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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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96
world-class

10,358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 10,358
Reviews: 3,396
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,556 | 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 nickadams2
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a thick head that quickly dissipates leaving a frothy ring. Thick lacing.

S_Dark chocolate, dark fruits , coffee and hops.

T_ Dark chocolate and espresso upfront.Finishes off slightly hoppy and fruity.

M_ Thick and chewy.Goes down pretty easy though.Nice carbonation.

D_Drinks very well.

Photo of ryanonline
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is black as black gets, with a rocky thin head with moderate retention and great lacing. Looks very bubbly odd for an imperial Russian.

Smells like a delicious espresso with raisins and hops and chocolate.

Taste is the same but with the hops up front and the chocolate-espresso flavor in the finish. Sort of fruity too.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and syrupy, with a thick body. Very dry finish.

This is incredibly drinkable for a RIS. Its got a little bit much on the carbonation but otherwise it has nice body and doesn't hurt the palette to much.

Wow, I'm really impressed with old Rasputin. Its been a while since I've had stones' Russian imperial but if memory serves this ranks up there.

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

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout...9% alcohol. Had this before but reviewing this time to later compare to OR XII.

A- Pours an opaque black fluid that produces a light half inch tan head. Leaves decent lacing on glass. With as much alcohol as this one packs light head and slick lacing is expected.

S- Heavy does of expresso and coffee upfront with light scents of chocolate and tree nuts. Sweet malty hints hit the back of the nose.

T-M- Taste is creamy with bold flavors of black coffee, smoked oak chips, sweet malts and a hidden but there alcohol warmth. Well rounded taste that is lightly carbonated allowing all the flavors to roll over the tongue with a creamy mouthfeel and beautiful heat.

D- I will be revisiting this well rounded stout. I look forward to the Oak aged 12.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Opaque black with a three finger head that looks as if cream were poured in the beer because of the nitrogen used on tap. If people think that Guiness looks good, they should take a gander at this.

S- Large amounts of roasted malts present with a coffee background and somewhat of a bitter chocolate finish. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering as I find usual with good Russian Imperial Stout.

T- Wow, this beer takes the ordinary Old Rasputin and puts it on steroids for me. Would rather give this somewhere between a 4.5 and a 5 as I feel the need to show what I think is a better beer. Roasted malts and a coffee taste dominate with dark, smooth chocolate finishing out the rear. Just enough kick from the hops to make this an excellent beer.

M- Cannot get much better than this. Full bodied and chewy mouthfeel with a much more fluid and smooth body provided from the nitrogen. Cannot emphasize how smooth this beer is and the degree it adds to every sip.

D- Before I knew it, I looked down to see this beer already gone, and wanting much more. My wallet could take a beating if this was on tap regularly.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a black motor oil color. No light passing through this beer. 2 finger mocha tan colored head that leaves lacing down the sides of the glass as I drink.

S- Nice semi-sweet chocolate roast malts in the front end of this. Light coffee notes come and go along with some light anise notes coming and going. Alcohol in the tail end of the nose but nothing too overwhelming.

T- Semi-sweet chocolate notes mix with some heavy roasted malts in the front of the taste. Some light coffee mixes in taking place of the chocolate toward the middle. Light hints of something with toasted oak in this as well....I might be searching too hard for this though. Alcohol in the tail end a little heavier than in the aroma.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Roasted malts left on the palate along with some light alcohol in the aftertaste. Oil slickness left everywhere in the mouth. Clean tasting with some crisp roasted flavors.

D- This is a very good...ok it's a greast year around beer that I can't get enough of. Good beer within the style and would recommend to anyone!

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

Pulling out an old favorite to review tonight.

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Nice black body with a thin tan head on top. Gentle lacing down the glass.

Dark roasted malts on the nose mixed with anise, chocolate and a touch of alcohol. Big, roasty, sweet aroma.

Ah yes... this is the flavor that turned me onto Russian Imperials. Lots of roasted dark malt, sweet chocolate notes, anise and hints of wood. Alcohol is faintly noted, but mostly just adds some warming.

For a fairly mass produced RIS, North Coast has done a great job of keeping the body decently thick, smooth and velvety, just like an RIS should be. Carbonation is on the lower side, which is perfect for the style.

Drinkability is very good. This is an excellent RIS for the beginner or the stout connoisseur. Lots of flavor, but very smooth. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Always a pleasure to drink.

Overall, I've had this beer many times and every time it's excellent. Not only is this RIS well crafted, but North Coast has the quality control down pat. Never a bad bottle. Even with the large surge in new RIS's and special release RIS's hitting the market, Rasputin still manages to hold it's own; and for the price it is often a better beer. Old Raspy will always be a classic. Never say die.

Photo of Kanebanger
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark black, pours like motor oil, very nice head that lasts throughout the entire glass.

S - Chocolate and coffe aromas. Slight alcohol on the nose.

T - Chocolate and coffee taste mixed with a little bit of bitterness. A minor alcohol kick at the end.

M - Nice and thick, coats the mouth.

