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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

10,713 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,713
Reviews: 3,490
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,858 | FT: 50
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 RTHKI
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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 sliprk314
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Poured into Smokestack Goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black body, slight ruby on edges when held to a light. Poured a 1 1/2 finger red-ish brown head that dissipated quickly to leave a film.

Nose: Nice and malty. Hints of chocolates, coffees, leather, some hoppiness. Maybe the faintest hint of raisins or other dark dried berries.

Taste: Lots of chocolate malts. Coffee, some dark berries maybe. Some nice hoppy balance.

Mouth: Pretty smooth. Leaves the mouth pretty dry. but with some thickness.

Drink: Very tasty, and pretty drinkable for having an elevated abv.

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

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a jet black opaque body that has tiny little bubbles rising on the edge of the glass. The tan head that is creamy and smooth so fades into a wisp around the rim.

S- Smells of dark roasted and toasted malts are combined with some notes of raisins, coffee and a faint hint of tar. The finish has a nice green spicy quality perhaps from hops.

T- This beer has a slight sour note in the beginning with deep roasted malt and to toasted malt flavors aswell. The hint of coffee and some caramel notes are also the taste. The finish has a dark malt bitterness combined with some hop bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with some creamy texture to it. The alcohol is smooth and soft with a faint hint of astringency.

D- This is a nice big stoic beer that has lots of dark roasted layers. There is a nice creamy quality that makes it drink like a meal.

Photo of 20ozmonkey
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what the date of this bottle was, but I've been holding on to it for a little over a year now. I haven't reviewed a fresh bottle, but I have definitely had it before.

Looks very tasty. Half-finger tan head that fades and leaves bubble around the edge of the surface. Deep black color that absolutely no light is going to get through.

Surprisingly fruity notes on the smell. Light caramel and chocolate smells as well, not overpowering though.

I would say this definitely tastes different than a younger bottle. There's a blast of sweet fruity caramel on the front with bitter chocolate staying for the finish. The alcohol has smoothed out over time also.

Relative to other imperial stouts this is fairly light bodied. There's a bit of stickiness that coats your mouth, but nothing unpleasant.

Holding on to this bottle was a bit of an experiment and I would say it turned out great! I'm gonna have to grab another four pack to replace this bottle.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,713 ratings.