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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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10,358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 10,358
Reviews: 3,396
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,555 | 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 KickInTheChalice
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Mahogany, or close to midnight black color, with an evil ruby tint in just the very edge of the glass. A smooth, creamy brown head cascades a little bit before forming and retains nicely. Thick sticky lace clings all over the glass.

Smell: A whole spectrum of roasted malt, great coffee and vanilla aromas, and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: Dark roasted and chocolate malt starts, then espresso sneaks in, bringing in a ton of dark chocolate and some vanilla flavors. The coffee bitterness lingers into the finish, with a bit of spice and citrusy hops to finish it out.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, creamy carbonation, just the slightest bit sticky. Slight alcoholic burn on the way down. Leaves my tongue tingling a bit as well.

Drinkability: Aside from how awesome it is to drink a beer whose namesake may or may not have brought down the Romanov dynasty, this is just a damn good beer. Very drinkable, even at 9%.

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

My 300th beer review; looking forward to the next 300.

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown/black colour with a very large frothy and rocky light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to disappear.

Smell - coffee, malts, chocolate, hops, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - The beer doesn't have a whole lot of carbonation, but it feels very light and creamy on the palette. It's packed full of chocolate and coffee flavour mixed with malts. There is also a lot of bitterness from the coffee and the hops. The beer gives a warming feeling in my chest but the alcohol isn't really detectable. The beer finishes with little bit of a peppery/spicy aftertaste.

Drink - This is a flavour packed full bodied beer that is a must try. It's extremely drinkable and perfect during the winter/colder months.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. The color is a deep, completely opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to my lamp. A thick, three-finger head of cappuccino-colored foam developed and dissipated very slowly to leave a ring around the edge.

Smell: Loads of roasted glory. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and caramel malts. There is also a nice toffee and molasses sweetness to keep the aroma balanced. There are also hints of dark berries: to me it smelled like blueberry and raspberry. There is a little dark fruit in the mix as well. It is a very enticing aroma.

Taste: More roasted glory, and the first sip was a shock of burnt bitterness; the overpowering intensity, though, passed after a couple sips. Roasted chocolate and coffee malts. The caramel from the smell is there, but it instead adds a touch of sweetness. The taste is nutty and also features flavors of dark fruit (perhaps plum), toffee, molasses, and vanilla. Way deep down, at the very end of each sip, is a noticeable alcohol edge that tickles the back of the throat, but it is very faint and does nothing to interfere with the other flavors.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. It is very complex, flavorful, and warming. Drink six of these and I will guarantee you will wake up with a headache (at least I will).

Photo of allrizz
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first RIS I've tasted and it is quite impressionable.

One of the reviews said the head reminded him of a reversed oil spill. I can't help but to agree. When I poured this bottle the first impression I got was that it looked like I spilled oil, not that that is a bad thing, looks are deceiving.

The head stayed at about two fingers and slowly dissipated. The color was very dark, which I like.

When I sniffed the glass the flavors that aroused my senses were molasses, coffee, and caramel.

The flavors I tasted were chocolate, coffee, molasses, and caramel all brought together with a nutty finish.

Without doubt a very bold flavor that remained with me after I finished the glass.

I recommend Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. I may even try brewing a batch myself. :)

Photo of Satchboogie
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes reviewed on 12/6/10 (re-reviewed 3/23/11):
12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours pitch black and completely opaque. Huge 2-finger foamy mocha head on a fairly aggressive pour. Sticks around for a while. Has a little lacing. Picture perfect looking stout.

S: A TON of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Molasses/burnt sugar, bitter hops. A lot of bitterness coming out of the nose

T: Tastes very similar to the nose. Dark, bitter chocolate, coffee, and molasses are strong. There's a ton of robust dark roasted malt, almost on the verge of char. The hops are quite strong, mainly floral and leafy. The alcohol is definitely evident and makes it just a little boozy. The finish is dry and has that bitter leafy hop astringency. There's just a ton of bitterness in this, a bit too much for my taste (for a stout).

M: Medium carbonation, body seems a little thin, it is chewy, but overall, not that smooth or viscous.

O: Not a bad RIS, certainly a great value, but a bit too bitter for my taste with too much leafy hop presence. A couple years on this could really do wonders.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes written on 11/28/10.

