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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,935 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,935
Reviews: 3,364
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,342 | 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 barleywinebrewer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so 982 reviewers as of this writing. This is one rather nice imp stout. I picked up a couple of these on a beer run last weekend. I will not expand upon the many other review other than to say, hops were a bit sharper than expected and the abv was so smooth and hidden as to be a surprise. Wonderful beer! Highly recommended.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of SpruceFish
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch balck dark brown head

smells of roasted malt toffee chocolate and coffee

flavor dominated by roasted malt undertones of chocolate coffee booze and toffee

thick and carbonated well

very smooth always willing to have another

this is probably one of favorite beers that is produced though out the year and is available almost any where in the country

SpruceFish, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at busters

A- pours a dark black color with a 2 finger creamy khaki head ,nice sticky lacing

S- roasted malt.semi-sweet chocolate,vanilla bean,caramel and toffee

T- a delight for a RIS..so smooth with chocolate,roasted malts/hops with some coffe and cocoa notes

M- velvet smooth with medium/light carbonation coffee and vanilla

O- a delicious easy to drink and tasty RIS

gatornation, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Ahhdball
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep smooth black with about an inch worth of head that dissipated slowly while drinking it. Sweet aroma with chocolate and candy like notes, possibly molasses.(?) Taste was very nice the choolate was accompanied by coffee and a roasted fruit I can't quite nail down. Barley carbonated, it's finish was smooth as glass, very good. Not the best but it's up there!

Ahhdball, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of djhowell
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Pours black, completely opaque. Surprisingly thick milk chocolate colored head that retains pretty well.

S Roasted malts dominate the smell, mixed with a little chocolate and coffee.

T Has a great balance of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of the hops. A little alcohol warmth.

M Medium bodied, I expected something a little thicker. Well carbonated.

D Very drinkable despite the high alcohol content. I could see myself sipping on 2-3 of these on a quiet night at home with a movie.

djhowell, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of aracauna
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical appearance for any rich stout or imperial stout. Deep black with dark tan head. Head wasn't very large, but not overly small either. Aroma is has the burnt chocolately aroma typical of the style, but it's in competition with the sharp citric peel of the hops. Seemed very balanced between the two. Some sweetness in the aroma as well. The flavor is lighter than I expected. There's a thin burnt bitterness and citrus peel flavor (although sharper like lemon or grapefruit than fuller orange peel flavor). This is all backed up by by the rich malt, but less so than Expedition or World Wide. It was also less sweet than those others. Not quite as overwhelming as the others and a bit more drinkable.

aracauna, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of Voonder
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with nice bubbly tan head. Smell - cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee with hint of caramel. Very strong nice aroma. Taste - chocolate is huge here plus some coffee bitterness. There are some citrusy notes as well. Alcohol is noticeable but not overhelming. Mouthfeel - full body, very thick, good carbonation. It's a good drinker for the style, I probably can manage to have couple of those.
Overall - great beer, my favorite Russian Imperial Stout so far. I'm glad it is in my local store now.

Voonder, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a light tan head that falls into a slight lace around the rim.
the aroma is very rich and malty, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, toffee.
the flavor is very rich, malty, coffee, toffee, hopsack, chocolate, spice, herbal.
the mouthfeel is perfect for the style, coats the inside of your mouth.
beer is very drinkable, best for a cold night, goes well with water crackers and munster.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into tulips.

A- dark, maybe opaque. Head is creamy latte-colored, with decent staying power.

S- bitter, with sweet, roasty and smokey notes, which, together, remind me of jerky. Also a background alcohol aroma, but fairly faint.

T- dry roast flavors of malt and well-hidden alcohol, edged with caramel. After the swallow is a lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and something that reminds me of spring water, which is perfect alongside the chocolate.

M- not heavy, not syrupy, but also not too light. smooth and silky and nice, though slightly 'warm' on the palate.

D- I don't think I could drink more than one of these, but I do think I may buy some more.

WalrusJockey, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of firedog23
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a non-descript glass used to hold beverages.

This is the kind of Imperial Stout I can see being sent from England to Russia across the North Sea. It is a typical heavy stout with an obvious level of alcohol in it. It has a great warming feeling and is not meant to be drunk in a quick fashion. This stout may be beyond some peoples taste capabilites or understanding of why there is an Imperial Stout.

A really good beer that is meant to be enjoyed over time.

firedog23, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Mustard
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chubby, 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; stray single purchased for $1.79 from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington. "A heartfelt friend does not come about suddenly" scrawled in Russian afront the label.

Appearance: Entirely opaque; fine, half-inch, cocoa-brown head; moderate ring style lacing; not much in the way of head retention.

