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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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3,541 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,541
Hads: 11,433
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 515
Gots: 2,454 | 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

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Photo of drseamus
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in the bottle at Mahars.

A: It pours a very dark brown with a ruby glow when held to the light. There is a small dark mocha head that disappears everywhere but the edges.

A: The aroma isn't as strong as I would like, but it has good coffee and malt aromas with a strong sweet background.

T: The flavor is much like the aroma, with a very sweet background containing a bunch of malt and chocolate. There is a bite in the end of the taste from the roasted malt and hop bitterness. Unfortunately the alcohol is detectable in the flavor.

M: This is a good full bodied beer, although the alcohol presence does detract slightly.

D: The drinkability is decent, but the high ABV does limit it.

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Photo of jobyone
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted with 5 other imperial stouts. Pours black with large frothy brown head. The aroma has nice chocolate and coffee with a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet to start with a bit of bitterness coming after. Nice creamy texture. The finish is a bit short. Easy to drink but not as complex as the best.

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Photo of uconnalum2
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I looked forward to trying this beer. It poured black with only a small head that went down to mostly a ring around the glass. I held it up to a lamp and could not see any light coming through at all. It had a roasted smell similar to coffee beans. The taste started bitter and then turned to coffee and some bitter, dark chocolate. There is some alcohol in the aftertaste and it lasted a long time. The mouthfeel is the most interesting thing about this beer. It is smooth, oily and thick and coats the inside of your mouth. This is a slow sipper. It went down easier as it warmed up (and maybe as it warmed me up). Overall, this is an intense beer. The bitterness, heaviness and ABV keeps me from having too many. I'd like to try one that has aged to see if it smooths out a bit.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black, foamy, tan head with rather big bubbles.
S: Caramel, chocolate, fudge, dark berries.
T: Licorice, charcoal, bitterness. Aftertaste the same, lingers. Tomtebrus (swedish extremely salty licorice powder).
M: Full body, moderate carboration. Dryish.
D: Very good.

This is ofcourse a very good brew, but for some reasons my expactations were so high it might have hurt the tasting. Expected deeper taste.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark almost opaque brown with a chocolate 1 finger head. The head only lasted a few minutes. Smell had hints of oakiness, along with very slight raspberry aromas hiding in the milk chocolate mocha scent. Taste was both dark wheat bread, and burnt chocolate at the same time. Slightly bitter in the mouth with a little acidity on the toungue that detracted from the mouthfeel. Overall was fairly drinkable, but the alcohol content did hit a little stronger than would have been expected.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a deep ruby red beer with a one finger tan head... about what I expected in appearance, although for a Russian Imperial Stout I thought it might be a tad darker.

The aroma was somewhat sweet, with prominent dark raisins, and hints of dark malt. I expected more roasted character... but what I got was good, in its own way.

The taste... DEFINITE Imperial stout. Very strong roasted malt, with a not-quite-coffee aftertaste. Good stuff.

VERY good mouthfeel... nice and full and chewy. had to take off a bit for drinkability though, it was just too strong. I don't know if I would want a second one.

But it sure didn't taste like it had an ABV that high.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night with Khaki head and nice rings.

S - Roasted malt with slight coffee and chocolate tones

T - Roasted and toasted grains, cereal quality. A little bit of bitter, sweet and sour dancing around on the palate.

M - Viscous and full bodies, coats the mouth but doesnt linger

D - Very drinkable for the ABVs and not too overpowering.

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Photo of Slammy
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an opaque, deep brown-black with a 1/2 caramel head that dissipates relatively quickly. There is some lacing, but it is not very pronounced.

S - Toffe, burnt caramel, dark roasted coffee beans, the smell of a wheat field right before harvest.

T - Surprising taste of citrus on the first sip, which is not that present on subsequent sips. Wonderful dried wheat notes with a mild alcohol finish. Definitely not a sweet beer, but well balanced with some slight bitterness toward the end.

M - Strong carbonation on the tip of the tongue quickly turns into a creamy feel. On the more viscous side, but certainly not as thick as some in the same genre.

O - I wanted a rich, complex beer for this mid-November evening and this did the trick. While it's not the best Russian Imperial Stout that I have tasted, it is worth of its reputation and well worth trying. I'll probably buy this again in the future.

Notes: Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 4-pack of 12oz bought for $8.99 in Oregon.

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Photo of trumpy
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second time trying this Stout, and its a nice beer. Close enough to jet black in colour, but the head is a light off white. it hangs around for a fair time though. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, with a hint of the alcohol. In the mouth its all creamy aniseed with a roasted coffee aftertaste that ends with nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty good, the carbonation is mild and suits the style. If you swill it around like you would a wine, then its actually pretty creamy. There is a definate hit of warm alcohol at the back end though, but thats not a surprise. A nice stout to sip, but just shaded by Green flash double stout.
I saw another review that said it was USD $8.99 a 4 pack! here in Australia its $8 a bottle! WTF!!

