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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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9,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,191
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 1,011 | 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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4/5  rDev -7%

02-21-2013 23:34:56 | More by GRFounder
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-08-2013 19:39:15 | More by smb71481
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-08-2014 04:46:58 | More by amano_h
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

12-26-2011 04:51:09 | More by jstewart1130
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South Dakota

4/5  rDev -7%

03-08-2013 01:47:40 | More by Pacioli1445
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-22-2013 02:54:57 | More by drmcleod10
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-10-2013 23:09:33 | More by mrskunk
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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%

03-21-2013 17:56:00 | More by aslamm75
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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
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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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

03-08-2012 23:10:45 | More by beerFool28607
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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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-21-2014 13:50:19 | More by John_Beeryman
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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
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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
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

01-29-2012 00:52:31 | More by CarolinaKevin
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4/5  rDev -7%

11-16-2011 23:09:14 | More by jag21
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours completely black and opaque, even when held up to a bright light. There is a dark tan head with moderate retention.

S: Incredibly complex and balanced. The first thing I could smell was coffee, followed closely by chocolate and caramel. There is also an herbal smell, sort of like grass cuttings or pine. On top of all this, the beer smells distinctly fruity, like cherry and citrus.

T: The taste is less balanced than the smell; a smoky mocha is the dominant flavor. The malts also contribute their characteristic sweetness. The fruit flavors are still here, but faint compared to their smells. More hops in this than most Russian imperial stouts which do a little bit to balance the mocha.

M: There is more carbonation here than in most RISs. Moderately thick and slightly syrupy.

O: This beer has more hops and carbonation than your average RIS, making it somewhat unique, but the smell is better than the taste

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:35:12 | More by WankelEngine
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4/5  rDev -7%

09-08-2013 00:00:46 | More by t_carterb
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-28-2013 03:55:22 | More by amstokesdb9
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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