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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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9,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,511
Reviews: 3,341
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 273
Gots: 1,161 | FT: 34
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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Photo of Flounder57


4.19/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbled seen coming up the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, mocha, smoke, sweet malts, a little booze, and molasses. Pretty standard RIS aroma.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, and a little boozy.

Overall: Pretty solid RIS. Enjoyed in the past, now, and more in the future.

05-20-2013 02:08:29 | More by Flounder57
Photo of BeerWizard


4.19/5  rDev -2.6%

Not normally a stout drinker but had to check this out because of all the hype. The four packs are reasonably priced at about $8, and sport attractive black and gold packaging.

Poured into a goblet, opaque black, with a chocolate colored short head that reduces after several minutes into a thin tan film of minute bubbles. This beer is not see through at all in this glass, and only around the very edges does light start to penetrate.

Chocolate coffee aroma with hops, also jammy fruit, malty. Flavor is impactful, dark candied fruit, berry, hop bitters, choco-coffee, light mint, very much agreeing with the nose. The mouthfeel is heavy but tighter than something like a wee heavy, and not as sweet. Definitely boozy at 9%, but not setting your mouth on fire. Carbonation is low but present.

Overall, fantastic. Totally lives up to the hype.

11-28-2013 06:28:15 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

poured into a Mad Elf tulip glass from a 12oz stubby brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Had a half glass of beer and head from a medium pour.Opaque black with a slight brownish hue. Creamy tan head with good retention leaving a creamy coating throughout the beer. No lacing just a tiny speck or two.

Moderate aromas,lots of maltyness,very roasty,chard wood,burnt carmell,bakers chocolate and tinge of alcohol and a somewhat of a mustyness,

Burnt bittersweet carmell taste,roasty, woody/earthy has a clean mid-taste followed by an intense sharp bitterness with strong unsweetened chocolate notes with a warming booziness not overwhelming but definate. A nice balance and fairly complex

Has a light/airy feel for the style,very creamy has a juicy booziness. A sipper that goes down with ease. Not a beer i would drink more than one or two of,but enjoyable none the less.

08-04-2007 04:04:24 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of 05Harley

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottled on: ?? (case only, not listed on the bottle)

Purchased @ Johnson's Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $10.99/sixer

Pours near black with red edges. A three finger light tan fluffy head quickly emerges and sticks around. Slowly the long lasting froth leaves behind copias amounts of lacing indicating the fill line.

The aroma isn't as strong as the appearance would suggest. Hints of roasted malt, earthy hops and mocha tease the nose.

The flavor is bitter chocolate, burnt barley, coffe and black licorice. A bit more dark fruit would add some sweetness and tone down the noticeable rum taste.

The mouthfeel is rich, silky smooth and creamy with a medium body. Nicely carbonated which adds to the character. Finishes warm and bitter with a slow drying finish thanks to the hops.

Overall a good offering and one I'm happy to be able to purchase right here in state.

11-18-2011 19:18:39 | More by 05Harley
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Just barely short of black. Head is pretty thin, but a constant ring remains around the edges that leave some pretty decent lacing.

S - I don't really get much on the nose from this one. Mostly just alcohol and dark roasted malts.

T - Chocolaty and raisiny. Bitterness is pertinent thruout the taste, first from the bitter chocolate malt then from the hops. I don't actually taste much of the alcohol that was in the nose.

M - heavy and right.

Pretty tasty brew. Its not as complex and dynamic as I would like, but I'm definitely starting to pick up different things as it warms. Particularly, the alcohol.

06-11-2011 22:44:19 | More by Dave128
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison

Pours black with a nice 3/4" tan frothy head which has decent retention and minimal lacing. Smell is quite fruity actually, berries or cherries with an alcoholic bite. Very rich smelling bouquet. Taste follows suit and is quite fruity, in a deep roasted kind of way, with some sweet maltiness, some hop bitterness, and alcohol at the end. You can tell this is 9%, but it's not to the point of being hard to drink by any means. I could easily put back another, but would definitely start to feel it by then. Mouthfeel is nice for an RIS, smooth and creamy, yet refreshing. A very rich smelling and tasting imperial stout here, much fruitier than I was expecting, but a pleasant surprise. My favorite RIS to date.

07-21-2005 05:14:05 | More by Golden2wenty1
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours dark black with a creamy tan head that sticks all over the glass. Dark roasted malt aroma with a bit of cocoa, coffee and nuts. Taste is smooth with a lot of roasted malt, a bit of bitter chocolate, coffee and hops. There is a seemingly never ending bitterness to the finish. Overall, North Coast really did an excellent job with this RIS and should be commended.

