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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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9,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,412
Reviews: 3,332
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 1,116 | FT: 35
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 northaustin


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%

poured into a schnifter. slight head with a thick lacing. pours an almost black with dark brown head.

smell is pretty standard. to be honest im struggling to think of a way to describe it. its as grainy as i expected from an imperial stout but nothing too strong or noticeable.

the alchohol is masked very well and isnt so sweet that it gives you that heartburny feeling.

mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. much smoother and thin than other russian imperial stouts. incomparable to other commercially availabe beers of the style.

06-04-2009 03:41:49 | More by northaustin
Photo of BZero007


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Re Reviewed 6/3/09

Poured in to a Guinness Stout glass.

Pours a solid black color with a brown head that forms very good and needs no help. Aroma is strong for a dark stout with chocolate and coffe back ground which I would have to attribute to the great head formation and carbonation. Taste was great and was not over bearing but was a an excellent RIS for me with out the prominent coffe flavor. Chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted coffe and malts power this brews flavor for me. Coffee came was in the background for me. Everything is very balanced and the Alcohol is well hidden and may sneak up on you with out noticing. I have to say that the carbonation is very strong and almost a bit to strong. Excellent brew and will continue to purchase.

06-03-2009 23:23:09 | More by BZero007
Photo of coldmeat23


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Fresh Bottle:

Pours a completely opaque, jet-black color. Almost two-fingers of creamy, cappucino colored foam create the head. Retention is excellent and lacing is in sticky, thick lines.

Big dark chocolate covered caramels. Good hints of dark coffee. Slight booziness. Hints of dark cherries. Nice roastiness.

Massive dark chocolate covered dark roasted coffee beans. Light touches of heavy cream. Espresso notes. Huge roasted malt profile. Good dose of charred grain flavor. Very light hints of caramel and black cherries.

Solid full-bodied brew. Very smooth and delightfully creamy. This is exactly how beer should feel.

Very drinkable. The 9%ABV is very well hidden inside this one. Not really even a whole lot of warming effect, which is surprising, at this ABV level.

Notes on 1-year old bottle:

Looks very similar to fresh, including head and lacing.
Smell has totally mellowed/evened out. Much sweeter now, with caramel and molasses moving to the forefront and coffee and chocolates taking the backseat.
The roasted malts are still prominent in the taste. The coffee, chocolate, molasses and caramel are on an equal level, beneath the roastiness.
Body is still excellent.
Drinkability is still high.

05-29-2009 02:57:40 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of jera1350


4.43/5  rDev +3%

A- Pours a deep cola color with huge dark tan bubbly head that hangs around for a long time. Some sticky lacing.

S- Chocolate, cola, creamy and sweet. Deep caramel and roasted malt.

T- Similar to the smell. A little more coffee comes through. Warm alcohol taste is present. Nice clean finish with a bit of hops.

M- Very smooth. Maybe a bit thin for the style. Carbonation seems to be perfect.

D- This has to be as drinkable as any 9% RIS can be. It's a sipper, but is delightful.

05-28-2009 01:52:11 | More by jera1350
Photo of brow1901


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Pitch black in color with a dark tan head. The beer has amazing retention and great lacing.

S- Strong scents of chocolate hit me right away. Toffee blends neatly with a faint bourbon smell.

T- Wow lots of hop flavor hiding in this beer. Then the malt hits (chocolate and coffee). Finally the alcohol warms and washes every thing away. Bittersweet and bourbon, the bourbon isn't very strong this should be noted.

M- Good light carbonation to the keep the beer alive. Great dry finish in the throat.

D- A really drinkable stout. Great all around beer.

05-27-2009 02:57:53 | More by brow1901
Photo of jjanega08


3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

A= pours a depp black with a perfect two finger head that's a dark tan almost brown color. Great thick marshmellowy retention and lacing.
S= dark coffee and chocolate some figs and darkfruit. Not as pungent as I wanted or expcected. There's also a touch of booze.
T= dark toasted malts up front sort of burnt smokyness as well. Dark chocolate touches and is followed by lots of coffee. There's a lot of dark fruits as well. Really underrated flavor.
M= thick and chewy with a suprisingly crisp finish. Coats the entire mouth well.
D= great brew. Could be a littlesmoother really great overall though sort of reminds me of why I started drinking good beer.

