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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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Photo of dtomes
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of B_B
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of JohnTurano
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of KShophead
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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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Photo of lzepplin01
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of diablo14
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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Photo of throwback
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

P:  A pitch black abyss mounted by a mountain of frothy cappuccino head. Retention is great and  and leaves a thick layer of decadent clouds on top. 

S:  Decadent aroma with roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, molasses, and oak. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose and delivers a nice alcohol sting to cut the sweetness. Bitterness is mild but has nice earthy qualities. Small amount of cherry alcohol lingers in the back of the throat.  Full creamy body with a splash of carbonation. Finish is dry with some chalkiness and leaves behind dark cocoa and bitter coffee. 

O:  This is one of my favorite RIS because it's quite delicious and it's hands down cheaper than anything else. You couldn't ask for a better deal than this. The flavors and aroma speak for themselves and deliver a complex yet elegant beer that is sure to please. 

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Photo of jjboesen
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Long a favorite of mine, this exemplifies the style - in my humble opinion. Just seeing old Gregori Rasputin, the sinister monk who captivated Czarina Alexandra, staring at you from the label with his hypnotic eyes is worth picking up a bottle.

It is deep dark in color, much like the eyes of the aforementioned monk, capped by a frothy beige foam. There is a mild nose of chocolate and toast in the nose; the palate is tickled with dark chocolate motes and a wispy hop finish.

The balance is excellent; the finish is clean and filling. A great beer, a great style and a wonderful expression.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It poured with a 1/4" tan head. Black and deep brown. Head fades at medium pace to a thin lacing.
S- Coffee aromas mixed in with some deep rich malts.
T-Bit of coffee flavor with really nothing else. Coffee flavor wasn't to strong and grew in after taste. The whole overall flavors were not to strong at all. There was also a little bitterness in aftertaste.
M- More carbonation than I expected. Had about medium carbonation and a medium body. Was sticky also.
D- It was a very simple beer lacking complexity. Not to strong flavors. Not much going on with the beer at all. Smelled good though. Is drinkable but nothing special at all.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh baby, Old Rasputin is a constant go to. Like flippin' to page 29 in the 1999 Victoria's Secret Winter Catalogue when Raul was 15, "go to."

Now, the Kings just took a 2-0 lead in the first, but Raul was pumped even before that. This bad boy is just splendid. Rich, dark, luscious... (and no, Raul is not talking about Beyonce). I mean, just smooth. Nina Agdal promoting a Cod sandwich for Carl's Jr. "smooth."

Find it my children. Find it good.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours two to three fingers of dense, moussy tan coloured head over an opaque, jet black body that shows highlights of red when held to direct light. Head slowly reduced to a thin layer, leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - 4.5
Big aroma of burnt, roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and a hint of plummy fruitiness.

Taste - 4.0
Dark chocolate, burnt raisins and roasted coffee burst onto the palate. A fair bit of caramel and molasses-like sweetness is there, but more than countered by firm hop bitterness. Finishes very dry, which results in better than average drinkability for the style.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Oh so silky smooth, almost velvety in the mouth with a full body with moderate carbonation and fine bead.

Overall - 4.5
A very to-the-book, English style Russian Imperial Stout. Far less hoppy than many of its American counterparts, and in my opinion, better for it. I would like a little more sweetness and malty richness, but otherwise, there is little to criticize.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with almost no head. Not much lacing.

Smell is great. Very pleasent roasty aroma. Slightly sweet smelling. Lots of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes just as it smells. This RIS is a little more on the roasty side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall a heavy beer that I couldn't drink alot of but it is very tasty.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,331 ratings
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