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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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3,525 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,525
Hads: 11,310
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 498
Gots: 2,352 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't believe a "perfect score" is ever realistic (my perspective...my rubric)....but this one would come oh so close to a "5"...my taste buds opinion

Beautifully creamy/sustaining head and thick/thick body...the smell/taste of roastiness, of chocolate and coffee and beautiful malt/hop balance flowing thickly over the tongue

sweet elixir...

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Photo of HopintheSouth
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smell of deep chocolate, mocha and smooth oats all blended together. Khaki head that looks like it could float a quarter on top. The mouth feel is unbelievable for a beer with this much ABV and a RIS. Smooth as smooth can get. Taste is superb and very subtle alcohol. By far one of the best RIS I have had...so glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of Bethanylynn80
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm only giving this 4.75's because its not THE best stout I've ever had, but it's pretty close. I wish I could give it 4.99 stars. It has a nice dark head, and a delicious complex flavor that never lets you down. We always have some in our fridge!

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Photo of Tonedef
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Always my go to imperial stout..black as motor oil nice amount of carbonation and tastes like a chocolate espresso bomb...at 9 bucks a 4 pack its almost always in my fridge..

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Photo of zomatic
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. Rich, dark imperial stout, bitter with hints of coffee & chocolate. So dark brown that you can't see through it if held up to a bright light. Great stuff.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. A bit of alcohol on the finish, but it is a imperial stout. Deep brown/black color. Thick beer. Taste of coffee, chocolate and malt.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I managed to join Beeradvocate in 2010, and am only getting around to drinking this fantastic brew just now. Oh well, I enjoyed it on tap this evening, and it was quite delightful. I have elected to forgo my normal review narrative, because frankly, it's all been said. This is a beer truly deserving of it's world class rating. I'd be interested in aging this one, or giving the barrel aged version a go. Glad to recommend this brew. Cheers!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Normal look for a stout. Strong roasted sweet smell. Great toasty malt taste with a dark chocolate taste. Medium heavy body with the same amount of carbonation and creamy. Great russian imperial stout

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Photo of elNopalero
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid, thick jet-black with an inch of creamy cocoa-colored foam that just sits for days.

This has a power punch of an aroma on it, with a great big rummy-booze kick that blends with the dark chocolate, and a touch of a smooth French roast. It’s big and bold on the palate as well, with some of that dark chocolate and rounded roasty goodness. And so accessible.

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Photo of PintOh1759
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Nose- ALCOHOL!!! right to the face, ignorant in your face smell. Some chocolate if you search far and deep into your nostrils. Some smokey hints but not overwhelming. Maybe a little raisin.

Apperance- Black as night with a thick creamy Mocha colored head.

Taste- Smokey Malts, Some hop presence, burnt sugar, DARK bitter chocolate, and an after taste of chewing tobacco a very rough hang around dry alch taste that is impossible to place in the same category as anything else.

Overall this beer is okay and i may drink another one day but the lingering tobacco taste does throw me off a bit

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Photo of hint_of_beerotica
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Served on nitro in a pint glass at rendevious coffee house on the 5th of december.

A- completely obscures the light on an opaque black shade as beautiful as the heavens. Perfect half inch of leather hughed head.

S- a hearty dose of malty roasted hops followed by a sweet cream.

T- this Beauty had all of the good points of old rasputin with a tone down soy sauce flavor of the original which makes it more balanced. Cream is the prevalent flavor in addition to coffee malt toffee caramel chocolate and just a minor salty soy flavor preceeding the finish of big toasted hop goodness and malt.

O- a great improvement over the original when on nitro as it is wonderfully balanced and a great representation on the style.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft (Nitro)
A - Poured a dense black into a pint glass with a solid 2" creamy tan head, very tiny micro bubbles only; the head was like thick cream; looked like icing and it remained throughout the drink, but reduced to about 1" When I was done, the head still covered the bottom of the glass. I actually took a tortilla chip and scooped it in the head as though it were dip.

S - Sweet and malty, but honestly hard to smell through the thick layer of head isulating it

T - This was semi-sweet molassas, malt; no coffee or burnt roast detected

F - Very smooth, thick, almost no carbonation

O - Absolutely loved it

My first Old Rasputin and didn't know what to expect. I had this at a little Mexican restaurant in Staunton, VA (a hidden gem in my opinion) with lunch, but will definitely try this beer again; highly recommended. This beer was extremely easy drinking given the 9% ABV

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Photo of rooskey379
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Easily found everywhere in MI and what a treat that is. If you're entering the stout game, begin here. Excellent beer, great price, great availability (in MI, not sure about elsewhere). The 98 is a good representation of this beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Rock solid black, with the slightest edge of brown transparency, building up a full tan head that is extraordinarily persistent. The lacing literally coats the glass to start, leaving a pattern down the glass.

