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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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9,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,412
Reviews: 3,332
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 1,116 | FT: 35
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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4.3/5  rDev 0%

Pours a midnight black with a full brown head. Looks great.

Burnt malt and cocoa hit the nose.

Full flavor! Nice! Big robust malts and chocolate with flavors of espresso. Slight bitterness to it as well.

Full and rather smooth in the mouth.

Nice, big stout. Rather easy to drink but remember the alcohol, it creeps up on you.

10-07-2008 11:39:44 | More by dstc
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured a solid black. At first there appeared to be no head, but after a few seconds head formed, which I found both interesting and awesome. Head has good retention at a fingers width, is nut brown in color, and is thick and foamy.

Smell is strong with roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate and molasses.

Taste is well built, starting with the bittersweet from the roasted malt. The flavor mellows into a roasted nut with chocolate hints, and as the beer warms the flavors become a bit more harsh.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with a very thick and syrupy feel. As I poured the last sip the beer hung onto the bottle like it didn't want to let go.

Drinkability is good. This is a great stout, no wonder its won so many medals. Goes down pretty easy too, considering the ABV.

10-05-2008 23:40:40 | More by LumpyGuitar
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

This beer was one of my early favorites after I started going online to look at reviews for beer. It's a dark, dark brown and has a head that's a bit lighter than ideal, but it still looks good. The nose is full of chocolate with some coffee, malt and other complexity. Chocolate comes through strongly in the flavor. There's really a lot going on, more than I'm able to describe accurately, anyway. There is some sweetness, a lot of malt, some coffee and some hoppiness. It's a good RIS, which puts it beyond my relatively undeveloped descriptive capabilities. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with good carbonation. The drinkability is high, and the beer has a nice dry finish to complement its complex flavors. It's a really great stout with a lot going on and a smooth feel.

10-02-2008 22:03:40 | More by popery
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours black with a dark tan head that has decent retention. When it does disappear it leaves very nice lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malt, sugars, and dark fruit esters. Carries on into the taste, but much more boldly. The roasted malt is predominate, along with a bit of balancing bitterness. The fruits are nearly gone, though there's a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Thick, with a creamy head; pretty much what one would expect of a stout.

Overall a very nice RIS. Not exactly terribly drinkable, but that's just in the nature of the style.

10-01-2008 04:48:14 | More by philipquarles
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a very, very deep and dark black, with just flashes of blood-red hints at the very edges. Head is a solid, crusty cap of coffee-crema brown. Tiny streams of minuscule bubbles float up at the edges. Lacing is exceptional. An excellent looking beer.

Dark, smoky characteristics on the nose. Dusty dark chocolate, roasted grains, barnyard, even a light meaty character. It's not overly powerful, but it is dark and pleasant.

But wow, the taste is where it packs a punch. Light roasted bitterness first up, mellowing to a chocolate-coffee sweetness and a lingering chalky dryness, but still toasty and warm. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden, leaving just that residual heat on the palate. Long and drawn out on the palate, lots of complexity but all on a hearty and solid base. Mouthfeel feels just slightly too light to me, for such a heavy-flavoured beer, I was expecting something a bit smoother and creamier on the feel.

But this is a very tasty, and very robust beer. Lots of character, lots of flavour - too heavy for more than one in a sitting, but worth waiting around for the occasional sip.

10-01-2008 03:03:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured jet back with a small caramel colored head from a 1/6-barrel keg. Smells of beautiful deep roasted coffee, chocolate, and deep roasted malts. First sip is sweet chocolate and a ton of coffee - lovely and delicious. Complex and somewhat creamy, its backbone is not nearly as heavy or complex as a DL but it is creamy enough to make Old Rasputin one fine World Class RIS.

09-28-2008 19:37:04 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance: Black, unexpectedly huge head.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate.

Taste: Rich, semi-sweet dark chocolate dominates. A little touch of coffee. Enough bitterness to give some more character.

Mouthfeel: Thick stuff.

Drinkability: Usually the lowest priced Imperial Stout in the store means it can be purchased more often and therefore, drank more often.

