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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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10,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,183
Reviews: 3,383
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,453 | FT: 44
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 rodney45
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark black, completely opaque, with no hints of color on the fringe of the glass. Tan head that has moderate retention, but beautiful lacing.

S: Cherry, plum and walnut aroma. Dark roasted malts and charcoal. Alcohol phenols.

T: Roasted malt, with dark chocolate and cherry. The secondary notes are of espresso, chocolate and beautiful american hop balance, that creates this bitter, yet sweet harmony. Dry and warm finish.

M: Medium body with mid to low carbonation. Alcohol warmth and distinct bitterness.

O: A fantastic RIS. It became more sweet and syrupy as it warmed up. I would definitely recommend this beer.

rodney45, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of andersen8185
4/5  rDev -7%

andersen8185, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Whitrabbt74
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Whitrabbt74, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark black. Very small red huge showing through the glass. Big, thick head that recedes to a nice soapy consistency. It sticks around during the duration of the beer. Decent amount of lacing thanks to the 9% ABV.

S- Burnt dark chocolate & alcohol.

T- Same as smell. The alcohol creates a warming effect in the finish. This doesn't taste like sweet molasses or syrup, so that is a plus in my book. This beer is a lot smoother than most imperial stouts I've had. It starts of semi-dry to my taste-buds, then moves to a sweetness that is very well balanced with the rest of the beer's flavors.

M- Medium, but more towards full bodied. The finish makes the beer feel like it's stuck to the roof of your mouth and spreads to the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is what creates the warming sensation.

Overall, Old Rasputin has everything that a standard imperial stout has, but is smoother. It's less alcoholic than most in it's style, which makes it more enjoyable. It also doesn't have an extremely heavy molasses or sugary sweet syrup taste, so that's what I like about it. No where near my favorite beer, but it's damn tasty.

ThomasMetal75, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Trifecta1
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this both on-tap and in bottle, and surprisingly, the bottle was superior to the tap, god knows why, so I averaged the two ratings.

A - Black as night, opaque, no light going through this stuff. 1/2 pinky of head, darker grey colored.

S - Typical quality Imperial, nice hints of chocolate, maltiness, slight hop quality to it.

T - Great, tastes of smooth chocolate and the hops make their presence subtley known. The chocolate malt is clearly the forefront. Alcohol taste is very effectively masked by the fantastic flavors.

M - Thick, decent carbonation, not overpowering or underwhelming. Good balance. The creaminess is praiseworthy.

O - Does it live up to the hype? That, lads and ladies, is up to the drinker. In my opinion, the bottle lived up, whereas the tap did not. Anyways, both were great choices; drinkable, flavorful, nice ABV and cleverly masked. Recommended.

Trifecta1, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of AaronKashtan
5/5  rDev +16.3%

AaronKashtan, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of iSip
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout: This brew is highly regarded by Beer Advocate reviewers, so when I saw it in a store it was hard to pass up. No surprise that it is pitch black with a thin near brown head. There is a good aroma to this stout with molasses and bready notes. If you try this beer be ready for an intense experience. The flavor is big and brawny. Get ready for hints (or hits) of coffee grinds, unsweetened bakers chocolate, blackstrap molasses and toasted black bread. The aftertaste is long with some bitter coming through. This is not your starter stout, and I would recommend for those not familiar with stouts to work your way up to the Old Rasputin with some more mellow offerings. This is an overwhelming beer!

iSip, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of demgoth
4/5  rDev -7%

demgoth, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of dmueller
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dmueller, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of 4balance
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

4balance, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of ClimbStuff
5/5  rDev +16.3%

ClimbStuff, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of OoReFLuXoO
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

OoReFLuXoO, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of dafizzif
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful. Deep opaque black. I seriously see no brown so it may be as close to black as possible. Luscious, bountiful, creamy light brown head that laces the glass extremely well.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco and roasted malts. Some alcohol warmth in the nose. Probably wasted on my puny nose!

Taste: Bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Lots of alcohol warmth, especially for the abv, which compliments the other flavours very nicely. A bit of tangy astringency, possibly cherries. Lovely.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and viscous. Dry finish.

Overall: Amazing beer that is a very great intro to and example of the style. Recommended for any beer lover.

dafizzif, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of BlakeMatt
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BlakeMatt, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Bjeerfalls
2/5  rDev -53.5%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of thatdavegy
3/5  rDev -30.2%

thatdavegy, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of artdec0
5/5  rDev +16.3%

artdec0, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -7%

chrispoint, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Pdu8s
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- The best part about this beer is how it looks. It is extremely dark, almost black, with a brown head. It looks delicious

S- Not much of a smell, but what you can smell is pretty similar to the taste.

T- Roasty, Tofee taste apparent, but it definitely gets overwhelmed by the alcohol taste. It has a warming finish, but this beer, to me, was too bitter and tasted too strongly of alcohol. Had an almost soap-like taste.

M- Not as thick as you might think, has a creamy consistency.

Pdu8s, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of scar
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing beer and terrific in a special very American way. Taste and look were the best part of the beer,with smell lacking for an Imperial Stout.
My opinion is that even though this is an American Classic, this beer is really an over grown American/Foreign Extra Stout.

Imperial Stouts are billed as having aromas of dark fruit, burnt sugar, and aggressive yeast aromas and traditionally if true "English Stouts" don't have such a heavy Rbarley/coffee note.

Despite this, the beer was soooo drinkable and I love idea of an overgrown carrying a big stick stout.

scar, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of jumbopanda
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ystazi, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ale207, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tinge of burgundy and piles of thick, creamy stiff sepia head that rims and just doesn't fade, leaving an abstract art installation worth of lace. Roast in the form of ash, bark, loam, an umame/fish note, and big orange oil hops - intriguing.
Oily espresso, char, hint of boysenberry, but also a warming undertone of fig and prune juice then a 1-2 punch of roast acidity and punishing hop bitterness plus a pinch of salt.
Citrus oil finish and colossal bitter linger. Medium to full, clingy and sticky, silky, no burn.

New record holder for the bitterest stout I've ever tasted, and possibly the hoppiest, too. It could be ever so slightly too thin, but probably has to be to stay drinkable. I can totally understand how this can have 3000+ reviews and still get the score it does. Amazing that a recipe this old has not been definitively bettered - and I'd argue it hasn't.


StJamesGate, Jan 30, 2012
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,183 ratings.