Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of Elendinn
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A - pours an ominous black with a thin layer of delectable, chocolatey head (one of the darker shades of head I've seen) that dissipates rather quickly, pooling slightly in the center of the glass and radiating outwards as the glass progresses. Sloth-like lacing speckles and meanders down the sides of the snifter.

S - coffee dominates; dark chocolate follows, with heavily roasted malts, brown sugar, and alcohol undercurrents that sting the nose -- very foreboding.

T - a hefty amount of espresso-like coffee up front, followed by dark chocolate. Roasted malts reintroduce themselves, as expected, finishing rather bitter and alcoholic, with a pleasing warmth. The flavors I expect are there, but they lack the finesse of more finely-polished imperials.

M - Medium-bodied and relatively carbonated -- not as smooth as I'd like.

D - it's a bit assaulting out of the bottle, amplifying some of its less pleasing aspects. It shines on nitro, but, for the price, it's about as good as you can get. The four-packs are great for sharing, but not something I can tackle by myself. Best served in the winter, sipped meticulously on a frigid, snowy evening.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4/5  rDev -6.3%

It's very good, to be sure. It's just not my favorite. Maybe I just can't forget that first awful, spoiled one I had all those years ago before I learned to love a good Imperial beer.

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Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer from start to finish. It's a blessing that it is available year 'round. It smells of yeast/ fresh dough and roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, a little coffe. Tastes roasty, chocolate, hint of coffee and every once in a while - licorice. More hop bitters and more roast distinguishes this one from its British relative, but this has to bridge the gap as well as being an all around benchmark for the style.

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Photo of TVolt1
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a caramel colored head.

S: Smells strongly off coffee beans, chocolate and malts.

T: Tasted very much like coffee. I also taste chocolate, cocoa, and malts. Very good taste, little bitg of alcohol taste to it.

M: good mouthfeel, medium to thick and good carbonation level.

O: overall, I like this beer. Good winter beer
and easy to drink.

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Photo of rallens
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites, I call it "Old Reliable" just for fun. I am reviewing this for the serving type "on-tap", however I have had it bottled as well, and it never let's me down in either form. Very rich flavor, with a smooth after taste (not pruny tasting). Highly recommended for all, even if you don't care for Stouts.

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Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a complete black with no highlights and two fingers worth of tan head.

Smell is roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste is pretty much equal to the smell. Raosted malts, chocolate, and dried fruit.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light for an RIS but it is smooth and drinkable. Pretty balanced. Nice smooth finish and the 9%abv is well hidden.

This is a verygood Russian Imperial Stout. I recommend to any fan of the style.

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Photo of Nipitato
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: The beer slides into the glass. Jet black. Dark tan head with no retention. This beer has serious legs.

S: Espresso and dark chocolate malt aromas waft out of my snifter. Very rich and boozy.

T: Dark chocolate malt flavor. A bolt of hob bitterness strikes at the middle and carries through and lingers. Coffee and espresso. Roasted flavor is restrained not harsh. Very complex and layered with plenty of booze.

MF: Thick and silky smooth. Dry finish. Well attenuated.

D, notes: Not sure I waited so long to try this classic. Very good. Despite its weight and full taste an easy to sip beer that does not sit in the gut.

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Photo of bigone4
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with slight ruby color when back lit. Nice creamy tanish off-white head. Massive lacing down the whole pint glass. Smells of alcohol esters mixed with a strong tone of roasted and chocolate malts. Slight hints of caramel and coffee flavors in the nose as well. Smooth rolling chocolate and roasted malt flavor. The alcohol taste is quite strong in the finish. Has a rather dry finish with a definite alcohol tone. Quite roasty and lots of bold malts in the mix. Nice full body and very drinkable. This one certainly has the making of a true imperial stout. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev -6.3%

From bottle at Home. Visually it pours a rich viscous lively opaque black with a deep tanned cap. Slight chocolate in the aroma. No burn & faint bitterness that are vanquished by a sweetish smokiness. The most dominate trait is deliciousness.

Very good. Very adult. Dispensaries should require double proof of age because the kids won't like it....all the more for me.

09/19/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. With out a doubt this is a nighcap. All the hallmarks of not just a completely satisfying brew, but the extremes of flavor & kick (mere 9% list ABV notwithstanding) ass brew.

Forgive me North Coast but blending this in a Black & Tan w/ something like an Stones Arrogant Bastard is a present day highway to hell. Perilous adventures await.

