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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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9,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,151
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 996 | 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 Redwood21


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

poured into a glass it has a large brown/almond colored head that slowly goes down. the beer itself is extremely dark, even when held up to light. There is a roasted coffee aroma, that for me is faint, but might be stronger than i can tell. The taste follows the aroma. There is a coffee taste, with a slight bitterness. The stout has a nice medium body that is nice on the finish. This stout is very smooth and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 05:37:54 | More by Redwood21
Photo of joe1510


4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$6.49 6-Pack
Herman's Package Store

Old Rasputin poured the darkest of browns into my pint glass. Mahogany highlights when held directly to the light. A 2+ finger beige head formed, on an aggressive pour, that slowly faded. Left sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

The aroma is very appetizing. Lightly roasted malts with big notes of freshly ground coffee beans. Bittersweet chocolate and a mild nuttiness are also present and add to the complexity. Slight alcohol fumes show up at the backend.

Flavor is layered more than the aroma. The roasted malts set the stage for waves of chocolate followed by the freshly ground coffee beans. The nuttiness and a hint of vanilla glide through on the swallow and mellow things out before the fusel alcohol hits in the throat. A light coffee ground bitterness lingers nicely.

Body is on the heavy side of medium but is supremely smooth. Velvety with a nice alcohol warmth in the throat.

This is a very easy drinking Imp. stout. Very enjoyable and if the weather is right one I can easily drink numerous bottles of.

This is my go to stout. Easy to find and the price for such a tasty Imp. Stout is unbeatable. A classic and for good reason.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 03:36:37 | More by joe1510
Photo of kajerm


3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours black, totally opaque with a thin, intriguingly asymmetric ring of tan foam; good lacing.

Huge coffee nose, with dark-roasted malt and a little bit of semisweet chocolate. Some yeasty/alcoholic spiciness.

Coffee is definitely evident from beginning to end, with some hops and even more black malt bitterness. There is a strong background flavor of dark chocolate. The alcohol is clearly evident, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The mouthfeel was initially disapointing; the palate was thin and overcarbonated, but it inexplicably settled down and turned into a proper imperial stout-- super creamy and chewy. Nice.

Drinkability is about what you'd expect for an imp, no surprises here.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 21:17:19 | More by kajerm
Photo of crayphish


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Russian Imperial Stout pours a midnight black, nice dark khaki head. Decent lacing. Smell is strong roasted malts and coffee. Alcohol and hops in there as well. Some sweet chocolate. Taste is the roasted malts and chocolate. Some alcohol here as well. Good balance between the sweet and bitter.Mouthfeel starts full and finishes fairly dry. Very enjoyable. An extremely drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 06:01:51 | More by crayphish
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black brew with a half inch of head that settles and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell - Heavy roasted malt and coffee smell.

Taste - Strong alcohol taste and coffee and hops balance out the heavy roasted malts, but clearly the malts win this battle. Alcohol can be a bit much.

Moutfeel - A sipper as its fairly heavy and a very thick rich flavor. Lightly carbonated as this sort of brew should be.

Drinkability - I could never see myself having more than one unless I was horribly snowed in with nothing better to do with my time. That said its always a great one and done.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 01:13:21 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of SacoDeToro


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

On tap at the North Coast Brewpub across the street from the brewery.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a small brown head.

The aroma of the beer was full of rich coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some faint vanilla.

The flavor of the beer was full of intense flavors that transitioned well from one to another. Coffee - Chocolate - Rich roasted malts. The hops were there in good presence, but not too intense.

The mouthfeel was thick, but not too heavy. It coated your mouth with a ton of flavor. The carbonation seemed dialed in well.

This is a great beer and a very drinkable RIS. It's an American classic and the beer that brought this style back from the brink of extinction. Cheers to Rasputin for not dying easily! In fact, he's still very well alive an kicking...

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2007 18:46:56 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of RevDru

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep black with a quarter-inch of light brown foam. Good head retention.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate with sweet orange notes. Slightly herbal.

T - Strong alcohol esters over coffee and chocolate. Nice bitter balance to the sweetness, but alcohol is almost too much.

M - A touch heavy, but very creamy and rich.

D - This is a one and done brew. Very good, but high ABV makes it an occasional item.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 19:46:27 | More by RevDru
Photo of DoubleJ


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

My first Russian Imperial Stout. Will I bow down before Rasputin? Or will I persevere through the 12 oz serving? On to the beer:

It pours pitch black in a glass. One smell from the beer brings lots of flaovrs to the nose. Fruity, piney, chocolate, raw cane sugar, and alcohol flavors run around freely. This stuff is extremely complex, but I assume thats the nature of RIS's. A light roasted bitterness sits on the tongue after every sip, reminding me it's still a stout, but a very beefed-up one. At less than $2 for the bottle, it didn't drain my wallet, and I got something new and exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 18:47:19 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BradBLR


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

This beer poured a very dark brown (almost black) with a chocolate brown head, that lasted most of the beer with very thick lacing. The smell of this beer was a tart chocolate aroma with a toasted malt smell accompanied by a hint of hops.

