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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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9,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,142
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 991 | FT: 32
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:
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Photo of Floydster


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Cost Plus World Market

Poured into old beer mug

Very dark, could barely see threw it when held up to the light

Good beer with a strong bite and not too sweet

Really want to try the oak-aged tenth anniversary of this beer

Good beer from North Coast Brewing

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-03-2007 17:38:01 | More by Floydster
Photo of jayfarley3


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on nitro-tap, served in a pint glass. appearance is a pitch black with a big creamy tan head. smells very good good, lots of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. tastes is very good, chocolate, coffee, and some malty sweetness, the high alcohol is covered up very well. mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy smooth. this is an excellent stout, one of my favorites.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-01-2007 02:40:00 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich used-motor oil black with a creamy cocoa head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with a nice chocolate smell and mild coffee tones. Slightly boozy as it warms.

Sweet roasted malt taste upfront leading into a nice light blend of cocoa and espresso. A hint of hops midway through with a bitter bite that lasts through the finish and a bit beyond- but still sweet as it finishes. A little bit of booze as it warms.

Full body, solid carbonation.

For a rather large beer, this has a nice drinkability. I may not want 2 in a row, but I could easily drink 2 over the course of an evening and the subsequent evenings. Definitely one for RIS fans to try if they somehow are not already familiar.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 03:51:13 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of chadspivey


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

poured into a new belgium goblet.

A: Black with a brown 1 inch head. Brilliant lacing

S: what a smell! roasted chocolate malts with hints of vanilla. maybe a small hint of dark coffee.

T: dark, almost burnt coffee notes. Dark chocolates and the alcohol is present. Gotta love those roasted malts...

M: Full body and plenty of carbonation. very nice.

D: for an RIS at 9 percent, it's plenty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 02:01:59 | More by chadspivey
Photo of botham


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark chocolate brown/black color, with ruby red highlights, under a massive tan colored head that remains for the duration. great looking brew.

smell is dominated by roasted black and chocolate malts, with notes of coffee and alcohol. very bold in the nostrils, without a hop to note at all.

taste is of roasted malts, with notes of black malts, caramel malts, chocolate malts, roasted and burnt in character. very complex flavors, but overall a very smooth profile. the alcohol is well masked, which adds to drinkability.

mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with a light bite from alcohol and CO2, but overall pretty smooth on the palate.

drinkability is decent. for a 9% APV, this brew is rather drinkable. smooth in character and bold on the palate aren't usually condusive to a drinkable brew, but this one pulls it off nicely. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 01:10:15 | More by botham
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason, I was almost positive I'd reviewed this one before. Pours an opaque deepest brown to black color with a decent light brown head. Good lacing. Complex aromas of roasted barley, chocolate malts, left-coasted hops, blackberry, and some bakers' chocolate. Full-on roastiness with hints of salty soy sauce and espresso. Some sweetness creeps in as it warms. High alpha hops provide a dry and bitey finish. Alcohol is completely hidden. Carbonation is at a good level to cut the thickness. Overall, a very nice RIS with loads of character. Again, I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this one maybe because it has a lasting, familiar character that draws the drinker back to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 00:58:13 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of joebrewer


2.4/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on a nitro tap at Sunset Grill. The next day I also had a bottle and found that I liked the bottle better. The nitro made the beer smoother, but I don't think that's what makes the beer. The carbonation of the bottle matched with the strong flavors in this beer while the nitro felt like it was trying to mellow a big beer.

Overall I'm not a big fan of Rasputin. It seems to be especially harsh for it's alcohol content. I also find that after about 2/3 of the way through the beer I wish I was done. The flavor profile isn't complex enough to carry me through.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-26-2007 17:32:42 | More by joebrewer
Photo of franksnbeans


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

Pours extremely dark brown if not black with a little ruby when held to a light. Gynormous chocolate milk head that goes nowhere for a very long time. Laces throughout. Smells of roasted nuts, ground coffee, cocoa and a hint of alcohol and smoke. Though all the smells present themselves in the taste, the smoke and alcohol stand out more than I would like. Dont get me wrong, this is tasty but the complexity is not as much as I would like. Full in the mouth with a smooth as silk finish. Great sipper with a meal. An outstanding impy stout to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 03:40:53 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of cbn


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown nearly opaque, translucent edges show held in the light.

