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

Tasted blind with 13 other imperial stouts.

pours black with a very dark brown head.

Molasses, chocolate and roasted malt invigorate the olfactory.

wonderful hop flavors and a roasty bitterness balance a nice alcohol warmth.

big chewy body.

a VERY enjoyable beer. one of the top picks for the night.

satowns, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Raspy pours a dark, opaque black color with no visibility through it at all, even when held up to the light. This does put up a two finger mocha colored head covered in pockmarked foam that leaves giant rings of sticky lacing all around the glass.

Dark, slightly bitter chocolate is evident in the nose. It surrounds the other aromas of dark roasted barley malts and earthy hoppiness, as well as some coffee.

Bittersweet chocolate, bitter and earthy hops, a bit of black coffee, and a smoky, toasty malt flavor makes this quite an interesting taste experience. A little sweet up front with a drying, almost nutty bitterness in the finish. Definitely big on flavor.

The mouthfeel is very good, just what I like for a Russian Imperial Stout. Big, thick, creamy, but this one throws in that drying finish to make it a little extra special. Has very little carbonation, but it still hides the 9% ABV pretty well. Very well done.

Overall, this is a solid, flavorful RIS that not only brings good looks to the table, it has the flavor to back it up. The drinkability takes a slight hit because of the 9%, but other than that this is a damn tasty stout that is easy to appreciate.

feelmefoam, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of mickstepp
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. It's pretty. It's tasty. It smells good. If it could walk and talk and have sex with me, I'd marry it. Rasputin and Storm King are my winter Stout staples. An almost perfectly balanced Stout. Just dry and hoppy enough and sweet and malty enough at the same time. Velvety on the tongue without being cloying and viscous. I love this beer!

mickstepp, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of tanousa
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pour a dark black color, intense , small lace foam with chocolate taste , great initial presentation.

S-strong coffee aroma , some chicolate, dark fruits.
T- Again, chocolate, coffee expresso, malts and hints of molasses.
M-Medium body, great carbonation, very well done.
D- Awesome, I can share a few with my pals, no problem !

tanousa, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark. Thick, creamy foam.

S - Very chocolaty. Slight coffee aroma. Sweet malts.

T - Can taste the alcohol but not overwhelmingly for an imperial stout. Coffee with slight chocolate. A bit toasty.

M - silky smooth. slightly carbonated.

D - As I continue to drink it, the alcohol becomes more prevalent. Still remarkably smooth for a 9% ABV. Couldn't drink more than one, but that is par for the course with imperial stouts in general.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of afausser
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque plum with a fluffy finger of chocolate head and a sheet of fine lacing that glitters down the side of the glass as it's drunk, leaving minuscule traces of where it's been on the side of the glass. The head disappears in the first few minutes and leaves a very still top with wisps of chocolate foam on the top. Very fine carbonation bubbles can be seen near the top of the pour going into the head. Not half bad for the ABV.

Smell: Smells dark, with dark chocolate, wood, smoke, and earth notes. Slight cherry and raisin notes, along with a hint of anise and vanilla syrup. A bit metallic.

T: Dark fruits tempered with heavy coffee and a roasted nutty flavor along with burnt toast. Initially quite hot and with coffee and hops aftertaste. Creamy and slightly minty and sweet as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very light and fine carbonation bubbles in a very heavy beer. Nice and creamy.

Drinkability: Not awful, but I didn't like this one as much as i would have expected to.

afausser, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black as coal with a tiny head,smells of coffee and roasted malts a small bite of cocoa,This is a well balanced stout lots of malt and hop character,just the right amount of alcohol on the exhale,easy drinker readily available and fair priced make this a cornerstone in my fridge

jjhbrfdds, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark black color with almost no carbonation. No light at all getting through and a little bit of an off brown colored head that left after about a minute.

s - Smells largely of coffee. Also got a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of alcohol.

t - Has a good, definitely coffee taste. It was actually a lot smoother than I was expecting. Also getting a bit of chocolate in the taste, but not really tasting the alcohol which is nice.

m - Rich and creamy, with very little carbonation. Full bodied and a great feel.

d - Overall I really liked it. It was a lot smoother than I was expecting and considering the high ABV, it goes down real easy. Would definitely buy again.

mdfb79, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another North Coast product that is available locally. One of the more expensive ones, but I decided to treat myself around Christmas.

