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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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10,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,360
Reviews: 3,397
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,557 | 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 SolomonGrundy
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my all-time faves, let's see if it holds up....Pours a deep, rich black with a velvety-smooth haed of tannish foam. Pours about a finger wide then receeds to a 1/8th inch or so of persistent head. Leaves nice lace. Aroma is huge and robust. Deep chocolate notes, some slightly metallic notes, some other stuff I can't rightly place. Maybe a touch of bourbon. Flavor is dramatic. Nothing hits you immediately, but quickly a blast of flavor attacks. Complex, somewhat bitter but not too bitter. Somewhat sweet, but not too sweet. It's kinda like a Charleston Chew that's been frozen and dipped in espresso flavored syrup. This is incredible beer. The bitterness is sharp, but dissipates into a long, wonderful hop finish. Clearly one of the World's finest ales, without a doubt. Excellently priced, too. This was $1.69/12oz. bottle. You can't call yourself a true beer enthusiast until you've tried and loved this.

Photo of peacebone116
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from 12-oz. bottle into tulip glass; dark, almost black body with thick 2-cm mocha colored head that recedes 1-cm leaving a nice lace at edge.

N: Coffee & Chocolate with a warming alcohol sent.... almost reminiscent of amaretto.

T/D: Tastes of coffee with a heavy mixing of chocolate. The bitter & chocolate flavors compliment and play off each other as the flavors spread over the tongue. As expected, the alcohol remains subdued but becomes slightly more noticeable as the beer warms.
Decent amount of carbonation for a stout, but overall it is smooth and creamy. It looks more syrupy during the pour than it feels to taste, but it is unmistakably thick. A world-class Imperial Stout!

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: solid black; decent head
S: hints of molasses and chocolate; the aroma, to my senses, was not prominent
T: not as complex and adventurous as I was expecting (given the ratings I was expecting to be blown away with abundant flavors); for a stout, it is somewhat hoppy, with traces of orange and grapefruit; smooth aftertaste; not very sweet
M: rich and smooth to the tongue--wonderful feel!

Overall, a good stout with a broad appeal, but perhaps not exactly what you're looking for if you're out for an epiphany.

Photo of mgbickel
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A dark tan head formed on top of the black, tar-like body. The foam had poor retention and very little lace.

The nose has lots of fresh coffee, molasses, dark fruits and chocolate. Everything sits on a roasted, dark malt backbone.

The taste goes right in line with the nose. Starts off with a roasted coffee flavor that fades into the molasses center. The finish combines the return of the coffee flavor, dark fruits and a boozy heat that creates an almost metallic flavor (which clams down as the beer warms).

Medium bodied, oily but a little watery and well carbonated.

All in all, this is a great beer that is very drinkable...pretty much the standard for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of seh410
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black with a bubbly mocha colored head. The head looks frothy and creamy. Not light coming through at all.

Aroma: Coffee, roasted caramelly malts, chocolate

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Starts heavy on the coffee and then finishes with a sweet and roasted malty caramel with notes of chocolate kind of woven through the whole thing

Notes: Awesome, delicious beer. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was a pitch black, opaque color. There was a very thick tan head on top that lasted for a long time.

S: The smell reminded me of Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewery; dark and slightly sweet.

T: Old Rasputin had a dry, bitter taste similar to dark roast coffee or a quality dark chocolate. The taste was similar to porters I've drank, but there was not any level of sweetness like porters often have.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer was very good. The high specific gravity of the beer was definitely noticeable, and the creamy head added even more enjoyment to the drinking of this beer.

D: While this is a very well made beer, I think I would only want to drink it again if I was in the mood for it. I don't think the middle of summer was the best time of year for me to try it, but maybe I would want a beer like this when the weather was cold.

Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque motor oil black color with a 1-2 finger medium brown foamy head which dissipates somewhat slowly. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma.

Taste: Roasted malt and dark toasted bread up front followed by coffee in the middle and bitter dark chocolate at the finish. Aftertaste is a mixture of coffee and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, somewhat thick and creamy. Dry finish. Fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Sip on this one as it is one to savor.