05-24-2009 04:55:52 | More by jjanega08
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Close to two finger head on the pour, rich brown color, dissipates into a thin layer across the surface but the lacing is super-sticky and longlasting. Easily reaches blackness in color, no real change in hue to be found, opaque, like duh. Bitter chocolate and coffee bean, nuts and cherry, plum fruit fill up the nose, has a distinct mineral and grass element to it which gives it an erect bearing, overall roasted feel gives it lift and an agreeable verve. Medium to full-bodied, prickly carbonation disperses the weight nicely. Black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee bean and brazil nuts give it some breadth. The hops give it a sour twist and slight grain, straw flavoring, floral at turns. Carbonation also brings out a little minerally edge. Has more of a cleansing feel than you'll find in most RIPs. Not pushy through the finish, a decided good thing.

05-24-2009 00:10:06 | More by farrago
Photo of CampusCrew


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: no hops, and slight chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Very Dry, not sweet at all.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: One of the top imperial stouts out there. Loved and will drink again

05-23-2009 22:07:15 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +4%

12oz bottle with no freshness date poured into imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark, opaque black with a creamy, frothy large head that is resilient. Some sticky lacing is left in clumps.

Aroma is very dark - roasted grains, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate mix with a dose of alcohol and subtle hints of dark cherry.

Taste is a velvety smooth, creamy mix of dark chocolate and charred grains, sweetening a bit with some creamier chocolate, dark cherry and maybe a hint of caramel. Finish is semi-dry lingering burnt grains with just a touch of further chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is really creamy, but the carbonation surprises me near the finish, giving the beer a lively feel. Feels like it sticks and crawls around your mouth, coats it very nicely.

Drinkability is remarkable for a beer of such strength. The roasted flavours dominate but are a hallmark of the style. It's a creamy, chocolatey melange that pleases me to no end. A very nice treat to cap off a night.

05-22-2009 00:09:27 | More by nighthawk
Photo of TexIndy


3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass after letting warm up. No dating info. It was a very deep mahogany color. Good lacing. It had about 3 fingers of dark brown head that very, very slowly settled into a constant thick foam.

The aroma was surprisingly muted. Got some chocolate malt and coffee in the back with a strong whiff of alcohol. Other reviews described a more pronounced aroma so not sure what it wrong on this particular bottle. What is there is good but needed more of the chocolate and coffee to stand out to offset the phenol. The taste was much better than the aroma with the flavors standing out more. Again, it could have used some more choc/coffee to offset the alcohol taste. Nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy with good carbonation and the bitter finish.

Overall, a really good but not outstanding RIS. Not sure if I got a bad sample so will try again to be sure. Do give high recommend. Need to resample to set the rotation but unless better it would only be an occasional and that would mainly be since it's one of the few good RIS that I can get here in 12oz bottles.

05-20-2009 00:14:12 | More by TexIndy
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Stemmed Glass. No date.

A - One finger dark and dense tan head with a completely opaque body. Not much to look at, but fits the style well.

S - Dark roasted chocolate malts with some cocoa and coffee notes but also very dry wheat with a little alcohol spicy burn.

T - Hearty and rich of dark, heavily roasted chocolate malts. So heavily roasted that there is a very bitter coffee-like flavor going on. Strong spicy alcoholic finish.

M - Viscous and full-bodied, it's not syrupy, but it sure is a thick beer. Bitter and slightly astringent on the finish as well as dry.

D - Good beer that deserves time for sipping and warming for nuances to be pulled out. Hard drinkability but a very good sipper.

05-19-2009 04:50:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Vixie


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours very thick, llooks and has the consistency of used motor oil. The only other beer I've had that this resembles is Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Very black, if there's any other color here, I don't have enough light to reveal it. Head is short and brown, dissipates quickly.

