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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,628 Reviews
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a frothy milk coffee head. Great distribution and retention. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, steely grain, and a whiff of earth and grassy hops. Lots of dark chocolate up front with dark roasted coffee and a lingering steely bitter finish. Mouthfeel somehow at the same times feels rich and viscous, but also crisp and refreshing. A very tasty beer, although the metallic aroma and flavor is a bit off-putting.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark black/espresso colored beer with a mocha head that's huge and leaves GREAT lacing
S - nice coffee, chocolate, some creaminess in there, whole milk, oatmeal, roasty but not overly so
T - chocolate, coffee are the first things that come to mind, extremely well balanced with roastiness and hop bitterness just enough to perfectly balance this out. it's got some creaminess to it also.
M - thick, alcohol is completely covered, aftertaste is dark chocolate, bitter cocoa, and some creaminess that hangs around too
O - This is an awesome beer. I don't know why I don't buy it more often.

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First of all the name - Old Rasputin - is absolutely perfect for an Imperial Stout. This offers a full creamy head when initially poured and abundant lacing traces the glass above the beer. It does not linger too long. The smell is mild but classic stout - earthy, chocolate, and maybe fig. The taste is what counts and it is nearly perfect with hints of rich dark chocolate, dry fruit, and malt, balanced with an initial mildly acidic bitterness that dissolves into the dark chocolate finish. Old Rasputin is bold, balanced, full, and creamy with minimal effervescence. This is one of the best stouts I've tasted.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark black, slight dark ruby hue at the bottom of the glass. thick dark cream colored head.

smells like chocolate coffee, not overly strong aroma but is surely present.

tastes like chocolate coffee, some bitterness to it as well. an alcohol hint to it as well.

goes down smooth but has a hint of alcohol in it. expected that but not as smooth.

overall a really good beer but nothing fantastic. i prefer Ten Fidy, maybe it's just me. would buy this again because it's a great RIS and available year round. good RIS

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with no light coming through. Has a huge creamy dark head that goes away slowly. Can smell the roasted malts and dark fruits. Tastes like how it smells.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Deepest black with a 1.5" tan head. No lacing, but the head thins nicely and follows this one down.

S: Toffee, Coffee, and a hint of raisin bread.

T: Toffee again, dark malts, rum raisin on the foreground. The finish is pleasantly bitter. As much as I love a sweet stout, the balance of this stout is perfect.

F: Moderate to low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel - fits the style.

O: The closest thing I can compare this to is Ten Fidy. I'd drink this over Ten Fidy 6 days of the week. Unlike Ten Fidy it doesn't really attempt to hide the alcohol, it's just simple. The dark fruit flavors play with the alcoholic tones nicely. The dry finish was a welcomed surprise. I would seek this brew out again, would love to have a nitro version.

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Photo of jhartley
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a 07/23/2015 date at the bottom.
Dark black body with a dark tan head with; thin film of it hung around the entire time in the glass. No lacing.
Aromas of char, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate.
Nice unsweetened chocolate taste up front with a slight warming alcohol on the finish. Complex.
Nice full mouthfeel, you know you are drinking a big beer!
Overall a great Russian Imperial Stout that covers all the bases in want you would want when you decide to drink it. Very easy to drink, dangerously easy at that! Needs to be sipped and allowed to warm up to room temperature to really enjoy all the complex flavors.

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Photo of L0ne
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From backlog. 12oz bottle, November 2014.

Pours black with some faint brown highlights. Creamy, long lasting, tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Dark fruits, raisins, dark chocolate, roasty(coffee)/bready/toffee malts, caramel sweetness, maybe a hint of smoke. Slight warming from alcohol, and a roasty/burnt bitterness lingers on the palate alongside the caramel sweetness.

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Photo of MHurley
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours black in color with great size tan head. Smell of toffee and raisins with hints of alcohol and chocolate with a very high and thin lacing. Very bold on taste but yet smooth with complex flavors. Great imperial stout

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Photo of Myotus
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of tan foam that halves itself after 35 seconds. Beer is extremely black in color. It's difficult to make out the orange tint. There is a subtle amount of rising bubbles along the sides of the glass. Lacing is high, but thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of toffee, raisins, and plums stand out. Beyond those, lie mild aromas of molasses and coffee, subtle bittersweet chocolate, and hints of alcohol.
TASTE: Strong flavors of toffee, raisins, and plums combine to create the initial taste (as my nose would of guessed). Strong molasses flavors along with mild coffee and bittersweet chocolate eneter immediately after as initial flavors persist. As all flavors fade into the after taste, bittersweet chocolate flavors become angry and lose their sweetness and end up being very bitter.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. This goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes moderately dry, though (lame!).
NOTE: Slightly too bitter for me. Loved how I couldn't taste the alcohol that my nose perceived.

