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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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10,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,360
Reviews: 3,397
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,557 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to my Darkness snifter.

So black it pees oil. Three + finger mocha head. As the head fades the lacing stays. I want to whisper sweet nothings to you Raspy.

At first this smelled like a cookiie made with brown sugar. Brown sugar how come you smell so good? Dark fruit, coffee and fig is making my heart go thump. Slightest hint of booziness.

Coffee. Kaplow. Right in my lips. Fig along with licorice and booze. This style can suffer from the zero carbonation syrup effect. Not a problem for this fella. Raspy is a hoppy gentleman but not overly.

There are winners and losers of this variety. Ladies and gents this is a winner. And a bargain too. Under 10 bones a four pack is a no brainer. Seek it out.

Photo of bythisaxe
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a beautiful two-finger tan head. Looks very dark and thick with lacing along the entire glass. This is very pretty beer.

Smells wonderfully of coffee and a bit of chocolate, and surprisingly hoppy. The alcohol is very apparent, as well. The taste matches the scent - coffee and chocolate. There's a ton of alcohol warmth without tasting boozy at all, and a lot of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

This beer doesn't feel nearly as thick as it looks. There's some heaviness but it goes down very easily - maybe too easily.

I could drink this all night, although at 9% ABV that may not be for the best. All in all, an excellent RIS.

Photo of ksmi116
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with a medium tan head, Looks typical of a stout

S - Toasted malt, coffee, faint hops

T - More of the smell, toasted/burnt malt, some espresso taste, hops are present in the back of the taste

M - Coats the mouth very well, but not overwhelmingly. Creamy as well. Very satisfying stout

O - Great example of a RIS, and on of the best pairings of beer/food, after a mesquite barbeque pork loin. Very delightful.

Photo of unclemorgan
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour into a 16 oz Carling pub glass (it was a gift from a n English pub, that i break out for special occasions) with an etched bottom.

Dark brown pour with a creamy brown head that was initially thick and stayed all the way down.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee beans, blueberries, raisons. Tastes also added a touch of hops and had a smooth finish.

This is a great sipping beer. I enjoy a good stout but the Imperials may take pole position.


Photo of sdj5
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is black with a very small tan head. The glass has quite a bit of tan lacing on the side. The smell is of burnt caramel, chocolate, toast, dark fruit. The taste is very complex, dark fruit sweetness, roasted malt, coffee bitterness. It feels good in the mouth with a good amount of carbonation and a rich heaviness. It is a beer that one drinks slowly because of its strength and richness. It may be my favorite beer.

Photo of mckeowbc
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good Russian Imperial Stout, but not my favorite beer ever. Perhaps Russian Imperials just aren't my style. It's a good beer, but too maybe too rich for my blood, both in alcohol content and cost.

A - Pours a very dark brown that ends up black in the glass, topped by ample amounts of chunky caramel colored head.
S - Smell is complex, sweet with hints of burnt coffee, chocolate and a noticeable amount of alcohol in the nose.
T - The alcohol comes through in the taste but the chocolate, coffee and malt come along for the ride. In a way I felt like I was drinking a scotch or a bourbon. Nice, but if I want a glass of scotch I'll have a glass of scotch.
M - Mouthfeel is just about right for a big Imperial Stout. Heavy and full but not syrupy.
D - Too big to be really drinkable. A good imperial stout, but the taste wasn't my favorite and the amount of alcohol made this a special occasion beer.

Photo of generallee
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There is no other info on the label.

Appearance: It pours thick, dark and slowly from the bottle. This very deep dark brown to nearly black liquid (like old motor oil) turns jet black in the glass with a modest one finger thick tan head. The creamy head hangs on very well and leaves lots of spotty lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of sweet and roasty malt character with rich dark chocolate notes, heavily toasted/burnt malt and a nice suggestion of warm alcohol.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor is every bit as deep and roasted as the aroma. The full body offers rich chocolaty, burnt coffee and heavy toasted notes wrap up in a blanket of mellow alcohol warmth. It is also balanced by some nice herbal hop bitterness that plays off some malt bitterness. The palate is heavy and chewy with soft mild carbonation. This soft carbonation is just enough to keep it moving nicely over the tongue.

