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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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9,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,002
Reviews: 3,316
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 242
Gots: 947 | FT: 31
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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Photo of mmva321


4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

I've been avoiding many stouts lately, preferring the easier drinkin' waters of the pale ales and belgian ales, but this is a great introduction back.

A: An opaque black body with just the slightest tint of brown is beautiful. Above it is 3 fingers of dark khaki head that dissipates a bit quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the side. Kind of two-tone.

S: A great combination of roasted malts, sweet chocolates and caramels and bitter dark chocolates and a bit of hops. It ups the roasted and bitter aspects over the sweet, and is better off for it, giving the beer a hazy-inducing comforting effect. To describe it further would make too factual a more emotional response.

T: Same flavor profile as the aroma, and it once again highlights the bitter and roasted characteristics, but there is a great and surprising kick of sweetness right in the middle of a drink. It's like liquid chocolate for one fraction of a second. It's a unique trademark for the beer.

M: A great lightly carbonated and thick body are just great for this stout.

D: Though the roasted flavors last a little too long, the beer is a pleasure to drink, giving you a unique and challenging taste for your palette.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 07:15:34 | More by mmva321
Photo of chodinheaven


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

Opaque black color and a mountain of a slowly dissapating tan head. Heavy lacing on the glass and excellent head retention. Looks amazing. Smells of dark roasted malts and some strong coffee and chocolate. Coffee is prominent in the taste as well as dark chocolate and a strong twinge of alcohol that doesn't overwhelm at all.
A fairly bitter aftertaste is left in the mouth but it is pleasant and warming, not annoying. While the taste rivals any other stout I've ever had as the best, the mouthfeel of Old Rasputin is so smooth and creamy that it literally feels like I'm drinking silk. It makes the beer in the end, because the taste, smell and appearance of this beer are all great, but the mouthfeel makes the beer special. Drinkability is relatively high for how strong a beer this is. Overall this is a beer that I will buy again and again when I'm in a stout mood.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 04:15:51 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of puertobrewing

Puerto Rico

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

A - Very dark pour on a snifter. Nice 1.25 finger of half and half coffee-colored head that settled down quite fast leaving lacing behind.

S - Smells malty, toasted coffee, with a bit of hops but not overwhelming. You can also smell some caramel and pure love.

T - Great balance between the malty sweetness and the hop bitterness. Tastes like black coffee, some caramel, notes of honey, prunes, and a big punch of aftertaste bitterness probably from Columbus hops.

M - Perfectly balanced carbonation for a full body beer like this. It feels like you're swallowing a healing potion... that's how good it is.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers. My favorite style is quadrupel but I definitely love a Russian Imperial Stout like this one. Lets see if the Dogfish Head World Wide Stout that I have chilling in my fridge for next weekend can impress me as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 20:16:47 | More by puertobrewing
Photo of Franz4


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

12 oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass

A- black, good foamy head that's a light tan color, good retention, lacing is nice and sticky all the way down.

S- smells of full bodied chocolate, almost ice cream like. Slightly nutty... maybe a little like rocky road.

T- strong chocolate and molasses. Most "milk chocolate" like stout I've had in a while with a very mild bitterness to it. I'm not picking up much coffee at all. Very tasty.

M- very fine moderate carbonation is evident, goes down quickly with a semi-dry finish.

D- A beer to enjoy for sure. No need to rush this one but it doesn't mean I don't want to. For a good stout that's widely available, this one fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:18:51 | More by Franz4
Photo of CJfromPhilly


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

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle deep, dark brown, almost black color with a one finger tan head that dissipates into a heavy collar. Can't get a read on the carbonation that may be going on in the near blackness. Aroma is a rich, thick smell of roasted, toasty malt. There is a hint of coffee and smoke, and it's a pleasantly sweet aroma. 1st sip is a thick, rich, creamy shot of dark unsweetened chocolate, black unsweetened coffee, smoky peat, bitter hops, and alcohol! There's a lot for the tastebuds to process here! Mouthfeel is also thick, rich, & creamy. This beer is stout in every sense of the word! As for drinkability, these are so potent I think 2, maybe 3 is all I could do in one sitting, but that's not meant to be a negative. This ain't some weak-ass lager for playing quarters with! Overall, a fantastic sensory experience! Sip, savor, and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 22:09:14 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of jman892


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours jet black with a nice thick 1 finger mocha head that lingers, leaves great lacing. I cant think of a better looking beer

S - roasted malts, cola aroma, very mild chocolate come through.

