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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

10,540 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,540
Reviews: 3,445
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,719 | FT: 47
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of genog
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third pint at Bodega, and I was starting to feel good!

Pours a rich, deep, dark opaque black color with a cascading tan head that flows from the bottom to the top creating an illusion like a lava lamp. In my slowly deteriorating state I was memorized watching this take place. Smell is of roasted malt, milk chocolate, a cup of cappuccino too. Taste is of chocolate and smokeyness. This one is absolutely smooth and delicious. I only gave it a 4 for drink ability because it was so rich I had trouble toward the end of the glass. If it was only a 12 oz taste I might have had an easier time.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

06/07/06
A: 1/2" tan head composed of very tiny bubbles dissipates and leaves an island of head that floats in the glass for a good while. Black body with miniscule amounts of ruby light slivers coming through the edges.

S: Sweet ripe fruit, banana, raisin

T: Dark chocolate and coffee grinds, raisin-like sweetness, finishes with the bitterness of dark/espresso roasted coffee

M: Thick barleywine-like mouthfeel

D: This is a slow drinking beer. Slowly sip and enjoy.

Wish I had this a few months back during the cold weather. I'll have to revisit this next winter.

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

Poured this beer from a bottle into a snifter. It appears dark and opaque when held to the light. A caramel colored head forms reaching ~3/4 inch before receding to a thin lace around the edge of the glass.
The smell is unique with some dark chocolate and coffee notes and a sweetened alcohol scent, that blends fairly well with the malt and other scents.
The taste is again noted to have a coffee component mixed with the bitterness of dark chocolate, which lingers on the palate nicely.
The alcohol is definitely present in the mouthfeel, which is a thick and pleasantly warming mix. There is a reasonable level of carbonation.
Overall, I have enjoyed this beer for several years and have never rated it before. It is everything I would expect from a good imperial stout with great coffee and chocolate flavor.

Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of baconman91
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of roodie
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Sunn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of c-rum
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

I actually drank this at room temperature, not waiting for it to chill. It poured nice and blackish, with chocolate colored bubbles. The taste was roasted malt, coffee, carmel. It had a bold taste, the ABV mixed well, not overwhelming. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Photo of TommyW
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a tall tan head that clings to the glass.

S- Roasted and burnt malts with some light notes of alcohol.

T- roasted and burnt bread crusts with a slightly noticeable hop profile. The hops and burnt flavor create a dry but still sweeter finish.

M- Creamy and smooth feel with a nice carbonation.

D- An awesome RIS; a great sipper on a cold day.

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dubmax
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Michigan
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GatorLCA
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of zacky_U
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cfadams17
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of DLSheidy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TGanyone
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of robotiks
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Jon
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. Millennium Edition bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy, tan head. Hops, alcohol and coffee are present in the nose. Coffee-like taste presents itself along with a generous dose of hops, malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel is rather oily and fitting for the style. Quite smooth overall. This imperial stout certainly has its warming effects at 8.9% ABV. An impressive creation from North Coast.

Photo of Lerxst
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black pour with a one finger mocha head that left just a bit of lacing.

S-Coffee, dark chocolate, plums & figs.

T-Tastes just like the nose with a bit of hotness but not in a bad way. It compliments this beer.

M-Heavy & creamy yet slick with an oily finish and perfect carb level for me.

D-For a big beer, it is surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of callmescraps
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not always my favorite style, but I see this guy around all the time and finally decided to give it a bid.

Appearance - Black. Ok, maybe just very, very, very dark brown. Pretty much black. An inch of mocha head hangs around and laces nicely. Looks like a winner.

Smell - Lots of dark fruits. Cherries and chocolate come first. There is almost a prune thing going on. Lots of chocolate and roast malt. A hint of smoke.

Taste - Follows the smell. Lots of chocolate and cherry up front. There is a lot of roast on the finish. Honestly, it seems a little thin. Just sort of sits there in the middle. Almost some tart fruit randomly in there, which is unsettling.

Mouthfeel - Decidedly thin. Just not luxurious enough. Almost watery. Eh.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that might be because it doesn't seem to have enough working. The roast follows unpleasantly.

This is a fine beer. Pretty good, but not doing anything special for me. Quite disappointed with the body. Otherwise, it's a very good bang for your buck, but it's not the worst idea to spend a few more bucks.

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

A - Pours deep dark brown/black with with about a finger of tan head into my snifter, even when help up to the light none passes through, excellent retention and sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, sweet caramel/toffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, mild coffee, and a nice touch of hops.

T - Follows the nose rather well. Big roasted malts, caramel/toffee sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, not much in the way of coffee, has a nice hop bitterness/bite to it that lingers on the palate.

M - For my personal taste the carbonation is just a little on the bright side, however it is very well rounded and balanced.

O - Overall this is a really great RIS that is almost always available, never a bad choice.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,540 ratings.