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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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3,540 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,540
Hads: 11,427
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 513
Gots: 2,452 | FT: 55
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Reviews: 3,540 | Hads: 11,427
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The name and bottle caught my attention immediedately while I was shopping.

The pour on this beer was perfect, with a thin tan head that developed. Once poured, it was completely opaque when held to the light.

The smell was strong with noticable aromas of roasted malt and alcohol.

The taste on this beer is out of this world. It is very complex with coffee and chocolate taste to this stout. At the end the hops come through with a slight bitterness, but not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel on this was the low point of this beer for me. It seemed a little thin. However, a mouthfeel such as this could be considered a strong point in a beer that did not have such a complex taste.

The drinkability of this beer is great in my book. I would not want to drink more than 3 or so. But if you like the style, and don't mind a strong taste of alcohol, then this is an imperial stout to enjoy after a long day.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh baby, Old Rasputin is a constant go to. Like flippin' to page 29 in the 1999 Victoria's Secret Winter Catalogue when Raul was 15, "go to."

Now, the Kings just took a 2-0 lead in the first, but Raul was pumped even before that. This bad boy is just splendid. Rich, dark, luscious... (and no, Raul is not talking about Beyonce). I mean, just smooth. Nina Agdal promoting a Cod sandwich for Carl's Jr. "smooth."

Find it my children. Find it good.

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Photo of Gryphon69
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle into the oversized wine glass !

A - A deep dense brown almost black, a beautiful looking drink. A light cocoa colored head with nice lacing that sticks around till gone.

S- Deep malts, chocolate, brown sugar, dark molasses, no fruits, but still a sweetness like dark burnt molasses

T- Much like the smell, deep dark malts right up front, with a brown sugar/ black molasses sweetness in the middle, followed by a slight bitterness like a 75%+ cocoa dark chocolate. Not very much alcohol warmth, there is some but not a lot.

M- Full body, but not overly heavy. Has a very nice smoothness and very little carbonation. Little to zero alcohol warmth.

O- Fantastic beer for the price, I picked up a couple packs after my first taste, this one will be a regular in my beer fridge. Very glad I picked it up and most defiantly recommend to everyone that likes dark beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Futile amongst the 2600+ other reviews out there, but I enjoyed this one a shit ton. 341ml bottle into a tulip, enjoyed January 13. Thanks to my girlfriend for picking this one up on the other side of the country.

Poured pitch black, no light could penetrate this. Moderately brown head, with a couple fingers of head leaving behind some reasonable retention and some nice lacing. Aroma is complex, all kinds of chocolate, rich dark fruits, some vanilla sweetness and a slight suggestion of the alcohol. Taste has less chocolate in the nose and a more prominent coffee flavour. Some bitterness as a result of this, with more rich dark fruits in the finish. Great interplay between the bitterness and sweetness. Great mouthfeel and no sense of the alcohol, rapid drinkability allowing me to yearn for more bottles of this!

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Photo of Roeters
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pored with a thick creamy head that holds on throughout the beer, Great mix of black beer and light brown foam.

S: Think aroma of dark malts with a slight smell of alcohol to finish it off.

T: Starts with a big kick of malt then mellows more into the flavor of dark malt finished with a great balance of alcohol to finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy

D: I wish I had bought more, I have about finished this one and it is my last. I could drink these the rest of my life.

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Photo of Neehan
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured an almost black with a large, cocoa-colored head. It left a nice, interesting retention that clung to the glass for quite a while before slipping back into the mix. A nice taste that combined french roast coffee and chocolate. Exceptionally creamy and smooth taste with the chocolate again and more roasts, but not with an overpowering, burnt taste like many in this genre. A very nice mouthfeel with just the right touch of carbonation. Incredibly drinkable especially considering the alcohol and the fact that it is a strong, Russian Imperial Stout. Fantastic beer, I'll have to have more.

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Photo of ReadyFireAim
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice! This is one of the reasons I fell in love with the RIS style!

