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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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10,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,200
Reviews: 3,384
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 333
Gots: 1,464 | FT: 44
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 josefnewsong
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with North Coast...at least the first that I can remember...barely. Grabbed a 4-pack with my buddy to go play a round of disc golf and ended up losing 3 discs between the two of us. Maybe it was the cold weather but this was verrry drinkable for an Imperial Stout. An extremely well balanced brew and tasty brew. I could sit here and name all those typical Imperial Stout flavors that were prevalent up front...but what I most remember is this text conversation afterwards:

Jon: "Curse thee Rasputin!"
Me: "lol why?"
Jon "I don't remember..."


josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of james1968
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly excellent Stout. The flavor is exceptional. I am sincerely impressed with this one, and glad it is available year round. I love Stouts, and the funny thing is, I have seen it on the shelves many times and thought "maybe next time",but I finally decided to try it and now I am a big fan. If you are in the mood for an awesome Stout, (regardless of price or availability)do yourself a favor and try Old Rasputin. You will be glad you did.

james1968, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of dbossman
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty black with a medium tan head; nice full head with good lacing

S: Strong, sweet roasted malts; there are the typical chocolate and coffee undertones; but the beautiful sweet roasted malts dominate

T: A strong malt taste with subtle hops; it's actually very balanced in its approach; there is a creamy mocha flavor that is prevalent

M: Creamy with even coating and balanced carbonation

D: For a 9% RIS this beer is the bomb for its ability to be consumed; God, I love this beer for its flavor, accessibility, and price; it doesn't get any better than this when you consider those three things.

dbossman, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured nearly black with a small tan head that all but disappeared shortly. Not much lacing on the glass. Excellent aroma of caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste has a lot of coffee and bitter chocolate coming through. Nicely carbonated and a nice creamy mouthfeel as well.Excellent RIS, especially for the price and availability. I've purchased this one many times and will continue to do so.

billab914, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of OatmattStout
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had on tap in a large snifter at the ginger man in sono.

It was jet black with an incredible "nitro" looking dense tan head.

the nose of sweet malt and cocoa.

The taste is incredible. Rich and velvety dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and a slight licorice finish. truly incredibly stout here

The mouth feel was full and engulfed my tongue with flavor and girth.

Cant say enough about this beer. It is great in a bottle and stellar fresh on tap.

OatmattStout, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of foam. Smells of dark malts/espresso coffee thats consistent in other imperial stouts. Taste is similiar and the right amount of thickness. Full bodied and packs solid flavour. Quite easy to drink as the abv% wasn't noticed at all. Glad I got to try this one, just wishing I grabbed a second bottle. Very nice stout.

WeedKing4, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of yuriruley
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black, with a nice caramel head and good lacing.

Smell - Has a very subtle smell, which surprised me. Hints of tootsie rolls, toasted malt, and some dark fruits.

Taste - Nice roasted flavors, balanced out with a nice sweetness maybe a dark fruit. Not too sweet or bitter, very well rounded.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy, cabonation is just right.

Drink - Great drink, could drink acouple no problem. Definitely one worth savoring though.

Notes: Great RIS, wish it was a little cheaper. Although I paid less for it than the ten fidy, and it is far superior to the ten fidy. I bought a single, I can get it cheaper in 4 packs. Will probably be doing that tomorrow night. I would definitely suggest trying this. I haven't tried any of the top ten RIS on here, but I would easily put it at the top of my list.

yuriruley, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of vince4953529
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've purchased this beer intermittently. this is one of the very first (three years ago) imperial stout I've tried as I first venture into the cosmos of craft beer. I just bought a 4-pk of this at an amazing $5.99 deal (that's 48 oz of world class stout), and it tastes even better than the first time I've tried it.

Look is black, but not the blackest of the black, with a gorgeous head forming. Smell is a bit of fruity chocolate aroma.

Taste is sweet at first, and a slight burnt bitterness at finishing. I could not detect and alcohol burn whatsoever. It drinks supremely easy, thus beware it hits you at the end when you're at your third bottle.

vince4953529, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of kbutler1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weird, cracked the first open and it did not give that oh so great sounding "psst" insead it poured flat as a pancake with no head, something is amiss...2nd one poured WAY better with a beautiful full 2 inch head the color of tan. Now we're in business.
Head settles down slightly to a nice thick foam. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Smooth taste all the way down, slight bitterness up front not unlike dark chocolate or dark roast coffee.
Great mouthfeel
It's been a while since I have had this beer but it has always been in the top 10 beers that are easy to get. Love this stuff.

Forgot to write, if you ever get a chance to have this on Nitro...DO IT! Had it that way on Darkness Eve at Stub & Herbs it was awesome!

kbutler1, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of WJVII
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to my wife for picking up a 4-pack of this for me.