Pours an inky black color that almost seems to swallow the light. Plenty of thick head that is a chocolaty color. Head has quite a bit of staying power, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

A hint of alcohol is detectable in the nose, not surprising given its high ABV. A hint of chocolate malts is also present.

Flavor starts out with a hint of chocolate, then a hint of alcohol, and then is washed out by dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Some coffee flavoring as well, but not the dominant flavor. Alcohol flavor is present throughout, but is on the periphery, rather than a main component. It is the nutty flavor that stands out and lingers most.

Generally not a stout fan, but this is a very good example of one. Not something I would drink all night, but good for an occasional indulgement.

Seanstoppable, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Torps
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rough, mocha two finger head. Nothing extraordinary. The head dissipated rather quickly and left a modest amount of lacing. Very dark brew as is expected for a RIS.

Aroma is very nice. Dark chocolate, and espresso. Sweet, and malty. Tinge of metallic lingers as does the apparent ABV.

This is a very pleasant RIS. I'm not a big fan of certain RIS's that dominate too much with coffee flavors. Old Raspy is very balanced.

Mouthfeel is chewy and the carbonation is spot on. Nothing to detract from the experience of this fine RIS.

There is no date on the bottle so I can't say whether this is fresh or not but I'll certainly be saving a couple bottles for aging.

Torps, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of icetraxx
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a 7-finger or so head that dissipates into an extremely creamy 3 finger head over time. The massive head was probably due to my quick pouring action. The head lasts the entire beer, even if you drink it slowly. The beer appears to be as black as the night.

S: Caramel, fruity hops, molasses, and roasted malt dominate the aroma. This beer is nicely aromatic thanks to the 9% ABV.

T: The taste starts slightly sweet and a caramely with a nice kick of fruity hops. The flavor quickly becomes hoppy bitter and finishes with a dry hoppy crispness. The first few sips reveal a lingering bitter tongue. The alcohol is very well hidden for 9% ABV. No dark fruits, complexity generally suffers.

M: Thick & creamy, perfectly carbonated.

D: High for the style, and definitely high for 9% ABV. Be careful, this one could get you in trouble. Easy drinking.

O: The second example of this style that I've ever had and already a favorite.

icetraxx, Jan 16, 2010
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The bottle bears no date but the label is classic.

A: Pretty decent creamy head, very brown in color, about 1.5 fingers thick. It lasted for the entire beer; I love when that happens. High expectations for lacing were met, covering the walls of my pint glass in sheets. The body was dark black (as if that makes any sense) and completely opaque.

S: Very heavy malt character, somewhere in between roasted and burnt. Cocoa is the dominating aroma. As with many of my favorite RISs, this one has a distinguishable hop presence, albeit light, but I pick up on some grass, pine and an intriguing lemony tarragon note. Fantastic. So far. Something weird going on with the yeast, which is heavy and soapy in the first place, (not that I ever minded that), but there is an out of place meaty/briny/olivey note that I never smelled before. It wasn't completely off putting but odd nonetheless. Plus a little hot in the nose.

T: Good thing the yeast didn't translate directly to the palate, which I found to be on par with, if not quite nice for a RIS. Noticeable alcohol, woody & smokey with some tobacco, tar and black licorice. There is a long drawn out finish, moderately bitter and salty at the same time with a mineral component as well.

M: Full body, thick, chewy texture with a pleasantly dry finish. This beer becomes especially creamy as the temperature rises plus a few swirls to wear the effervescence out. This one finishes a little warm.

