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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

9,987 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 9,987
Reviews: 3,366
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 311
Gots: 1,360 | FT: 44
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 mikegreen138
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark coffee color, with a pleasant aroma with nice but slight hints of chocolate, and roasted malts.

the flavors are very complex and hit ever tone, with sweet at first taste and then ends with a intense but not overwhelming bitter follow up. as the flavors swirl around in your mouth you can taste the richness and roasted complexity.

the beer is very drinkable, and smooth on the palate. although a few of these might put you in the drunk tank for the night.

mikegreen138, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I'm a fledgling beer reviewer, so don't be too hard on me. I judge a beer mostly on taste and that's why Old Rasputin gets so many high marks from me. The smell of this stuff is great too. I can't resist taking a wiff when I crack open a bottle. The taste is complex, full, chocolatey, hint of strong black coffee. Finish a tad dry, but the suggestion of sweet in the beginning more than compensates for this. Mouthfeel wonderful, might be the high APV that gives it a wee bit of listerine intensity. I can drink these all day long. As an enjoyer of stouts, this beer strikes me as highly drinkable though not everyone will share this opinion. It is worth note that after about three or four bottles you can look at the label and almost see Rasputin working his wicked magics upon you. All and all this is a stellar beer, one of my personal faves that no fan of stouts should pass up without giving it a try. High APV always a plus in my book too. 9% Hot diggity! Will warm you in the winter for sure.

stoutmasterjames, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of djaeon
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the typical dark pour of an RIS. Very dark brown to black in appearance. Pours with little head & has little retention or lacing.

Has the pleasant dark roast coffee/dark chocolate aroma that has become so familiar.

This seems to lose the coffee aroma when you take a sip. It gives way to the dark chocolate.

Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel, with the exception of some minor bitterness. Also, this has a bit of dryness to it.

Overall, very drinkable i think. I'd definitely have another.

djaeon, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of tuckevalastin
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with hardly any tan head

S: Has a mild scent. Smells of chocolate and roasted coffee

T: Lots of chocolate and coffee and decent hoppy bitterness. The roasty malt flavors dominate the bitterness though.

M: A full bodied beer with moderate bitterness. Nice and creamy with a warming alcohol feel but not enough to overwhelm the flavors.

D: Definetly a sipper.

Overall, I'm happy to have found this one and consider it to be a very good stout.

tuckevalastin, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at world of beer. Poured into a ccb snifter.
A-black as midnight. A solid 2" of head. Solid retention and crazy lacing left.

S-dark roasted malts. Coffee and dark chocolate.

T-bittnerness from dark chocolate. Roasted malts and hints of vanilla. Alcohol is present, however its not as strong as I was expecting with such a high abv.

M- nice and creamy. With just enough carbonation. A slight burn is present in my nose and throat.

D- A good sipper. I don't think I would drink more then 2 in a row. Abv wouldn't allow me to have to many anyways.

urwithdave, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice jet black color with just huge head for an imperial stout that has ridiculous retention and lacing. One of the most impressive heads I've seen on a beer, never mind a stout.

S - Chocolate, coffee, toffee, but not as potent as most imperial stouts. Pretty mild.

T - Follows the nose fairly well. Flavors are subtle and not overpowering. An additional licorice taste is detectable on the swallow. A real nice bitter finish. Somewhat alcoholic but it doesn't interfere with what North Coast is trying to do with this brew.

M - Very good mouthfeel. Whole and full and balanced. Pretty smooth with a warming alcoholic swallow. I like it a lot.

D - This beer is big and filling with a high ABV. I would get this again.

jmerloni, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
2.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I didn't enjoy Old Rasputin, to the point where I almost wasn't even going to bother reviewing it. Obviously, it's a highly regarded beer on here, but it wasn't for me. The taste is what turned me off. It is very bitter. The high alcohol content is not hidden at all, like you will see in other beers. I found the drinkability to be extremely low. This is a beer I probably won't try again.

Cubsfan1087, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well well the famous Old Rasputin has finally hit my area! Lets see if it backs up the hype

A - Wow decent head for an imperial. Motor oil looking goodness.
S - Chocolate and Carmel malts.
T - Bitter coffee hit first but smooth to a chocolate taste.
M - End is not as bitter as expected. Alcohol warms the belly.
D - Four pack anyone? As one of the oldest imperial company's I ever had this beer is a keeper. Will squeeze in a bottle every now and again.

DrDemento456, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of y2j2280
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, motor-oil like. Very nice lace upon a good swirl.

S - Chocolate and coffe aromas. Slight alcohol on the nose.

T - Decadent chocolate flavor interlaced with strong underlying coffee currents. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Thick on the palate like a true RIS should be. Mouth-coating.

D - This is a one (or at most 2) serving experience. Too heavy for an extended session.

y2j2280, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark black with a big tan head with good retention that fades leaving lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of roasty aromas like cocoa, malt, and coffee. There's a milk chocolate feel to the nose which is very inviting.