A - Very dark, nearly black. The head retention on this beer is ridiculous. Kept its head for nearly a full two minutes, then settled nicely to a thin padding of creamy brown goodness. Also note that the head is made up of very tight, small bubbles. This usually signifies a long natural fermentation and conditioning (without the use of adjuncts to spur conditioning)

S - Great, great aromas. Licorice, dark Belgian candi, fruits and esters peeking through (a little bit of banana and lemon rind, maybe); slight hop astringency backed up with the roasty coffee smells you would hope to have in your stouts. Very nice.

T - What can I say? You've just got to bend the knee to this one. Let it wash over you and deliver everything that the aroma promises. Truly fantastic and complex.

M - Pretty nice mouthfeel. A little sticky (which is alright); slight astringency from the alcohol and hop characters.

D - I would give this a 5, but it's a bit too alcoholic to warrant more than two (unless of course you're home - then drink 'til your heart's content). Though for the style, you can't expect much less than 8-9% ABV, so I'm not saying it's wrong. Definitely a sip-and-savor beer. And a damn good one, at that.

For my money, I put this one right behind Sam Smith's RIS, and ahead of Victory's Storm King RIS. Seek and enjoy!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wide-mouthed glass

Inky black liquid with a dark inviting tan head

Aroma is full of toastyness, charcoal

The flavor is monstrous. Monstrously bitter, monstrously rich, lots of hops, lots of alcoholic warmth, dark chocolate finish that seems to last forever, with a few notes of cab sav red wine. Lots of espresso like notes, especially in the residual of slight creamyness in the midst of the monstrously massive bitterness.

This beer is very true to style. It is everything I expect from a Russian Imperial Stout and more.

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Photo of elmore
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer from the tap at Bodega in Columbus, OH. I have had this beer from the bottle in the past and thought it was great, but it completely blew me away from the tap!!

From the draft into a pint glass in front of me at the bar. The beer was black as tar with a thick, rich, velvety, creamy, tan head. The beer was given to me with about 3-4 inches of head which settled down nicely. Absolutely a beautiful pour - looked like Guiness only this one has some taste. Very rich smell with hints of coffee, burnt malts, toffee - very complex. Rich chocolatey taste with a great creamy mouthfeel and a nice bit of alcoholic burn. Beautiful beer with a taste to match - great from the bottle - excellent from the tap. If you like stouts give this a try.

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Photo of climax
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass, this one pours an almost immortal black. The head forms instantly and is about as menacing as Rasputin's mugshot. Slowly the globs of bubbles sink atop the Goodyear black body. For a 9% beer, the head qualities are confounding.

The first thing that actually leaps out of the aroma are leafy hop tones. The earthy character is almost reminiscent of compost, but in a good way. The hop character is a welcome gift to the expected conglomeration of coffee and chocolate, perhaps because I am drinking this one early in it's usable life. The alcohol and astringency are very tame for a beer of this stature. As it warms, more buttery caramel and diacetyls emerge to add a little sweetness to this roasty beast.

In the flavor, earthy bitterness lingers from start to finish. A fleeting burst of sweetness, maybe ripe fruit, comes and goes. It's the dark unsweetened chocolate and coffee qualities that create the intensely dry roasty character that completely defines the beer.

The dry hoppy bitterness, teamed with the dark roasted malt, leaves the palette like the desert wanting the rain. The beer demands to be drank swiftly, even if the gloriously thick body makes you think twice. The carbonation is pretty assertive, keeping it very crisp beginning to end.

Considering the availability and price of this, I'm really hard pressed to imagine there's a better stout out there. If you like them bold, bitter, and dry... drink the 4 pack and light a cop car on fire.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nitro tap pour at Barleyhouse poured into a snifter.

(A)- Poured fairly thick and cascaded beautifully into a pitch black color with a milky - white foamy head that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lacing left behind as it was consumed.

(S)- Rich aromas of roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and mocha. Smooth and sweet smelling.

(T)- A combination of a creamy smooth maltiness and a dry roasted background. Molasses, cocoa, and raisin all over the place.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. So smooth and creamy going down. The Nitro-tapping really created a nice smooth creamy feel to go along with the rich and roasted maltiness of the beer.