Poured into a pint glass this brew is thick, creamy, the color of oil, and has a 3 in chocolate brown head that leaves stickiness all down the glass as you drink it down. The aroma is complex with sweet raisin, prune, some chocolate, and coffee. The taste is just as complex with a front of chocolate and coffee. There is a bitterness that follow this brew and the finish is smooth dark roasted chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, but is smooth, even with the frothy head. This is more than exceptional, this is close to the standard that a Russian Imperial Stout should be.

WJVII, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of blackenmn
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a heavy very opaque black, with a dark, creamy, chocolate milk colored head which left great loooking lacing and stuck around the edge of the glass. Smelled of mocha, molasses, caramel, scorched chocolate with a hint of black licorice. Plenty of heavy sweetness to the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tasted very roasty with sweet chocolate and caramel flavors definitely present. Pretty thick feel and just enough warmth to be complimentary. Left a very slick, creamy feel on the tongue. A very feint pine like hop bitterness which is almost hidden by the other characteristics of this brew. Plenty going on in this.

Drinkability:This thing was sipped and enjoyed thoroughly. Really good stout for the price. Great availability. This will definitely be a regular in my fridge.

blackenmn, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours basically black and opaque with a finger or so of tan head. Nice retention and leaves some lacing behind.

S - Roasted, dark malt aromas with coffee and some bittersweet chocolate qualities coming through. There is also a hint of dark fruit, raisins perhaps, as well as some hop character. Slight alcohol presence on the nose as well.

T - Rich, roasted malt flavors come through first, with mostly a robust coffee quality as well as some of the bittersweet chocolate. The dark fruit character is not lost in the flavor either, coming through a bit. Ample hop flavor in this one, with a good bit of bitterness coming through as the malts subside. Finish is rather dry and leaves some lingering bitterness - as well as some of the roasted, coffee flavors - into the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Light on the carbonation, which fits this one nicely.

D - A hopped-up, nicely done RIS with plenty of flavor. A very good all around brew.

GarrisWH, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of rosmhuire
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black coloring with brown head.

S: Coffee and chocolate on the nose.

T: Amazing! What a fine Russian Imperial Stout! Coffee and roasted malt are the primary flavors I'm getting. Extremely well-balanced.

M: Full-bodied, with a bit more carbonation than I was expecting (and I enjoyed it)

D: Not sure I would call any RIS sessionable, but this one is great. Better price point than the Brooklyn BCS which I recently had, and I like this one much more to boot.

rosmhuire, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing Derek! Much appreciated. Opaque black, finger if mocha head. Minute lacing. Dark, bitter chocolate aroma profile, roasted coffee beans, anise, with a mild hop presence. Licorice, toffee chocolate, bitters, milky, smooth mouthfeel. High medium body, silky mouthfeel, with great balance. Highly drinkable. Thanks again Hyde!

mrmanning, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A vigorous pour from on high results in a midnight-black body supporting two and a half inches of dense brown foam. Impressive retention and thick sheets of lacing. Spot on for the style, there's really nothing to mark off for here. Awesome looking brew.

S: Sweet, smooth, and strong. Coffee, chocolate, raisins, spice, and general roasted deliciousness. Beautiful.

T: Largely follows the nose, with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish balancing out the huge roasted malt sweetness. Strong coffee aftertaste with no astringency. Fantastic.

M: Nice and full bodied with a good amount of carbonation; the bubbles come across surprisingly sharp, though. Not bad, but not great.

D: The bitterness of the finish keeps the the sweetness from being overwhelming, leading to a great overall drinkability. Definitely one of the more quaffable RISs I've come across. Superb.

Notes: This is such a great beer, it's hard to believe that it's so readily available and affordable. Old Raspy is my go-to RIS, and very few others have surpassed it period, much less in terms of price and availability. I'd have a real dilemma if FBS were distributed in CT, but $8 for a 4-pack of Old Raspy is a hell of a lot better than $12 and a tank of gas for as many Breakfast Stouts and a trip to MA. Major props to North Coast for brewing such a great all around beer.


woosterbill, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of melloashello
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into glass.
Pours very dark with a tan head. Beautiful appearance, coffee like.
The aroma was amazing. My friend across from me could smell it and noted how good it smelled and demanded a sip.
Tasted of smokey and burnt mocha, a little hops and a tad spicy.
The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with a soft carbonation. It was the perfect balance, keeping the alcohol hidden but still noticed.
I am a big fan of Russian Imperial Stouts and I could drink this beer throughout the night, but be careful with it's 9% ABV. It will hit you when you least expect it.
Overall, a fantastic beer.

melloashello, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an ideal black color with a thick, creamy brown head.