Four packs of this were on sale for $6.99 so I picked one up. A high quality brew in a relatively inexpensive package. Not my favorite IS but pretty tasty too.

09-27-2008 15:22:30 | More by Mdog
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4.3/5  rDev 0%

They had this on tap @ the local flying saucer.

Wow! Wow! Wow! This is a great imperial stout. I was planning on getting a different beer but got another glass of Old Rasputin. Hopefully, I can find this in a bottle somewhere..

Appearance: About a 2 inch coca tinted head. Served in a unique glass that I don't know but it was between a pint and a snifter. Almost a wide wind glass.

Smell: Strong dark malt and a hint of coffee, but this had hops. i'm a hop head so this was a good thing

Taste. Smooth, nitro carbonated very flavorful. Love the hop taste of this beer.

Mouth feel. Very thick, probably because it was on tap. Like a hoppy thicker Guinness.

Drink ability: Do you have to ask? I ordered 3 of them that night. I wanted to try other brews but this one was so good I had to have more.

This is a great beer. Great example of an imperial IPA. Will definitely try more of this style in the future. Best non-Guinness stout I've had

09-27-2008 03:45:49 | More by bearcamp
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Creamy looking head, tannish in color. Good head retention. Lacing sticks to side of glass. Beer is very dark brown, almost solid black, cannot see through it.

Smell is thick with chocolate flavors. Smells like it would be a very sweet drink.

Excellent mouth feel, with a decent amount of carbonation that sort of bites the tongue.

Initial taste is very sweet but immediately becomes bitter as you swallow. Finishes with an excellent roasty flavor that stays on your tongue. Almost has a salty taste that lingers.

Drinkability is good considering the finish leaves you wanting another sip for the initial sweetness.

09-26-2008 22:55:13 | More by kylephillips
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4.47/5  rDev +4%

I am now fortunate enough to appreciate any kind of stout. If you asked me a year ago what I thought about the genre, I would have said, "ouch." Now my attitude has changed to "BRING IT ON!!!!"

I have had this beer a few times and never appreciated its wonders. This beer embodies all the characteristics I've been looking for in a Russian Imperial Stout.

I poured the 12oz bottle into short, stalky tulip glass and immediately the contents yielded a pitch black liquid with a rugged gold foam that resembles the gold colored lining on the label.

There is a subtle alcohol nose, at first, but there wasn't enough for me to care about. What I was looking for was the body, and this beer has a full figured. This beer has a thick, roasted body with a heavy dose of espresso. Having spent some time drinking espresso, I was excited when I noticed that this beer resembles a smooth cup of espresso, it wasn't too bitter and left a pleasant oily feeling on my tounge afterwords.

This beer is great for the seasons to come: fall and winter. Have this one before you go to bed, for a great sleep. This beer comes in a four pack, and I recommend holding on to a few and see where the aging process takes it.

09-24-2008 19:52:11 | More by 100floods
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Very dark, with a dark brown head. Nice cascading.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate

T: Big coffee taste with a nice milky afterfinish that makes it very drinkable

M: Smooth and creamy. Very surprising and goes down nice.

D: Very complex beer. Rich in flavors

This is a very good example of a Russian Imperial Stout. One of the best out there.

09-23-2008 23:16:59 | More by beerfairy
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4.13/5  rDev -4%

Wow - this is one tasty brew, and the price is not too bad either.

Pours deep black with a huge head into a Duvel tulip.

Smell is of coffee, maybe a little english toffee, cocoa nibs, and a bit of fusel alcohol.

Taste is roasted coffee, some cocoa powder, and maybe a little bourbon. Aftertaste is mostly coffee-like.

Alcohol is warming and apparent, and there is a lot of carbonation here, so the mouthfeel suffers a bit.

Overall, a great beer and a great value.

09-23-2008 01:49:27 | More by kcillini77
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a pint glass. A half an inch initial brown head head. Lace is again brown along the glass.

