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:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12,157
Reviews:
3,710
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
595
Gots:
2,986
For Trade:
52
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Ratings: 12,157 |  Reviews: 3,710
Photo of HipCzech
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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 SolipsismalCat
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a giant light tan, creamy and fizzy head that lasted many minutes. Crazy lacing.

S: Coffee. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Nice bittersweet chocolate with a bitter finish. Not as complex as I was hoping for though.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Silky smooth and slightly warm going down.

O: A solid above average Russian Imperial. The look and mouthfeel stood out to me.

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Photo of jl28r1
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BradShook
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Desimoaj
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JamesLeung
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most reviewed beers on here, and I have never tasted it. So here we go; fresh bottle poured into a snifter.

Totally black body. Even with a strong white light nothing penetrates save for a few dark brown highlights, but they are minimal. the head is brown and standard for the style.

Smells of hops soaked in dark wort, well roasted barley, black patent malt, and a touch of astringent coffee.

The flavor takes the coffee and dark wort-infused hops to a new level. Roast is big, smoke is very small. Coffee is big, chocolate is small. Actually I don't think there is any smoke in this flavor. Bold hops. Well done flavors that kick with grit but don't abuse the palate.

The mouthfeel is thick and full with low carbonation, which I think is spot on for the style.

Conclusion: I always imagined this to be a well rounded American version of this classic style, and it turns out to be exactly that. Worth the hype? Yes. Are there even better options out there? Yes.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark with thin brown/pinkish head.

S - A little bit of coffee and some dates.

T- Some coffee and dates again, but weak. Alcohol extremely well hidden. This is much lighter tasting than I expected. Easy drinkability.

M - Quite thin. I was hoping for more body.

O - Pretty good. However, I feel this beer is over-rated.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love me some Old Rasputin.

Poured into a belgian snifter glass, this beer is pitch black with a thick, light brown head on top. Good foam retention and lace. The nose is dense with strong caramel, licorice, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark cherries, candied sugar, fig and other assorted fruits. Very complex interlay of malt and hops, although the hops take a back seat in the aroma. The taste is rich and satisfying, but also well-balanced. Coffee is heavy, as is a chocolate/cherry flavor up front in the mouth. Good lingering coffee bitterness at the end. Dry finish in the mouthfeel really rounds things out nicely.

A readily drinkable imperial Russian stout. And, given the fact that it's accessible in most major markets around the country, it's even more appealing. Totally accessible for beer geeks and neophytes alike in my opinion. A great intro to the style, and a wonderful example of what all imperial stouts should strive for.

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Photo of hansgruber
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of osant37
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

First taste was poured from draft (nitro) a couple weeks ago, and while it was very good I just don't prefer the flat feeling of a nitro beer so I held off on rating until I could try the original version. I enjoy the feel of carbonation. I later found it again, regular draft, and it was absolutely delicious. I would go so far as to say it's of the best year-round Russian Imperial Stouts I've had to date. A must try if you have not already.

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Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dherling
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a near black opaque color with a creamy cappucino head. The nose offered some serious malts, chocolate, coffee, but also hops a plenty, grapefruit and piney. The taste is charcoal, mollasses, bbq, smoke, coffee, chocolate, and even a little sour cherry. lots of fun things going on here. Almost has too thin of a mouthfeel for a stout, more porter like with good tight carbonation. Very drinkable for a big, heavy, complicated beer like this.

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

amazingly smooth. this beer is a very good stout. very nice smell and taste. very nice carbonation, head and lace.

to date this is the best stout that i have had the pleasure to drink. i do not drink stout often because i am a coffee drinker. sounds odd but i want my beer to be beer and my coffee to be coffee. this stout stands on its own.

excellent choice!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of fizzyted
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of od_sf
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TequilaTom
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bboven
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deathly black with a huge initial head fading into tow full fingers. Thick, copiuos lacing.

Initial aroma is roast and coffee, then a swirl reveals dark fruit and a hint of alcohol.

Licorice, alcohol, raisin, and burnt toffee are the most prominent flavors. Big warming alcohol burst in the stomach is great.

Big alcohol dryness in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is a touch high, this should be almost flat. Great example, though.

Wonderful example, even if it's a very big example. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Natural510
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch-black pour resembling ink; nice tan head which dissipates but leaves a decent coat of lace on the glass.
Smells of roasted malts with a sweet milk-chocolate overtone.
Flavor is heavy. The roasted malts coincide with a bitter cocoa flavor which leave a very dry aftertaste. A milky sweetness creeps through, as does a very subtle hop note. The flavors give an overall coffeelike quality as well.
Very creamy, heavy but smooth. Drinks like an espresso...definitely a sipper.
I can see why this is so popular; doesn't try to go too extreme in the RIS category, merely offers a finely-crafted, drinkable brew. Another well-rounded brew from North Coast.

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Photo of oldedog
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,157 ratings.
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