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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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8,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 8372
Reviews: 3289
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%

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:
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Photo of cbl2

New York

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pouts out of the bottle a dark brown, but is more of a black with hints of mahogany once in the glass. Topped by a thin, yet lingering tan head. Nice viscosity.


Smells like a winner with roast coffee dominating, a sweet malt backbone also makes its presence known, with a touch of smoke as well.


Not as smooth and creamy as I would like, but the flavors pack a wallup. Alcohol is there and lets you know it, accompanied by an unsweetened coffee ice cream flavor. This one needs to cellar a little while. A bit harsh now, though with potential.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 23:02:41 | More by cbl2
Photo of mobyfann


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz. bottle...

The appearence on this defines the qualities of a good stout, almost black-like base, with a dark brown head, retains well, laces well, little carbonation going on... well done. I love the smell of this stout, dark chocolates, dark-roasted coffee, hints of caramel and a few other spices and candy flavors.

The taste was pretty good, giving up what the aroma gave off until the aftertaste kicks in, and then you taste alcohol, thus lowering it's drinkability to just average, the mouthfeel is a step above that, but that kind of goes with the style.

Final Thought: Storm King is 9.1%, this is 8.9%, same ballpark, but the alcohol in the taste ruins the total picture... still sticking with Victory for a Domestic Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 22:42:38 | More by mobyfann
Photo of Ninjaworm

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blood black with a large creamy head that finally subsided leaving a 1/16” head with amazing lacing.

Smell: Faintly sweet vanilla blends into a linear alcohol nose.

Taste: Silky vanilla alcohol flavor with hints of oak.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Smooth alcohol flavor that melds into a vanilla profile making one dream for another.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 19:40:17 | More by Ninjaworm
Photo of cracgor


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Almost stark black with a fine sticky tan head. Looks very impressive...just like I expect beer to. Smells a little too sweet and hoppy for what an imperial stout should be. I like them meatier and full of roasted flavors. This is an interesting taste. As far as matching what I expect it is not. It is sweeter...almost milky. Very tasty, but lacks a lot of the rich roasted complexities I enjoy. It tastes like hops might overshadow the malts too much. It is a very full bodied beer. Almost a cake like texture to it. Alcohol just lightly warms the stomach and mouth. Excellent mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer. I would feel good sharing it with just about anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 01:54:04 | More by cracgor
Photo of DogFood11


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What would you expect from nitro and old rasputin....well the appearance is lovely, dark , rich, frothy, excellent retention...etc.

I found that the nitro detracted from what is truly good about this brew. Normally this brew has a nice hop presence, almost over the top. Roasty, charred and good. On the nitro, while all these characterstics are there, just expect them to be dumbed down.

Notes: excellent beer. Why is it on nitro? No reason, in my opinion this is just a way to market it as a guinness...I heard this many times throughout the night...bartender " its similair to a guiness but slightly stronger" ...ok.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-13-2006 04:37:38 | More by DogFood11
Photo of nectarkeeper


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Old Rasputin on tap at the Brickstore on a lazy tuesday afternoon.
this beast of a beer poured out velvety, greasy, dark and mysterious, with a tannish head that held up all the way down to the last sip.

i found marshmallows and smoke in the front, with burnt dark chocolate and dried dark fruits going down. halfway in, the dark-fruit character really took over, still laced with that nice bitter-burnt tingle. overall, really nicely balanced and totally enjoyable, but slow drinking with that thick-as-night mouthfeel...and one was plenty!

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2006 16:39:27 | More by nectarkeeper
Photo of OStrungT


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a jet black color letting absolutely no light shine through. It boasts a thick brown head that fades surprisingly fast, leaving too few laces.

This beer has a huge malty aroma. It smells of roasted malts. Licorice aroma is present. I smell a huge coffee aroma. Some chocolate is present. I smell a slight hop aroma also.

This beer tastes coffee like. It has a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Hops are present. A slight fig like flavor is also making an appearence. The alcohol is hidden well.

This full bodied beer goes down smooth, leaving a coffee like aftertaste. It is a little too carbonated, but not so much as to detract from the beer.

This beer would probably not make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it tastes quite aggressive.

Overall: Although this beer is good, it is far from my favorite Imperial Stout. The aggressive flavor can sometimes be cloying. I will drink it again, but usually I buy it because of its great availability. It is slightly overrated.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 01:27:11 | More by OStrungT
Photo of RevDru

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep black with a quarter-inch of light brown foam. Good head retention.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate with sweet orange notes. Slightly herbal.

