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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,686 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,686
Reviews: 3,351
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,229 | FT: 38
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 webmanspidey
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with pinkish lacing on top. Picture perfect appearance.
Dark malt, raisin, chocolate smell. Very smooth roasted malt taste. Chocolate, coffee, etc Very very drinkable. Only slight taste of alcohol in a 9% ABV beer. Excellent beer, excellent stout.

webmanspidey, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark with a small tan creamy head which disappeared soon after and left little lacing.

Smelled of chocolate and coffee, along with a hint of alcohol.

Tasted as it smelled, although the alcohol was a bit more pronounced, especially as it warmed up. Nicely balanced.

Very smooth mouthfeel, slippery and creamy. Full bodied. You know this one is in your mouth. Very nice.

This is an excellent brew for this time of year, but probably a bit too much for the warmer months (especially here in Vegas). A couple of these will make you feel all warm and toasty inside.

JBogan, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of beerbart
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, to me, a really delicious beer. I've been lovin' the dark ones, porters and stouts, a lot. And this one tops the list at present.

It's deep dark and serious. It makes cheese, caramels, chocolate, even pie, taste better. It's like taking a swim in a pool of warm molasses, watching your favorite horror movie, laughing at funereal humor, dancing with your best friend. 'Cause you can. 'Cause it's good to do.

You like a stout? Try it. You'll like it.

Shoot me now, I'll die happy.

beerbart, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out of a "Never Say Die" 4 pack.

A - Poured into a pint glass this is jet black with a large dark tan head that has been staring at me for 5 minutes now.

S - Espresso and chocolate are the 1st things to mind. Roasty caramel sweetness. Epitome of 'mouth watering'.

T - Rich roasted coffee and caramel malts. Alcohol in the nose on the finish. Dark chocolate is picked up on the 2nd pull. Excellent.

M - Very complex and big bodied with that head cushioning each sip.

D - Is there a better brew for the winter? I doubt it.

ectomorph, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of DoctorDog
3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass. No freshness or bottling date indicated, which I presume is fairly inconsequential.

A- Deep brown/black in appearance. Pours with a bare minimum off-white head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Alcohol, coffee, and vague hints molasses, though taken as a whole, all are fairly muted. After ~1/2 an hour, molasses odor become more prominent.

T- Crisp as it hits, but then quickly followed by alcohol and burnt/hoppy bitterness. Alcohol hit and bitters mellow as it warms, and the essence of coffee flavors become more present and pleasant.

M- Medium/high carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D- Moderate. In my book, this is a "one glass slow-sipper" of a beer.

Future outlook: Possible that I would pick this up again for rare-occasion sipping, though not something that would rank prominently for regular imbibing.

DoctorDog, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle with a label depicting the Mad Monk himself in the midst of dark, psychic meditation. Cryptic Russian lettering wraps around the bottom half of label. Evil stuff. No freshness dating.

A: Pours an opaque ebony color with a two-finger, caramel-colored head that fades to a thin rim of foam. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, coffee, and a whiff of alcohol. A hint of wet wool. (That's a first.)

T: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Bittering hops in the middle. Notes of malted milk balls and blackstrap molasses. Alcohol is well-concealed. Finishes with a snap of licorice.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Generous carbonation on the tongue.

D: At 9% ABV, not exactly sessionable - but a great sipper that's appropriate for this time of year.

CaptainIPA, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Dalem
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is dark one. Almost black in color and just a sliver of light getting through. Half inch head that faded fairly quick but leaving slight cap when done and some spotty lacing that lasted all the way through the glass. A creamy, malty chocolate aroma with a touch of something that reminded me of hazelnuts and liquorice on the nose. The complex and pleasing scent alone had a very warming effect and made looking forward to the taste even more..and damn what a taste it is! A huge & flavorful dark roasted coffee taste up front followed by a tasty warm malt flavor. The finish is an interesting contrast in the complexities with a dry, hoppy bitterness and the liquorice nuances coming out. As it warms a bit in the glass even more of these little details come out making this a great one to sip on as the days get colder and the wind howls louder.
Though the brew itself has a bit more of a carbonation texture than in other stouts I usually go for, which makes it a little less "oily" feeling I guess, there is still a nice creamy and full body to it.

Dalem, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

This brew pours a nice big, creamy head, with a very deep black color. Nose is an interesting blend of roasted malt hints with chocolate and a fair amount of alcohol.

