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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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9,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,645
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,216 | FT: 38
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 rtaps
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

pours black with a 1 finger hight head tan in color. medium retention. leaving behind spotty lacing

nice coffee/chocolate/ nutty aroma

coffee a little smokey, nutty, and chocolate on the plate

pretty light bodied for a stout higher carbonation than expected but very easy to drink

overall. solid russian imperial

rtaps, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of boblog
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance- Large head, which leaves tons of web like lacing. Rather striking really.

Smell- Roasted malt and lots of it.

Mouthfeel- Nice blance, fairly heavy.

Drinkablility- A strong brew, so I doubt you'll go for more than two. Really tastey though, to bad its a bit pricey, like many north coast brews.

Overall a kickass beer. A classic from a great brewery. I love Russian Imperial Stouts but this is probably my favorite.

boblog, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark black color with almost no carbonation. No light at all getting through and a little bit of an off brown colored head that left after about a minute.

s - Smells largely of coffee. Also got a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of alcohol.

t - Has a good, definitely coffee taste. It was actually a lot smoother than I was expecting. Also getting a bit of chocolate in the taste, but not really tasting the alcohol which is nice.

m - Rich and creamy, with very little carbonation. Full bodied and a great feel.

d - Overall I really liked it. It was a lot smoother than I was expecting and considering the high ABV, it goes down real easy. Would definitely buy again.

mdfb79, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap at the North Coast Brewpub across the street from the brewery.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a small brown head.

The aroma of the beer was full of rich coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some faint vanilla.

The flavor of the beer was full of intense flavors that transitioned well from one to another. Coffee - Chocolate - Rich roasted malts. The hops were there in good presence, but not too intense.

The mouthfeel was thick, but not too heavy. It coated your mouth with a ton of flavor. The carbonation seemed dialed in well.

This is a great beer and a very drinkable RIS. It's an American classic and the beer that brought this style back from the brink of extinction. Cheers to Rasputin for not dying easily! In fact, he's still very well alive an kicking...

SacoDeToro, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of pgenius
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Really dark brown with an amazing light brown head that stuck around

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a little sweet aroma was present as well

T - Strong roasted malt taste, chocolate

M - had the mouthfeel of an extremely strong coffee with a lot of bitterness, I actually even felt a slight numbing sensation immediately from the bitterness and alcohol combo

D - Pretty impressive stout, I couldn't drink more than two of these at a time, but I would get it again

pgenius, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of erikm25
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours a straight dense darkness like liquefied licorice. Head is a ravened almond and dark caramel brown complexion. Solid one and a half fingers. As thick as it is creamy. First rate retention. Charred speckled mahogany bubbles wrap around the glass. Sits in the glass like hell and heaven.

S: Roasted chocolates, nuts, and toffee candy. Dizzying caramel nose with hints of vanilla and molasses. Toasted and blistered quality with each smell. Delicious aromas do justice to the impressive appearance. Dark cherries dipped in melted dark chocolate and topped on to honey biscuits.

T: Immediately what stands out about this beer and makes me an instant fan is the hops component. I found this to be tilted more on the hops side than other offerings from this style. Mocha and figs with huge blasts of cocoa powder. Strong malt backbone with delicious chocolate and roasted coffee tastes. Everything is smoked intensity. At 9% this drinks very easily which can either be a good thing or a bad thing. The only minor drawback is a metallic tinge which is hardly noteworthy.

M: Moderate body with decent carbonation. Enjoyed the bitter hops finish.

D: Picked up a four pack for about nine dollars and considering bombers of other RIS's go for upwards of seven bucks I found this to be a very solid deal (especially for the quality). This was one of the first, non macro, beers I tried and it was nice to see it hold up so amazingly. For the price and availability (being in the PNW) this is highly recommended and beyond drinkable. Rasputin was a trip, his beard was a trip, and this beer is a trip.

erikm25, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of HimerMan
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz bottle. In a Brooklyn Pint Glass.

Awesome pour, black with a dark tan head. Alcohol already noticeable.

Strong flavor with dark chocolate and coffee, with a harsh bitterness that comes directly from the alcohol. Hops do come through at the end of each sip - and definitely at higher temperatures (though not invisible at colder).

Overall - an excellent imperial stout. Really what they should taste like - however, not easy to have the stringent alcohol many times in a night.

Buying this beer is a solid imperial stout choice.


HimerMan, May 19, 2006
Photo of CASK1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

From a bottle into a tulip glass. Essentially black. Tall, fluffy tan head, fades to a thin layer on the top of the beer. Slight metallic aroma. Coffee roast aroma, some low chocolate notes. Hop aroma is hidden by the roast malt. Incredible flavor. Complex mix of roast coffee, chocolate, and burnt malt. Slightly sweet up front, with a long, slow, build of hop bitterness. Low alcohol flavor belies the strength. Medium body makes this beer dangerously drinkable. One of my favorite "go to" high ABV beers.

