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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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9,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,022
Reviews: 3,317
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 243
Gots: 951 | 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 stingrayvr6

New Jersey

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

Poured almost black into a pint glass with a thick creamy head, great retention and clings to the glass. Smelled of dry roasted malts, some hop bitterness, and coffee. Taste smokey, roasted malts, chocolate with dry finish and warm alcohol. Incredibly smooth, clings to the mouth. Deceptively easy to drink, and pairs well with desert. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 04:36:46 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of RickS95


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

Good looking. Dark black, with a fluffy brown pillow of bubbles sitting on top. The head will stay for a visit before going away.

This thing smells manly. You can almost smell bitter with chocolate and coffee and smoke...all things I like in a brew.

The taste is similar, with the chocolate and coffee, but the malts come thru on the palate.

There's a creaminess to it that you can't beat. It actually starts sweet before giving way to a nice bitter in the finish. Deep in the swallow, you'll pick up a gentle heat from the alcohol.

This is surprising drinkable for being so high in alcohol and IBU. It has a nice taste and like I said, it's very manly, but everything balances niceless to create a pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:00:53 | More by RickS95
Photo of mcnabb0001

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle with Rasputin on the label putting a communist curse on everyone that drinks this.

A - pours jet black with a nice thickness, big tan colored head just rises to the top of the glass and leaves a thick lacing as it dissipates.

S- sweet, coffee, dark chocalate, dark fruit (raisons) actually the sweet alcohol smell stings the nose a little.

T - nice bitterness hits the tongue followed by a blast of coffee and dark chocalate. Sharp sweetness rides the chocalate coffee wave down the throat. Alcohol is definitely present but not overbearing.

M - fulled bodied, thick, and smooth. nicely carbonated for an Imperial with a nice warming affect in the back of throat and in the chest as this one goes down.

D - Rich, smooth, and filling. This Stout is big and boozy. One maybe two are all I need of this Imperial.

Overall this is one of the best I have had it ranks top not sure if I Old Rasputin or BBCS better at this point

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:58:29 | More by mcnabb0001
Photo of misinformed


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

Review from 11/4. 12 oz bottle, pint glass.

A- Beer is completely opaque black when the glass is full, but closer to dark chocolate once the glass was almost empty. Poured with a 2 finger light toffee colored head that dropped to a thin coating. Good amount of blobby lacing.

S- Sweetened coffee, dark roasted malts, toffee, and some light floral hops.

T- Very much like the smell. Toffee, sweetened black coffee, dark malts, with a finish of floral hops which leaves a light bitter finish along with the coffee notes. Chocolate is also present at times. Some faint alcohol is detectable on the finish.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Medium bodied, but not dry. Some prickly carbonation.

D- Very high drinkability here. Well balanced flavor and incredibly smooth. Could be a sipper, but it's hard to put the glass down. The price is nice too.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 06:42:22 | More by misinformed
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


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

Reviewed on 5 November 2010.

Poured at 50 degrees F, appears dark chocolate brown out of the bottle, black in the glass. Poured into a Sierra Nevada XXX snifter, 2-finger soapy head that goes away quickly, lacing is average. Aroma is delicate, consisting of mostly roasted malts and a touch of coffee and caramel, followed by some hotness of alcohol.

I wait 5 minutes for this to warm up and settle. Out of nowhere comes intense dark chocolate aroma, more caramel, a touch of bread (like Guinness bread), all presenting themselves on a beautiful bed of super roasted malts. The taste explodes with super rich roasted coffee flavor. Maple and oak flavors make themselves known. If I had to associate any dark fruit flavor to this, it would have to be figs. The glass gets lower, and a slight maroon color appears in the beer. The flavor of roasted malts is so intense, the flavor doesn't escape my taste buds. Neither does the roasted coffee flavor.

I'm standing in front of a warm woodstove sipping this slowly, 3 ounces to go. Aroma of dried black cherry says 'hello' and the hotness of alcohol actually diminishes a little! Much less carbonation by now (which is fine!) and this beer gets a little bit sweeter and the roasted malts seem more developed in just one sitting. I only wish I had a second one to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:01:58 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Photo of bens0n


3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best looking beers I have seen, it pours an obsidian black, 100% opaque with rich amount of creamy tan head, pretty dark colored head. Every sip leaves a thick coated rim on the pint glass.