(D)- Dangerously drinkable for the style in this form. I could have had this all day during the game. Rich and malty with a creamy smooth center. I love this beer out of the bottle, but Nitro tap might be even better.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark like molasses with a coffee colored head that hangs around for the duration.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and malt.

Big malt bomb with a bitter coffee/chocolate punch. Not overly sweet at all. The slight sweet caramel notes are well balanced by rich bitter notes of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. This is one big decadent brew, and my tatse buds are dancing.

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a huge, foamy tan head that lasts long time.
S - The aroma is filled with malts and bitter dark chocolate
T - The first sip was so good it was almost overwhelming. It is packed with so much malts and yet a nice pack of hop and coffee bitterness. There are chocolates, toffees, molasses, and some alcohol.
M - Medium to big mouth-feel that is not too imposing.
D - Is this beer really 9%? Dammit, that must be why this is such a glowing review.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well they finally made a beer as black as the devil's soul and it's quite simply tops. It's 6 degrees outside tonight and the floor of my basement keeps Old Rasputin at the perfect drinking temperature. You can usually find a few of these in my fridge even in the summer, really wonderful. I love Samuel Smith's RIS and other examples of the style, but Old Rasp is the one I always seem to grab off the shelf.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug from a Nitro Tap at Hollingshead yesterday.

The North Coast Old Rasputin pours a pitch black in the mug with a very thick (almost like a chocolate milkshake) froth that cascades for almost 2 minutes! Needless to say, the beer had amazing head retention & beautiful lacing. The nose is pronounced, yet subtle & inviting with aromas of chocolate, mocha, vanilla, caramel, espresso, molasses, mild hop resin, & a mild alcohol sent that follows through on the palate. The beer has a full, yet extremely creamy body, smooth hop bitterness (more like a drying sensation), and long finish. In the past, I have thoroughly enjoyed this beer & must admit that this is one of my favorite beers. However, the beer gets even better from the nitro tap! Highest Recommendation!

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Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kind of weird to be reviewing a beer at 4am but I'm still fully awake so why not?

Pours a pitch black color with a nice, brown one-finger head. Definitely right for the style.

The aroma is thick and roasty with a hint of chocolate and dark fruits. Somewhat creamy as well.

Taste is very roasty with hints of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Smooth and creamy and it finishes with a decent amount of bitterness at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is bitterness followed by creamy chocolate. Very smooth. Does not overpower.

I think this is a very drinkable Imperial Stout. I was expecting it to be harsh because there's no way to tell how old it is. However, that isn't the case. I better pick up some more to age while it's still available. As for personal preferences, it does have that creaminess in the mouthfeel that I desire and a good balance of roasted malt and hops. Excellent.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a dense fine head that is a dark khaki. Really exceptional looking beer.

It has a smell of espresso, dark roasted malt, and bitter hops- really great.

Great long flavor of roasted malt, coffee, followed by a stinging bitterness with a long, long finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, maybe a little overcarbonated and a little too light in body. The alcohol is very well hidden despite all that.

Very drinkable. I'm a sucker for anything with a long bitter finish and some complexity. If the body were a little heftier, this would be a 5 as well. I've enjoyed this beer for many years in bottles and on tap, and I think its still kickin.

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Photo of jhughes23
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle Poured into a 16oz. Tulip Glass

Pours a Dark Black, almost motor oil black but not quite. Starts with a nice thick mocha colored head that dissipates down to a decent thin layer on top. Laces nicely throughout.

The Aroma is definitely of dark chocolates and roasted malts and coffee. The Roasted Malts seems most prominent with a hint of vanilla.

The Flavor is very dry and bitter upfront mellowing out with a roasted chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but there are RIS out there that have a smoother mouthfeel. The alcohol is prominent but not as much as you would expect. Over time this will calm down and the mouthfeel will improve.

Definitely a sipper that has many more layers as it warms up.

By far in my top 5 RIS. But it has to be #1 if you factor in the Price.

I would be hard pressed to find a better best buy than this one.

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Photo of pavandal
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard great things about this beer, and after finding a great new local distributor, I bought some.

Beer pours black, with a 2cm head that looks almost reddish. Looks delicious already! Lacing is pretty evident as the beer goes down.