Smell is strong, lots of coffee and chocolate there. Also there is a sweetness there, a bit of toffee, maybe some raising and molasses as well. Quite a bit going on.

Complex taste, there's a lot of chocolate there, as well as coffee. Reminds me of what you taste when you drink a good coffee while eating a high quality piece of chocolate, the coffee and chocolate are distinct, yet compliment each other well. Finishes with a bold hops taste, and a bit of alcohol warming.

Feel is quite solid, could stand to be a touch thicker, but leaves you with no doubt this is a serious beer.

It would be hard to drink a lot of this at one sitting due to the strength, but this is another of what I have termed a reward beer. Too good to just drink casually ,this one is one to savor and enjoy as a special treat.

05-17-2009 17:40:41 | More by Vixie
Photo of merryjoulton


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a deep black, but light still comes through in the edges as a translucent brown. I like my RIS to be pitch black :) Smells of toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of bacon grease. Taste is superb, super heavy in roasty notes and chocolate mocha. Feels thick and full, drinkability is high.

05-17-2009 05:18:48 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%

Aroma - Sweet malt with roasted malts

Appearance - Poured dark with a light brown head that stuck around for a while.

Taste - Slight bitter hop finish with plenty of roasted malt. Lots of roasted malt actually. Is it good? Kinda, but this strikes me as a middle of the road R.I.S. nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Relatively full bodied

Drinkability - Yes.

05-16-2009 21:16:11 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of jsh420


4.47/5  rDev +4%

pours almost black with a good 2 finger tan head that leaves spotted lacing

smell isnt as strong as i would like but smells sweet and hints of coffee and chocolate

taste is very complex sweet fruit/alcohol with big roasted malts followed by coffeee and bitter chocolate

mouthfeel is full body but lighter then most RIS - good carbonation that leaves a nice and creamy finish

drinkability is scary for a 9%abv beer and a stout

overall solid ris that is priced right and i hope it says that way

05-16-2009 03:31:43 | More by jsh420
Photo of MVotter

New York

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Aroma from the opening of the bottle: smokey, black licorice, sweet malts

Aroma after the pour: coffee, molasses

Old Rasputin pours into a tall pils glass with a gigantic, thick, dark-tan head; settles back to 2+ fingers in a minute. The body of the beer is black coffee, impervious to light.

The taste begins sweet and malty; delicious coffee and molasses notes follow, and a bit of a bitter chocolate kick.

The mouthfeel is superb; medium gravity, moderate carbonation, extremely palate-friendly.

Old Rasputin brings a 9% abv and masks the alcohol very well. It's a delicious, very drinkable RIS.

This is one hell of an impressive brew!

05-16-2009 03:28:27 | More by MVotter
Photo of DiabolikDUB


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours absolutely midnight black with a one inch mocha head that moderately dissipates into a thin layer around glass. The Aroma is filled with dark chocolate and roasted malts with some light coffee scent in there as well. The flavor has an upfront roastiness with some chocolate and some dried fruits has the flavors linger and ends with a nice bitterness. This is a heavy bodied beer that coats your mouth with every sip. Every time I get the chance to have this beer its always a good night.

05-15-2009 03:16:48 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle received as extra courteous of Ghengis22..poured into St. Feuillien wide mouth glass...how ive missed a review of this ill never know since ive purchased it many many times...

a-pitch black with a espresso colored head that fell after a minute or so...nice lacing...

s-roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and caramel, faintest hops, quite aromatic

t-chocolate and roast up front, followed by coffee and caramel and a nice hop sting in the end..

m-thick and chewy just like i love my ris...nice carbonation..warms as it goes down and is quite oily

d-during the winter i could warm up with these all night...now with our warm days and chilly nights only one late...

top notch...one of the best...

05-14-2009 02:18:42 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of myxomatosis

New York

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

A - Pours black and opaque. About 1/5 inch of cappuccino-brown head which dissipates over the course of 1 or 2 minutes. Some lacing, but not too much.

