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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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8,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 8373
Reviews: 3289
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%

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 maxpower


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great Imperial Sweet roasted malt aroma, thick dark creamy head,black in color, nice taste of plums, chocolate and coffee, not over sweetness. just very tasty, I like this awesome brew, well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 12:39:14 | More by maxpower
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Head : Thick hard and filled with flavor.
Body : Dark dARk darK thick merky almost death like.
Taste : Rich maty burnt hops Slight bitter. Coffe like.

The end was warm with alittle dryness.
Verry good drink whish they had it where I live. " Mabey I'll Move"!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 22:23:30 | More by Kwak
Photo of mjohn27603


3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a slight reddish tinge. Small head indicates the low carbonation common in this style. Aroma is of chocolate and roasted character but a little short of perfect. Taste is on the bitter side. Some chocolate. I must say I enjoy Bell's Expedition Stout more it has some fig or prune tastes that add another layer of complexity to the mix. High alcohol is present and noticeable. I did enjoy this at night on the first day of our first snow that stuck. I did the the atmosphere right.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 20:32:16 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of Zraly


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As soon as the bottle is cracked open, one is assaulted with a very forward aroma of coffee and alcohol. This beer pretty much announces itself. Old Rasputin pours a warm black color. The head I poured was not overly impressive. (I may be at partial blame for that.)

This beer is no joke. There is deep, bittersweet pungency to this brew. There is an exciting malt-on-malt, layered flavor. It is extremely complex and with an alcohol content of 8.9%, you will feel this beer. At moments, it tastes as though I am drinking a stout spiked with a shot of Stoli vodka. Holy sh@t.

Enjoy. And be sure to note the hair on your chest in the morning.

Edit - January 20, 2009

The taste buds have adjusted to many new types of beers, so I thought I'd re-visit a style, and this ale in particular, to see what I think of it now.

Dark as night with a clingy tan head. Faint, crisp note of alcohol and malts hit the nose.

Smooth, but bitter, malt kick. A smoothness resides underneath some of the upfront flavors. Tastes like a wonderful, french roasted coffee bean that has been french pressed --- with just a hint of sugar and cream. Bittersweet. This is so complex and delicious --- and would work well with black forest cake or a dark chocolate pairing. I'm having mine with some "morning after bread" that my girlfriend made: a whole wheat bread made with coffee and Kona Pipeline Porter. It's heavenly, and you should be jealous.

I'm glad I picked up a four pack of this and re-evaluated this selection. I think it has "cult" status for a reason. It's a cold night here in VA, and a few of these will warm me up the way I like.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 23:37:03 | More by Zraly
Photo of dolem98


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-Overpowering burnt coffee flavors, faint smokiness
-Lots of bitterness, reminds me of chewing espresso beans
-Improved as it warmed
-Reminds me of quadruple shot (with a hint of raspberry and light on the chocolate) mocha

I didn't give it a higher rating in appearance, because I like it when Imperial Stouts pour like syrup. This one poured just slightly thinner than expected. Excessively bitter to get a higher drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 16:46:57 | More by dolem98
Photo of chilidog


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Imperial & I purchased this as my first offering of ohio's new apv law. At 8.9% this was a great sample of things to come. This brew was stunning for me as soon as I cracked the cap. The scent and aroma take-over to kick-start the taste-buds. Pour this black, low carbon stout and get a half-inch head that settles to a film but has enough in it to lace well, thicker than one might expect.The taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans with a not shy alcohol presence. The strength I think smooths this brew to the point of creamy. Enjoyed this-one on a cold rainy night.....Perfect!!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 11:57:09 | More by chilidog
Photo of Jon


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. Millennium Edition bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy, tan head. Hops, alcohol and coffee are present in the nose. Coffee-like taste presents itself along with a generous dose of hops, malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel is rather oily and fitting for the style. Quite smooth overall. This imperial stout certainly has its warming effects at 8.9% ABV. An impressive creation from North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 22:14:41 | More by Jon
Photo of boblinneman


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark dark dark brown, not black. Roasted alcoholic nose. Roasted malt flavor followed by a strong alcohol and hop bite. A very good imperial, true to the form. Storm King still is King of the Imperials.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 16:19:47 | More by boblinneman
Photo of Wildman


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour almost black dark amber color. It formed a nice dark tan foamy heal that left some nice circular lace. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. The body was a bit thinner than the few others I have tried. The finish was of a burnt bitter style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2002 17:05:08 | More by Wildman
Photo of mzwolinski


4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a substantial beer. Pours jet black, of course, with a thin head which dissipates almost immediately -- your first clue to the alcohol content of this beer, in case you missed the tiny 8.9% ABV on the bottom of the label.