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Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 0z bottle (from Pinnochios) into a snifter poured black with a large three-finger, mocha-colored head. Lacing was heavy and lasting. Nose was roasted malt, chocolate, nuttiness and some alcohol. Taste shows the malt and nuttiness, some coffee, caramel, and a nice hop kick to provide a really nice and complex journey. Finish is on the dry and pleasantly bitter side. Mouthfeel is medium and a little syrupy with lively carbonation. This is delicious and, even though it is not my favorite style, I will be back!

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Photo of klewis
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep black with a small tan head that subsides to a frothy ring around my snifter. Bits of lace left on the sides.

S: Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate with a slight alcohol presence

T: Coffee flavors with earthy notes and strong bitter hop presence. The taste is rather fleet in the finish, leaving an alcoholic taste.

M: Big and heavy mouthfeel that finishes very dry. I'd like a beer of this body to be a bit less carbonated.

D: I'm a little disapointed with this after first having it on draft. Overall, it is a solid stout at a fair price ($7.99/4-pack), however I don't find it exemplary when compared to its contemporaries.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black stout that lets no light pass. Less than a finger of dark head that does not stick around for long.

Smell: Nice sweet dark fruit aroma. A good bit of alcohol is present as well.

Taste: Very nice mix of sweetness, roasted chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a nutty taste at the start. Finishes a bit hoppy, which adds a good bit of complexity to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy. Good thickness, and a good amount of taste lingers after each swallow.

Drinkability: Very good RIS which does not fall into the trap of being too overwhelming in terms of thickness and/or ABV. Good complexity to the flavor makes this easy to drink a few of before they catch up with you.

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Photo of ttu94
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at store based on the glowing reviews that I have seen here. This is a mean beer and will leave you feeling loopy. Looks good and dark with a solid head. smell is strong as it should be. Tastes POW. Like coffee in a beer. Hops, lots of thngs going on here. At first I don't like it but it gets better and better. In fact its really good don't drink too many though or you will forget how to type.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz/ bottle into snifter

A:Pours a Jet Black color with a small tan head that resides leaving a decent lacing on the glass

S:Sweet chocolate, coffee, and a slight hint of hops

T:Chocolate up front with a slight tingle, followed up with some coffee and roasted malts as it leaves a nice coat of all the above on the palate

M:Solid body with mediate carbonation

D:Very easy to drink for a RIS and a good example of the style. Could defitinly take down more than one of these. If you are looking for a real treat try to pick up the 11th or 12th anniversary editions of this brew

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Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body, 1 finger of tan head

S - Chocolate, coffee.

T - Typical stout profile. Chocolate, coffee, slight anise, roasted malts.

M - Full, decent amount of carbonation.

Not my favorite but a good example of a russian imperial stout. Bonus words.

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Photo of zhanson88
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black in the glass. When poured there was one finger of tan head. Most of it dissolved in a short amount of time, but some lacing remained around the edges of my glass.

Smell: Dark and chocolate malts along with coffee are very prevalent. Not a lot else, but a great smell nonetheless.

Taste: Very much along the same lines as the smell. Tastes very strongly of cocoa and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very full body, as I expected from an imperial stout. Surprisingly smooth going down despite the relatively high alcohol content.

Drinkability: I had 1 of these, and I definitely would have been open to having 1 or 2 more. Not a beer that I could or would drink all night long.

Overall: A great imperial stout. A beer that I will be buying again.

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Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep blackish color with a nice, pillowy, creamy brown head.

S- Smell starts with rich roasted malts and moves into a deep spiciness which gives way to a sweet maltiness.

T- Starts off with unassuming sweet malt and then a coffee flavor grabs hold and moves into a bit of bitter hops at the end. Dark chocolate in the background all the way through.

M- Thinner than your average RIS with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Let me just put it out there that I am not a huge RIS fan. I like them from time to time, but they aren't my bread and butter. This seemed a lot less menacing than some of the other ones out there so i'd say this is a good one for people who are looking to get into the style.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick brown head with excellent retention. Virtually black beer.
Thick walls of lacing.

Aroma is heavenly. Smells a bit like Kaluha. Some deep dark coffee, a bit of alcohol. There is also some sweetness that almost makes me think of coffee syrup. (From Rhode Island)

Strong roasted grains up front. You get a real sense of this and its just shy of burnt. Like a deep espresso. Then some alcohol comes in to warm your heart. Is the finish big bitter hops or dark roasted malts? I think its both. The sweetness is there and enough to balance the dark notes.