Notes: Overall it's a classic well made and well balanced example of an Imperial Stout.

Photo of musicforairports
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a snifter.

Pours black, nice head, leaves a bunch of lacing.

Smell is great for the style--roasty, chocolate-y, coffee, a hint of burnt flavor.

Coffee, chocolate, burnt barley notes and some creamy milky notes. Flavor is full but tails off quickly on the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, decently carbonated for the style...not as thick as some stouts, but not thin, either.

Definitely one of the go-to imperial stouts out there; affordable and easy to find.

Photo of bump8628
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt sorry for the poor saps sucking back pints of Guinness for the same price that I was enjoying this world class beer. This one finished things off right on St. Paddy's day at the local.

Midnight black with the beautiful nitro head and lame nitro nose. It still delivers a punch of char, coffee, burnt sugar, and earthy hop flavor, but it's smoothed out (or dumbed down depending on your perspective) by the nitrogen pour. Nice and bitter with some needed astringency from the roasted grains and a hint of ethanol warmth on the finish.

I'll take the bottled version any day, but Old Rasputin is still thoroughly enjoyable in the the nitrogen format.

Photo of mmva321
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

I've been avoiding many stouts lately, preferring the easier drinkin' waters of the pale ales and belgian ales, but this is a great introduction back.

A: An opaque black body with just the slightest tint of brown is beautiful. Above it is 3 fingers of dark khaki head that dissipates a bit quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the side. Kind of two-tone.

S: A great combination of roasted malts, sweet chocolates and caramels and bitter dark chocolates and a bit of hops. It ups the roasted and bitter aspects over the sweet, and is better off for it, giving the beer a hazy-inducing comforting effect. To describe it further would make too factual a more emotional response.

T: Same flavor profile as the aroma, and it once again highlights the bitter and roasted characteristics, but there is a great and surprising kick of sweetness right in the middle of a drink. It's like liquid chocolate for one fraction of a second. It's a unique trademark for the beer.

M: A great lightly carbonated and thick body are just great for this stout.

D: Though the roasted flavors last a little too long, the beer is a pleasure to drink, giving you a unique and challenging taste for your palette.

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

Opaque black color and a mountain of a slowly dissapating tan head. Heavy lacing on the glass and excellent head retention. Looks amazing. Smells of dark roasted malts and some strong coffee and chocolate. Coffee is prominent in the taste as well as dark chocolate and a strong twinge of alcohol that doesn't overwhelm at all.
A fairly bitter aftertaste is left in the mouth but it is pleasant and warming, not annoying. While the taste rivals any other stout I've ever had as the best, the mouthfeel of Old Rasputin is so smooth and creamy that it literally feels like I'm drinking silk. It makes the beer in the end, because the taste, smell and appearance of this beer are all great, but the mouthfeel makes the beer special. Drinkability is relatively high for how strong a beer this is. Overall this is a beer that I will buy again and again when I'm in a stout mood.

Photo of puertobrewing
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark pour on a snifter. Nice 1.25 finger of half and half coffee-colored head that settled down quite fast leaving lacing behind.

S - Smells malty, toasted coffee, with a bit of hops but not overwhelming. You can also smell some caramel and pure love.

T - Great balance between the malty sweetness and the hop bitterness. Tastes like black coffee, some caramel, notes of honey, prunes, and a big punch of aftertaste bitterness probably from Columbus hops.

M - Perfectly balanced carbonation for a full body beer like this. It feels like you're swallowing a healing potion... that's how good it is.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers. My favorite style is quadrupel but I definitely love a Russian Imperial Stout like this one. Lets see if the Dogfish Head World Wide Stout that I have chilling in my fridge for next weekend can impress me as well.

Photo of Franz4
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass

A- black, good foamy head that's a light tan color, good retention, lacing is nice and sticky all the way down.

