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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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3,525 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,525
Hads: 11,313
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 498
Gots: 2,353 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. Jet black, opaque, low carbonation. Tan head. Caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Alcohol is well-hidden. This is a very, very good beer - but not my absolute favorite for the style. It's competent but not memorable.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer: a long-lived gigantic pebbly tan head that leaves extensive, complex lacing on a pitch-black body with sullen ruby highlights. The nose is subdued roasted malt- molasses and toffee- faintly sweet with alcohol undertones. The palate is alcohol and bitter roasted malt- mostly molasses and bitter, bitter chocolate- with the alcohol notes gaining traction towards the back of the palate. The finish is a flash of chocolate followed by a beer-defining roasted bitterness that lingers forever. Mouthfeel is a bit thinnish for the full body, but creamy and warming, and peppery from some very fizzy carbonation.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

It's really dark, black essentially. It looks good. Smells toasty, coffee-like, nutty even. Smells great. Amazing really. Tastes as it smells, toasty roasty coffee goodness, slightly sweet maltiness, with a small alcohol burn at the end. It tastes pretty great. Very thick feeling with moderate carbonation that gives the beer a pleasant creamy feel.

I love this stuff. Will definitely be buying more for years to come.

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Photo of Cutlass
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Inky black with a couple inches of copper head that eventually dissolved almost completely

Smell - heavily malty with notes of coffee and just a touch of whiskey (bourbon maybe?)

Taste - malty as expected though balanced by a bitter herbal hop aftertaste and some bite from the high alcohol content

Feel - smooth with relatively little carbonation

Overall - A tasty and interesting beer; this is my first russian imperial stout so I am unable to compare it to others within its style, but definitely worth a try

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I once tried this beer in a four-pack that was chilled down real good. It was my first time getting a brew that was in a four-pack, so it was a bit interesting. This brew boasts 9.0% ABV, but I have heard people say it drinks more like a 10-11% so watch out. It has 75 IBUs, but has plenty of sweetness so don’t worry.

Look-It pours a deep dark black. It leaves an initially thick head that has a copper tinge. It later disappears and leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell-The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee, and caramel with a slight acidity. It smells strongly of the rich creamy malts and a bite from the alcohol.

Taste-The coffee, chocolate, toffee, licorice, and spices are abundant smells that are cut with a vengeance by a sharp whiskey-like bite from the ample alcohol. The hops that linger afterwards are bitter but are also accompanied by a spicy aftertaste like nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, black licorice, some cola, candied plums, and raisins.

Mouthfeel-It has a thick, chewy, rich, creamy, full-bodied, and smooth/silky mouthfeel. But it also has some noticeable fizz from the medium ambient carbonation. There is a lingering smoked wood coating on the tongue that has resins similar to cedar and red oak.

Overall-It is a very nice beer, but you better pour it or get it on tap. The aromas come out clean and complement the taste if your olfactory system is primed with the smell. The alcohol is quite powerful so watch out, but cuts the sweet full-bodied malt backbone that is freckled with a plethora of delicious spices and flavors as I describe above. This beer really deserves the Imperial Stout name and it is easily a world class beer. The bros give it a top score and I will as well. Cheers!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very strong taste of licorice in this one, but still its a good stout, a little bitter but with a great mouthfeel to it and mellow aftertone that helps with the bitterness.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice deep dark Russian Imperial Stout. Not readily available in the midwest so I was happy to get a chance to try this. Nice rich roasty stout.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a thick deep brown with a dark tan, medium-full head that eventually fades away almost completely. Minimal lacing.
S: toffee, caramel, chocolate, licorice, light-roasted coffee, earthy/herbal hops, blueberry, whiskey
T: as you'd expect, chocolate, caramel, coffee are evident, but there are notes of biscuit, licorice, a whiskey-like alcohol bite at the end that accompanies a long, herbal hop finish.
M: full-bodied with a medium carbonation
O: a tasty RIS that has earned its reputation as a classic.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Fills a Spielgau tulip with over an inch of dense khaki head over jet black body.

S: Classic roasted malts and coffee, slightly acrid with a hint of alcohol.

T: Coffee and roast, pumpernickel bread

M: Fairly light-bodied compared to the current imperial stout style, much more akin in mouthfeel to a standard stout. Develops a bit more richness as it comes up from refrigerator temperature.

O: Very classic RIS, although it comes across a little over-attenuated these days. Personally I prefer something which leans more in the chocolate direction than the dark-roast coffee direction.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark, almost opaque black pour. Decent sized off white frothy head that leaves lacing on the glass
S: lots of coffee smell along with the roasty barley type smell you'd expect from an imperial stout
T: very roasted taste with more coffee and cocoa flavors. Touch of pleasant hop bitterness as well. F: lingering flavor really carries out the roasted flavors. good full mouthfeel
O: a standout imperial stout. This one seems to fly under the radar, but I this holds its own in a tasting against any other non-BA imperial stout.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

actually had this beer many times but had it again and sure enough it is still that same great beer it always was

don't remember it pouring so thick like this it almost looked like motor oil when it came out like a viscous maple syrup or something

bit wow I can't believe that flavor it isso well balanced and all there for such a big beer this has to be considered one of the best Russian imperial stouts

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Photo of josanguapo
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From XXXII. In Duvel glass. After dinner. I dont like stouts. I cant finish a guinness. But this one is very different. I enjoy it a lot. Great taste, aroma and aspect

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Photo of ManBearPat
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect example of the style... It is what I compare all other RIS's to. Not sure why this isn't rated even higher, but it doesn't require a harpoon and large fishing vessel to land.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The alcohol content doesn't dominate in the flavor, but you can feel it when you breathe. A very syrupy texture. Shockingly minor flavor at first, but the roasted malts come through on the aftertaste. It's a slow burner, but really nice.

