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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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96
world-class

10,890 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,890
Reviews: 3,534
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 428
Gots: 2,004 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Ratings: 10,890 | Reviews: 3,534
Photo of Premo88
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: black ... it's so dark that even up to sunlight you can barely see through the edges; beautiful thick tan head of foam, about 1-inch thick and sticking and lacing like paint; a work of art

S: sweet chocolate, maybe prunes, some wood ... charred oak wood ... coffee ... the dark malt notes are fantastic, nothing overly burnt but dark, leaning toward raisins

T: chocolate, coffee, darker fruits -- prunes and raisins ... it leaves a chocolately aftertaste; really meaty red wine (?); there's some good woody notes in here, almost burnt wood, but it's not overly bitter ... the "burnt" is kept in check nicely by the sweetness

F: surprisingly light for such a big-tasting brew; good carbonation; it's not slick or thick like many big stouts ... I love it.

O: this might be the best American-made Russian imperial I've tried, and it's as good as any "big" stout/porter I've tried, barrel-aged or not. it's a full-on assault of dark malt flavor -- nothing is overly burnt or bitter, yet it's not too sweet either. a wonderful beer I've slept on too long, and my new go-to big stout. the fact that it's so easy to get *and* comes in 12 oz. four-packs is greatness.

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

I drank this after having a bottle of Chocolate Sombrero (Clown Shoes). That being said, this one poured motor oil black with an exceptional tan head. Upon pouring, all I can really smell is chocolate, with some faint coffee in the background.

This one is tastes like chocolate, with a little coffee mixed in as well. I can also taste a very roasted flavor. I'll definitely drink this one again if I come across it.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-pitch black with a light brown head
-very roasted grains with a noticeable warmth
-big an thick beer complex but alot fo burnt grains alcohol maybe slight coco and coffee, the high abv instantly warms the body and mouth
- thick thick thick with the alcohol warmth
- great beer my favorite north coast beer and Russian imperial

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite from NC. Decent brew from this Cali beer that is easy for me to get. I've always enjoyed this one.

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

very good imperial stout with lots of roasted, malty, coffee/chocolate flavors.
a must drink for any stout lovers, if you haven't already, which you should.

Photo of Belgeko
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Intense dark roasted flavor, glad I got this one

Photo of drunkenmess
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks, smells, tastes, and feels like one of the better imperial stouts I've tasted in a long time. Very impressed, the name was kinda intimidating. But sooo glad I finally tried it. Superb

Photo of KillerJigger
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid all around. Great roasted taste with just a bit of sweet finish.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice smooth stout, lots of chocolate note on the nose, alcohol very well hidden! A winner all day!

Photo of ARoman
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

*transferred from previous notes - 1/12/2014*
On tap (nitro) poured into a stemmed tulip. Chocolate and coffee are the most pronounced and immediate aromas, accompanied by a more faint caramel aroma and a distinct ash aroma. A thick, jello-like, tan head (gotta love nitro taps!) sits on a dark, opaque black (maybe brown?) body. The head - of which a half a finger is present throughout - leaves a nice, marble-like lacing. It’s a medium bodied, sticky beer which kicks off with a caramel and dark cherry sweetness that immediately gives way to coffee and dark chocolate bitterness followed, not too long after, by a smokey / ashy finish. After a little while, when it starts to mellow out with warmth, the sweetness is not as pronounced up front, and sticks around a bit longer than just the initial taste. A touch of sourness hides in the background throughout the drink and it leaves a dry smokey, bready mouthfeel behind. Fun complexities in the taste of this one.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice and such a great price point.

Photo of GeeL
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, nitro-style, in snifter.
L: creamy light brown head, dark as night
S: mocha, a little boozy.
T: this needs to be warm or all you get is unbalanced booze. It is a strong beer, but a lot of flavors going on. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruit... What separates this from others is the balance and the mouthfeel. And it's hoppy; you don't sense it until all the other flavors fade and you get an astringency/dryness from the hops.
F: perfect. Thick, coats the mouth and doesn't go away quickly.
O: never had this on tap, only in a bottle. It's good bottled, great on tap. But only if you like this style of imperial stout.

Photo of Tiger1833
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great stout, but it's a little to bitter for my taste.

Photo of THoff94
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich in flavor but a little too bitter for my preference.

Photo of Taybeh
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a single into a Bell's snifter

dark brown/black, viscous, big puffy 2 finger head with great lacing...nose is great, some bitter chocolate, smokey roasted malts...woody and warming, not getting as much complexity on the tongue as I did on the nose, but it's still quite good; doesn't hide the alcohol as well it might, a little boozy.

Photo of Marc280
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a rich full flavour but in my opinion is overly bitter without being balanced...Did get slightly better as it warmed but i think there are better beers out there in this style.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark pour huge head 3 fingers s:
deep cocoa and coffee t: just as it smells with a slight alcohol finish f: creamy and rich O: great stout great price

Photo of Jwburns75
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I much prefer a sweeter imperial stout (say, Founders Imperial) to a more coffee forward one (like, say, FBS). Old Rasputin falls toward the FBS side. Strong coffee/roast notes, much lacing, became more enjoyable as it warmed. A bit of a hop presence if I'm not mistaken. A solid beer, but there are more enjoyable options out there IMHO.

Photo of laketang
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

boozy, delicious, affordable, drink with dark chocolate

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer, yet one I think only dark-beer fanatics will enjoy.

Look: Pitch-black, beyond darkness. Generous dark tan head. Held up directly to the sunlight, not even one ray shines through this one. Intimidating.

Smell: Icy, smoky, with a huge dose of bitter roasted malt and some hops.

Taste: HUGE. A massive dose of jet-black roasted malt, spicy hops, coffee, some liquorice, bits of smoke.

Feel: Surprisingly not too oily but rather refreshing on the palate. Carbonation is inoffensive.

Overall, if you like dark beers, this is a significant one to at least try, even if it is too dark for one's taste in the end. For myself, it has rapidly become a favourite. An incredible, luxurious beer.

Photo of brayton
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer at my local watering hole great beer on draft

Photo of johnhatesgreg
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Never fails, very good for the classy sipper who enjoys the taste of craft beer. There are better but like I said, never fails.

Photo of IPAlmighty
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Man, this is good. That crazy bastard that inspired the name should be proud. The booze is masterfully masked, it's hard to find fault in this brew. When I have customers looking for an Imperial Stout, I direct them to this with no reservations.

Photo of mchegash
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4.75/5
A massive amount of very dark tan froathy head. Color is basically pure black. Looks delicious and inviting.

Smell - 3.75/5
A huge smell with deep rich malts, some chocolate, along with some hop bitterness and slight alcohol aromas. Earthy. Slightly sweet.

Taste - 4.25/5
Massive taste, deep, dark roasty chocolate flavors. Very smoky. A slight sweetness, along with a slight metallic tinge, making the taste a little earthy. Slight to moderate hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Fairly full bodied, goes down very smooth, very creamy. Carbonation is on the lighter side of things, but still very pleasant. I feel that a higher level or carbonation would detract from the ability to taste this delicious beer.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall this was a very good beer. Probably not my favorite Russian Imperial Stout, I think there are some better ones out there. In particular, this one was a little too hoppy for me. I want straight massive malty flavor, and for me, any hoppiness in a stout takes away from that. Anyway, definitely worth a try for all stout/imperial stout lovers.

Photo of JPowell712
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Russian Imperial Stout. The smell is nice a bold. You get a smoky coffee odor and hints of chocolate. The big taste has so much going on! The smoky roasted coffee with chocolate malts and a nice dry mixture of hops. This is a winner!

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,890 ratings.