T: The taste starts with a roasty chocolate flavor and then a sharp bitterness. On the finish is loads of roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. Rather light for a RIS and that really detracts from the beer in my opinion.

D: Good roasty aromas and flavors and not much alcohol in the nose or taste. The ABV would probably make this hard to put down too many though.

This is almost like an imperial porter instead of a stout. The mouthfeel is lighter than what I come to think of when I thik of a RIS. Recommended if you can get it. Ten Fidy is still my favorite though.

GregSVT, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my goblet, this evil black elixer sported a huge, two finger head of creamy brown foam. Huge lacing as the beer was consumed. Actual rings around the glass. Impressive. Inky black, impenatrable to light. A beautiful beer.
The nose is rich, burnt malts and sugar, some bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, and alcohol.
The taste doesn't disappoint. A fairly bitter rush, tempered by a huge roasted coffee flavor, rich chocolates, dark fruits, alcohol, and a rough sweet finish.
The beer coats and fills the mouth. Chewy. You could eat this with a spoon.
This is a classic, suberb beer. It is dangerously drinkable. You don't feel the 9% until it is too late. A wonderful treat of a beer, probably well paired with a rich cigar, a rich desert, or on a bitter cold day. Thumbs up and cheers to North Coast for unleashing this wonderful ale on the world.

KrisPaulk77, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of sitarist
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish purple, almost black. One inch tan head fades quickly to a faint ring. No lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, grape candy, powdered sugar, with a smoky undertone.

Taste of coffee, chocolate, candied jellys, burnt caramel, there is also a hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick with a carbonation bite at first becoming creamy.

Its drinkable and warming with good flavors but it doesn't beg you to take another sip. The mouthfeel does not work well with the flavors.

sitarist, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2/24/10

North Coast Brew co.
Old Rasputin

L= 4.5 Pours a brown thick creamy head into a black oily body

S= 4.5 Black Burnt coffee and chocolate on the nose with spicy pine and caramel sweetness

T= 4.0 Lots of coffee and chocolate. This beer is a beautifully orchestrated malty brew. Alcohol presence like all good R.I.S.'s Very warming and will take the chill out of even the coldest days.

F= 4.5 Pure velvet in your mouth. Creamy creamy velvet. Great finish

D= 5.0 I could sip on this beer all night. World class outstanding beer! North coast did it again

tippebrewcrew2, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black, with a mocha brown head, and good lacing

Smell: Coffee, dark fruit, toffee, and a touch of chocolate

Taste: Up Front: Roasted malts. Finish: Dark fruit, alcohol, espresso

Mouthfeel: Full body, rich and creamy, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Very good considering the style

Overall Impression: At one time this was my favorite R.I.S. What can I say, it still kicks ass!

BeerGodz, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a curved pint glass

A - It is a RIS so of course it pours black duh! It produces about a couple of inches of light airy foam from an aggressive pour into the glass.

S - Roasted malt sweetness, molasses, weak coffee, and vanilla.

T - First thing I notice is the hop bitterness which I didn't expect but it is good, some dark chocolate and light caramel.

M - Pretty much like coffee nothing great at all.

D - Goes down easy especially for a RIS, but there are alot better choices in the style than this, but it is a good price for the quality.

semibaked, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of drcarver
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with a two finger fluffy,light brown head. The head stays two fingers for the 15 minutes I didn't touch the beer. Once I started imbibing the head slowly receded leaving lacing down the side of the glass and on the surface of the beer. Rarely do I give a 5 in appearance and this one really deserves it

S - roasted malt without pretention. Alcohol hides in the background. Can't sit here and talk about the subtle chocolates, coffees, and dark fruits which it fine by me. Sometimes beer is beer.

T/M - roasted malt with a chewy feel and slight alcohol heat a the finish. Smokiness throughout the beer. Not overly sweet which is nice for a RIS.

D - I kinda wish it were a lower ABV that way I could have a few more without worrying about my liver. Great beer.

drcarver, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep, inky black body that allows no light whatsoever to pass through. Up top, two fingers of tan head that fade slowly and leaves great lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Rich and roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, dark fruit, a splash of citrusy hops, and a good dose of alcohol.

Flavor: As the aroma promised, this has a huge malt body. The malt features lots of chocolaty, deep-roasted, smoky, and dark fruit notes. Accompanying the malt are citrusy, juicy, and mildly bitter hops that keep everything balanced rather well. Bittersweet chocolate and bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A velvety medium-full body with smooth medium-bodied carbonation and some moderate warmth from the alcohol. Dries nicely in the finish.

Drinkability: Drinks a little faster than many Imperial Stouts, though still a bit of a sipper.

Verdict: Old Rasputin may not be the biggest Russian Imperial Stout out there, but it's solid, balanced well, very drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable. While I usually don't mention price, it's well-worth mentioning that this is a terrific value.

BeanBone, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of MarkFy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle

Look: jet black

Smell: dark chocolate, coffee, hint of caramel

Taste: Amazing, that is what a Russian Imp Stout should taste like. Chocate and coffee mixed with dark fruit, sweeter finish.