Rasputin has the prototypical RIS look. The body has a deep black hue with a slight mocha-brown tint. A dense dark khaki to mocha head sits at a one-finger hight above that body. The head takes a while to fade and leaves a cloudy and bubbly, full-covering film of froth. The lacing is phenomenal - sticky, sizzling with carbonation, substantial, and sexy.

Roasted malts with a bit of a nutty tinge tickle my nostrils at first whiff. Behind those scents lie a hearty acidic coffee aroma, and just a hint of dark chocolate. Very subtle notes of plum and blackberry also infiltrate my nose.

The bitter flavors of the roasted malt, coffee, nuttiness, and a slight hop presence zap the tip of my tongue and sides of my mouth, while the deeper flavor of plum and dark chocolate massage the fat of my tongue. I've had this beer several times prior to reviewing, and I don't remember it being this roasty and bitter. Perhaps this bottle is really fresh and the roasted malt and hops haven't mellowed out yet. The roasty-ness and bitterness do outweigh the deep, coating sweet flavors in this bottle, for sure, and it is to the overall detriment of the taste.

The feel in my mouth is puckering and coating at the same time. It is a pretty medium to full feel on the broad of my tongue with a crisp and biting, cleansing feeling on the sides of my palate. This has got to be a really fresh bottle, as I think there is a huge bittering hop presence.

The drinkability of this bottle is tough to rate for me because I know I've had Rasputin before when it has been much less bitter and more drinkable. I think I need to start a campaign for all breweries to label when the beer was bottled. I have had too many disappointing bottles of beer because there is no bottling date on the label. For me, this was too roasty and hoppy, but I have had Rasputin when it is not that way. What's a beer drinker to do?

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

Obtained my 4-pack based on a friends suggestion. So glad I heeded it. Filled my pint glass with over an inch of head, took quite awhile to pour, increasing the anticipation.

A - Deep black with a slight tint of amber. A foamy tan head that makes this beer look like an inverted oil spill. I love that my wife cringes when I drink it because she can't imagine consuming something so menacing.

S - Dark chocolatey, the kind I would normally steer clear of in solid form, but always smells great. Also it's got the morning roasted coffe scent going. And finally a hint of smokiness.

T - As with the smell, strong chocolate followed by the coffee finish. A bitterness that's welcoming.

M - Smooth and full. Not the thickess as one would assume from the look, but enough that your mouth is coated after a few drinks and you can continue to swallow air and it tastes like your still drinking the beer. Near Perfect.

D - I expected a moderatley slow drink, but surprisingly the 9.0 ABV doesn't stand out. I find myself sadened that in the time it took to write the review I seem to have finished the beer. This 4-pack could go very quickly indeed.

Photo of Army
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a: Head builds to a ¼ inch of rusty tan foam and is sustained throughout drinking. A lacy network of foam surrounds the glass as the black fluid is drained. Numerous large bubbles continue to feed into the head throughout.

s: Sweet chocolate caramel aroma predicts the flavors to follow.

t: Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate the flavor with sweet caramel backgrounds. There is a bitterness and bite to this brew that is well balanced by the malty sweetness.

m: Big bubbles and very full body contribute to the velvet smooth feel.

d: Bitter coffee aftertaste leaves you wanting another drink. Its warm and enticing flavor and feel are perfect for a cold winter night. A very hardy beer of sustenance.

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

This was probably my first RIS and I never knew it. At a place called Barcade in Brooklyn, I perused an immaculately populated rotating menu of brews and chose the one which sounded heaviest. Along with the description of the many ways it took to kill the titular Russian, the menu mentioned dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, and a snifter glass. I was intrigued enough to order two.

But this isn't a review of that beer. This is me, a year later, experiencing my now-favorite style via a 4 pack purchased at the highly dependable Ladd's & Co. in Norton Shores, MI.

I've got to say, it stands up to almost any beer out there with the visuals. Midnight black with a serious dark tan head, the kind of oily pouring action that excites my taste buds, it's a looker. Maybe not the very best but it's up there.

