Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,495 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

(Read More)
Reviews: 3,495
Hads: 11,168
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 466
Gots: 2,212 | FT: 56
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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (25) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Reviews: 3,495 | Hads: 11,168
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Matilda Glass

Pours ½ finger of dark tan head. Fades down to a thin layer leaving some lace rings. Color is a dark chocolate brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Chocolate malts, coffee, some heat, dark dried fruits, molasses. Burnt, roasted malts. A very well done RIS.

Taste: Very syrupy, chocolate malts, roasted malts, coffee, dark dried fruits, cherries. Too syrupy for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and syrupy. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a burnt roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but I have had far better RIS. This one seems to be a syrupy mess. I will easily get this again because it is decent and the price is low. (703 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this stout pours midnight black with a half finfer of caramel colored head, too dark to notice any carbonation

S - dark chocolate aromas mixed with dark fruits, like raisins, above a strong alcohol aroma

T - a taste reveals a coffee characteristic not present in the nose, it is very tasty, the chocolate/raisiny/alcohol flavor is strong up front, but then melts into the aforementiond coffee flavor which persists into the aftertaste, very nice

M&D - smooth and silky, very tasty, the only drawback is that the ABV is highish and the alcohol flavor is rather strong, but a great stout (599 characters)

Photo of neophilus
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with an intense mocha colored head that erupts in the glass. Hints of ruby sparkle in the light. Need some time to let the foam settle down. The aroma is sweet and spicy, more hop character than I was expecting. Underneath flowed a current of roasted bitterness, barely detectable against the strong hop smell.

The first sip greeted me with full bodied roast flavor. Thick and sweet but a balanced hop bitterness to keep the flavor clean. The beer is surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. The body is heavy but doesn't stick to the mouth, washing away with a firm bitterness from the hopping.

As the beer warms more fruity flavors emerge. Notes of raisins and plums against the roasted backdrop. It lends some depth to the flavor but continues to wash away cleanly with a smooth body and bitter aftertaste on the palate.

This beer was a little bit of a surprise. A good dose of hop aroma up front anchored by the roasted scent. A strong backbone of hop bitterness and roast carries a fruity undertone. The mouthfeel was rich and smooth but washed away cleanly. Aftertaste left a firm bitterness that cleaned up the strong flavors and begged another sip.

Enjoying more than one of these is easy, if not dangerous because of the well hidden abv. (1,273 characters)

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA. Served in a smaller glass, somewhere between a shot and a pint.
A: When it arrived in front of me, I could see three layers. The bottom third was very deep, dark brown; in the middle was a much lighter, café au lait color brown; on top was the very creamy and thick head. As a minute or so passed, the dark brown gobbled up the middle layer and the head very slowly but surely receded. An intriguing effect, to say the least.
S: Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and perhaps some sweet toffee. There were also notes of raisins, and maybe a buried cherry flavor, like chocolate-covered fruit.
T: Very imperial and stoutish. I can definitely taste the coffee, chocolate and raisiny notes. Somewhat bitter mid- and aftertaste.
M: Thick, creamy and heavy. Just what I expected.
D: This roughly half-pint was plenty for me. It tastes great and is a beer I would get again, but any more than a pint would take work, especially with a meal. (987 characters)

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter,pitch black with a nice tan head.nose is dark fruit,roasted coffee,a bit of earthiness,slight alcohol,and dark chocolate.taste is very similar to the nose,with up front bitter chocolate,a bit of carmelized sugar,coffee,and more dark chocolate and slight warming alcohol in the finish.mouthfeel is ever so slightly thin in comparison to other RIS i've had, but this is still very good. (406 characters)

Photo of memory
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap that laid a nice half inch head. Appeared dark coffee with a bitter chocolate note to it's nose. Taste typical of an Imperial stout sweetness but this to me was a real dessert ale because I could only drink one or two at the most.
Had a full bittersweet taste that left a long pleasant taste on the tongue.
A nice stout for desert after a meal. (359 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip glass. Deep dark black. No highlights to speak of. Two fingers of coco creamy colored and sticky looking head. Peaks and valleys are great. Lacing looks like a spider web.

