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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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9,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,752
Reviews: 3,353
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 298
Gots: 1,263 | FT: 41
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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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of Nick3
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a syrupy, liquid black with a small chocolate brown head that disappears quickly. Smell is coffee, molasses, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is smooth, rich malts up front with a slightly bitter finish that's accompanied by hints of dark chocolate. Alcohol warms and lingers in the finish as well. Carbonation dances across the toungue and leaves you wanting more. Beer is sticky and chewy in the mouth. A great RIS but fell a bit short compared to the Stone I had last night.

Nick3, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of britzdog
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

loking for a good stout ??? then skip this one . if you are looking for an exceptional stout then stop right here. pour it out and it looks like the black color in the sidebars you see on these pages. brown head with a long lasting lacing. burnt chocolate and roasted malts greet you nose. very little carbonation almost none to speak of. and what a great taste. you will not be disappointed with this selection

britzdog, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: completely opaque black with a darker tan creamy head. the head stuck around for most of the drinking experience. excellent lacing

S: High in roasted malt. There is a bit of a burnt bread smell

T: definite coffee notes with toffee and bitter dark chocolate. great blend of all of these. nothing is too strong

M: full body and very smooth

D: this is my first imperial stout and its a very good one. Not overpowering by any means.

LyonsHead, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color with an amazing brown sugar colored, moon cratered head with staying power.

Roasty roasty and toasty malts. Tiny notes of bitter chocolate, west coast style coffee, creamy chocolate.

Taste is creamy coffee, bitter chocolate, a decent amount of smoke somehow.

Mouthfeel is oh so smooth on this one. A huge beer, a huge amount of flavor, and it yet it finishes with ease. What a gem!

I Have to back up the general opinion on this one. One helluva stout!

midnite2sixman, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge, billowing head. Jet black and hard to see through. The head is cloudy with huge bubbles. It smells very chocolate like, with a little roasted flavor and earth. When you sip it sweetness immediatly fills your mouth, and coats your tongue. Almost too sweet for my taste in Imperial stouts, but nonetheless delicious and drinkable. Mouthfeel is very smooth and goes down easy. Not too thick. It is very inviting and you could drink plenty of it if it weren't for the high abv.

Ricelikesbeer, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of ironarrow42
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black appearance with a thin head the colour of espresso crema. Intense aroma of coffee with hints of burnt toast and bittersweet chocolate.

Very fine and spritzy carbonation lightens the mouthfeel up front. Fairly full body with a smooth & creamy texture. Luscious, roast and bitter character with plenty of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, and subtle notes of baked prune, molasses, and faint licorice, all with a dry edge. Big, lengthy finish. Very flavourful. Leaves a lingering bitterness, with a roasty and tangy character. Superb!

Surprisingly drinkable for its alcoholic strength, with some burn on the finish. Small bits of foam cling to the glass. Outstanding example of the style.

I would pair this with chocolate - either a rich, dense cake or some nice Belgian chocolates.

ironarrow42, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Virtually black with lots of foamy light brown head. Head eventually dies down to a 1/8" of thick espresso-like crema.

S: Chocolate, malt, pine, and a good bit of alcohol

T: Creamy at first. Then dark, burnt coffee beans. Alcohol is present, but subdued.

M: Heavy bodied with low carbonation. Somewhat thick, but not overly viscous.

D: A very pleasant and rich stout, but much heavier than what I normally imbibe. Couldn't see drinking more than a couple of these.

Florida9, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of wchesak
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black, opaque, 2 fingers of tan head, that dissipates to a thick tan ring leaving nice amounts of tan lace

S - bitter chocolate notes with some caramel

T - great chocolate backbone with some coffee bitterness, slight hop bitterness in the swallow, hardly any detectable alcohol except in the chest

M - velvety, full bodied, and finish quite smooth

D - so easy to drink, just the right qualities to exemplify a RIS

wchesak, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of gvbbjfalcon
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from the North Coast Brewing Co. I picked up on my way home from work on a Friday night. I was not disappointed. I could only get through two before the 9% took affect. GREAT APPEARANCE, STRONG RICH AROMA... excellent finish...

gvbbjfalcon, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of shanem
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with about half an inch of dark tan head. Looks like oil pouring. awesome

S: easy blend of dark chocolate with some roasted/smokey notes. no bitterness in the smell at all

T: Dominated by a nice smokey taste and balanced immediately after with a great chocolate flavor. Carries a little sweetness with a bit of alcohol heat on the finish that sticks by until the next sip

M: Nice thick full bodied. almost creamy. leaves a slight stickiness

D: I found this dangerously quite drinkable for a RIS

Definitely worth the 4 pack, looking forward to having the rest. Probably one of the best basic non espresso/oak/chocolate type of Imperial stouts I've had

shanem, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Chocolate and toffee with some roasted malts in the background.

