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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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9,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,208
Reviews: 3,326
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 253
Gots: 1,016 | 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 quasimoto


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
Photo of AtrumAnimus


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Russian Stout - Who would have thunk it? Anyway - this one is a real surprise for the stout lover. It compares well to Rogue Shakespeare Stout.

It is a dark stout (of course) with a dark brown head that is not as creamy as the Guinness style of stouts. The taste is more malty with a strong taste of hops in the finish. Another beer that I rather enjoy. A little hard to find in stores. Definitely worth a try. Has a clean finish. And read the article on the side - what a hoot that is. This beer even has a history that is more than just how they make it.
It's been speculated that no one had a greater appreciation for this rich, roasty elixir than Rasputin, the mystic wag (and favorite of the ladies of the court), who was the ultimate downfall of Czar Nicholas II.

Rasputin is probably best remembered for his dramatic exit. Having been deemed politically expendable, he was fed poisoned wine and tea cakes by his rivals. Surviving that, he was shot several times - whereupon he attacked his assailants. He finally succumbed when bound and stuffed through a hole in the ice to drown in the River Neva. Legends that attribute his tenacity to his appetite for Russian Imperial Stout are unproven.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 07:54:56 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of JohnnyK

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-06-2014 21:53:34 | More by JohnnyK
Photo of CoolJosh


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
Photo of johunnic


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-03-2012 02:06:24 | More by johunnic
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-23-2013 09:55:57 | More by lucas1801
Photo of FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-24-2012 03:33:43 | More by FEUO
Photo of Claytonbrewsby


5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-08-2013 12:55:16 | More by Claytonbrewsby
Photo of Tayloraphilips


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-16-2013 00:54:55 | More by Tayloraphilips
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-23-2014 05:25:25 | More by xbrettfavrex
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


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
Photo of oregone


4/5  rDev -7%

01-22-2013 16:13:41 | More by oregone
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-06-2012 21:26:40 | More by jharkins07
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-13-2014 19:27:43 | More by RobDB
Photo of jeranbrews


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

A - pours a thick viscous honey syrup that's half way between fresh and used motor oil. Thick poofy spongy dense head like eggshell carton. The lacing makes lovely circles of sediment down my glass that look like the Grand Canyon.

S - rich honey malts and caramelized apples. After warming some fig smells came out. Simple smells, yes. But it just makes you feel good.

T - foretastes are of sweet malts and caramel but also deep roasted malts. They cooked this one a fair amount and left it on the pot maybe too long. It tastes a bit like burnt wort It's got a bitterness to it that can't be all due to hops. But that's just the middle, it comes around at the end with and aftertaste is mildly savory; oaky and sweet at the same time.

M - crystalline head tickles the tounge while the creamy milky textures massages the throat. Very smooth.

D - bitterness aside this is s great beer. Would go fantastically with a meaty stew or a turkey dinner. A hearty English style beer of this magnitude really needs some hearty pub food to go with it. Potatoes, sausage, tons of gravy.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 12:45:41 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of Dan3279


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

I have been eyeing this RIS for a while now and I finally picked up one and I am finally enjoying it after sitting on it for a few months. I poured the beer into my DFH snifter to find a body that was black as night with a small tan covered head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma was what I expected and hoped for. chocolate, coffee, dried fruits and malts. The taste of this beer is just fantastic, as it warms up it gets better and better. This is a great RIS and very close to the top of my list of favorites.

This is an easy beer to drink, it is on the heavy side with a decent amount of carbonation but the alcohol is balanced in very well. Overall this is a fantastic beer and I am going to make sure that I have a few bottles in the house at all times. Its great to be able to get a solid RIS at a great price on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:06:45 | More by Dan3279
Photo of blackcompg


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

Enjoyed a pint of this on tap at Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company in Wauconda, IL - really nice beer menu, pizza is bar none the best I've EVER had (also had a pint of PumKing)...

Appearance - Came to me in a pint with a finger of rich, creamy mocha head. Beer was a Deep dark rich black coffee, could not see thru the glass. Over half a finger of head remained thru the session leaving thick foamy lace rings.

Smell - Black roasted coffee, dark chocolate, slite licorice, hint of dark ripe fruit.

Taste - OMG!!! Dark fresh ground/brewed french roast coffee, semi-sweet rich dark chocolate, burnt toffee, black licorice, touch of dark fruits, some roasty dry pumpernickel breadcrust in the finish. I literally don't pick up any of the ABV (9%) in this at all, warms the insides thru the session though. So complex and well balanced!

Mouthfeel - Medium to full, rich and silky smooth, mouth-coating, and lo-carb makes this feel downright creamy. Some slight bittering and drying long into the finish.

Overall - I have not had many imperial stouts YET - that will change after this incredible experience. Old Rasputin was Fantastic on tap, Highly Recommend, already looking forward to meeting up with friends at Slyce while enjoying pints of this in the coming fall/winter months.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 14:11:42 | More by blackcompg
Photo of jackrodgers77


4/5  rDev -7%

03-04-2012 15:02:53 | More by jackrodgers77
Photo of hermit990


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%

05-04-2013 17:59:49 | More by schaffer9252
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-11-2013 19:38:08 | More by steevbr
Photo of SetarconeX


4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visually, this is a beautiful beer. Jet black, with a nice brown head. Looks great. Smells brunt to a crisp. This isn't just any stout, this one's nice and toasty. Not for the faint of heart.

Taste is not too different than the taste would lead you think. The alcohol is perhaps a little more obvious than I'd like it too be, but considering the freakishly high ABV on this one, it's impressive how much it's been minimized.

A good Imperial Stout, though one that goes to your head quickly. Give it a try, if just for the ominous picture on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 03:20:32 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of silenius


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown/black with a crimson red where the light manages to peek through. The head is 2 fingers thick for a short time and then dissapates to a patina on the top. A substantial collar follows the beer as it retreats in the glass.

I only got some minor soy sauce, figs, molasses, and most of all fusel alcohol on the nose. Nothing big and nothing impressive.

Taste is bolder and bigger than the nose. First thing I taste is chocolate covered espresso beans dipped in grain alcohol with some spiced rum notes, molasses, figs, and it finishes with an espresso bitterness. Pretty good, but the alcohol taste detracts. My 4.5 is generous, but this beer ranks better than just under a 4.0, so I fudged a little.

Mouthfeel is a tiny prickle at first then a creaminess that ends with a drying note making me want to take another sip. The alcohol warmth makes me hesitate knowing that if I drink this too fast, I'll be whoo-ha'ed quickly.

Drinkability suffers from the very noticeable alcohol, but I'll definitely buy another.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 16:13:50 | More by silenius
Photo of JLeege


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter

Appearance- Pour is black with a 2 finger tan head. When held to the light nothing is entering this, just deep dark and beautiful. The head sticks around for ever, it won't move! Leaving good sticky lace. Appearance wise, this is perfect for an impy stout.

Smell- Roasted malts, some bitter coffee, sweet chocolate

Taste- Lots of roast up front, with a subtle dark fruityness in the middle. Caramel and toffee notes in there as well. Sweet overall, with a slightly bitter coffee finish. Some slight alcohol is noticed as it warms.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy, but this actually a bit lighter than I was anticipating.

Overall- this is a very solid imperial stout. With a great low price tag, this should be in constant rotation. This bumps up the drinkability for me as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 04:50:26 | More by JLeege
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
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,208 ratings.