Sweet dark roast malt, some alcohol,coffee, caramel,cocoa, with tingly cedar edges.

Sweet mocha coffee,citrus(lime), bitter hop,

Chewy drying cocoa caramel foamy head adds to flavor and texture of this medium-body stout.

Every sip so smooth, it have to be good.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 23:57:32 | More by cbn
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black, creamy tan head sits on top. Surprised to see visible carbonation. Big gobs of lace stick to my glass.

S - lucious chocolate, hazelnut. Not a lot of roast, but it is an excellent aroma.

T - Oh man, is this smooth. The chocolate flavour is so deep and refined, with just the right amount of sweetness. Hops are noticable, but blend in perfectly. Not overly bitter or roasty.

M - Full and creamy, yet not heavy.

D - This one is a slow sipper, but it is a joy to drink.

I haven't tried many Imperial Stouts, but this is the best I've had so far. This beer is not overly roasty, yet it still retains all of the stout character. Almost like a cranked up version of a really good oatmeal stout, very smooth, very balanced. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 02:38:03 | More by markaberrant
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a nice four pack from murray's.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost opaque, not quite black, but very dark. Shows a nice fluffy cream head that stick around a couple minutes before diminishing into a very nice lace that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A pleasant yet subtle nose with a roasty smell with hints of mocha and slight hints of garlic, though this flavor isn't borne out in the taste.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy, definitely pick up the roast and the mocha here, not much bitterness and no discernible astringency in spite of its relatively high ABV.

Mouthfeel: A good creamy smooth mouthfeel without being oily or sticky. Substantial as a good stout should be, but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability: Not a session beer, but it goes down with a smooth finish. Its hefty and substantial, but not epic.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 05:37:28 | More by feilb
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

From the bottle on an unexpected stop at the Moan N' Dove driving home from the four-day music festival "Gathering of the vibes" at Seaside park in Bridgeport, CT. A great way to end such a gret weekend.
Poured into a big hefty mug.

AP: Looks amazing, big, deep dark body with a large mocha brown head that dissiptes real-sloooow. This is what a RIS should look like.

Nose: A really nice aromatic balance is obvious with big musty oak and chocolate with vanilla malt and a very distictive herbalized hop profile that is not as aromatic as some really big RIS that i've had.

Flavor: Once again. the balance of the flavors is the really impressive part, I've had much bolder RIS's with big heat and very sweet malt or very intense hop profile's, this one is a seemingly perfect balance of the flavor's. Not as bold as some with a very nice chocoalte-coffee and vanilla malt riding shot-gun to the ever-present natural oak-wood mild bitterness. I think the earthy hop flavor of this one is almost just-right, very noticable but not over-powering in anyway. This flavor is a total team effort that has no big ego super-star A-ROD to demand your attention constantly.

Feel: Full body for sure, just as hefty and thick as it should be, could be more so, but that's not the point, it's pretty dang right-on. The big-fat constant head makes for a creamy experience.

DA: At 9% this one drinks rather easy, and is made even easier with it's great balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 08:16:06 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of yourunclewalt

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"If Clint Eastwood were to whip me to death and put that in a bottle, you would get this beer." - Mike 'Peanut' Ruller, August, 2007.

A - Thick, deep tan pillowy head on top of a pitch black, murky body.

S - Brown sugar, floral hops, fusel / vodka tinge

T - Very bittery brown sugar / vodka, bit of caramel and chocolate to finish. Extremely malty, imperial to type with the slightest hint of bittering hops in the aftertaste

M - Thicky, creamy, milky stout body. Little bit of carbonation and alcohol spoils the finish, however.

