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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10,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,387
Reviews: 3,402
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,587 | FT: 47
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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sharkophile
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lost a bet with my room mate and had to buy him a pack, which we split. This was a while ago but Old Rasputin was a very memorable beer, so I'll do the best I can to do it justice.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Black as night with a towering coffee colored head, although I remember being a bit disappointed with the retention.

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel and a waft of alcohol. Nice.

T: Wow. Loads of roasted flavors, coffee, chocolate, dark caramel, a little hoppy and alcoholic on the finish.

M: Full body, perfect carbonation.

O: I'm still young, but this is the best stout I've tasted to date. Amazing stuff and great for the price.

Photo of UnkleFester
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mattbk
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick and black. Brown thick mousse head. The foam is sticking nicely to the glass. Looks deep and rich. Amazing lacing during the tasting.

S - Roast, chocolate at first, giving way to dark fruits, raisins. Not much hops or alcohol in the nose.

T - Up front is that deep and dark roast. That gives way to some thick toffee and fudge, followed closely by an alochol burn. I'd say there was some astrigency here. The burn sort of lingers... unfortunately. I was expecting this to be better hidden.

M - Thick and filling. The beer is quite a bit chewy. Carbonation is light, but present.

O - This bottle isn't dated, but was a bit dusty on the shelf. Hard to say if this affects the review. A bit too much burn at the back end for me. I've had other RIS's that disguise this better. The burn hides the roast and sweetness that come though in the nose. Everything else about this beer was top notch.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Pours pure black, giant mocha head which took far too long to dissipate(but gave the beer some warming time).

Smells of malt, roasted nuts, slightly boozy, with some coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of anise(might be the booze).

Tastes thickly of great malts, dark and roasty, good presence of coffee and dark chocolate are there too. Very tasty.

Feels good, plenty of carbonation, yet coats the tongue, full bodied and a little boozy burn. My least favorite part of the beer, but still good.

Overall a great beer, not a bad choice for my fiftieth review. Bold and intense flavors really make this an excellent beer, one I will enjoy for years to come.


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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

Pours about as black as can be with a 3 finger foamy tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, burnt toast. Some sweetness. Complex.

Taste follows the smell. Some bitterness and some sweetness, a perfectly balanced beer that hides the high ABV very well. Sweetness up front, bitterness at the back end, neither one overwhelming, a seamless transition.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth.

Never had one of these before and I'm very impressed.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kemoarps
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours blaaack with a foamy tan/brown head that fades from massive to a pillowy crown that laces the sides of the glass beautifully.

The first note off the nose is black licorice, and you can catch the alcohol on the backend. In between, there are notes of dark chocolate and burnt malts

You certainly taste the alcohol as well. it comes across somewhat sweet initially, that fades into a bakers chocolate cacao. Roasted malts across the second and third acts give way to a hoppy bitterness that balances out the back end. Well balanced.

a drinkability that belies the 9%, even though you can taste it. Smoothe and well balanced with good carbonation levels. This does not necessarily make it a sessionable beer per se, but it is certainly drinkable for a big RIS. Definitely worth picking up a four pack.

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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. No freshness date but I purchased this bottle in mid-August and opened it up earlier this evening. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that I've had this beer this old since its (assumed) fabrication date.

Imperial stouts really can't much better looking than this, can they? Well, they certainly can, but Old Rasputin represents exactly what I love about these beer: a gigantic head, black thickness resembling motor oil, nice carbonation on the edges of the glass, and a creamy presentation that is too good not to resist.

As for the smell - holy hell, what an aroma! There are so many bold, huge flavorful notes in this one. Right up the front I get dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol, cherries, roasted nuts, malty goodness, and so much more. It's, of course, very intense, but extremely complex.

As for the flavor and mouthfeel, I feel utterly and blissfully accomplished whenever I drink and finish a glass of Old Rasputin. The flavors are exactly the same as the aromas (except with more accentuated coffee) but instead of being malty and overly sweet, it manages to hold balance amid all the ridiculous flavors. There's a piercing bitterness that makes it less of a stout and more of a barleywine - or, in fact, its own style. The thickness of the malts and carbonation obviously makes it a "stout," but this is beer is so rich and intense that it pretty much transcends the beer style as a whole. It also warms you up like magic.

Absolutely one of my favorite stout offerings out there, especially when the weather gets cold. Every time I have it, it becomes more inviting and less intimidating to drink, and I while I think I prefer it fresher (more hoppiness all around), it's still very good when slightly aged. A timeless classic, although definitely not for everybody. Just an amazing beer!

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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

THEE Russian Imperial Stout!! But with all the other Breweries that have copied this style since and that have barrel aged it, Well it should be barrel age really, it smoothes it out a bit and adds refinement to what is a strong hearty beer not for the timid or faint of heart! If you Don't like Thick Stouts don't buy this.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,387 ratings.