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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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10,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,719
Reviews: 3,492
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,860 | FT: 50
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of Dominicvampire
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

COLOR: Obscuro (Característico de el estilo Stout) una cabeza café que desaparease de inmediato
AROMA: Chocolate, Toffe. Excelente y marcado aroma
SABOR:Es muy marcado el sabor a caramelo y chocolate, el LARGO se persive una sensación muy peculiar a caffe la cual también es muy típico del estilo Stout, la malta tostado chocolate le da un sabor muy agradable y el Lupulo y la fermentación un excelente amargor y cuerpo

Photo of diomz88
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - chocolate, toffee, malty, hoppy, it smells great!
A - pitch black. One finger tan head that disappears right away.
T - malty, dark coffee in flavor with hints of bitter chocolate, caramel. Hops is intense and will hit the palate right away but gradually disappears.
M - very smooth, medium bodied, bitterness at start but none at finish
D - very drinkable and cheap, like milk! Really!

Photo of vitrael
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into conical pint glass.

A: Midnight black, opaque, thick-looking, with a big attractive tan head which never left. Almost certainly the thickest and most tenacious lacing I have ever seen, like the folds of a silk curtain.

S: Cocoa, coffee, and slightly boozy. Very mild-smelling.

T: Coffee and bitter chocolate, bittersweet roasted barley finish with a very mild boozy character again. Very clean finish, perfectly balanced.

M: Just the minimal carbonated smoothness I expect in a stout. This aspect mixed with the clean finish makes it D dangerous.

D: It's -9F outside and... I think I will pour another.

This is really a gem of a beer, perfect for wintertime sipping. Frighteningly I can and will session this beer. Now all I need is a fireplace.

Photo of liamt07
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Futile amongst the 2600+ other reviews out there, but I enjoyed this one a shit ton. 341ml bottle into a tulip, enjoyed January 13. Thanks to my girlfriend for picking this one up on the other side of the country.

Poured pitch black, no light could penetrate this. Moderately brown head, with a couple fingers of head leaving behind some reasonable retention and some nice lacing. Aroma is complex, all kinds of chocolate, rich dark fruits, some vanilla sweetness and a slight suggestion of the alcohol. Taste has less chocolate in the nose and a more prominent coffee flavour. Some bitterness as a result of this, with more rich dark fruits in the finish. Great interplay between the bitterness and sweetness. Great mouthfeel and no sense of the alcohol, rapid drinkability allowing me to yearn for more bottles of this!

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

A- Black with a healthy tan head and good lacing

S- Chocolate, booze, old hops, coffee, dark fruit

T- Chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, dark fruit, alcohol

M- THICK. Very heavy and coating. Fantastic mouthfeel.

D- Quite. Makes me want to stroke my beard.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a creamy tan head. Lots of lacing and coat the glass well.

Smells of chocolate and coffee. Nicely sweet and malty. Smells great.

Taste is of cocoa and hints of coffee and vanilla. Roasted malt and even light malt comes through brilliantly.

Super creamy and delicious. Very amazing and smooth.

This is a great beer. Great after a nice meal. Really awesome flavor and feel. Truly a wonderful brew

Photo of Brownshoe
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the North Coast Brewpub in Ft. Bragg. It was like beer heaven. I suppose this is the closest I'll ever get to Russian royalty. So smooth. So rich. It might be the best beer I've ever had. I wish I lived a little closer to California.

It's good from the bottle too.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a primordial,pitch black with 2 fingers of stiff,creamy,chocolate mousse-like,beige head with great staying power that left thick,uniform rings of lacing on the glass.

S-Smells of strong,high quality,black coffee,burnt sugar,dark dried fruit and bitter,burnt toast.Some hints of hop presence but very faint.

T-Dark roasted malts,more strong coffee and dark chocolate.

M-Good viscosity.Thick,full,chewy and creamy.

D-A great sipper but also just smooth enough to overdue it.

Photo of kinupanda
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snifter pour from bottle. A solid dark coffee color with good opaqueness. There is a noticeably concave two-finger head that quickly settles into a one-finger collar that laces moderately. An inviting chocolate scent, but possibly too sweet. Excellent body with coffee characteristics and some hoppy bitterness. The finish is a dark cacao. Not a very complex mouthfeel. While reasonably high in alcohol content, it is not overwhelming and only becomes truly noticeable in the aftertaste. Not as heavy as comparable stouts, and possibly a good session beer.