T - Strong alcohol esters over coffee and chocolate. Nice bitter balance to the sweetness, but alcohol is almost too much.

M - A touch heavy, but very creamy and rich.

D - This is a one and done brew. Very good, but high ABV makes it an occasional item.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 19:46:27 | More by RevDru
Photo of Squaretooth


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderful Fruity smell with a nice coffee and chocolate nose. Poured into a Westmalle goblet this average looking RIS is thin and dark leaving a dark tan and thin head. The head, however light it is, remains throughout the drink and leaves very nice even lacing all the way down the glass. Strong coffee flavor with the slightest hint of chocolate it has a mouthfeel with a slightly bitter carbonated sting that coats your gullet like castor oil. Alcohol is a bit noticeable but not overpowering and perfectly acceptable at 9% ABV. This is more of a stout than imperial stout in my opinion. I don’t see myself getting this one again, but I’ll finish out the 4 pack and drink it under varying conditions before my final decision.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 05:01:15 | More by Squaretooth
Photo of SickBrew


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from by the bottle in Vancouver, WA in a 12 oz bottle.

A very dark beer, black with a fair blond head. Nose is rich roasted malts with a touch of hops and espresso in there. Flavor is complex and full and heavy on roasted malts. Finishes nice and dry. A good beer for one of those long winter days but I don't think a could drink more than one in a sitting. As far as stouts go this was not my favorite but worth trying none the less.


Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 22:56:03 | More by SickBrew
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour, close to black with ruby brown hues around the edges. Somewhat frothy tan head, not too dense and settles to a ring. Good smell of molasses, raisin, light roast and ash, and chocolate with a cocoa. Taste is pretty good. Much of what was noted in the nose but with a bit much bitterness. A bit heavy on the booze, especially for a lighter RIS. Mouth is more toward medium than full, not thin but the bitterness keeps it from being to creamy. One isn't a problem but two or more might be a task.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 02:05:37 | More by ncvbc
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Sweet malt with roasted malts

Appearance - Poured dark with a light brown head that stuck around for a while.

Taste - Slight bitter hop finish with plenty of roasted malt. Lots of roasted malt actually. Is it good? Kinda, but this strikes me as a middle of the road R.I.S. nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Relatively full bodied

Drinkability - Yes.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 21:16:11 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of northaustin


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a schnifter. slight head with a thick lacing. pours an almost black with dark brown head.

smell is pretty standard. to be honest im struggling to think of a way to describe it. its as grainy as i expected from an imperial stout but nothing too strong or noticeable.

the alchohol is masked very well and isnt so sweet that it gives you that heartburny feeling.

mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. much smoother and thin than other russian imperial stouts. incomparable to other commercially availabe beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 03:41:49 | More by northaustin
Photo of Bajasith


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow... Poured very dark with a slight two finger head.

As I do with all my first taste beers, the light test... strong thin gold rim obove dark reddish tint body.

Strong fruity smell, almost like a red wine with slight sulfuric lingering aroma... which made this beer very appealing.

Very strong earthy flavor that goes down very smooth. Very little lingering burnt aftertaste which makes this beer very drinkable. I really enjoyed drinking this beer for the first time.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 20:57:41 | More by Bajasith
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to globe glass.

A - The beer pours a deep black color with a nice 1.5 finger brown head with decent retention and excellent lacing.

S - A lot of roasted malt character with a noticeable alcohol warmth.

T - The beer is smooth, at first. Some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt character. The middle of brings a mild bitterness and a bit of sweetness. A noticeable alcohol warmth. The beer finishes sweet and strong but very crisp.

M - Full bodied with a little much in terms of carbonation, in my opinion.

D - Good

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:53:35 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Joey7F


3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

My first Russian Imperial Stout

A - Black with streeks of reddish brown where the light hits, almost brown head
S - Alcohol, coffee, alcohol and more alcohol
T - Coffee, alcohol, alcohol and more alcohol. If the alcohol was better concealed I would have rated it a 5. Very tasty stout, but the alcohol was a bit distracting
M - Very thick, almost like a doppelbock
D - After one, I was done for the night.