Its almost creamy and has a thick body. Huge mouth feel.
I enjoy splitting a bottle with my wife.

Very good.

Note, had this on nitro-tap at Deep Ellum last week. It was even better in that format.

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Photo of JWFokker
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, this is a very dark stout. It's as black as any I've ever had and the head that forms is a solid tan. The nose is mostly roasted malts and coffee with a bit of hops. The flavor is more of the same, but with greater intensity. The hops really come out in the aftertaste. I'd say this is one of the hoppier Imperial Russian Stouts that I've had. Surprisingly, at 9% ABV, there's no aroma or taste of alcohol. It's completely overwhelmed by the malt and hops. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as most Imperial Russian Stouts, which is neither a good or a bad thing. It just is. I'd rate the drinkability higher, but the hoppiness of this one gets to me after a while. I still recommend this one highly.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW

12oz bottle with no date found. poured into tulip.

lacing somewhat sparse this time around.

more notes of fruit in the aroma this time, plus maybe well-aged balsamic vinegar.

on the palate, i get sweeter tones than before, with dried fruit note. perhaps i'm also more used to the bitterness too. can detect phenols this time too.

on the feel, i can detect more complexities than before too, but mouthfeel score is the same.

appearance 4.5 -> 4.0
taste 3.5 -> 4.0

>>>>>>>>>>>
original review feb-3-2008:

dark black, lots of tannish brown head that shrinks very slowly and clings very tightly to the glass, leaving behind plenty of coffee colored, foamy lace.

pungent roasted and burnt malts, ever so slight hint of chocolate and vanilla. alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms up.

quite bitter, almost overpowering the malt and other flavors. indeed, it gives a slight pucker, along with a faint acidity.

slightly syrupy, not too thin. moderate carbonation.

eh... looked better than it ended up being for me. maybe needs some aging?

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Photo of gnoff
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from 12 fl oz bottle courtesy of a friend, traded from the USA.

Dark red color, brown head.
Alcohol and chocolate scent, sweet.
Strong sweet and burnt taste, burnt and coffee after taste.
Warming alcohol feeling.
Very big palate.
Raissin taste as well.
Medium high bitterness.

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Photo of Fatduck
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep viscus black, no head, I wish it had a nice lasting head, what little it had for a few seconds was a deep tan.

Smells very winey, raisins, plums maybe. I get lost in these crazy beers, but I recognize a good thing when I see it.

Taste is good, but not what I've come to expect from RISs.

Thick viscous feel, very drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of greenjeff4141
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first time I've had Old Rasputin but not the first imperial stout. It pours dark dark black with a nice head and good lacing until the last sips. The smell is of the dark roasty flavors that hide within, and the taste follows suit, very rich and bitter with charcoal and dark choclate flavors. Almost like a cold espresso.

I liked the beer, not my favorite of the dark ones but a pleasure nonetheless.

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Photo of ahq514
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB globe glass. This particular bottle is about 1 year old.

Pours a nice black color. Almost two finger head that is a light brown color. Head diminishes fairly quickly to a half finger. Appears to have lower carbonation. Light lacing.

Nose is what I would consider an RIS should be like. This one contains , roast, stronger on the chocolate, lighter on the coffee, and maybe a touch of oats. Some earthy hops lingering in the background.

It starts out a little sweet with a nice dose of dark chocolate. Next there is light bitterness that cuts through the beer quite nicely. It finishes with a nice roastiness and that touch of oats. The roast lingers for a little bit on the palate.

Good fuller body with a slight creaminess. Low carbonation.

Overall a solid RIS. I would consider this a good RIS staple because of the price and accessiblity. Dries out as it warms up, as where I would have liked it to stay slightly sweet. Will enjoy again I'm sure.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body with fading tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate covered hops. Chocolate syrup. Dark grainy bread and sweet sugar.

T - Nice hop burst up front. Some roasty flavors and silky chocolate. Slight warming effect of the alcohol on the way down. Sweet mocha and faint raisin aftertaste.

M - This beer turns into chocolate foam when you let it sit in your mouth, making a soft foamy feel. The body is medium and its semi dry.

O - Good robust stout. Standard warm, rich flavored RIS. Roasty, rich and warm on the way down.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,608 ratings.