S- smells of full bodied chocolate, almost ice cream like. Slightly nutty... maybe a little like rocky road.

T- strong chocolate and molasses. Most "milk chocolate" like stout I've had in a while with a very mild bitterness to it. I'm not picking up much coffee at all. Very tasty.

M- very fine moderate carbonation is evident, goes down quickly with a semi-dry finish.

D- A beer to enjoy for sure. No need to rush this one but it doesn't mean I don't want to. For a good stout that's widely available, this one fits the bill.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle deep, dark brown, almost black color with a one finger tan head that dissipates into a heavy collar. Can't get a read on the carbonation that may be going on in the near blackness. Aroma is a rich, thick smell of roasted, toasty malt. There is a hint of coffee and smoke, and it's a pleasantly sweet aroma. 1st sip is a thick, rich, creamy shot of dark unsweetened chocolate, black unsweetened coffee, smoky peat, bitter hops, and alcohol! There's a lot for the tastebuds to process here! Mouthfeel is also thick, rich, & creamy. This beer is stout in every sense of the word! As for drinkability, these are so potent I think 2, maybe 3 is all I could do in one sitting, but that's not meant to be a negative. This ain't some weak-ass lager for playing quarters with! Overall, a fantastic sensory experience! Sip, savor, and enjoy!

Photo of jman892
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours jet black with a nice thick 1 finger mocha head that lingers, leaves great lacing. I cant think of a better looking beer

S - roasted malts, cola aroma, very mild chocolate come through.

T - suprising hoppiness for the style. Balanced with the hops is a great smooth chocolate taste. Alcohol warming is also noticeable, but not off putting at all. Also a faint bit bit of nuttiness comes through

M - thick, smooth creamy mouthfeel, with an alcohol kick on the end. Very mild carbonation

D - very good drinkability, creamy mouthfeel lingers on the taste buds, keeping the mouth watering for more

A great smooth RIS.

Photo of cyrock1
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pitch black with a suoer creamy looking one inch tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, toasty and roasty malt. Hints of toffee.

Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate with hints of coffee and toffee. Mild hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Semi creamy mouth-feel, nice mild cabonation.

Drinkability: Other than the alcohol content creeping up on you I would say have quite a few of these.

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

Pours black coffee with a dark foam that shrinks down to a small surface cover. Faint smell, coffee, sherry, little burn in the belly. Not to much sweetness, but not too bitter. Very mellow for the alcohol content. Nice sipping beer. My friends really liked it as well.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let the stout sit out for 20 minutes then poured into my Great Divide Tulip.

Appearance-Black, like any other good RIS. Thick tan head that fades into thick lacing. Carbonation bubbles floating up the side.

Smell-Can really smell the booze. Chocolate, Malt, and alot of Espresson. I think I get some raisons in there too.

Taste-Sweet at the beginning, bitter finish. Lots of espresso and alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Thick and Creamy. Lots of carbonation.

Overall-Very drinkable beer. What makes this beer taste even better is b/c your getting a bargain, 799 a 4pk. Great beer to keep in your fridge without breaking the bank.

Photo of DerekP
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a tan head. Inky black blots drip on the head as I pour every last drop out of the bottle. Head thins out fairly quickly. Regardless, head retention is there.

Smells amazing: candy-sweet hops (I think it's hiding something from me...), roasted malts, charcoal (can someone say "Prime Rib?"). Sweet fruits remind me of how much I love Ales over Lagers (this is not a fruit beer!). Meaty and savory; full flavored.

Head first in the fire pit with the first sip from the glass. Abundantly burnt, but in a good way. Slick hops help balance the dryness of this brew. Lingering qualities. Certainly a sipper, but I can't help but throw it down. Pitch blackness infiltrates the tan head as it rides up the rim of the glass. Alcohol shows itself like a toned down liquor (9% ABV). Bitter hops blend with the burnt flavors to offer up a serious Stout.

A great brew to enjoy. Cheers!