The sip starts off with a heavy dose of roasted, chocolate malt flavors that quickly blend with a hit of alcohol and hop bite. This brew's potency actually hits the nasal cavity almost like a good glass of red wine, but despite the strong alcohol presence, keeps everything well in balance. Hint of alcohol and hope bitterness round everything out at the end. The mouthfeel of this big brew is truly outstanding. Creamy, yet not too heavy, full malt body, but not overdone. Without a doubt, this beer has one of the best balanced mouthfeels of any brew I have ever had.

At a whopping 9% ABV, this is no doubt a sipping brew. Best enjoyed in a snifter glass, at cellar temp, with slow, thoughtful sips. I bought a single bottle of this to give it a try, and I am very glad I did. For the cold months approaching, I plan to buy more, as this is one of the ultimate winter splurges out there.

AustinBeerLvr, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of william5586
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, thick, small tan head that leaves some lace that slides down the glass after you take a drink.

S: roasted coffee

T: coffee for sure but not to much. chocolate. sweet to start off then the alcohol hits at the end. It warms and doesn't try to hide at all.

M: thick, creamy, sticks in your mouth

D: pretty drinkable. only wish i had the extra cash to buy it more often.

william5586, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DRINKING THIS BEER WILL PUT YOU IN A MUCH BETTER MOOD THEN RASPUTIN

Appearance: Very dark and thick, almost like oil. Has a brownish two-finger head which lasts a long time (as in several minutes) and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: This beer smells of chocolate and molasses, and has a very sweet scent. Heavy on the malt, with a little bit of caramel in there. Has a slight bitterness in the undertone.

Taste: COFFEE. Seriously, the first thing that comes to mind is the taste of coffee. Bitter at first, then gets a little sweeter. Molasses, caramel, and toasted malts are in there. Very dark, rich, and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full, like heavy cream. Not acidic or overly carbonated. The aftertaste is very similar to coffee and cream, with no sugar.

Drinkability: This is a delicious Russian Imperial Stout, and an ideal sipper. It's also great with a snack, or while playing a game of darts or pool. If you like this kind of beer, especially one with a heavy coffee taste, check this one out. Just remember there's no caffeine in it.

Goregazm, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of SykDoc
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a bottle into a snifter. It appears dark and opaque when held to the light. A caramel colored head forms reaching ~3/4 inch before receding to a thin lace around the edge of the glass.
The smell is unique with some dark chocolate and coffee notes and a sweetened alcohol scent, that blends fairly well with the malt and other scents.
The taste is again noted to have a coffee component mixed with the bitterness of dark chocolate, which lingers on the palate nicely.
The alcohol is definitely present in the mouthfeel, which is a thick and pleasantly warming mix. There is a reasonable level of carbonation.
Overall, I have enjoyed this beer for several years and have never rated it before. It is everything I would expect from a good imperial stout with great coffee and chocolate flavor.

SykDoc, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wide mouth pint glass

A-Dark coffee brown near black very thick and smooth, nice head great lace.

S-The one downfall of this one nose is very small hints of malt and vinilla

T-Nothing like the nose as far as the subtle goes this one is big throughout, rich robust coffee flavor, with notes of vinilla, malt with an amazing bitter finish.

M-Nice thick body very complex flavors great carbonation level.

D-I am sad that I have not had this before but I will have it often from now on.

SpecialK088, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- An aggressive pour leaves more than a 2 finger head that slowly drops to a thick lace leaving great, fluffy, sticky spots on the glass. The body was nearly jet black with dark brown edges.

S- Raisin-like. Sweet liquor scents(brandy perhaps?) and coffee with a touch of toffee and bitter chocolate.

T- Deep-strong coffee flavor with hints of dark chocolate and toffee, with some resin-like hops that hit late.

M- Thick, yet soft feel with a slight bite from the hops and alcohol that leaves a warming sensation.

D- Definite sipper, but great flavor will bring me back.

GRPunk, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of beerad666
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Cooper's Bar in Chicago, it was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This was the last beer of the night after a great dinner, so it was almost like ordering an after dinner coffee. The color is a nice dark black with a small head. The alcohol smell is slight but masked by the coffee and malt smells. The coffee tastes comes through very nicely, with a very light chocolate taste but not that sweet at all.

If you like coffee definitely worth reaching for.

beerad666, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is the darkest black I've seen in any beer. thick tan head that is sticky as hell on the glass.

smell doesn't strike me as much, chocolate and malts

taste is incredibly chocolatey and malty, dark chocolate and esspresso, creamy and smooth. quite possibly the most delicious RIS I've ever had.

thick, creamy and oh, did I say THICK! superior drinkability but watch out it will kick your ass!

naterock, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of kels
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was excited to see this on tap at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Ohio outside of Cleveland. Had a pint poured off a nitro tap.