Smell is beyond solid. But it's a sort of monolithic goodness, with a lack of distinctive signature - just a huge awesome coffee chocolate bitter smoky olfactory massage. It's a treat but not so interesting, you know?

Taste is like some sort of pirate spokesman for the RIS world. It says, here lay vast treasures, arggghhh, that welcome you in with the rich aroma of fresh brewed coffee and a healthy dollop of semi-sweet chocolate, roasting atop golden boughs of majestic maltiness.

Mouthfeel is, to put it lightly, superb. This thing seems to have a perfect balance of carbonation and heaviness. It's thick but washes away quickly. Basically, yeah, combined with the taste it's a winner here too.

Drinkability is off the charts for something resting around 9% abv. This thing could easily pass for a porter in the 6% range. That is, until you've had a few...

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

Had this brew at Capone's on Nitro

This brew poured as black as it gets. There is absolutely no light coming through on this brew. This brew had a huge mocha color head that mushroomed over the top of the glass. Throughout the drink, the lacing walled the sides of the glass, even remaining when the brew was gone.

Wow, malts. The aroma hits you at the start. It has a nice sweet flavor with a nice hearty alcohol backbone. There is a caramel, chocolate and coffee malts present, maybe more. There is also a touch of some dark fruits as well, especially prunes.

As expected, the malt character shined through in the taste, as they did in the aroma. The chocolate malts dominate the brew. There is a bit of the dark fruits present in the taste, but the malts push them to teh back of the brew. This brew is very sweet for a stout, especially with one with such a high ABV. There is not really alcohol burn. So this brew has a nice bold flavor.

The mouthful on this one is very creamy. It coats very well, and goes done very easily. The chocolate taste stays for quite a while. It has a nice bold brew, with a nice sweet/chocolate finish.

This brew is a pretty good drink, especially for the ABV. Its not overly think, but creamy and goes down super easy. Its not a chugger by any means, but a great brew to take a gulps of. An amazing stout.

Photo of MuddyMcGinny
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle angry pour to a English nonic.

Motor oil Black Sabbath black with a HUGE 2+ finger head that almost flowed over, didn't mean to pour too hard - oops!, but a firm hearty insane mocha colored froth with a hint of commie reddish ruby overtone... ha!... comes back strong on a good swirl o' the glass when halfway thru with really good lacing as well.

Nose of bitter coffee and sweetness of malt. Medium-firm body with robust flavors throughout... a little smoke and fire, obvious coffee bitter, malts and dark fruit earthiness. Alcohol hidden very well. A good bite on the tongue at first sip but mellows to malty awesomeness as the pint dwindles.

Had a bottle at Downtown Bar & Grill Brooklyn for the first time in a while and just had to pick up a four pack today. One of my all time favorites. Would give 5's across the board but only the beer gods can create a perfect beer! Well done.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As black as it gets. I don't even see any light coming through the edges of the glass. Half finger mocha colored head, falls to a layer of similarly colored bubbles. Lots of visible carbonation rising up on the sides of the glass.

S - Malts malts and more malts. Smells sweet with a good alcohol backbone. Coffee chocolate and caramel are the main malt aromas. Some dark fruits come through as well.

T - Those malt characters are definitely carried through the taste. Chocolate dominates this time though. Dark fruits are pushed way to the back to make room for the malts. Still tastes very sweet for a stout this high in ABV. No noticeable alcohol burn though this is a rather old bottle so that could have faded with time.

M - Creamy, coats the mouth and slides down the throat very easily. Chocolate taste lingers for a long time. Finish, like the rest of the beer, is sweet and chocolate-y.

D - Very good drinkability for the ABV. Not too thick, not too hot to take larger gulps, though not a beer I would want to go through too quickly. Fantastic overall beer, one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Midnight black with a two-finger tan head. Great retention, patchy lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, earthy and herbal hops with suggestions of pine and mint. Subtle hints of plums and dark berries. Woody and smokey aromas too.

T: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, plum, black raspberries, earthy and herbal hops with a touch of pine. Long finish is nutty, woody, and very smokey with some roasted coffee thrown in for good measure. Warming alcohol sensation soothes the palate and the soul.

M: Moderately thick, very smooth and creamy.

D: This is a sipper, as befits the style.