Alcohol is present in the aroma as well, but surprisingly, only on rather close inspection. The scent that hits you in the face is the highly roasted malt. Deep, intoxicating and luxurious aroma, with hints of black cherries.

The beer is as bit rough on the tongue, but I'm not sure this is even a fault. Coffee-like flavors of malt with a surprisingly high hop bitterness. Alcohol warming sensation and a nice, sweet aftertaste. Full bodied in the extreme. Approach this beer with respect!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2002 10:09:13 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of BeerAngel


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

Pours a dark coffee color with deep garnet if held up to light, but who cares ;-)...and has a dirty tan head. Smells of faint coffee and chocolate mildy roasted come through and blended nicely. Taste of burnt coffee and a nice balance of hops tapers into a nice malty roast that is delicious! Very nice balance of flavors that ends with a dry hoppy taste on the tail. The mouthfeel is a medium body and just mildly creamy. Awesome brew! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 20:00:42 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of putnam


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a glass of Lion Stout...this has a warmer tone to the color of the head and warmer, woodier aromas as well. The liquid is suprisingly light in color. Raw cocoa and coffee beans, like kahlua, with a little green bean, pine nut, and cherry jam on the nose. Now licorice and cough syrup...Rich, round, sweet chocolate fudge. Burned chocolate cookies. A nice assertive bitterness on the medium-long finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2002 17:39:54 | More by putnam
Photo of marc77


4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Approaching black in hue, w/ trace deep brilliant garnet when held to light. Dark tan head slowly settles into a tight lace leaving layer. Light chocolate and butterscotch, w/ mild roasted barley and nuttiness. Subdued vinous alcohol soaked dark fruit. Not as delectable in aroma compared to other imperials. Sharp roasted barley bitterness hits the palate initially, then is ensued by a wave of milk chocolate sweetness and prune like fruitiness. Mild sherry notes and black licorice emerge mid palate then are rendered abrupt by assertive hop bitterness. Hop flavor, although overshadowed by the malt profile, combines w/ the fruitiness to leave a pleasant citrus rind undertone. Fairly light in body for an imperial, but the dextrinous mouthfeel does not reflect that. Finishes w/ a slightly smoky, lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor. Old Rasputin is delicious, but falls a bit short aromawise. The rich malt character isn't represented in aroma. It lacks the complete package of richness, but is highly enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2002 17:26:23 | More by marc77
Photo of aaronh


4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After searching for this beer for 10 months, I finally got my hands on a 4-pack while on vacation. It was worth the wait. This is a wonderful Imperial Stout. Nice dark color, almost black with a beautiful tan head. The aromas from this beer are almost as good as the taste: coffee, chocolate, malt. I savored each sip of each beer, spending almost an hour with each. The alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering. But I wouldn't choose Old Rasputin for a night of drinking. It's more of a beer for a relaxing evening. If this beer is readily available in your area, drink it regularly. If not, stock up when you find it. I'm ready to make the 6 hour drive to get some more.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2002 08:17:24 | More by aaronh
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Raspy was very dark brown, almost black in color, with some ruby glimmering through. Had a good, creamy tan head, with nice lacing. Big-time coffeeish-roasty aromas coming forth. Good body, and slid nicely over the tongue and down... Lots more roasty/coffee flavors produced some bitterness. Found some hints of dark fruits hidden in there as well. Comes through with a nice little hop zing at the end. But it's mostly the bitter roasty flavors which stand out. A good belly-warmer! Thanks to WilliamPhilaPa for the sample.

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

07-21-2002 09:04:39 | More by Bierman9
Photo of aracauna


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

Typical appearance for any rich stout or imperial stout. Deep black with dark tan head. Head wasn't very large, but not overly small either. Aroma is has the burnt chocolately aroma typical of the style, but it's in competition with the sharp citric peel of the hops. Seemed very balanced between the two. Some sweetness in the aroma as well. The flavor is lighter than I expected. There's a thin burnt bitterness and citrus peel flavor (although sharper like lemon or grapefruit than fuller orange peel flavor). This is all backed up by by the rich malt, but less so than Expedition or World Wide. It was also less sweet than those others. Not quite as overwhelming as the others and a bit more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2002 18:59:02 | More by aracauna
Photo of ZAP


4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black with a creamy tan head....the nose on this beer is outstanding...I just want to smell it and smell it and smell it, but I figured I'd better get around to drinking it too. The nose is very heavy on the hops, with a wonderful blend of spicy, earthy, herbal hops..some chocolate on the nose too.. The hops shine through on the buds as well, but there is an excellent chocolate bite to it also...like dark semi-sweet chocolate..Body is thick, but not over thick like Bell's Expedition...this is pretty drinkable in my opinion...the only drawback to me is there is some alcohol taste evident..It finishes with the hop bite, but also with a smooth butterscotchy texture...I really like this one...rates right up there with the best..