The taste was very malty chocolate flavor with a slightly dry malt and with a nice kick of hops at the end. Not as sweet as some RIS's and that is a good thing, very tasty. The mouthfeel of this beer was really good, very thick almost syrup, a beer that you could literally chew on. C02 slightly week, but hardly worth noting.

Great beer, especially if you like RIS's. Give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 19:23:41 | More by BradBLR
Photo of atigerlife


3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. A nice one finger brown head sits on top. Head dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing.

Aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, toffee and some hazelnut. Interesting.

Taste is dominated by bitter dark coffee. Also some dark chocolate, roasted malts and some alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and lightly dry at the end.

Overall, this is an interesting brew that I wouldn't mind having again. The high alcohol level would rule it out as a session beer, but good for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 18:57:16 | More by atigerlife
Photo of wagenvolks


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe's in Raleigh into a tulip glass.

Jet black pour with a creamy tan head that's retained exceedingly well and leaves great lacing. Aroma has a surprisingly fruity nose: fig & plum. Of course, the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes are strong on this one.

Taste is quite chocolatey and has a nice roasted maltiness to it. Feels smooth, yet full-bodied with a nice bitter coffee bite saved for the back of the tongue and throat. I'll be having this one again for sure, good taste & complexity. Drinks exceptionally well for a 9% RIS.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 04:36:27 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of kdoc8


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

I found this on sale for $1.79 at the Franklin Market of Choice in Eugene, OR. It pours out a dark, dark black color with very little shades of red-brown. It pours with a thick, tan bubbly/creamy head and lots and lots of lacing. The smell is very subtle but complex - chocolate and roasted malts dominate. I has a bubbly mouthfeel and starts out with a taste of chocolate and then finishes with a great chocolate and coffee blended taste that just keeps going. The complexity of the taste takes a few seconds to hit you after swallowing. An excellent RI stout - almost no taste of alcohol at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 17:07:15 | More by kdoc8
Photo of Melchizedek


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

Pours a nice brown into an opaque black, with a big tan head that settles into a nice cap and sticky lace.

In the nose, plenty of roasted barley and resiny hop, and a strong coffee-like aroma. Not overly bitter in the mouth, but with that aroma coming through strongly. Coffee matched by a caramel malt flavor, and the mouthfeel isn't too heavy but very substantial. A little harder to find the hops than in the aroma, but they're there, helping keep things from getting sweet. Alcohol isn't prominent, but noticeable.

This is just a really tasty imperial stout all around. Can't find fault with it. I think I'll have to make it a go-to.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 03:41:56 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of pgenius


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

A - Really dark brown with an amazing light brown head that stuck around

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a little sweet aroma was present as well

T - Strong roasted malt taste, chocolate

M - had the mouthfeel of an extremely strong coffee with a lot of bitterness, I actually even felt a slight numbing sensation immediately from the bitterness and alcohol combo

D - Pretty impressive stout, I couldn't drink more than two of these at a time, but I would get it again

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 20:56:28 | More by pgenius
Photo of Cresant


3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated, brown bottle into a Duvel glass. The body was darkest brown and the modest 1/2" head faded rather quickly.

Smell was sweet roasted malts. Coffee grounds. Chocolate.

Taste reflected the aromas. Tangy sweet baking chocolate. Finished long with a bittersweet aftertaste. This one was not as complex as I had anticipated.

Mouthfeel was zesty with mouthfilling carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 09:01:16 | More by Cresant
Photo of Bookseeb


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

Dark chocolate in color with a light tan creamy head. Smell of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate with a strong roasted malt flavor with a good carbonation leaving a hefty bitter aftertaste. It's a thick, creamy stout, a good one to have on hand if your feeling bold.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 01:02:45 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is black and has a nice tan/cream colored head – lacing is pretty in this beer. The aroma is sweet of malt and there is some spice that I’m having trouble identifying. The taste is bold and bitter. There is plenty of malt and a slight sweetness. Coffee flavors and a hint of spice are present. This beer starts off quite intimidating, but mellows slightly as it warms and my palate adjusts. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected – but is still on the full side. As for drinkability, this beer is a bit much for me to kick a few back in one sitting – but it is very good!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 03:18:39 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of jrehmert


2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, as expected, with about a finger of light tan head. The effervescence was short-lived. Residual sweetness was minimal. The nose was much more smoky than I had expected. I had hoped for more roasted malt, coffee, and/or chocolate malt than realized. Overall this was an average beer - Rogue RIS was a far better representative - afaic...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 01:49:56 | More by jrehmert
Photo of cichief