Smell its quite strong, roasted malts, coffee, and some chocolate here. mmmm

Taste of the chocolate more pronounced in the taste then the smell, the coffee was pretty strong here too, roasted malts to a lesser degree then these two, with barely noticeable hop presence but given the style... The feel is thick and creamy, like a coffee, just minor carbonation, the alcohol is there as it goes down.

This a beast of a beer, the thickness and the texture coupled with the high ABV probably couldn't have too many of these in one sitting.

09-22-2008 04:44:58 | More by DeepSix
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4.47/5  rDev +4%

A: Dark as the night, with a dark brown head. Nice cascading.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate

T: Serious hit of coffee and roasted malts. Almost tastes like an alcoholic espresso

M: Smooth and creamy. Not the faintest hint of too much alcohol given the 9% abv

D: Given the complexity, not one that I'd want more than one or two in one sitting.

An awesome Russian Imperial Stout. One of the best out there.

09-22-2008 00:24:34 | More by abfraser
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark, almost black in color. Poured with about an inch of an almost caramel head. Very carbonated and has a very inviting presence to it. Retains the head for a matter of minutes.

Very strong smell as soon as the bottle was opened and the beer was poured. When brought to the nose it is quite easy to smell the sweet aroma of the roasted/chocolate malts (smells as an almost balanced degree of chocolate malt v. roasted, with maybe a minor upper hand to roasted) with an almost citrous-type hoppiness to it.

Very smooth in tasting, goes down easily despite the high ABV of the beer; not a typical strong beer in the high degree of its smoothness. Very strong taste of the malts followed by the citrus of the hops. Obviously that it was brewed in Russian Imperial manner with a focus on your darker roasted malt but it also has a pleasant balance of hops to counter the increased use of malt in the beer. Malts are very well balanced with the chocolate prevailing paired with the taste of roasted malt. Very true to Russian Stout fashion with a surprising degree of hops used to balance the beer.

Feels like a very light, smooth beer. Easy on the palate but alive on your tongue with the malt/hop mix. Feels slightly over carbonated but with this beer the extra carbonation isn't overally out of place.

This beer is considerably easy to drink. This is a beer best suited for sipping. Especially on a cold night, this would be the beer to sit with and enjoy the evening. Very easy to drink another one, and as it warms it does add to the taste to a slight degree, given the style of the beer. I would highly recommend.

09-21-2008 18:58:49 | More by seangroves
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

Thickest, darkest beer I've had...still hoping to try Darklord, though :) Creamy, mocha head.

Smells like coffee and chocolate. Really nice

Tastes great. Roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins, coffee and just a hint of celery. Yes, celery. Odd, but it works.

Chewy mouthfeel, smooth, low carbonation, slight astringency. The alcohol warms the throat.

High alcohol and strong flavors limit the drinkability a bit, but it tastes so damn fine, that I would keep drinking it if offered!

Overall, a top notch beer!

09-21-2008 17:03:39 | More by erratic
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pitch-black pour resembling ink; nice tan head which dissipates but leaves a decent coat of lace on the glass.
Smells of roasted malts with a sweet milk-chocolate overtone.
Flavor is heavy. The roasted malts coincide with a bitter cocoa flavor which leave a very dry aftertaste. A milky sweetness creeps through, as does a very subtle hop note. The flavors give an overall coffeelike quality as well.
Very creamy, heavy but smooth. Drinks like an espresso...definitely a sipper.
I can see why this is so popular; doesn't try to go too extreme in the RIS category, merely offers a finely-crafted, drinkable brew. Another well-rounded brew from North Coast.

09-21-2008 11:25:27 | More by Natural510
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Took a trip to Big Bear this past weekend and after the incredibly average beer experience I had at Oktoberfest I was chomping at the bit when I saw the bar I wandered into was serving Old Ras on tap. Poured a pitch black with a beautiful brown head that left fat lace rings with each sip.

Strong chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, and anise were pouring off this one.

Tastes were incredible and very blatant. Heavy chocolate and espresso bean followed by licorice and hop-like bitterness. Thick and chewy, this one is a sipper. Finishes with chocolate malt flavors and a nice alcohol warmth.

Old Ras has been one of my top fives for a while now and it was all the better being I hadn't had it in months. Excellent.

