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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world-class

10,991 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 10,991
Reviews: 3,557
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 443
Gots: 2,101 | FT: 58
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Ratings: 10,991 | Reviews: 3,557
Photo of Ergin754
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good not a big fan of slight slight coffee taste, but over all good beer.

Photo of theBIRD
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome stout. Don't get too cold.

Photo of Caj1
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Man oh man, am I glad I found this at the package store. I will have to beg the manager to keep stocking it.

A: Beautiful. Cascading pour is reminiscent of a Guinness but the bubbles don't waterfall since there isn't nitrogen infused. A two-inch caramel head that refuses to die. Becomes pillowy and leaves minimal lacing. The foam slides down the side of the glass and recollects on top of the beer. Beer is a deep, deep red-brown from what little I can see on the edge of the mug but the body is black. Light does not penetrate.

S: warm and malty sweet like some graham cracker and allspice. Light fruitiness probably from hops since yeast is probably killed by the higher ABV. A little bit of grass and earth. Slight alcohol vapor takes it to the head.

T: VERY rich and complex. Toasted biscuit or sweetbuns with good rounded coffee notes and some dark chocolate depth. Slight bitterness from hops and toasted grain. Malt is sweet and bready without being cloying. Slight alcohol astringency helps cut the malt stickiness and the dark toast flavors linger for a long time.

M: Rich, full-bodied and creamy from foam. Alcohol helps dry the palate a little and cuts the sticky malt and sugar and it leaves a nice bite after enveloping the mouth in rich softness.

Beautiful beer and well worth the $2.50 (plus tax!) per bottle. Very few bad notes here and they are just nitpicks. It could use a point or so less ethanol but it leaves a lovely buzz so it is worth it. Also I would enjoy slightly more chocolate but again that is subjective. Great stuff. If this was on tap I would be in heaven. I will try to make this a staple.

Good health, great beer.

Photo of SSS
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A-Black color with a hint of brown, nice warm light brown thick head that lingers
S-Malt upfront, toasted and roasted malt with an alcohol odor at the back end
T-I get sweetened coffee, and then a chocolate flavor, with a nice bitter balance
M-Carbonation is subtle but on the higher end which I like. It cleanses the palate to enable the bitterness to follow through.
O-I really enjoyed this beer and I recommend it.

Photo of takusan1000
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very excellent imperial stout. Dark, dark mahogany with light lacing around the edges. Smell of dark roasted grains, coffee. Taste is a complex sequence of events, from an initial bittersweetness of burnt toast and light anise, which moves sharply to a alcohol twang with campfire smoke, a woody taste that isn't unpleasant, to a lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth that is a complex interplay of roasted malt and hops bittering elements. I wish the mouthfeel was heavier and creamier.

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

Delicious, one of the best of the always available beers. Beer is a deep jet black color with a light tan/creme head. Beer has a great bitter coffee/dark chocolate taste to it with a good amount of carbonation. The beer is very smooth and refreshing for the style without losing its bitter Russian Imperial character.

Photo of Peter_Anderson
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thick velvety smooth mouth feel. Hits of chocolate, coffee and dark malt. Slightly more bitter for a stout than what I was expecting, but an excellent beer.

Photo of chefhatt
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, taste of chocolate and dark fruits. Very nice RIS

Photo of toronadotornado
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Local corner store - San Francisco, CA - 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

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

Nitro poured into snifter

Aroma of dark fruits , coffee

Velvety smooth

Nice beer

Photo of mjdrn
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May need a repeat! Delicious!

Photo of effzed
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as full bodied as I like from a RIS

Photo of Brondeau
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good. A bit bitter for my stout tastes.

Photo of mjpainter
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black as ink. Hints of coffee. Dark malt character. VERY drinkable. Wouldn't guess by the taste that it's 9%. My wife (not a big fan of stout beers) enjoyed this one. Kind of speaks to the quality of flavor. I will definitely be drinking more of this.

Photo of Kopextacy
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is for the nitro version, which is far superior to the bottled version.

Photo of 50wolves
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a dimpled beer mug, pours very dark with small head that is brown. I find this a more astringent beer than most stouts, flavour is stronger than more recently tasted stouts as well. Would recommend for a drink however if have had better stouts, namely stone imperial.

Photo of hotmailmsn
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

9% ABV, 75 ibu.
A - finger n half tan head, solid dark.
S - roast coffee, dark chocolate, toasty bread, smokey, cigar.
T - smooth, complex flavor stick on the tongue, barrel oak. long lasting of the coffee chocolate bitter.
O - the aroma, palate are all fantastically balanced, it goes very well with the alcohol content. especially the nose, I can smell it all day! absolutely my top 3 imperial stout !

Photo of Libeertarian
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very opaque, solid black (but like dark roasted coffee where I can coax it thin with sloshing) with fine, frothy head the color of desert mud — light orange mixed with brown. Retains quite well for being poured into a snifter. Smell is primarily boozy, chocolatey sweet, but also roasty and toasty, with twinge of licorice. So far, a very enticing beer. Taste is smokey, meaty, earthy throughout. Dig deeper and you will uncover the cocoa you expected as well as smoke tartness and smoke bitterness. It's highly carbonated, but only gently prickling. Rich and full, a little less smooth than others of the style. Very viscous, sticky, astringent, and warming. Were it not for the bubbles that keep coming back up to wet your whistle, this beer would have an incredibly dry finish. World-class, indeed!

Photo of MinTock
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've been drinking stouts for years ,and this is my favorite by far. My year round goto imperial stout. The alcohol is hidden while the subtle taste of the black strap rises in the background

Photo of DMACH
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The RIS I will now judge others by

Photo of yetijosie
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had the nitro. Excellent! Nice and creamy.

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.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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