D - Fairly decent for a RIS, more than two might get you into some trouble though.

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

Tried my first "Old Raspy", fresh bottle pour into pint glass...

A: Super color, heavy black with beautiful tan head and some lacing, looks amazing!

S: Again, very good, malty sweetness, some faint burnt coffee / chocolate

T: My god, this is delicious! I thought I have had some nice RIS's lately, but this one is really really nice...as a stout of this style should aspire to...malt sweet dried fruity coffee-like yumminess! Great balance...

MF: perfect in a RIS, slight hops in the middle, so very rich and full bodied, just great!

D: The 9% is hidden, but creeps in on you if you drink this tasty stout too fast! A very enjoyable, accessable and attractive price point RIS....I will be keeping a 4 pk or 2 on hand of this one, quite delicious!!

Highly recommended for all you stout heads!

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"A dear friend is not to be found instantly."

OK, I'll finally review this beer. I've had this on draft, in the bottle, aged, fresh, on cask, under nitro, this particular incarnation is a relatively new bottle. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is black and forms a 1 finger head of brown medium bubbles. Head leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a mystery. Looks good for an RIS. BTW, I love the label of this beer.

Aroma is slightly sweet with some roast, overall its a little weak.

Full bodied and really smooth. Nice roast character at the back some sweetness up front. Coffee and roast. Finishes cleanly but there is a lingering bitterness. Nice palate connectivity, carbonation adds body but not any sourness. Overall its a wonderful beer. As far as availability and price, its hard to miss out on Old Raspy.

Photo of TJBurgess
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a stout glass.

A: The pour was nice and think, but there was a little more caramel head and carbonation than expected. Color is right on.

S: Smells of roasted coffee and a little chocolate. Not overwhelming at all.

T: Coffee rolls over the tongue followed by roasted malt and a bit of burnt toast, though not nearly as flavorful as it could be. The 9% is very well hidden and overall balanced though.

M: The carbonation is present and keeps this a little thinner in the mouth than I like, but hides the alcohol and is still nice overall.

D: I liked this beer, and would keep some around especially at it's price point. I just don't think it's among the top of the RIS list, but it is still well above average.

Cheers!

Photo of Bolendak
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sight I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to pay nearly ten dollars for a four pack of 12 oz bottles of this beer. However, after taking home some Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, I was pleasantly surprised by this North Coast Brew. It had a very nutty and dark smell with very low carbonation. I really enjoyed drinking this beer and after finishing all of them, I quickly realized why they only come in a four pack. As an NC native, I drink a lot of Duck Rabbit Milk Stout and I found Old Rasputin to be kind of a heavier thicker version of duck rabbit. I wonder if it comes on tap and if so where can I get some???

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

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head chalice.

A: Pours a deep rich black, with a nice thick fluffy chocolate tan head after an aggressive pour. Pronounced lacing forms on the glass.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, very aromatic.

T: Creamy, chocolate roastiness with a great sourish sharp hop tang. Milky, creamy texture. The finish has a pronounced roastiness with a balancing sweetness. A bit fruity behind the roast, with some solid sweetness. The balance is quite good, it's very complex and nuanced.

M: Silky smooth, clean, mouth-filling, creamy, great.

D: Super flavorful, incredible mouthfeel, great aromatics, a super solid imperial stout available everywhere at a great price.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a thumb wide tan head. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Despite my stuffy nose, I smell some beautiful roasted coffee and chocolate. First sip gets me just that: coffee with some bitter dark chocolate mixed in. Its quite wonderful. It tastes absolutely delicious! I only got a 4 pack of this, and its going to be gone by the end of the night. I'm definitely going to grab this again, and share it with some of my other stout loving friends.

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

Poured from a 12oz botte into a tulip glass.

A: Dark black with just a bit of a brown color. Dense one inch tan, almost brown head. Head sticks to the side of the glass, dissapates slowly.

S: Rich, smooth. Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate, with maybe a little more coffee. Roasted malts come through nicely. Picking up some light citrus hop smells.

T: Rich, big coffee and dark chocolate flavors continue. Nice, long mellow finish. Not as complex as expected. Just a touch of bitterness on the finish, although hard to tell from the hops or coffee. Alcohol is present with a some warming, but not too boozie.

M: Little high on the carbonation. Mouth feel is big, think, but not too 'syrupy'. In style, except for a touch much carbonation.

D: Very nice RIS. Good sipper or drinker. This is a great go-to big beer when you're looking for a big beer without the big hops of a DIPA or sweetness of a BW. Price is right and good availability.

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

Beautiful appearance. Pitch black and heavy brown head. Awesomeness.

Smell is quite heavy on the roasted barley. Niiice.

Taste is awesome. No other way to really describe it. I was expecting something quite heavy from the aroma, but the taste was very well balanced with it's flavor. Almost sweet, but very balanced.

The mouthfeel is quite full and balanced. Good levels of carbonation make this quite an easy sipping beer.

Overall I really really enjoyed this beer. It is probably best enjoyed with a nice sweet desert. I had this for the first time with some potato chips, but trust me, if I had some cheesecake it would have paired perfectly!