T - suprising hoppiness for the style. Balanced with the hops is a great smooth chocolate taste. Alcohol warming is also noticeable, but not off putting at all. Also a faint bit bit of nuttiness comes through

M - thick, smooth creamy mouthfeel, with an alcohol kick on the end. Very mild carbonation

D - very good drinkability, creamy mouthfeel lingers on the taste buds, keeping the mouth watering for more

A great smooth RIS.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 18:07:25 | More by jman892
Photo of cyrock1


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

Appearance: pitch black with a suoer creamy looking one inch tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, toasty and roasty malt. Hints of toffee.

Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate with hints of coffee and toffee. Mild hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Semi creamy mouth-feel, nice mild cabonation.

Drinkability: Other than the alcohol content creeping up on you I would say have quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:52:24 | More by cyrock1
Photo of Glibber


3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black coffee with a dark foam that shrinks down to a small surface cover. Faint smell, coffee, sherry, little burn in the belly. Not to much sweetness, but not too bitter. Very mellow for the alcohol content. Nice sipping beer. My friends really liked it as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:03:34 | More by Glibber
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let the stout sit out for 20 minutes then poured into my Great Divide Tulip.

Appearance-Black, like any other good RIS. Thick tan head that fades into thick lacing. Carbonation bubbles floating up the side.

Smell-Can really smell the booze. Chocolate, Malt, and alot of Espresson. I think I get some raisons in there too.

Taste-Sweet at the beginning, bitter finish. Lots of espresso and alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Thick and Creamy. Lots of carbonation.

Overall-Very drinkable beer. What makes this beer taste even better is b/c your getting a bargain, 799 a 4pk. Great beer to keep in your fridge without breaking the bank.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:58:02 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of DerekP


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

Black as night with a tan head. Inky black blots drip on the head as I pour every last drop out of the bottle. Head thins out fairly quickly. Regardless, head retention is there.

Smells amazing: candy-sweet hops (I think it's hiding something from me...), roasted malts, charcoal (can someone say "Prime Rib?"). Sweet fruits remind me of how much I love Ales over Lagers (this is not a fruit beer!). Meaty and savory; full flavored.

Head first in the fire pit with the first sip from the glass. Abundantly burnt, but in a good way. Slick hops help balance the dryness of this brew. Lingering qualities. Certainly a sipper, but I can't help but throw it down. Pitch blackness infiltrates the tan head as it rides up the rim of the glass. Alcohol shows itself like a toned down liquor (9% ABV). Bitter hops blend with the burnt flavors to offer up a serious Stout.

A great brew to enjoy. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:07:17 | More by DerekP
Photo of SchmoTerp


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a great beer. This one looks, smells, and finishes among the top beers you'll ever have. As with all the most worthy stouts (at least for me), it's all about the finish and Old Rasputin does not disappoint. It's medium-bodied taste hangs pleasantly in the palette for quite awhile. My only wish would be a more full taste. Regardless, this beer will be enjoyed at my house for a long time to come.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:26:47 | More by SchmoTerp
Photo of Sachsenfreude


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

appearance; body is black, can't see through it even when held up to the light. Forms a stiff, creamy dark tan head. Great retention throughout the drink with beautiful lacing.

smell; very toasty roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Spicy, woody hops are also pesent, somewhat tannic. A bit of caramel perhaps...

taste; bitter chocolate coffee beans and molasses. Some bitter flavors of oak as well in the finish, little more hoppy than sweet but the balance is still nearly flawless. Burnt malts ride from start to finish growing more bitter, then briefly taking on a lactic sweetness in the finish, before the hops gain control and balance things out.

mouthfeel; very heavy bodied and thick. Goes down smooth, leaving a slimy trail. Alcohol warmth is noted as well as tight carbonation. Finishes very dry and crisp.

drinkability; such a powerfully flavorful drink, without overwhelming the palate, quite an easy drink that sits perfect with me.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 21:26:25 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of Shrews629


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

Appearance - Very dark brown/black color with small ruby highlights around the edges and bottom. A very, very nice tan head that was of excellent size. Very fluffy and creamy, smooth looking. Very nice retention and some pretty good lacing. Left a small film across the top until the very end.

