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

11,057 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 11,057
Reviews: 3,573
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 450
Gots: 2,148 | FT: 56
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of pwlong19
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sweet caramel smell. Good mouth feel. Taste similar to dragons milk but not as complex.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle of old rasputin drank.
Keg of old Rasputin drank (updates)

Photo of zfw
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big, dark, complex, with excellent balance of flavors.

Photo of snickering
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really nice beer, good balance of flavor, bitter and sweet. Taste and smell are a little dominated by the alcohol.

Photo of LilTobyRuby
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully dark opaque black. Solid stout flavor, not too boozey with a slight bitter finish that lingers. Fantastic mouth feel

Photo of flyingpig
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
This one was definitely a very nice imperial stout from North Coast but at the same time it wasn't one that managed to blow me away or indeed to live up to the heights of some of the other American brewed imperial stouts that I've tried over the last few months. The beer was highly drinkable despite the strength, although some alcohol was noticeable throughout; an enjoyable beer but just not my favourite of the style.

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Licorice, coffee and chocolate on the nose. Rich coffee, chocolate and dark fruit flavour. No hot alcohol flavours. Excellent

Photo of IvanNewMexico
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer. It is strong in both taste and power, but it is an acquired taste. Once you acquire the taste, there is no going back.

Think of Guinness Stout, but stronger and more flavorful.

Photo of Aaron_Eicher
3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In Rasputin's earlier years, he was known for his "healing through prayer" and stuff. In reality, he used a version of Aspirin that was available at the time.

Is this relevant? Absolutely. Truth is, Old Rasputin was misleading.

I poured the black beverage into my glass and took a whiff. It was a definitely a stout. Smelled like roasted barley with a hint of coffee. It was a taste I was looking forward to.

I wasn't prepared for the taste though. This is one bitter stout. No joke. As soon as I took a sip, my taste buds were greeted with a roasted/alcoholic flavor, but was quickly and severely washed away by bitterness in the back of my tongue. The beer finished with the bitterness of hops and 95% cacao dark chocolate.

All in all, I would recommend this to anyone who is in for a surprise...and wants to get a buzz.

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, alcohol is front and center. Surprised by how prominent this flavor is over oats, dark chocolate, and other notes. A very bitter stout with soapy/carbonated mouthfeel and strong, strong alcohol warmth. Unfortunately, not a stout I would recommend or have again anytime soon :/

Photo of kissmybunniebutt
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looked almost like squid ink in the bottle - very impressive indeed. It had a nice bitter coffee, burnt sugary quality in it's aroma. And the smell was very indicative of the taste. Nice, bitter, deep, and full. The mouthfeel was surprisingly bright, considering it's richness. Very well done.

Photo of buckslayer50
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

LOVE this beer, the look was black as coal with an awesome tan foam head, taste was incredible, and it went down so easy. Love everything about it and will buy it many more times in the future.

Photo of smith_s4765
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Very surprised by this one! Awesome stuff. Not the biggest RIS fan, but this was fantastic!

Photo of mtvolkens
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with huge billowing brown head that held well. Smells of dates, raisin bread, and chocolate. Up front it tastes of sweet chocolate and bread pudding. Has an obvious alcohol taste following with a touch of carbonation and a zing from the alcohol. Has a bitter aftertaste that leaves the palette begging for another drink.

Photo of akeiii
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome stout second only to Ten Fidy and Dragon's Milk

Photo of Stewsbrews24
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served at 60 degrees. Slow stiff pour. Frothy, dough like head. An unusually strong tangy flavor of co2 slightly off putting but nice sturdy beer.

Photo of Zenvortex
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like old motor oil with foamy head that dissipates quickly - splotchy lacing Lite molasses nose, Strong coffee taste with moderate bitterness - big flavors all working well, Great non-slimy mouth feel - ok carbonation, Overall a good example of this often overlooked style - not for everyone but I'll take another one

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Top class! There are though better Imperial stouts out there, but I really enjoyed drinking this beer.

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the seven wonders of Northern California...

Photo of Shroombe
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew. One to always keep on hand.

Photo of LordofWord
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty, but inferior to Narwhal. Dammit.

Photo of Rabi
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it in a bottle, no one knows how old it is. Heard it's great on draft.

Photo of dmgeng
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always on the shelf and is a solid get but there are better available.

A - Pours a reasonably thick black and exploded with a ton of light brown colored head with good lacing.

S - Rich roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee aromas secondary. Good blend of acrid roastiness and rich malt and chocolate malt.

T - Very similar to the smell; has the roastiness from the smell first but closely accompanied by the rich chocolate, malt, and coffee tones. It is full flavored with a stronger bitterness that helps balance the sweetness. Not as big as some but plenty of flavor. More on the bitter char side but still enough malt to make this a tasty beer.

M - High mouth-feel. High carbonation. This one just erupted with carbonation as I poured not expecting such vigor from the solution. I like the carbonation because even though it is a viscous beer the carbonation and bitterness do a good job of tricking your mind into thinking that it is lighter. This beer finishes well for being over carbed and less sweet.

Overall, this is a very good imperial stout. This is an above average RIS just because I like the roast forward nature of it but I still prefer Ten Fidy with its sheer power. I would definitely recommend this beer but only after you've tried Ten-Fidy.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of CIBoy10
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - oily jet black with nice off-white head that leads to great lacing.
Smell - currants, raisins, cocoa. pretty impressive.
Taste - raisins, coffee, tobacco, a little hoppy, cocoa. nice hoppy bitterness that lasts through the finish.
Feel - very smooth, appropriately carbonated.
Overall - very impressed with this one. i found it nicely complex.

Photo of Snaefridur
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Jet black, with a 2 finger light brown head, which dissipated quickly.

Smell - nothing stands out, just a bit of alcohol, though not as overwhelming as I'd expected

Taste - starts off with a bitter bite, in the way of a strong coffee, with noticeable (but not overwhelming) alcohol present. This fades into a roasted flavor, and leaves a bitterness on the back of the tongue for a bit.

Feel - It is smooth,not very carbinated, texture is more water than cream, but not very watery.

Overall: This is an OK stout. I don't know how it compares to other RIS's, since this is only the second one that I've tasted. I drink alot of regular stouts, however, and love em. I bought Old Rasputin because of the hype; I thought this was going to be either an "I really LOVE it" or "Omg, I HATE it!" beer, based on the reviews. However, I just feel in the middle. It's not bad, I'll enjoy drinking the bottles I have, and I might buy it again, but I won't be in a rush to do so. It's simply OK.

I was expecting a lot more complexity, but really, I think it's kind of bland. I've tasted stouts with a lot more flavor than this, and I've also had stouts that have a much harder alcohol bit than this. To the reviewers going on about the "kick in the mouth" alcohol experience....I really don't experience that, personally. This is a typical stout. Maybe some people are just used to drinking light beers?

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 11,057 ratings.