S- Heavily roasted coffee, toasted oak, and a piney hoppiness. The hoppiness comes as somewhat of a suprise, although pleasant.

T&M- Full bodied from the start. Soft carbonation blends very well with the smokey burnt grain and piney hop bitterness and, in turn, hides the alcohol very well.

There's alot of hype around barrel aged stouts right now. This showcases the fact that you can have a really well made, accessible, RIS without all the hype.

brownbeer, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of KBomb
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin pours out of the bottle like motor oil: thick and black as night. A fairly large head of soapy brown foam sits atop (especially considering the style). Clings to the glass like maple syrup. ORIS defines "exceptional appearance".

Smell is full of roasted malt, nuanced by hints of chocolate and a little booziness. Some caramel aroma grows as the beer warms up a little.

Taste is slightly restrained for the style, but no flavors feel out of place. A little char to the roasted malt, some coffee-like bitterness, and a note of hops. This beer's only fault is that the malt sweetness hides a little too well.

Slick, creamy mouthfeel. Moderately heavy, but not unexpected considering its design.

A solid RIS. Its what a stout aspires to be.

KBomb, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 9%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours jet black with a one finger sandy head that shrinks to a nice bubbly layer.

S-Smells big and malty. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose.

T-All kinds of various malt flavors jump out. Lots of roasted flavor, sweet notes, and dark chocolate come out in each sip. The sweetness and chocolate flavors are the srongest throughout. It has a nice roasted aftertaste.

M-Not overly thick. It is smooth and has some prickly carbonation.

D-A true classic and is a staple at my house.

This is one of my favorites and I'm surprised I had never reviewed this one. You can't beat its great taste and a four pack usually runs around $7.

mjl21, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of onmyslide
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: DARK! Seriously, it pours like motor oil, which is pretty awesome. Solid amount of head as well.

S: Malt and liquor.

T: Solid.

M: Very good. Good balance of carbonation.

D: Just dove in, but it really seems like something you could have two of for sure. Wouldn't suggest drinking more than probably two since the alcohol level is pretty high (9 or 10%).

onmyslide, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of kpoole25
2.93/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle to glass. Looks like molasses, head is a foamy version of same. Really liked the nose, coffee meets juicy fruit, I thought that was the best part. Huge, rich flavors, coffee and chocolate, sweet, but carbonation seemed flat (although it still had a huge head several minutes in) and was unbalanced in the alcohol, just too much for the flavors to contain. Got tiresome to drink, sort of like work to get through this, although the overall power was impressive.

kpoole25, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark black with a very thick, medium sized, tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. Really thick and creamy looking.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel. Really well balanced aroma.
T: Like the smell it has a very well mixed malt base of deep roasted malts, not too bitter and not too sweet, then chocolate, coffee, and caramel flavors with a very clean tasting aftertaste.
M: Very creamy, very rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer even with the high abv as all the flavors and aromas blended very well for a really good beer. Adding the nitro-tap to it doesn't hurt either.

erosier, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolute black (que the similes and metaphors about sucking your soul, staring into a void, etc.) with a brown head. The head poured fairly thin, but then just kept growing until it was about two fingers thick. Fades back down relatively quickly, but eventually settles into a thick crown with a nice film over the middle.

Nose is of dark chocolate, espresso, and sweet. The taste is superb. Dark caramel malts, espresso, dark chocolate, and a subtle hint of dark fruits. This beer has every excuse to be a bitter bomb, and it does have some bitterness, but it's actually quite balanced and distinctly sweet. Complex, superb taste.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. There's a mild amount of carbonation - you'll notice it, but it's not dominant. Subtle alcohol taste. A bit of a burn or tingle in the throat. There is a bit of a feeling/taste in the throat that reminds me of cough syrup, but it's not unpleasant.

Drinkability is tough to rate on this. It's delicious and you'll frequently find yourself sipping away on a glass of this, but it's heavy and full-bodied, so you're not exactly going to be chugging this or going back for seconds and thirds.

Mavajo, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Whole Foods along with a bunch of other beers.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head

Smell- chocolate, caramel

Taste- chocolate, caramel, tiny bit of fruit

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I will definitely drink more of it.

jeffjeff1, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle, poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Coal black in colour, with a thin covering of a tanned head, this turned into a couple of wisps and half a collar before very long.

The aromas and taste were very simular, dark chocolate and burnt malts, some raisins and Victoria plums were detected in the taste however, which gave it a less agressive flavour.

The body was rich and heavy, which hid the alcohol very well.

Easy to drink and interesting, not a style I have on a regular basis, but most enjoyable.

BlackHaddock, Nov 06, 2009
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,200 ratings.