CASK1, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of wstuart
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

black as the devils backside, this russian imperial stout is freaking delicious. light hazelnut top with a distinct chocolate flavor accompanied by a rich coffee aroma. interesting how both the coffee and chocolate are in balance with eachother, while maintaining their boundries. delicious

wstuart, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of MexicanSkittel
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Had this little guy at a local restaurant here, and they poured it out of a bottle for me. When it got to me, it contained a med brown tan head about a 1/2 inch thick. I found aromas of smoke, sweet malt, boiling caramel and slight smooth hops rounding out the sweetness.
There was a touch of bittersweet chocolate that laced the pallet along with a malty coffee acidity.
the mouthfeel wasn't over powering with a medium viscosity . I could have had more of them, but to be honest the 9% alc shows up with a ninja like sneekyness.
All in all a very good beer.

MexicanSkittel, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Black with a brown/tan head.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and some hops in the background. Complex.

Taste: Bitterness, mostly coming from the coffee and chocolate, very complex. And the flavors are very upfront. Hops contribute little to the bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth going down, creamy-ish, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I would feel bad giving it low ratings for this, so I won't. Its not meant to be a drinkable beer, in the sense of being able to go through a few. This is a sipping beer. Not really something you can go through a few of.


kshankar, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of gonzo138
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A- Pours a dark black with a small amount of red mixed in if you hold it up to the light, nice cramy brownish head that doesnt stay around too long but retains very well

S- Smells of rich almost earthy chocolate malted sweetness

T- very rich chocolate/coffee-ish taste nice sweet desert taste

M- very, very thick, coats mouth, suprisinglty carbonated, taste stays in mouth for moderate amount of time

D- Something to slowly enjoy, have bought plenty of this beer and plan to buy plenty more

gonzo138, Sep 14, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A-Very black, motor oil consistency. Thin tan head disappears quickly. Super attractive lacing. The lacing matched me drink for drink.

S-Slight cholate smell, slighlty creamy smell, slightttly.

T-This was slightly aged. Initial taste of chocolate with a slight bitterness. Alcohol hits slightly on the nose after it goes down. Almost a vanilla extract taste. Leaves a great after taste, still tasting the beer after it was drank. More and more alcohol hit towards the final three or so drinks.

MF- Thick and creamy like your drinking a melted milk shake almost. About as enjoyable as a R.I.S should be in feel.

D- Very drinkable... Could take down a few of these bottles possibly all four before it filled me up. Overall a veryyy good brew and highly recommended.

manbrognig74, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of DuqTroops
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance - very dark beer. could not see through it at all.

Smell - lots of coffee, chocolate and hops/malt complexities.

Taste - great tasting stout! perfect balance with all of the previous complexities.

Mouthfeel - good night cap.

Drinkability - night cap beer!

DuqTroops, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz. bottle, #50 review.

A: Dark opaque black, with tan head, good retention. The bottle has a picture of that psychotic Russian mystic that helped put an end to Nicholas II's reign.

S: Robust, smells of heavily roasted malts/French roast coffee, dark chocolate, soy sauce, fig, raisin, a bit of citric hops, but it is faint.

T: Not as thick and robust as I would have thought. Tastes of roasted malts predominately, with good amounts of coffee and chocolate. A little to burnt for my tastes, but this is a minor technicality.

M: Smooth, rich, creamy, this is how an RIS should feel. Not overbearing, but the perfect balance of robustness and smooth dessert like feel.

D: A delicious tasty brew, worth its accolades. Not that expensive in this neck of the woods, and its even available at my local Vons. A classic brew, that is a good choice for RIS fans low on cash and looking for a thick warming dessert-type beer. Would think this would be the perfect complement to rich chocolate cake.

Halcyondays, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of bassmantin
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a fairly dark brown/black with a moderate tan head.

Smell is excellent, very roasty, dark, and chocolatey. This is an extremely intense beer with a pretty intense alcohol taste on the finish. What a densely-packed flavor explosion. The drinkability is a little low on this one, but I don't mind all that much because that's not what I'm looking for in an Imperial Stout.

Side note: I had that at Bada Boomz in downtown Indianapolis. I originally asked for a Stone IRS (2004), which they had on their menu but were out of. The waitress gave me this instead and told me the bartender said it was pretty much the same thing. I was pretty pissed by that.

bassmantin, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of kaseydad
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

North Coast Brewing is one of the best breweries in my opinion. The Old Rasputin is one of the best and easy to drink stouts out there. The label has Rasputin giving me the "ok" to drink it. Love the beard!

Poured into a snifter and can't see through the thing. Dark as night with an aroma of roasty (not sure if that's a word) coffee with hints of dark chocolate. Goes down smooth without the harsh aftertaste some stouts produce. Lace clings to glass after sip. Awesome beer!

