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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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3,511 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,511
Hads: 11,230
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 482
Gots: 2,274 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Reviews: 3,511 | Hads: 11,230
Photo of craftbeersweden
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a two finger high head (brownbeige). Temperature of the beer, about 22C (72F)

Nose: Pine, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate and alcohol.
Taste: WoW! A full body taste with a lot of texture. Licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, sweet brown sugar and dark bread.
Body: Full body with a sweetness at start and great balanced of the bitterness that rounds up the taste. Just a little carbonation - Perfect! (439 characters)

Photo of rvisual
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't pretend to be a connoisseur, but I've had many ales, lagers, pilseners, stouts, porters etc. over the years and OR gets my vote for "best overall" generally available. (176 characters)

Photo of Foxybrau
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a noob to stouts, but learning fast, just don't love this one as much as so many do. Sudsy brass head that contrasts nicely to the black body. It looks fantastic. I find it a bit thin in the mouth, mostly charred and hoppy. Plenty of black coffee but I don't find the sweetness and malt. A very good beer, not world class to me, but I'll definitely give it another shot as I've loved North Coast thus far. (414 characters)

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown with tan head dissolving to a lace. Slightly sweet aroma backed by pronounced coffee and molasses. Tastes pretty much like it smells. It starts with a light sweetness on the tip of the tongue, followed by a pronounced coffee and molasses flavor. Slight hint of dark chocolate. Carbonation gives it a balanced feel. (363 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary.
Pitch black color, light brown head. Left thick rings of lacing.
Smells of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, roasted and a bit smokey.
Taste has lots of coffee, more dark and bitter chocolate, cocoa. Espresso coffee hangs around at the end.
Thick and creamy, full mouth feel, low carbonation.
Very good, lots of coffee. Worthy of its world-class rating.

Note to Self: Ranked #21 best Russian Imperial Stout when I had it (464 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with lots of beige head that lingers and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Nose has chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla.

Taste follows with a little bit of licorice or anise. A little bit of cocoa powder taste and feel. Creamy and rich.

Excellent beer. (272 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance -dark brown, nearly black body and khaki colored head

Smell - espresso, molasses, caramel, dark chocolate

Taste - dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, caramel, vanilla

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, viscous, sweetness upfront from the caramel/chocolate, balanced by the coffee and bitterness in the back. Despite the hefty body, it is easy to drink

Overall - this is a benchmark beer for the style in my opinion. Price and availability considered, there isn't much reason to hunt all of the limited releases in this style when you could just grab this off of any shelf. A beer that frankly deserves more respect in the community.

Price Point - $10.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles (684 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with an off-white ring around the edge.

Smell: Roast malt, oak, faint cherries, date fruitiness.

Taste: Follows the nose. Starts with slightly sweet roasted malt. A little bitterness as it warms, but pretty mellow. Alcohol is surprisingly light, despite the 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, low carbonation.

Overall: Solid in every way. (362 characters)

Photo of 10Crumra
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Poured jet black with a three-finger tan head that took several minutes to dissipate. It left a small amount of lacing.

It had a light coffee aroma. Smelled malty with a bit of a dark fruit aroma.

Some hoppy bitterness at first followed by darker chocolatey flavors with some very faint fruitiness. Roasty aftertaste with definite coffee notes and a lingering bitterness.

Smooth feel with plenty of carbonation. Satisfyingly chewy.

Overall a fine beer with rich, traditional stout flavors. Would drink it again anytime I am looking for a good, strong stout. (615 characters)

Photo of Molonlave09
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. Dark, but beautiful. Like many Russian Imperial Stouts, it's high in alcohol content. That being said, it's awesome. For a craft beer, it's fairly priced. Definitely worth a try if you haven't! (211 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours and inky black with copious off white/tannish head with lacing that endures
Smells of carob, coffee, rich malty and toasty with a fair amount of non specific dark fruit esters and slight floral hoppy notes
Tastes of rich, dark malts, smokey and perhaps a bit leathery with the sweetness offset by the hops bitter notes.
Milky smooth and mid to full bodied, surprisingly clean finish

Overall: Complex and delicious, I understand why this beer has such a faithful following, and I would definitely purchase this cold weather sipper again. ABV well hidden by the complex flavors. (583 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter glass.

A: Jet black. With a 1 in. light brown head that fades down to a modest ring.
S: Whiskey, molasses, dalt malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.
T: Very dark breads: rye, pumpernickel.. Strong coffee taste, with hints of dark chocolate.
M: Medium to full mouthfeel.
O: This is my first Russian Imperial, and I think it is very good. Look forward to trying many more. (411 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep black with generous frothy dark tan head that settles to a film with groups of bubbles in the middle and lacing at the edge. Sediment noted in the bottle.

Smell: Dry roastiness, perhaps some straw or dried flowers.

Taste: Very mildly sweet, roasted malt, caramel, bitter chocolate, light fruit-like acidity. Finishes with a mild bittersweetness. Alcohol is very well disguised. A fine palate of perfectly balanced pleasant flavors.

Feel: Medium-thick body with smooth mouthfeel, fine carbonation.

Overall: Definitely opens up a lot as it warms - aromas were very stifled at fridge temp. Recommend serving at cellar temp. An all-around winner - no surprises, just a very well-rounded smooth-drinking imperial stout. (729 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black motor oil color with a massive 3 finger thick tan head that was full of active bubbles of all sizes that popped and shifted as the head slowly dissipated, leaving good spotty lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of burnt coffee, roasted grains, floral hops, charcoal, burnt wood, toffee, espresso, cocoa powder and everything that makes up a rich stout nose that’s full of chocolate malts and strong coffee notes. Very lovely to inhale, this hides the ABV completely.

