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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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world-class

8,372 Ratings
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Ratings: 8372
Reviews: 3289
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%


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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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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propel692000

Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler from the local liquor store.

I am not usually a stout fan. I told my friend at the liquor store to get me something i have never tried, as i always do. He came back with my growler telling me it was Old Rasputin. Apparently being a a Russian Imperial Stout to my dismay. I was SOOOO wrong. This beer was so complex. It had a wonderfully aromatic head, leaving a fine dotted lacing along the sides of my glass. The taste was dark espresso, milk chocolate, and almost burnt tasting malt. By burnt i mean a smokey taste. I found myself entranced by the the beer settling back through the head after a sip. You could watch the almost black liquid fall through the caramel head making fine swirls. Being 9% ABV was defiantly a plus as well. I don't like a beer unless it knocks me on my ass. Well, overall i will defiantly be getting this again, and maybe changing my opinion on stouts as a whole.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2013 20:27:04 | More by propel692000
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alexk307

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a growler of this from State Line liquors in Elkton MD.

A: Beautiful dark motor oil black with a small creamy brown head

S: Malt, chocolate, oats, dark fruits, alcohol

T: This stuff is almost perfect. Creamy and smooth chocolate on the front and finishes with some bitterness and a hint of the alcohol.

M: I don't know if it's because it was from a growler but very little carbonation. Super thick the way a good stout should be.

O: An amazing stout for the price.

Serving type: growler

11-28-2013 21:23:21 | More by alexk307
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One2Remeber

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Filled my growler a couple hours ago, pouring into a tulip.

A: Pours a rich, creamy thick head with a tint of light espresso. Dark as could be with light carbonation bubbles raising to the top.

S: Rich caramel, black licorice with some creamy milk chocolate notes to balance out the high alcohol undertone.

T: I'm glad there is great head retention because as the first sip hits your lips you get a fluffy marshmallow feel. Follows is an explosive taste of rich dark chocolate, with an alcohol presence only at the end that blends with the black licorice. Very complex taste overall, yet masterfully balanced resulting in a hell of a treat for the ol' pallet.

M: Not really bitter, alcohol presence is more like a smooth whiskey than a high alcohol beer (ex: barelywine). Extremely robust taste takes over the mouth feel but does not dominate to the point its unbearable or one sided towards a characteristic, which makes it very enjoyable.

O: Not my first Old Rasputin and not my last. This is my staple Russian Imperial Stout, not the best one I've had (Marshal Zhukov is out of this world from Cigar City:), but one that is readily available which gets brownie points. If you add a touch of Rogue's Chocolate Stout and a shot of espresso to Old Rasputin you will thank me for the recommendation.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2011 06:03:02 | More by One2Remeber
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

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

Growler from my local store into pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black with a finger of nice brown head. Very impressive lacing.

S - Clean coffee aroma with some chocolate and a roasted malt backing.

T - Really impressive. There's coffee, a lot of chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice hint of dark fruit. Sweet chocolate is the dominant flavor here. Even has some hop to it, just the right amount. Some alcohol, but not much. Going to let it warm up and see how it blossoms.

M - Nice and thick, spot on for the style. Stays pretty wet throughout. Creamy and almost chewy.

O - Overall a very delicious beer. Incredible for something so widely available and relatively inexpensive. The value and availability make this the go-to "everyday" beer in the RIS style, but it's not diminished in any way. It is simultaneously really easy to get and impossibly complex and delicious.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 23:41:31 | More by greenmonstah
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went to Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, KY and met one of the brewmasters from North Coast -- super cool guy. They had several NC offerings offered at the growler station, couldn't really pass this one up (plus they were giving away free NC pint glass -- friggin' sweet!). Review is from notes taken on 2/25/2011 and poured from the growler to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown/near black and it starts with a thin 1/2 finger dark tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than an incomplete skim floating on the surface; body is, of course, entirely opaque and seems to engulf the light around it; big swaths and spots of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Definitely a California beer -- lots of hops abound from this RIS and it's definitely hoppier than I remember from the bottle (I'd like to add that on the second night from the growler, the hops seemed more subdued and the roasty malts really came out more) followed by the burnt roasty and bittersweet bakers-like chocolate with a bit of a cocoa powder scent to it as well; interestingly enough there is also a bit of a metallic and earthy presence.