You can smell roasted malts and there is a lingering nutty coffee aroma that is pretty subtle, nothing special here, but still solid. Flavor wise, it has a roasted coffee taste with some hints of brown sugar. The aftertaste is bitter and nutty. Its very smooth and creamy, but also pretty filling. Just enough carbonation to balance the smoothness and alcoholic kick this beer packs.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:18:20 | More by bens0n
Photo of MBPChead


5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been wanting to try this one for quite some time, and I recently received a bottle from a friend. So lets jump right into this one.

Look: Opaque black body with a creamy coffee head with good retention and lacing. Simply beautiful

Smell: Immediately gives off the scents of rich medium roasted coffee/coffee ice cream, rich dark chocolate, toasted wheat and bread, roasted nuts, oak, vanilla, and a very slight hint of red wine. Marvelous aroma.

Taste: WOW, the first thing I get is Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Although its pretty obvious, coffee is the dominating flavor in this brew, but the coffee does allow the flavors of dark chocolate, charred oak, vanilla, toasted bread and nuts to seep into the taste. Its big and malty up front with the perfect amount of hop bitterness at the finish and a nice amount of warmth form the alcohol, and gives off a slight flavor of red wine and orange rinds. Simply Delicious

Mouthfeel: Its thick, smooth, has the perfect on tongue sensation/level of carbonation, and is warm going down. It feels wonderful going down.

Drinkability: Too drinkable, I would have No Problem having a 4 pack of these all in one night. The flavor, texture, and consistency of this stout are downright incredible.

This is without a doubt, one of if not the best stout(s) I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 03:43:21 | More by MBPChead
Photo of TMoney2591


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for another shot at this brew!

This bottle served as a coda to our Hallowe'en mini-tasting. It pours a nice onyx topped by a finger of light tan/dark ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted rye bread, pumpernickel, and a light flash of molasses. The taste is nearly identical, though heavier on the roasted malts. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat thick and chewy feel. Overall, a very nice bit o' stout, one that drinks way the hell too easily for its (and my) own good.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:23:49 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a nice frothy khaki head that lasts and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of roasted malts, not much else. The taste is a nice amount of smooth roasted malts along with bitter cocoa, molasses and some mild espresso. The beer is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and just a bit of alcohol presence. This is a great nitro brew, one I wish was more readily available.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-01-2010 20:29:13 | More by atsprings
Photo of DelMontiac


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

Not that this beer needs another review, but it's great practice and I really love this beer. I've had this beer many times. I think it requires several tries to really appreciate it. I poured this into an imperial pint glass. I like to pour this beer pretty fast and rough for a bigger head creating the best nose and lace.

Appearance: Gotta love the deep black/brown darkness. Like a blackhole, no light escapes. A slightly fast, rough pour produces the best head - luxurious deep cappuccino color with a texture that reminds me of...I don't know...cappuccino or latte foam or maybe something I'd love to sleep on, hehe. Lacing is left with each sip producing a consistent scalelike pattern.

Aroma: Dark, nearly burnt malts and very dark chocolates with a hint of hops peeking through. Burnt smores anyone?

Taste: The taste buds get a shock at first, but they soon calm down and allow you to savor the dark roast coffee and cocoa bean flavors. Burn/carmelized brown sugar comes to mind as well. Hops are not present until the finish. It's Halloween (CST), so I popped a couple of Hershey's minis near the end of the glass - heavenly.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly. Not syrupy and not sticky, but smooth and silky like hot chocolate.

Drinkability: I never drink more than one of these in a sitting. Just makes no sense unless you need two to make it through that big juicy T-bone.

Overall: Old Rasp is just perfect with a grilled medium/medium rare T-bone or ribeye - any red meat with nice marbeling. Save some to have with a chocolate dessert and you've got yourself a perfect evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:10:11 | More by DelMontiac
Photo of JayS2629


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A- A muddy, deep pitch black coffee with a creamy mocha head.

S- Definitive coffee. Back tones of chocolate. Slight fruity smell with overtones of rosted malt.

T- Again, coffee. An earthy licorice rich with complex flavors. Strong aftertaste of cocoa. Hints of vanilla. A little too alcoholy.

