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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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9,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,035
Reviews: 3,317
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 244
Gots: 954 | 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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4/5  rDev -7%

06-27-2013 00:20:40 | More by jlisuk
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-09-2013 03:13:41 | More by 420Rick
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-17-2013 19:29:09 | More by Metaltildeath
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-29-2012 07:11:48 | More by Joshpu
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

03-22-2013 18:37:43 | More by Ben7773
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South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-03-2014 01:57:39 | More by SD-Alefan
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

04-23-2014 17:00:41 | More by Beervana
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip

A: black-brown body with a 1" off white head, a bit of lacing, but head retention was minimal

S: decent, chocolate, coffee, roastiness...not as roasty as other RIS, I pick up a bit of citrusy hops as well

T: not overly complex, but gets better as it warms, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits- plum...this doesn't quite do it for me. It's good (especially for the price), but drank this the night after a Stone RIS and the two just don't compare. Stone kicks this beers a** by a wide margin.

M: thick, but not overly so. good, not great for a RIS (I prefer them viscously thick).

D: I don't crave another one, which given the alcohol is not that bad a thing, but this doesn't make my best of style....

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 14:01:02 | More by modernartblues
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-24-2014 17:15:03 | More by ezperkins2
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-16-2013 02:11:45 | More by Cazlo
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-08-2013 03:09:30 | More by AdamElb
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4/5  rDev -7%

12-31-2013 13:01:22 | More by jrand2621
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-22-2014 02:06:31 | More by CorgiDad
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3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love RIS's so my review might be biased, but I'll do my best to go by the guide lines. The appreance of this is black with a tan head, large frothy head and laces as I drink it. There is aromas of cherries, chocolate, molasses, bubble gum, wine and nail polish. The taste is of roasted nuts, oak, chocolate mocha and the bitterness of hops with whipped cream. The mouthfeel is light and smooth but warms up at the end because of the alcohol. Drinkability of this in comparison to other RIS's is that it's not the best, but it's still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 15:57:54 | More by quasimoto
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous pitch black, with a light caramel head that dissipates with elegance.

A great balance of coffee, darker plums and red cherries, and chocolate arrive at the nose. Sweet chocolate is present as well.

Coffee and Roasted malts come out right away in the taste and ride all the way through. While the fruits and bitter sweet chocolate come on more towards the end. A pleasant bitter coffee after taste rests on the palate.

Not as creamy as I was hoping for, and a little on the over carbonated side for the style.

But all in all, for the price a great go to RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:29:10 | More by CoolJosh
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not that this beer needs another review, but it's great practice and I really love this beer. I've had this beer many times. I think it requires several tries to really appreciate it. I poured this into an imperial pint glass. I like to pour this beer pretty fast and rough for a bigger head creating the best nose and lace.

Appearance: Gotta love the deep black/brown darkness. Like a blackhole, no light escapes. A slightly fast, rough pour produces the best head - luxurious deep cappuccino color with a texture that reminds me of...I don't know...cappuccino or latte foam or maybe something I'd love to sleep on, hehe. Lacing is left with each sip producing a consistent scalelike pattern.

Aroma: Dark, nearly burnt malts and very dark chocolates with a hint of hops peeking through. Burnt smores anyone?

Taste: The taste buds get a shock at first, but they soon calm down and allow you to savor the dark roast coffee and cocoa bean flavors. Burn/carmelized brown sugar comes to mind as well. Hops are not present until the finish. It's Halloween (CST), so I popped a couple of Hershey's minis near the end of the glass - heavenly.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly. Not syrupy and not sticky, but smooth and silky like hot chocolate.

Drinkability: I never drink more than one of these in a sitting. Just makes no sense unless you need two to make it through that big juicy T-bone.

Overall: Old Rasp is just perfect with a grilled medium/medium rare T-bone or ribeye - any red meat with nice marbeling. Save some to have with a chocolate dessert and you've got yourself a perfect evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:10:11 | More by DelMontiac
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.

Appearance: Served in a chalice. Completely black with a one finger brown head that dissipates at a reasonable pace and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Good roasty malts, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee

Taste: More good roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, an excellent Russian Imperial Stout, I would consider it the gold standard of the style.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, full body with low carbonation.

Overall: A top notch brew, I had to get it when I saw it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 02:25:02 | More by MadCat
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-02-2013 02:51:06 | More by Stoutlad
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-24-2012 03:33:43 | More by FEUO
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3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle ,no bottle date but I purchased it in aug 2013 so I assume it's a 2013 bottle.

A: Pours a dark brown, with a nice 2 finger brown khaki color head. When pouring I notice a reddish hue to the beer.

S: This bottle has a bit of oxidation on it which I tend to be fairly sensitive to unfortunately. Getting some nice chocolate and coffee bitterness to it as well.

T: Getting a lot of coffee and chocolate. Roasty notes coming from this beer. Also getting a nutty taste to it as well.

M: This is where the beer falls apart to me. I'm a stickler for mouthfeel and this beer fails here. Now Stone is reengineering their Ruinination for the modern pallate and I think North Coast needs to do this with old raspy. The BA version is thin as shit and this is right there with it.

O: Decent babies first RIS, though the mouthfeel is severely lacking. 10 yrs ago I'm sure this was a beast, but now it has the mouthfeel of coca cola. Had the BA version on tap and holy shit is that thin as hell, this isn't much different but least its affordable. Decent but nothing to write home about in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 17:04:33 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-08-2013 12:55:16 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-05-2013 11:27:47 | More by jhlosito75
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-12-2014 05:19:38 | More by JimmyAloysius
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour of Old Rasputin produces two fingers of curiously striped head with a two-tone fade that prety-much is the same color as the white and tan parts of espresso froth. Disappointingly, the show is over in a few seconds and I am left with only a thing ring around the glass, with minimal strings of lace. The nose is spicy hop, earthy chocolate, coacoa, just a little coffee, dark brown sugar, molasses, and fig or date. Very little roasted aroma.

This beer is suprisingly light on the palate. I would describe it as a creamy blend of coffee, sweet milk chocolate, roasted grain, and then just a touch of roasted bitter that makes way for a little suprise. There is a twang of tart rasberry flavor in the finish. A very subtle molasses flavor shows itself as the beer warms. The aftertaste leaves a very gentle, lingering roastiness mixed with alcohol warmth. This is a very smooth and layered beer.

The artful blending of flavors makes reviewing it kind of a chore because it is difficult to dissect exactly what you taste, and it is so smooth you just want to gulp it down. In fact if I have one complaint of this brew, it is that for an Imperial Stout it is almost a little too smooth, lacking a certain "oomph" factor on the palate. All this combined with creamy, silky-smooth mouthfeel make this a dangerously drinkable Imp. Stout, and it would be all to easy to end up smashed, knocking these back like nothing.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 18:56:42 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-22-2013 16:13:41 | More by oregone
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,035 ratings.