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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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9,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,149
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 996 | FT: 32
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:
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Photo of trecker


4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark coffee color with 1/4 inch head that fades to a collar around the edge.

S: Solid coffee smell to it. That's about all I can pick out.

T: Very good. Espresso taste. Surprisingly not astringent for the ABV.

M: Medium to full. Good amount of carbonation.

D: I agree with the other user who said this beer had scary good drinkability. This drinks very well for a 9%.

Overall, this is a perfect beer for those little reward yourself moments (weekends, good days at work, bad days at work, etc).

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:25:55 | More by trecker
Photo of awalk1227


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/18/10

Poured into Chimay Goblet

A: Looks like dark roast coffee. Opaque black with a tan head that leaves a light brown collar.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toasted nuts, toffee.

T: Chocolate, hints of espresso. Lots of malt. Warmth from the alcohol at the end, in a very good way.

F: Tingle from the carbonation. I feel it has a lighter body than the taste and presence of alcohol would suggest. It coats the top of the mouth, but not the whole thing, and without a full mouth feel.

D: Great for 9%, I've had some RIS's that were way less drinkable at this ABV. Great as a night cap.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 20:42:37 | More by awalk1227
Photo of jlmarshall


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, deep brown, almost black with a thin sandlewood colored head. Has a very deep, sweet smell of burnt malted grains and molasses with a hint of grapes and spices. The mouth feel is quite sticky from the sugars and very warm. The taste follows the smell and very pleasant with sweet, sugary, burnt grains and caramel and surprising peppery, spicey aftertaste. This is a fantastic beer, but probably a little too heavy for an everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 17:50:45 | More by jlmarshall
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very dark opaque color with a huge tightly packed dark tan head.

S - most noticable aroma is of semi-sweet dark chocolate with some roasty coffee undertones.

T - follows the nose with a very intense chocolate malty sweetness and a nice balacing coffee bitterness.

M - rich and creamy. full bodied. Slightly higher carb than in
most stouts but it really works for this brew.

D - very easy drinking. Scary easy at 9%. No trace of alcohol. And it is balanced so well.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 03:26:44 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of lovetranquillity

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black hole of doom with planet sucking depth. Khaki colored head.

Alcohol, espresso, toffee, malt, vanilla, cocoa

Alcohol, coffee, espresso bitterness, hop bitterness, sweet malt, sweet roasted coffee, hints of berry, toffee, chocolate.

Thick, medium carbonated, smooth, syrupy.

The alcohol is a little too apparent in order to make it highly drinkable.

Very very good. My favorite easy to find RIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:19:43 | More by lovetranquillity
Photo of jorg2619


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin is a classic RIS that I needed to have. The appearance is light absorbing black hole with a tan to slightly darker head. The smell is intoxicating with roasted yet smooth malt notes, and a hint of slight chocolate/ coffee notes. The taste is very clean the roasted malt flavor is subdued, allowing a creamy coffee flavor to dominate at the back of my tongue. I detect some bitter hop flavors framing the malt masterpiece of this North Coast Beer. The mouthfeel is pleasant and substantial. I would really love to find a case of this beer and drink a few every month to remember how a RIS should taste!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 22:09:08 | More by jorg2619
Photo of bohemiandonut


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of reviewing for me is returning to a beer after a long period of sampling other standouts in the style. RIS is an especially portent style for such revision, with its massive complexity and depth. On to Rasputin in a snifter, after nearly a year of mostly Stone, Ten Fidy, and any other barreled/double stouts to come my way.

Pours slick and creamy, a darkly tan head swirling about on top. Booze is apparent in the smell, something I may be in the minority for liking. Other than that it's all roasty coffee/chocolate goodness, with powerful bursts of fruit, some licorice, and possibly oak/vanilla. A great scent that I am not too patient to surrender for a taste.

My first thought is: too bubbly. A few swirls to kick this back and I'm met with a smoother vehicle in which to glean these flavors. I am instantly reminded of Sam Smith, but that fruity, roasted malt profile so prevalent in his beers has been pumped up and rounded out considerably here with chocolate and coffee notes.

I get an occasional twang of metal as well, but also oatmeal, pepper, milk and bitter hops. Hops push through the finish in a way some will love but is kind of distracting for me. This hop character creates a certain dryness and the beer stays rather thin for its abv. The alcohol is not masked as well as the best in class manage and I think the bitterness factor adds to this.

If you like the English style stouts and enjoy a bitter RIS this will be right up your alley. A great deal for a 4-pack but not entirely satisfying to my palette. More coffee and sugar, please.

EDIT: Bumping up the taste and mouthfeel dimensions as this beer really comes into its own as it warms. Sweeter and richer. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 01:07:24 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of tylernim

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a thick dense head. Great looking beer.

S - Alcohol, malts, Espresso.

T - Chocolate, espresso, malts. Alcohol with a slight bitterness.

M - Chewy and thick; how it should be.

D - Not nearly as high as I wish it was.

Superb stout!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 15:37:33 | More by tylernim
Photo of mkorpal


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, with oak red on the edges, borderline black. Dark tan head, half an inch, retains well and leaves some lacing.