Seriously though, its great to see this style of beer available here now. Just a shame about the price.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Passed to me in a pint glass, a deep roasted coffee or cola color with an espresso crema head about 3/4 inch that really sticks around, leaving nice lacing. Roasted coffee and caramel notes are at the front in the nose. There's a bit of sourness and some hop complexity in the mix, as well. Very nice dark chocolate undertones. The taste has rich, dark roasted caramel malts at the fore. There's a burst of quite enjoyable hop zest following this, which is almost completely enveloped by a somewhat syrupy molasses taste with pure alcohol showing through. Unfortunately, this flavor closely resembles cough syrup. The finish has roasted coffee mingling with hop bitterness and more subtle dark chocolate. Certainly, more hop flavor than I expected from a Russian Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is very smooth throughout and medium-bodied. It's just a bit too syrupy for my liking--again, it's hard to get past that cough syrup sensation happening toward the back. But, overall, this is a very pleasant feel for a beer of this style.

It was a real treat to find this on tap at Von Trier on North Avenue in Milwaukee, as I've rarely seen it around town. In some ways it lived up to the hype surrounding it, but in others it was a bit disappointing. It has more hops than most beers of this style, but that isn't really a detraction for me. I disliked the fact that too much alcohol was showing through and producing that medicinal or cough syrup effect. But, otherwise, it was a very smooth and complex stout that was engaging on every level.

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As you would expect the beer is opaque with a decent tan head that leaves a bit of lacing as you go.

The nose is full of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, sweet toffee and a bit of smoke.

The taste differs greatly from some of the bigger stouts I've been drinking lately, a whole lot of burnt grains and hops up front mellowing through the chocolate and coffee with a warm, dry finish. Lots of big flavors going on, huge role played by the hops (75 IBUs) in this stout along with the grains to make this deliciously bitter but the body remains fairly thin for 9% ABV, not as velvety as you would hope.

Verdict? Great stout, this had a lot of hype behind it and for the most part it lived up to all I counts and was a divergence from my expectations which made this a whole lot more interesting to drink. This is the kind of beer that will get you through those cold winter nights in the kremlin.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black with foamy, creamy, carmel-colored 2-3 finger head. Great lacing lines the glass.

S - Smell seemed to be a good mixture of sweet roastyness. Notes of chocolate fudge, coffee, and even a hint of sweet nuts. A delightful, robust smell.

T - Somewhat of a chocolate-tobacco mixture, as if I was smoking a flavored cigar. The sweetness up front fades into a complex smokey/roastedness that's actually quite enjoyable. As I let it sit, I'm able to sense some more of a dark fruit taste, almost raisiny.

M - Not as thick as I actually expected. The beer coats the mouth ever so slightly, but is smooth and light in a way.

D - I'm not sure where they are hiding the alcohol in this, but it's remarkably drinkable. Of course, it's a full beer, so it's not easy to sit and down, but a perfect beer to just enjoy.

Overall - A great beer, highly recommend it.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer tastes much different on tap than it does from the bottle. Btw, I had it at the Yard House in Rancho.

A: It looks exactly like a Guinness. Same look in a pint glass -- especially the darkened head.

S: Guinness again!

T: Tastes like a thick, creamy, alcoholy Guinness. Definitely a stout similar to the Irish Stouts -- could it be an Imperial Guinness? lol. Little too much alcohol in the taste, but still a good imperial stout.

M: The alcohol definitely resonates in the mouth. Takes the enjoyment away from the next sip.

D: With the ABV at 9%, not too many of these can be taken in a sitting without not being able to walk upright.

This is a fine brew. The funny thing is, to me it is an Imperial Guinness on tap, but an Imperial Stout from the bottle -- definitely different based on how you have it. Great brew. The only caveat, as others have mentioned, is the alcohol that sometimes comes to the forefront of this fine brew. Still recommended if you have never tried it on tap.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

apperance-pitch black in color. medium tan head

smell- pungent, mollases, sour smelling...light alcohol

taste- coffee high malt flavor with light hops.

mouthfeel-semi thick low carbonation mouthfeel somewhat creamy

notes- a very strong beer. not something i would make a session beer. a good brew to have every now and then im my opinion.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: As dark as used motor oil, when poured into a glass a golden brown head erupts but receeds to a nice wispy cap of the surface. In line with the head, the lacing was minimal (would have rated higher if the head held up, possibly my glass???).

Smell: I thought the nose was dominated by roasted nuts with hints of coffee. There is a little bitterness that is pleasing to the nose. The alcohol is masked, but can be found with deep breaths.

Taste: Bitter, but contained. Slights flavors of coffee accompany the hoppy bitterness. Creamy malts create a nice backbone. The finish is characterized by biscuity flavors and coffee. The alcohol goes surprisingly undetected.

Mouthfeel: It is lighter bodied than I had expected, but still nice. It has moderately high carbonation, and stays lively in the mouth. Nice and smooth with a coating effect throughout the mouth.

Drinkability: I would have to say this isn't the most enjoyable nor tastiest RIS I have had. But I will point out that it is a very drinkable beer that I could solely enjoy for the evening, albeit it would be a short evening at 9%.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can see why this is so popular. Roasted malts balanced by a pleasant bitterness, with tones of complexity to boot. It also warms nicely, which allows the chocolate and coffee flavors to bloom. The bottle I had wasn't especially creamy, to my disappointment. I think I'll revisit Old Rasputin with the hope the I'll get a better bottle, but this is how I feel about it for now.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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Photo of neophilus
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of memory
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of azdback
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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?

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,541 ratings.