1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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

9,650 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,650
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 289
Gots: 1,217 | FT: 38
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: 9,650 | Reviews: 3,349 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Thomas0790
4/5  rDev -7%

Thomas0790, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of edglodek
5/5  rDev +16.3%

edglodek, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of JonMich13
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

A = Jet black with a one finger dark tan head that retreated rather quickly. Decent lacing that stuck around for the whole deal.

S = Very nice sweet fruits and chocolate. Coffee and malts also ever present. Nice balanced aroma.

T = Wonderful sweet fruit and chocolate notes to start. Warm coffee and hints of chocolate bloom in the middle, with a mild hop bitter to finish.

M = This is where I feel like this one lacks slightly. A little more thin on the palate than I would expect. I guess I was hoping for it to be a little creamier and chewy.

D = Excellent drinkability. ABV is well hidden. Could go for another right now.

All told, a great example of this style, and henceforth a staple in my fridge.

JonMich13, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of mnesporov
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Presentation: A Really cool looking 12 oz bottle from the Flying Saucer in Charlotte with a wicked sketch of Rasputin. There was no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A Pitch black amber with a wood brown head that sticks very nicely to the glass in which it was poured. The cascade was also a sight to be seen.

Smell: A very roasted malt smell with hints of dark roast chocolates and hazelnut.

Taste: An Extremely great tasting beer with a burnt chocolate and molasses taste. A malt and hop bitterness that finished surprisingly sweet.

Mouth-Feel: A very smooth and coffee like mouth-feel that finished quit smooth

Drink-Ability: I had this one at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte NC and I highly recommend this great IRS

mnesporov, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

One of the darkest pours I've ever seen, thick and heavy with a medium brown head. Massive hits of coffee beans and bitter chocolate with just a slight hint of the alcohol buried beneath it all. How I miss my youthful days when I used to regularly drink four of these a night. Probably the most pleasant drunk I've ever had. Your beer drinking life is not complete if you've never had this one. Also Rasputin's beard is a hero to mine, just saying.

Wackyfoot, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of jorg2619
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Old Rasputin is a classic RIS that I needed to have. The appearance is light absorbing black hole with a tan to slightly darker head. The smell is intoxicating with roasted yet smooth malt notes, and a hint of slight chocolate/ coffee notes. The taste is very clean the roasted malt flavor is subdued, allowing a creamy coffee flavor to dominate at the back of my tongue. I detect some bitter hop flavors framing the malt masterpiece of this North Coast Beer. The mouthfeel is pleasant and substantial. I would really love to find a case of this beer and drink a few every month to remember how a RIS should taste!

jorg2619, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of lazjuarez
5/5  rDev +16.3%

lazjuarez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of d4114
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

3/30/11
A- Pitch black; 2 fingers of creamy tan

S- Big coffee notes; At first it can be a little strong but after a little you really get the complexity; A little sweetness and some alcohol

T- At the front you get a really bitter and chard flavor; The middle you get coffee or espresso with a hint of alcohol; The alcohol is masked very well; At the back you are left with a smooth, dry bitterness

M- Medium to heavy bodied; Would have thought it would have been more thick and viscous; Warms back of mouth and throat

O- Really good complex beer that you can get year round

d4114, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of BenHesk12
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

Easily one of the best imperial stout's I've ever had. Enjoyed out of a nitro tap, Old Rasputin has perfectly balanced flavors of bitter dark chocolate and coffee, as well as a surprisingly high alcohol content of 9%. Pours deep black with a creamy brown head, the low carbonation allows for full enjoyment of this delectable stout. Gentle mouthfeel and strong flavors that leave little to be desired. Can't think of a RIS I'd rather sip on a cold winter night than old rasputin

BenHesk12, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of SgunnarW
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

SgunnarW, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of burningsnailman
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

burningsnailman, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of
4/5  rDev -7%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of marty717
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

marty717, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Tozac
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Tozac, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Fordknox
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Fordknox, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of vtn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

vtn, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Bauzen
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%

Dark and chocolatey appearance. Amber foam.

Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. While the flavor follows the nose, it's much more bitter and hoppy than a typical stout in the same class. The finish is dry too. A clean presentation for a serious brew.

Overall, it's one of the best dark beers I've enjoyed on the west coast. A welcome change to a steady stream of IPAs and over-the-top flavored stouts.

Bauzen, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of brewcifix
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%

Appearance-
Raspy pours black with a thick fluffy beige head. This beer laces like a champ! There were rings all down my glass! And, the ice cream soda looking head is going the distance! I’m almost done, with plenty of head left.

Smell-
There's a strong chocolate, cream nose.

Taste-
First there’s a rush of dark coffee, espresso, bitter chocolate, molasses, and burnt malt flavors. Then this stout finsihes with subtle hops and an INCREDIBLE cereal-malt-espresso aftertaste that lingers LONG.

Mouthfeel-
The mouth feel is silky smooth, with medium carbonation and a heavy weight on the tongue.

Overall-
This beer is OUT OF THIS WORLD. I would LOVE to find this stuff on tap! Easily, this is one of the absolute BEST crafted, looking, and tasting brew that I have ever come across!

brewcifix, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of anarchia
4.9/5  rDev +14%

Pitch black with a thick, creamy, ugly brown head. By ugly I mean beautiful, of course. Aroma is smoked wood, roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar--and maybe I'm just fantasizing here, in a Rasputin trance, but I pick up a faint, savory aroma that reminds me of bacon in the oven. Thick and syrupy with an acidic bite at the end that whispers "sip some more, sip some more!" Smokey, sweet, burnt, complex, chocolate, wood, hints of spice even (nutmeg & cinnamon). This has been and continues to be my go-to Imperial Stout. Others might be stronger but none hit me the way Old Rasputin does, even after all these years. Seems like a lot of people agree.

anarchia, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of RegalBeagle
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

RegalBeagle, May 23, 2014
Photo of brongladest
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

brongladest, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of anthony23cippy
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

anthony23cippy, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of CheChe
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

CheChe, Monday at 08:49 PM
Photo of Lookingloo2
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Lookingloo2, Aug 17, 2014
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,650 ratings.