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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

10,144 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,144
Reviews: 3,380
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,436 | FT: 45
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 Svendozen
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Svendozen, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Brutus627
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Brutus627, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of iceball585
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that lowered slowly

S- Roasted malts, caramel, wood, slight sweetness, hint of alcohol

T- Creamy, espresso, roasted malts, sweet, smokey, hint of hops finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, rich, flavorful

D- Worth buying again

I always love this Russian Imperial Stout. It's probably one of my favorites in this catagory.

iceball585, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with a relatively dense layer of foam - perhaps a quarter-inch or so. Fantastic lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas are a bit boozy, heavy on coffee and chocolate.

Flavors are strong with roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. There is some balancing bitterness that has a bit of a grassy note to it, but there is a lingering bitter cocoa taste in the linger. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as I expected, and it was rather smooth.

Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

SIRIUS2, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of mooseo
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Jet black with a small dense tan head.

S - Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate. I also detect some coffee and fruity hops.

T - Roasted malt and sweet chocolate up front, followed by dark fruits and a strong coffee bitterness. There's a surprising amount of hops in this brew. Finishes with a blend of charred malts, coffee and some mild bitterness.

M - Full bodied, silky smooth, light carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O - An excellent imperial stout. Offers an array of rich, complex flavors. This beer is meant to be savored. Awesome label too.

mooseo, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of jlb502
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though I love the style, Old Rasputin has never been a favorite of mine. Generally I've found it a little too acrid and roasted for my tastes. Well I don't know if it's me, this bottle, or some combination of the two but this particular bottle is probably the best Old Rasputin I've ever had. It's been sitting for a month which I wouldn't assume is long enough to make it so much smoother and more palatable than the rest of the four-pack, but who knows?

Looks good, smells fine but taste is where this one really shines. The best way I can describe it is Abyss Light. Licorice, molasses, a roasted quality that isn't over the top. Not too syrupy. Maybe a touch over-carbed but combined with the medium body, it makes it about as sessionable as an RIS can be.

jlb502, May 20, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Completely pitch black beer with a two finger tan head. The head continues to form and grow after the beer is poured, then VERY slowly drops back down (in fact the head was still there by the time I finished this slow-sipping beer), leaving a fair amount of lacing in its wake.

S: Big aroma, delivering what you'd expect from a stout: lots of malty sweetness, chocolate, coffee.

T: Hits powerfully upfront with chocolaty sweetness, roasted malts and bitter coffee all in one go. The sweetness is pretty overwhelming, and I thought I was going to find this beer cloying until the sweetness disappeared leaving a nice chocolate malts bitterness in my mouth. Finishes strong with alcohol warmth.

M: Thick and creamy with very little carbonation. Tends to stick in the back of the throat.

O: A solid stout. Big flavors, good balance and it uses the alcohol to enhance the beer, rather than just hiding it completely. It is certainly sweet, but not cloyingly so. Definitely a sipper.

DaveBlack, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brickhouse a few months back, reviewing from chicken-scratch on the back of a receipt. Served in a pint glass with a one finger light tan head. Body of the beer is black, though I think a deep brown would be a better descriptor, as it's not truly a jet black. Aroma is of dark sweet malts, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel. When I sip the beer I get flavors of dark chocolate, roasted notes, bitterness, malt sweetness. Body is not as thick as expected considering the smell and the high ABV. I am generally not an RIS kind of guy, but this was one of the first imperial stouts I have enjoyed.

gkunkle, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Auracom
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into my trusty C&B tulip on April 3rd, 2011.

Pours a very dark brown coloring, nearly black but not quite, with a finger-and-a-half light brown head. Decent retention for the ABV, slowly breaks down to a thin white coating with concentrated alcohol feet on the sides. Great lacing on this badboy. Doesn't look oily or quite as thick as many other imperial stouts I've tasted.

The aroma is predominantly coffee, roasted almonds, milk chocolate (moreso than dark chocolate), slight lactose, *minimal* citrus, and a little bit of alcohol. Not getting a whole lot of complexity with additional nuances such as spices.

The drink has more roasted notes than the aroma and more emphasis on the dark chocolate character with a lot of bitter bite at the backend. The dk. chocolate carries through to the aftertaste and is really nice. Less coffee notes. Some hops but I'm attributing more of the bitterness to the chocolate. ABV is slightly present but rather-well hidden. I can tell it's under 10%.