D - This is supremely delicious. An after-dinner / cordial for sure, not even close to sessionability. Probably comparable to the Sam Smith's Imp. Stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 01:56:46 | More by yourunclewalt
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12 oz bottle, poured in a pint glass

Deep dark black in color with a dark tan head that stayed the entire glassfull.
Aroma to me is chocolate espresso roasted coffee, if there is such a thing?
This is a very tasty stout, sweet in it's own way, one of the finest tasting RIS's I've had.
It has medium body and goes down smooth.
Drinkability is restricted to 'good' or one might embarrass themself.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 00:54:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Mad Elf tulip glass from a 12oz stubby brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Had a half glass of beer and head from a medium pour.Opaque black with a slight brownish hue. Creamy tan head with good retention leaving a creamy coating throughout the beer. No lacing just a tiny speck or two.

Moderate aromas,lots of maltyness,very roasty,chard wood,burnt carmell,bakers chocolate and tinge of alcohol and a somewhat of a mustyness,

Burnt bittersweet carmell taste,roasty, woody/earthy has a clean mid-taste followed by an intense sharp bitterness with strong unsweetened chocolate notes with a warming booziness not overwhelming but definate. A nice balance and fairly complex

Has a light/airy feel for the style,very creamy has a juicy booziness. A sipper that goes down with ease. Not a beer i would drink more than one or two of,but enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 04:04:24 | More by jcdiflorio
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I like Pale Ale in general, but there is always room for a stout in my belly. The character of this beer is as intimidating as a Russian soothe-sayer with one eye, but it lingers like the burn from a roasted jalapeno pepper on your pallet. It's been like 100 everyday here in the SLC so a stout isn't the first beer I would grab off the shelf, but as soon as it starts snowing again, I'm sure I'll get my stout on.

Peace off!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 01:13:12 | More by doubledslc


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its been on tap for a while here in Tampa. Pours dark ,rich and thick, and black, not as much ruby in the color as I would expect. Creamy head retention better on co2 blend than straight co2. Can't decide which I like better.
Complexity is the key word, black pat malts, coffee, maybe carmel gives the nose its fill of raisins and plumbs.
Esters of alcohol are there, the finish is a little sharp with a contradictory sweetness lingering on the tongue. Carbonation is low, mouth feel is enhanced when on blend. This is my choice for a RIS however The Yeti is right behind.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2007 20:04:35 | More by DUNDERBAK
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours dark as night and leaves a nice creamy head. The smell is very intoxicating hints of fruit, chocolate, and coffee. The taste was smooth but stayed on the top of my mouth with a bit of bitterness. After a couple of more drinks this one got a little more tamer as far as bitterness is concerned. I would not recommend this if you do not like strong stout beers this one wont be for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 00:06:58 | More by choyhosoi
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours nice and slowly into the glass producing a HUGE head, had to slow the pour down so that the head could stay within the glass. It is dark as night with tons thick beautiful lacing stuck to the side of the glass. I have no idea if there are any bubbles inside due to the darkness of the brew, but the way the head sticks around I would guess there are.

S: The smell is very nice, dark charcoaled roasted malt, there is also coffee, with a wonderful buttery sweet chocolate aroma mixed in. There are also sweet fruits, dark fruits, and a big blast of hops.

T: Very nice. This beer is soo creamy. It has the wonderful flavor of a dark mocha cappuccino. The chocolate is so nice in this one. Up front, but married nicely to the coffee. This is silk chocolate cake in a bottle. The finish is bold with nice hoppy bitterness. Great

M: Rich, Creamy, Silky Smooth. Has enough body to make it stick to the mouth and throat, which is a very good thing.

D: It goes down very nicely for a RIS. There is no hint of the ABV. It's a great drinking stout come summer or winter.

Overall: I have loved this beer since the first time I popped one open. It is very big on taste yet not too over the top. The flavors and aroma keep pulling me back to the glass. The flavors are soo complex, and they seem to hit you in waves. One sip is dark chocolate and coffee, the next may be sweet dark fruits and buttery chocolate.... So complex with so many flavors. It is so boldly subtle, I can't really explain it. It is one of the best stout's out there and deserving of its place in the top 100.

I just popped open a second bottle with a slice of chocolate mocha cake, and a dollop of birthday cake ice cream.... Yummmm. North Coast you RULE! Gotta go buy some more, because I just put down both of my bottles in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 19:47:39 | More by tpd975
Photo of 0tt0


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

I'm not into stouts as a rule, so this should be interesting...

