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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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9,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,922
Reviews: 3,363
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,333 | FT: 42
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of HosP
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Scottfrie for extra!

A- Poured black with a small tan head that left rather quickly.

S- Good aroma of chocolate and coffee with roasted malts.

T- Nice smooth taste of malts. Chocolate up front with slight hints of citrus hops. Mocha finish towards the end. Very nice flavor.

M- Full body with little carbonation. Very smooth drink that hides the alcohol.

D- Very solid RIS. Good flavor but nothing overpowering. Could drink a few of these easily.

HosP, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12oz short brown bottle. no best by date. cool label. some lacing.

A: Black in color. Two and a half finger head that retains well.

S: Roasted malt, sweet malt, and coffee smells.

T: Roasted malt and coffee. Can taste the alcohol there but it goes down well.

M: Full body, lots of carbonation.

D: An amazing beer. very well balanced. easy to drink. i would buy this one again. but i would like to try the old Rasputin XII. happy i got this one tho!

mytireisfat, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, smooth black / brown, with a three-finger, creamy, brown head that laces all the way to the bottom.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and rye bread.

Also tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, rye bread... and a bit of red wine / merlot, I thought. Although the 9% is hidden pretty well, it does come through with a bit of a wine or even liqueur taste... didn't care for that part of it.

It's got a bit of an alcoholic burn at the start, but it's fairly subtle. It feels pretty smooth, and the carbonation is fine. I didn't care much for the aftertaste / feel.

It's a pretty nice beer. Definitely some substance to it.

PEIBeerGuy, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ouncer into an old raspy pint glass...

A - Poures black with a two finger dark tan head. Got to love the head retention on this one. Follows you all the way to the bottom. Love the appearance of this beer...

S - Lots of dark chocolate and coffee notes. Also pick up a sweet smell. Maybe molasses...

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose. Lots of dark chocolate notes up front followed by a sweeter taste of vanilla. Dark brewed coffee comes through at the end followed by the warm bite of alcohol. This is one beer that I buy on a regular basis, and I have noticed that sometimes the alcohol bite at the end is a little more pronounced than other times. Usually these fly of the shelves where i purchase them, so I am pretty sure it has nothing to do with them aging on the shelves. Either way, this is a great tasting beer...

M - Thick and creamy. Full-bodied...

D - An exceptional RIS at an affordable price. Need I say more? Definitely one of my go to beers...


comfortablynumb1, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IRS glass.

Looks great. Black as sin, Nice slight mocha colored head. Lacing and retention are both good.

Smells of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, hints of molasses, coffee, and nice charred finish.

Taste pulls similar characteristics. Coffee, rich chocolate, roasty, toasty malts, with the tiniest bit of balancing hop notes. The alcohol is there, does a little warming, but it's not over powering at all. It just lets you know its there, as it should be.

Full bodied, thick, but a tad thinner than other famed stouts I've had.

The drinkability is good. And though I could easily, It would go against my better judgement to drink more than 1-2.

EgadBananas, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with thick tan head. As head settles down, it has a thin layer that stays, leaving lots of lacing. Smells of roasted coffee malt and some citrus hops. Taste starts off with coffee and hop bitterness, but then there is some brown sugar sweetness. Quite creamy mouthfeel. A great RIS. I have the XII as well and now I can't wait to try it.

kwjd, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of dpcoz
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Originally Reviewd on 04/16/2010)

North Coast - Old Rasputen Russian Imperial Stout (9% ABV, 12 oz bottle)
Glassware - Yuengling Black & Tan pint glass

A - Pours medium body, I wouldn't say 'motor oil' consistency like some Russian Imperials, but definately not a cola-like Solid caramel head that dissapates soon after the pour. I see no light is passing through this pint glass - dark and lovely the way it should be.

S - Malts, chocolate and coffee hit the nose immediately, some hops and caramel in the mix as I swirl the pint glass. Little smell of alcohol at the end.

T - Light hop on the fromt of the tongue, roasted/burnt malts are the dominant flavor with some bakers chocolate. Strong Coffee/Espresso character. Finishes kinda sweet which is interesting in that it starts out hoppy and harsh.

