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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,014 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,014
Reviews: 3,317
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 242
Gots: 948 | FT: 31
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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EJJ1848

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%

06-24-2013 19:00:16 | More by EJJ1848
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Southernbrew

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with brown hues, small tan head.

Full aroma with bitter chocolate, espresso and burnt notes.

Full bodied, quite smooth. Rich chocolate and espresso show up first followed by caramel sweetness. Some hop bite in the finish and then you are left with a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

Delicious imperial stout. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are mixed very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 01:58:33 | More by Southernbrew
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Antnyd82

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

12-24-2011 02:03:03 | More by Antnyd82
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-19-2011 03:17:58 | More by bigdaddypolite
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

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

old rasputin

a 4-4.5 nearly opaque dark brown, tawny head leaves a swirly cap and branching lace.

s 4.5 semi-sweet chocolate, tobacco. you know it's warming to the proper temperature when the fudgy brownies begin making their appearance.

t 4-4.5 deeply roasted at first, but it yields to a complex brownie explosion. there are even hops in there fighting hard to be heard. a little undisguised alc comes through here and there.

m 4 seems too thin at first but gets chewier with time.

d 4.5 a classic. and a good base for the addition of other flavors if desired.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 23:58:45 | More by brewmudgeon
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a dark black with huge tan foamy head. Wonderful lacing all the way down. Nose is very inviting, theres the roasted maltsand a hint of piney hops. Strong and bold malt taste upfront. Some coffee and dark chocolate flavours and a bitter/dry warming finish. Finally a stout with the body it should have! Doesnt feel watery, heavy and chewy mouthfeel: excellent. This is one great stout. I'll definately be on the lookout for more next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 21:04:53 | More by heebes
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Dools9

Massachusetts

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

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Very dark black, finger of brown khaki head, some cascading effect.

S: Dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee/espresso, light hop presence, some dark fruits as well.

T: Lots of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate, espresso coffee grounds, nice roasty bitter finish.

M: Thick and chewey, smooth creamy feel, hard to have more than one in a session though.

O: Outstanding RIS, so much complexity and flavors goin on and the 9 abv goes almost unoticed.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 17:31:07 | More by Dools9
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RyanTheLion13

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-20-2014 20:22:48 | More by RyanTheLion13
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Bsetz

Missouri

4/5  rDev -7%

01-22-2014 20:31:47 | More by Bsetz
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got four Russian Imperials in front of me... ahhh!

A.Le Coq 2001
Old Rasputin
Rogue XS
Weyerbacher Old Heathen

Old Rasputin---
Pours with a slight head.
A reddish African Mahogany brown color in my tasting glass.
A meager nose- the dry alcohol is the most notable element followed by the bitter tones of hops surrounded by slight sprinkles of malt.

This beer had wonderful heavy long lasting flavor, but light bodied. The "carbonization" helps produce a tart feel on my palate with a bitter stance of hops then bounded by definite malt notes. If I were blindfolded I'd declare this beer a Russian Imperial Stout.

Long finish that dissipates with its dry alcohol character as the ending cadence. The living finish cleansed my palate and left my taste buds yearning for the next sip.


In my opinion, this is beer third to the A.Lee Coq 2001.
Doesn't have the flavor complexity of the A.Lee Coq 2001 nor the body / and overall mouthfeel.


Regardless a wonderful Imperial stout indeed!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 04:29:39 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

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

Pours a heavenly black heavy brew with a half inch bubble head that subsides to a thin covering. Aromas carry that dark roasted smell paired with some dark chocolate and a good deal of alcohol. Texture isn't all to heavy and high carbonation brings down the mouthfeel and drinkability a bit. I enjoy these heavier beers with a bit less. Anyway, flavors are particularly drying and hoppy towards the end with the carbonation and alcohol both making quite a sting. I really enjoy the roasted flavors, I just wish the bubbliness would be decreased as well as the body increase.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 23:45:02 | More by dreadnatty08
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beerhast

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-22-2013 01:19:43 | More by beerhast
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7%

07-08-2014 01:02:08 | More by MeisterSmudge
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teraflx

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-13-2013 01:36:50 | More by teraflx
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Fugazme

Nebraska

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

from notes:

Dark, dark... black...

what little head there was went fast, but left an awesome swirlability with great legs and delicious carbonation comings and goings...

