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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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world-class

9,945 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,945
Reviews: 3,365
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 305
Gots: 1,346 | FT: 43
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 PrinceDarren
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Old Rasputin RIS was tapped at Bavarian Lodge tonight. Unfortunately, it was a very small keg so it was entirely gone in 15 minutes, no exaggeration.

Nose was oak, oak, oak. Just the way I like it. Roasted malt aromas too.

Tasted dry for a RIS with a bit of woodiness and moderate roasted malt with touch of coffee and a wee bit of dark chocolate. Predominately oak/malt though.

The regular RIS is average by itself but the oak definitely kicked it up an interesting level. It was dry enough that I could have drank another, if only they hadn't run out so quickly... Good stuff.

PrinceDarren, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Bruce0920
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Bruce0920, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Beer4B
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Beer4B, Tuesday at 09:47 PM
Photo of numenor1
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, though not opaque and lightens up a bit around the endges. Head is thin tan and isn't leaving a lot of lacing for me. Aroma is pretty nice, some dark espresso roastiness and bitter chocolate, with a slight touch of hops. Taste is fantastic. Very roasty, fairly dry (for an impy). Starts of full of roastiness, espresso and bitter chocolate, some slight fruit midway, then the hops emerge through the finish coupled with a slight alcoholic spicyness. It doesn't suffer from being too sweet like some impy's i've had do. It's very nice. Perhaps that's why the body is a bit thinner than expected, but that's a tradeoff I can make. A very very good stout. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not a problem

numenor1, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a huge 3" dark tan head. Huge trails, clumps and blotches of lacing all over the glass.

S- chocolate, roast, bitter coffee, anise, and big pine aroma.

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and bitter pine.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Nice creamy feel with a crisp finish.

O- very good RIS. Probably the best option for a RIS that is easy to find and available even at none beer bars.

kawilliams81, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"A dear friend is not to be found instantly."

OK, I'll finally review this beer. I've had this on draft, in the bottle, aged, fresh, on cask, under nitro, this particular incarnation is a relatively new bottle. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is black and forms a 1 finger head of brown medium bubbles. Head leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a mystery. Looks good for an RIS. BTW, I love the label of this beer.

Aroma is slightly sweet with some roast, overall its a little weak.

Full bodied and really smooth. Nice roast character at the back some sweetness up front. Coffee and roast. Finishes cleanly but there is a lingering bitterness. Nice palate connectivity, carbonation adds body but not any sourness. Overall its a wonderful beer. As far as availability and price, its hard to miss out on Old Raspy.

drabmuh, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of nukem5
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fantastic black as night, coffee color with a rich brown cap of foam about 3/4 thick in my snifter glass. The look is so wonderful, absolutely no light passes thru glass.Thick clouds of foam cling to the walls of the glass.

S: Aroma is of rich coffee, roasty malts, nutty with hints of licorice.

T: First sip and POW tons of coffee, licorice, roasted malts... everything I expected to taste and in full abundant quantities. There is also a slight earthy taste almost floral hoppy.

M: Warming full bodied and luxurious feeling dancing on the pallet, slight chewy feel.

O: Definitely a drinker an excellent representation of the style.

nukem5, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very dark, 2 finger tan mocha colored head, excellent lacing
S- Chocolate, Vanilla, sweet, raison, molasses and dark fruit as well, excellent aroma
T- Caramel, chocolate, bitter cocoa, roasted malt, nice coffee finish.
M- Full mouth feel, fills your palate, very thick and smooth.
O- Quit delicious, very smooth, easy to drink for an Imperial Stout, really solid.

Chriscrundwell12, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A pitch black brew that pours to produce a dense head reducing to a mild froth and leaves thick lacing.

S -- Hefty sweetness backed by thick earthy tones and smoke.

T -- Big and herbaceous up front, almost detect anise and clove, with a huge dark fruit tone that fades into boozy dryness. A light amount of smoke in the finish.

M -- Hefty and pungent, just what one would expect from the style. A little twinge of earthy bitterness lingers for a while. The carbonation level just keeps it from being syrupy.

D -- Definitely worth a try, a well constructed brew.