FourthBeer potential: AVERAGE, as there are plenty of more complex stouts out there. As the bottle says, though, Сердечный друг не родится вдруг, implying this has potential to grow on you.

Photo of dcook11
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice thick two finger head that daes into thick webbed lacing that adornes the snifter. A sexy beer, definitly one of the best ive seen. The beers color is pitch black, their is no tints of red or light that comes through. The nose is of dark chocolate, some vanilla, hops, and ample malt sweetness. The taste is about the same as the smell with a very creamy mouthfeel. One of the best bangs for your buck.

Photo of bosox941827
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into Guinness imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as it tasted. Gotta say, one of the more compelling labels I've seen; it feels as though Grigori Rasputin is judging me as I pour the beer.
A - Dark as night; even held directly to a light, yields only the slightest hint of reddish brown on the edge; throws off a rocky head on the pour which slowly dissipates to a lingering lace.
S - Cocoa powder, black licorice, molasses and roastiness....can't wait to taste it
T - Surprised by the earthy hoppiness in this one. North Coast website doesn't say, but I'm guessing there's a healthy dose of Simcoe hops in here. But first impression is of sweet, roasted malts; molasses, coffee aftertaste (but not really *flavor*) and then that nice earthy bitterness, which lingers for as long as you can stand to wait for the next sip. The roasted malt flavor also mixes in with the hoppy linger. Aftertaste is quite similar to some Black IPAs I've had...
M - Medium amount of carbonation and not very heavy feeling despite look and ABV
D - This is definitely a sipper and an enjoyer; you don't want to session this and it's not in the job description
What a fantastic beer; absolutely LOVE the mixture of roasty malts and drying hops; great stuff.

Photo of Impfan
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice opaque pour, big blooming tan head, creamy medium body, lots of coffee, chocolate, dried figs, and a ton of roast. Super long, dry, roasty finish, and a big hit of acidity ala Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.. Terrific stuff that is thankfully available all year long!

Photo of rdilauro
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just another stout to add to my tastings this winter. Honestly, I was not totally impressed with this one. I tasted it before looking at any of the ratings.
It poured very nicely, total black, creamy head. It had faint hints of coffee and chocolate. I was somewhat disappointed at this point. Then the taste, it was good, enjoyable but not something to get excited about. What I really found missing, was that it wasnt big. It did not fill my mouth as many other bigger stouts have done. Considering this, it also finished very small, which was another reason I did not rate this one that well.
It is totally drinkable, my co-workers really enjoyed this one, it is just not the one for me

Photo of zoso1967
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin pours one of the deepest and darkest browns that I have ever seen. It is pretty much like used motor oil in color. This brew has a very nice head that possesses wonderful staying power and leaves gobs of lace as it recedes into the dark liquid.

The aroma is bursting with bitter cocoa and roasty coffee. It also has a definite hop presence that is quite citrusy and slightly earthy. Some chalk, a pinch of vanilla and a rumor of alcohol round out this beer's nose.

One sip and it is easy to see why this is such a popular beer. Astringent roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, citrus hops, molasses, leather and a hint of dark fruit are all flavor components. This beer has tons of stuff going on, but everything seems quite well balanced. There is not even a hint of the ABV and the balance of bitter and sweet is right on.

The mouthfeel is on the lightest edge of full, with the beer having a nice chewy sort of texture. It is fairly coating, yet does not leave a whole lot of stickiness on the palate, finishing dry overall. Some hops and plenty of astringent roasty notes hang around for the aftertaste.

I am really regretting that I had not tried this beer for so long. It has a lot to offer and is a great example of the style. I especially appreciate that it is hoppy, but not overly so like say a fresh Storm King. This really allows the roasted malt to show through while still giving it that little something extra. This is definitely recommended and is a great winter brew.

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

A: Black/dark brown, opaque. Thin beige head.

S: Dark chocolate and alcohol. Coffee and roasted malts.

T: So chocolatey! Dark and heavy. Espresso beans, some sweet malts, hint of hops. A little spicy.

M: Heavy and bitter, aftertaste a little too sticky sweet.

D: Very. I recommend it.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip from 12 oz bottle - no best by date visible.

Poured a deep black w/ thick two finger head that held retention for what seemed forever,excellent webbing as the lace lowered,good carbonation.

