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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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9,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,692
Reviews: 3,351
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,233 | FT: 38
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 bobv
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, pours a nice 3/4 inch head. Recedes rather quickly down to a thin skin of head with a little lacing.

S: A little chocolate, a little coffee, and a banana-like smell.

T: Very nice, all the the aroma attributes are prevalent in the taste, with a little more chocolate.

M: Very nice mouthfeel.

D: I could drink another with no problem, however, the alcohol is creeping up in the finish as well as the hops.. Overall this is one of the classics.

bobv, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Imsothirsty
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to find fault with this beer.
Pours black with a frothy tan head which settles pretty quickly.
The nose is delicious chocolate, with a bit of roasted coffee. Probably the most chocolaty smelling beer I have sampled.
Taste is a nice fairly complex balance between dominating chocolate and coffee, with mild alcohol and vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp carbonation to start, certainly not too much, It warms my tongue and has a smooth thick finish.

My only complaint is that I didn't have enough.

Imsothirsty, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of beervana1858
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have probably purchased this beer 6-7 times and have been impressed by it every time. Surely there are more elite stouts out there that I have not yet found but it may just bet hat this has everything that I look for in a stout. It has a rich flavor with a slight dark chocolate taste that resonates on your tongue for quite a while after finishing. IT isn't quite sweet but it isn't overly bitter either. Overall a great stout and I will definitely keep it on the grocery list.

beervana1858, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark dark black with no light going through at all, nice thick tan head off the pour with light carbonation

Smell- chocolate, coffee, and roasted and toasty malts,nice smell

Taste- very nice and rich flavor, extremely balanced with a nice long lingering finish, characterized by coffee, malts, and chocolate tones you start to pick up nose, slight hops provide nice bitter balance on mid palate,

Mouthfeel- very smooth and slick with medium to full bodied feel

Drinkability- extremely drinkable I could easily whip through a 4 pack of this with no sweat at all, I dont think I could get tired of this beer in one nite, I hadnt visited this one in a long time and I regret having not, delicous and a very nice value in this current era of raising beer prices, a winner in my book

Stunner97, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A modern day classic. Perhaps the epitome of the style!

A jet-black glass of gold sits infront of me. A huge frothy head never goes away.

Smells amazing. Chocolate, roasted malts, creamy goodness.

Taste is just the bees knees. Sweet chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts all mixed in immaculate proportions. Bitterness only accentuates the sweetness. Holy cow, this is so smooth! Rasputin was one of the first RIS's I ever had and, on nitro tap, it's hands down the purest example of perfect RIS flavor and balance I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is milkshake thick, carb (nitro) is perfect. Drinkability is unheard of for this kind of business.

jampics2, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a quickly receding light brown head.

S: Nice roasty aroma.

T: Bitter chocolate and coffee are the most pronounced flavors. Maybe a hint of vanilla in there, too. 9% alcohol is well hidden.

M: A bit thin for my taste, but I'm really just being picky. Nothing to complain too loudly about.

D: The ABV will catch up with you before you get tired of drinking this one. Excellent beer!

Overall a great RIS, and probably one of the best values of the style at $8.99/4-pack. I would place it slightly behind Stone's IRS or Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, but I still highly recommend it!

mondegreen, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and very dark pour in snifter. A slight foamy head that disappears fast.

Aroma isn't heavy but has a nice malty roast.

Taste is malty with vanilla and chocolate. It has a nutty finish with a slightly hoppy bitterness.

Well-carbonated RIS that feels silky and thick.

Extremely tasty and drinkable. You feel the alcohol more than you can taste it. This brew was highly recommended at Tiffany's Wine & Spirits. It's an impressive RIS that reminds me of Bells Expedition Stout. I want to go back to Tiffany's to buy another single bottle to cellar.

tetonka4kzoo, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Popkas
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has been cellared for a little over a year.
A: Pours a deep black with a thin head that lingers.

S: Nice roasted malt and alcohol. Bready?

T: Roasted coffee/malts and a hit of alcohol at the end.

M: Nice thick and silky feel, plenty of carbonation.

D: More drinkable than I recalled. Wonder if it has to do with it having a year of cellaring on it?