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2002 21:57:25 | More by ZAP
Photo of Viking


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

Dark brown, almost black body. Thick brown head, with excellent retention. Aroma thick with roasted malt, raisin, and molasses with undertones of the 8.9% alcohol coming through. Good flavor, roasted malt dominates with a nice bitter finish. Alcohol apparent in flavor, but less so than in the smell. Thick beer, but not really heavy or oily. This is a good choice for an after dinner/late evening relaxation beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2002 06:03:20 | More by Viking
Photo of ADR


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly thin pour (not as dense as a Bell's Expedition), nice dark brown head -- 1/4 inch. Very dark color but does let light through at the bottom of the pint glass. Nice fruity aroma, definite notes of vanilla. Full-bodied mouthfeel but not quite coating. Alcoholic, but not excessively so. Lots of bittersweet chocolate flavors, a little java and raisin. It can come off as showing excessive artificial blueberry flavors. Not as complex as Storm King. Partly bitter finish, not bad, mouthfeel brings down my drinkability score. Obviously a decent quality beer, just a definite step below some other Imperials. Nice smell.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 08:21:34 | More by ADR
Photo of BeerManDan


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big and bold. The taste lingers on. A favorite of mine. Introduce your friends to Rasputin. The alcohol doesn't over power the flavor!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 15:45:19 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color, with a cardboard colored head. There is raisin, malt and alcohol aroma’s on the nose. All of the same on the palate…heavy alcohol through out, raisins, bit of chocolate, and rum maybe. Very nice mouth feel…Overall a very good imperial, balanced well.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2002 15:12:26 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of John

New York

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(12oz. bottle) Awesome black opaque liquid. Rocky tan head. A truly remarkable appearance. A thin creamy layer of foam lasts, leaving residual lace. Huge aroma of chocolate, burnt molasses, ripe prunes and alcohol. Perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness...doesn't possess that sticky sort of sweetness. Just of multitude of flavors happening here; chocolate malt, prunes/raisins, coffee with a welcome alcohol warming sensation in the belly. A delicious, outstanding treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 07:33:52 | More by John
Photo of StevieW


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer grew on me. Pours deep dark black with maybe a hint of purple shade ? Nice big tan foamy head, faded into a thin head but fell down the glass nicely. Smells of roasted malt, toffee, coffee. Big roasted coffee taste, strong bitter finish that stays on your tongue.The taste expanded as the beer warmed, don't let the first sip, get you down. The alcohol makes it taste thinner than other stouts. Cool bottle and label. I bought this based on other beer advocates reviews. It is very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 16:32:38 | More by StevieW
Photo of Bighuge


4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black. Medium brown head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful roasty aroma. Also get a bit of smoke on the nose. There's some burnt malt tastes. Very strong bitterness. I love that in an Imperial. The IBU must be approaching 100 in this brew. Incredible malt load balances nicely with the hops. A bit of alcohol dangles on the tongue nicely. This is everything I look for in an Imperial Stout. Not as viscous as Bell's Expedition, but tremendous in its own right. One of my all time favorites. This is in the elite category of microbrewed Imperials that I have tried (along with Bell's Expedition and Rogue).

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2002 02:10:35 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Murph


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, I really love Imperial Stouts and this is a real good one. It is real dark with only the slightest hint of light getting through but kind of a thinish head. For some reason I couldn't get a whole lot of aroma. What I do get is dark chocolate and roasted malts with a slight hop undertone. A different taste for an imperial stout but not one that I am necessarily against. Huge amounts or dark chocolate and roasted malts start on the tongue. This is then followed a nice cascade hop flavor. The bitterness of the hops is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the chocolate and a faint dark fruit presence. I can't find even the slightest hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit tangy which leaves me wanting more of it. I would have to say that the hops balance to the huge body of this beer makes it exceptionally drinkable. This is one kick ass beer. One of these days I am going to have to make a pilgrimage to California to see all these amazing breweries in person.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2002 21:54:09 | More by Murph
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,373 ratings.