M- Thick and creamy

D- Definitely a sipping beer. A good stout. Big, filling and thick. A good beer for cold weather. Strong on the back of the tounge with alcohol. Definitely have to drink it slow.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 03:15:58 | More by JayS2629
Photo of iskivolkl


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

The appearance is great. It is a deep black color with a nice thick brown head. Head was about an inch thick immediately following the pour, head retention could be slightly improved, but all in all a stellar appearance.

The smell is good, Lots of dark-roasted malt smell, not much hoppyness, not detecting a lot of anything else.

At first sip it's mostly just dark malt with a strong coffee aftertaste. Taking a larger swig (and a little more time) there is a fairly strong fruity presence followed by a lingering bitter coffee aftertaste.

The beer is surprisingly less viscous than you might think. It's not strongly carbonated and this imparts a watery feel on the tongue.

Overall drinkability is good. Even if you're not usually one for stouts, it's definitely worth a taste. Works well as a stand-alone or dessert beer when one has lots of time to digest and dissect the different flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:18:51 | More by iskivolkl
Photo of Daktyls


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

A: Pours a pitch black color with a two finger head with such thick tiny bubbles that it isn't going anyway. The brew has been sitting for a good 5 minutes and the head hasn't changed at all.

S: Smells of dark chocolates, dark roasted malts and some coffee aromas.

T: Very complex taste. The roasted malts give a pleasant bitterness to the beer, while the aftertaste is full of darker fruits as well as the coffee overtones and some sweeter chocolate notes.

M: Feels very nice on the tongue, a medium bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation, after swallowing you can definitely feel the alcohol on the back of your throat.

D: Very drinkable, I'd definitely have another one after this, but unfortunately, this was the last one.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:29:20 | More by Daktyls
Photo of rrski198


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: totally black, large, creamy, mocha colored head.

S: Dark chocolate, slight alcohol bitterness, burnt grain

T: Spent coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, burnt sugar

M: Good carbonation, not overly chewy, bitterenss kicks and sticks around on the tongue.

O: For the ABV, it is not apparent. Very well balance. A GREAT BEER and representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 13:48:52 | More by rrski198
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black with a creamy, chocolate-milk colored head. Retention is great, and it leaves behind sticky lacing on the glass. This is the standard for what a RIS should look like.
S - Dark roasted malt, dry cocoa powder and dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes and figs) with a bit of alcohol.
D - Very dark roasted (almost burnt) malt dominates, along with more dark cocoa powder. Expresso roast coffee, raisins and vanilla are in there, too. Quite a bitter finish, and there's definitely some alcohol to be found, but that fades dramatically as it warms up.
M - Creamy, medium-heavy body with low carbonation. I usually like a bit more carbonation with such a heavy beer.
D - Very drinkable, this is a perfect cold weather drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 16:14:36 | More by jsanford
Photo of MurphyMacManus


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

12oz stubby bottle into tulip pint glass. (Like the "traditional" Guinness glasses)

A: opaque. Black. Some Coke-colored highlights when held up to light. Small head that fades to some coffee-colored lace. No doubt it'll stick to the sides of the glass. This stuff looks pretty viscous.

S: Dark fruit, alcohol, brown sugar/molasses (?), coffee/roasted malt. In that order.

T/M: Viscosity is as predicted under "appearance." It coats the palate and leaves a coffee-like bitterness for an aftertaste. Also gives a warming sensation on swallowing, like good whiskey. Has a brown sugar- or molasses-like sweetness up front, and the dark fruit from the aroma hits between that sweetness and the bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is present and adds a bit of acidity, but does little to cut the viscosity.

D: Very drinkable, to the point of being deceptive. It smells like alcohol, but it doesn't taste like alcohol, which can lead to drinking it too fast.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 04:33:23 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of TulipSnifter


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is about a year old bottle.

Appearance: it is dark brown to black with a great cap.

Smell: I smell a lot of coffee and malts.

Taste: I'm catching a ton of coffee and Molasses.

Mouth feel: It seems to be heavy but smooth at the same time.

Drink ability: It sips nice and easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 23:19:53 | More by TulipSnifter
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is just about the most dead-on you can get for a Russian Imperial Stout (which is a specific type of brew to begin with) - but that being said, a flawless beer for anyone who appreciates a great stout.