Another fine beer from Fort Bragg!

kaseydad, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ksimons
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A-inky black with a thick tan head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass

S-roasted malts with some alcohol coming through

T-rich roasted malts with a burnt hops aftertaste, some chocolate sweetness, very smooth

M-dry, medium body, low carbonation

D-one of the best of this style, perfect for a rainy day

ksimons, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of henrysunset
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Beautiful black glass of beer, reddish tinge in the light. pours with a decent head of tan bubbles. Scent is initially hoppy and alcoholic, but chocolate malts are present too.

Initial taste has noticeable hoppy bitterness and alcohol. Great chocolatey aftertaste, totally coats the tongue and throat. Mouthfeel is thich and rich.

drinkability is really high, as is the alcohol content... So prepare for a good night.

henrysunset, May 23, 2004
Photo of Torps
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a rough, mocha two finger head. Nothing extraordinary. The head dissipated rather quickly and left a modest amount of lacing. Very dark brew as is expected for a RIS.

Aroma is very nice. Dark chocolate, and espresso. Sweet, and malty. Tinge of metallic lingers as does the apparent ABV.

This is a very pleasant RIS. I'm not a big fan of certain RIS's that dominate too much with coffee flavors. Old Raspy is very balanced.

Mouthfeel is chewy and the carbonation is spot on. Nothing to detract from the experience of this fine RIS.

There is no date on the bottle so I can't say whether this is fresh or not but I'll certainly be saving a couple bottles for aging.

Torps, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A - pours a very dark opaque color with a huge tightly packed dark tan head.

S - most noticable aroma is of semi-sweet dark chocolate with some roasty coffee undertones.

T - follows the nose with a very intense chocolate malty sweetness and a nice balacing coffee bitterness.

M - rich and creamy. full bodied. Slightly higher carb than in
most stouts but it really works for this brew.

D - very easy drinking. Scary easy at 9%. No trace of alcohol. And it is balanced so well.

Teleweizen2, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of xanok
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

It's been a while since I've had an Old Man Raspy. 12oz bottle poured into my favorite Stone snifter.

A-Like most stouts, jet black. Head is a dark tan that doesn't go away easily. Lacing is very nice.

S-Caught a whiff of dark fruit up front which was more prominent than previous times I've had this beer. The usual chocolate and roasted malts follow.

T-The taste follows the smell. Dark fruits first, followed by chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and some whiskey. Nice warming feeling as it goes down.

M-Pretty full bodied, even for something this smooth. A bit on the heavier side carbonation-wise compared to other RIS's I've been drinking lately.

D-Smooth as mentioned, but not as smooth as other RIS's. The high abv isn't too noticeable, but you'll get that buzz quickly.

What more can be said about Old Raspy, a beer that has over 2000 reviews now? It's a classic RIS, and probably the best RIS for the price. Cannot beat $8.59 for a 4 pack.

xanok, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of TallPaul07
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: very dark and oil like. A nice thick and foamy head on this one with a cream/ tan color. Really nice lacing

Smell: smoky/roasted malt definitely comes out

Taste: pretty strong roasted malt on the front end with a pretty bitter/chocolately finish - a bit of a tongue punisher with a bitter finish. Complex flavors really mask the ABV.

Mouthfeel: a nice and thick stout with pretty solid carbonation per the style

Drinkability: very good, but drinking more than one or two could be quite the task due to how big this stout is and the fact that the bitter finish wrecks your pallette.

TallPaul07, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of hctap00
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into a red wine glass. Not the best for head retention, but all that was clean.

Pretty standard imperial stout appearance. Pitch black. Solid tan that fades to a thin lacing.

Aroma is not overpowering, but still has a lot going on. Roasted malt and some coffee first. Dark chocolate. Fruity also, cherry and the licorice/anise I get from good stouts.

Pretty bitter up front, with some coffee flavors. Good roasted malt flavor. Sweeter through the middle, but still very astringent. A bit harsher than I would like with the bitterness. Finishes fairly smooth, with some of the fruitiness from the aroma. A nice alcohol warmth to it. Coffee and roasted malt lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is a bit puckering. Felt like I was drinking red wine at times.

Overall very enjoyable. Not my favorite. I would drink a Ten FIDY first, but I still enjoy this one. Given its availability and reasonable price, definitely one to keep around.

hctap00, Jan 26, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%

A- Opaque; nice, thin head retention the entire time I drank it (which didn't take too long)
S- Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate; standard for a RIS
T- Fabulous complexity; seamlessly blends together the dark malts, coffee, chocolate, faint cherries, and alcohol (noticeable but inviting)
M- Exceptionally smooth and creamy yet thick
O- Lovely brew to have any time in the winter. It's fairly straightforward, yet with delightful complexity that continues to invite you for another sip.

Dayman766, Nov 21, 2013
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,645 ratings.