Taste: I'm going to say it... I think I prefer this one from the bottle. It's still good overall, but just a personal preference. The first night, the bitter metallic earthiness is really up front and the roastiness is thin with a bit of a faint bittersweet chocolate aspect to it. Fortunately, it seems to have settled down a bit over night (not sure what accounted for the change, perhaps my palate was just cleaner the second night?) and while the hops were still present and providing a nice grassy bitterness, the malts showed up and provided a robust earthy nuttiness with some burnt coffee/espresso roast and bittersweet chocolate and a bit of dry cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and fairly smooth and creamy; the strong metallic bite the first kind of distracts me and takes away from this, but the second night is very enjoyable as I remember it being; a thick sticky coating is left all over the mouth and a bit of a grittiness is left on the teeth; belly is just a little warm from the 9% ABV.

Drinkability: Definitely good, but like most RISs, the weight and ABV pull it down a bit. Definitely a great beer for a cold night and ultimately, it's kind of one of the defining beers of the style.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2011 02:33:23 | More by bamadog
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok...so north coast brewing came to Party town this past Friday. They put Old Rasputin on tap!

A: This thing pours like motor oil into my glass - nice 1 finger tan head that leaves skim as it leaves the glass

S: Smoke, malt, mollases, coffee

T: Chocolate, malt, smoke, raisin, and some burnt sugar

M: Mild - could be a little thicker - seems thin to me considering it being from draft

D: Ok....regardless of the mouthfeel this beer is fantastic. I have a growler full tonight and it's going to be polished off. Great offering.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2011 02:22:35 | More by beerman207
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cavedave

New York

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

Pure black and opaque, carries a brief dark beige head, leaving a fine knit lace on the snifter, and partial skim. Nice.

Smell is heavy on licorice, some dark caramel in there, toasty grain, some rounded yeast notes, and hints of floral and bitter behind them.

Wow, roastier in the mouth than the nose, full of licorice, dark roast malts, dark caramel, bitter coffee (almost a caffeinne bitter), some bitter chocolate. Along the way it picks up a bit of sweet, and some very light fruity notes in mid sip, then ushers in a dark, dank finish of herbal bitter and malty char (I mean this in a good way), warm, spicy hints of alcohol. Not the most complex big stout, but the flavors are very tasty, very bright, especially if you crave roastier offerings.

Low carb., not as viscous as some others, and a finish that ends up coating the mouth with a bit too much licorice residue. Not this brew's best quality rated for style.

Considering its size, dark and interesting taste, and lower than average viscosity. this brew is highly drinkable.

At this price for a growler (2 for 1 at Half Time) it is the best buy on the planet. At regular price I may revisit, maybe not. Right now there are superb, and better, stouts out there.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2010 19:40:20 | More by cavedave
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sjambok1

Nevada

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aah, before I get to the actual review, let me say finding this brew has been one of the high points of my beer drinking experiences. It's hard to beat something thats this good.

A: Dark as cole, poured with a two finger head of dark brown, like treebark.

S: Strong, nutty, with plenty of hops and a hint of coffe.

T: Strong as any stout I've ever had, close to perfect. Tastes of coffe, hops and a very earthy taste.

MF: Excellent. Smooth and full

D: Great, but strong. Good beer for occasions, but if I were to be drinking more than 2, Id have drink Red Seal

Serving type: growler

01-29-2007 18:55:33 | More by sjambok1
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Andy's, couldn't resist a growlerfill this weekend.

Served in an oversize snifter between cellar and fridge temperature.

A- Flat... straight up dark brown, without a head at all. The thin rim that encircles the glass leaves behind minimal lacing, with windblown surface streaks which adorn the crown.

S- Rich, deep, molasses-soaked licorice and chocolate... pure and liquid, and very intense. Very strong... the forecast calls for inebriation, if we are not careful.