09-04-2006 03:20:13 | More by cjgator3
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured on tap into pint glass

Appearance: Jet black with caramel colored head, not too much lace.

Smell: Nice, espresso with some chocolate and a bit of a tangy bitterness to it.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, very espressoish with some anise and a bit of caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, what you would expect from an RIS.

Drinkability: Not as high as I would usually rank a RIS, mostly because there was a reasonably noticeable alcohol presence.

Notes: Very enjoyable. but not the most standoutish of RIS's.

02-07-2009 03:25:09 | More by BigIrishman
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West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Pours pitch black with a khaki colored one-finger creamy head that seems to retain forever and sticks to the sides as it settles.

S- aromas of melted chocolate with toffee & caramel taffy, some underlying mocha coffee, subtle roasted malt note with a bit of alcohol. Chocolate definitely shines overall

T- The chocolate flavors follow the aroma with huge bitter-sweet dark chocolate, some dark fruity notes chime in around mid-palate with fig/date, coffee flavors arise near the end with a sweet and roast malt finish, with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouth feel with a crisp finish. A touch of alcohol warmth at the end

O- An American classic that often goes unheralded, yet one that we are lucky to always have available. Always a good choice

10-29-2013 02:20:03 | More by Treyliff
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Pours basically black and opaque with a finger or so of tan head. Nice retention and leaves some lacing behind.

S - Roasted, dark malt aromas with coffee and some bittersweet chocolate qualities coming through. There is also a hint of dark fruit, raisins perhaps, as well as some hop character. Slight alcohol presence on the nose as well.

T - Rich, roasted malt flavors come through first, with mostly a robust coffee quality as well as some of the bittersweet chocolate. The dark fruit character is not lost in the flavor either, coming through a bit. Ample hop flavor in this one, with a good bit of bitterness coming through as the malts subside. Finish is rather dry and leaves some lingering bitterness - as well as some of the roasted, coffee flavors - into the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Light on the carbonation, which fits this one nicely.

D - A hopped-up, nicely done RIS with plenty of flavor. A very good all around brew.

11-17-2009 03:28:11 | More by GarrisWH
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head doesn't stick around for too long, but the lacing is OK. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. It tastes like coffee, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. The beer also has a good lingering bitter hoppy finish, with nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium/full, and it's creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's nice and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable, but not bad. IMO, it's a good RIS, I'd recommend it to others to try.

03-03-2007 02:23:11 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Beejay


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Dark dark brown-black. Nice creamy tan head.. looks delicious.

S: That smells nice.. Dark, roasted coffee, bourbon..

T: Smokey and dark.. Sweet. The finish is nice, with a mellowed smoke taste.

M: Thick and heavy.

D: Predictably good. This would go great with some creme brulee..

02-16-2009 00:32:14 | More by Beejay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Very dark. Thick, creamy foam.

S - Very chocolaty. Slight coffee aroma. Sweet malts.

T - Can taste the alcohol but not overwhelmingly for an imperial stout. Coffee with slight chocolate. A bit toasty.

M - silky smooth. slightly carbonated.

D - As I continue to drink it, the alcohol becomes more prevalent. Still remarkably smooth for a 9% ABV. Couldn't drink more than one, but that is par for the course with imperial stouts in general.

01-22-2010 02:03:06 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz from the Coop for about $2.25.. shared with Steven.. mine in the New Belgium tulip.

First off, wow.. very pretty lacing.. looks like a leopard skin except in reverse... brew is expected very dark brown/black.

Dark roasted malt with abundant chocolate and espresso.. citrus hops as it warms with alcohol and yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is a very appealing mash-up of bittersweet chocolate.. French roast and dark malts.. hop bitterness plays well with the bitter grains.. and the hop profile makes me glad I'm an American.. in the middle, the citrus hops mix very well. Fantastic body and carbonation... Simply huge across the board.. everything about Rasputin is big.. fantastically tasty..

Old Rasputin is a great goto Impy Stout and a great value.. everything one would want from a West coast RIS.. I have some in the cellar just to see how they age, but this brew is great fresh... no doubt one of my favorites.

01-18-2008 11:01:13 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

I've got to say, nitro-tap really changes this beast.