S - Dark fruits and chocolate, hops in the form of floral notes, and a strong hit of alcohol.

T - Following the nose, the start is plum and raisin, with bittersweet chocolate. There is a distinct rise of hop bitterness in the middle, along with hints of toasted bread. The close fades back to black coffee acidity, a bit of char, and a hint of citrus zest.

M - The feel is slick and full, while the warmth in the close is a reminder that this is an imperial stout, a heavy hitter.

O - Old Raspy delivers a robust RIS experience, without barrels. It uses fairly robust hopping, to great effect, and avoids the mistake of some hoppy stouts by fully integrating the hop into the stout elements of roasted malts.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a bottle with no clear freshness dating; into a pint glass.
Appearance - as dark as 4AM, with the slightest bit of light coming in at the bottom of the glass. Head is a toasted marshmallow pillow! Lacing is phenomenol!
Smell - a blend of cream, milk and dark chocolate.
Taste - more coffee and espresso and less chocolate compared to the nose. Some vanilla and dark chocolate that eventually shows up.
Feel - a coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, followed by a creamy yet roasted marshmallow coat on the tongue. Complex from first sip to last; this has a frame that could handle a much bigger ABV!
Overall - high quality brew, though I have a few others higher on my list.

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Photo of Kishanti
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours black with a sudsy chestnut head. Nose is dark and syrupy with a light medicinal astringency: cocoa bean, espresso, roasted malt, everclear. Crisp and straightforward when gulped: bitter, effervescent, and warming, with lingering hops, chocolate, malt. Readily coats the mouth and increases in sweetness aerated.

Old Rasputin is one of my go-to beers and one of the (several) reasons I first fell in love with North Coast. A potent, heady, mysteriously drinkable warmer.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a very dark, nearly ebony color. About one finger of foamy caramel covered head. Head retention is amazing, almost no reduction.

Smell is of coffee and caramel.

Taste is strongly of coffee, slight hint of caramel stays on the tongue after swallow.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Low in carbonation, but very smooth.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this one around for a while, but honestly I did not know what it was. I have been more hardcore into stouts lately and I felt that it was time to expand my horizons. I honestly purchased this beer on blind faith. I had no idea what I was purchasing and had no idea the high reviews it received on here.

Appearance: pours black as widows dreams, no light at all, large amount of head, it could have been the Bell's tulip I poured it into. The head remains fairly substantial and is a khaki caramel color.

Smell: Boozy at first, but nice chocolate and coffee aromas are in there. Definitely a more coco driven stout than coffee though. Sweet caramel and malts are also in there and maybe some vanilla.

Taste: It does have some alcohol burn, but its a 9% beer, however I have had 9% beers that had no burn at all. Good mild coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla notes, but the vanilla definitely takes a back seat to the chocolate. This is pretty boozy beer. I get a lot of alcohol in this one though. Its not really well hidden and it is also kind of on the thin side but not too much, I would prefer this one be a bit thicker on the mouth.

Overall: Solid beer, I have had better stouts, I am a bit surprised at the high ratings on here, but I guess that is because it has been around a while. Its good but not great. My main problem is that the booze is not all that well hidden.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz bottle.Poured a very dark brown.Smell is a light coffee unsweetened chocolate.Light licorice.Taste is coffee and some bitterness.It wasn`t bad but I would not say it was better than say Ten-Fidy or Imperial Russian Stout from Stone.But it worth a try. World class I just don`t see it.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: [4.00] Slick black looking liquid with an impressive 2 1/2 finger head. The head is tan and creamy looking with tiny, dense bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (9%) but there is no date.

S: [4.25] The nose is chocolate with more chocolate.

T: [4.25] The taste is milk chocolate up front then after some time it is bitter-sweet chocolate at the back. There is a smokey element to the taste also. There are also some hints of dark fruits that become more prominent as it warms.

M: [3.00] Tangy on the tongue (not as smooth as I expected). There is dry sense to the finish.