Notes: Excellent. This was one of my first favorites, and that still holds true. This beer has been around for a long time, and it still holds up to the competition.

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

A: Pitch black with a small tan head that disappears rather quick. Leaves little lacing.

S: Very aromatic. Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malts. Your typical RIS.

T: Loads of dark chocolate, deep roasted malts and coffee. I also got some notes of anise.

M: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

D: Very drinkable

Photo of mbusster88
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip from 12oz bottle.

A: Jet black body with no apparent carbonation. Tan head is very thick and holds up for a while. Lacing is forming very well on the glass as well.

S: Definitely get the typical RIS smells, chocolate and coffee dominate this. Nice roasted aroma is not overpowering, but really gives extra character to the beer. Actually get some astringent aromas from the hops in the back.

T/M: Very malty up front with tons of chocolate. Then get some coffee bitterness and some dark chocolate notes. Very smooth body, and some hop characters hiding in the background of this one.

D: Great RIS that has wonderful flavor, and a great aroma profile. This one is a must have if you have not had it before.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well they finally made a beer as black as the devil's soul and it's quite simply tops. It's 6 degrees outside tonight and the floor of my basement keeps Old Rasputin at the perfect drinking temperature. You can usually find a few of these in my fridge even in the summer, really wonderful. I love Samuel Smith's RIS and other examples of the style, but Old Rasp is the one I always seem to grab off the shelf.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm finally getting around to reviewing this even though I've enjoyed it many times.

12 oz. bottle at 45* into a snifter.

A: This obviously pours pitch black with a finger and a half of small-bubbled, khaki-colored head. It actually looks similar to FBS but the lacing doesn't quite match up.

S: The nose is of chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, perhaps some licorice; the typical repertoire of the style.

T: The taste shows the notes of coffee and chocolate, but the sweet and sour dark fruits that take over set it apart from most imperial stouts.

M: This is surprisingly light on the palate which is definitely a negative aspect. On the plus side, it does not show any boozy heat or stickiness.

D: This is a solid RIS that retails at a better price than most, and it pairs very well with chocolate.

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

As far as stouts go, this is pretty good. Hopped up but not too much for my taste. Hops are mild and spicy, but not overpowering. As for the malt, it has notes of anise, espresso, and mollases. Very well balanced as far as stouts go. Very drinkable, even if it's not my favorite.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours dark brown, with a relatively dense layer of foam - perhaps a quarter-inch or so. Fantastic lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas are a bit boozy, heavy on coffee and chocolate.

Flavors are strong with roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. There is some balancing bitterness that has a bit of a grassy note to it, but there is a lingering bitter cocoa taste in the linger. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as I expected, and it was rather smooth.

Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

Photo of garuda
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, voluminous brown head that has decent retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Pine hops, roasted coffee, touch of booze.

T - Bold roasted malt, a touch of dark chocolate, finishes with an assertive pine hop finish with an alcoholic bite. Notes of roasted coffee linger through the aftertaste.

M - Full body, low carbonation, smooth across the palate, finishes clean with a nice touch of warming booze.

D - Bold, assertive RIS that's well balanced and drinks nicely. Especially good considering the price and availability.

Photo of Brewmeist
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old rasputin...a legendary beer, and not without good cause. Beer poured to one of the most wonderfully plump heads i've seen in a good while. A staple RIS, with history to boot. Hints of cocoa, smooth, with a somewhat bitter afterbite. Strongly recommend this strong stout to anyone that is lucky enough to find it!

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

pours a deep dark brown, almost pitch black
nice big tan wooden colored head
smells of chocolate and coffee, the slightest hint of earthy hops, mostly roasty scents
surprising smooth and drinkable for such a rich scent
again, roasty espresso flavors paired with dark rich cocoa
this is a deliciously rich, drinkable beer

Photo of Lucklys
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a dark, deep mahogany black, and allowed hints of what I can only describe as a russet-chestnut color to peek through just under the head when placed in the light. It quickly built a finger thick toasted tan head of creamy froth with fairly good retention right out of the bottle, which gradually dissipated to a medium collar and a large, thin patch of foam blanketing the middle. It left nice thin sheets of beige lace that lasted through the drink, as well.