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Photo of mschipper
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steady pour into pint glass. A: dark opaque brew with outstandingly tall, frothy, khaki head that sticks around through entirety of drink. S: immediate dark fruits, slight hops, and hints of bread. Raisin stands out strong. T: deliciously dark fruit, raisin, and date, alcohol is masked incredibly well. F: I happen to enjoy natural carbonation over forced, so not a favorite mouthfeel due to the moderate high forced carb, but still remarkably smooth. O: fantastic! 4.5 right behind my favorite Russian imperial stout, Saint Arnold Devine Reserve #13. Will definitely keep an eye out for more of these, as they are quite affordable for the high abv.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On nitro, Appearance: unmistakably Imperial - dark as Midnight with a tinge of Garnet. Thick creamy lasting tan head, both medium and tiny bubbles, generous lacing along the sides of the glass. Aroma: I get a little cola and a little coffee. Taste: a bit of chocolate -- not too much. Hops make an understated appearance at the finish. Feel: full but very palatable; alcohol present and adds to the body but not overpowering. Doesn't get any better than this.

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Photo of benloho
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle had been in the cellar for 3 years. Time to partake!

Appearance: Gorgeous jet black pour into a tulip glass. Nice 2 finger tan head, super tight bubbles create a thick creamy look. Gorgeous figure to it after 3 years in the cellar.
Aroma: Boom! The nose on this one is an absolute gem! Rich, complex dark chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, specifically figs, molasses, and a bit of roastiness. Each sniff brought out a deeper texture to the aroma, like it was building off of each previous smell.
Taste: Smooth and refined tastes that pleased my palate very much. All of the aforementioned aromas put to the tongue; a backbone of bitter bakers chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar. A licorice like middle of the mouth flavor gives way to roasty malt and slight coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Rich, yet smooth. Complex body with a milkshake texture almost, yet very drinkable. Its wonderful when a high grav beer is drinkable yet best enjoyed when sipped as it warms. This beer cellars beautifully, I recommend it. Next one I do will be 5 years.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opaque black, big head that sticks around. nose; bitter chocolate and hops. taste; bitter mix of toasted grains, hops, toffee, cola and baker's chocolate. a bit relaxed on the malts, so a thinner mouthfeel than expected. i don't get any of the fruit flavors that some claim. highly carbonated. the relaxed subtlety going on here is nice - a very nice hoppy, bitter stout that still has the roasted malt and chocolate flavors working for it quite strongly. shockingly easy to drink at 9% abv.

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Photo of aleigator
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color, with a decent beige head, which collapses to a thick coating, especially at the edges of the glass.

Smells of toffee coated, coca-cola infused malts, accompanied by honey and skunky milk. Reveals a toasted malts counterpart, giving the sticky sweetness a certain balance.

Has a low carbonation with a soft mouthfeel and bubbly finish, offering a medium bodied beer, while ending with a warming honey peak.

Tastes of toffee, balanced by bread, whichs sweet character gets accentuated by caramel dipped grain toast. Reveals phenolic, biting coffee, while the beers sweetness gets expanded by more caramel, somewhat balanced by the coffee's bitterness. Finishes with earthy, crushed coffee, followed by a rock sugar ending, which still allowes the coffee to come through.

Drinks smooth, while its taste varies between being sticky sweet and a bitter blend, commuting from coffee to grassy hops.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic imperial stout. Smooth and creamy, complex palate, and well-balanced enough to keep the 8% ABV from being overwhelming. Arguably the best stout I've had this year.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured from a 12 oz. into a Nonic glass, pours an ink black with a dark tan head, about a finger's worth of foam that thins, beautiful amounts of lace around the glass.

S: Almost like a rich coffee with cream, the roasted malts and hops make this dark beer smell inviting.

T: Roasted malt and coffee on the nose, fades into a tartness and a bit of booze to boot, finishes semi-dry, disguises the 9% ABV rather well.

M: Creamy and smooth, the body is not as thick as it seems, you can also feel the hop oils stick to your teeth.

O: For the longest time, I have read and heard the hype about this beer, so I figured it was high-time I give it a try. Boy, for once, the hype and mounds of praise this beer gets is well-deserved, a solid example of the style, and a notch that all craft enthusiasts should have on their belt, will definitely put this into my rotation from now on.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank cold from regular glass poured from bottle.

