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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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96
world-class

10,549 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,549
Reviews: 3,448
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,727 | FT: 47
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 TofuDC5
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Like any stout, this one is pitch black; opaque. quite frothy beer head; medium

S: Dark, bitter-sweet chocolate with hint of bourbon. Whiff of alcohol.

T: Semi-sweet, dark chocolate on the tongue. Bitter taste in the throat. Lingering alcoholic after taste. Chocolate flavor dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't last long.

M: Light carbonation. bitter sensation and after taste. medium-bodied compared to other stouts I've had.

O: Not really my stout of preference, although nothing too negative. What threw me off was the overly bitter and alcoholic flavor which offset the chocolate. Would have liked aroma and taste to have been more prominent.

Photo of MisterSH
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather creepy looking 12 oz bottle poured into a smuttynose big beer tulip. I love the packaging on this beer. "Never say die"

Pours Jet black, with a big, fluffy head that practically explodes out of the beer and refuses to leave once it arrives.

Smell is dominated by dark chocolate. There is raspberry, some bready notes but overall quite sweet on the nose, reminiscent of a raspberry chocolate bar.

Taste is RICH with coffee, raisin, dark chocolate, some toast. Quite a clean finish with some breadiness left on the palate. Some hops on the finish become increasingly noticeable as the brew warms a bit. Alcohol is shockingly well masked and is not particularly prominent at all, save a slight finishing warmth.

Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, but not overly heavy or thick as I had expected it to be. Very low on the carb, unexpectedly clean and crisp on the tongue.

Rich, bold and delicious, am I wrong in still being a bit underwhelmed? This is a fine beer, but considering its following and the hype surrounding it, I was expecting something completely mind-blowing, which I did not quite get. What I did find was an all around tasty, drinkable stout that I will gladly keep around as a dependable standby now that I've figured out where to find it in my area.

Photo of MikeM40
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH Signature glass from a 12oz bottle. This beer pours black with a large lingering tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Noticeable aromas of roasted malt,chocolate,coffee,cherries,and anise rise from the glass. Strong roasted flavors,coffee,dark chocolate,with hints of dark fruits and plums. This beer also has a deep bitter component with a rich character. The only real knock on this beer is that the mouthfeel was a bit thin for an Imperial stout,if it was more viscous it would be an A+ beer to me. Any alcohol flavor is well hidden among the well balanced complexities and the great bitter coffee/licorice finish.

Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other day, where it was every bit as wonderful as it is on tap in Ft. Bragg.

The beer pours a lovely black color with persistent, long lasting head and lacing. This beer looks very impressive. On the nose, I don't know what it is, but I'm not getting a lot. There is a hint of coffee and licorise, but that's really about it. On the palate this is a very impressive beer. The beer is very soft and creamy, with flavors of coffee, vanilla and more licorise. The licorise flavor is actually quite pronounced. The beer finishes pretty well, though you can tell the abv. is up there. This is definitely a very big beer, but on the nitro it's very soft and easy to drink.

A good solid beer from North Coast brewing. Well done.

Photo of OmygodOmmegang
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An evil looking bottle with a drawing of Rasputin and some Russian words
This is one black beer baby. And for a gross looking old man on the label, it gave good head.

Nice malty nose.

Smooth, potent and espresso like with a high burnt malt and hop bitterness that finishes on the sweet side to say the least.

This is not an "intro beer." If you try to get your girlfriend hooked on beer, this is not a good first choice. For my money, it's an awesome beer with chocolate cake!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of flr0605
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin! Picked up a 4-pack on sale for $7.49; I will try not to let the amazingness of that bargain influence my rating.

A: Poured into a tulip. Nearly pitch black color with a very pretty 2 finger tan head that unfortunately doesn't last too long. Makes a surprising amount of lacing for a 9% abv beer.

S: Fails to deliver what I expect for an RIS. I get dark roasted malt and a little chocolate.

T&M: Above and beyond the smell. The finish is especially superb with black malt coating the palate and throat. Mouthfeel is beautifully syrupy and creamy.

D: As drinkable as many 5% regular stouts.

Photo of jeranbrews
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - pours a thick viscous honey syrup that's half way between fresh and used motor oil. Thick poofy spongy dense head like eggshell carton. The lacing makes lovely circles of sediment down my glass that look like the Grand Canyon.

S - rich honey malts and caramelized apples. After warming some fig smells came out. Simple smells, yes. But it just makes you feel good.

T - foretastes are of sweet malts and caramel but also deep roasted malts. They cooked this one a fair amount and left it on the pot maybe too long. It tastes a bit like burnt wort It's got a bitterness to it that can't be all due to hops. But that's just the middle, it comes around at the end with and aftertaste is mildly savory; oaky and sweet at the same time.

M - crystalline head tickles the tounge while the creamy milky textures massages the throat. Very smooth.

D - bitterness aside this is s great beer. Would go fantastically with a meaty stew or a turkey dinner. A hearty English style beer of this magnitude really needs some hearty pub food to go with it. Potatoes, sausage, tons of gravy.

Photo of troutjef
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Phylomatic
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First "Imperial" beer I've tried.