Popkas, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a brown head and tons of lacing

Nose isn't too heavy, coffee cocoa, cinnamon and alcohol

taste is dried fruit, intricate espresso notes, chocolate with a bitter alcohol finish

mouthfeel is beautiful, silky and thick

a very nice imperial stout

benclimbs, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of schro126
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle on the recommendation of the clerk at my local beer store. It pours opaque with a nice dark tan head. The aroma is full of dried fruit and bitter dark malts with chocolaty undertones.
The mouthfeel is thick and velvety everything you are looking for in a RIS. The taste starts with roasty malts and smooths to a clean finish with a residual sugar that lingers. After half a glass the alcohal starts to make an appearance with a warming sensation in the chest.
Overall this is a good RIS, nothing mindblowing but a good example of the style.

schro126, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a case Christmas Eve and wasted no time to open one up. Poured from a 12oz short bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. Pours very thick black, oil consistency. Very good strong smell while pouring...that of espresso. Provides a finger to 2 finger brown head that slowly disapates and leaves sticky thick lacing.

Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso/coffee, and roasted malts. Aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be from the pour, but a very sweet pleasant aroma. Here goes...down the hatch...

Very solid espresso flavors. Roasted malts and sugars, not as sweet as other big name stouts like Abyss and KBS...but great and clean in it's own way. Leaves a sweet coffee flavor on the tongue.

Medium body, not as thick as it looked like it was going to be, but very satisfying and creamy.
Very good Russian Imperial Stout! A must try...this will be a regular beer at my house!

ShadesOfGray, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of robobor
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter, this looks real good. Black with a light brown head, body is as near opaque as I've ever seen in a beer: there's no light coming through and there is minimal lacing. Smells like coffee, smells sweet. Really tastes like a coffee, has that bitter coffee acidity on the back of the tongue. Leads to a chocolatey burp. This beer stands up nicely to and complements well my dad's Christmas English Toffee. 9.0% is well hidden, I feel like I could put down quite a few of these.

robobor, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I normally steer clear of nitro taps, but curiosity got the better of me last night at the Library Ale House. Served in an Old Rasputin nonic, which was a nice touch.

Thoroughly opaque black hole of a body crowned by two fat fingers of light tan, thick mocha fizz. Perpetual retention, cake-batter-like lacing, though no real legs to speak of.

Almost sour roast malt, lightly burnt bread, subtle esters from the alcohol, and a touch of weeds and citrus from the hops.

Over-roasted coffee, bread crusts, and a pungent mineral note that seems to be emphasized with this serving type. Unsweetened baker's chocolate and scalded milk lead into the surprisingly dry, almost dusty finish (vaguely brings to mind river stones, cheap hotel ice, old carpets, and other assorted phantoms). While strongly bitter, the hops don't jump out at you - a very carefully balanced beer.

Thick, soft, uniform body though a bit "artificial" in its presentation especially considering the purity of ingredients and skill in craftsmanship - I'd much prefer to see this on-cask. If I'm going to abandon my (perhaps idealized) notions of product integrity, why not go all the way and head down to The Golden State for one of their Old Rasputin beer floats?

A clean, rich, strong, yet subtle brew - highly drinkable especially considering the robust ABV and IBU.

augustgarage, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of wknight167
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours near black with just a hint of red when held up to the light. A one finger, fine bubble light brown head lasts longer than the beer does. Lacing is more like a wall than anything else.

Nose- Solid roast malt, coffee, chocolate with some nuttiness and sweetness showing through.

Palate- Slightly sweeter than expected, but not in a bad way. Tastes as you would expect from the nose, but with toffee, and licorice notes.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, FULL bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Finishing one makes me want another.

wknight167, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of dciBA
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a nice and black with a fingers worth of light brown head that holds on for a while. Smells of smooth milk chocolate and burnt malt. Just a hint of hops.

Taste is simply perfect for the style. Lots of chocolate, coffee and plenty of earthy hops. Just the right amount of hop balance really. Very creamy and smooth in the mouth and not a hint of the high ABV. This beer always sneaks up on me when I have it on tap. So easy to toss back a pint and not even realize how much alcohol it has. I'm glad to be enjoying this one at home, but I think the draft version is slightly better. I can't help but think if I had never had this on tap then I would probably rate the bottle version perfect.

dciBA, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A- Big rocky reddish tan head sits atop a black as night body. The head has excellent retention especially for this style, it leaves pretty decent lacing.

S- Raisiny and fruity on top of bourbony alcohol. It is off set by some smokey roastiness and chocolate.

T- Rich, creamy chocolate, wood, smoke, licorice, and some hop bitterness on the back end

M- Pretty nice body. Smooth, creamy and a bit sticky.

D- One of the most drinkable RIS's out there.

This was my first RIS I ever tasted. Since then the style has become one of my most favorites and this beer has become one of my staples. You should try it on nitro tap!

MbpBugeye, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, I barely ever give a beer a perfect score, but I can't find anything wrong with this beer. It is truly oustanding.

A-Pours pitch black with a mdium to small, creamy espresso crema colored head that has excellent retention and strong thick lacing. Very enticing appearance indeed.

