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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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9,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,909
Reviews: 3,362
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,328 | 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 facundoCNB
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this jet black syrup into a tulip glass, got a finger of dark brown head which made some nice lacing. a beautiful looking beer.
smells of roasted nuts, coffee, cocoa, almost a coca cola type scent. very unique smell.
a bitter, yet subtle dark roasted coffee flavor up front. nutty overtones, a subtle vanilla aftertaste. very mellow and drinkable. no sign of the alcohol in the taste.
full body, low carbonation, silky smooth.
a really good stout, no question about it. this bottle is from 2011 (a year and change old) so it's a bit more subtle than it is fresh. even fresh, this is a great stout.

facundoCNB, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ChiPool
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass.

Old Raspy: review long time coming. Smell of burnt raisins, chocolate malts, . Poured jet black, and a generous amount of carmel colored head. More carbonated than would be expected. What a brew, when it comes to the taste. Roasty malts, but a backbone of hops on this one: an inverse of the IPAs that predominate. This is a complex character: strong stout roasty flavor, but not too boozy. This review is from the bottle: must have from nitro tap!

ChiPool, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a textbook black color with very faints hints of a lighter brown shade near the edges. Retention from the mocha colored head is about average, but there are some nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

S: Big roast notes dominate the brew, with splotches of coffee, chocolate, hops, soy, and a touch of alcohol all around. Very hard to fault how this smells.

T: Compared with how I served the other bottles (refrigerator cold), chilling it lightly and allowing it to warm up really helped open up its character. Much like the smell, it's incredibly roasty, with lots of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, soy, with a noticeably hoppy finish that meshes extremely well. There's a little booze on the back end, but it never gets out of hand. The only real complaint I have is that it's not a paragon of perfect balance.

Even though it's a summery day with thunderstorms lurking around, sipping this somewhat out of season doesn't feel out of place - the hallmark of a great beer.

M: It's a little thin for an imperial stout, but it does a great job of coating the mouth like a proper RIS should. Sufficient carbonation, no more, no less.

O: This is a beer that screams "serve me at the right temperature!" Having it too cold will cause it to become far too bitter and hard to drink. Letting it warm up gives it a chance to show off some of its complexities. The fact that it's easy to find and a great value in the RIS world (got this 4 pack at $8.99, and I've seen it as low as $6.99 in VA) makes it panacea for those who don't/can't chase distribution trucks just to have a shot at purchasing KBS.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Omnium
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pure black with two fingers of milky tan head, big thick lacing all around the sides.
S - Dark roasted chocolates, hazelnut, a tad skunky, some milk chocolate, sweet roasted malt.
T - Lush creamy milky chocolate tones bitter roasts that make for a nice balance.
M - Velvet creamy milky, amazing.
O - One of the best RIS you can get its super silky smooth full chocolate flavor.

Omnium, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of ZagZagg
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Half a finger head, with weak lacing. There doesn’t appear to be much carbonation at all. Vaguely translucent, giving off a subtle crimson glow. Looks like crude oil.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, bitter coffee. A remote sweetness lurks somewhere in this layered aroma.

T: Initial malt flavor, maybe some caramel, coffee bean bitterness but well balanced. Might be some toffee. Has a transient sweetness possibly from some dark fruits, prunes? The hoppiness presents itself when allowed to mature on the tongue a bit.

M: Not as thick as I expected, very light carbonation. Not very dry, smooth with little after taste. A creamier character arrives as it approaches room temperature.

O: After engaging in some debauchery with old Rasputin, I can say I’m up for round two. This is an excellent stout for wintertime drinkin’. This was recommended to me by a rando in my local beer distributor, and I’m glad I took him up on it. A must try as far as imperial stouts are concerned. Until we meet again.

ZagZagg, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Guess2814
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! I love the label.. Dark look with a coffee bean taste and smell. Not a huge mouthful but it has a nice stout taste that's smooth but packs a punch. I need to have a few more to get a better judgement but for the couple of times I've had it. I like it.

Guess2814, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of clay_i
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

clay_i, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Mweddle
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

Mweddle, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of nUgZ
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, and some fruit as well.

T: Lots of roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, and some hops. Nice bitterness for a stout. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a very solid RIS. I'll gladly drink it anytime.

nUgZ, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Celtics17
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It looks like a soda when pouring. It's a very dark, and thick looking beer. The head last long, and it's very effective.
This Imperial Stout lived up to the hype for me. It wasn't playing on to many notes. It hit the right amount of smoke, and chocolate notes. I taste some Almond as well.

North Coast doesn't disappoint much, if at all. When it comes to stouts. This one is in my top 5.

Celtics17, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date

Pours out a very black shade of brown. Pillowy dark mocha head with staying power and spotty lacing that doesn't stick. Smell is chocolate/cocoa powder and fire-roasted malts. A tinge of alcohol as well. Taste is bitter roasted malt, with accents of dark chocolate, dates, sugar cookies, dark coffee, nuts, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, good amount of carbonation, but you can feel the alcohol.

Nice, heavy beer. An enjoyable sipper for sure.

jimmah120, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date that I can find. Approximately 3 years old most likely.

A: Pours black with a big thick medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with top notch retention. Substantial and heavy lacing.

S: Definitely has been aging a while. Very mellow aroma. Some chocolate, some char, hint of coffee. Decent dark fruits holding out though, especially when swirled. Just a hint of anise too.

T: A bit more chocolate than the aroma betrays. Mild chocolate with decent coffee, melding with dark fruits up front. Bit bitter towards the finish with the chocolate growing bittersweet and hints of char poking through.

M: Somewhat heavy and smooth. Touch chalky in the finish.

O: One of the best RISes out there and perhaps the best value of them all. Wonderfully complex flavors without any fluff. No barrel aging, no adjuncts. Just various roasted malt characteristics all flung together in a surprisingly balanced manner. Aging has mellowed this, zero alcohol is present and the flavors are all well integrated and smooth.

Dope, Sep 05, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

amaass2, Sep 16, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

thumperskibum, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

IronCity1822, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Schlais, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SanFranJake, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

delaced21, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JacobMutberg, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

pudgecat, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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