T- A chocolately, richly deep, molasses-and-malt driven experience, which detours into a nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Drying, flowery, and complete, we come full circle from the initial dessert-like debut.

M/D- Too smooth for the ultimate in roundness... the sheer strength of this beer calls for some balance in the mouthfeel, but it simply fades into obscurity. Strong but watery, any inkling of carbonation is what's lacking. This beer is satisfying, yet I definitely prefer the bottled offering. Unless this growler went flat in one day, I suggest the widely available four-pack bottles.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2006 03:41:05 | More by yelterdow
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dank203

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I do love this beer. in fact, formative beer for me. however; ive tried blackout stout, I've tried expedition. to me, those two rate higher, even avery Czar. just not according to BA. still I respect this beer fully, one of the first imp stouts I've had

lot of bitterness, dark bitter chocolate, coffee beans, hops. creamy, bountiful carbonation. it is good, really good.

still, not my favorite! but a beer I'll still always come back to

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 23:01:38 | More by dank203
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great looking dark dark brown beer with a nice thick tan head and crazy good lacing
S: smells like a nice cup of coffee with some chocolate and a after hint of alcohol
T: Taste goes along with the smell, with an initial bitter coffee taste balanced by some malt and dark chocolate flavors with a delicous after taste that stays on the tongue. and almost no alcohol taste
m: really good mouthfeel for such a dark high abv beer

O: one of my top stouts right up there with founders breakfast and ten fidy

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:31:27 | More by GinjaSlice
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lochef81

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my third offering in a tasting of Russian Imperial Stouts. This one pours a deep near black mahogany with a large and thick tan head that gives way to a nice film and substantial lacing. The nose is lighter than expected with the expected notes of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but lighter than the pour and nose make one expect. It is medium bodied and coats the mouth in a most enjoyable and satisfying way without being thick and sticky. The flavor is a wonderful blend of dark cacao, roasted coffee, and sweet caramely malts. This is a damn well crafted beer and it is very understandable why it is one of the benchmarks of the style. This is the first of my four way tasting that I feel is perfect now and doesn't need any age on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 05:06:02 | More by lochef81
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass. - drinking this one at about 55 - 60 degrees. No refrigeration here.

A: A very deep mahogany hue that's nearly black, but some blood red highlights shine through during the iPhone flashlight test. A dense, rocky, YooHoo colored head is ENORMOUS even without an aggressive pour. Takes ages to settle down to a 3/4" head that remains for nearly the entirety of the experience. Impressive splotches of dark beige lacing left behind. The most impressive part of Old Rasputin's aesthetics, however, was probably the cascading effect during the pour. A delight to watch the nearly-black liquid manifest itself.

S: Chocolate domination here, very reminiscent to the 70% cacao chocolate bar I had earlier, actually. Some roasted malts and medium-roast coffee come through, but never make it out of the backseat due to the chocolately reign. A little bit of raw anise seed as well.

T: The initial flavor here reminds me a lot of one of my personal favorite beverages: dark roast coffee, served black with a square of 80% cacao chocolate dropped in and dissolved. Awfully specific I know, but I know what I taste. The bitterness of that combination is quickly balanced by some sweet and slightly roasted malts to give this one an overall rich, dessert-like profile. Hops aren't usually something I look for in stouts and they're usually something I could go without in stouts, but Old Rasputin has some piney spice peering through in the finish, atop of some warm, peppery booze. After taste is bitter black coffee, slightly smoky, and a hint of tobacco.

M: Full-bodied, subdued carbonation, wonderfully creamy texture. Not quite as chewy as I hoped for, but absolutely no disappointment here overall. Alcohol is definitely apparently though; not shrouded as well as others.

O: It's easy to see why Old Rasputin is a fan-favorite amongst its style. It provides a perfectly accessible flavor profile with a textbook mouthfeel. Truly a wonderful brew that I'm sure will be revisited again and most definitely recommended to others.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:12:15 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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JAFoley

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a solid black caramel body with three fingers of tan head. Incredible retention and lots of lacing.

S - Sweet, caramel, cherries, and bread.