D: A very drinkable RIS, this one will not rock the boat.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of wangbruins
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Motor oil black with a one inch tan head and excellent lacing

S- Coffee and chocolate with earth tones and dark fruits

T- Lots of coffee and smoke flavors with a slight chocolate finish and some hints of dark fruits

M- Very thick (it is a RIS) but very smooth as well, smoother than most

D- Excellent beer and a treat to drink even with the high ABV.

wangbruins, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was very excited to get to try one of my favorite RISs on tap for the first time.

A: Poured pitch black with a beautiful 2 finger off-white head. Tons of foamy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Rich coffee immediately hits the nose, intermingled with dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. Smells great!

T: Lots of coffee and espresso up front - more than I get when drinking it from the bottle. Dark chocolate and toasty malts are in the background too. A little booze is also detectable, but doesn't detract from the flavor. ]

M: Little carbonation, but so incredibly smooth. I couldn't believe how easy this went down! I want to drink it all night.

D: I think I like the flavor of the bottled version just a bit more, but this is an extraordinary stout no matter how you drink it. If you have the opportunity to try this on draft, do it! One of the best Russian Imperials out there.

MrDanno96, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed this beer quite a few times, but never rated...

a: tulip serving, a dense mocha head lingers long atop the black bodied beer

s: rich charred roasts with deep currents of dark coffee and pure cocoa, dark chocolate drenched fruits, sweet alcohol, clean citrusy hop profile, a lovely, classic ris aroma

m: silky carbonation on a medium-full body

t: extra dark chocolates coating caramel and a dry, bitter coffee comprise the bulk of the flavor, not very sweet - quickly drying to intense flavors of burnt barley and a pithy moderate bitterness, great stuff here

d: no problem as the abv is present but totally appropriate - a readily available, hype-free ris

single picked up somewhere along the way - had this one for about a year now

blackie, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of travduke
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and thick. Inch and a half tan head. This is how a RIS should look.

Smell: Chocolate, malt, roasted coffee beans. Mmm.. sweet.

Taste: Thick and creamy. Just as it smells.. Chocolate and coffee dominate it. Very nice.

Drinkability: Could easily put back a 4pk of these, though these stouts usually fill me up quickly.

Side Notes: I'm not a huge fan of the style but this is a great beer, and reccomend it to anyone who enjoys a good Imperial Stout.

travduke, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
2.35/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

G- Riedel 6416/07

A- Black, showing black-olive green under direct light. Coarse foamy head.

S- Predominant burnt smells, a hint of roast. An annoying off-smell of a dirty ash tray and old cigarettes plagues this beer's aromatic presentation.

T- One dimensional, simple burnt flavor with strong ash tray impressions. A bit of old coffee grounds. No complexity to speak of. Flavors did not entice. Short, sharp, finish with only bitterness lingering.

M- Fizzy CO2 which throws this beer further off balance.

D- Physically drinkable, but this beer did not entice. No seduction here.

Serving- 12oz bottle.

WhiteOak, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a completely black opaque color. Seemed thick even on the pour. 1.5 finger brown head with good body. Very good retention. No visible carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: The smell of dark fruit/ raisins/some hops hits you first, with a burst of alcohol as well. Malts are also strong, but hidden at first. Roasted chocolate malts with not coffee flavors, but some smokiness.

Taste: Good bite up front with a smooth transition to more roasted chocolate malts. The dark fruit flavors are also present, but come in second to join the malts. An alcohol tickle hits the back of your throat on the finish. Alcohol is definitely present, but its blened in well. Definitely warms you up.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very smooth. Little bite up front, smooth in the middle, and an alcohol tickle to finish.

Drinkability: Old Rasputin is a very good RIP, a standard for the type I think. Good dark fruit flavors balanced with roasted/chocolate malts make for a good beer. And in a slightly elevated ABV and you have something that is nice to sip, and will keep you warm while you drink.