09-18-2008 16:18:46 | More by RodBurg
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

12oz bottle into my sniffer. Completely black in appearance with a 2 inch tan head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Main smells are chocolate and roasted malts. coffee

Tasted bitter chocolate at first then sweet malts and a slight hop finish.

Mouth feel was full bodied and very creamy i could feel a nice burn down the throat

This is a wonderful stout to kick back with though i couldnt drink more than 2 at a time. I prefer Stones RIS but this a very nice beer.

09-17-2008 08:39:34 | More by Silenus89
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours very dark with nice thick dark khaki head (2 1/2 fingers). Retention was quite good with equally impressive lacing.

Picking up some roasted malt aroma. There seems to be some coffee notes as well. I am not picking up a very big aroma on this one at all.

There is some bitterness up front which is quite noticeable. Definite hop bitterness with a combo of bitter coffee/chocolate. Roasted/burnt malt flavor is picked up easily.

Very creamy slightly warming alcohol on the back end.

Good brew and enjoyable to drink. Very drinkable for the style.

09-16-2008 23:55:52 | More by kzoobrew
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Finally we can get this in Vancouver!

Appearance: Jet black, tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Chocolate, roasty malts. There's a slight creme brule aroma of burnt caramel, vanilla.

Taste: Slight bit if fruitiness(cherry, figs) complemented by rich dark coffee, chocolate. Bitter like a dark dark chocolate bar.

Mouthfeel: Wow this is so smooth. Such a silky smooth feel for such a strong, roasty brew.

Drinkability: Well I'm not going to drink more than one because of the alcohol, but the smoothness allows this to go down easy.

Overall: I'm impressed by this Imperial Stout. We don't get many up here in Vancouver, but of the ones I've tried, this is 2nd only to Peche Mortel.

09-16-2008 22:40:27 | More by Hornet2003
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4.47/5  rDev +4%

This is one of my favorite beers. Seriously. Even cross-style.

Pouring the 12oz bottle requires a little coaxing to get the head to appear, but once it starts watch out! It's thick, rocky, and golden-brown. Head retention is good and a lace lays tracks down the glass.

Appearance is pitch black - all available light is eagerly consumed by this beast. After it's poured allow it to warm up - should feel closer to room temp than fridge temp. It will really open up the flavors and aromas.

Once you dive in, notice the super-licorice on the nose and tons of rich malt. The taste is very heavy roasted-malt but kept in check by a slight hop prick. Slight booziness (but not unpleasant), overtones of espresso and licorice, undertones of caramel and a light pepper.

I once had this bad boy on hand-pump at the Map Room in Chicago. Not sure I've every had a better beer. Ever.

09-14-2008 22:50:13 | More by davedahl
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New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle in a snifter.

Appearance: poured black as night with a one finger brown head

Smell: coffee, coffee, coffee(get the point), chocolate, flowery and ether alcohol(duh, 9%)

Taste: hops bite, chocolate, smooth, flowery, not strong for it's alcohol content, coffee like always

This is a wonder in a bottle. Drink it alone or with some chocolate desert. I am not the stout fan in my house, but this is definitely one worth trying.

09-14-2008 17:12:12 | More by ClavisAurea
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance: Pours nearly opaque with a sizeable brown head that is reluctant to abate. Lacing remains through the testing.
Smell: Roasted malt aroma, some chocolate and coffee in the nose.
Taste: Surge of bitter dark chocolate and espresso predominate. Bitterness lasts through the tasting, but does not take away from the experience. Finishes clean.
Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel. Not slick.
Drinkability: A great change-of-pace for this DIPA fan. Not a great session beer- better served as a sipper.

09-14-2008 16:58:45 | More by coalcracker
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4/5  rDev -7%

This is one of my first experiences as i delve into the world of porters and stouts. This brew smells strong of espresso and dark chocolate and tastes of it as well. For being 9% abv, it hides it very well. all in all i'd reccomend it to those who want to enjoy an excellent stout.

09-14-2008 02:48:34 | More by gatorguy813
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,412 ratings.