Pours a dark mahogany into my Duvel glass. Big tan head, fairly tight that slowly dissipates to a nice solid collar. A bit or ruby red highlights around the curves of the vessel... The dominant smell is of chocolate, specifically cocoa with a bit of toffee and heavily roasted coffee in the background. Smells absolutely delicious. Taste reflects the nose, but with a stronger toffee presence in the middle and nice hop tingle that I didn't expect given the scent. There is a dry, bitter finish that lasts quite a while that lingers with cocoa flavor.

If most stouts are as good as this, then I am a convert. Its a shame I tried it on a July night, because I am suddenly yearning for winter. A fabulous thing...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 14:10:13 | More by 0tt0
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack from a newly discovered beer source.... Trader Joe's in Blue Ash - suburb of Cincinnati. Not a huge selection, but some off beat brands and nice policy on singles... you can mix and match individual beers and they just charge you individual bottle pricing.

The Old Rasputin poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass to produce a 1/2" dense tan head over a black beer.

The scent was very aromatic with shades of coffee, chocolate and malt sweetness.

The taste was very good. In keeping with style and on par with the aroma, chocolate, coffee and and nice malt sweetness prevail.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as expected. Carbonation is a slight bit higher than most RIS's I've had. I enjoy the chalkiness of this beer.

Drinkability: Typical of the higher ABV of most RIS... proceed with caution, but you can have as many of these as your body will allow. I will look for this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 12:23:11 | More by TheBierBand
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers I have had lots of times, but never bothered to review. It poured into a mini Old Rasputin pint glass a dark brown, with ruby hues toward the bottom of the glass. Aroma was filled with milk chocolate, sweet bread and powdered sugar. Taste starts off rather sweet, with more of the milk chocolate coming through. Towards the end it becomes a bit more roasty and bitter, leaving a burnt coffee flavor on the palate. I would say the body of this beer is medium for an Imperial Stout. Alcohol does not seem prominent at all. A four pack of this brew did well for me. This is a great brew that is always reliable. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 04:27:34 | More by jamie2dope
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black as the darkest night. There's no light that gets through this one held up to the brightest of lights. The head takes a while to grow, and disappears to a thin ring around the glass quickly as well. It leaves a heavy lacing that drips back down the glass.

S- Toasted malts dominate with a chocolaty flavor over all others. There's a nice burnt grain that follows closing with a hint of sweet cherry.

T- Mmm... toasty goodness opens with roasted grains, quite a variety to these grain flavors that develop briefly into a bit of a coffee flavor.

M- Always an issue with strong stouts, this comes of as a bit chalky, but this has a bit of an oily basis behind it. Less chalky than many other high alcohol stouts, it's not too bad on the palate, but very dry.

D- While I really enjoy this, it's primarily on an intellectual level. Not an everyday beer. The dryness of this beer is perhaps a little overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 03:20:09 | More by AlephNull
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black as night coming out of the bottle with a nice dark oatmeal head more of a head than i expected from this black beer. Has a nice roasted caramel bouquet. On the first sip its all coffee and unsweetened chocolate but this melds with the bitter albeit piny aftertaste. A truly remarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:10:28 | More by baos
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA. Served in a smaller glass, somewhere between a shot and a pint.
A: When it arrived in front of me, I could see three layers. The bottom third was very deep, dark brown; in the middle was a much lighter, café au lait color brown; on top was the very creamy and thick head. As a minute or so passed, the dark brown gobbled up the middle layer and the head very slowly but surely receded. An intriguing effect, to say the least.
S: Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and perhaps some sweet toffee. There were also notes of raisins, and maybe a buried cherry flavor, like chocolate-covered fruit.
T: Very imperial and stoutish. I can definitely taste the coffee, chocolate and raisiny notes. Somewhat bitter mid- and aftertaste.
M: Thick, creamy and heavy. Just what I expected.
D: This roughly half-pint was plenty for me. It tastes great and is a beer I would get again, but any more than a pint would take work, especially with a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 03:21:18 | More by LeftyBWS
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,142 ratings.