This is probably the most intense, thick, beautiful looking Nitro pour I've ever had the pleasure of gazing at. Dark blackness with effervescence of the gods fueling a truly never-ending frosting-like cap. The curtains of lacing are epic.

Aroma, as some nitro tends toward, leaves a bit to be desired. vanilla, rich malt, cocoa nibs. mild, creamy, not bad.

Taste is surprising... heavily roasty, charred coffee, and an impressive hop presence. Nitro really adds a stunning depth to this luscious brew. possibly it's fresher - thus a bit hoppier - than I'm used to, but this has a stunning hop presence that really transforms this from what I'm used to into something ephemeral. I'm missing the leather, smoke, peat and rich chocolate, but it's been pleasantly replaced with piney, resinous and bright hops. Digging it.

Mouth is solid, with ample carbonation from the nitro, yet it retains some of that old rasputininess. thick, a bit viscous, and touch of syrup, and some lingering bitterness. Lovely.

All in all, nitro has done some interesting things to one of my old standbys. The hops are definitely accentuated, turning this into a surprisingly rounded and balanced RIS. Which I like... although i almost miss the heavy coffee, chocolate, and rich malt that i'm used to.

03-24-2011 03:15:52 | More by djeucalyptus
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark mahogany, almost impenetrable black, large tan head with excellent retention, lacing left on glass.

S = Strong smells of black strap molasses and Turkish coffee.

T = Sweet molasses at the front of the tongue, creamy dark chocolate milkshake at mid-palate and bitter coffee in the long aftertaste

M = Heavy bodied, low carbonation, excellent mouthcoating.

D = I really liked this and would definitely recommend it. Could not imagine drinking more than one though given the strong bitterness in the finish and the heavy feel of the drink not to even mention the ABV.

03-06-2008 00:44:36 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of blackie


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

enjoyed this beer quite a few times, but never rated...

a: tulip serving, a dense mocha head lingers long atop the black bodied beer

s: rich charred roasts with deep currents of dark coffee and pure cocoa, dark chocolate drenched fruits, sweet alcohol, clean citrusy hop profile, a lovely, classic ris aroma

m: silky carbonation on a medium-full body

t: extra dark chocolates coating caramel and a dry, bitter coffee comprise the bulk of the flavor, not very sweet - quickly drying to intense flavors of burnt barley and a pithy moderate bitterness, great stuff here

d: no problem as the abv is present but totally appropriate - a readily available, hype-free ris

single picked up somewhere along the way - had this one for about a year now

01-15-2010 03:40:02 | More by blackie
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Wow! What a beautiful pour. Two fingers of caramel head and BLACK, and I mean black. The head begins to fade as it warms and leaves behind thick, egg-white lacing. Thicker than I've experienced before. The foam left behind looks like crema on an espresso.

The smell is smokey with roasted malts but it's hard to make out any of the other aromas. Taste's smokey also, but there's chocolate and some balanced to light hops as well. The roasted malts dominate. I like that there's no burnt flavors. This is really a great tasting stout. As it warms the flavors increase, but this is not an intense beer. It's low key in a very good way. I'll be darned if I can pick up any alcohol taste at all. How did they hide 9% ABV?

The mouthfeel is luscious with low carbonation, and may be the ale's best quality. It would be easy to drink 2 or 3 of these, but I had not had anything to eat. I could feel the alcohol kicking my arse, so I settled for only one. That makes the drinkability hard to rate.

If you like stouts you have to try Old Rasputin. It may be the best stout I've ever had. Keep in mind that I'm a newbie, but this seems more like an American RIS than an English version. The hops are definitely present and play a role in the flavor.

Too bad they named this great stout after an infamous fellow like Rasputin. They even put his ugly mug on the label.

11-25-2010 00:57:26 | More by airheadmtrcycle
Photo of HoustonTX


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

12oz. bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Incredibly dark brown, white frothy head. Nice head, and lacing retention.

S - Licorice malt/strong alcohol/chocolate/spicey notes.

T&M - Full-bodied. Taste upfront has tones of chocolate, infused with a strong alcoholic bite. Hop bitterness is definitely there upfront, and also near the end. Medicinal phenols bring a sharp bite to the palate. Licorice waves come upfront and near the end, spicey and awakening on the palate. Burnt tones, earthy and nutty also come through. Aftertaste is smooth and creamy with a small amount of bitter, that slowly fades to dry and then lingers for a good while.

D - Great for such a big beer.

