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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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9,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,695
Reviews: 3,351
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,235 | FT: 38
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

troy138, Apr 28, 2013
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birddawg, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black like espresso with a quickly rising head. The bubbles come up quickly and are tiny, giving the head a lighter body that dissipated a little quicker (or maybe I just drank it off because the glass was so full). I could see lots of little fizz bubbles coming up to the head, and those are certainly felt when drinking it.

Malt, roasted/toasty, a little spicy, some dried/candied fruit, coffee; not overly big like other imperials (Yeti)

Taste & Mouthfeel
So impressive from the first sip - it goes down so nicely it just begs to be drank quickly. It feels really fizzy in mouth, but not like it's going to turn to foam either (it's hard to explain, but a good quality). There's a big upfront flavor of roasted malts, followed by dark chocolate, finishing with an espresso and hop bitterness, and finally, the aftertaste is even more of chocolate and some coffee. It has a peppery quality to it, although it doesn't sting at all unpleasantly. The whole thing is so pleasantly balanced it's unreal. It's almost too smooth to think you're drinking an imperial; however, the flavors are big enough to make you aware.

This is one of the best Russian Imperials I've ever had. I haven't had lots to try from though to be fair, however, it is in my top two, tied with GD's Yeti.


3-Year Tasting - '07 Bottle, cellared December 2007, tasted on February 1, 2011 (during a blizzard!)

Tasted at 55F

Immediately amazed by the strong head that forms and the lively aroma; aroma is still strong with cocoa and coffee. Flavor is still robust, though certainly not to the degree of a fresh bottle. What strikes me of its difference is it seems a bit thinner in body (though still has good carbonation) and the finish has a bit of a metallic edge to it. But the finish isn't off-putting; in fact, it has a fairly assertive bitterness still. It's leaving thick lace curtains! Getting good chocolate and coffee flavor throughout. Maybe a hint of some woodiness too. I'm pretty impressed with how well this beer has held up and consider it a success.

JEdmund, Feb 06, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter

this thing pours like motor oil. a deep deep coco color with a whispy tan head.

smells like a chocolate expresso. Lots of coco, roasted malt, coffee. main up front aroma is the chocolate though. tastes very roasted coffee malts. full bodied, very creamy and chewey. Almost like a coffee chocolate milk shake. very rich and enjoyable. giving stone IRS a run for its money, but i think stone still has the lead in my heart.

Anthony1, Aug 18, 2009
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shick1, Nov 21, 2012
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Lovethemhopps, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of RasputinsRevenge
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given my handle on BA, I figured I ought to review this fine beer.

I could not in good conscience give an all 5 rating for the simple fact that *nothing* is perfect and without room for improvement. But to be perfectly honest, I can not find anything wrong with this beer.

This pours a deep brown that under normal light appears black (opaque), held up to light though, you should see a nice reddish-brown tint at the bottom edges in particular.

The head is a somewhat thin layer of dark tan foam made up of larger sized bubbles (as opposed to say a tightly packed head of a Guinness Draught, for example). In the glass in front of me, the head eventually settles to a small desert island in the middle of a black sea - with a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

I have a hard time describing tastes and smells, but I'll try my best here. The aroma is a pleasant fruity, sweet smell, and I'm pretty sure I smell chocolate or even coffee in there too. The taste is about the same as the aroma, only with the taste of alcohol in there. But for a higher alcohol content beer, I'm still surprised as to how subtle it is. I have to agree with the last reviewer on the aftertaste, it has a bitterness to it that is not unlike coffee - so if you enjoy a cup of joe every so often, as I do, I would think you might enjoy this.

The mouthfeel is fairly unique - it's a sharp feeling, but it's not a bad or burning sensation. I would think it might have something to do with carbonation, but there is a relatively small head, so I'm honestly not sure on this one...

As for drinkability, this is a beer with a lot of flavor and body, so as long as I drink it slowly and deliberately, it's very drinkable.

Anyways, if you are a fan of darker beers, stouts, porters, etc, I would say poney up the cash and buy a 4-pack of this, you will not regret it. If you are not much into the style, I would say this is the king of (relatively) available Imperial Stouts (well, in my opinion, perhaps it shares that title with Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout), so why not sample the best of the style?

RasputinsRevenge, Feb 25, 2004
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,695 ratings.