T - Floral bitters rush forward followed by cherry, caramel, and smokey malts. Alcohol slips in at the end.

M - Full body and moderate carbonation. Very sticky and smooth.

O - Fantastic stout. Really glad it's making it to the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 21:46:46 | More by JAFoley
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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, not one of my favorite stouts. I guess it's because I prefer my stouts to have more of a chocolate or coffee taste to them. The Old Rasputin Stout reminded me more of a stout mixed with a nice Belgian Ale. It's still tasty, and the high alcohol content will give you a nice buzz. But I just didn't care for the fruit / raisin notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 21:31:26 | More by iheartmyTHO
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dcmchew

Romania

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn hotels for not having the proper glassware!
Pitch black pour with more than 2 finger light brown fluffy head. Sticky lace much later on.
Big chocolate and sweet coffee in the smell, roasted malts, alcohol (coffee-liquorish, actually), lower dark fruit.
A fruity flash at the start, with juicy plums and figs, raisin, some orange, quickly pushed away by espresso, dark chocolate, slight caramel and rich, very rich roasted malts. Dark spices, citrus peel, woody notes with some oaky vanilla. Obvious hops in the finish, but the bitterness comes from the burnt roast. So some charcoal notes and burnt coffee expected in the aftertaste.
Smooth sipper, creamy, alcohol is nicely hidden, tho some ethanol is (ok, rarely) felt. Medium carbonation. Just a bit of crispness.
Perfect example in its style, balanced and rich.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 12:20:25 | More by dcmchew
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NickT2121

Arkansas

4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into snifter. Poured a dark dark almost burnt motor oil color. With a mocha 1 head with small bubbles. Head diminished quickly. The color was solid black with almost no Amber or Moahagany at the bottom lacing very thick

S - very malty chocolate notes, plum, brown sugar, boozey scent, vanilla, coffee, burnt grains. Very complex and amazing smells

T - Roasted malts upfront with a chocolate coffee taste on the end with caramel sweetness. So goood. The finishing taste changes to me. I get vanilla one sip, caramel the other, malt and coffee the other

M - thick silky creamy feel very heavy. This Stout is very bubbly.

O - this imperial Stout is a sipper and is very good. The flavors are always changing on my palate and always amazed by every sip. The only thing not making it perfect was the carbonation it was overwhelming at first but after letting it sit for a bit the flavors busted and the carbonation died down.. Great stout

Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:39:05 | More by NickT2121
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SanWrencho

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An OK brew but too aggressive and unbalanced and not malty enough to be a great stout IMHO. This brewery can produce some intriguing beers (Pranqster) but this one is too over the top. A better example of this style would be Zywiec Porter. Sometimes less *is* more.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 05:33:14 | More by SanWrencho
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myelo

Tennessee

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle poured into a plastic cup (I was in a hotel …you do what you gotta do).

Opaque black with a tall, medium brown persistent head.

Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with citrus hops.

Big flavor: chocolate and espresso, malt sweetness and moderate hop bitterness which balance the ethanol very well. Hint of oak

Mouthfell is thick and smooth, with oily creaminess, ethanol warmth but again, perfectly balanced.

The overall impression is a great balance between big, roasted malt, moderately high hop bitterness and ethanol.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 23:02:17 | More by myelo
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottled on date, so I'm assuming this is either late '13 or early '14, but I could be wrong.

Appearance: Pours Shaq black with a nice, bubbly finger of khaki head.

Smell: Sweet roast with some hops for balance, dark chocolate, dark fruit, graham cracker. Really good.

Taste: Semi-sweet roast over dark chocolate begins the drink. The middle shows a bit of hop bite, followed by a nice muted iteration of the beginning, that fades out with a mild graham cracker element in the finish. There is a bit of heat at the end, but it belies the actual abv. This drinks nice and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but of course not in the realm of BCBS or Huna...it's still thick enough to be hearty but nothing viscous that you're struggling to choke down.

