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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12,193
Reviews:
3,720
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
599
Gots:
3,006
For Trade:
51
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Photo of StormAles
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmontoto
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing strength of character. Slightly bitter semi-sweet taste. Very good in the glass.

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Photo of mmoriarty
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobert84
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great taste! Loved this stout.

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Photo of Rufus1
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. Appears nearly jet black and opaque with a one and a half finger creamy tan head. Some ruby highlights. Nice sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee, bakers chocolate and dark roasted malts. Touch of alcohol. Ripe dark fruits. Hints of tobacco barn and smoke.

Taste follows the nose with a balanced blend of sweetish chocolate, expresso coffee and roasted malts. Deep luscious dark fruit like plum, raisins and dates. The bitter is in there but almost completely lost in the in the mix. Silky on the palate with perfect carbonation. Sweet up front then boozy with a good hop finish added to the dark roasted malts. Silky on the palate with perfect carbonation.

Overall this has to be one of the top imperial stouts. I enjoyed it immensely. Cheers!!

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Photo of foundersasap
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TerribleTaste
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the 2015 and 2016 Laganitas Beer Fest
Such a thick and sweet creamy beer with heavy coffee and chocolate tones, really enjoyed sipping this ice cold offering in 100+ degree weather.

I recently tried this beer on Nitro over at 99 Beers on the wall in Santacruz, It's much better on nitro, makes that thick creamy beer go down so easily, and just provides a totally new experience with the beer!

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Photo of Chriscowles1980
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with an extremely tan foamy head that does not die. The beer smells of coffee and char. The beer has a heavy malt and coffee flavor that is followed by a bitterness on the tongue. The beer is creamy. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing taste with coffee/toffee/dark and roasted malts flavors thrown into a great hops balance. Leans toward the dark in flavoring...... as it should since it's in the stout family.....killer stuff!

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EvClon
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joshs555
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Chianti
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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