Smell of chocolate dominates the nose, with coffee rounding it out. Much like hot chocolate and Kahlua.

Taste is more coffee forward. Dry coffee flavor, with some chocolate backing it up. Much like black coffee with some chocolate liquor.

bitter coffee-like mouthfeel, which dry's out the beer towards the end.

Dryness knocks the drinkability of this brew down a notch. Still pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 20:40:39 | More by mkorpal
Photo of bbkd3b


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to this one for a while. So, I bought a bottle, yanked my pint glass from the cabinet, and started the great routine.

A - Pours a darker-than-night black, with no light getting through at all. A nice, caramel-colored head sustained for a decent time before leaving a scattered amount sitting at the top... The lacing sort of dropped down, but a great looking beer, really.

S - Wow... lots of really nice scents. Mostly espresso, along with caramel and toffee.... some dark chocolate and a slight booziness are there, too, but not at the front of things. Welcoming.

T - Wait... where did that berry-like start come from? It wasn't in the nose at all! Don't know, but it didn't last long, as the aforementioned espresso took control of the show. Nice, sweet, and bitter all at once. Seriously, it tastes like berries dipped in mocha. Nice combinations. Finish is clean, along with the aftertaste of coffee. Goes down easy... tiniest hint of alcohol.

M - Nice, creamy body with a really warming finish. This is a great beer for winter, and Missouri is starting to cool down... so, yeah, I'll welcome that. Carbonation was a bit too sharp for a beer in this style, I think.

D - It tastes really good, but I never considered imperials to be very drinkable brews... especially the heavier ones. 9% ABV ensures that a couple will be a good bet for relaxed nights.

Overall/notes: I've heard a lot about this beer, and all positive. Doesn't really disappoint! I once had this... It was a long time ago, before I had any sort of experience with stouts, and "good" beer was a relatively new experience. Couldn't stand it. Couple of years later, and here I am, drinking it down and enjoying the evening. Experiences like these are great reminders of how far my palette has come!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:56:24 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of kgrober

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the Autumn tasting I had at Grapevine in Fort Mill, SC.

Poured into a pint with a pitch black color. Soft creamy head that lingers.

Other than subtle coffee notes the nose is mild and almost indistinguishable.

The nose doesn't give away the stellar complexity of flavors. Currants, bittersweet chocolate, with toasty malts and a wonderful bitter finish. I seemed to notice some bourbon layers in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is thick and sumptuous with great balance between alcohol and flavor. The beer is so complex it makes you want to keep it rolling around in your mouth to see what else you taste.

A superb imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 05:49:34 | More by kgrober
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours jet black, medium viscosity with a nice tan 2 finger hard that recedes to leave a tinge of lacing. The aroma has rich roasted malts, a slight marshmallow scrent with vanilla and cocoa powder. Flavor has espresso, milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla and some malted candy type flavors. Nice mouthfeel with a good palate coating component but a tad too high on the carbonation for me. Overall this is a g

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 03:11:42 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of OmygodOmmegang


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 20:36:32 | More by OmygodOmmegang
Photo of Yesac


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Appears black in my pint glass, large brown sand in color.

S- Dark sharp roasted malt, chocolate, bitter hops. Smells delicious.

T- Roasted malt nose, luscious chocolate center, roasted coffee bean, black licorice, strong hop bitterness dry finish.

M- Medium/thick body, silky, dry sticky finish, leaves a good coating of flavor on the palate.

D- Slightly to bitter for my liking. The roasted malt and coffee bean is strong, however that is just a piece of this brews complexity which makes for a delightful challenge on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:24:14 | More by Yesac
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (4 pack) into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black with a one finger tan head that leaves a light lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: Dark chocolate and coffee.
T: The bitterness of the chocolate and coffee is followed by a bit of sweetness and hop bitterness and finishes with bitter coffee.
M: Heavy body, but not overly so for the style, and carbonation is just where it should be.
D: This is great for a readily available inexpensive imperial stout, great to cellar or even drink a couple in a night.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 08:09:35 | More by stimulus
Photo of hophead247


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick black with a nice light brown head. good lacing. light only gets through around the edges. aroma salty espresso and toffee with a hint of alcohol. Flavor sweet salted toffee with a hint of bitter espresso and some acidity. Beautiful transition into a great finish. Bitter espresso dry slightly acidic and salty with just a hint of sweetness and just enough alcohol to add a nice warm touch. Full bodied. Carbonation seemed to be just a little too much when i first opened this one but after fifteen minutes or so it settles down to a nice creamy texture. One of the first imperial stouts i had and still one of the best. I forgot how good this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 07:18:50 | More by hophead247
Photo of chrisgn


4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- totally black with a coffee colored head.

S- roasty malt and some alcohol. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

T- Tastes like strong coffee and alcohol, but the alcohol is not over the top.

M- Really smooth creamy mouthfeel. Flavor lingers on the palate.

D- Such a nice drinking stout. No overpowering flavors, just a classic RIS. The only drawback is the 9% will leave you forgetting how awesome this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 01:56:19 | More by chrisgn
Photo of MeMyselfNAles7

Puerto Rico

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first RIS and I still love it like the first time. North Coast took it out of the park with this great RIS.