CPeterson, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of afksports
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts that you can get in a 4pack almost anywhere in NYC at a reasonable price. Those are solid, solid, factors for me when evaluating a beer. Especially considering all the costs that this beer trading is getting me into.

North Coast's Old Rasputin pours a black medium to full body with dark brown edges and a moderate tan head. It's sudsy with a swirl, and has a crazy good malty and toasty aroma that jumps out from the glass. Dark and rich, the taste profile isn't wide, but the rich malts it hits on the head. The hops it nails too, with just the right balance to let you know the hops are there, but not overpowering. It's a big beer, albeit its short 12oz bottle. And with 18 proof, it's not that you'll do more than sip -- unless you're cool with binging.

Then again, I did sorta just blow through this glass right now. Hmm. Something has to do with the way he's holding his hand on his forehead.

afksports, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of MaximalC
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with a bountiful mocha head composed of fairly large bubbles. Plenty of lacing lingers as the head recedes. Aroma is very present; a bountiful blend of chocolate, alchol, and hops. Roasted malt and bitter hops are at the forefront flavor-wise, with some chocolate and coffee playing more of a complementary role. Alcoholic warmth comes through in the finish, along with lingering bitterness. This is actually a little hoppier than I prefer a stout to be, but not surprising for a west coast offering. Either way, the bitterness is not outrageous, and it still leaves enough room for the lovely roasted malt to be appreciated. There's also a good amount of carbonation that lends a velvety texture to the brew. The thickness here is about right for a RIS, and the lingering stickiness gets my stamp of approval as well. Old Rasputin is certainly a tasty beer, though the slightly excessive bitterness keeps it from quite living up to the gorgeous presentation.

MaximalC, May 13, 2012
Photo of macster
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black and opaque under a thick and tight tan head. Superb retention with some streaky lacing.

Aromas of espresso, dark roasted malts and bitter-sweet chocolate emerge at once. Notes of raisin, molasses, vanilla bean and figs linger in the background.

Mouthfeel was moderately full, but a tad too fizzy for a big RIS. A bit thicker and creamier would really make it.

First sip was a bit surprising relative to this stout's considerable bitterness and bite. This was not a negative, but most Imperial Stout's I've had have leaned toward the sweeter side. Flavors very reminiscent of the aroma with lots of roasted and black patent malts, charred wood and dark dried fruits along with a generous addition of hops to give it a long, dryish finish. Alcohol integrates very nicely.

A superb west coast Imp. Russian Stout indeed

macster, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a magnificent head. Lacing and retention are also outstanding. The nose is sweet dark chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit and smoke. Almost full bodied with a very smooth, almost creamy, texture. Borderline normal carbonation level with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and a bit complex, but not as complex as FIS or Wulver. It begins with sweet dark chocolate which flows into a roast and hop bitterness. The middle has a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with an alcoholic burn at the back of the throat that lingers quite long. Less hops would allow the dark fruit flavor to materialize and add to complexity.

tillmac62, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin poured black, with a good sized head. I found the smell to be a bit offensive, smelling like stale bread and cheese, however that did not take away from the taste. It had a great "stout" taste, no extra flavors (which isnt really a bad thing), just a very strong "stout" taste. It was easy to drink even though it was a heavier beer, only real downside to this beer was the price, but a very good buy.

vette2006c5r, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a b/w picture of the mad monk.
Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a light brown whisp of a head. Lacing, is however, very nice.
Smell is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee (boy oh boy is it coffee).
Very smooth, espresso, chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of alcohol.
This beer is quite deceptive. At 9% abv, I would expect to taste more of the alcohol that is present. Nevertheless, the folks at North Coast have done a fantastic job hiding the alcohol. This makes the beer sneaky, perhaps not unlike the monk himself.
This is a great beer, will definitely be added to my list of favorites (especially since it's now available in FL...yay!)

LuckySevens82, May 16, 2004
Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, 2010 vintage (can't believe I have never formally reviewed this one)
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a deep dark black color. Coming out of the bottle some reddish hues. Half finger of medium tan head. Immediately leaving some lacing sheeting.

S: Dark fruit. Prunes, plums, figs. Some alcohol still. Roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Not a lot of coffee.

