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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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9,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,992
Reviews: 3,366
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 1,362 | FT: 44
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 AylwinForbes
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not very often you pick up a bottle of beer at a supermarket and it turns out to be this good and a great value. Really dark brown with a decent brownish suddsy head, but glows a warm umber when you shine the light through it - clear without sediment.

In the style, heavy on the espresso and chocolate, but not sweet, yet off-dry. Good mouth-coating density makes this a sipping beer for thoughtful reflection and a hunk of blue cheese.

AylwinForbes, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of mrsimm
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mrsimm, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Roeters
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pored with a thick creamy head that holds on throughout the beer, Great mix of black beer and light brown foam.

S: Think aroma of dark malts with a slight smell of alcohol to finish it off.

T: Starts with a big kick of malt then mellows more into the flavor of dark malt finished with a great balance of alcohol to finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy

D: I wish I had bought more, I have about finished this one and it is my last. I could drink these the rest of my life.

Roeters, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of TimP2115
4/5  rDev -7%

TimP2115, May 21, 2012
Photo of spkissane
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

spkissane, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of pbass78
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

pbass78, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Thunderchief
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Thunderchief, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of caljrjr
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a tan head.

S - Big chocolate, gently roasted malt, coffee, vanilla,hazelnut? walnuts.

T - Robust espresso and rich chocolate on the palate, heavily roasted black malt, vanilla bean, roasted walnuts.

M - Heavy body, very smooth feel, low carbonation.

Big robust flavors with a big hop bite at the end. The roasted malt comes through more in the flavor than the nose. Nice nutty yeast, great stout overall.

caljrjr, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of pquijal
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

pquijal, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Zkman87
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Zkman87, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Danflurry
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Danflurry, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of TravisR
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TravisR, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of ndaniel
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ndaniel, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Brocklanders34
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Brocklanders34, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of zerocrane
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter from 12 oz bottle.

A - Black with a decent to undersized tan head that dissipated rather quickly

S - Get a lot of the -OH for sure with a strong roasty character. If I was going to try to find one flaw with this brew, it would be the nose.

T - Again the -OH comes in really strong at the end. In the meantime there is a roasty-delicousness to this beer that the alcohol kind of washes away in a nice finish.

M - Light mouthfeel for how big this beer is. It's not chewy, which I love.

O - Can't beat this for a year-round shelf stout.

zerocrane, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of chooch5
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

chooch5, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of ColonelHopslam
3/5  rDev -30.2%

ColonelHopslam, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of SourMeTimber
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SourMeTimber, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Dgiand
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Dgiand, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Jaynuze
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pour out of the bottle. The color, black as night, is topped off with a thick caramel/white head. Head retention is great till the end and a nice Belgian lace behind is left behind.
Hints of charcoal, toffee, caramel, and chocolate emanate from this beauty and it coats the mouth with a wonderfully smooth malty sweetness that gives balance to the mouthfeel. I've found the beer to be less bitter from the bottle than it is when it's served on-tap which I found a bit odd, but I'm not complaining!! The finish is a bold coffee flavor at first but rounds out with a hint of creamy-sweetness. A great beer to sip or tip, but watch out though; with a 9% ABV its effects have tendency to sneak up on you!

Jaynuze, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of wogreen
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

wogreen, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of MadTown1000
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark and thick and heavy into a pint glass with the kind of dissipating-from-the-bottom-up foam you generally see with nitro-cans. The several inches of brown-white large-bubble foam that remain on top just stay there. Given 2 minutes, about 2/3 of it is still there, with major lacing along the part that's receded. The beer itself is a very dark chocolate brown with almost no hint of translucency.

The smell out of the bottle is sweet, roasted caramel malt, not quite the chocoalte or coffee flavors I've noted on some other imperial stouts. Not quite as strong as I've noted on some others either. Almost as strong out of the glass as out of the bottle. Quite inviting.

Taste is a touch more bitter than I like in the style. It's got a bit of a sting to it, and the bitter sticks around longer than the aforementioned sweet caramel malt and other swirling accompanying flavors. Most prominent note is something like roasted espresso beans. It's tasty, but not what I'd hold up as an exemplar of the style. If you like your sweet paired with bitter, though, it might be just for you.

MadTown1000, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of ljbrisson
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black coffee color into a pint glass, with a thin sandy-colored head which reduces to a thin ring and leaves wisps of lacing throughout the drink. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain, espresso beans, a little bit of fruit. Mouthfeel is slick, chewy, coats the tongue, with good carbonation, good balance between medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Taste is roasted grain up front, with coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa, charred oak, and a dry finish. As it warms, wood flavor becomes more prevalent, as well as a little alcohol warmth, although not overpowering. Drinkability is high despite the 9% ABV because of how well it is hidden. Overall this is a great brew and I would try again.

ljbrisson, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of visionaries
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

visionaries, May 23, 2013
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,992 ratings.