1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,938 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,938
Reviews: 3,364
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,345 | FT: 43
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,938 | Reviews: 3,364 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GetTheYayo
4/5  rDev -7%

GetTheYayo, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of crownrl28
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

crownrl28, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of brewtus
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on nitro a few days ago. You can read all the other reviews about how solid this beer is but if you have a chane to drink this nitro, do it. To think that such a thick beer could be so velvety and smooth. This stout is a benchmark for stouts and fortunately available all the time but its really perfect for nitro.

brewtus, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of BitteBier
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on the ruby fringes (visible only with the lamp turned up to max), this seems to be a clear beer. That being said, this one is black enough to appear opaque. Topped off with a finger's worth of chocolate milk-like froth that reduces quickly to a thin but persistent and clingy layer of bronzy beige. Despite the ominous darkness, the smell is remarkably complex and pleasant. Roasted notes are lighter than expected and complemented very nicely by the scent of milk chocolate. Some bitterness up front followed by a creamy mouthfeel that succumbs again to the bitterness. A blast of alcohol warmth shows up and fades very slowly. As mentioned above, the mouthfeel is creamy, but it also maintains an astringency rather than the clingy fullness one might expect or desire from a potent stout. Roasted grains and chocolate are there as well, but again are balanced nicely by the assertive hops. This is more complex than I anticipated and is a nice change of pace among stouts.

BitteBier, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
4/5  rDev -7%

CORKSCREWFISH, Dec 31, 2011
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 Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Gus_13, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of anon
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

anon, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of sillyhed8
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

sillyhed8, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a b/w picture of the mad monk.
Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a light brown whisp of a head. Lacing, is however, very nice.
Smell is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee (boy oh boy is it coffee).
Very smooth, espresso, chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of alcohol.
This beer is quite deceptive. At 9% abv, I would expect to taste more of the alcohol that is present. Nevertheless, the folks at North Coast have done a fantastic job hiding the alcohol. This makes the beer sneaky, perhaps not unlike the monk himself.
This is a great beer, will definitely be added to my list of favorites (especially since it's now available in FL...yay!)

LuckySevens82, May 16, 2004
Photo of Dreamer
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Dreamer, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of raulazzer
4/5  rDev -7%

raulazzer, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of DMc8ride
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DMc8ride, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Shnanign, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of GinsuDave
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

GinsuDave, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of SavageHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

SavageHopHead, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of KWMiles
4/5  rDev -7%

KWMiles, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of bca115
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bca115, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of PatB1987
4/5  rDev -7%

PatB1987, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Benvarine
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Benvarine, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of hmmmbeer10
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of robotiks
4/5  rDev -7%

robotiks, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of goz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a super dark black with slight hints of ruby at the edges, thick tan head that fades and leaves good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, and some hops (flowery, light perfume) in the end. Flavor starts with chocolate, middle the roasted malts show through, some hops towards the end. Alcohol barely shows through at the very end when it reaches it's warmest temp. Full bodied, long lasting taste. Truly outstanding.

goz, Mar 29, 2003
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,938 ratings.