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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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world-class

10,356 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 10,356
Reviews: 3,396
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 354
Gots: 1,553 | 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 Cubsfan1087
2.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I didn't enjoy Old Rasputin, to the point where I almost wasn't even going to bother reviewing it. Obviously, it's a highly regarded beer on here, but it wasn't for me. The taste is what turned me off. It is very bitter. The high alcohol content is not hidden at all, like you will see in other beers. I found the drinkability to be extremely low. This is a beer I probably won't try again.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well well the famous Old Rasputin has finally hit my area! Lets see if it backs up the hype

A - Wow decent head for an imperial. Motor oil looking goodness.
S - Chocolate and Carmel malts.
T - Bitter coffee hit first but smooth to a chocolate taste.
M - End is not as bitter as expected. Alcohol warms the belly.
D - Four pack anyone? As one of the oldest imperial company's I ever had this beer is a keeper. Will squeeze in a bottle every now and again.

Photo of y2j2280
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, motor-oil like. Very nice lace upon a good swirl.

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

T - Decadent chocolate flavor interlaced with strong underlying coffee currents. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Thick on the palate like a true RIS should be. Mouth-coating.

D - This is a one (or at most 2) serving experience. Too heavy for an extended session.

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

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark black with a big tan head with good retention that fades leaving lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of roasty aromas like cocoa, malt, and coffee. There's a milk chocolate feel to the nose which is very inviting.

T: The taste starts with a roasty chocolate flavor and then a sharp bitterness. On the finish is loads of roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. Rather light for a RIS and that really detracts from the beer in my opinion.

D: Good roasty aromas and flavors and not much alcohol in the nose or taste. The ABV would probably make this hard to put down too many though.

This is almost like an imperial porter instead of a stout. The mouthfeel is lighter than what I come to think of when I thik of a RIS. Recommended if you can get it. Ten Fidy is still my favorite though.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my goblet, this evil black elixer sported a huge, two finger head of creamy brown foam. Huge lacing as the beer was consumed. Actual rings around the glass. Impressive. Inky black, impenatrable to light. A beautiful beer.
The nose is rich, burnt malts and sugar, some bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, and alcohol.
The taste doesn't disappoint. A fairly bitter rush, tempered by a huge roasted coffee flavor, rich chocolates, dark fruits, alcohol, and a rough sweet finish.
The beer coats and fills the mouth. Chewy. You could eat this with a spoon.
This is a classic, suberb beer. It is dangerously drinkable. You don't feel the 9% until it is too late. A wonderful treat of a beer, probably well paired with a rich cigar, a rich desert, or on a bitter cold day. Thumbs up and cheers to North Coast for unleashing this wonderful ale on the world.

Photo of sitarist
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish purple, almost black. One inch tan head fades quickly to a faint ring. No lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, grape candy, powdered sugar, with a smoky undertone.

Taste of coffee, chocolate, candied jellys, burnt caramel, there is also a hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick with a carbonation bite at first becoming creamy.

Its drinkable and warming with good flavors but it doesn't beg you to take another sip. The mouthfeel does not work well with the flavors.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2/24/10

North Coast Brew co.
Old Rasputin

L= 4.5 Pours a brown thick creamy head into a black oily body

S= 4.5 Black Burnt coffee and chocolate on the nose with spicy pine and caramel sweetness

T= 4.0 Lots of coffee and chocolate. This beer is a beautifully orchestrated malty brew. Alcohol presence like all good R.I.S.'s Very warming and will take the chill out of even the coldest days.

F= 4.5 Pure velvet in your mouth. Creamy creamy velvet. Great finish

D= 5.0 I could sip on this beer all night. World class outstanding beer! North coast did it again

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

Look: Black, with a mocha brown head, and good lacing

Smell: Coffee, dark fruit, toffee, and a touch of chocolate

Taste: Up Front: Roasted malts. Finish: Dark fruit, alcohol, espresso

Mouthfeel: Full body, rich and creamy, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Very good considering the style

Overall Impression: At one time this was my favorite R.I.S. What can I say, it still kicks ass!

