1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

10,804 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 10,804
Reviews: 3,514
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,933 | FT: 53
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (20) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 10,804 | Reviews: 3,514
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Jet black with a 1 finger brown wispy and foamy head that doesn't stay around too long. Very nice lacing, though.

S - The first thing I smell is chocolate. There's definitely good amounts of roasted malt and hints of coffee. Maybe the tiniest bit of alcohol present, but not much, and also a slight hint of hops.

T - Simply delicious. The sweetness of the chocolate balances well with the bitterness of the roasted malt and coffee flavors. Some hop flavors may be contributing to the bitterness as well. Very good balance between the sweetness and bitterness.

F - Medium-to-full bodied, not much as far as carbonation, and a dry, slightly bitter, slightly astringent, slightly warming finish from the roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol. Light creamy texture.

O - This was a great beer. If you are a stout-lover, I highly recommend this one. Very, very tasty and hides the alcohol extremely well. I'd love to come back to this one.

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

Aggressively poured into a tulip producing a big two finger light brown head atop a black on black on black body of darkness. Lacing clings to the glass from top to bottom.

The smell is everything you want from a RIS. Roast character, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. There is even a slight hoppy citrus aroma.

The roasted malt hits big with the coffee and chocolate flavors in tow. There is a definite bitter bite. The aftertaste lingers wonderfully. I don’t want any water to wash it away.

Not quite a full body. Smooth with light carbonation.

It is hard to turn down this beer. A wonderful stout at a great price point.

Photo of Spicer
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Buster
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PeteRiz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jdougherty
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of SweJon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Majorwolfe
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers once again to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle

Appearance: Black, with a moderately-sized beige/light tan head, leaves wisps of lacing

Smell: A lot of different aromas here - burnt malts, somewhat charred, very roasted - burnt, dark coffee - dark chocolate and some cocoa - hoppy, too - herbal and grassy, with orange and grapefruit rind - the hop profile is not what I'm looking for, but I imagine that it will drop over time

Taste: Follows the smell, with a ton of burnt - burnt malts, chocolate malts, bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, char - burnt orange and grapefruit rinds - combined bitterness from the burnt malts and the hops is actually a little harsh - lingering bitterness, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body, above average carbonation, very smooth, somewhat dry

Overall: Good, not that amazing

The RIS style is inundated with ridiculously thick, absurdly ridiculous monsters. This is not one of them, and it isn't supposed to be. It's a good for what it is, but I am not a huge fan of the hops and overall lack of depth of the malts. This does work well in cooking chili, however.

Photo of cletetron
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Chirpie
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. (Closest glass nearby)

Yeah, no light is escaping this one. Kind of an odd thing to give a high appearance on, but I think you know where I'm coming from on a stout like this. :-)

The carbonation was pretty much spot on, nice small bubbles. I think I was surprised by the smell, not as strong as I was expecting. A little charcoal and bitter chocolate aroma.

The taste was very smooth, not overpowering. Somehow, I was hoping for some more complexity to shine through, but the variety of subtle flavors was dominated in my nose by the charcoal taste.

I was surprised how masked that 9% is. Doesn't feel like it at all. I'm not sure I'd ever session an imperial stout, but it's as likely a candidate as you're gonna find.

Regardless, it's good stuff.

Photo of DruD
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of quilty
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of justinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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

A- The nose is a little understated. I get some coffee and roast.

A- Pitch black with a thin rich brown colored head.

F- Dark chocolate and deep roasty flavors are present. There's some bitterness, but it's subdued. Not harsh or overly astringent. The malt flavors are there, but not residual sweetness.

M- Low to average carbonation. Nice full body, without being cloying. Actually a pretty dry taste, like accented by the mild astrigent character of the roast malts.

O- An awesome beer. It's everything you could want in a Russian Imperial Stout. I love the fact that it's big and strong, but there's not a hot alcohol flavor and that the roast flavors are present, but the beer avoids being too harsh. It's a drinkable version that I'd come back to.

Photo of bill_rue
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Capster
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of SpartanHistory2013
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of GreatPumpkin
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BarryInMN
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Snapps
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of NDuquette
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of cjac
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of wafers
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass

A: Pours a deep black; tan foamy head; chocolate brown coloring around the edges when held to light
S: Smoky smell, maybe some hints of some spice, cinnamon
T: Smoky chocolate taste upfront; some hoppy bitterness towards the end; hints of coffee, licorice, and spices throughout with a nice roasted background
M: Full-bodied character, lingers in the mouth awhile
O: First time having this stout and it was very tasty...definitely a sipper that is best enjoyed while hanging out and relaxing...overall a very complex stout with a number of different flavors hitting you throughout

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,804 ratings.