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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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9,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,151
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 996 | FT: 32
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 MrDanno96


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was very excited to get to try one of my favorite RISs on tap for the first time.

A: Poured pitch black with a beautiful 2 finger off-white head. Tons of foamy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Rich coffee immediately hits the nose, intermingled with dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. Smells great!

T: Lots of coffee and espresso up front - more than I get when drinking it from the bottle. Dark chocolate and toasty malts are in the background too. A little booze is also detectable, but doesn't detract from the flavor. ]

M: Little carbonation, but so incredibly smooth. I couldn't believe how easy this went down! I want to drink it all night.

D: I think I like the flavor of the bottled version just a bit more, but this is an extraordinary stout no matter how you drink it. If you have the opportunity to try this on draft, do it! One of the best Russian Imperials out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 06:09:14 | More by MrDanno96
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-13-2014 19:27:43 | More by RobDB
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-16-2012 01:09:29 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the anchor.

Has a black color with a two finger tan head that stays for quite a while. Left lacing on my glass.

Smells of roasted dark malts, sugary, toffee.

Taste of roasted malts, expresso like, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full of flavors and sticky.

Good Stout and something I look foward too having again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 03:11:59 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of jschonert


3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-20-2013 15:29:00 | More by jschonert
Photo of ISmith87


4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - 4.50 - good looking beer, pours very dark brown almost black, 2 finger solid tan head, dissipates down to a lumpy head with clumps of fine bubbles, very thick lacing

S - 4.50 - strong chocolate, coffee, little bit of alcohol, nutty-peanut buttery tones, other nuts

T - 4.25 - Mainly tastes chocolatey, with some coffee/espresso too. The nuttiness comes through in the taste too. Roastiness.

M - 4.50 - Heavy beer, thick frothiness from the carbonation, alcohol pretty much hidden, bitter roasted coffee aftertaste.

O - 4.50 - Great go to imperial stout. If I was going to introduce friends to the genre of Imperial Stouts I would start with this. The best Imperial Stouts I've had would be Stone's Espresso RUssian Imperial Stout and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, and this doesn't make it up to their level, but it is a great value for the price! At 7.99/4 pack for a 9% ABV Russian Imperial Stout this is completely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 21:16:33 | More by ISmith87
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-16-2012 15:31:11 | More by rocklibster
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4/5  rDev -7%

02-21-2013 23:34:56 | More by GRFounder
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-08-2014 02:20:10 | More by alostplot
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

12-26-2011 04:51:09 | More by jstewart1130
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-23-2013 02:33:08 | More by hermit990
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-12-2014 17:06:23 | More by HopGrazer
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-02-2014 03:00:08 | More by rspauldi
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-10-2013 23:09:33 | More by mrskunk
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, oily with a rocky/creamy mocha head. Lacing actually looks like lace.. weird connection. Lookin pretty good so far.

Aroma is fruity and sweet.. slight touch of alcohol. Lacking in roasted grain aroma. A little vanilla and cream. Could be stronger, or the beer could be a little cold.

Taste has a pleasant chocolate flavor with a very slight alcohol bite. Dry in the finish, like a good porter. Malt and alcohol sort of stick to your tongue. Freshly roasted coffee towards the end. As it warms up a little more balanced milky sweetness and bitterness from the roasted malt comes through which is nice. All is a little subdued though, was looking for something a little more flashy.

Pretty light mouthfeel. Rush of carbonation towards the end of the sip. Disappointing, should be thicker.

This beer's got some good flavors but some of them need to be more pronounced. I would even scale this back a bit and up the body and it'd be a great porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 05:48:26 | More by wiseguy142
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4/5  rDev -7%

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


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

This black concoction had a decent amount of dark brown head on top that retained quite well. Opaque and dark as night, very good looking RIS.

Smells immediately of chocolate and then coffee in the background, with some caramel in there too.

The chocolate is very dark, the coffee hits at the end after a brief hop hit. Awesome espresso bean aftertaste that makes me want to drink more. Some vague fruit/nut sweetness somewhere that makes it tastes like dessert, and I honestly would rather have a bottle of this than some fancy coffee cake thing in a restaurant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy like a milkshake, and never gets too sticky or anything like that. Drinkability is phenomenal for being 9% abv, as the alcohol is only slightly evident as part of that coffee kick at the end. This measures up to just about any other stout out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:06:03 | More by madvermin
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-10-2014 16:44:13 | More by IPAyForHops
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin stands as being the creamiest imperial stout in my experience thus far. It's quite interesting - the alcohol is noticeable and there is a touch of hops in there as well, but the foamy head and rich body come closer to a Young's stout than, say, the Stone Imperial Stout. And indeed, there is a chocolate profile which makes for a tasty, tasty beer. The only downside for me was the lack of strength of smell. I got some whiffs of malt and chocolate, but it didn't knock me back. I'll blame it on the glassware choice of the bar (regular pint glass) and not dock too much for it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 07:23:54 | More by TheRealBigC
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

02-26-2013 15:19:57 | More by UnderPressure
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-09-2014 00:43:05 | More by PTEdelman
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-12-2013 03:37:51 | More by zdeck37
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an uneven beer. The aroma is exceptional -- sweet, like the sweetest and creamiest milk chocolate, high in the nose and powdery.

Excellent appearance, too. Thick, typical stout head, cratered and foamy like a root beer float, with excellent lacing.

But, thin and slightly gritty in the mouth. Not thick and chewy enough to be Imperial, I don't think. Taste is burning cocoa and chocolate, sour on the edge, but a wash of sweetness overall.

Not a bad stout, but lacks the fullness and breadth to be an imperial. An excellent stout overall, and many no doubt will overlook the thinness in deference to its amazing sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 16:02:25 | More by Darkale
Photo of karengarys


3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this because it was listed in BA's top 100. I'm not a stout person, but I was out to try anything, and this was available.


It pours black, a nice and clear. No head in the pour, but a 1/4" brown top emerges from nowhere. It is quite appealing! The head doesn't stay around, and there is no real lacing. A slight foam ring hangs around for a while.

Smell - I notice a lot of chocolate. Some coffee.

Mouthfeel is rich, but slightly creamy and alcoholey at the end.

Taste is quite thick. A syrupy chocolate sits on the tongue, and resolves into a slightly sweet and buttery finish. There is a strong alcohol overtone in the finish. There is very little unpleasant aftertaste.

This is an interesting mix. Stout like with a huge alcohol overtone in the finish. Lots of chocolate. Some coffee. If you are into any of these aspects of a beer, you MUST try this. If you are NOT, but like to experiment, do give this a try anyway - it is worth experiencing even if it isn't your style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 02:21:41 | More by karengarys
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=poured a deep dark brown, almost black with a very thick (3 finger) dark brown almost golden head

S=hazelnut and chocolate, roasted malts, no alcohol odor

T=roasted malts and chocolate/cocoa flavors, really seems to be very balanced

M=good light carbonation, not tremendous thickness

D=very good and very drinkable, easily have more than 2 at a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 03:36:29 | More by jacobseyb
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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