T = Big bitter chocolate flavors upfront with the coffee bitterness coming through near the end. The finish was slightly bitter which balanced out the chocolate maltiness.

MF = Thick, heavy body with carbonation being fairly low. Super creamy.

Overall, this is one incredible RIS. The flavors are bold, yet, not overpowering. Highly recommend.

Riverwarrior, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of PrinceDarren
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Old Rasputin RIS was tapped at Bavarian Lodge tonight. Unfortunately, it was a very small keg so it was entirely gone in 15 minutes, no exaggeration.

Nose was oak, oak, oak. Just the way I like it. Roasted malt aromas too.

Tasted dry for a RIS with a bit of woodiness and moderate roasted malt with touch of coffee and a wee bit of dark chocolate. Predominately oak/malt though.

The regular RIS is average by itself but the oak definitely kicked it up an interesting level. It was dry enough that I could have drank another, if only they hadn't run out so quickly... Good stuff.

PrinceDarren, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours thick and black with a huge brown head. Good lacing all the way.

S - Big dark chocolate scent, with some coffee and roasted malt hints.

T - Just as in the nose, massive chocolate taste. It's so heavy, there is some coffee as well but not quite as heavy as the chocolate.
Some hop bitterness is noted, but doesn't last long.

M - Heavy and low carbonated. Wonderful coating and alcohol warming.

D - Very drinkable, I will have many more of these.

surfer4life, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of kbeals
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A vigorous pour reveals a jet black beer adorned by plenty of creamy brown sugar colored head. Excellent lacing and head retention throughout the session.

S- Toffee, bitter dark chocolates, a complex malt bill, both roasted and sweet, just a touch of alcohol.

T- Lots of roasted flavors, a burnt taste common to RIS's. A bit of bitterness and a dry finish to round it out. There is some alcohol flavor to it, but it's not overwhelming.

M- Very smooth with little carbonation. Heavy body.

D- The high ABV is a little detrimental to its drinkability, but I could probably drink more of these. A definite recommendation.

kbeals, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of sd42790
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For starters, I got a Russian friend to translate the phrase on the label; it had been bothering me. It states "A true, hearty friend won't be born suddenly".

A- Pitch black, with a coffee brown head. Great cascading bubbles.

S- Pure roasted chocolatey malts on the nose, with an alcohol singe that betrays the 9% ABV.

T- Upfront roasted malts bring the bitter coffee and dark chocolate, with a nice balance of hop bitterness to subdue the raging malts. On the tail end I detected sweetness, reminiscent of raisin, blackcurrant, and port wine. Sublime balance.

M- Thick but not oily on the palette, subdued by a considerable effervescence.

D- I'd have no problem pounding two or three, but beyond that I could see it getting pretty saturating on the palette. However, extreme drinkability is not an aim of this genre of beer, so that sits well with me.

Of the three RIS's that I have had (Old Rasp, Boulevard, Dark Lord), I find this one a nice equilibrium, the Boulevard a bit too thin, the Dark Lord, while delicious, was extremely thick, perhaps impeding on drinkability. Therefore, I put it at the top until I can get my hands on a bottle of Kate the Great.

sd42790, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of drink1121
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

This was one of the best out of the 8 beer survey that night. I like this one because it was the strongest served in pint size. I like the different type of glassware, i.e. a chalice, but they use it to give you less beer.
Anyways, great looking stout, as I think stout are usually very good looking beers. Somewhat fruity taste. I tasted this next to a Rogue Nut Brown and the Rogue was more like a coffee/nutty, where is this was more fruit forward.

I could have a few of these a night. I will def gt one everytime i go there.

drink1121, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, practcially black, with a huge toffee colored head and great lacing. Great looking beer.

Strong nose of heavily roasted coffee followed by dark chocolate.

One of the best tasting RIS's around. Burnt malt and espresso up front, followed by a sweet and slightly bitter dark chocolate and toffee flavors.

This one is super smoothe and thick. Really good mouthfeel that leaves a bitter aftertaste.

As rich as this it, it is very drinkable and I can easily throw back a few in a sitting. The only downside it that it's very filling.

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite RIS's that I will continue to by on a regular basis. This one's well worth the price.