A: can't see-through-it-black beer; creamy caramel-colored foam head, two fingers thick in a Duvel tulip... did the room just get darker?

S: dark roast malt; earthy rich

T: not bitter, smooth, not that sweet - perfectly balanced; wet burnt wood; of course, some chocolate undertones

M: faint carbonation keeps it light; satisfying linger that is dark and roasty

D: you feel healthier after you drink it

If you see it, and you like a good stout (especially an Imperial Russian), then buy some. It's only an $11 4-pack in my area, which is dirt-cheap for what you're getting.

Ah, Mother Russia...

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:25:37 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of JLeege


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

Bottle into a snifter

Appearance- Pour is black with a 2 finger tan head. When held to the light nothing is entering this, just deep dark and beautiful. The head sticks around for ever, it won't move! Leaving good sticky lace. Appearance wise, this is perfect for an impy stout.

Smell- Roasted malts, some bitter coffee, sweet chocolate

Taste- Lots of roast up front, with a subtle dark fruityness in the middle. Caramel and toffee notes in there as well. Sweet overall, with a slightly bitter coffee finish. Some slight alcohol is noticed as it warms.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy, but this actually a bit lighter than I was anticipating.

Overall- this is a very solid imperial stout. With a great low price tag, this should be in constant rotation. This bumps up the drinkability for me as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 04:50:26 | More by JLeege
Photo of chalsk

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually had the barrel aged many times before I tried this one. Pours a black color with a generous caramel colored head. Has an aroma of dark fruit and coffee, with hints of caramel and citrus. Sweet citrusy start. Then bitter. Velvety, malty chocolate finish. Great thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very tasty. One of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:40:04 | More by chalsk
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Pours black with brown edges. Light tan head that sticks around the edges and leaves the slightest bit of lacing. The aroma is more vanilla, toffee, and chocolate than expected. The flavor is great rich chocolate and vanilla with a nice balance of bittering hops. Toffee and burnt caramel flavors in the middle and ends with bitterness from hops and roasted malts. Thick and luxourious over the tongue. Dry with just a touch of hotness from booze, without being boozy. Very sipable for an RIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:05:36 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of kagent777


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

12 oz bottle purchased from the Utah State Liquor Store.

Appearance: Black, the first beer that I can see no other color in, the light does not penetrate through the pint glass. This is black beer that has a sandy colored head which very slowly recedes and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. I can also pick up the alcohol.

Taste: So complex. A pleasant bitterness from the roasted malts. The choco/coffee flavors linger in the middle with a long pleasant bitter finish. As it warms, a slight sweetness emerges with a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The body is just right for the style. The carbonation lifts the drinker above some of the bitterness.

Drinkability: It would be hard to drink more than three of these in a sitting, but I certainly would try. This is such a good beer at a reasonable price

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:41:29 | More by kagent777
Photo of ramseye4


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

Pours a dark black with a smallish light brown head. Smells of very dark roasts, a little bit of coffee, spices and nuts. Taste is of chocolate, delicious dark burnt malts and a bit bitter in the aftertaste. The taste is not as complex as some other stouts I have had, but the simplicity works for it. Excellent carbonation and smooth drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:32:40 | More by ramseye4
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark coffee color with 1/4 inch head that fades to a collar around the edge.

S: Solid coffee smell to it. That's about all I can pick out.

T: Very good. Espresso taste. Surprisingly not astringent for the ABV.

M: Medium to full. Good amount of carbonation.

D: I agree with the other user who said this beer had scary good drinkability. This drinks very well for a 9%.

Overall, this is a perfect beer for those little reward yourself moments (weekends, good days at work, bad days at work, etc).

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:25:55 | More by trecker
Photo of awalk1227


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/18/10

Poured into Chimay Goblet

A: Looks like dark roast coffee. Opaque black with a tan head that leaves a light brown collar.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toasted nuts, toffee.

T: Chocolate, hints of espresso. Lots of malt. Warmth from the alcohol at the end, in a very good way.

F: Tingle from the carbonation. I feel it has a lighter body than the taste and presence of alcohol would suggest. It coats the top of the mouth, but not the whole thing, and without a full mouth feel.

D: Great for 9%, I've had some RIS's that were way less drinkable at this ABV. Great as a night cap.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 20:42:37 | More by awalk1227
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,022 ratings.