S - Very rich, smoky aroma. Sweet, with caramel notes.

T - Big, intense and smoky, with a distinct coffee flavor. The flavor is pretty complex; I can taste a very subtle fruitiness hiding in there. Tastes a little alcoholic, but not overpoweringly so.

M - Thick, smooth and creamy. Good carbonation - not overwhelming, and with very small bubbles.

D - Robust and absolutely delicious; great for sipping. I would serve it alongside something equally hearty, like steak, beef stew, pot roast or venison.

05-14-2009 01:02:18 | More by myxomatosis
Photo of Genghis22


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

No Bottle Dating

A - Pours a thick black motor oil, with a rich coffee brown head. No light gets through this one.

S - Sweet smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of coffee liquer.

T - Delicious! This is full of big roasted malt flavors. The chocolate flavors hit you first, and then the hops make their pressence known. A shock of bittness balances out the intense flavors, then the alcohol dries the tongue. The aftertaste is very similar to that of a high quality cup of coffee.

M - Everything a good RIS should be. Thick, chewy, full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

D - This is an excellent beer, but extremely flavorful, and at 9% drinking more than one or two a night may not be the best idea. On the other hand....

05-13-2009 05:37:30 | More by Genghis22
Photo of ajr24


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz bottle poured straight down the middle into my tulip glass.

A- Thick black body with an amber hue when held up to the light. Fluffy mocha head that dissipates into a mocha ring/slight layer on top.
S- Invigorating aroma. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, and alcohol are prevalent aromas. The IBUs are also noticeable.
T- Roasty and smooth, somewhat of a hop bite. Chocolaty and creamy, too.
M- Velvety and chewy.
D- Drinks excellent for an RIS like this.

05-12-2009 21:21:28 | More by ajr24
Photo of HalfFull


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured on tap into a pint glass, the Nitro tap helps this beer along nicely. Pours a deep black with an inch of mocha head. Good retention and generous amounts of lacing follow and continue to the bottom of the glass.

Smell has the chocolate nose of the bottle but without the notes of alcohol.

More chocolate on the tongue and with a long lingering roasted malt finish, including a nice freshly grated chocolate texture. Medium bodied in the feel and has a slightly slick finish, though smoother than from the bottle. High carbonation of the bottle isn't present here, allowing for a smoother feel and better retention of the nitro induced carbonation.

05-12-2009 02:08:39 | More by HalfFull
Photo of bulletrain76


4.13/5  rDev -4%

12oz bottle. Almost black, dark brown with a scant brown head. Aroma has powerful licorice and roasted malts. The flavor is big and roasty with coffee bitterness; quite dry in the finish, and the hops blend in and don't overwhelm the balance. Full palate with fizzy carbonation. Very drinkable for an imperial, but intense and rich, dry and bitter. Goes nicely with chocolate desserts. (3.8) Rerate: This is damn good on tap. More dark chocolate and less hop bitterness, though still balanced nicely and very drinkable.

05-11-2009 23:22:21 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of scifan

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours jet black with a small light brown head.
Smells very nice, getting nice sweet malts, coffee aromas coming through from roasted barley, also some dark chocolate.
Taste very similar to smell. At first I'm getting sweet dark malts, and chocolate flavors, then the some bitterness from the roasted barley. This is how RIS's are supposed to taste this beer sets the standard for a "regular" RIS.
Feels nice and smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down nice and easy without a hint of alcohol.

05-11-2009 02:46:09 | More by scifan
Photo of nopucophop

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a nice bold head which retained well. The midnight black appearance is just what I had expected in a stout. The nose has hints of chocolate, espresso , and blackberry. This is such a smooth stout. Has a nice creamy texture to it. It tastes as it smells, rich chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet in the front, smooth on the way down with a ever so slight bitter finish. I advise everyone to try this one. Will become a regular on my shelf. This is a don't miss brew.

05-11-2009 02:17:34 | More by nopucophop
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,412 ratings.