Aroma: Largely of chocolate and dark, rum-drenched fruits.

Taste: Sweet; big notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate; discernible hints of vanilla, licorice, grain and prune-like fruits; tight, tasty, carbonized-barley bitterness in the finish; vinous; faintly phenolic.

Notes: By all means the equal of top notch Impy's like Victory's Storm King, Bear Republic's Big Black Bear and Stone's IS. Love the finish.

Mustard, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of donmonkey1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours black with a really nice frothy brown head. The head isn't going anywhere soon either. Excellent lacing. I can tell immediately by looking at this beer that it's got to be great.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, nutty.

Taste: Nutty, coffee, raisin, molasses. There's a sweetness with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and a bit stingy.

Drinkability: This is an outstanding beer but it's like rich chocolate, you can only handle so much at one time. I'm sure I could manage to hold quite a bit though if I put my mind to it.

donmonkey1, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of PhiloPsych
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this while at the Newport Beach Brewing Company. It was poured by from a bottle by my server (table side). The head disappeared almost immediately. The nose was roasted, slightly smokey, a little burnt. The mouthfeel wasn’t as creamy as some stouts--but not thin or watery at all. This stout was not dry, rather a bit sticky and syrupy. The moderately strong alcohol (8.9%) was not noticeable at all. The taste was very nice. Many porters are too burnt for my taste, this one had a definitely detectable burnt flavor in the finish, but it only enhanced the total flavor of the beer for me. I really liked this one.

PhiloPsych, May 13, 2007
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. The color is a deep, completely opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to my lamp. A thick, three-finger head of cappuccino-colored foam developed and dissipated very slowly to leave a ring around the edge.

Smell: Loads of roasted glory. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and caramel malts. There is also a nice toffee and molasses sweetness to keep the aroma balanced. There are also hints of dark berries: to me it smelled like blueberry and raspberry. There is a little dark fruit in the mix as well. It is a very enticing aroma.

Taste: More roasted glory, and the first sip was a shock of burnt bitterness; the overpowering intensity, though, passed after a couple sips. Roasted chocolate and coffee malts. The caramel from the smell is there, but it instead adds a touch of sweetness. The taste is nutty and also features flavors of dark fruit (perhaps plum), toffee, molasses, and vanilla. Way deep down, at the very end of each sip, is a noticeable alcohol edge that tickles the back of the throat, but it is very faint and does nothing to interfere with the other flavors.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. It is very complex, flavorful, and warming. Drink six of these and I will guarantee you will wake up with a headache (at least I will).

TheQuietMan22, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of JamesP123
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured in a tulip glass. Bought from Cost Plus World Market, no clue on the age.

A. Pours a deep black, the light had absolutely no chance of shining through this one. Big brown pillowy head with great lacing.

S. Rosated chocolate malt dominates the smell tyhroughout. Almost no alohol noticable, impressive for a 9% abv.

T. Thick and creamy. Major roasted and chocolate malt flavor. Don't taste a lot of alcohol, but it warms up the stomach fast. A spicy, bitter finish.

M. Thick and creamy, not much carbination. Just what youd expect from a really good RIS.

D. Quite a good beer, due to the overbearing (In a good way) style not one I'd drink more than one or two. Would recommend to anyone as a very good beer.

JamesP123, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly below room temperature in a pint glass. Poured a shiny, used motor oil like jet black. Left a frothy coffee brown colored head about three quarters of an inch high. Head slowly dissapeared into a brown gob in the center of the glass. Sweet aromas of chocolates, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of freshly baked cookies. Had a wonderful taste as well. Flavors of roasted chocolate malt, bitter roasted coffee beans, some dark chocolates, and vanilla extract. A small hint of well hidden alcohol and a little bit of carbonation. Mouthfeel was thick and full with an explosion of flavor. Also a pretty drinkable russian imperial stout.

jaxon53, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Such a good imperial, you can never go wrong with this beer. Had it the first time in Fort Myers. Srved it slighty chilled in my Samuel Smith pub glass. Poured a bittersweet choclate brown with a milk chocolate colored head that left some fine lacing. Aromas of roasted malts and baker's chocolate waft my nose. Taste has the alcohol edge in the finish with smokey, roasted chocolate malts in the front. A great after dinner quaff.

Portertime, May 17, 2008
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL on 12/03/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with two fingers of delightfully creamy tan head. Retention and lacing are both phenomenal.

Smell -- The nose is bursting with bitter chocolate, along with ground coffee, vanilla, and licorice.