Dark malts, molasses, dark roasted coffee, smokey? A bit tart. No alcohol.. at least for now.

Taste is initially dark, bitter chocolate. A bit of booze. Some tartness maybe of a dried cherry? A bit of a nutty taste way at the end.

The mouth is a bit weak as far as the "chew" factor. It is well carbonated for the style. A bit dry at the end. The nuttyness is there too.

Overall I really enjoyed this one (and the hundred or so I've had before). I had yet to sit down and actually grade it so I'm a little surprised at my score, but I would definitely recommend this one. (770 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wife told everyone to bring me a unique beer for my birthday. This is one of the three BA Top 100s I scored. Lets do it...

Guess what....it's dark. Fairly black. Nice mocha head. Began to thin out.

Stout smell.

Well the flavor is more commanding than the smell. Not that the smell is bad, but the taste kicks it up a notch. Bam!It's actually a bit too cold right now so I'll let it warm. *Lets it warm* Bitter in a chocolaty way. Coffee of course, possibly some black licorice.

After warming for some time, the aroma filled out with some dark cherries and alcohol but the mouthfeel got even smoother.

Overall: good, but after Stone IRS what else is there? (661 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours jet black, medium viscosity with a nice tan 2 finger hard that recedes to leave a tinge of lacing. The aroma has rich roasted malts, a slight marshmallow scrent with vanilla and cocoa powder. Flavor has espresso, milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla and some malted candy type flavors. Nice mouthfeel with a good palate coating component but a tad too high on the carbonation for me. Overall this is a g (453 characters)

Photo of katan
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle

A - Pours dark as night with a strong mocha colored head. Very well retained.

S - Reminds me of chocolate and caramel notes - backed up with some roasted barley sweetness.

T - Very chocolately throughout the flavor profile. Mid-stream is a well defined sweetness. Ends with a lingering after taste of something like smoke. Aftertaste is dominated by bitterness.

M - Creamy and thick - coats the mouth completely. The after taste strength would indicate that some of the bitter balance has left a strong hop oil base.

D - While the flavors are certainly pleasing, this beer is certainly a sipper. Not high on the ABV bell curve for the RIS category, it still is potent enough to be more of a loaner night beer.

Fantastic beer - one I guess I'll have to do more importing of to Iowa over the winter. (826 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top. No freshness date, but been in my fridge for two-months.

Appearance: Rough pour produced 1/4 inch tan sudsy head. Recedes quickly, leaving spotting. Deep black with mahogony red around the edges.

Nose: Roasted malt, black coffee, toffee, a little wisp of alcohol. Smells great!

Palate: Medium-bodied with crisp bitter edge. Lots of roasted and burnt coffee bean notes, cocoa nibs, black coffee, bitter chocolate. Long to moderate finish.

Notes: Significantly less creamy than the nitro-tap experience I've gotten used to lately. A great beer, but seriously bitter and drier feeling in the bottle. (626 characters)

Photo of CheckMate
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle obtained at Tully's in Wells, Maine. pours an onyx color with a half inch of coffee colored head that lasted a couple minutes and leaving a lot of lacing in its wake. scents of roasted malts, nuttiness, booziness, coffee hints, and dark chocolate. tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee notes, nutty, and a hint of booziness. moderately carbonated, leaves a roasty coffee aftertaste, and full bodied. The first sip invites another, however somewhat slowly. Seems like the type of beer that will hit you if drank too fast IMO, but perfect for this time of year. two thumbs up!

Cheers! (611 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Approaching black in hue, w/ trace deep brilliant garnet when held to light. Dark tan head slowly settles into a tight lace leaving layer. Light chocolate and butterscotch, w/ mild roasted barley and nuttiness. Subdued vinous alcohol soaked dark fruit. Not as delectable in aroma compared to other imperials. Sharp roasted barley bitterness hits the palate initially, then is ensued by a wave of milk chocolate sweetness and prune like fruitiness. Mild sherry notes and black licorice emerge mid palate then are rendered abrupt by assertive hop bitterness. Hop flavor, although overshadowed by the malt profile, combines w/ the fruitiness to leave a pleasant citrus rind undertone. Fairly light in body for an imperial, but the dextrinous mouthfeel does not reflect that. Finishes w/ a slightly smoky, lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor. Old Rasputin is delicious, but falls a bit short aromawise. The rich malt character isn't represented in aroma. It lacks the complete package of richness, but is highly enjoyable nonetheless. (1,033 characters)

Photo of bens0n
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best looking beers I have seen, it pours an obsidian black, 100% opaque with rich amount of creamy tan head, pretty dark colored head. Every sip leaves a thick coated rim on the pint glass.