I was initially confronted with lots of lightly sweet oats, burnt rye, and bittersweet dark chocolate - nothing really out of the ordinary from what I understand. But beneath those, I had to dig a little to find hints of espresso hanging on heavily roasted caramel malts, toffee, and something dark and ripe, reminiscent of grapes/raisins or plums/prunes. I didn't find the smell to be vinous, as it hardly resembles wine in my book, but the fruits I found can definitely be associated with wine. To finish, there was one last thing hiding way in the back that I was just barely able to get a grasp of, something bitter and hoppy. A warning, perhaps, of what I was really going to put in my mouth.

It took all of half a second; the first half of that half a second was me rolling the tip of my tongue in a roast coffee, the second half was me reeling at the ridiculous bitterness pinching the inside of my cheeks, back of my tongue, and roof of my mouth. It was way more bitter than I expected with some sort of super hop that added a tart lemony bitterness, minus the sweetness, that pummeled my taste buds nearly to an exhilarating death. I say exhilarating because I am a huge fan of Imperial IPAs and the more bitter, the better, but I was not ready for a drink that was supposed to taste like chocolate and coffee to be that KAPOW. So as I revitalized my mouth with each electrocuting sip, I was able to focus more on what was really behind all of the things going on in this complex stout. Other than the immediate roast coffee, there was the bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, dark sweet malts, and a faint yeast mixed with the ripe plums/prunes I found in the nose.

Holding that crazy punchy bitterness helped to give the beer a medium to full body mouthfeel and it felt like a heavy cream on my tongue. Even with a hopped up spicy carbonation, it managed to stay smooth throughout the drink and made plenty of room for a very dry finish. There was a lasting aftertaste, but it was a warm aftertaste filled by a 9%ABV. Quite a hearty beer and thus not for the faint of heart.

Photo of weizenbob
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour into a pint glass. An fluffy three-finger-tall tan head enthusiastically sets up and refuses to go away. It does slowly settle a bit leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a black hole; even light cannot escape! In short, it's one of the most impressive looking beers I've ever poured.

The nose is bursting with sweet earthy aromas. Caramelized malt is up front but only slightly trailed by a very noticeable alcohol content. Sweet chocolate scents also feature in this nose hair tickling whiff.

The flavor profile follows the scent only magnified twice over. Roasted malt provides a nice smokey flavor that is overtaken almost immediately by the alcohol bum rush. It's not boozy per se, but you definitely notice the presence of the high alcohol content, with a small amount of alcohol burn and a nice warmth in the back of the mouth and throat. Intensity seems to be the name of the game here, and though the alcohol is quite apparent, it never overtakes the rest of the brew, which seems to have been cranked to 11. Next there is a brief but intense sweetness, which is finished by a fantastic earthy character. It's impressive for sure.

The mouthfeel is nice, if a little light for a brew of this intensity. The maltiness of this stout provides a nice weight and the minimal carbonation helps the cause. I could wish that this were a little thicker, bur there are really no complaints here. It finishes incredibly clean, which is baffling considering the flavor assault on my mouth.

For a brew of such high alcohol and so much flavor, this drinks surprisingly well. Obviously you couldn't session this without getting seriously crunk. It's drinkable enough that you could put one of these away dangerously fast, but you'd be doing yourself a disservice. This is a stout to be sipped and savored. Drinkability points are docked for the very noticeable high ABV but that is splitting hairs. I'd drink these all night if I were Superman.

Photo of tehawful
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to a new liquor store, the picture of Rasputin directed my attention to this Imperial Stout. Being such a sucker for marketing...I couldn't resist. Rasputin pours pitch black with a dense tan head. There is a strong aroma of malt, dark fruit, chocolate and oak.

Wow, this is quite a stout. Malts are heavily roasted with hints of bitter coffee and a bit of dark chocolate, the subtle dark fruit flavor is also there. Rasputin finishes dry as the high ABV presents itself and lingers. The mouthfeel is decent, but maybe just a slight bit thinner than what I usually hope for in a stout (though still closer than a lot of the stouts out there).

Overall this is a bold but enjoyable Russian Imperial. The ABV is present, but does not ruin the experience...though I wouldn't have more than two at a time (probably a great desert beer).

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,358 ratings.