Photo of SchmoTerp
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a great beer. This one looks, smells, and finishes among the top beers you'll ever have. As with all the most worthy stouts (at least for me), it's all about the finish and Old Rasputin does not disappoint. It's medium-bodied taste hangs pleasantly in the palette for quite awhile. My only wish would be a more full taste. Regardless, this beer will be enjoyed at my house for a long time to come.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; body is black, can't see through it even when held up to the light. Forms a stiff, creamy dark tan head. Great retention throughout the drink with beautiful lacing.

smell; very toasty roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Spicy, woody hops are also pesent, somewhat tannic. A bit of caramel perhaps...

taste; bitter chocolate coffee beans and molasses. Some bitter flavors of oak as well in the finish, little more hoppy than sweet but the balance is still nearly flawless. Burnt malts ride from start to finish growing more bitter, then briefly taking on a lactic sweetness in the finish, before the hops gain control and balance things out.

mouthfeel; very heavy bodied and thick. Goes down smooth, leaving a slimy trail. Alcohol warmth is noted as well as tight carbonation. Finishes very dry and crisp.

drinkability; such a powerfully flavorful drink, without overwhelming the palate, quite an easy drink that sits perfect with me.

Photo of Shrews629
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown/black color with small ruby highlights around the edges and bottom. A very, very nice tan head that was of excellent size. Very fluffy and creamy, smooth looking. Very nice retention and some pretty good lacing. Left a small film across the top until the very end.

Smell - The aroma revealed some roasted maltiness along the lines of coffee and chocolate. Some dark fruit is there, but seems to be sitting in the background. The smell is very rich and slightly sweet. Picking up some burnt tones that could be grain or barley. Nice and robust.

Taste - In the taste I found more of the dark fruit tones than I did in the aroma. I detect some burnt grain flavors and the coffee and chocolate file in line nicely. A small touch of alcohol flavoring, but none too much. It fits in very nicely. Very well balanced. Minute bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Dry and chewy even. The alcohol was like an enjoyable smooth burn. Leaves plenty hanging around on the palate. Very nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Man!!! This is really a great brew. I've been hearing and reading a lot about Old Rasputin and it doesn't disappoint. It's rich, bold and smooth. The alcohol is there for the first few sips, but then becomes practically non-existant. This beer is easy and enjoyable to drink. The high ABV may deter some, but all around it's a really good beer and worth a try.

Photo of JayRey
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Newcastle pint glass.

Appearance: Very black. 1 finger tan head reduces relatively quickly.

Smell: First thing I get is chocolate, followed by some coffee and roasted caramel malt.

Taste: Awesome. Just like the smell: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Alcohol comes through at the very end but is mostly hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body, very smooth.

Drinkability: Very good beer overall. Great balance, especially with so much going on here. Will definitely be buying this again.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last night at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier VT. $6 for a ~10oz draft pour.

A: Clear nearly black brew gives a slight mahogany-red glow around the edges in dim bar lighting, so I presume it isn't completely opaque. Lovely dense tan head, super thick and creamy. Looks like it came from a nitro tap (but I forgot to ask if this was true). Super thick carpet of smooth dense lace covers the sides of the glass.

S: Good dose of dark, astringent, roasted barley and bitter cocoa powder. Mostly dry. Slight dry grass/ hay hop.

T: Same as the smell, plus a bit of light thin sweetness of candied fruit, tart raspberries and currents. A bit of dry smoke and a modest earth/herb hop both add some bite and depth but aren't major players. Long finish has lingering soft dark cocoa and smoke, and some residual sweet slickness, like the aftertaste from chocolate-raspberry liquor (if there is such a thing).

M: Mostly dry, smooth and creamy, moderate thickness, but balanced by a bit of light bitter fruity sweetness. Fairly lightbodied for a RIS. Soft mellow carbonation.

D: Hugely drinkable, not filling or overly sweet. Highly recommended.

Photo of wstuart
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black as the devils backside, this russian imperial stout is freaking delicious. light hazelnut top with a distinct chocolate flavor accompanied by a rich coffee aroma. interesting how both the coffee and chocolate are in balance with eachother, while maintaining their boundries. delicious

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,360 ratings.