You can smell roasted malts and there is a lingering nutty coffee aroma that is pretty subtle, nothing special here, but still solid. Flavor wise, it has a roasted coffee taste with some hints of brown sugar. The aftertaste is bitter and nutty. Its very smooth and creamy, but also pretty filling. Just enough carbonation to balance the smoothness and alcoholic kick this beer packs. (593 characters)

Photo of Pukstopper
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color into a pint glass from a bottle. No date found
Leaves a nice foamy thick head that dissipates slow leaving some nice lacing. You can taste the malts and earthy tones. A little bitter but at 9% it's not bad. Not any vanilla notes but roasted malt and some bitter chocolate
A nice overall Russian Imperial (326 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep black looks medium/thick body with enormous brown/caramel head. isnt leaving.

S- lots of roasted malt, black licorice, light hop scent.

T- big boozy taste up front with bitterness hiding in there that shows up on the finish and lingers.

M- feels really smooth, tiny carbonation. almost chalky like a red wine on the tongue after the finish.

D- oh yea. as long as i dont comatose from the ABV i can drink this all night (431 characters)

Photo of prosper
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very, very dark brown. Not quite black, but opaque still. Frothy tan head, good retention, lots of lace. Nice cascading effect when poured aggressively as the head died down. Couldn't ask for more.

Smells are faint. Dark sweet caramel, sticky malt sweetness, plenty of citrus hops.

Taste is very interesting. A good balance of the malt sweetness of a barleywine, roasted malts, dark, dried-fruit caramel, Roasty bitterness and pleasant herbal hoppy bitterness. Plenty of late-hop character, citrus and such, but I don't think any dry hops. If not for the hops, I think it might taste like cough syrup.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but finishes surprisingly clean. Still, it's sticky on the palate.

Drinkability - good for a beer this big, but not something you'd want more than one (or possibly two) of in a sitting. (830 characters)

Photo of JC5886
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, small lacing. Smell is minimal, a little smoky. Taste is syrupy, malty, smoky, a little chocolate. Feels very heavy, and heavy on the alcohol making it not very drinkable. This is one of those beers you can only have a few of. Overall a good IPA, a little overrated IMO. (289 characters)

Photo of dippy
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a dark and stormy beer...Brew was dark and had a rocky light brown head attachec. left an amazing lace on the glass documenting every sip.

Smell was roasty. Slight sweetness.

The taste was espresso. All roastiness. Like coffee grounds. Slight background sweetness like dark fruit.

I liked this beer. I could drink it all day, but I am scared of what my poop would look like the next day. It is the right time of year for it. It was smooth and mellow. Rocking you gently into drunkenness (496 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with almost no translucenty even when held to the light. I nice two finger light brown head with good retention. Lacing is good and sticks all the way down the glass. A really good looking stout.

S: I get a touch of fruit and hops up front which I wasn't expecting at all. Then a bit of roasted malt as well as coffee. I was expecting more however I'm glad there's not a lot of alcohol on the nose, which can be an issue with high ABV stouts.

T: Very nice, some bitter hop and roasted malt flavor that finishes a touch sweet. You also get a hit of alcohol at the end. Not overpowering at all.

M: It fills your mouth and goes down smooth. I would have liked a thicker taste but it's not bad. Carbonation is on the low side and works well.

D: I like this beer but the higher ABV would probably keep me from having more than a few at a time. I could see this one going well with a nice steak dinner. (957 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got four Russian Imperials in front of me... ahhh!

