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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96
world-class

10,395 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,395
Reviews: 3,406
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,595 | FT: 47
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of PaulUH
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dwtyler
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mike099
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DLSheidy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Pure black in the glass with a thin ring of a sticky head. A carbonation phantom forms on top of the black liquid as well.

Very roasty aroma with some vanilla and a good hop presence. Raw and untamed. Some licorice as well...

Big roastiness combines with a huge leafy-bitter hop character for the main part of the flavor. Starts off like this and becomes more pronounced in the middle, leaving with a hop bang in the finish. It's most definitely woody too. A bit of vanilla creeps through the cracks of the rough roastiness and hoppiness. Hops stay big and leafy in the aftertaste. Again, quite raw.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but jagged-edged from the hopping. Big and bold body.

This is the old standby Russian Imperial, $8.49 for a 4-pack, which is not bad for the style. Fresh it's a raw roast and hop monster, but aged I imagine the vanilla and other subtleties would come through more and create a smooth sea of complexities. Either way, excellent.

Photo of AudioGilz
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's almost opaque, very dark brown, and the head is thick and ample. Bakers chocolate seems to be the strongest part of the aroma, also slight hints of ripe dark fruits, and a bit of crisp hops....quite enjoyable. Enjoyably smooth on the palate...creamy, full of bakers chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Alcohol shows itself through the finish and into the aftertaste, adding a warming character to accentuate the crisp hops that also finish it off. One heluva stout here, easily drinkable for such a brute, and quite fulfilling.

Photo of drxandy
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as an extra in trade with Ben4881, thanks man!!
12oz to standard pint, pours black as night opaque, foamy tan head retains nicely - very nice looking

smells of bitter roasty malts, alcohol heat, light hops in the back

taste is roasty bitter malts, hot alcohol in the front, tobacco, dark fruit, creamy yet thin, chocolate, smoke, earthy, coffee, nicely balanced, very drinkable for a high abv

mouthfeel is thinner than most RIS, but makes up for it with the abundance of flavors, bitter, roasty and creamy with hot alcohol and hop finish, a very nice RIS :D

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of anon
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of koes0024
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JLeet
4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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

Picked up a four-pack from a newly discovered beer source.... Trader Joe's in Blue Ash - suburb of Cincinnati. Not a huge selection, but some off beat brands and nice policy on singles... you can mix and match individual beers and they just charge you individual bottle pricing.

The Old Rasputin poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass to produce a 1/2" dense tan head over a black beer.

The scent was very aromatic with shades of coffee, chocolate and malt sweetness.

The taste was very good. In keeping with style and on par with the aroma, chocolate, coffee and and nice malt sweetness prevail.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as expected. Carbonation is a slight bit higher than most RIS's I've had. I enjoy the chalkiness of this beer.

Drinkability: Typical of the higher ABV of most RIS... proceed with caution, but you can have as many of these as your body will allow. I will look for this again.

Photo of Converge
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. Here goes my first RIS!

A - Pours with a thick, three-and-a-half-finger head, dark mocha in color. Totally black color for the beer. Probably the darkest beer I've ever seen. Good head retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Tons of roasted malt, rich dark chocolate, and crisp floral hops. I'm actually surprised at how prominent the hops are on the nose.

T - Whoa! Talk about full flavored. Upfront this beer is packed with roasted and burnt malt, espresso bitterness, and subtle but sharp hops. First sip finishes with a thick, warm, roasted bitterness that just assaults the palate. After the initial shock to my taste-buds, this stout shows a sweeter side as well. I can pick out a strong chocolate flavor very easily, as well as notes of dark fruit and molasses. The alcohol is pretty warming, but the actual taste of the booze is masked incredibly well under this barrage of dark flavors. The crisp, floral hops give the finish a clean, almost herbal feel without feeling too astringent for my palate. A touch of brown sugar and caramel is also present near the end. Very well crafted flavor profile here.

M - Heavy body, really viscous with a creaminess to it as well. Decent amount of carbonation as well. Finishes quite dry from all of the bitter flavors present, but not too dry. Warm alcohol presence is also detectable, but certainly doesn't hint to a 9.0% ABV. Towards the end, the feeling even becomes fairly sticky. Strong and full bodied without being too overwhelming. Could have been a bit smoother, however.

D - As mentioned, this beer is my introduction into RIS's, and I definitely enjoyed my first. I must admit I'm not too fond of overly-hoppy beers, and I had my doubts on this one after the hoppy aroma, but the flavor turned out to be very well balanced and carefully crafted. Deceptively easy to drink too, making this one a bit of a sipper for a guy like me. This one really is a monster, but a tasty one at that. I'm happy to have three more bottles sitting around.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

A: completely black, two finger mocha colored head. Head stayed quite a while.
S: Definite coffee, some chocolate, earthy.
T: Amazing! Chocolately, lots of malt, some coffee, some bitter aftertaste but very nice. Alcohol is well-hidden.
M: smooth, but very solid.
O: Great taste, feel. I would drink this anytime. One of the best stouts I've ever had.

Photo of LouDogg114
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of markaberrant
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black, creamy tan head sits on top. Surprised to see visible carbonation. Big gobs of lace stick to my glass.

S - lucious chocolate, hazelnut. Not a lot of roast, but it is an excellent aroma.

T - Oh man, is this smooth. The chocolate flavour is so deep and refined, with just the right amount of sweetness. Hops are noticable, but blend in perfectly. Not overly bitter or roasty.

M - Full and creamy, yet not heavy.

D - This one is a slow sipper, but it is a joy to drink.

I haven't tried many Imperial Stouts, but this is the best I've had so far. This beer is not overly roasty, yet it still retains all of the stout character. Almost like a cranked up version of a really good oatmeal stout, very smooth, very balanced. Excellent.

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of uustal
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50th Review

Pours black as night with a light brown, two-finger head which leaves a nice frothy lacing. Pleasant creamy chocolate/coffee aroma with a little dark fruit and citrus/pine hops as well. Big roasted flavor. Sweet chocolate and roasted, bitter coffee up front. Pretty hopped up RIS with some pine and sweeter citrus rind. More roasted, dry, somewhat burnt malts on the finish. A very abrupt halt to the flavors after finish. Kind of like a really big Irish dry stout, but with the flavor amped up 10-fold. Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,395 ratings.