Smell - The aroma revealed some roasted maltiness along the lines of coffee and chocolate. Some dark fruit is there, but seems to be sitting in the background. The smell is very rich and slightly sweet. Picking up some burnt tones that could be grain or barley. Nice and robust.

Taste - In the taste I found more of the dark fruit tones than I did in the aroma. I detect some burnt grain flavors and the coffee and chocolate file in line nicely. A small touch of alcohol flavoring, but none too much. It fits in very nicely. Very well balanced. Minute bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Dry and chewy even. The alcohol was like an enjoyable smooth burn. Leaves plenty hanging around on the palate. Very nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Man!!! This is really a great brew. I've been hearing and reading a lot about Old Rasputin and it doesn't disappoint. It's rich, bold and smooth. The alcohol is there for the first few sips, but then becomes practically non-existant. This beer is easy and enjoyable to drink. The high ABV may deter some, but all around it's a really good beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 17:45:49 | More by Shrews629
Photo of JayRey

Rhode Island

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

12 oz. bottle poured into Newcastle pint glass.

Appearance: Very black. 1 finger tan head reduces relatively quickly.

Smell: First thing I get is chocolate, followed by some coffee and roasted caramel malt.

Taste: Awesome. Just like the smell: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Alcohol comes through at the very end but is mostly hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body, very smooth.

Drinkability: Very good beer overall. Great balance, especially with so much going on here. Will definitely be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 02:54:54 | More by JayRey
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

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

Had this on tap last night at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier VT. $6 for a ~10oz draft pour.

A: Clear nearly black brew gives a slight mahogany-red glow around the edges in dim bar lighting, so I presume it isn't completely opaque. Lovely dense tan head, super thick and creamy. Looks like it came from a nitro tap (but I forgot to ask if this was true). Super thick carpet of smooth dense lace covers the sides of the glass.

S: Good dose of dark, astringent, roasted barley and bitter cocoa powder. Mostly dry. Slight dry grass/ hay hop.

T: Same as the smell, plus a bit of light thin sweetness of candied fruit, tart raspberries and currents. A bit of dry smoke and a modest earth/herb hop both add some bite and depth but aren't major players. Long finish has lingering soft dark cocoa and smoke, and some residual sweet slickness, like the aftertaste from chocolate-raspberry liquor (if there is such a thing).

M: Mostly dry, smooth and creamy, moderate thickness, but balanced by a bit of light bitter fruity sweetness. Fairly lightbodied for a RIS. Soft mellow carbonation.

D: Hugely drinkable, not filling or overly sweet. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 02:40:13 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of wstuart


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black as the devils backside, this russian imperial stout is freaking delicious. light hazelnut top with a distinct chocolate flavor accompanied by a rich coffee aroma. interesting how both the coffee and chocolate are in balance with eachother, while maintaining their boundries. delicious

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 00:25:39 | More by wstuart
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep dark brown black color with a finger-plus tan-brown head. The head slowly reduces to a ring around the glass with some nice lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of rich roasted caramel malts and some strong coffee aroma. Almost espresso. Touch of smoky elements with a little bit of chocolate also mixed in.

T - Lots of sweet roasted and rich caramel malts and coffee flavors. Also some nice smoky flavor and a touch of chocolate. Through the middle more off the sweet caramel malts come through with some nice oak and roasted flavors alongside. The finish is full of roasted malts and coffee flavor with a touch of bitterness which linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels fairly thick and creamy. Maybe just a hair more carbonated than expected.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of flavors that are really nicely balanced and fairly complex, but it does not drink super heavy.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 20:16:28 | More by ngeunit1
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, finally landed a bottle of this at KJ Baarons. Not sure how or why it took me this long, but review #199, lets do it!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip. Holy cow! A huge three finger dark brown head that faded incredibly slowly resulting in a nice thick blanket. All this atop a dark black pour with a little bit of deep brown at the edges.

S - Really nice roasty malts. Big time roasted, lightly smokey carmel malts with just a hint of vanilla. There are some nice bittersweet chocolate and some good bitter hop qualities along with a strong espresso aroma.The alcohol is present on the nose though.

T - Very much like the nose. This stuff is so good. Lots of that roasty malts with a lil vanilla quality. Lots of coffee flavours (including the bitterness) along with some chocolate. Quite bitter aftertaste.

M - Quite creamy and smooth even though there is some good carbonation here. Rather surprising.

