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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

10,362 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,362
Reviews: 3,397
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 354
Gots: 1,562 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of BeerWizard
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not normally a stout drinker but had to check this out because of all the hype. The four packs are reasonably priced at about $8, and sport attractive black and gold packaging.

Poured into a goblet, opaque black, with a chocolate colored short head that reduces after several minutes into a thin tan film of minute bubbles. This beer is not see through at all in this glass, and only around the very edges does light start to penetrate.

Chocolate coffee aroma with hops, also jammy fruit, malty. Flavor is impactful, dark candied fruit, berry, hop bitters, choco-coffee, light mint, very much agreeing with the nose. The mouthfeel is heavy but tighter than something like a wee heavy, and not as sweet. Definitely boozy at 9%, but not setting your mouth on fire. Carbonation is low but present.

Overall, fantastic. Totally lives up to the hype.

Photo of kbuzz
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of frothy light brown head that retains very well before slowly melting away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large bump of surface foam. Wisps of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Rich roasty cocoa aroma with notes of vanilla, coffee and even black cherry.

T- I always forget how sweet this beer is. The black cherry continues on with the flavor and mingles with the dark roast creating a chocolate-covered cherry type of effect. There are also notes of anise and more vanilla in the finish. Moderate hop bitterness.

M- Thick and somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A classic version of the style. While I prefer it on nitro-pour if having it on-tap, it's just fine with CO2.

Photo of Ironbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of OnryAndMean
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Hearneator
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of freshflesh
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of sriq
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of stephensinner
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of olbubba
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of mick303
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin on tap at Zeitgeist. smell of coffee and roasty malt, taste is super creamy with a thorough bitterness and dark malt with toffee sweetness toward the end, great balance and drinkability. This is so creamy and smooth for the strength, no perceptible alcohol just a rich full bodied stout, light creamy carbonation and lots of rich roasty flavor. Keeps a creamy head till the end. Not much bad to say about this beer, tons of rich balanced flavor, great character. Would definitely have again.

Photo of mhksuccess
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mani
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hopflyer
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle with etching 31050530. Pours pitch black, light tan head. Its an RIS.

Dark fruit aroma, some raisin, and prunes. Some alcohol but hidden way backstage on this one.

taste is espresso-like in bitterness up front and follows up with semi-sweet chocolate mixed in with dark dried fruit like the prunes picked up in the aroma. Smooths out as it warms and the upfront bitterness backs off.

Not overly carbonated but more so than I was expecting. Pretty new to stouts so not sure what the goal is here. For me, it work here. Thickens as it warms and leaves stickiness on my lips.

Like I said, pretty new to stouts. I like this beer especially on a day like today, raw and cold. I'll certainly go for this again and it seems to have opened me up to more than the ipa/dipa that are usually my go to's

Photo of DevinK
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Westuh
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MHJeff06
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Samber79
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of loganburgh
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of thegrimone
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Whiteweasel
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle bought in 2009, drank in Nov 2013, drank from a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick, deep black, viscous, motor oil appearance. Not a single ray of light is getting through this beer. About 1 finger of light, brown creamy head. Not enough head to really leave much lacing. Very appealing

Smell: Primary smell is a heavy maltiness, with a raisin-like sweetness. Typical roasted cocoa and coffee bean flavours are there, but fruits and malts have become stronger over 4+ years. Slight ethanol warmth is present, with a slight bit of phenol.

Taste: Lots of roasted body, from the first taste through after you've swallowed it. Very coffee heavy but without the bitterness. A faint malty sweetness, mixing with the dark cocoa flavour. Very little bitterness at first, but hits you later. More and more butterscotch-y diacetyl as you go.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous. Lots of booziness, almost over the top after a while. Tenacious aftertaste. Nice and creamy.

Overall: Very good, always enjoy these, but the time definitely changed this beer. Whisky-like characteristics are emphasized a lot more, and the roasted malt notes have been subdued in favour of a powerful boozy bitterness. A dangerous beer.

Photo of MisterBisco
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ctodda
4/5  rDev -7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,362 ratings.