Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#538
Reviews:
3,765
Ratings:
12,437
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Photo of Antc2382
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle
This beer may make you crazy like ol' Rasputin himself. High ABV, clocking in at 9.0. This is a big, boozy beer for us beer lovers.
A: Black. No light. Little tan head which forms a ring around the lip. One of the darkest beers I've tried. S: an earthy, smoky aroma from the roasted malt and coffee tones. I pick up some of that alcohol there as well. T: very dark chocolate of a high quality gives way to strong malt and coffee undertone. F: creamy, very smooth, nice taste left in the palate of coffee. O: a huge flavored, smooth and boozy stout that purest will love to drink slowly to savor

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Atlas1
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbnooshay for the bottle.

Black as night with a massive caramel-colored head. Nice and lumpy with good sticky lace. Great retention; stays until the end.

Chocolate malt aroma with some espresso and slightly sharp hops. Smells awesome! Alcohol is well masked and doesn't come through much in the nose at first, but shows itself a bit as it warms.

Well roasted coffee and molasses. Has a heavy sweetness while nicely balanced by a strong hop presence. A little char/smokiness. Residual sweetness in the finish; this is also where the alcohol shows up and provides a nice warming sensation as well as lending a hand with a little balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and full. Soft carbonation is just right.

Great RIS in the same vein as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. A BIG beer; not for the beginner.

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3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass. No freshness or bottling date indicated, which I presume is fairly inconsequential.

A- Deep brown/black in appearance. Pours with a bare minimum off-white head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Alcohol, coffee, and vague hints molasses, though taken as a whole, all are fairly muted. After ~1/2 an hour, molasses odor become more prominent.

T- Crisp as it hits, but then quickly followed by alcohol and burnt/hoppy bitterness. Alcohol hit and bitters mellow as it warms, and the essence of coffee flavors become more present and pleasant.

M- Medium/high carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D- Moderate. In my book, this is a "one glass slow-sipper" of a beer.

Future outlook: Possible that I would pick this up again for rare-occasion sipping, though not something that would rank prominently for regular imbibing.

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

Pours a midnight black with a single finger of tan head.

Nose and palette say Vanilla, maple syrup, roasted malt, roasted malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate is also very prominent, and the tip of my tongue is tingling from a decent amount of hops, which along with a steady amount of carbination give this a pretty great mouthfeel. not the thickest but still quite oily. I'd reach for another.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mdwalsh
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A great 1+ finger head that you don't often find in this style of brew. Not something I take off for lacking, but give credit for having. I even see some active carbonation in there. It is, as one would hope, Black and black and black and black. I like it very much.

S: Dark, sweet fruit, some malt and maybe a hint of roasted barley? No hops, no overwhelming roast. I really get the smell of cooking chocolate, such as making fudge or melting chocolate for dipping fruit. Very good, not quite perfect though.

T: More sweet fruit, not so much on the raisin side but more so the cooked apple and plum sort of taste. Absolutely no sign of alcohol. If you told me this was an NA beer, I wouldn't doubt you. I don't get the gritty dryness of a roasted malt or anything. I really, really like this beer.

M: Proper thickness, not too thin, not to rich or creamy. It does have a mild carbonation bite and a little tingle afterward which is kinda funny, but all in all pretty good.

D: Very good taste, very doable, but the abv limits its true drinkability. But for the style, very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Thesoundandthefury
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update 10/23/13

Put this puppy on nitro and be wowed! Sweet mercy!

I have been wanting to try this for a while, and while out and about I found a four pack for 9 bucks. HAD to pick it up and try it.

A - Dark brown, with a 2 finger head which subsides to just a surface skim. Laces the whole way down the glass. Tons of it.

S - Roasted goodness, coffee, alcohol, just a hint of a sweet smell.

T - Burnt malts, roasted coffee beans, alcohol, chocolate, bitterness.

M - Not as thick as I had hope. Somewhat thin for the style, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D - An decent RIS, but there are many others I'd rather drink.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm finally getting around to reviewing this even though I've enjoyed it many times.

12 oz. bottle at 45* into a snifter.

A: This obviously pours pitch black with a finger and a half of small-bubbled, khaki-colored head. It actually looks similar to FBS but the lacing doesn't quite match up.

S: The nose is of chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, perhaps some licorice; the typical repertoire of the style.

T: The taste shows the notes of coffee and chocolate, but the sweet and sour dark fruits that take over set it apart from most imperial stouts.

M: This is surprisingly light on the palate which is definitely a negative aspect. On the plus side, it does not show any boozy heat or stickiness.

D: This is a solid RIS that retails at a better price than most, and it pairs very well with chocolate.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep coffee color with nice creamy tan head with just a small bit of lacing.

S - Nice malty smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a good solid roasted smell as well.

T - Immediately get that nice roasted malt. It follows with a nice coffee taste along with subtle but good chocolate hints.

M - Creamy full bodied beer. Very little carbonation. Chewy.

D - Solid. Definitely a drinkable stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,437 ratings