Overall: Excellent stout. This would be a great beer on a cold winter evening. I'm enjoying it late in the afternoon on a hot summer day (inside) and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. This is a must try.

Photo of IPAescotch
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An exceptional example to all brewers of how to blend coffee with beer while doing credit to each. For an IPA man i found this to be right up my alley. Welcome bitterness, and the darkness is not overwhelmingly sweet or malty. Poured more head than i expected, and the darkness of the beer rivals none

Photo of beergambit
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At first I heard many good reviews on this wonderul beer and never had the chance until now. I am glad I had the chance to taste this great drink. From begining to end this is a smooth and rich in flavorful beer. The taste of the hops and fruit flavors were a mouthful but not as a punch to the gut but pleasent like.

Photo of Luk13
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pitch black pour with creamy brown head with great retention. Roasted malts and stale coffee aromas and taste. Decent mouthfeel, nothing extraordinary.

On tap at lion's pride. The chocolate flavors were more dominant and the mouthfeel a little more creamy. There was also nuts, licorice and dark fruits. Fresher and superior.

Photo of AlexCorleone
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Definitely black with a thin layer of delectable, malty chocolaty head that dissipates rather quickly, pooling slightly in the center of the glass and radiating outwards as the glass progresses.

S - Definitely vanilla dominates; coffee and chocolate follows, with heavily roasted malts, brown sugar, and alcohol undercurrents that sting the nose.

T - Again vanilla and coffee are protagonists, followed by dark chocolate. Roasted malts, finish rather bitter and alcoholic, with pleasing warmth.

M - Full-bodied and smoked feel.

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

Dark black colored beer with a tan almost amber head and a thick 1-2" head. Very fine and barely clings to the glass. Very sweet malty aroma. Full of coffee scents. Smells like some burnt chocolate in there too. Taste is very full of bitter coffee and toffee at first with a smooth burnt chocolate finish. There is a small gap in between where there is a kind of relaxing taste that is pretty unique and cool. Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation. It's great for one drink but probably too heavy for two in one sitting, not to mention 9% ABV

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

50th Review

Pours black as night with a light brown, two-finger head which leaves a nice frothy lacing. Pleasant creamy chocolate/coffee aroma with a little dark fruit and citrus/pine hops as well. Big roasted flavor. Sweet chocolate and roasted, bitter coffee up front. Pretty hopped up RIS with some pine and sweeter citrus rind. More roasted, dry, somewhat burnt malts on the finish. A very abrupt halt to the flavors after finish. Kind of like a really big Irish dry stout, but with the flavor amped up 10-fold. Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint served at the Fort Worth Gingerman.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is awesome. I get notes of chocolate. roasted malt, alcohol and some piney hops, which contribute a medium level of bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time because several of my friends rave about it.
Beer pours very dark. Buckskin colored head is medium tall but extremely persistent.
The aroma is as one would expect for the style with a lot of heavy dark cherry/rapsberry over the mocha base.
The taste is excellent. Sweet dark malts with bitter espresso finish. Fruity sourness lightens the experience preventing the beer from crushing the palate with its imperial rule. Alcohol is not overbearing, but balanced lending a warming quality to the finish.
Medium heavy on the palate.
This beer is really pleasant. Not the uber beer I was expecting, but balanced and accommodating in all regards. Another quality brew from North Coast.

Photo of carlborch
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a solid black with a thick, ultra creamy tan-brown head of about 2 inches. The head is persistent and settles in at 1.5 inches. The initial nose suggest dark roast, coffee, chocolate and chicory. The body is medium-full to full. The initial taste expounds on the coffee and chocolate notes with added sweet notes that suggest a confection. The middle notes are full, creamy and rich followed by a smooth lingering. The rich, sweet, roasted notes moderate the bitter hops which are noticeable but not overpowering. This is a multi-layered, rich, ale. The alcohol is evident and provides warmth in the finish. This is not a session beer despite the moreish tendencies. Nice, broad Belgian lace forms. Yes, I will return to it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pitch black color. I could not see any light through the beer. 1 inch chocolate milk colored head. Nice ring lacing.

S - Smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee/espresso beans, and surprisingly like soy sauce.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, bitter espresso, coffee aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation. Thick and creamy.

D - Very good. Tasty RIS that I will get again.

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

about 55 degree F into a brandy snifter
A- opaque black. Thick tan head, very tight.

S- aroma of licorice and molasses and spiciness

T- sweet molasses , strong maltiness.

M- dry and slightly acidic, prominent body

D- easy to drink but better to sip, a top RIS

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

A very handsome looking beer as it sits on the shelf. The most inviting label art I've ever seen. The beer pours out looking like carbonated Kahlua.
Smells like roasted malt, tastes like roasted malt, the 9% alky volume gives it a wonderful amount of kick. This is a fantastic beer that will spoil your taste buds for lighter styles if you will allow it.

This beer rates a solid A.

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

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A - pours an ominous black with a thin layer of delectable, chocolatey head (one of the darker shades of head I've seen) that dissipates rather quickly, pooling slightly in the center of the glass and radiating outwards as the glass progresses. Sloth-like lacing speckles and meanders down the sides of the snifter.

S - coffee dominates; dark chocolate follows, with heavily roasted malts, brown sugar, and alcohol undercurrents that sting the nose -- very foreboding.

T - a hefty amount of espresso-like coffee up front, followed by dark chocolate. Roasted malts reintroduce themselves, as expected, finishing rather bitter and alcoholic, with a pleasing warmth. The flavors I expect are there, but they lack the finesse of more finely-polished imperials.

M - Medium-bodied and relatively carbonated -- not as smooth as I'd like.

D - it's a bit assaulting out of the bottle, amplifying some of its less pleasing aspects. It shines on nitro, but, for the price, it's about as good as you can get. The four-packs are great for sharing, but not something I can tackle by myself. Best served in the winter, sipped meticulously on a frigid, snowy evening.

Photo of biglite351
3.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - dark as night with a brown head that leaves lacing.

S - heavy roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.

T - a little hop. Roasted malts with a little chocolate.

M - medium coating. Has a carbonated feel like a pop.

D - it is okay but only a couple.

Photo of Axic10
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap (nitro) at Capone's

Appearance: Dark black with creamy mocha colored foam of two fingers on top.

Smell: Roasted/burnt malt, alcohol and fresh roasted coffee. Just stellar.

Taste: Burnt malt, fresh brewed coffee, some dark chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Wow. I haven't had this beer for years, but this definitely is a winner. I think it gets over looked for more hyped beers but this is a very smooth and enjoyable RIS that is dangerously smooth and drinkable.

Photo of AdamMY
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at a local Trader Joes, It was selling in a four pack for under 10 dollars.

I would rate the appearance on this as just average, as the appearance on a Stout is never really that great, but the fact that this poured an amazingly thick head which is just clinging to the walls as it bubbles away.

Its got an amazingly thick coffee and chocolate malt aroma, that smells actually rather bitter.

Wow, I might need to redefine my view of flavorful. This hits you with a very strong mocha, with a perfect balance between chocolate, milk, and bitter espresso. But its got a different level to it which leaves you asking "Is that a little bit of mint? Could that be a bit of a tart fruit also?"

I in truth have never experienced a mouth feel that was so smooth that packed that amount of flavor, but the downfall with most dark beers is while they taste great, and may have a great mouth feel, you never really want to just drink them non stop.

Photo of NWer
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle aggressively poured into a Weizen glass.
Very dark to black color with beautiful head retention.
This is a beer to savor slowly - if possible. The high alcohol content gives it an extra kick to add to the fun without distracting from the taste. A fun stout that is reasonably priced.
High marks on all categories.

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

This looks quite different off nitro. The creamy tan head is beautiful on top of the black doom that is Rasputin.

The smell has quite a bit of fruit, coffee, and some cream.

Taste follows the nose fairly well. Lots of cream and stone fruit with a hint of creamed coffee in the finish.

Creamy as hell. I love nitro beers.

I never thought Raspy could be more drinkable, but off nitro it is.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,360 ratings.