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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

9,670 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,670
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 289
Gots: 1,221 | FT: 38
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 JuliusCaesar
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid black with a light brown head.

S: Very rich malt aroma and some alcohol.

T: Strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The mildly bitter finish is balanced by warming alcohol.

M: Smooth, Creamy and a little heavy but not overly so.

Overall: A great beer with a lot of flavor. Like an alcoholic French roast coffee.

JuliusCaesar, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of BrewSTL
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BrewSTL, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of hermit990
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of jhlosito75
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jhlosito75, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of lehueve
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of neorunner
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of umustdrink
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black completely opaque even when held to light. Head is a medium brown that sits nicely at an eighth inch. Lacing sticks all the way up the glass.

S - Rich roasted coffee bean aroma with hints of raisins.

T - Deep bittersweet coffee flavor with fragrant dark fruits,burnt sugars and a sweet vanilla sugar taste up towards the front of the tongue.

M - Medium to thick consistency that is smooth and chewy. Carbonation is at a higher level that brings an unexpected bite to the mouth.

D - One of the most original tasting stouts out there. Price is also very reasonable at around 7.99 for a four pack.

umustdrink, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of jdklks
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark. impenetrably black with a medium brown way too bubbly head that has decent retention. what you would expect from an imperial stout, but definitely nothing special in the category (im thinking abyss, ten fidy, BCS, etc.).

S- coffee and roasted malts. burnt smell that is quite nice.

T- very good. not as much coffee as expected but very malty. somewhere between sweet and bitter, i cant figure out which, and the lingering aftertaste adds to the confusion. all i know is that i like it, whatever it is. a very small hint of dark fruits. A little too much carbonation.

M- overly carbonated. full-bodied, although a bit less than other RISs i enjoy. also not quite as smooth as i like the style, but still very good.

my favorite year-round beer.

jdklks, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For as many of these that I've had, I figured it was time to wind down and review one.

A: Pitch black with signs of brown, the head is a tan color. Head receded a bit from about a fingers worth to a thin ring around the glass. RIS in a glass, perfect.

S: Picking up strong roasted malts, vanilla, and a woody aroma on the nose. Slight alcohol burn, but hidden behind some cherry like aromas. Big chocolate nose, reminiscent of the Brooklyn BCS.

T: A bit dry and bitter, full of roast. Chocolate and dark roast coffee come through. Some dark fruits, mostly raisins and dark cherries. Hops are quite bittering, a nice touch to this big and roasty brew. Cocoa powder seems to lend its flavor and its presence on the mouthfeel.

M: Dry, roasty, bitter and super dark and creamy. This is a Russian Imperial Stout. Great body and carbonation, just a bit of fizz that is left around the palate after swallowing. Slight heat from the alcohol.

D: As far as RIS's go, this is one of my favorites. It never disappoints on the classic flavor of what a RIS should be. Absolutely delicious and more breweries should take some notes on this one. Alcohol hidden well, ridiculously huge roasty flavor, perfect RIS.

kiddynamite920, May 14, 2010
Photo of rkcrozier
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

rkcrozier, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Holmes698, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Dools9
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.

Dools9, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of DMc8ride
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DMc8ride, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of vma
5/5  rDev +16.3%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of dwtyler
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dwtyler, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of sinistrsam
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The typical, awesome dark brown/black of an Imperial Stout. It had a small tan head which dissapated quickly, left medium lacing, and smelled of sweet coffee and caramel.
It tasted somewhat hoppy, with hints of sweet furits, roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate. The taste was somewhat more pleasant than other Imperial Stouts I've had, but I can't exactly place what was different; I'm going to say it as the balance of the flavors. It had almost a candy sweetness that countered the bitter very well.
It was also not as biting in the mouthfeel as some other Imperials. It finished actually refreshing and as tasty as the first taste.

sinistrsam, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an old engine oil black with a robust and frothy brown head.

S- Heavily roasted dark malts, a touch of dark coffee, and some dried figs or dates.

T- Semi sweet roasted malts open the show. The midpalate brings dried dark fruit and a touch of coffee. Finishes big with smoky bitter malt and a touch or herbal hop.

M- Just above moderate fullness and viscosity. The carbonation is medium low.

D- Took me a bit to come around on this one but now that I have I must admit it is quite the tasty RIS. The key I believe is to get this one up to at least 50 degrees before drinking it. The flavors really start to pop once it gets warmer.

UA8, May 05, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, dense black, no discernible highlights, with a large and sustaining foamy and creamy tan head.

Smells like a good imperial stout should, packed with deeply roasted grain, black coffee, and bitter dark chocolate, all on top of a bed of sweet malt with a touch of fruitiness.

More of the same on the palate, with an intense roasted character that strongly suggests a cup of seriously black coffee, accompanied by earthy, bitter dark chocolate. Turns sweet mid-palate, showing creamy, milky caramel, before finishing with a quite large earthy hop bitterness. Finishes firm and dry, with a lingering roasty and hoppy bitterness.

Full bodied and firm, but shows hints of softness. Alcohol is well hidden at 9%. A well-made beer, and while far enough down my list of top imperial stouts, this proves to be a great value.

wnh, Dec 09, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

EdFed, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

crowbar540, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

DJButters, Mar 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ChrisKuhns, Sep 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

akinsja, Nov 27, 2011
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,670 ratings.