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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
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Reviews: 3,627 | Ratings: 11,820
Photo of James773
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a thin brown head. Most of the darker beers I've tried had very intense flavors of dark fruits and overpowering aromas, so I was surprised that this one wasn't so strong at first. The bitterness is very obvious but not unpleasant, and as you sip you can taste more coffee and dark bread flavors. Mouthfeel is not too thick, good for the taste. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Silenus89
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my sniffer. Completely black in appearance with a 2 inch tan head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Main smells are chocolate and roasted malts. coffee

Tasted bitter chocolate at first then sweet malts and a slight hop finish.

Mouth feel was full bodied and very creamy i could feel a nice burn down the throat

This is a wonderful stout to kick back with though i couldnt drink more than 2 at a time. I prefer Stones RIS but this a very nice beer.

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

Rasputin must have sent this one back from hell- this brew can kick some serious ass. Poured pitch black, thick and syrupy. Aromas dominated by roasted malts, alcoholic, medicinal coffee. Taste is overpowering at first- huge alcohols up front, then graduating to dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and bitter cherry syrup. Finishes extremely dry, leaving an aftertaste of strong whisky and woody, earthy flavors. Haven't had anything like this before- certainly a sipping brew if there ever was one. I would have suspected the abv to be much higher, but i give the Rasputin higher marks for creating intense flavors and a fire-breathing quality without jacking up the alcohol content.

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

Old rasputin

A: murky black with tan head foamy with lacing no light passes through, pretty solid example of the style

S: sweet raisin and dates with chocolate on the nose, some drying oak but not similar to an oak aged beer, if that even makes sense.

T: taste is chocolate with bittering hopiness, nice malty balance, standard coating, it is the Mario of the Kart racing world. Not exceptional but no complaints to articulate, just standard.

M: The mouthfeel its pretty impressive for such a widely distributed stout, nice coating and balance.

D: This is a well done stout, maybe its sheer availablity has prejudiced me but I dont feel that it is amazing. I wouldnt be able to have this consistently but it is a good occasional treat, the maltiness is good but just offers too much filling.

Narrative: NOBODY BUT NO BODY KICKS OLD RAZZIE OUT OF THE ROLLER RINK. Ok, keep your cool, you know that you are a smoothe debonaire guy, but how can those girls fail to see your individual aplomb and flair? It just isnt right! You have your velvet chocolate coat, your smoothe ways, your bitter discountenance but they all seem to write you off for guys in Pele Pele Jeans and southpole shirts. Where did you go wrong? Maybe it was the fencing lessons, maybe it was talking to every girl in the roller rink. Razzie you spread yourself too thin. How could I have been so stupid? Well, there's only one thing these size 11's needs and thats a sick game of redlight green light. Time to narrow the scope and impart some chocolately velvety goodness to the masses.

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

Pours dark black with an almost purple tinge and 3 fingers of caramel-colored head. Smells of coffee, caramel, and grapes (reminds me of something like a shiraz from the wine world). Tastes unlike it smells. I taste wood and oak, although the coffee and caramel is still present. High marks for mouthfeel - it is creamy and lingers nicely. The alcohol is masked nicely - especially at first - but it becomes more present as the beer warms. Overall, a nice representation of the style but not astounding.

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Photo of jc85
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a Pint glass

Appearance- Poured a nice dark black, with a great 1 finger of light brown head that left nice lacing on the glass.

Smell- Some coffee smell but alot of alcohol is coming through in the nose.

Taste- Tastes like nice creamy coffee, but the sting of the alcohol is alot in this one.

Mouthfeel- Love the mouthfeel on this one, nice and creamy. Covers alot of the alcohol just with the mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This is a solid brew, but its definitly a sipper. Hopefully the alcohol bit will go away with some time in the cellar.

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Photo of jar2574
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep purplish-black in color, with no light getting through. Nice purplish-tan head that sinks slowly into the beer but leaves a great film on the sides.

Roasted malt smell. A nice earthiness.

An excellent beer. Roasted malts dominate, with slight acidity. Heavy and creamy rather than light and bubbly. Like a meal in each beer. Looks great the whole way down, with rings left along the sides fo the glass.

Nice work. Probably better for winter months than spring and summer. And the acidity lowers its drinkability, because that gets a little old. But it's a very good stout. And the alcohol is really well hidden, so watch out!

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Motor Oil deep brown with a 2-finger tan head. Some lacing and retention, but minor.

S - Coffee and wheat.

T - Coffee and Chocolate.