O: [4.00] Very night flavor profile with chocolate and smoke. The 9% ABV is well hidden. The mouthfeel was the only thing that wasn't in the great range is is a little more carbonated and prickly than I expected. Overall this is a really good beer. Well crafted and nice to sip on.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can North Coast be my beer messiah when Founders Breakfast Stout is out of stock at Plonk? I ask myself, seemingly knowing the answer is “no” but wanting nonetheless for there to be another Stout as good as FBS. For starters Rasputin, apart from being a wily-old/long dead Russian monk is a Russian Imperial Stout (the beer not the person), and RIS’s are a bold adventurous lot brewed by the English to sate the wild palates of bold Slavic Czars... who knows, Rasputin may have it.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Rasputin was a dark, scraggily-haired and slightly menacing monk. This beer has personified old-raspy well with its jet-deep chocolate body and a tan head that leaves Sanskrit writing, in the form of lace, inside the glass... I’m a Buddhist and I’m freaking out right now wondering if this is some sort of Beer-Dharma. 10/10.

S: Dusty chalk upfront, with roasted coffee bean, more chalk, notes of bitter herbal hops with hop resin notes and a hint of bitter cacao nibs. The aroma is heady and luscious, like some malevolent lover who will bring you to the peak of beer ecstasy only to abandon in their own nefarious plot like some pawn... only: you want to be a pawn to this brew. 10/10.

T: Finally! A cacao master to FBS’s Kona coffee awesomality... and yes I invented that word specifically to piss off OED. Where FBS rules the coffee Stout roost, Rasputin puts a dark chocolate boot in your throat and says “drink me bastard, you know you want to!” (and “yes” I do). There are some bold chocolate notes with a bitter herbal finish, much more bitter than FBS. That said there’s quite a bit of finesse and complexity with this Rasputin (although the original Rasputin was also quite bitter and complex as well). 9/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a chewy, dense carbonation, close to Founders body but lacking that Overall Oatmeal Creaminess (that OOC). 8/10.

D: Like a big Stout blanket this brew coats your tongue and makes you feel that you have made an excellent choice in Stouts, like all great Stouts should do. Is it enough to de-perch FBS? The question burning on all the lips of the people who’ve tried FBS but not Rasputin... it is a great brew, almost worthy of de-throning FBS but it is missing a slight “Ce n'est pas la vache qui crie le plus fort qui donne le plus de lait.” (I secretly hope someone translates that). 8/10.

Food match: Hens eggs, the large ones. Also cigars, the smoky ones, would match well.

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Photo of Big_Beers
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Appearance. Oil dark with thick small beaded tan head.. aroma. Dark fruit sweet molasses. Taste . Very sweet up front followed by very slight bitter fruit and leave a the palate with a Kona coffee taste. Overall. This beer is now in my solid rotation which is a few select beers ..This made me fall back in love with American craft beer after a long Belgium stretch

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Photo of Jasper14
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

It comes in a short, stubby, fearless looking bottle with a design that belongs in the Kremlin.
Pours very dark brown with a frothy mocha head that refuses to dissipate, leaving clouds of lacing on the glass.
Aroma is roasty: notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, slight raisin, toffee, mellow hops and faint alcohol.
Taste is bitter, sweet, rich - notes of dark chocolate, espresso, slight fruit. Mouthfeel is thick. Medium finish: sweet, bitter.

Excellent beer, definitely on of the great Imperial Stouts; very good for a brunch.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer many times. When it is available on nitro, it's really hard for me to choose anything else. It pours nearly pure black with a tan head. The retention and lacing are excellent. The aroma is delicious - coffee and cocoa with floral hops adding complexity. The flavor lives up the nose. It's an explosion of coffee and cocoa malts with a great hop presence that balances the sweet malt. It finishes with a mild bitterness of coffee and floral hops. Really complex flavors. The body is medium-full with a real smooth creaminess on nitro. I'm a huge fan of this beer.

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Photo of DaliQualiti
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The smell is cocoa pebbles and quality, light roast iced coffee.. with 2 sugars. After the first sip, your mouth feels the way a running fondue fountain looks, coated with flavor and a syrupy smoothness, but unlike a fondue fountain - it dissipates quickly. After a few sips, I noticed the flavor doesn't stick around for long and constantly leaves you craving the next one.

I'm stopping...

Obviously, if youre on this page, you're interested. So do yourself a favor, jump on the boat and give it a whirl. You wont be disappointed!

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,525 ratings.