North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Rated 4.036 by BeerPals

Brewed by North Coast Brewing Company

Fort Bragg, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

9% Alcohol by Volume

75 International Bittering Units

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Contrary to the geography suggested by the name, Russian Imperial Stout was originally brewed in 18th Century England. The name evolved as the Russian Imperial Court developed an early appreciation for this big, intense brew and provided a ready and eager export market. It's been speculated that no one had a greater appreciation for this rich, roasty elixir than Rasputin, the mystic wag (and favorite of the ladies of the court), who contributed to the ultimate downfall of Czar Nicholas II. Rasputin is probably best remembered for his dramatic exit. Having been deemed politically expendable, he was fed poisoned wine and tea cakes by his rivals. Surviving that, he was shot several times - whereupon he attacked his assailants. He finally succumbed when bound and stuffed through a hole in the ice to drown in the River Neva. Legends that attribute his tenacity to his appetite for Russian Imperial Stout are unproven. A rich, intense brew with a robust palate, a fruity nose and a warming finish. Very complex.

ID: 3476 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank106
Overall Percentile99.8
Style Rank32 of 2020
Style Percentile98.4
Lowest Score1.0
Highest Score4.9
Average Score4.030
Weighted Score4.036
Standard Deviation0.521

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  • BRAD_PEAR 5 reviews
    rated 1.0 5 years ago

    Aroma: 2 | Appearance: 2 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 2 | Overall: 2

    My original review of this must be lost. Nox Vomica. You want a hangover x 10 drink this swill. Poured it down the sink, drain puked it up. lost coast is a local Bad Joke..and this is their star..Old Rats Pukin...avoid it...charcoal mixed with cheap vodka...

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 4.0 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    651ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a massive frothy creamy brownish head that sticks around fairly long and has a dark brown appearance. Great retention. Lively carbonation. Aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavours are mostly of the malt variety, lots of chocolate and coffee notes, cocoa and roasted malts, some spices as well as notes of dark fruits. Smooth and slick mouthfeel. Abv is very well hidden. Good stuff!

  • CHOPZ 6088 reviews
    rated 4.0 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Almost pitch black with very little ruby highlights. Beautiful big head, warm beige, fluffy, foamy, creamy with loads of bubbly lacing. Roasted malt aromas with chocolate notes and hints of vanilla. The flavours of the roasted malts are nicely balanced with some grassy hops, coffee. Bitterness lingers and gets stronger as you drink it. The mouthfeel is pretty wet, not really thick, but with some dryness in the finish. Very smooth overall, making this a really nice easy-drinking Russian Imperial Stout.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.9 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Clear dark ruby, almost black, big brown lsting lacing foam head. Great cold bitter coffee aroma. Nice bitter taste, coffee, some roast. Lasting. (Velp 201610)

  • FISHINGFAST 681 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours like black coffee with almost no head. This has about the average amount of bitterness that almost all imperial stouts seem to have. Even with the bitterness it still has a very solid amount of malt taste. I enjoyed this one but not in a hurry to try again.

  • MWISCOUNT 74 reviews
    rated 4.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This beer was a nice way to say "Hello!" Ordered this with Sushi at the Flying Fish in Alexandria, VA and it was a beauty of a beer. Pretty label, pretty color and curves to the bottle & the beer was served in a pretty glass. Presentation is everything! Then came the first sip....bittersweet chocolate, hints of vanilla and bourbon all in one. This one is a keeper! This beer was also a celebration beer in so many ways!

  • MATTFUNGUS 234 reviews
    rated 4.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Like a dry bar of bittersweet chocolate this one has a distinctive flavor that will leave you wanting more. Sick of bourbon barrells and vanillas, get back to basics with this.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Wow! Pours a very dark black/brown color with the biggest head I have ever seen that take a longggg time to dissapear. Very fluffy. Aroma is delightful, full of roasted malts and coffee. Taste at first was extremely metallic but lessens a little as you drink on. Hints of roasted malts, coffee, and a tad bit of chocolate. mouthfeel is nothing special but above average. Finishes off nicely, only a tad dry. Overall a very complex beer.

  • MGRAIDER86 6 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    First time i tried this beer i was amazed, it was several years ago but it was the one that turned me on to this style! When i poured this in a glass i was in awe of the color and aroma, coffee! Taste was chocolate and coffee with nice balance of hoppiness! Try this beer at the brewery in Fort Bragg and you will like even more!

  • RICHSBEER 1737 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    first not a big fan of the style. Pours a black with a nice khaki head. The aroma of Coffee seemed strong with lot's of chocolate. The taste is chocolate, booze, chocolate covered coffee beans. layers of chocolate and roastiness. The stout is really smooth, mild carbonation and a medium to full body.