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North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout*Packaging may vary

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Imperial Stout /9% ABV / California, United States

Product Details

Imperial Stout
California, United States
Tasting Notes
Rich, Roasted, Coffee, Chocolate
Food Pairing
Dessert - Vanilla & Caramel, Cheese - Hard Aged
Suggested Glassware
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product 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. The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly. How hard it is to make and keep a good friend. –"Jericho," Joni Mitchell

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Community Reviews

4.8(17 Reviews)
  • Jen
    Verified Buyer
    Sep 22 2021
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    Nice smokey flavor without being cloyingly sweet.

  • Jonathan
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    Aug 24 2021
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    I ordered 1 bottle, had to buy a pack.

  • Nellise O.
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    Aug 8 2021
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    They didn’t have it so I didn’t get it

  • Andrew T.
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    Jun 24 2021
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    Expedient and very polite. 10 stars if it were an option. :)

  • Theresa K.
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    Mar 7 2021
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    Excited to get this, hard to find.

  • Eric
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    Feb 23 2021
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    My favorite beer. Rich taste and a beer thick enough you can chew it. This is not over hopped trash hipster beer; this is worth buying.

  • KyleFeb 15 2021

    Personal Favorite.

  • Kevin F.
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    Feb 5 2021
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  • Matt V.
    Verified Buyer
    Nov 14 2020
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    Imperial recipe black and roasted grains brew to a wonderful ale to savor. This brew has more hop bitterness than other stouts. A favorite for fall weather. Goes great with pretzles, chips, or icecream. what the heck?

  • Jessica
    Verified Buyer
    May 24 2020
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A standard ale is a malty, mildly bitter style of beer that can trace its roots for thousands of years; the more modern style coincides with the Middle Ages when hops were thankfully introduced to the brewing process. Ale recipes use a quick-acting style of yeast that floats at the top of the brewing vessel; fermentation occurs at a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to the style’s signature sweet flavor and subsequent higher ABVs. A basic ale is fruity, slightly bitter and generally darker in color, though there are dozens and dozens of distinct styles of beer that qualify as an ale.
Because ales yeasts ferment at a higher temperature and create more alcoholic conditions, ales are typically darker in color than lagers and lean towards a sweeter, maltier flavor. It depends on the sort of ale you’ve selected, however, as there are over 75 unique types of ale; a pale ale tends to be more bitter and dry, a brown ale delivers a toasted nut and caramel taste, a sour ale is tart and funky and an IPA is bold and hoppy. Many traditional, European-style ales are best described as fruit-forward, warm and even a little spicy, delivering an undeniably rich tasting experience, especially the darker, robust varieties.
Ales are more alcoholic than lagers, largely due to the style of yeast and the temperature at which the yeasts ferment; ale yeasts tolerate a more alcoholic environment and thus provide a darker, richer product. A standard pub-style pale ale or basic brown ale will generally clock in around 5% ABV, though, with dozens of different styles in today’s crowded craft beer market, you can easily find a pint that packs more of a punch. IPAs, the darling of the craft brewing industry, will typically range from 6-8%, and the popular trend towards double and triple-style versions pushes these well over 10% ABV.
Beer, by definition is crafted from cereal grains (very few of which are gluten-safe) and as such, ale is not a gluten-free product; on the beer spectrum, lagers and stouts tend to contain less gluten than ales which rely on the barley and wheat malt to deliver its distinctive sweetness. Some brewers are experimenting with more gluten-safe grains, like sorghum or rice, and others are introducing an enzyme that helps remove the gluten molecules from the final products. Household names like New Belgium Brewing Company and Stone Brewing offer gluten-safe pale ales and even IPAs, though even then, you’re not guaranteed an 100% gluten-free product.
While a rhetorical question no doubt (an ale is, in fact, an ale after all), you might not know what exactly marks the difference between the two fundamental beer styles; it all comes down to the yeasts employed and the fermentation process. The process by which ales are made is much older than that of lagers, as lager yeasts originally came from South America and thus did not enter European markets for some time. Ales rely on top-fermenting yeast strains, which, as the name suggests, remain on top of the warm wort while feeding on sugars, whereas lager yeasts sink to the bottom and ferment at much colder temperatures.
Ales, especially IPAs and Belgian-style ales, tend to be higher in alcohol than other beers, so you’re likely to consume more calories and carbs per pint. A basic, 5% ABV, 12-ounce bottle of pale ale contains around 150 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates; a common IPA (say, a Lagunitas) is closer to 190 calories and 19 grams of carbs; a glass of dark Belgian-style ale might even surpass 300 and 30 grams of carbs. Ales tend to deliver a richer, maltier taste and often appear as darker shades of ambers and toasted browns — these qualities coincide with a higher calorie count.

Drizly's take

Enjoy the bold and complex flavors of the North Coast® Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Winner of several brewing awards, this drink has a deep black color with mild carbonation for a refreshing mouthfeel. The Old Rasputin beer has complex flavor notes featuring dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. It has the right amount of sweetness with a creamy texture that makes it a tasty sipping beer.

Pair this North Coast beer with a hearty steak dinner or rich entrees like a creamy chicken bake. It's a fantastic combination with dark chocolate desserts like a triple-chocolate cheesecake. The intense flavor of this craft stout meshes beautifully with mellow desserts like vanilla ice cream or shortbread cookies. The coffee notes of this beer match espresso-based desserts like a Tiramisu for a refined platter. Give this North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin a try by clicking these handy links to search for Drizly in your city and look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.

-This imperial stout has a bold and complex flavor profile
-Features hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel for a tasty drink
-Pairs well with meaty fare and chocolate and coffee desserts