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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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9,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,919
Reviews: 3,363
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 301
Gots: 1,332 | FT: 43
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 daftafne
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mini tulip, it is an almost black liquid with a finger of dark tan head which is not resilient. The smell is not very strong despite being served just slightly chilled. Smells of vanilla coffee/espresso, caramel. Taste begins a bit sweet then some hop bitterness, roasted malts, coffee/espresso and finishes nice and bitter. The alcohol warmth was fairly prominent near the end of the glass as it warmed. Light carbonation and a medium to medium-heavy body. The drinkability is limited by the 9% ABV. Very good classical interpretation of the style.

daftafne, Mar 17, 2009
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick dark brown syrup. Can see reds against the light. Thick tan head that sat a while and laced beautifully.

S: Sweet roasted chocolate and coffee aroma with some earthy hops on top.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and sweet coffee malts. An earthy hoppy background and lingering bitterness and sweetness. a small taste of alcohol underneath. very well balanced.

MF: Thick syrupy drink that goes down very smooth. Leaves you snacking your lips for another.

D: This brew has everything you could hope for in an Imperial Stout. Very good.

CHILLINDYLAN, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with almost no head. Not much lacing.

Smell is great. Very pleasent roasty aroma. Slightly sweet smelling. Lots of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes just as it smells. This RIS is a little more on the roasty side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall a heavy beer that I couldn't drink alot of but it is very tasty.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of delmarnate
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black and with a syrupy appearance. Dark brown head that fades quickly. The smell is overpowering. You know what you are in for. The first sip is heavily bitter and smooth in feel. more bitterness in the aftertaste with a hint of coffee and chocolate. An excellent beer. Not for stout beginners, but everything that a stout lover wants and loves about the style.

delmarnate, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a syrupy black from the bottle with a finger of wicked, dark brown head that dissipates to a film. Right after the pour, I smell plenty of hops, but soon the smell is mostly musty and earthy. On first sip, Old Rasputin is a massive, chewy beer. Early on, I taste loads of bitter chocolate, but the finish is mostly grassy hops and a little alcohol. As this warms, however, I begin to taste coffee and some plum and apple flavors. For the style, I think drinkability is above average, because the flavor, hoppiness, and booziness are not over the top like in others I've tried.

An all-around delicious beer, and for the price, it absolutely can't be beat.

Riccymon, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into pint glass with the usual MO of a Russian Imperial Stout, deep dark body with a tan head that disappears as it warms.

S- Sweet smelling dark roasted malts

T- Lovely burnt roast, buttery english toffee and slight hints of chocolate and coffee

M- Comfortable and velvety with a fine cigar after taste

D- Surprisingly drinkable and with the proper pacing and water intake the %9 wouldn't wreck me

brokenleadedcask, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with some red highlights on pour. a foamy, one finger coffee head tops off this RIS

S: dark chocolate, a little coffee, light aroma of dark fruits, raisins

T: chocolate tops the list. followed by roasted malts and tobacco

M: Smooth, full body with bitterness and a dry finish

D: A great sipper I finally got around to

Rainintheface, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge beautiful head, opaque, dark brown

Smell: complex: malt, dark chocolate, sugar, wood, some espresso

Taste: It follows the smell but with a noticeable dose of alcohol.. The sweetness is surprising...It is almost like a milk stout and then the alcoholic bite..The aftertaste alternates between the burnt taste and the sweetness

Mouthfeel: smooth, thick body, creamy, with a sweet finish, then a hit of alcohol, followed by a bitter alcoholic finish

Drinkability: A nice and complex RIS. Not my favorite in the style, but up there...I will have this again, but due to the noticeable high ABV--probaly would only have one or two in a sitting..Excellent RIS.

tigg924, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of cameraready
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with a nice thick tan head. Has a nice lacing effect on the glass as you drink it.

S: Has a hint of mocha/chocolate but mostly you can smell the alcohol.

T: Heavy malt flavor, mild bitterness. The roasted malts really add to the flavor.

M: Medium body with no carbonation.