M - Medium Body, definately not full.As stated above, enters harsh but leaves the mouth with a sweet-like aftertaste. Don't really realize the strength of raspy while drinking it (9% ABV)

D - Easily drinkable, again, watch the ABV, you could easily down a couple of these like they were black & tans! End of the pint glass was like a frothy milkshake. Enjoyable Stout, nice complex flavor. The malts, coffee and chocolate create a good balance of harsh and sweet, the light hops are refreshing.

dpcoz, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of rlshep
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Burnt notes. Some plum

Appearance: Pours thick medium brown head. Very slow to dissipate. Tons of foam clinging to side of glass more like whip cream than beer head. Pours thick like motor oil. Black Hole black in glass. Some ruby highlights when pouring and at edge of glass.

Flavor: Creamy chocolate up front followed by acrid notes and coffee flavor. Thick caramel sweetness lies on tongue in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Strong alcohol but doesn't overshadow rest of beer. A little high in carbonation making somewhat harsh.

Overall: Really well done. I may be drinking this one a little early and getting too much alcohol and astringency. Can't wait to age it and try again.

rlshep, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of bifrojm
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Pours a beautiful thick dark brown (midnight brown?) with a nice dark caramel head that holds up for the duration.

Nice aromas of chocolate, malt, vanilla, a touch of coffee. Good smelling beer.

Tastes lovely with most of the aromas coming through on the palette, with the addition of some bourbon.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a touch of carbonation.

Drinkability is a tad low. I like this beer a lot but I don't need or want a lot of it. One is enough for sure.

bifrojm, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. No light penetrating through this beer. Smell is of malts and chocolate. Taste is complex, roasted malts, chocolate, a touch of coffee, a little bit of bitterness. Feels creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a good quality beer.

tone77, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my all-time faves, let's see if it holds up....Pours a deep, rich black with a velvety-smooth haed of tannish foam. Pours about a finger wide then receeds to a 1/8th inch or so of persistent head. Leaves nice lace. Aroma is huge and robust. Deep chocolate notes, some slightly metallic notes, some other stuff I can't rightly place. Maybe a touch of bourbon. Flavor is dramatic. Nothing hits you immediately, but quickly a blast of flavor attacks. Complex, somewhat bitter but not too bitter. Somewhat sweet, but not too sweet. It's kinda like a Charleston Chew that's been frozen and dipped in espresso flavored syrup. This is incredible beer. The bitterness is sharp, but dissipates into a long, wonderful hop finish. Clearly one of the World's finest ales, without a doubt. Excellently priced, too. This was $1.69/12oz. bottle. You can't call yourself a true beer enthusiast until you've tried and loved this.

SolomonGrundy, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of peacebone116
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from 12-oz. bottle into tulip glass; dark, almost black body with thick 2-cm mocha colored head that recedes 1-cm leaving a nice lace at edge.

N: Coffee & Chocolate with a warming alcohol sent.... almost reminiscent of amaretto.

T/D: Tastes of coffee with a heavy mixing of chocolate. The bitter & chocolate flavors compliment and play off each other as the flavors spread over the tongue. As expected, the alcohol remains subdued but becomes slightly more noticeable as the beer warms.
Decent amount of carbonation for a stout, but overall it is smooth and creamy. It looks more syrupy during the pour than it feels to taste, but it is unmistakably thick. A world-class Imperial Stout!

peacebone116, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: solid black; decent head
S: hints of molasses and chocolate; the aroma, to my senses, was not prominent
T: not as complex and adventurous as I was expecting (given the ratings I was expecting to be blown away with abundant flavors); for a stout, it is somewhat hoppy, with traces of orange and grapefruit; smooth aftertaste; not very sweet
M: rich and smooth to the tongue--wonderful feel!

Overall, a good stout with a broad appeal, but perhaps not exactly what you're looking for if you're out for an epiphany.

Arithmeticus, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A dark tan head formed on top of the black, tar-like body. The foam had poor retention and very little lace.

The nose has lots of fresh coffee, molasses, dark fruits and chocolate. Everything sits on a roasted, dark malt backbone.

The taste goes right in line with the nose. Starts off with a roasted coffee flavor that fades into the molasses center. The finish combines the return of the coffee flavor, dark fruits and a boozy heat that creates an almost metallic flavor (which clams down as the beer warms).

Medium bodied, oily but a little watery and well carbonated.

All in all, this is a great beer that is very drinkable...pretty much the standard for a Russian Imperial Stout.

mgbickel, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of seh410
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black with a bubbly mocha colored head. The head looks frothy and creamy. Not light coming through at all.

Aroma: Coffee, roasted caramelly malts, chocolate

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Starts heavy on the coffee and then finishes with a sweet and roasted malty caramel with notes of chocolate kind of woven through the whole thing

Notes: Awesome, delicious beer. Extremely drinkable.

seh410, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was a pitch black, opaque color. There was a very thick tan head on top that lasted for a long time.