Look: Very dark . Three finger tan colored head (medium pouring) with lots of lacing. Head lasts a few minutes then dies down.

Smell: Malty,with roasted coffee notes.

Taste: Dark roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, molasses flavors. The 9% abv is pretty well masked, with the bitterness of coffee/chocolate..

Feel: Not a thick as I anticipated, it has a nice smooth mouth feel with slight carbonation.

Overall:Very good stout, a half step behind the Founders Breakfast Stout

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased while visiting Niagara Falls. Old Rasputin seems to be one of the flagbearers for the style based on comments from forums over the past couple of years. It may not be the absolute best Russian Imperial Stout, but it's top-notch, accessible and virtually everyone agrees it's a great beer. Really looking forward to this.

Appearance - Jet balck. Massive two and a half fingers of tan head, even with a gentle pour. Impressive head retention. Not a ton of lacing left behind but certainly some. Dark, ominous and brooding. I like where this is going....

Smell - Rich coffee aroma, but thrown in with a ton of leafy hops which add to the impact that the coffee brings to the nose. Some licorice, treacle and molasses combination settles in behind the coffee and the hops. Very impressive and not overdone. Cafe mocha as the beer warms a bit with coffee elements, dialed down with cream and a touch of vanilla. Phenomenal.

Taste - Starts fairly bitter with some coffee transitioning into a lighter and flavorful coffee and cream whipped drink. Then taste fades out before a slightly smokey flavor seeps in then finishes a sit began with an intense bitteness. Toffee and dark chocolate start coming through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and relatively light on its feet, moderate carbonation and body given the 9% ABV, it drinks significantly lighter. A little oily and slick but it finishes moderate with a long -long-long lasting aftertaste.

Overall - Paid $3 USD per bottle, which given the exchange rate is like $4 CDN, but top shelf stuff, on par or maybe even better than St. Ambroise's RIS, just truly great stuff. Really highly regarded beer that lives up to the hype, that's uncommon.

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Photo of dba103
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank cold from regular glass poured from bottle.

Look: Very dark brown/black with red tinges on the edge. Pretty large, tan colored head (medium pouring) with lots of lacing. Head lasts a few minutes then dies down.

Smell: Malty, slightly boozy smell with roasted coffee notes.

Taste: Dark roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, molasses flavors. The 9% abv is pretty well masked, with the bitterness of coffee/chocolate and warming sensation of alcohol on the back of the tongue and throat on the finish.

Feel: Decently thick, it has a nice smooth mouth feel with slight carbonation.

Overall: Excellent stout, one of the best ones I've had. Will definitely be buying again.

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Photo of VT9091
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands-down THE BEST Russian Imperial Stout in existence. Black. Thick. Rich. Boozey. Oily. Not much of a head. Would love to drink two but can't do it.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. Jet black, opaque, low carbonation. Tan head. Caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Alcohol is well-hidden. This is a very, very good beer - but not my absolute favorite for the style. It's competent but not memorable.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer: a long-lived gigantic pebbly tan head that leaves extensive, complex lacing on a pitch-black body with sullen ruby highlights. The nose is subdued roasted malt- molasses and toffee- faintly sweet with alcohol undertones. The palate is alcohol and bitter roasted malt- mostly molasses and bitter, bitter chocolate- with the alcohol notes gaining traction towards the back of the palate. The finish is a flash of chocolate followed by a beer-defining roasted bitterness that lingers forever. Mouthfeel is a bit thinnish for the full body, but creamy and warming, and peppery from some very fizzy carbonation.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

It's really dark, black essentially. It looks good. Smells toasty, coffee-like, nutty even. Smells great. Amazing really. Tastes as it smells, toasty roasty coffee goodness, slightly sweet maltiness, with a small alcohol burn at the end. It tastes pretty great. Very thick feeling with moderate carbonation that gives the beer a pleasant creamy feel.

I love this stuff. Will definitely be buying more for years to come.

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Photo of Cutlass
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Inky black with a couple inches of copper head that eventually dissolved almost completely

Smell - heavily malty with notes of coffee and just a touch of whiskey (bourbon maybe?)

Taste - malty as expected though balanced by a bitter herbal hop aftertaste and some bite from the high alcohol content

Feel - smooth with relatively little carbonation

Overall - A tasty and interesting beer; this is my first russian imperial stout so I am unable to compare it to others within its style, but definitely worth a try

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,628 ratings.