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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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9,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,412
Reviews: 3,332
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 1,116 | FT: 35
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 mtnbikerpa


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a stubby bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass. Poured very dark brown with tan head that stayed around for a while. Strong scents of over cooked barley, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong coffee flavors some cocoa. Nice roasted after taste. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. Drinkable nature would be limited to one for me because of the strong flavor. Very nice sipper.

04-30-2010 00:31:03 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of dsigmon


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Poured into a snifter, deep black color with brownish head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Initial smell of sweet malts and caramel. As it lightens the smell of coffee and chocolate emerge and some bitterness from the alcohol.

T: Chocolate malts induce a luxurious sweet taste that is met quickly by the coffee biterness and alcohol to make this one amazingly balanced and tasty treat.

M: very creamy and thick, loved how it coated the tongue and mouth

D: note, do not session, might end up with headache, bloated stomach, and extreme dehydration...kidding...kind of

02-11-2008 21:04:23 | More by dsigmon
Photo of CosmoHopHead


4/5  rDev -7%

05-21-2013 04:48:41 | More by CosmoHopHead
Photo of rdilauro


3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Just another stout to add to my tastings this winter. Honestly, I was not totally impressed with this one. I tasted it before looking at any of the ratings.
It poured very nicely, total black, creamy head. It had faint hints of coffee and chocolate. I was somewhat disappointed at this point. Then the taste, it was good, enjoyable but not something to get excited about. What I really found missing, was that it wasnt big. It did not fill my mouth as many other bigger stouts have done. Considering this, it also finished very small, which was another reason I did not rate this one that well.
It is totally drinkable, my co-workers really enjoyed this one, it is just not the one for me

01-19-2011 16:39:44 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Sarmartay


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-15-2014 16:35:26 | More by Sarmartay
Photo of jhlosito75


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-05-2013 11:27:47 | More by jhlosito75
Photo of Southernbrew


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -7%

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


5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-19-2011 03:17:58 | More by bigdaddypolite
Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-24-2013 23:16:21 | More by FatBoyGotSwagger
Photo of gritz147


4/5  rDev -7%

02-08-2013 03:49:35 | More by gritz147
Photo of Rob315


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-04-2012 17:54:56 | More by Rob315
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

01-04-2011 21:04:53 | More by heebes
Photo of rypkr


4/5  rDev -7%

03-08-2013 21:38:53 | More by rypkr
Photo of Rudy


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-20-2014 16:57:05 | More by Rudy
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-10-2014 19:23:11 | More by Gus_13
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-04-2013 22:36:58 | More by lehueve
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

03-16-2006 23:45:02 | More by dreadnatty08
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-22-2013 01:19:43 | More by beerhast
Photo of angelmonster


3.13/5  rDev -27.2%

Pours a huge chocolate head about 1 and quarter inch. Pitch black in color with nice head retention and lacing through out.

Smells of rich chocolate , slight coffee and alcohol

Tastes of some chocolate and coffee. Strong alcohol taste up front with a medium bitter aftertaste

Has low to medium carbonation with a bitter mouth feel towards the end

Beer was overwhelming, too strong with the chocolate/bitter combo. Couldnt possibly drink more than one at a time. Beer is very highly rated, this was my first Imperial Stout , maybe im not accustomed to this style.

Edit - I've had this beer more over the past year and im still not very impressed with it, will age some and try again

11-24-2008 00:23:29 | More by angelmonster
Photo of DelMontiac


4.47/5  rDev +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.

11-01-2010 00:10:11 | More by DelMontiac
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-24-2013 18:24:21 | More by SavageHopHead
Photo of DMB


4/5  rDev -7%

12-09-2013 07:20:21 | More by DMB
Photo of Fugazme


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

04-18-2011 21:35:08 | More by SuperSpy
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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