S-The aroma is so beautiful with sweet roasted barely, toffee and notes of caramel. Maybe also some faint earthy hops in the back. No alcohol detected.

T-And the flavor is nothing short of awesome. Roasted barely, and toffee and sweet caramel and noticable bitterness from some slightly earthy hops to balance everything. No alcohol detected. There seems to be some licorice in the flavor that I did not get in the aroma. hmmm

M-This beer has a huge body and is oh so creamy and smooth. There is no harshness at all.

D-If this beer was 5% abv, I could drink this all day and night. But low and behold, it's 9% abv, so I might be able to have 2 in a night. But I love just sippin this sniffer glass full of OR RIS. Perfect RIS indeed. WOW....

hoplover82, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of montageman
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

When the weather gets cold, there are few beers I enjoy more than Old Rasputin. Big, bold, & intense, but drinkable and balanced. Chocolate & coffee are the dominant flavors - notes of vanilla & black licorice are present as well. A perfect after dinner beer & with 9% ABV the warming qualities make it an ideal winter libation. Highest recommendation.

montageman, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of cbarrett4
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Horse Brass Pub in Portland:

Pours with a disappointing head fading into a lackluster lace, but with a good, rich, dark hue. Smells richly of licorice, molasses, espresso, and some dark chocolate. A little funky on the nose and that carries through the palate, possibly from the kind of hops they used. Decent texture but abrasive on the finish.

Overall good, but probably better out of the bottle with some conditioning.

cbarrett4, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass dec17 2009

A black with a thumbs worth of mocha head that falls to a 1/4inch film fairly quickly and leaves only a patch or two of lace

S smoke, chocolate, coffee and some booze

T not far off the smell but a little licorice perhaps and the alcohol is hidden a little better then on the nose

M thick creamy goodness, oh dear that sounds wrong yet feels quite right

D for the strength it's a little dangerous with out doubt, sinks like a ship and oh so worth trying.

I'm wondering if my glass was dirty, cause if so this may have been a rare A+ looks average but well ahead in all other departments. doesn't cost a fortune either here in Alberta making it just that much better, drink, think, repeat

wordemupg, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of fropones
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours nearly black with just the slightest hint of red around the edges. 2.5 fingers of mocha head with great retention. Beautiful lacing.

S - Loads of roasted roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee. Surprising amount of citrus aromas from the hops.

T - More bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt, and coffee, and delicious. Some hop bitterness as well. Very balanced, neither the bitterness nor the burnt-ness from the malt is too overpowering.

M - Damn this is creamy and smooth. Low carbonation.

D - Dangerously drinkable for 9%. A bit warming from the alcohol. Keeps me warm on these cold winter nights.

fropones, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a tall tan head that clings to the glass.

S- Roasted and burnt malts with some light notes of alcohol.

T- roasted and burnt bread crusts with a slightly noticeable hop profile. The hops and burnt flavor create a dry but still sweeter finish.

M- Creamy and smooth feel with a nice carbonation.

D- An awesome RIS; a great sipper on a cold day.

TommyW, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of parkeak0
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Most certainly one of the best known and most loved RIS, as evidenced by the 2000+ reviews before this one. One of the beers that got me into the craft scene. Dark as night, rich, immensely complex, it doesn't get much better than this for the style. Chances are, you've had it before, but if you haven't, I highly recommend it.

parkeak0, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of cnjohn19
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

got this beer over great conversation at dain's place in durham...pours a dark opaque with little to no head...looks thick and bold...smells of nutty sweetness, a tad of coffee beans, and def. get the alcohol...

and DAMN this beer is delicious...consistent, sweet, and very bold...malty with a smooth aftertaste...both me and my company commented how good this stout is...good work

again, smooth, bold, and full bodied all the way down...very surprised i drank this brew, considering i usually savor russian imperials...

overall, get this beer in the cold months anytime you can...you'll thank me and the others on here...

cnjohn19, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black body with dark tan, thick, huge head with excellent retention, lacing, and cap.

S/T: Vanilla, toasted grain over chocolate, smoke, a dose of dark fruit. Smell gets a bit boozy and nutty as it opens up. On the taste, the booze doesn't dominate quite as well, but the nuts and fruit dominate the finish.

M: Full, sticky body, with an incredibly long finish.

D: Rasputin delivers a huge collection of flavors, all in great balance with each other, and still somehow never overwhelms. If I had one, I could probably enjoy a full 4-pack, assuming it wouldn't knock me out first. Brilliant.

dudecandle, Dec 09, 2009
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,692 ratings.