D - Wow, this is a stellar stout. Everything works so well with another. The ABV is hidden big time thanks to the coffee qualities of this stout. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 07:15:44 | More by rudzud
Photo of RTJakarta


4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle.

Black as night with a light tan head, leaving behind some lovely lacing. Beautiful.

A nice coffee/chocolate smell. Not too overpowering, but definitely evident. Very nice.

Taste is fantastic. Like most people say, malt, chocolate, and coffee. A nice bit of warmth to go with the 9% ABV. Wouldn't guess a 9% ABV though.

A bit more carbonation than I would think in the mouth, but it's still really rich and thick in the mouth.

For me, I don't drink stouts too often. Usually like to have a nice meaty meal, which is something I don't have too often. But when I wanna have a stout, especially a RIS, this is an absolute go-to beer. Fantastic. Could drink this often.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 05:54:24 | More by RTJakarta
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice head retention. Dark color body with ruby highlights. The head looks creamy and delicious.

Some chocalate and coffee with a hint of cherry coming in the aroma. Nice smell as it warms with a smokiness that my brother pointed out.

The taste is delicious. Vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, coffee and chocalate mixing very well. I taste a little bit of alcohol nothing over the top.

Feels great in the mouth. Medium body. Goes down nice.

I could have another. Seems to get a little heavy but nonetheless a very tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 02:02:50 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

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

When in California..why not drink from the tap of goodness as much as possible.
Black with a nice mocha creamy foam. The nose is all stout, coffee, cola, molasses. The taste is not quite up to the nose but has a nice roasty malt and espresso flavour. There is a slightly sour note and its creamy, dry and has a smokey charred finish. This is a decent stout but there is no way that this is 9%. The ABV is very well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 04:25:56 | More by LazyL
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a rich, deep, dark brown that is just shy of black in color. There is a nice thick, foamy head that bubbles from the bottom.
S: Rich roasted malts in the nose with some espresso character.
T: This beer tastes like roasted malt, espresso, chocolate heaven. Bitter espresso and dark chocolate starts the sip with some sweet roasted malts sneaking in in the middle. There is a slight alcohol finish.
M: This is a thick, well carbonated beer. Very smooth and rich.
D: Overall, this is an excellent beer. I really enjoy this stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:19:38 | More by jgreenearrow
Photo of plfahey


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Jet black and totally opaque with a dense, fluffy tan head.

Aroma-Roasted aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate blend with pleasant earthy hop undertones.

Flavor-Bittersweet chocolate is quickly overtaken by rich, roasted coffee flavors. Coffee grounds and burnt espresso lingers on well into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Thick, full body is nearly chewy, though the moderate carbonation keeps this beer from seeming heavy.

I think this might have been the first RIS I ever had, and I've drank a lot of it since then. This is a lovely example of the style, and a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:07:32 | More by plfahey
Photo of HOPPYKC


4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. No bottled on or bb date available on bottle.

A- Pours dark and fully opaque. A nice small amount of tan to light brown head. Shows no signs of carbonation.

S- Coffee and carbonation. I get a small amount of chocolate and dark fruits. Raisins.

T- A lot of malt and chocolate. Coffee.

M&D- A full flavored and textured brew. I nice malt addition.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:40:47 | More by HOPPYKC
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a pint glass on tap at the Brew Kettle.

A tan colored two-finger head of miniscule bubbles sits atop a pitch-black body. The head retention is fantastic as it never completely fades no matter how empty the glass becomes. The lacing coats the glass almost entirely. Truly a fantastic and somewhat intimidating looking beer.

Scents of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and a little coffee are there, although not as strong as they could have been.

The flavors follow the nose in all respects. Malt, chocolate, and coffee are there but I would have liked them to be bolder. The 9% ABV is well masked and is only apparent as a slight warmth. A slight bitterness also persists at the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but not sticky. Not alot, but just enough carbonation help move it along. The beer coats your mouth and makes you remember each sip until you take another.

While I would have liked this beer to have bolder flavors, it is still quite refreshing for the style and has excellent drinkability. I could definitely have multiples in one sitting, which is quite impressive for a stout.

All in all, an excellent RIS with great drinkability. My only complaint is the mildness of the flavor. It was almost like drinking a 1% chocolate milk. I have heard claims that this beer ages well and I am definitely interested in seeing how this would affect it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 20:43:51 | More by output01x
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,002 ratings.