Appearance: Ahhh...lets just say I understand why its an Imperial beer. If Darth Vader was drinking its blackedy black goodness it would blend in with his outfit, unless it was in front of his blippidy blip lighty light thing. The froth at the top would stand out too...its not black, but pretty close. What you would videy the blackest a cloud in the sky could get.

Smell: eh..I couldn't smell anything...

Taste: As always with one of my reviews, I can't quite put to words what I taste so I'll just blurt out some words. Sweet..or bittersweet with 75 percent sweet, 25 percent bitter. Hazelnut? I know, weird, right? coffee, chocolate and more chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smoooth. It's funny really the way it teases. It's just a hint of the taboo, not too much to turn you off.

Drinkability: Dangerous. I could drink it all night. I would not drink this on a farm.

Photo of bwtsa
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of LoganMc
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of diederich
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black color, with a thick, deep tan head.

It has a deep malty smell that is reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. The alcohol is easily noticeable on the nose.

Its taste is extremely malty, packed full of powerful chocolate and coffee flavors, with hints of plum, smoke, and caramel. It is also has a good bit of hoppy bitterness for a nice balance.

It is extremely heavy and viscous, probably one of the thickest beers I have ever sampled and almost too much so, and as such it leaves a very long aftertaste on the palate.

It is a very smooth and drinkable beer; however, due to its thickness and high alcohol content, I do not think that I could drink very many of these in one sitting. Nonetheless, it is definitely one of the best stouts I have sampled thus far.

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Horny Goat pint glass

Appearance- Beautiful blacker then black beer with fluffy brownish white head. Like a rootbeer float.

Smell- Lots of burnt coffee and slight touch of dark fruit hits the nostrils.

Taste- Roasty malty chocolaty. Everything you expect from a Imperial stout. Nice hop finish for good balance.

Mouthfeel- This is probably the only lacking quality in this beer. It had to much of a watery mouthfeel, not a silky feel that I've come accustomed to with good Imperial stouts.

Overall- It just all works. The malt, the roasty qualities and the nice offset of hops. The abv is masked very nicely and this becomes a session beer of sorts with the lighter mouthfeel.

Photo of EBARTANE
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of LuthersMug
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Silky smooth dark black pour. Rich and creamy chocolate head. Wonderful lacing.

S - Fresh bitter chocolate with a bit of toasted malt.

T - Toasted malts, a bit of cocoa.

M - This beer is very smooth and fresh, feels like liquid chocolate. Very filling.

O - A very tasty stout, very enjoyable.

Photo of sleuthdog
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: As expected this beer is a huge looking beer being ink black with a stunning creamy, fluffy milk chocolate head of three fingers. Lacing is evident as the head recedes.

Smell: Nice! Smells so chocolaty! Big time chocolate with a secondary note of roast and this is intriguing me because most RIS seem to be roast forward. There is some vanilla and molasses in here creating a somewhat sweet smell. Coffee, malts, some nuttiness, and dark fruits. Digging this nose

Taste: Smooth creamy chocolate with a sweet taste but this is very quickly followed up by a bitterness. More roasty and malts than in the nose creating a nice complexity. Some bitter coffee comes through along with some dark fruits and nut taste. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Aftertaste I would have to say is more bitter coffee bean like than anything else.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy but I'd have to say leans toward the medium spectrum actually. Thinner than I expected and carbonation seems lower.

Overall: The nose really got me excited but must admit the taste let me down slightly. I liked this beer a lot but was hoping for something a little different when I smelled it.

Photo of LeahM
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of William85
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer a few times before in the bottle, so I was excited to see it on nitro-tap at a nearby barbecue join (bitterroot in Ballard).

Wow. The flavors in this beer are amazing -- lush chocolate and coffee notes stand out, supported by a fairly intense hop layer. I recall being just as impressed by the flavors with the regular bottle version of Old Rasputin, but the nitro definitely adds a lot to the experience.

The beautiful 2-finger head at the top of my pour was amazingly substantial -- almost completely unaffected by my first couple of sips -- and the texture of this beer is correspondingly creamy/velvety, leaving a pristine lacing trail all the way down the glass.

This is a great beer, as all of the other reviews proclaim, I would heartily recommend the nitro-tap version.

Photo of RolandGomez
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours absolutely midnight black with a one inch mocha head that moderately dissipates into a thin layer around glass. The Aroma is filled with dark chocolate and roasted malts with some light coffee scent in there as well. The flavor has an upfront roastiness with some chocolate and some dried fruits has the flavors linger and ends with a nice bitterness. This is a heavy bodied beer that coats your mouth with every sip. Every time I get the chance to have this beer its always a good night.

Photo of misternebbie
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, faint garnett highlights when held up to light. Lots of tan head with plenty of lacy. Aroma is a wonderful blend of chocolate and toffee with some fruitiness. Taste is carmel like initially, with some fruitiness. Dark, roasted malts dominate the finish and the alcohol becomes evident. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. I like this one, but I wouldn't want more than one. In addition to the high alcohol, too much roasted malt bitterness accumulates to enjoy more than one.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,549 ratings.