A.Le Coq 2001
Old Rasputin
Rogue XS
Weyerbacher Old Heathen

Old Rasputin---
Pours with a slight head.
A reddish African Mahogany brown color in my tasting glass.
A meager nose- the dry alcohol is the most notable element followed by the bitter tones of hops surrounded by slight sprinkles of malt.

This beer had wonderful heavy long lasting flavor, but light bodied. The "carbonization" helps produce a tart feel on my palate with a bitter stance of hops then bounded by definite malt notes. If I were blindfolded I'd declare this beer a Russian Imperial Stout.

Long finish that dissipates with its dry alcohol character as the ending cadence. The living finish cleansed my palate and left my taste buds yearning for the next sip.


In my opinion, this is beer third to the A.Lee Coq 2001.
Doesn't have the flavor complexity of the A.Lee Coq 2001 nor the body / and overall mouthfeel.


Regardless a wonderful Imperial stout indeed! (1,017 characters)

Photo of Kraken
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Again, the internet is great, dont know how I lived without it. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. FYI I love every North Coast product I have had so far. Pours an absolute Jet black, ebony, with 3 fingers of latte colored head. Head is thick and viscous, not much lacing but good head retention.
Nose- The scent of this one is something special. Nose is thick, like you walked in a coffee roasting, coco packing, pine tar factory. Hops enice you to taste.
Taste- Like a mouth full of coffee chocalte pine needles. But very smooth. Long bitter finish.
Mouthfeel- Coats the mouth in a very pleasant way but not cloying, not as heavy as it looks. Again the finish wonderful.
Drinkablity-Not as heavy as the color would indicate. But I think 2 wouild be more the enough. Alcohol is nicely hidden but noticable. Currently second fav RIS behing Stone. (887 characters)

Photo of bamojr
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black thick tan head. Holds its head for ever and the laceing stays all the way down the glass for the entire beer.
Strong malt and coffee smell. Chocolates and roasted malts as well in the nose. a lot of chocolates that are quite bitter in the taste . Tons of carbonation. This is very think and chewy beer, a bit hard to drink a lot at a time, took me almost 30 minutes to finish one. This is a crazy beer with alot to offer and plays games on the palette. (473 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a thick tan head. Creamy looking.

S/T: Quite a robust brew - strong palate of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and quite a bit of hops round out the aftertaste (I was quite surprised by this - I drank this bottle a bit warmer than the last few and for some reason I think it really brought out the hop characteristics). Finishes strong with hops and a touch of sweetness.

M/D: Eh - not sure what to say here. A fine example of the style, but didn't leave me begging for more. Glad I had a 4-pack, but I am not rushing to buy more. (577 characters)

Photo of Hagbard
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rasputin is famed for the difficulty his executioners faced when trying to kill him. He escaped death when being fed poisoned bread and reportedly, a point-blank gunshot wound; finally succumbing when drowned in the icy waters of Russia. Luckily for me, my bottle of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout wasn't so hard to kill. (sorry for the horrible setup)

This beer poured black with a thin tan head that disappeared disappointingly quickly. Perhaps the glass wasn't pristine, who knows. When held up, light penetrated on each side and the top and bottom of the pint glass to form beautiful pockets of amber amidst the darkness. I'd have easily given appearance a 5.0 except for the thin, disappearing head.

It smells of roasted, burnt malt and chocolate espresso. It has a very powerful aroma...one of the strongest I've seen (or smelled). As the beer hits your toungue, you're assaulted by a malt presence. A very interesting burnt character moves in and settles in next to the malt. The chocolate espresso moves in towards the end. As you swallow, the alcohol makes itself known as it warms your belly. You are left with a nice malty aftertaste that has a touch of metallic in it. I could do without the metallic taste, but it's a minor quibble and by no means dominates. Though the alcohol does make itself known, as it should in an Imperial, it is still well hidden among the sweet malt and espresso. The mouthfeel seems a bit on the light side for the style, but the carbonation level was perfect.

I thoroughly enjoyed this offerering and I'm glad I bought 2. It lacks a little of the complexity of the Storm King, but it's a damn fine beer that can help warm you on frigid winter nights. It is easy to imagine yourself drinking a few of these in the royal Russian court listening to Rasputin spin tales. (1,821 characters)

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,495 ratings.