An excellent Russian Imperial Stout, has a lot of compexity and depth. Rich, satisfying, and friendly on the palate. Definitely check this one out.

07-22-2006 22:31:30 | More by HoustonTX
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Beware the high ABV Old Rasputin...I swear, each bottle has an actual "Little Old Rasputin" who finds his way into your head, causing much confusion and havoc, especially if more than one or two gather there at the same time - which is to be expected, given the crazy old coot's rasputation, I mean, reputation and all...See, he's up to his old trick's again, that wily Old Rasputin...

02-22-2006 23:21:16 | More by nathanho
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Look: Black as my soul. 2 inch head my fault on the pour and great retention and lacing throughout

Smell: Bitter chocolate and coffee upfront with just a hint of hops

Taste: Same as the nose. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate upfront with a bit of coffee in the middle

Mouthfeel: Full body low carbonation and a bit thick and syrupy

Overall: Let me start off by saying fresh I do not care for this beer at all so I decided to age a couple for 1 1/2 years and it was the best decision I could have made. The flavor profile is so much nicer and the alcohol burn is gone. I really really enjoyed this beer so much that I actually cracked another one and put some vanilla bean ice cream in it and made a beer float and it was absolutely amazing.

07-11-2011 04:55:45 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

My roommate whiteweasel brought back this delicious beer one afternoon. I'm a history major and I must say I became attached to this beer after hearing it's name and spotting the "Never Say Die" slogan on the box.

Appearance- Black! I could be pouring oil into a glass and wouldn't know the difference if it wasn't for the nice, thick, tantalizingly frothy head.

Smell- Incredibly complex. Cacao, coffee, and some sweetness balances everything nicely.

Taste- Delicious and full bodied. I'd describe the overall flavor as "Extra Bold". Has a bitter, roasted flavor to it. Hints of the beer's high alcohol content can be detected, as well.

Mouthfeel- excellent carbonation, goes down smooth!

Drinkability- Looses points in this category because of its heaviness. Good news: high abv means you wouldn't want to be knocking these back all night.

10-27-2009 05:57:14 | More by heissebier
Photo of Kylito87


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Ok the moment I have been working for Review # 50 lol I know I am still a n00b but it is a big milestone for me. So I figured I would do one of my all time favorite beers that I haven't got around to reviewing.

Appearance- Midnight black with toffee colored head. Rediculous lacing and a craggy foamy head head that stays the whole entire way through.

Smell- Rich dark chocolate and coffee with a bold roasted dark malt character. There is a hint caramel and sweet fruit as well.

Taste- Expresso with a nice dark chocolate finish. The beer has nice bold roasty coffee kick up front and it is finishes with a bitter sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Super thick. Very syrupy with a very prominant carbonation level. This beer is very slick and oily on the pallete. It makes your lips stick together. Very heavy beer. It would only take a couple of these before you couldn't drink anymore. Definitely a meal in glass.

Drinkability- Well like I said 2 maybe 3 and that is about it. These are so good that it is a beer that I like to take my time and savor every drop. I can never walk away from this beer it has been one of my all time favorites for a very long time. I would love to get a couple of these wax the necks over and lay them down for a year maybe two and see how it matures. Bottom line it is amazing try it.

11-17-2010 02:07:56 | More by Kylito87
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Black- nothing less than. A finger of tiny-bubbled foam covers the blackness. Some decent spiderweb lacing. A beautiful beer.

S- Somewhat weak aroma. Burnt malt, a hint of cherries, liqour- maybe even rum.

T- Much stronger. Roasted flavors of dark intense coffee. Brown sugar. Burned raisins. A touch of soy sauce. Good.

M- A decent amount of creaminess, good carbonation level.

D- I full flavored RIS. Though I wish the aroma was stronger, this one is a keeper.

05-21-2008 18:32:03 | More by zdk9
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

North Coast's "Old Rasputin" RIS @ 9.0% from a 330ml bottle 4 pack
A-pours almost black , good size tan head leaving some spotty lacing along the pint glass
S-barrel aged booze dominates!! , hints of burnt coffee grounds and some chocolate
T-nice and strong , big booze thru out , big plum vibe , bitter hints of coffee and bakers chocolate help in the very dry finish
MF-very little carbonation , full bodied , boozy aftertaste dominates
Ov-be careful as the beer warms "Old Rasputin" really seems to hit below the belt ... oh those Russians

cheers LampertLand

09-22-2012 20:35:40 | More by LampertLand
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,511 ratings.