Pours a dark amber brew with a full rich and creamy brown crown. Roasted malts, coffe and dark/sweet cocoa beans with a well hidden alchol scent. Strong overpowering roated malts taste, with some hints of coffe, cocoa beans and alchol towards the end. Very pronounced malts and alchol. Strong tasting brew, kicking you off with coffe, roasted malts, the cocoa beans finishing off with a dry and bitter aftertaste. Good drinkability but due to the abv% it should't be taken lightly. Heavy rich beer that becomes heavier as it warms up. A heavy hitter which is beer haven for the strong brews lovers.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 14:55:35 | More by MeMyselfNAles7
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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn fine brew.

Appearance: Pours jet black. Pretty sexy one finger head that almost looks like the beer is topped with a tan milkshake.

Smell: As soon as I popped open the bottle, before pouring, I was pleasantly assaulted by the aroma of chocolate, with a bit of coffee.

Taste: Chocolate dominates the first moments of the tasting, leaving a mildly bitter coffee aftertaste. The flavors are strong, this is definitely not a bland beer. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not overly so. A noticeable amount of carbonation which leaves a nice tingling on the tongue.

Drinkabilitiy: This beer is very smooth, but filling. I imagine that after a few I wouldn't want to drink or eat anything for hours.

All in all, a terrific RIS. I'd beat a small child to get this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 19:19:52 | More by BeastofWotan
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009

A - Poured like oil from the bottle...a jet black body with a creamy brown head...great retention throughout the beer...very nice sheets of lace

S - This was my only problem with the beer but it was still worthy...the nose was muted but opened up as the beer warmed...mainly roasted malts, dark fruits, and chocolate in the nose

T - Same as the nose, this one opened up as it warmed up...very complex and great tasting...the roasted malt adds nice character and feel to the beer...there's chocolate and caramel to sweeten things up...but the chocolate is bitter so there's more bitterness added...the dark fruits fill the middle of the beer...I get dates and raisins mainly...the coffee finish to the beer adds a great lingering bitterness with just a touch of sweetness

M - Thick bodied...it wasn't too thick to where you couldn't enjoy it...perfect thickness with a smooth, creamy, bitter finish

T - I had to let this one warm up because I served it too cold...I'm glad i did and after I found out how the flavors changed...I let it warm up more...I milked this one out and then I was sad when it was gone...a great imperial stout with deep, complex flavors...the alcohol is very well hidden

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 16:23:07 | More by thain709
Photo of gueuzer


3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

App- Thick black pour. Dark tan had that climbs the glass.

Sm- Heavy roasted malts.

Ta- Dark roasted malts washed over by espresso. Lots of bittering hops. There is not much residual sweetness considering the style and ABV.

MF- Thick.

DR- The ABV is well hidden. Would be very drinkable, but the hops are so strong, it would be hard for me to have another one.

Overall, the hops kill too much of the other flavors going on in this beer. The other three beers in the four pack will be going down to the cellar for at least a year.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 05:20:11 | More by gueuzer
Photo of Brideshead


3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let's start with first impressions: This big beer makes a big impression on appearance. Dark and sinister looking, the rough-textured mocha-colored head sits atop the black body like a Russian fur cap. The bottle art featuring a drawing of Rasputin doesn't hurt the overall effect either. Lacing is full and sticky.

The scent is of a distinctly toasted, malty quality. A yeastiness also meets the nose. The big scent is followed up by an even bigger flavor. Thick malts, yeast, burnt coffee and an exceptionally sticky mouthfeel combine to create a hearty drinking experience. A treat not to be taken lightly, and not likely to be consumed in very large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:57:36 | More by Brideshead
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was convinced that Stone made the best Russian Imperial until I opened a bottle of Old Rasputin this evening!

WOW....off the charts Russian Stout! Amazing aromas of coffee and chocolate. Initial taste is coffee with the chocolate coming through after. I can almost taste the heavy cream in the coffee!!

Mouthfeel is extra smooth and pleasant. 9% alcohol is very well hidden.

Gentlemen, if you're looking to get your lady into the word of fine beer....this is a great way to start. pour her a little in a small wine glass and let her sip it. She'll be hooked!!!

I rate this one in my current top 10 beers! AMAZING!!! So good, I will not buy another bottle of Stone!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 23:52:34 | More by jrc64
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip the head erupts to the top of the glass and ceases just before overflowing. Black body with a light coffee colored head. Smells of chocolate coffee and a nuttiness, very attractive nose. The taste brings more to the table with the aforementioned smells brought to the tongue with the addition of a prominent charcoal flavor which adds a nice character to the beer. More medium bodied, I'd like something slightly more viscous. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 15:50:34 | More by wcintula
Photo of megahurts4


4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin

Appearance: Dark and black, huge head, lots of lacing

Smell: floral hops, coffee, slight chocolate

Taste: very malty, floral hops, and a prominent coffee and chocolate finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy with a slight bitter finish

Bottom line:
A great stout. Smooth and not overbearing in the slightest.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:08:49 | More by megahurts4
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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