Photo of semibaked
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a curved pint glass

A - It is a RIS so of course it pours black duh! It produces about a couple of inches of light airy foam from an aggressive pour into the glass.

S - Roasted malt sweetness, molasses, weak coffee, and vanilla.

T - First thing I notice is the hop bitterness which I didn't expect but it is good, some dark chocolate and light caramel.

M - Pretty much like coffee nothing great at all.

D - Goes down easy especially for a RIS, but there are alot better choices in the style than this, but it is a good price for the quality.

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

A - Deep brown with a two finger fluffy,light brown head. The head stays two fingers for the 15 minutes I didn't touch the beer. Once I started imbibing the head slowly receded leaving lacing down the side of the glass and on the surface of the beer. Rarely do I give a 5 in appearance and this one really deserves it

S - roasted malt without pretention. Alcohol hides in the background. Can't sit here and talk about the subtle chocolates, coffees, and dark fruits which it fine by me. Sometimes beer is beer.

T/M - roasted malt with a chewy feel and slight alcohol heat a the finish. Smokiness throughout the beer. Not overly sweet which is nice for a RIS.

D - I kinda wish it were a lower ABV that way I could have a few more without worrying about my liver. Great beer.

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

Appearance: A deep, inky black body that allows no light whatsoever to pass through. Up top, two fingers of tan head that fade slowly and leaves great lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Rich and roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, dark fruit, a splash of citrusy hops, and a good dose of alcohol.

Flavor: As the aroma promised, this has a huge malt body. The malt features lots of chocolaty, deep-roasted, smoky, and dark fruit notes. Accompanying the malt are citrusy, juicy, and mildly bitter hops that keep everything balanced rather well. Bittersweet chocolate and bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A velvety medium-full body with smooth medium-bodied carbonation and some moderate warmth from the alcohol. Dries nicely in the finish.

Drinkability: Drinks a little faster than many Imperial Stouts, though still a bit of a sipper.

Verdict: Old Rasputin may not be the biggest Russian Imperial Stout out there, but it's solid, balanced well, very drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable. While I usually don't mention price, it's well-worth mentioning that this is a terrific value.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle

Look: jet black

Smell: dark chocolate, coffee, hint of caramel

Taste: Amazing, that is what a Russian Imp Stout should taste like. Chocate and coffee mixed with dark fruit, sweeter finish.

Mouthful: Powerful with a slight booziness, but not distracting.

Drinkability: Oh man, I like to start a nice winter night with one, but to have more than 2 would push it.

Again, just a great RIS not to be missed.

Photo of kifn2
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - some brownish tints on the edges but opaque in the middle. It has a surprisingly large tan head that sustains well. This is not common in the style, but not unpleasant at all. The labelling is beautiful in my humble opinion.

s - it smells just as an RIS should. Toasty with hints of dark fruits. The scents volatize quickly.

t - Most RIS's lack a nutty quality. This beer is exceptional in that it captures it. The roasted flavor is wonderful with all of the requisite coffee and chocolate flavors. Another exceptional quality is that they've managed to eliminate any burnt flavor and still keep all of the good dark malt character. There is some slight bitterness from the roasted malt, but it is there as a complement to the overall taste. It's not a "bad" bitterness, for what it's worth.

m - tongue coating and full bodied. Mild carbonation, yet it's not "sticky"

d - appropriate for style.

Overall, an exceptional beer and an outstanding example of the style. Technically, this beer is brewed with the utmost tender loving care.

Photo of soco7tyx7
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with 1 finger tan head. leaves some nice lacing throughout
S - Espresso, raisin and other dark fruits, sweet alcohol
T - Espresso, raisin, bitter chocolate finish, very mild alcohol
M - Medium body, creamy feeling with a smooth finish
D - A great RIS. good to sip on, but wouldn't want to drink more than one or two in a session

Photo of irishking1977
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Menacing, black liquid that forms a rather large tan head. Once the head dissipates, it leaves moderate lacing along the glass.

