PLEASE if the brewers are reading this, you need to dial the hops back at least 50% from where they are now. There is nothing more disappointing than having a great midnight beach hang with the pooper, place the snifter out, pour what looks to be a fantastic beer with great head & lacing, only to smell hops right off the bat.

Then the taste, come on man. Please. Someone please stop with the hops already. An Imperial Stout should be bready, malty, with some dark cherry, plums, raisins maybe, with subtle licorice and coffee overtones, but never, EVER hoppy!

Thank God I brought a variety down to the beach with me. If have been pissed to have to walk back and get more beer.

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Photo of -chii-
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kbret
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark. Smells and taste of coffee but just the right amount. I like how smooth the it goes down. Very drinkable...

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Photo of stoopkidd
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of johnyb
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egrissom
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of toscanoigor
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbehlar
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryan_Louvain
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeIquiades
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lt_Col_Kilgore
2.43/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I read several of the reviews on this beer. Ive had other imperial stouts and was excited to try this one. I couldn't be more disappointed. The feel and look are fine for an Imperial Ale, but my overall score is based on the taste, which is the most important factor. It's way over-hopped so it drowns out any subtle flavors from the malts. Stouts, in my opinion should be malty to balanced, with the bitterness coming from the roasting of the malts rather than an over abundance of hops. It's as if they're trying to turn it into the dark version of an IPA, an IDA? IPAs are fine if that's what you go for, but when I drink stout ale I want to enjoy balanced malty goodness, not Christmas tree flavored brew. This is just a terrible ale. Brewers shouldn't feel they need to add a ridiculous amount of hops just because the alcohol content is high. This ale would probably be pretty tasty if they dialed the hops back a bit. I didn't give it a 1 because I would reserve that for Coors and Budweiser.

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Photo of dubnation
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DaPan
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LordRogan
1.48/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Y'all mutha fuckas is crazy! This is a bad beer! All that time to age and develop complexity and add wood and vanillins and all you get is hot, burnt alcohol and char. They need to throw away the recipe and start again because this is a complete dog.

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Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stoffystouts
2/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had high hopes but just didn't enjoy this - not the look in the glass (little head), the aroma, not the taste... nor the finish. Maybe was an old bottle (didn't see a date). Might give it another chance but for now this is a NO from me. Sorry Raspy!

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Photo of CoreyOrwell
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,229 ratings.
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