The smell is very complex, with strong coffee and fruity scents most prevalent.

When sipped, mouth is overcome by a citrus-like flavor, followed by chocalates. Aftertaste is a strong coffee/mocha flavor. Lots of sweet flavors. Delicious!

Slightly heavy on the mouth, but that is to be expected when drinking a strong stoudt.

All in all, my new favorite beer. But don't have too many, in fact, one is probably sufficient. Drink this one at the end of the day. ABV is a little high, and having 3 of these would keep you out of the drivers seat.

Anyways, I only have one word to describe this: Excellent!

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Photo of Iloverasputin
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my first review here, and I am a relative beer novice (I used to prefer wine). That was until I had my first taste of Old Rasputin. This beer has introduced me to the wonderful complexity and taste of craft beers.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, it appears pitch black. A wonderful, toffee colored head develops about two finger widths thick, and dissipates into a creamy top that lingers to the last drop.

Smells of chocolate and malt. Taste is much of the same with a slight hazelnutty, biscutty taste in there as well. Not much in the way of hops, but I prefer the malt taste anyway.

Mouthfeel is medium, definitely not thin, but not syrupy either. Just right imo. You don't really notice the alcohol so much in the taste, but it sneaks up on you a little bit and leaves you with a nice warm relaxed feeling.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Where to begin?

A- as black as it gets with a 2" head that is a rich milk chocolate color that fades to a nice lace rim that is still there 5 minutes after the pour!

S- Chocolate malt cream complex yummy waiting to taste it.

T- deep rich malts that fade to choclate, hardly any alcohol taste at all. This could spell trouble in the overall category.

M- wow and wow again soft and velvety clean at the end with a standing taste left over that begs for more.

O- This is a sipper for sure, 9% ABV, and finishes clean, rich and warm. Its like being wrapped in a soft blanket on a chily spring night. No flowers here just GREAT BEER!

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Photo of buzzedup
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying this is one of my favorite RIS.

A. This beer looks just like it should dark brown with red tints when held to a light. the head is perfect .
S. just like a RIS should smell rich
T. it is perfectly balanced with just enough taste but not overly complexed.
M . this is the only place this beer will let you down. t is a bit thin in the mouth,
O. this beer is hands down one of the best RIS you will ever taste. the best part is you can get it just about anywhere in the US and all year round. The price is right as well, under priced for the quality of this beer.

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Photo of messyhair42
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured into a Boulevard snifter. Very dark ruby with three fingers of head that quickly fade into a thin lacing.

S: Caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, and grilled meats

T: Roasty, chocolate. This beer has a lot of hops among RIS but the balance of malty to bitter is so well maintained that the hops don't have a flavor so much as add to the whole experience. The 9% alcohol is completely masked, if I didn't know better I'd session this beer.

M: Not sticking to the roof of my mouth, but the flavor says it could be. lots of bubbles.

O: Fantastic, the best example of a RIS I've ever had. also very affordable for the RIS category. This beer is a treat as much as it is a beer that I could enjoy everyday.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night with a thick, creamy, brown head that retains as a quarter-inch layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Strong roasted aromas of chocolate and coffee as well as some hops.

Taste: There are nice flavors of chocolate throughout, as well as some tart fruitiness. The finish is roasted with notes of coffee as well as some hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with low to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a high alcohol RIS, but I definitely wanted more when I finished the bottle.

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Photo of MVotter
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma from the opening of the bottle: smokey, black licorice, sweet malts

Aroma after the pour: coffee, molasses

Old Rasputin pours into a tall pils glass with a gigantic, thick, dark-tan head; settles back to 2+ fingers in a minute. The body of the beer is black coffee, impervious to light.

The taste begins sweet and malty; delicious coffee and molasses notes follow, and a bit of a bitter chocolate kick.

The mouthfeel is superb; medium gravity, moderate carbonation, extremely palate-friendly.

Old Rasputin brings a 9% abv and masks the alcohol very well. It's a delicious, very drinkable RIS.

This is one hell of an impressive brew!

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,540 ratings.