Taste -- Again, LOTS of dark chocolate, licorice, black coffee, anise, vanilla, and an abundance of leafy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability -- Having this on nitro-tap deserves a second review. Beyond the smooth and creamy body, the chocolate notes are pushed far into the forefront. Great stuff. This beer makes me sad that Guinness and Murphy's are the only stouts that use nitro widgets. Just ain't fair, I tell you...

yeahnatenelson, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of horndecker
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown black, a decent head, purple-edged tan, full and creamy, very fine carbonation.
The smell has a tricky mix of espresso, raspberries, medicinal hops and raisins. A bit off the beaten track. At least the track I'm on. But it's very nice.
The flavor is a big hit of espresso and french ultra-bitter chocolate. Burnt malt underneath, then the hops chime in, leading to a dry and dusty finish. Nice mouthfeel, pleasant and foamy, and a nice balance between all the flavors.

A real nice imperial stout, not Sam Smith's (my fave), but an interesting change of pace.

horndecker, May 15, 2005
Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gave this sucker a hard pour and got a nice head out of it that retained decently enough. The head is tan brown and the bubbles are very small and leave a few occasional strands clinging to the glass. An almost opaque black motor oil appearance, but held up to the light it looks like a very very dark reddish brown.
Sweet smell of prunes, raisins, dark chocolate (standard), and ethanol. Nice.
An initial flash of bitterness that mellows out in the middle to the typical dark chocolate taste but also with a sweetness like currants. The aftertaste smooths out even more. Very pleasant.
Full bodied with medium carbonation.
Can hardly taste the alcohol, and could drink this until I die. It feels like a session beer until you realize that it's twice the abv.
This is a good imperial stout available year around, but I either prefer something with stronger flavor (Stone) or complexity (Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout).

EmilNoldSinclair, May 27, 2007
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter. Light khaki head with a lot of lace. Tastes like saltwater toffee, coffee, chocolate, slight bitter hop. Full bodied and beautiful. Creamy and smooth. Just a slight alcohal bite. Very drinkable and would definately have again.

Stinkypuss, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to black with a nice creamy 1/4 inch brown head lots of bubbles and good lacing all over the glass. I can't see anything through this glass.

Smell: Somewhat smoky. The strong alcohol smell is masked by a tasty nuttiness which blends with a very potent dark chocolate. The hops are bright and bitter.

Taste: It starts slightly sweet. If you hold it in the mouth there is a very sweet citric hop profile. I really appreciate the balance in this beer. It finishes with chalky mix of apricot and dark chocolate. The beer has a very strong consistency which doesn't diminish upon tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Full-bodied. Develops good character in the mouth. Nice finish

Overall: This is one of the best high ABV beer's I have ever had. It shines both in malt and hop characteristics. This is the best desert beer i've ever had that doubles as a party beer. I could drink a few Old Raspy's without regrets.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of hangh
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black colored beer with a tan almost amber head and a thick 1-2" head. Very fine and barely clings to the glass. Very sweet malty aroma. Full of coffee scents. Smells like some burnt chocolate in there too. Taste is very full of bitter coffee and toffee at first with a smooth burnt chocolate finish. There is a small gap in between where there is a kind of relaxing taste that is pretty unique and cool. Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation. It's great for one drink but probably too heavy for two in one sitting, not to mention 9% ABV

hangh, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a midnight black with a cascading toffee colored head almost 2 inches high. Laced like spider webs throughout the beer drinking session.

Smell: Huge amounts of coffee, chocolate and general fruity goodness. Fantastic sweet floral maltyness stands forth and demands that we "Respect my Authority!"

Taste: No surprises here great maltyness supporting coffee, chocolatey fruity goodness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is fantastically thick and oily a pleasing full bodied beer. This will go down great when the deep freeze of winter is on.

nlmartin, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of TequilaSauer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The mere definition of a bargain RIS, Old Rasputin has been satisfying my dark beer cravings for years. I figured I might as well go ahead and review it.

It's a beautiful looking stout, about as perfect as it gets. Light head retention sitting atop an abyss of black nothing.

Smell is nice, milk chocolate and toffee dominate with little else to report. Good, not great.

Attacks with a creamy chocolate pudding that lingers pleasantly on the palette for quite some time. There's a slight alcohol tinge but it only adds to the deliciousness. Eventually, the chocolate fades into a smooth hoppiness with a slightly smokey finish. It's not the most complex stout in the world, but it's intense, yet pleasant and elegant. It is the perfect late night, after-dinner stout, in my opinion.

It's a silky, magnificent brew that always delights the senses and never offends. It's not a beer you could drink one after the other, but it's one that is always worth having in the fridge. Old Rasputin is in a word, essential.

TequilaSauer, Aug 03, 2009
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,935 ratings.