Tastes as good as it smells but with more chocolate and caramel present in the flavor; it starts off with dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, burnt coffee, cocoa powder, then adds in some mild grapefruit, floral hops, espresso, vanilla, charcoal, burnt wood, burnt grains, earthy notes like peat moss and molasses. This bottle is about a year old and there is a boozy element like rum towards the end, but it mixes well with the burnt malts, cocoa and hop bitterness. There is some heat from the ABV, but it’s a mild burn that doesn’t have any negative flavor impact, just a warming feeling.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy with a heavy dense body that’s chewy, it has mild carbonation, a nice chocolatey/coffee sweetness, and a slightly bitter finish that trails off with nice charred notes and coffee grinds that somehow manage to come back less bitter and more sweet like the caramel circled back to say hello.

This has always been an extremely enjoyable beer to sip and savor, and although this is the first time I’ve reviewed it formally, I have been drinking this beer for a decade and have always thought it was an excellent stout. A high recommendation, go get some and enjoy it. (1,691 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a finger width brown foamy head. No head retention but maintains moderate lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. You can really taste the dark chocolate malty flavor. Very smooth, silky taste. Ends with a bitter coffee taste. The bitterness retains in the aftertaste. It is soapy. A very, very good stout. One of my favorites. (403 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown/black in color with a caramel two finger head that dissipates to a smooth layer of foam that stays.

S: The aroma is that of roasted coffee and malt. Very nice.

T: Very well rounded, coffee and chocolate, malty and sweet at the same time.

F: Smooth and creamy, perfect carbonation, heavy body.

O: Delicious. Definitely worth trying if your a fan of the style. (382 characters)

Photo of Joncasso
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked it. Strong taste but really well crafted. I would like to try it on tap.

(I finally had it on tap)
It was delicious and creamy. Way better then the bottle. I love this beer of tap. (189 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick tan head. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and some booziness. Head has a nice creamy texture, tastes of coffee, chocolate, dark roast and burnt malts, molasses and a little hop pine. Heavy body, light carbonation and a coffee/burnt malt aftertaste. (295 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very opaque dark pour with thin, clingy brown head. Aroma is heavily roasted and coffee notes. Incredibly smooth with barely noticible alcohol - remarkable given the content. Instead, flavors are strongly parrallel to aromas - again with coffee and roasted maltiness. This is delicious. One of my favorites amongst my favorite style. (333 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an oily jet black with a finger and a half of tan, creamy head with swirls of white cream within, nice thick whispy lacing.
S - Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slightly smokey, roasted malts and an interesting, freshy earthiness.
T - Absolutely delicious, but be sure and let it warm up a bit first. Malts, coffee, slightly chocolate, quite sweet, a little bitterness at the end. Full bodied and very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
O - A damned good, 5 star stout. A real treat for a cold autumn or winter day.
V - Quite hard to find and expensive, but must be experienced at least once within your life time. (617 characters)

Photo of greencrush
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one poured a deep brown, nearly black, with a thick sudsy tan head that left excellent lacing down the glass. This was poured from a cold bottle into your run of the mill dinner glass; nothing special. A moderately vigoroua pour is needed with this one, go to hard, and you'll easily overflow your glass.
The first wiff out of the freshly opened bottle comes across sweet and chocolaty, which, to be honest, is what I was expecting. The arouma only grows stronger as the brew is poured.
"Wow", my literal response to the first sip. Sweet chocolaty flavours erupt upon the palate, giving way to coffee and char. Only after swallowing do the hoppy, bitter flavours that I personally prefer in a breq emerge. It may take a few sips for the true cacao flavours of this one to emerge. I may have to bring this one back to WV with me. (836 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a motor oil chocolate brown, very deep. Head is amazing, like the top of a rootbeer float, tan and chunky. Lacing is some of the most amazing I have seen, it is thick and glues itself to the sides of the glass!!. Aroma is of malt, roasted coffee, spice and a hint of chocolate. Taste is bold, with burnt malt/coffee being predominant. Could have used with a little more roast and less burnt. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for a 9% ABV. The undertones of coffee, spice and light chocolate would have been better if it wasn't for the overwhelming burnt bitterness. Ok, I guess it wants to be more, and I am trying, once I get the bitterness off my palate.. (660 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Velvety milk-like mouthfeel, medium coffee flavor with well balanced burnt malt...bitterness doesnt linger...a rich smooth stout with weight and flavor but doesnt knock you over like some (187 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Being a fan of Imperial Stouts, I cannot believe I waited so long to try this one. Pouring it into my snifter, it looks almost motor oil black with a khaki head that settles into nice lacing on top.
The smell is one of dark roast malts. Bitter coffee grinds to say the least. That dark roast carries over to the taste. Not exactly sure how to describe it, but I like it.
The mouhtfeel is rich and coats the tongue and taste buds with that roasty goodness.
Overall, an excellent example of what an Russian Imperial Stout could/should be.
I will be picking this one up again. (576 characters)

Photo of bobaguilar
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head has an incredible creamyness akin to the feel of a rootbeer float. Coffee and chocolate flavors, with a smoothness and satisfying aftertaste. One of my favorites. (171 characters)

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,511 ratings.