S: The smell reminded me of Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewery; dark and slightly sweet.

T: Old Rasputin had a dry, bitter taste similar to dark roast coffee or a quality dark chocolate. The taste was similar to porters I've drank, but there was not any level of sweetness like porters often have.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer was very good. The high specific gravity of the beer was definitely noticeable, and the creamy head added even more enjoyment to the drinking of this beer.

D: While this is a very well made beer, I think I would only want to drink it again if I was in the mood for it. I don't think the middle of summer was the best time of year for me to try it, but maybe I would want a beer like this when the weather was cold.

humuluslupulus8, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque motor oil black color with a 1-2 finger medium brown foamy head which dissipates somewhat slowly. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma.

Taste: Roasted malt and dark toasted bread up front followed by coffee in the middle and bitter dark chocolate at the finish. Aftertaste is a mixture of coffee and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, somewhat thick and creamy. Dry finish. Fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Sip on this one as it is one to savor.

Overall: Excellent stout. This would be a great beer on a cold winter evening. I'm enjoying it late in the afternoon on a hot summer day (inside) and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. This is a must try.

adam42381, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An exceptional example to all brewers of how to blend coffee with beer while doing credit to each. For an IPA man i found this to be right up my alley. Welcome bitterness, and the darkness is not overwhelmingly sweet or malty. Poured more head than i expected, and the darkness of the beer rivals none

IPAescotch, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of beergambit
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At first I heard many good reviews on this wonderul beer and never had the chance until now. I am glad I had the chance to taste this great drink. From begining to end this is a smooth and rich in flavorful beer. The taste of the hops and fruit flavors were a mouthful but not as a punch to the gut but pleasent like.

beergambit, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Luk13
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pitch black pour with creamy brown head with great retention. Roasted malts and stale coffee aromas and taste. Decent mouthfeel, nothing extraordinary.

On tap at lion's pride. The chocolate flavors were more dominant and the mouthfeel a little more creamy. There was also nuts, licorice and dark fruits. Fresher and superior.

Luk13, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of AlexCorleone
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Definitely black with a thin layer of delectable, malty chocolaty head that dissipates rather quickly, pooling slightly in the center of the glass and radiating outwards as the glass progresses.

S - Definitely vanilla dominates; coffee and chocolate follows, with heavily roasted malts, brown sugar, and alcohol undercurrents that sting the nose.

T - Again vanilla and coffee are protagonists, followed by dark chocolate. Roasted malts, finish rather bitter and alcoholic, with pleasing warmth.

M - Full-bodied and smoked feel.

AlexCorleone, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of hangh
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black colored beer with a tan almost amber head and a thick 1-2" head. Very fine and barely clings to the glass. Very sweet malty aroma. Full of coffee scents. Smells like some burnt chocolate in there too. Taste is very full of bitter coffee and toffee at first with a smooth burnt chocolate finish. There is a small gap in between where there is a kind of relaxing taste that is pretty unique and cool. Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation. It's great for one drink but probably too heavy for two in one sitting, not to mention 9% ABV

hangh, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50th Review

Pours black as night with a light brown, two-finger head which leaves a nice frothy lacing. Pleasant creamy chocolate/coffee aroma with a little dark fruit and citrus/pine hops as well. Big roasted flavor. Sweet chocolate and roasted, bitter coffee up front. Pretty hopped up RIS with some pine and sweeter citrus rind. More roasted, dry, somewhat burnt malts on the finish. A very abrupt halt to the flavors after finish. Kind of like a really big Irish dry stout, but with the flavor amped up 10-fold. Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

uustal, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint served at the Fort Worth Gingerman.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is awesome. I get notes of chocolate. roasted malt, alcohol and some piney hops, which contribute a medium level of bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time because several of my friends rave about it.
Beer pours very dark. Buckskin colored head is medium tall but extremely persistent.
The aroma is as one would expect for the style with a lot of heavy dark cherry/rapsberry over the mocha base.
The taste is excellent. Sweet dark malts with bitter espresso finish. Fruity sourness lightens the experience preventing the beer from crushing the palate with its imperial rule. Alcohol is not overbearing, but balanced lending a warming quality to the finish.
Medium heavy on the palate.
This beer is really pleasant. Not the uber beer I was expecting, but balanced and accommodating in all regards. Another quality brew from North Coast.

chickenflea, Jul 06, 2010
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,922 ratings.