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 19:47:23 | More by Joey7F
Photo of Spidey13


3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Very black beer with a nice, dark brown head that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Smelled mostly of coffee and dark malts. Taste started with strong coffee with a bit of alcohol, followed by lots of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. This is a very good, strong, sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 03:05:15 | More by Spidey13
Photo of trbergman


3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Deep coffee brown body with a one-finger tan head.

S - Milk chocolate, figs, hints of coffee with cream.

T - Roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, moderate bitterness. Some unfortunate metallic taste that lessens as it warms.

M - Round and full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - It's not a bad beer, but there are better Imperial stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 02:54:20 | More by trbergman
Photo of callmescraps


3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not always my favorite style, but I see this guy around all the time and finally decided to give it a bid.

Appearance - Black. Ok, maybe just very, very, very dark brown. Pretty much black. An inch of mocha head hangs around and laces nicely. Looks like a winner.

Smell - Lots of dark fruits. Cherries and chocolate come first. There is almost a prune thing going on. Lots of chocolate and roast malt. A hint of smoke.

Taste - Follows the smell. Lots of chocolate and cherry up front. There is a lot of roast on the finish. Honestly, it seems a little thin. Just sort of sits there in the middle. Almost some tart fruit randomly in there, which is unsettling.

Mouthfeel - Decidedly thin. Just not luxurious enough. Almost watery. Eh.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that might be because it doesn't seem to have enough working. The roast follows unpleasantly.

This is a fine beer. Pretty good, but not doing anything special for me. Quite disappointed with the body. Otherwise, it's a very good bang for your buck, but it's not the worst idea to spend a few more bucks.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 04:31:51 | More by callmescraps
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Poured one shade shy of black with a quarter inch tan-colored head that dissipates into a skim with a solid band around the edges. Nose was very mild and subdued - some malt, some brown sugar and a hint of hops. Taste reveals chocolate malt, brown sugar, molasses, black licorice and a definite hops presence. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium-bodied, but a bit too much carbonation for the style - I like my RIS's lightly carbonated and oily/viscous. Alcohol is well-hidden on this beer, but a little too much hops in the mix for my liking. Nonetheless, a solid, readily available offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 01:20:01 | More by Jwale73
Photo of shivtim


3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good stout that is none-the-less overly popular.
Poured into a pint. Thick black/brown, with a good cafe au lait head.
Nose is overly sweet, but with some nice strong malts and even a bit of hop character that shines through.
Taste is syrupy, oily dark malts, well roasted, with some sugary sweetness. Slight ethanol on the end.
Good foamy mouthfeel, and decent drinkability except for the ABV. Like I said, decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 20:04:42 | More by shivtim
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle, poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Coal black in colour, with a thin covering of a tanned head, this turned into a couple of wisps and half a collar before very long.

The aromas and taste were very simular, dark chocolate and burnt malts, some raisins and Victoria plums were detected in the taste however, which gave it a less agressive flavour.

The body was rich and heavy, which hid the alcohol very well.

Easy to drink and interesting, not a style I have on a regular basis, but most enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 21:09:30 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured in a pint glass, a completely black brew with a mocha-colored thick foamy head that looks sticky.
smells of dark chocolate along with strong hints of coffee and some caramel.
half chocolate/coffee, and citrusy hops as well in the taste.
the carbonation is a little more than i prefer.
unique RIS in the sense its more hoppy than others, but its very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 20:09:11 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: solid black; decent head
S: hints of molasses and chocolate; the aroma, to my senses, was not prominent
T: not as complex and adventurous as I was expecting (given the ratings I was expecting to be blown away with abundant flavors); for a stout, it is somewhat hoppy, with traces of orange and grapefruit; smooth aftertaste; not very sweet
M: rich and smooth to the tongue--wonderful feel!

Overall, a good stout with a broad appeal, but perhaps not exactly what you're looking for if you're out for an epiphany.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 14:40:07 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of AdamBear


3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-beautiful black, nice light tan head

S-chocolate and cocoa beans

T-wow its like rich but creamy chocolate. there's not much of a big after-taste. abv is noticeably high

M-very very smooth, almost no carbonation. surprisingly a dry finish though.

D-abv hits quickly. taste stays pretty well but gets a little bitterness to it, i enjoyed this all the way through, but more than one would be difficult to drink at a time.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-27-2010 02:20:59 | More by AdamBear
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,372 ratings.