3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a four-pack of this in a big wine mega-store in Maryland. I've had this beer before on the west coast, but it has been a while. The beer poured coffee black, with a light brown head about one-half inch thick. It smelled of coffee and chocolate. It tasted great, but had a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste. It was a little fizzy, but that was a minor problem. I would like to drink this more often.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 23:27:22 | More by cichief
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date - like it needs one. Pours a super duper dark brown, almost black with a 1 finger head decent longevity and very good lace. Smells of highly roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some dried fruit. How do you describe the taste of this stuff. Heavy roasted malts with espresso like flavors, chocolate, dried fruits and alcohol in the finish. Almost like a dubble or triple but made with roasted malts. Smooth and creamy. Highly complex. Good stuff!!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 21:44:19 | More by sabrills70
Photo of MmmIPA


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

Ive had the CZAR and now its time for RASPUTIN! Lets see who wins! Very black body with a small thin tan head that fells fast.Chocolate is the main smell I get out of it.There is some fruit smells under the chocolate.The taste is dynamite! The taste is fruit and expresso and damn good.I taste some bitter chocolate in the aftertaste.The mouthful is slick and thick and tasty,did I mention that already? I dont know if I could drink multiple of these cause of the abv content but it is pretty well hidden,let see when it warms.I think OLD RASPY won this war.I would say to the people who want to know what is compares between,its more bolder then Stormking but not as Czar.Very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 17:07:00 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of travelfrog

New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this interesting stout at my favorite local pizza pub/watering hole. It was on draught, served in a brandy snifter of all things.

Appearance was very good, with a nice creamy dark complexion and creamy head (perhaps exaggerated somewhat by the dimensions of my snifter). There were a few air bubbles mixed in, and the beverage was less opaque than I would have expected.

Aroma was good, again perhaps concentrated by the snifter. Notes of malt and chocolate.

The flavor will come as quite a surprise to Guinness drinkers (remember this is Imperial Stout... ;). A bold combination of sherry, malt, coffee, and chocolate. Pleasant, lingering aftertaste of caffe corretto.

Mouthfeel was excellent: smooth and creamy with no burn or cloying on the roof of the mouth.

I also have to rate the drinkability quite highly for a stout, though it is certainly best sipped rather than gulped. I would not have known it was 9% alcohol if I hadn't read it on this page.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2007 12:31:05 | More by travelfrog
Photo of Luchman


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

A: Black body with a 1 1/2 finger, light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving great lacing on the sides and clumps on the top.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate hit the nose first. Some light hops, alcohol, molasses, and slight burnt grain are there as well. Smells pretty darn good.

T: Matches smell, but only better. Great coffee/roasted malts, graininess, definitely chocolate, some dark fruits (plums, currents, etc.) and some nice hops to add to it. Some boozy alcohol is there that increases as the temperature rises. Has a dry finish. Damn... This stuff is better than I remembered.

M: Fits it nicely. Medium/full body with medium carbonation that goes done as easy as can be!

D: Not bad... Not bad at all. A very good tasting stout that I once thought to be over rated. Alcohol booziness gets there a tad bit in the end, which no doubt they intended it that way, but lowers my drinkability rating a .5.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 03:25:50 | More by Luchman
Photo of stereosforgeeks


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

Appearance: Wonderful opaque black. The burnt brown head had nice staying power.

Aroma: Nuts chocolate and espresso bean are present in the mix.

Taste: Wonderful imperial stout here. The roasted malts give way to some earthy chocolate, and espresso beans. There are some wonderful hop bitterness at the end and some roasted nuts in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some slight carbonation which excites the taste buds and allows the bitter chocolate espresso to seep in.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful stout. It's not something that I would introduce someone to the genre with, but it's something that people who enjoy stouts or porters will definitely enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 03:59:49 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of udubdawg


4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a nearly black color, thick but not nearly as syrapy as many of the style. Big rocky brown head that subsides to a third, and then lingers. Pretty nice lacing.

Nose isn't as strong as I expected, but improving throughout the glass as it warms. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee...liquorice?...definately fruity - almost vinous...and behind it all, a bit of floral. Some alcohol, and an overall intriguing complexity despite the lack of overpowering aroma.

Adult milk shake - that was my first thought. On the full side of medium bodied and intense. Definately big carmelized sugar sweetness, with just the right amount of lingering bittersweet chocolate and hops in the finish. Roasty malts mostly short of charred - delicious.
Where is the alcohol? - none of the strength noted in the aroma is here. Extremely smooth and coats the tongue nicely.

I simply cannot sip this beer - it screams a "5" on drinkability, but if I drank as many now as I'd like, I'd be under the table talking to my shoe. Gotta knock this one a touch. I wouldn't mind if this beer was 6 or 7% - then I could drink a few of this deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 23:39:40 | More by udubdawg
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,151 ratings.