Overall: A classic for a reason, easy drinking for a higher abv and tastes good. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 01:24:24 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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MikeyBadnews

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge Stout, let alone Imperial stout guy but decided why not celebrate this Irish holiday with an Irish beer named after a Russian, made in America. Melting pot my friends... Pretty solid beer, makes you work though and the alcohol is pretty poignant.

Pours like a liquid abyss , inescapable darkness with an chocolate-espresso foam head that poured a rich 3 fingers thick.

Smells of strong alcohol, with varying notes of burnt coffee, prune and dirty roadside puddle, solid but imperfect as the alcohol burn wipes out some of the more refined and subdued scents.

The taste offers no alcohol burn as its resigned to the back of the throat and not the tongue and doesn't interfere with the mouth feel. Creamy chocolate covered fruit flavor meshed with coffee grinds that doesn't go down overly easy but doesn't kick your ass either.

Not bad, not bad at all... I'm a legitimate fan and wish I had this beer to kick back with after a night of shoveling over the winter. Really warms and comforts you, a dark blanket that isn't for session drinking, but good for one or two on a frosty night.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:00:23 | More by MikeyBadnews
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Oakengroves

Oregon

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

Appearance - A dark, foreboding back with an off-color, dull head.

Smell - A deep, earthy roasted malt scent. Very appetizing.

Taste - An outstanding dark, earthy flavor interrupted occasionally by a mixture of grain and chocolate. Delightful!

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - One of the most drinkable Imperial stouts on the market.

Overall - The gold standard for imperial stouts, and very, very difficult to beat for the price.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:06:09 | More by Oakengroves
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MV_CHI-NS

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Licorice with a vanilla/beige head.

Aroma: Bold notes of roasted coffee and malt, with not-too-subtle hints of dark chocolate.

Flavor: Much like the aroma, but stronger; deep-roasted with a subtle (strange, because there was a stronger presence in the aroma) dark chocolate aftertaste which slowly changes to hints of dark smoked grains. In truth, I was not expecting it to dissipate so quickly - the aftertaste of dark smoked grains quickly became somewhat...'off'; I was hoping for the chocolate/malt notes to really come forward after letting it rest on my palate, but instead, it became somewhat bitter - not what I would expect from any Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: Fairly moderate carbonation - smooth, full-bodied, but somewhat dry after a while.

Overall: This was my first from North Coast Brewing, and a good choice to get my 'foot in the door'. To any die-hard fans of Imperial Stouts: make this a staple in your collection. Personally, I may need to revisit this one after a while because while it is good, I was not entirely impressed - particularly in terms of flavor/mouthfeel. But as stated above, if you love Imperial Stouts: get it and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:21:59 | More by MV_CHI-NS
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BeerDazed

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at one of the local craft brew bars. Served in a special Old Rasputin-labeled glass. A little on the small side, but this is a RIS.

Beautiful appearance. A deep, dark, rich black with a thick, tan-colored head. If they were looking for the most photogenic beer of the night, this was the one. As volume decreased, lacing very apparent.

The smell...Roasty is the first word that came to mind. Darkened maltiness with a definite coffee overtone. Some chocolate in there too.

The taste...Fantastic! Starting with roasty malty goodness along with some dark chocolate notes, and finishing with the coffee near the end. Full-bodied, but not too carbonated. Once it warmed up a bit, almost got a bit of a dark fruit aroma and taste too. Creamy, full, and an excellent winter warmer. The 9% abv was very well hidden. This was a meal in itself.

I have had some other RIS, but this one really stands out. Everything about it was just splendid. I have a feeling that when people think Russian Imperial Stout, good ol' Old Rasputin will come to mind.

So...If your name happens to be Rasputin, you're in good company!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 13:26:42 | More by BeerDazed
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a textbook perfect example of a RIS. Dark and beautiful in color, nice beige head, amazing smell, perfect mouthfeel. I loved the coffee notes and the dryness, perfectly hopped with what I assume to be KEG (something english for sure). My only negative is that it was a little boozy for 9%, where I have tasted smoother stouts with a higher ABV. Regardless, that's just a personal preference and this is an absolutely amazing representation of the RIS style.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:05:44 | More by aqualung23
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,372 ratings.