Photo of hawks10
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Old Rasputin pint glass...

Pours black with a huge amount of fluffy tan head, pretty typical color but much more head than most imperial stouts...A thin cap of head lasts for the whole drink and leaves a good amount of lacing, again, pretty atypical of an RIS...

Smells of sweet chocolate, a bit of a roasty malt aroma with a tiny bit of coffee thrown in there. A bit of a maple syrup smell peeks out with a mild bitter hop smell...

A bit of a stale thin coffee taste at first with some bitter dark chocolate. A bit of burnt toast and a bitter hop flavor that lingers for a bit...

Not quite as thick on the palette as the pour would indicate...almost more like a regular stout, not an imperial stout. Decent carbonation and a nice slight warming alcohol presence...

A very good value beer, easy to drink and a regular for me...

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

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very dark and opaque motor-oil black, very thick and viscuious. The head is small but very creamy and fine. Nose is rich and malty lots of nutty and roasty notes with some very light booze on the finish.

I poured it straight from the fridge, very cold and for this too cold so I'm letting it sit for a bit, I reccomend it. Taste is great, very rich and it's god lots of deep nutty and rich smokey flavors. Burnt coffee and toast are there. Mouthfeel is very rich and full, super creamy one of the best stouts ive had. Much better than the much priced big brother XII

Photo of jmfc8237
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-black cascading carbonation into a pint glass that revealed a dark brown head and sticky lacing that discipated rather quickly.

S-burnt toast and caramel with chocolate and coffee. Good amount of hop bitterness in the backround that is masked by alcohol.

T-Very robust coffee and burnt malt with overwhelming malt charachter. Alot going on with alot of forefront alcohol that rushes a warmth throughout the palate.

D/M- awesome classic beer to relax with and just take it all in.

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

Pours a midnight black with a single finger of tan head.

Nose and palette say Vanilla, maple syrup, roasted malt, roasted malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate is also very prominent, and the tip of my tongue is tingling from a decent amount of hops, which along with a steady amount of carbination give this a pretty great mouthfeel. not the thickest but still quite oily. I'd reach for another.

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

From the first pour. Chocolate light brown head that disolves leaving a clean line throughout. Great drink all the way through. With a mild sweet hint of chocolate that melts away with a good sharp finish after every drink. Smooth all the way through. 9%, you can taste it. With this amount of ABV it is a cool kick back beer, and something to enjoy any time. Room temp. for sure.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Old Rasputin poured black, with a good sized head. I found the smell to be a bit offensive, smelling like stale bread and cheese, however that did not take away from the taste. It had a great "stout" taste, no extra flavors (which isnt really a bad thing), just a very strong "stout" taste. It was easy to drink even though it was a heavier beer, only real downside to this beer was the price, but a very good buy.

Photo of mikegreen138
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark coffee color, with a pleasant aroma with nice but slight hints of chocolate, and roasted malts.

the flavors are very complex and hit ever tone, with sweet at first taste and then ends with a intense but not overwhelming bitter follow up. as the flavors swirl around in your mouth you can taste the richness and roasted complexity.

the beer is very drinkable, and smooth on the palate. although a few of these might put you in the drunk tank for the night.

Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I'm a fledgling beer reviewer, so don't be too hard on me. I judge a beer mostly on taste and that's why Old Rasputin gets so many high marks from me. The smell of this stuff is great too. I can't resist taking a wiff when I crack open a bottle. The taste is complex, full, chocolatey, hint of strong black coffee. Finish a tad dry, but the suggestion of sweet in the beginning more than compensates for this. Mouthfeel wonderful, might be the high APV that gives it a wee bit of listerine intensity. I can drink these all day long. As an enjoyer of stouts, this beer strikes me as highly drinkable though not everyone will share this opinion. It is worth note that after about three or four bottles you can look at the label and almost see Rasputin working his wicked magics upon you. All and all this is a stellar beer, one of my personal faves that no fan of stouts should pass up without giving it a try. High APV always a plus in my book too. 9% Hot diggity! Will warm you in the winter for sure.

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

Has the typical dark pour of an RIS. Very dark brown to black in appearance. Pours with little head & has little retention or lacing.

Has the pleasant dark roast coffee/dark chocolate aroma that has become so familiar.

This seems to lose the coffee aroma when you take a sip. It gives way to the dark chocolate.

Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel, with the exception of some minor bitterness. Also, this has a bit of dryness to it.

Overall, very drinkable i think. I'd definitely have another.

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

A: Pitch black with hardly any tan head

S: Has a mild scent. Smells of chocolate and roasted coffee

T: Lots of chocolate and coffee and decent hoppy bitterness. The roasty malt flavors dominate the bitterness though.

M: A full bodied beer with moderate bitterness. Nice and creamy with a warming alcohol feel but not enough to overwhelm the flavors.

D: Definetly a sipper.

Overall, I'm happy to have found this one and consider it to be a very good stout.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,358 ratings.