S: The aroma of bitter chocolate, malt and somewhere in the background some alcohol.

T: For such a study looking brew, this one is not as heavy as it might seem. Robust malts and bitter chocolates dominate the taste, along with a minor alcohol bite at the end. Warming, and very drinkable.

M: A bit chalky, and somewhat warming in that alcohol bite, but just mildly. Stout mouthfeel for a stout.

D: Bold and hardy brew that defies it's own name by being a highly drinkable stout. Putting back three or four of these would not be a problem, especially in the colder winter months.

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

This beer pours a pitch black with a DARK brown head that causes me to stop pouring half way through so it it fits in the glass.
I smell choclate and coffee from the roasted malts.
It tastes like bitter chocolate and some coffee too. This beer is an exelent example of a stout.
Do to it being sucha great stout the drinkability suffers a little but it makes up for it with flavor and it creamy mouth feel.

Photo of oceanman
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unknown amount of time in the cellar. Maybe a year? Could be more.

Dark body, tan head with a mean tint of red.

Burst of fruits, marshmallow, and chocolate. Undertones of coffee, brown sugar. Very impressive.

Deep dark roasty flavor. Just like espresso on the finish. Alcohol politely announces its presence. Definitely has some bite to it.

A beer to chew on, but not in the softest way. Slightly grating, but not quite bitter. Nice low to moderate carbonation.

Always a classic, but seems like age hasn't helped it (besides the nose). Now I need a fresh one.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My Old Faithful, amazing it's taken me this long to review it.
Not sure how old the bottle is, I've had it for close to a year.
Poured into my Delirium tremens tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with no visible light coming through. Whatsoever. Filled up with thin, quickly-fading head that leaves a thorough layer of lacing across the glass.

S: Chocolate! Wow, I know it's been a while since I've had a Raspy, but I don't ever remember smelling this much chocolately goodness! Almost like a creamy, milk chocolate, that leaves some subtle roasty scents as it fades. Mmm...

T: Yum. Taste abounds with flavor everywhere. Nice bitter, dark chocolate up front, following by mild coffee, dark fruits (plums, cherries, etc.), and huge roasted barley. Everything blends so well, each flavor just complementing the next. Grand.

M: This beer is incredibly smooth, the only issue is that it is just ever so slightly off on each degree. It could stand a hint more body, a hint less carbonation, and a hint less bitterness. But just a hint. Almost perfect.

D: Each sip leaves me craving more. Period. End of story.

Photo of manbrognig74
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very black, motor oil consistency. Thin tan head disappears quickly. Super attractive lacing. The lacing matched me drink for drink.

S-Slight cholate smell, slighlty creamy smell, slightttly.

T-This was slightly aged. Initial taste of chocolate with a slight bitterness. Alcohol hits slightly on the nose after it goes down. Almost a vanilla extract taste. Leaves a great after taste, still tasting the beer after it was drank. More and more alcohol hit towards the final three or so drinks.

MF- Thick and creamy like your drinking a melted milk shake almost. About as enjoyable as a R.I.S should be in feel.

D- Very drinkable... Could take down a few of these bottles possibly all four before it filled me up. Overall a veryyy good brew and highly recommended.

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

Bought this at a local Canals while sampling new beers. I've heard good things so I figured I'd check it out.

This is beautiful looking beer, black with a thick tan head that gets very uneven at the top, rather bumpy. The head is strong, lasts a decent time, doesn't disappear like some beers. Grabs to the side of my pint glass.

Smell was actually rather weak, but a slight chocolate scent, very pleasant. The taste is rather brilliant, this is a very balanced beer with little alcohol taste, especially for a 9% beer. Slight chocolate flavor to it, much like the scent. Feels great in the mouth, slightly thick and lingers for a bit. This beer is highly drinkable, I could gladly enjoy two or more.