Vonerichs, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a huge erupting head resulted as my pour was somewhat reckless. This volcanic cap was brown sugar in color, foamed, chunky, and lasting. Lacing was intricate and consisted of the usual strands, blobs, globs, and the like. The body poured dark walnut, burnt sienna, and black. A great look in the class

S: luscious fudge-like chocolate dominates with heavily roasted malts a close second. Even some green cones can be smelled as well as ground coffee beans. This is spot on!

T: mildly bitter chocolate drizzled coffee beans and fudge brownies mixed with blackened (borderline burnt) roasted malts. Tremendous conglomeration of flavors! However, amidst the black look, rich chocolate, and malty flavors a few hops have a well placed wallop on the tongue. Hops are grassy greens with a squeeze or two of citrus. I find the balance to be very nice. This stout maintains a rich complex profile with a ample supply of hops. It never gets overly tangy or real bitter, it stays nice and sweet

M: this is my ideal stout consistency...heavy! Chewy, viscous, and velvet on the tongue. Carbonation is right where it should be and never in the way of the delicate creamed goodness

D: by and far one of the best stouts in the business, I will never tire of this beer! This is my staple beer and I love being able to get it on tap close by, an angel pooping on your tongue!

Magpie14, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of blynes75
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass at a temperature of 45 degrees. Jet black with a 1" caramel colored head that left very sticky lacing with every sip.

S: Smell is of strong roasted malts with hints of expresso and dark chocolate.

T: Smooth...very smooth. Tastes just like it smells. Each sip is an adventure that starts with big roasted malts and expresso and leaves hints of dark chocolate & molasses on the palate. Finish is that of moderate hoppiness that completes this beer wonderfully.

M: Not too thick, not too thin but very creamy. Coats the mouth and the mild carbonation makes it very silky and smooth. This is one of the best beer experiences I have had.

D: For a RIS this is the most drinkable I have had. The relatively strong 9% abv is hidden very well. If the first one didn't leave its mark every time, it would be hard not to have 2 or 3 or....

blynes75, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick brown head that stick to the sides of the glass. Sweet chocolate roasted malt and fruit aromas. This may be gross but the smell reminded me of straight Skoal chew spit. Kind of unappetizing and I wish I hadn't have made that connection. However the flavor totally redeemed the beer and made up for the aroma. Chocolate cream and dark roast burnt coffee beans with just the right amount of slight hop bitterness at the finish. There is an unsweetened dark chocolate flavor that lingers. Incredibly tasty. Could not detect any alcohol warmth or flavor in this beer.

Kromes, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of bskrtz
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle to large, open challice.

A) Very dark --black. No light passes through. Good head with decent carbonation. May have more to do with the skill of the pourer

S) Burnt coffee, spices, brown sugar

T) Very complex. The burnt coffee dominates but distinct taste of dark chocolate, raisons & caramel

M) Thick, effervescent with little alcohol on the tongue

D) A very good interpretation of Russian Imperial Stout

bskrtz, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black and lacy, like lingerie

Emits an odd, though pleasant, bubble guminess with a smack of toffee

Paired with a sharp cheddar, I can't help but taste Bazooka Joe. Odd. Mild chocolate and Skor bars. Do they still make those?

Hides booze well. Sweet, drinkable, perplexing.

Just not a big fan of this beer.

BarrytheBear, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of carp420
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

longtime beer drinker, first time reviewer

poured into a pint glass, this liquid comes out damn near black with a brown frothy head two fingers deep that lingers on the top somewhat and laces the glass all the way down

it smells like a nice stout, immediately the roasted malts come to the nose followed by a nice coffee smell, can barely smell the boose

very good flavor to this beer, mainly near burnt malts ,lots of coffee, creamy dark chocolate incorporated with a nutty flavor, the high abv doesn't affect the flavor of of the beer

feels perfect in the mouth, not to thick, a nice big creamy beer.

not a session beer but i could drink alot more of these beers and i will

carp420, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of turnblom79
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Russian Imperial Stout flavor. I really enjoyed this one compared to other RIS because the alcohol taste was barely there unlike some others. This was very dark and thick, but I was still able to put a nice head on it when pouring. The taste was very chocolaty with nice coffee tones, and a nice smooth finish.

turnblom79, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Black with an off-white head that quickly fades and leaves good lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, some hops, a little bit of chocolate.

T: Big time espresso-like blast of roastiness. Hops are quite a bit more noticeable than usual for the style. Also hints of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Feels creamy, but the hops dry out the mouth.

D: This has got to be the coffee-est beer I've ever had that didn't actually have coffee in it. This is also the beer that taught me the importance of the proper serving temperature. When served cold, it's a decent stout. After it's warmed up, it's one of the best beers on Earth.

BarrelO, Mar 24, 2009
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,752 ratings.