Mouthfeel is pretty textbook - medium/med. heavy body, smooth, appropriate carbonation. Neither truly thick nor chewy.

For an RIS, it drinks relatively easiy. The slightly lower ABV hides well and it's not really overbearing on the palate. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it safe? Yes. Is it too safe? Perhaps. Next to Founder's IS, this is the most standard-smelling and tasting imperial stout that I've tried, but it doesn't really shine in any particular category. FIS offers considerably more in complexity and flavor. The best quality for Raspy is in the smell; I'm really enjoying that milk chocolate aroma. It's a very nice entry into the style and I ought to have tried it earlier. Bonus points for absolute ease in finding this all over the place.

Auracom, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +16.3%

quine, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of yokken
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

yokken, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of RWLawman
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Jet black with generous creamy head and lots of lacing left behind.

S - Absolutely delicious smell. Creamy, with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt notes and a touch of alcohol at the end. If this beer followed the nose, I think I'd have an all-time favorite.

T - Starts with heavy roasted malts and black coffee notes, followed up with alcohol, dark chocolate, and finishes with a pine hop punch. Reminds me somewhat of a thin mint for some reason. Must be the chocolate and pine. Pretty good, but surprisingly...not my favorite imperial.

M - A lot of carbonation. Heavy mouth feel. While I typically enjoy less carbonation in my beers, I still found this to be a worthwhile experience. I've heard this beer described as a fine representation of the style, so if nothing else, try this beer for that reason.

O - Enjoyed it. I think I'd absolutely love it on draft, and will look to do so in the near future. For a bottled imperial, I was mildly impressed.

RWLawman, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Aisha, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Liberatiscioli, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Rootdog316
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet inky black with a nice tan head that sticks to the side of the glass, your esophagus, and coats the intestines. Milk chocolate, espresso, and alcohol; put all of that in a pot and slow roast it and you're getting close to the nose on this one. Espresso oils are first and most prominent throughout. Chocolate sweetness makes an appearance and a balanced alcohol and hop bitter finish take you home. There is a lot to this beer and you can focus on something different every sip.

Rootdog316, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of sleuthdog
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: As expected this beer is a huge looking beer being ink black with a stunning creamy, fluffy milk chocolate head of three fingers. Lacing is evident as the head recedes.

Smell: Nice! Smells so chocolaty! Big time chocolate with a secondary note of roast and this is intriguing me because most RIS seem to be roast forward. There is some vanilla and molasses in here creating a somewhat sweet smell. Coffee, malts, some nuttiness, and dark fruits. Digging this nose

Taste: Smooth creamy chocolate with a sweet taste but this is very quickly followed up by a bitterness. More roasty and malts than in the nose creating a nice complexity. Some bitter coffee comes through along with some dark fruits and nut taste. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Aftertaste I would have to say is more bitter coffee bean like than anything else.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy but I'd have to say leans toward the medium spectrum actually. Thinner than I expected and carbonation seems lower.

Overall: The nose really got me excited but must admit the taste let me down slightly. I liked this beer a lot but was hoping for something a little different when I smelled it.

sleuthdog, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jkermitj, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of CBlack85
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a small chalice

The beer comes out from the bar black as midnight, with very few dark ruby highlights. There is about two fingers worth of dense, tightly packed dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving behind sheets of lacing.

The aroma is comprised of roasted malts with lots of chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla. There is quite a hop presence for a RIS. The alcohol is mildly present in the nose, but not overwhelmingly so.

The flavor is much bigger than the aroma would lead you to believe. Loaded with heavily roasted malts and chocolate, and accented by coffee and a slightly burnt quality. The hop presence is quite bright and noticable. The citrusy hop character seems to meld well with the roasty and chocolatey flavors that define this beer. Almost too much hop presence... Almost. Full bodied and creamy with a silky feel on the toungue. Finishes sweet with just a slight alcohol burn.

Remarkably drinkable.

CBlack85, Jul 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BWH999, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JALIEN, Jun 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

sachie23, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

JDM44, Sep 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Kingcurio, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

d_brommer_nh, Nov 03, 2013
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,144 ratings.