Aroma is chocolatey and roasty... great malty nose with sweet caramel and touches of alcohol.

Silky mouthfeel...

Cocoa upfront on the taste... smooth sweetness in the middle and a bitter bite on the swallow... flavor meanders between the sweet and bitternes with a cutting alcohol burn. I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 15:55:03 | More by Fugazme
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SuperSpy

Georgia

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

The beer is pitch black with a short but thick brown head.

There are lots of deep, dark roasted aromas as well as enough alcohol to burn the nostrils just a little. Nothing sweet, nothing fruity, this thing just smells big, roasted and evil. I like it.

Definitely a big beer. All of that roast from the aroma is there but I also taste espresso, peppery spices and the alcohol warms the throat all the way down. It finishes sweeter than the aroma would suggest, but it's delicious.

This is one damned good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 21:35:08 | More by SuperSpy
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-22-2013 01:28:19 | More by smekermann
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Brew House. Poured into a 10 oz. glass. Pours jet black with a thin, creamy tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee and some burnt sugar. Taste is wonderful. Good amount of chocolate and coffee with a nice, smooth sugary, malty finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel, but not thick- rather thin and drinkable. Wonderful beer that I probably first tried 10 years ago and is still great today.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 14:57:08 | More by DrDogbeer
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A-Black as night. Faint ruby highlights when held to the light but other than that, utter blackness. Thick creamy brown head that laces nicely.

S-Have you ever been to Hershey? It smells like Old Rasputin. Coccoa nubs, roasted chicory, a hint of anise and licorice. A bit of alcohol in the background

T-The palate begins with bitterness, the roasted cocoa and chickory so present in the nose explodes onto the palate, yet, unexpectedly, here come some citrus hops, slighly out of place, yet keeping things a bit interesting. The hops follow out to the finish in a tingling and astringent manner. This is a nice and bitter RIS, but I would rate it much higher if it had a bit of sweetness to even it all out.

M-Full bodied with even carbonation. Well done.

D-I adored the anniversary stout, and like this, but it feels a bit off balance, like it needs some age to mellow out. Decent beer, but I'll steer straight for the Ten Fidy before buying another pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:04:08 | More by caddybuyer
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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A This beer is pitch black with a 2 finger brown head with decent retention and lacing.

S The nose of the beer is pretty nice. There are notes of chocolate, roast and coffee.

T Tastes of chocolate, roasted coffee, with some pine from the hops in the finish.

M Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very easy to drink for a Russian Imperial.

Overall this is a great beer. It might not be the best RIS but it is an excellent representation of the style and fairly easy to find at a reasonable price which makes it a great go to stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:56:56 | More by beerandcycling88
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output01x

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a pint glass on tap at the Brew Kettle.

A tan colored two-finger head of miniscule bubbles sits atop a pitch-black body. The head retention is fantastic as it never completely fades no matter how empty the glass becomes. The lacing coats the glass almost entirely. Truly a fantastic and somewhat intimidating looking beer.

Scents of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and a little coffee are there, although not as strong as they could have been.

The flavors follow the nose in all respects. Malt, chocolate, and coffee are there but I would have liked them to be bolder. The 9% ABV is well masked and is only apparent as a slight warmth. A slight bitterness also persists at the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but not sticky. Not alot, but just enough carbonation help move it along. The beer coats your mouth and makes you remember each sip until you take another.

While I would have liked this beer to have bolder flavors, it is still quite refreshing for the style and has excellent drinkability. I could definitely have multiples in one sitting, which is quite impressive for a stout.

All in all, an excellent RIS with great drinkability. My only complaint is the mildness of the flavor. It was almost like drinking a 1% chocolate milk. I have heard claims that this beer ages well and I am definitely interested in seeing how this would affect it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 20:43:51 | More by output01x
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mcaulifww

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-18-2013 14:21:05 | More by mcaulifww
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-01-2012 03:10:30 | More by sabitu
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hsus0225

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-11-2013 22:53:08 | More by hsus0225
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prock180

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-13-2013 21:05:11 | More by prock180
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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