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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of eifster82
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Had this beer many times, finally got around to reviewing it. Pours a dark black w/ a perfect one finger chocolate head. The head looks like clouds- very billowy, nice. This is a great looking beer. Great carbonation, and like a black hole- no light escapes.

S- Great smelling beer. Chocolate, malt, coffee, and some hops dominate the nose. Very smooth, and very balanced. This smells like what a RIS should be. Classic.

T- There's a reason this has a solid 'A' average. It's delicious. I've also had it on draft, and it was one of the best drafts I've ever had. Bottle version is still worthy though. All the smells come through in the taste, but a little stronger. Very balanced, although the hops in the aftertaste could be smoothed out just a tad. That's nitpicking though. Fabulous beer.

M- A little bite from the hops, otherwise this one is silky smooth. Not quite as smooth and rich as I'd like, but it's really good.

O- Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite in the style. Maybe not the best, but it's up there. Do yourself a favor if you like RIS, and pick this one up- it's exceptional.

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Photo of nhindian
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This specific bottle provided by 603BeerMe, thanks Clark!

A - Pours into the glass and as it fills it extinguishes all light through it, and despite my trying, I can't seem to find any highlights here. Even the head of this beer is magical as a relatively normal pour unleashes a 3-fingered, tan head, comprised of tightly condensed bubbles giving it a nice, creamy look. Retention is great as well as it lasts for several minutes and when it finally settles it still leaves about a half-finger ring around the edge. Additionally, this beer leaves sheer curtains of lace, covering almost the entire circumference. I haven't seen such great lacing since Pretty Thing's Babayaga, which was extremely impressive. This is just a fantastic looking beer.

S - The nose is full of roasted malts, bittersweet baker's chocolate, and a bitterness that could be attributed to either the chocolate or some slight hops. It's a bit acrid, almost similar to smelling a pot of coffee that is a few hours old. Some alcohol also comes into play near the back.

T - The taste really lives up to the smell. A lot of coffee comes into play at first before getting tamed by the malts. Tons of dark chocolate follow and I'm getting a nice roast as well. I am also getting some hops, but not to the extent of something like Great Divide's Yeti or Victory's Storm King, just a slight hop bitterness to complement the bitterness in the chocolate and alcohol, which again makes an appearance at the end. The finish is long and bitter with a lot of chocolate still lingering. This beer is extremely solid; it's not going to blow your mind with delicate, exotic intricacies, but if you want a tasty beer that does the style justice at an excellent price point, look no further.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually a bit lighter and less chewy than I would've expected, but it still does feel great in the mouth and it leaves a coating and long finish to remember it by.

D - Drinkability is high. For anyone looking to get into Russian Imperial Stouts, I wouldn't recommend anything else besides this. It scores high for me on all facets, and for the price point it can't be beat. This will be a regular staple for me when looking for a solid representation in the style.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz glass bottle poured into teku glass. Good sized head, sand colored. Getting hints of coffee on the nose. Really nice taste, definitely got some tobacco as it warmed to room temperature towards the last sip. I'm glad I bought this on impulse and was turned onto it by various threads on here. Thanks BA! Now I want the barrel aged one...

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of zhanson88
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black in the glass. When poured there was one finger of tan head. Most of it dissolved in a short amount of time, but some lacing remained around the edges of my glass.

Smell: Dark and chocolate malts along with coffee are very prevalent. Not a lot else, but a great smell nonetheless.

Taste: Very much along the same lines as the smell. Tastes very strongly of cocoa and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very full body, as I expected from an imperial stout. Surprisingly smooth going down despite the relatively high alcohol content.

Drinkability: I had 1 of these, and I definitely would have been open to having 1 or 2 more. Not a beer that I could or would drink all night long.

Overall: A great imperial stout. A beer that I will be buying again.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of aknalley
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of HipCzech
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("11082016") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter glass.

Appearance: Inky black with fringes of dark brown. Builds a nice head of khaki foam that slowly recedes to streaky lace

Smell: Deeply roasted grains, light woodsmoke and emerging alcohol as it warms.

Taste: Complex malt body with layers of roasted and burnt grains, espresso and some bittersweet chocolate in the close. A healthy dose of earthy, bitter, herbal hops keeps any sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall: Big, bold and complex; definitely lives up to its reputation as a classic RIS.

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Photo of gatorlove
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body with a khaki colored head. The head is larger then any imperial stout I've ever had.

S: Chocolate, roasted coffee, caramelized sugar

T: Starts lots of roasted coffee flavor, some chocolate and vanilla, sweetened by a brown sugar taste. Then you get a solid spicy kick from the hops. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Goes down pretty smooth, but there is a slight burn in the back of my throat.

O: Absolutely delicious and I will be having this one again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of evanwoertz
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan head, very imposing looking. Aroma is expresso, coffee, chocolate, blackstrap molasses, citrusy and floral hops. Flavor is very complex and imposing; big coffee and chocolate flavors upfront followed by a blackstrap molasses sweetness that is balanced by a floral and citrus hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is huge with a big body and moderate carbonation and a bitter, slightly astringent finish. Alcohol notes are present, but balanced and drinkability is near the top for an imperial stout.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,304 ratings
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