T: Up front, dark chocolate bitterness. Very pleasant. Surprisingly not getting as much dark fruit in the flavor. More roasted malts. That nice mixture of dark chocolate bitterness and light sweetness. Lingering flavor. Finish is fairly long. Still tasting the cocoa.

M: Full bodied, but easy drinking for ris.

inlimbo77, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of aflo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

aflo, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of beertastegood
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark black with a tall creamy tan head that sticks around for a long time. Aromas of burnt coffee, malt and slight alcohol. Very intriguing.

Tastes of burnt coffee and black malt, with a pleasant bitterness and a dry finish. More carbonation than I expected, but it goes well with the flavor. The high alcohol content is not as evident as it was in the nose; I could not even discern the slightest alcohol flavor. Drinkability is understandably low - but really, one of these bad boys is all you need. A wonderfully complex and tasty stout. I will have to check out more beers from North Coast, as this was my first.

beertastegood, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of mpedara429
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black in color and poured out with three fingers of lights brown head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and raisins. A good amount of bitterness. Not as sweet as some others.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Low to medium carbonation. I had expected it to be a bit thicker and fuller bodied.

O: A very good beer. My only complaint is that it was not thicker. I could see myself drinking this again as it is priced better than a lot of other imperial stouts of similar caliber, but it's not my favorite of the style.

mpedara429, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of eagles22
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a solid RIS

Appearance: wonderful bitch black...with a 2 finger tan head...lacing all the way down to the last sip

Smell: of toffee and roasted malts lots of them and some hops in the background

Taste: is lots of roasted malts and also dark chocolate..

Mouthfeel: very silky goes down smooth..and also you dont get a burn from the alcohol for a 9% beer..leaves you wanting more and more of this great stuff

Drinkability: i could drink a couple but not so much

one of my favorite RIS beats brooklyns any day and im a big fan of brooklyn

eagles22, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of starflyer58
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, there are few out there that might dare pair a beer with a song... but as this is my first review on BeerAdvocate, I'm going in a different direction and begin this review with just such a suggestion.

There's a group called Justice. and they have a song entitled Waters Of Nazareth. If there were a soundtrack to drinking a North Coast Old Rasputin, this would be it.

Pours a chunky darkness as if from the veins of some evil entity that, on the day it was created, refused to ever meet it's maker again.

The aroma hits you with heavy melodies of coffee-infused chocolate, possibly alcohol-soaked raisins.

The taste comes at you with burnt maltiness, burnt coffee, bitter hops, caramelized sugar, oaky finish?

Jesus, God... Don't mess with this beer.

starflyer58, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Chalice

2/15/11

A-4.5: DARK opaque black with half a finger of tan head that doesn't go away

S-3.0: Kind of a let down. It's hard to smell too much of what's going on. I only get malt with some faint roastiness and maybe a tiny hint of vanilla.

T-4.5: Bam! There's everything that I couldn't smell bursting out. HUGE dry roasted coffee beans, then more subdued chocolate malt then vanilla. Awesome.

M-4.5: Bold and filling upon drinking but surprisingly mild and barely there after many sips

D-4.0: Drinkability is excellent, if it weren't for the ABV slowing me down, I could have this all day. Damn good.

Total = 4.1

8/9/11

"Oh NOOO! It's Old Raspy!!!"

A-4.5: warm light brownie brown head on black body. Retains.

S-5.0: Smells sooo delicious. Chocolate, molasses, salt, cookies, figs, oatmeal, and some perfectly muted hops. Mouthwatering.

T-4.0: Hops coupled with carbonation here first and in the driver seat with some roastiness smoldering from the get-go then igniting in the middle. Some tiny sweet kick hits 3/4 through that makes me smack my tongue within my mouth. Best with some age?

M-4.0: not drying, not cloying, not tasting like 8% abv. Refreshing and well crafted even with the atypically higher carbonation (atleast as a wave at the beginning)

O-4.5: fucking classic.

Total = 4.33

CharlieMurphy, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of throwthechaff
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Totally worth all the hype that this beer gets. This Russian Imperial Stout is a must try. Very dark in color, almost black smells of dark chocolate. Has a slight hop bitterness to as well. Very drinkable even though the 9% abv. A very good beer to sip and appreciate

throwthechaff, Sep 22, 2009
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,945 ratings.