Buy Again? If I can find it again, definitely.

jonziefle, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured from a 12oz bottle into a sam smith's nonic glass. thick, two finger tan head. black motor oil in color. outstanding.

s: huge nose of roasted malts; roasted coffee grounds, dark chocolate and coca powder undertones, floral hoppy backbone.

t: roasted malts up front. great coffee and chocolate flavors, hops are noticible, but delicious. nice complex flavor here-- and the alcohol is very well hidden. has all the signature traits of a good RIS, and then some.

m&d: smooth and creamy mouthfeel. drinkability is good, especially for an RIS. pretty easy to finish a 4 pack, but i'm gonna put the other two away for a couple years, i think.

a great Russian Imperial Stout. a perfect example of the style. up there with Victory's Storm King as my favorite US brewed RIS. i need to try more of North Coast's offerings

tzieser, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oct 16, 2009

12oz. bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head which retains down to the bottom of the glass. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is big roasted malts.

Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.

Rich, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel. A bit of alcohol bite, and an excellent overall Russian Imperial Stout.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of gruberbeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black beer. Nice tan, roasted-looking and toasty smelling head.

This beer is especially good during the winter, because it's heavy and warming. But it is oh so smooth. Flows around your mouth and over your tongue softly. Drink this beer when it is snowing outside and pair with a bowl of potato soup.

I love that I can go down to the store and get this beer almost anytime. It's beautiful and full of coffee and cigar flavors that you can savor.

gruberbeer, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured in a pint glass, a completely black brew with a mocha-colored thick foamy head that looks sticky.
smells of dark chocolate along with strong hints of coffee and some caramel.
half chocolate/coffee, and citrusy hops as well in the taste.
the carbonation is a little more than i prefer.
unique RIS in the sense its more hoppy than others, but its very good.

JordonHoltzman, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with a giant head of brown foam that billows out of the glass... oops. Dissipates slowly with full lacing. Aroma is full of coffee smells, roasted bitterness.

This beer is full of body and flavor. It is chewy, with a roast coffee flavor and pleasing astringency. I don't detect any real hoppiness, just a black motor oil of a beer. As I let it rest in my mouth, I pick up some plum and dark fruit flavors. It is not very boozy at all, despite the 9% ABV.

A very fine RIS - would certainly buy again!

FickleBeast, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Hypersomnia
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass from a bottle.

Smells a bit like chocolate cake and dark german bread.

Taste is malty, sweet, following by an awesome spicy bitterness. Nice creaminess toward the end.

The head is awesome. This brew looks pretty great.

The finish is very light, with just a mild cream and maybe a bit of bread.

This is just amazing, one of the best beers I have ever had.

Hypersomnia, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, dark, dark! Fully opaque when I held the glass up to light. Formed a rich, dark tan head that seemed to spontaneously appear out of nowhere when I finished my pour. A really nice start.

S: Hints of dark chocolate and bold coffee flavors.

T: First sip offered a bold, roasty coffee taste with a only a slight malty aftertaste, which I liked about it. You know, however, that you're drinking something with a more complex flavor with continued sips.

M: The beer started out really smooth. In fact, the first sip released a pleasant carbonation feel right on the tip of the tongue, which was a really nice surprise. However, the smoothness I first felt gave way to the stronger characteristics of the beer with repeated sips. By the end of the glass, the beer was feeling rather heavy.

D: Upon first sip, I felt like cracking open another bottle before I was even finished with the first. There's a lot going on here that I'm sure I didn't even catch this round of trying the beer (this was my second time trying Old Rasputin). Upon finishing my glass, however, I found one bottle to be more than enough.

Verdict: Overall it's really good, but due to the heavy feeling of the beer, a 4-pack of Old Rasputin could probably last me a week instead of a night. Some beers beg you to finish them all in one sitting, but patience seems to be a virtue with the few Russian Imperial Stouts I've tried.

DoppleJock, Jan 08, 2010
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,922 ratings.