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

Another beauty on tap at House of 1,000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: a thick black, no highlights I noticed. Thin but foamy tan head, soft gauzy lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate & roast coffee, mild booze, with a marshmellow sweetness backing it up.

Taste is rich & complex: smooth chocolate & caramel up front, quickly turns roasted & slightly bitter, then rounds out & become sweet & creamy like chocolate meringues. Alcohol brings some heat. Ends up very toasty & even in the aftertaste -- full of flavor without wearing out the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy, full-bodied. Some heat & bite from the booze.

This is a great beer, but powerful. Consume with caution. I thoroughly enjoyed this, but one is satisfying.

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

Pours like I am changing my oil but hey, it is an imperial stout. Appearance: extremely dark!
Smell: smells good to me
Taste: Definitely a stout, taste some chocolate hints and malt
Mouthfeel: Fells fine!
Drinkability: The first one goes down good but at 9% ABV I wouldn't recommend more than two at a sitting.

North Coast has done a good job with this, I will definitely be hunting for this again.

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

Appearance: A finger of dark tan head on top of a beautiful ebony beer. Lacing is left behind and the head dissipates slowly.

Smell: Big roasty aroma with malt sweetness in the background. A bit of coffee aroma and some chocolate as well. There is a tiny bit of dark fruit, like raisin apparent.

Taste: The flavor is very rounded and well mixed. There is a bitter roastyness to the finish, but through there is almost a oatmeal stout like flavor. The sweet malt is really balanced by the roast bitterness and there is a certain dark chocolate flavor to the beer. There is a bit of caramel flavor, which plays nicely with the chocolate, forming a coffee like flavor. Really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a good amount of carbonation and a big full body. There is a certain smooth, silky feeling to the beer. It is definietly a sipper.

Drinkability: This beer is rather interesting. It has the mouthfeel of a huge killer RIS, but at 9% abv has a lower abv than quite a few examples of the style. I am not saying that it is sessionable by any means, but it is really nice to be able to not have to resort to a beer above 10% if I want an RIS.

This is a relaxing sipper that can just be enjoyed, while providing the complexity need for you to stay hooked.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: Draft, 25cl

Smell: Chocolate and coffee that comes off as very lively rather than dark and somber. Toasted grains are prominent, rather than being too burnt or roasty which is unique. Also some orange oil essence and slight tobacco notes. Raisin appears as it warms and some overripe, washed rind cheese.

Taste: Incredibly intense flavors. Overall pretty dry with burnt espresso bean characteristics. 4 flavor stages . At first its very smooth and creamy like many stouts. Then the flavor accelerates becoming quite bitter and highly reminiscent of eating lightly dark chocolate malt dipped espresso beans. There are some caramelized malt notes in there too that balance nicely. Then there is a brief wave of one of the best coffee flavors in a beer I've ever had. This then progresses to an even more bitter but also very dry stage with pleasantly bitter, roasty caramelized malt profile that is delightful and intense. Lingers forever.

Notes: This beer is driven by dry espresso flavors that are simply delicious. However its not too dry so as to hurt drinkability. The roast flavors, bitterness, and sweetness all work to enhance one another and is very delicious.

Photo of ralree
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Completely black, dark brown head, great retention and lacing is decent.

S: Sweet chocolate, very rich toasted malt, some dark fruit in the background, raisins, vanilla. This one smells great.

T: Very nice smoky, toasty flavor with some nice hops. Alcohol not as noticeable as I thought it would be. After swallowing, tastes like a campfire. A bit fruity and sweet on the front-end, which is nice. Flavor stays with you for a while.

M: Thick and creamy. Carbonation slightly above average, but fine. Slightly astringent. Heavy body.

D: Alcohol starts to kick in quick with the Imperial, as it should. Goes down very easy for the style.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,356 ratings.