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Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Muddy Waters, Bryant Lake Bowl and Pig & Fiddle and have had from a bottle.
L: Pours bright deep dark coffee brown under a 2” persistent, clingy, frothy foam collar.
S: Chocolate, dark sugar, coffee, dark dried fruit, and and a hint of wine on the nose.
T: Chocolate coffee flavors sweetened with molasses and seasoned with dark dried fruit with a slight tartness in the background. Dark roast bitterness augments the hop bitterness on the finish.
F: Full body to chewy, medium carbonation
O: Very fine Russian Imperial Stout. I think I like the draft version a little better than the bottled because the flavors come out more.

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Photo of leantom
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

They don't make 'em like this anymore. The beer that introduced me to the RIS. Here goes:

A: Wow. Pours pitch-black; absolutely no light gets through. The head is absolutely massive. It's dark, fluffy, and more than two inches thick. It also recedes super slowly, leaving a ton of lacing in its wake.

S: Burnt malt through and through. Lots of bitter, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Splendid.

T: Thick and creamy roasted coffee. Burnt malt. The bitterest of dark chocolates. Rich in dark soil and tobacco. Overall, a splendid concoction.

F: Thick and creamy, like the taste. Perfect.

O: Like I said, they don't make 'em like this anymore.

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Photo of Moooose
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just wanted to say this is the beer that you don't drink everyday, this is a Russian imperial stout, it's a very nice beer and whoever on this forum is saying that when you pour it, a thick one inch foam layer is created and does not go away is just simply someone who knows nothing about pouring beer I ve had it so many times and poured it perfectly without having any foam, this is a great stout beer and if you like stout, this will be a nice choice the alcohol in it is 9% so 3 of them will get you a great buzz, the taste is fine too, you can easily drink it, very smooth for a stout, whoever says otherwise about the taste means they like lager because if you are that person that drinks lager all the time then stout and IPA won't taste good to you
This beer is rated in my opinion at minimum a 4.5 out of 5

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Photo of lastmango
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick 3 inch milk shake head. Head stays intact as you drink the beer. Chocolate malt with a medium hop bitterness at the end. Thick and chewy. This is a great Stout.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of imperials, so I'm not surprised I don't like this as much as most other people do. Please, don't take my opinion on this one. Try it yourself. You'll probably enjoy it more than I did.

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Very dark black, brownish head,

S: Roasted Malt and chocolate, some fruityness

T/F: Chocolate, sweet and bitter together, roasted malt, coffee. Feels heavy, dense, and rich

O: I loved it, very good beer, love it

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is black but looks like a very dark brown under light. Lots of carbonation and great lacing. Aroma is malt, both roasted and unroasted, dark chocolate, and dried fruit (figs and raisins). Taste has lots of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The finish has a nice bitterness with some grassy alcohol notes. You can taste the alcohol in the middle and finish but it isn't overpowering. Feel is smooth

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Photo of do_ob
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pitch black in color with a 2+ finger head of mocha foam. Big bitter choclate and roasted malt on the nose with notes of tobacco and dark fruit. Quite dense and incredibly smooth. Creeping choclatey bitterness initially, gradually engulfing the palate in an unstoppable wave of rich flavor. There's a subtle sweetness in there, in the shadows. Amidst these polarizing characteristics is a deep, dark roastiness that engulfs, even dominates the later portion of this beer. The aftertaste sees a smokey, raw coffee bean-like flavor emerge, which hangs around for quite a while after the beer is gone.

A very well-made, enjoyable, and traditional RIS. Within the style, this one easily stands up to Founders IS and SN Narwhal.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a towering tan colored head, lacing on the glass is impressive. Initially I get some aroma hops tinging the nostril, however this is mowed over by strong scents of deep roasted malts, chocolate, and brown sugar. Initially the palate is calmed with a smooth and creamy cocoa/brown sugar flavor, then it is overrun with toasted malts that are strong but not overbearingly ashy like some stouts. The alcohol is hidden well here with the flavors, and the texture is rather smooth on the palate. Overall a really good stout, I would most definitely purchase this one again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque and nearly black with an impressive and massive tan foam head. The retention is so good you have to wait an eternity to start drinking; the lace sticks to the side of the glass throughout. Strong coffee/espresso aroma, vanilla, wood and alcohol. Robust taste of roasted malts, dark coffee and hops providing the bitterness; also, a hint of vanilla and/or dark fruits providing a sweetness. Full bodied, creamy and a finish that is both bitter and sweet. A wonderful complex and flavorful beer. I would say it's perfect for the winter months, yet, I had it on a warm summer night after dessert and it was just as good.
I'm quite impressed by this one which is why I've rated it highly.

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Photo of MaxGreen
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black, coffee color with a thick, dark brown 1-finger head the color of brown sugar.

Nose of vanilla bean, caramel, and coffee bean. Slight tobacco smell as well.

Phenomenal lacing with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Taste of espresso, fades to hazelnut and vanilla, then cacao, and lastly to toffee. Pleasantly bitter, yet sweet. Goes down smooth, very smooth.

One of the best stouts and beers in general I've ever had. Highly recommend this to anyone, especially coffee lovers.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,525 ratings.