Mouthful: Powerful with a slight booziness, but not distracting.

Drinkability: Oh man, I like to start a nice winter night with one, but to have more than 2 would push it.

Again, just a great RIS not to be missed.

MarkFy, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of kifn2
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - some brownish tints on the edges but opaque in the middle. It has a surprisingly large tan head that sustains well. This is not common in the style, but not unpleasant at all. The labelling is beautiful in my humble opinion.

s - it smells just as an RIS should. Toasty with hints of dark fruits. The scents volatize quickly.

t - Most RIS's lack a nutty quality. This beer is exceptional in that it captures it. The roasted flavor is wonderful with all of the requisite coffee and chocolate flavors. Another exceptional quality is that they've managed to eliminate any burnt flavor and still keep all of the good dark malt character. There is some slight bitterness from the roasted malt, but it is there as a complement to the overall taste. It's not a "bad" bitterness, for what it's worth.

m - tongue coating and full bodied. Mild carbonation, yet it's not "sticky"

d - appropriate for style.

Overall, an exceptional beer and an outstanding example of the style. Technically, this beer is brewed with the utmost tender loving care.

kifn2, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of soco7tyx7
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with 1 finger tan head. leaves some nice lacing throughout
S - Espresso, raisin and other dark fruits, sweet alcohol
T - Espresso, raisin, bitter chocolate finish, very mild alcohol
M - Medium body, creamy feeling with a smooth finish
D - A great RIS. good to sip on, but wouldn't want to drink more than one or two in a session

soco7tyx7, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Menacing, black liquid that forms a rather large tan head. Once the head dissipates, it leaves moderate lacing along the glass.

S: The aroma of bitter chocolate, malt and somewhere in the background some alcohol.

T: For such a study looking brew, this one is not as heavy as it might seem. Robust malts and bitter chocolates dominate the taste, along with a minor alcohol bite at the end. Warming, and very drinkable.

M: A bit chalky, and somewhat warming in that alcohol bite, but just mildly. Stout mouthfeel for a stout.

D: Bold and hardy brew that defies it's own name by being a highly drinkable stout. Putting back three or four of these would not be a problem, especially in the colder winter months.

irishking1977, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pitch black with a DARK brown head that causes me to stop pouring half way through so it it fits in the glass.
I smell choclate and coffee from the roasted malts.
It tastes like bitter chocolate and some coffee too. This beer is an exelent example of a stout.
Do to it being sucha great stout the drinkability suffers a little but it makes up for it with flavor and it creamy mouth feel.

JoePat, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of oceanman
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unknown amount of time in the cellar. Maybe a year? Could be more.

Dark body, tan head with a mean tint of red.

Burst of fruits, marshmallow, and chocolate. Undertones of coffee, brown sugar. Very impressive.

Deep dark roasty flavor. Just like espresso on the finish. Alcohol politely announces its presence. Definitely has some bite to it.

A beer to chew on, but not in the softest way. Slightly grating, but not quite bitter. Nice low to moderate carbonation.

Always a classic, but seems like age hasn't helped it (besides the nose). Now I need a fresh one.

oceanman, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of NewGeneric
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My Old Faithful, amazing it's taken me this long to review it.
Not sure how old the bottle is, I've had it for close to a year.
Poured into my Delirium tremens tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with no visible light coming through. Whatsoever. Filled up with thin, quickly-fading head that leaves a thorough layer of lacing across the glass.

S: Chocolate! Wow, I know it's been a while since I've had a Raspy, but I don't ever remember smelling this much chocolately goodness! Almost like a creamy, milk chocolate, that leaves some subtle roasty scents as it fades. Mmm...

T: Yum. Taste abounds with flavor everywhere. Nice bitter, dark chocolate up front, following by mild coffee, dark fruits (plums, cherries, etc.), and huge roasted barley. Everything blends so well, each flavor just complementing the next. Grand.

M: This beer is incredibly smooth, the only issue is that it is just ever so slightly off on each degree. It could stand a hint more body, a hint less carbonation, and a hint less bitterness. But just a hint. Almost perfect.

D: Each sip leaves me craving more. Period. End of story.

NewGeneric, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of manbrognig74
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very black, motor oil consistency. Thin tan head disappears quickly. Super attractive lacing. The lacing matched me drink for drink.

S-Slight cholate smell, slighlty creamy smell, slightttly.

T-This was slightly aged. Initial taste of chocolate with a slight bitterness. Alcohol hits slightly on the nose after it goes down. Almost a vanilla extract taste. Leaves a great after taste, still tasting the beer after it was drank. More and more alcohol hit towards the final three or so drinks.

MF- Thick and creamy like your drinking a melted milk shake almost. About as enjoyable as a R.I.S should be in feel.

D- Very drinkable... Could take down a few of these bottles possibly all four before it filled me up. Overall a veryyy good brew and highly recommended.

manbrognig74, Feb 25, 2010
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,987 ratings.