Taste - Toasted malts with burnt coffee ,bitter chocolate
slight hops /mild boozy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Well blended and balanced just enough flavors to pull off the high abv % - Tackles your tongue with exotic flavors.
Extremely drinkable - I recommend drinking it slowly as to enjoy all of it's complex flavors.

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

A great stout that made me want to try and brew my own version of it!

Pours a black/brown color with a dense foamy head.

A quality blend of toasted wheat bread and coffee notes with a lace that clings to the glass as well as the tongu

Very thick mouthfeel that lingers on the palate. This beer has 8.9% alcohol, but it is not apparent in the taste because it is so smooth. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable in the aftertaste.

Photo of shir0043
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great RIS. Smell is roasted grains, biscuit, coffee, and hops in the background.

Flavor is much like the smell (only much stronger) with the roasted grains, biscuit flavors, and strong dark chocolate. The bitterness of this beer almost perfectly balances the malt.
One thing that sets this RIS apart from the rest is that it's much dryer than others that I have tried in the past. Don't get me wrong, I love a big malty RIS but this is really a nice change for the style. Also, the 9%+ ABV is very well hidden which makes this a very drinkable beer.

The mouthfeel for this beer is on the medium side most likely due to the dryness of the beer.

One final note, I love it when big beers come in 12oz bottles instead of exclusively coming in bombers. It makes it much easiest to enjoy a beer when I at home without my beer drinking buddies. Plus it almost always a better value. I'll be buying this beer again.

Photo of DrewZ926
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

disclaimer: my favorite RIS to date

a- nice dark body with about an inch of khaki head

s- very complex malt profile with a whiff of something floral. cocoa is also very present.

t- damn. so much going on here. starts out with the big roasted malt profile. tasting some rich dark cocoa and coffee. finishes off strong on the fruits, picking up some figs, dates, and raisins.

m- slightly carbed and a medium body that felt light but coating at the same time.

d- extremely drinkable. quite dry and no cloying sweetness whatsoever.

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

old rasputin

a 4-4.5 nearly opaque dark brown, tawny head leaves a swirly cap and branching lace.

s 4.5 semi-sweet chocolate, tobacco. you know it's warming to the proper temperature when the fudgy brownies begin making their appearance.

t 4-4.5 deeply roasted at first, but it yields to a complex brownie explosion. there are even hops in there fighting hard to be heard. a little undisguised alc comes through here and there.

m 4 seems too thin at first but gets chewier with time.

d 4.5 a classic. and a good base for the addition of other flavors if desired.

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

186th review on BA
bottle to snifter

App- A very deep dark brown with an impressive 1 finger medium brown bubbly head. Lacing all over the glass.

Smell- Coffee, roast, dark chocolate and small hops

Taste- Hoppy on the forefront with a citrusy tinger. It works well together and then on the back you get the roast, chocolate coffee.

Mouth- Full bodied with a a medium carbonation. A very well done aftertaste. It goes down so smooth. Very rich as well.

Drink- 9% isn't noticable at all. A great way to end the day and such a value for a beer as well. Good things come in small packages. What a great 12oz bottle.

Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/14/2011

A: coffee, hint of alcohol, malts

Ap: black, with a 2 finger mocha colored head, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, slight bite/crispness

Af: coffee, slight alcohol burn, roasted malts

O: well balanced, true to the style


Photo of JamesS
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an excellent deep black with wonderful tan head and very nice lacing. Excellent deep malty scent with wonderfully huge roasted grain aromas and a slight hint of chocolate. Excellent taste, with a huge malt kick, wonderful roasted grains, a small chocolate hit at the end, and a nice hit of hops that comes through just a bit at the end as well; no alcohol tinge, either, which was a huge bonus. Went down entirely too smooth for such a high ABV brew.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into dimple glass. Pours a pitch black viscous with a thick chocolate head. Quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is of roast chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruits, and quite phenolic. Flavor is sweet chocolate, roast coffee, caramel, and phenols. Palate is full bodied viscous; extremely smooth. Finish is bittersweet chocolate and a little too phenolic. I can't say it's my favorite RIS.

Photo of mttaylor1066
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can read the particulars below, but my review will be brief:

This is the best balanced beer I have ever tasted. Intoxicating... and that's not the alcohol talking.

... and I don't even like Russian Imperial Stout. This one will spoil you for all others.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,719 ratings.