D: Would get more of these in the future.

cameraready, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of iceball585
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that lowered slowly

S- Roasted malts, caramel, wood, slight sweetness, hint of alcohol

T- Creamy, espresso, roasted malts, sweet, smokey, hint of hops finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, rich, flavorful

D- Worth buying again

I always love this Russian Imperial Stout. It's probably one of my favorites in this catagory.

iceball585, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Deadstar
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Russian Imperials for a few different reasons; it's one of the more affordable offerings in the style, it's very tasty, and while not the most over the top or out of the ordinary, it's dang solid.

I poured this out of the bottle into a snifter. The color is almost black, minus some deep amber around the outside of the glass. The head faded away quickly, leaving only a remnant of itself to float around on top of the beer.

Smell: Dark fruits, roasted malt.

Taste: Much like the smell would indicate, there's a lot of dark/dried fruit flavor here, followed up with a solid roasted malt backbone; hop bitterness was right where it needed to be.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light but slick, leaves the mouth coated between drinks. Carbonation was spot on for the style.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these in a sitting, but I feel that the strong flavors and the higher ABV would limit me to one or two.

Solid beer, very affordable. Great stuff.

Deadstar, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow so this is what everyone was talking about! Old Rasputin has to be one of the easies drinking RIS I've ever had the opportunity to try. I poured this one into a Duvel glass (7 more in the cellar - yes!) at around 48 degrees - just chilled slightly.

The aroma is wild. I can detect dried fruit - raisens, figs, cherries and tongs of malt. There is almost no hop aroma.

The first taste is packed with flavor. Each sip is like a small explosion of tasty stout goodness. This has to be one of the best beers for the money. The aromas are echoed in the flavor with lots of dried fruit, massive malt, and now I am getting hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little too light for me. I like my RIS's to be a little thicker. This is really thin compared to other great RIS beers like Ten Fidy and Stone's version. I still think Old Raz is good.

The drinkability is off the chart. I don't know how to explain that you could actually have 2 or maybe even 3 of these beers and still "live" through the experience - try doing that with Ten Fidy or Stone. In short you should grab a 4 pack and start enjoying today!

PerzentRizen, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is black, and the head pours a full thick head that retains very nicely and leaves some pretty incredible sticky lacing all over the glass.

The smell is malts and a hot of alcohol with something like licorice and a hint of bitter dark chocolate.

The alcohol is strong in this one. The toasted malt is also prevalent; this is probably the "maltiest" beer I've ever had. If you really give it some time on your palate the malt, hops bitterness, and light sweetness with really make themselves evident so that the complexity can truly be appreciated. Very nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with a pleasant alcoholic sting to it. A great combination of thickness, alcohol, bitterness and toastiness.

This one is a definite must.

Brenden, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Bartian
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening the Old Rasputin, I was immediately struck by the wonderfully dark, full pour - like a stream of black gold flowing into the glass.

At first, second and third glance, the beer is black as midnight with tight seems of carbonation flowing throughout. The head set at about an inch with a color of dark tan and very strong lacing.

The smell was prototypical Russian Stout but with a bit extra in the dark chocolate and licorice arena - a real treat . . . so much so that I actually had to remember to drink it.

The first drink was pleasent with no indication of the greatness that I've heard for years. But as the glass emptied the score improved. Whether it is the abundance of alcohol or the overriding complexity of the drink, it improves like the finest of coffees and cigars.

The mouthfeel is striking, the syrup that is called a beer surrounds the tongue like an impenetrable forecfield; drifting away only after several seconds of bliss.

As for drinkability, the balance is surprising given the complexity of the beer. Without any overly biting flavors like molasses, anice, chocolate or otherwise, the drink flows as smooth as silk. But the high alcohol content means drinker beware . . too much of a good thing can make Rassy a dull boy!

Bartian, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i love sipping one of these at the end of the evening - this is what one looks for in a russian impy stout - tasty alcoholic goodness feels like it goes down my gi tract like it goes down the sides of it's glass, slow and easy with a creamy coating - a perfect winter nitecap - real good stuff.

JoeBloe, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of WilliamD
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had this one many times, and I finally decided to review it.
Pours black into my pint glass. Nice, eighth-inch tan head that remains throughout.
Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate.
Taste is astounding, but I of course already knew that. Coffee grounds, chocolate, malts- rich and complex and delicious. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel is perfect, in my opinion. Smooth, creamy, with perfect balance of carbonation and bitterness. Slight alcohol warming.
The drinkability on this one is very good- as I said, it's well-hidden, and I have drank all four in the past and still made it to work on time with only a mild headache.
This is still one of my favorite imperial stouts. I'd love to some day get ahold of the XI or the Anniversary Barrel-Aged.