D - Oily, but mild.

O - Not much to go with here. Age this and enjoy!

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

12 oz bottle at 55 degrees

A: Great appearance! Dark stout but not much of a head. I poured it fairly fast too. What head that did appear was an amazing tan color. I wish the head was bigger

S: Smell is good! Smells like a stout. Enough said

T: Finally! The taste it great. (takes a sip) First taste is a chocolate taste and near the finish comes the coffee taste. Its well balanced and simply tasty...note the slight alcohol taste

M: The mouthfeel is nice a firm. Stays on the tounge for many mins. I like the boldness of this stout and how it takes your tounge hostage. By the time its about to surrender you take another sip and the waiting beings again!

D: not very drinkable due to the noted mouthfeel

I enjoy this stout and for 2.50 its a steal!

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

Deep dark brown, with oak red on the edges, borderline black. Dark tan head, half an inch, retains well and leaves some lacing.

Smell of chocolate dominates the nose, with coffee rounding it out. Much like hot chocolate and Kahlua.

Taste is more coffee forward. Dry coffee flavor, with some chocolate backing it up. Much like black coffee with some chocolate liquor.

bitter coffee-like mouthfeel, which dry's out the beer towards the end.

Dryness knocks the drinkability of this brew down a notch. Still pretty damn good.

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

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle with a label depicting the Mad Monk himself in the midst of dark, psychic meditation. Cryptic Russian lettering wraps around the bottom half of label. Evil stuff. No freshness dating.

A: Pours an opaque ebony color with a two-finger, caramel-colored head that fades to a thin rim of foam. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, coffee, and a whiff of alcohol. A hint of wet wool. (That's a first.)

T: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Bittering hops in the middle. Notes of malted milk balls and blackstrap molasses. Alcohol is well-concealed. Finishes with a snap of licorice.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Generous carbonation on the tongue.

D: At 9% ABV, not exactly sessionable - but a great sipper that's appropriate for this time of year.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was a pitch black, opaque color. There was a very thick tan head on top that lasted for a long time.

S: The smell reminded me of Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewery; dark and slightly sweet.

T: Old Rasputin had a dry, bitter taste similar to dark roast coffee or a quality dark chocolate. The taste was similar to porters I've drank, but there was not any level of sweetness like porters often have.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer was very good. The high specific gravity of the beer was definitely noticeable, and the creamy head added even more enjoyment to the drinking of this beer.

D: While this is a very well made beer, I think I would only want to drink it again if I was in the mood for it. I don't think the middle of summer was the best time of year for me to try it, but maybe I would want a beer like this when the weather was cold.

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

Another North Coast product that is available locally. One of the more expensive ones, but I decided to treat myself around Christmas.

Pours an inky black color that almost seems to swallow the light. Plenty of thick head that is a chocolaty color. Head has quite a bit of staying power, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

A hint of alcohol is detectable in the nose, not surprising given its high ABV. A hint of chocolate malts is also present.

Flavor starts out with a hint of chocolate, then a hint of alcohol, and then is washed out by dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Some coffee flavoring as well, but not the dominant flavor. Alcohol flavor is present throughout, but is on the periphery, rather than a main component. It is the nutty flavor that stands out and lingers most.

Generally not a stout fan, but this is a very good example of one. Not something I would drink all night, but good for an occasional indulgement.

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

12 ounce bottle purchased from Cost Plus World Market

Poured into old beer mug

Very dark, could barely see threw it when held up to the light

Good beer with a strong bite and not too sweet

Really want to try the oak-aged tenth anniversary of this beer

Good beer from North Coast Brewing

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color with a huge tan colored head that lasts forever and leaves good lacing.

There are smells of alcohol, dark fruit and roasted malt.

The taste is burnt malt. A strong esspresso like bitterness. With notes of bittersweet dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is full bodied.

I probably wouldnt drink more than a few of these but it is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Virtually black with lots of foamy light brown head. Head eventually dies down to a 1/8" of thick espresso-like crema.

S: Chocolate, malt, pine, and a good bit of alcohol

T: Creamy at first. Then dark, burnt coffee beans. Alcohol is present, but subdued.

M: Heavy bodied with low carbonation. Somewhat thick, but not overly viscous.

D: A very pleasant and rich stout, but much heavier than what I normally imbibe. Couldn't see drinking more than a couple of these.

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

This stout pours out very dark with tinge of tea color brown/amber around the corners when held up to the light. It has a creamy frothy tan head that sticks around for a while.