Appearance: Darkest chocolate brown with a milky, froth head and good milk-chocolate colored lacing - like on hot chocolate.

Smell: Creamy coffee with hints of chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is very chocolately and warming, with a hit of cream and bitter coffee beans. The alcohol is very present with a heavy finish in the aftertaste and back of the throat. A little overwhelming. Light carbonation keeps it from being too strong and adds to the clear mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is big and heavy like a RIS should be. Don't drink a lot - just enjoy.

kels, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Hokies
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a two inch brown head that lasts.

I have been looking forward to trying this one and if the smell is any indication of the taste then the wait was worth it. A strong aroma of chocolate and espresso and some alcohol.

Their is a nice alcohol taste at the forefront with a little hop bitterness than the espresso takes over. Then the chocolate and hops combine to give almost a semi sweet dark chocolate taste. Surprisingly their is a nice hop bitter aftertaste. Very nice RIS, perfect for a cold winter day.

Hokies, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of bkny27
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours black like coffee, but not as thick as other RIS's I've seen

S - definite chocolate notes, slight coffee, with a bit of alcohol

T - chocolate malts, coffee, alcohol

M - like carbonation, semi-thick consistency

D - this is one delicious RIS, I would drink it whenever I could get it

bkny27, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of bound4er
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully - nice and dark, almost black with a frothy tan head that settles to about 1/16". Laces great too. Smells of dark chocolate, cream and a hint of coffee - sort of like Cool Whip splattered on Hershey's dark chocolate. Yummy. I get no hint of alcohol at this point - maybe some will poke out as it warms. The taste mirrors the smell with plenty of chocolate and coffee followed by a long, bitter finish that invites you back for more. The beer is very full bodied and somewhat sweet - making it more of a sipper than a quaffer. My only other RIS reference point is Sprecher's, which I find unbalanced and plodding on the palate. This beer is delicious and very drinkable. Throw in a great price (under $7 for a 4-pack) and I will be buying more!

bound4er, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of ad5os
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought beer in store.

Beer has a deep dark color and is full and thick. Thick head. Smells sweet. Color is a dark black color.

Flavor is rather malty with a good amount of bitterness. Smell is chocolaty and sweet.

Very well made and crafted. Friend of mine bought this me a year ago and it is one of the best imperial stouts I have every had.

ad5os, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a thick tan head that sticks around until the end. Smells of sweet malts. Tastes of roasted malts with some background nuttyness and chocolate. An extremely smooth beer with one of the best sweet aftertastes I've ever had. Wether you think youre a stout drinker or not you have to try this.

nrpellegrini, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a short tan head and nice lacing.

Scent of chocolate, roasted malts, tobacco, dark fruits, hops, and a bit of alcohol. Really well balanced and strong, great scent.

Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and a faint hop kick. This stuff if just great, a classic Russian Imperial Stout, one of the best examples of the style.

Mouthfeel is full, but there is too much bite, probably my only complaint.

Damn, this stuff is crazy drinkable.

paco1029384756, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, midnight black with little head and little lacings. This stuff is thick. A strong malt smell of roasted, coffee, some chocolate, probably some other malts like bread or toasted could be in there. Incredibly smooth when you first sip it, the roasted and chocolate malts really kick in. Definitely a sipper. Full-bodied and slightly creamy (although you could slightly syrupy as well), this beer passes over the tongue leaving behind that malty goodness and finishes with a firm, dry backbite. If it weren't for the ABV I could drink this all day.

clayrock81, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black with a full brown head. Looks great.

Burnt malt and cocoa hit the nose.

Full flavor! Nice! Big robust malts and chocolate with flavors of espresso. Slight bitterness to it as well.

Full and rather smooth in the mouth.

Nice, big stout. Rather easy to drink but remember the alcohol, it creeps up on you.

dstc, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid black. At first there appeared to be no head, but after a few seconds head formed, which I found both interesting and awesome. Head has good retention at a fingers width, is nut brown in color, and is thick and foamy.

Smell is strong with roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate and molasses.

Taste is well built, starting with the bittersweet from the roasted malt. The flavor mellows into a roasted nut with chocolate hints, and as the beer warms the flavors become a bit more harsh.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with a very thick and syrupy feel. As I poured the last sip the beer hung onto the bottle like it didn't want to let go.

Drinkability is good. This is a great stout, no wonder its won so many medals. Goes down pretty easy too, considering the ABV.

LumpyGuitar, Oct 06, 2008
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,686 ratings.