It smells very good...Not as strong as some stouts, but very pleasant. Not as rough as most RIS. It has a nice crusty bread smell with roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

Now when I take the first sip...every time it makes me go " Ahh thats a good beer." It kind of reminds me of Breakfast stout. Only because of the very obvious and sharp coffee smell and coffee bitterness in the taste. It also reminds me of the taste of Founders Black Rye. It has a balanced blend of coffee, chocolate, bread, roasted nuts...its very good.

For the price and availability this is a great stout.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter on Christmas Eve. Poured a Very dark, opaque black with a thin tan head that faded fast but comes back strong with a swirl of the glass. smells of bitter chocolate, some prunes maybe, and a hint of caramel. Tastes of some bitter chocolate as well. very drinkable for a RIS. mouthfeel is fizzy rather than thick and creamy like other RIS I have had.

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Photo of zee3are0
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An impressive example of a Russian Stout.

A - Dark!

S - Rich in scent, the malts overpower the hops, as is proper with a good stout

T - Almost "meaty" it's so rich. This beer is to roasted grains what Stone IPA is to hops - a clear example of when excessive still isn't too much.

M - The tang at the end of the sip is offset by the pleasant feel of light carbonation. Ideal.

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Photo of vobr0002
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark brown with a caramel color head that last for a while. Almost two fingers high.

S- cocoa, little bit of coffee,

T- chocalate, coffee, roasted flavor with some hop bitterness on the back end.

M- thinner body than I expected. Maybe could be a little thicker.

O- good beer. Pretty easy going down for 9% and not much alcohol taste. This is a very solid stout

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

A- 4.5 True to the style, this stout is a super-dark brown, nearly black color. It has a decently sized dark tan head on the pour that dissipates but leaves a nice bubbly ring around the edges of the glass. It is distinctly more bubbly than creamy. There is fine, sticky lacing left on the snifter's edges throughout.

S- 4 Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts come to mind, followed by a hint of booze and wood. It is intriguing because I can't get enough of it; not the strongest scent in the world. It does improve as it warms, however.

T- 4 More powerful than the aroma, this brew's taste is sweet and rich. Again, I get chocolate and dark malt but not really any coffee. There is a fair amount of heat that unfortunately becomes a little overbearing after awhile. It leaves a dry finish.

M- 4 Old Rasputin is a damn near full-bodied beer that is fairly heavy. It isn't the smoothest to take down because of its heat. The carbonation is fine.

D- 3.5 Truthfully, I don't think I could do more than one of these bad boys. It is a bear of a beer. It means business. I think its flavors are intense and it is clearly powerful at 9% ABV. However, I wish it were a bit more intricate. I'm glad I tried it though, and it may be better for you if you're a fan of the style in general.

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

Had this on tap last night at Deep Ellum. I saw they had this on nitro tap, so I figured it was worth a re-visit. Pours with a huge frothy head, that unfortunately got so big that it spilled onto the table. The smell was what I expected, a symphony of roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste was even more delicious. I have had this beer before on tap, and I love it. But the nitro makes it that much more smoother and silky. Tastes like a chocolate imperial stout milkshake. Goes down way too fast for a 9% beer. One of my favorite RIS on the market. The nitro makes it that much better.

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Photo of halo3one
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mimimal head, almost black

S - Weak, chocolate, espresso

T - Peppery, mild chocolate and coffee taste

M - Watery, not as thick as I expected

O - I had higher expectations given many of the review here. Was not overly impressed. Would not try again. Maybe the barrel aged version brings more flavor.

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

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours jet black w/ plenty of head. Tan head that evens out nicely. The nose is lots of dark roasted malt & alcohol. Has a sweetness to it. Some coffee & chocolate in it as well.

The taste is just like the nose. Toffee & a huge helping of dark malt. Pretty decent bitterness to balance out, or at least try to, the monster that lies within. The middle has a nice sweetness to it that gives way to a moderate alcohol burn on the back end. Has a bit of a dry finish. Mouthfeel is chewy. A sipper for sure. This actually dries out the palate too much.

Overall, a very good RIS. I'd like to try this w/ a year on it to ease off the burn. Even two years out. Prosit!

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Photo of boesesfleisch
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. Looks good in the glass and had a nice creamy head that laced all the way down. I was a little disappointed with the aroma and mouth feel as I found them to be a little weak and thin for the style. Overall I thought this was a good, solid beer that everyone should try, but did not quite live up to the hype in my opinion.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.