WilliamD, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle. Old Rasputin looks evil as he stares into your soul (at least that's what it feels like). I almost feel as though I'm not judging the beer, but Old Rasputin is judging me....

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black as night, producing a thick and creamy brown head. 1 finger head dissipates quicker than I expected. Absolutely no idea if there is any kind of carbonation going on, I can't see a damn thing! Leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is heavy on bitter chocolate, but there is also a sweetness. A light coffee smell goes along with a roasted barley character. Little in the way of bitterness, save the bakers chocolate.

Old Rasputin hits my lips...fireworks! Holy mackerel! This symphony hits my taste buds and explodes into something so complex it's almost beyond words. At first I thought the chocolate was the dominant flavor, then the next sip I was convinced it was the coffee. Now, I'm certain it's the roasted character, but then again, maybe it's the warming alcohol. One thing is sure, the aroma, while very impressive in itself, doesn't do this flavor profile justice, in my opinion.

Very very creamy and smooth. Definitely a sipper, but something you want to keep sipping on. The alcohol does show itself, and has a friendly warming presence. What a great beer, I can't believe I passed it up on the shelves all those times. That definitely won't be happening again!

Mistofminn, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the anchor.

Has a black color with a two finger tan head that stays for quite a while. Left lacing on my glass.

Smells of roasted dark malts, sugary, toffee.

Taste of roasted malts, expresso like, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full of flavors and sticky.

Good Stout and something I look foward too having again.

tr4nc3d, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best Imperial Stouts and it is widely available!

A: A deep dark black, almost Black No. 1 color (thank you Type O Negative). Pours a 1/2 inch tan head that eventually disappears.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee with some alcohol scents. Very robust smell.

T: Nothing short of fantastic. Big flavors of chocolate, mixed with espresso on the front end, but not too sweet. Some slight hop bitterness on the back end balances out this beer.

M: Thick and creamy. Extremely smooth sensation left on the palate.

D: An excellent beer. One of the best imperial stouts that I have had. A high ABV limits the amounts I have, but its great on a cold dark night!

IronCitySteve, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken earlier:

A: Pours a jet black with an almost impenetrable complexion: nothing gets through it even when held up to light. Head is thin and almost nonexistent.

S: Extremely aromatic. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee/ malts. Some faint spices and anise seeds, with hints of pear and cloves.

T: Highly complex: roasted coffee and malts lay out a base for bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Do I detect a hint of grand marnier? Alcohol is definitely present and warming.

M: Nice, thick, and creamy. Goes down easily with every flavorful sip.

D: I could sip this day and night. A real winner.

thekanna, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a regular pint glass. 1st from a 4-pack

A- Old rasputin is a dark brew, black as night. Some spots of brown can be seen on the surface A very hard pour yielded a nice 1 inch tan head that faded with ease. Around the glass thin patterns of lace are seen.

S- This RIS has a roasty aroma along with a milk chocolate creaminess. Bittersweet. A bit of licorice and even less on the dark fruit which I don't get much of. Some old coffee as well. Roasted malts all throughout and hops to round it out.

T- Starting off I get a bunch of roasted coffee with malt backing with some hops too add. As I got into it the chocolate came out more with warming as well as a bit of bitterness. Some of the alcohol comes out as well in this 9%er, but rasputin is delicious non the less.

M- Medium to slightly full bodied. This one is smooth as hell & creamy. A bit of carbonation as some warming takes place 6oz in. Nothing overpowering though except a slight bitterness. Great stuff.

D- 9% is nothing to scoff at but this is so good I would gladly drink it till I couldn't no more, in the spirit of Rasputin's story. This one is more on the creamy side and not too harsh making it almost chuggable, although I don't advise that.

One of the best RIS i've had this winter!!

BARFLYB, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of roscoehnj
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Georgous, black, nice big head.

However you smell it before you see it. Really big nose with coffee, choclate and the usual suspects.

Nice roasted coffee and dark alcohol (scotch or bourbon) taste with a long finish. Big hop bite on the finish too. I love hops but they may be a bit overdone here (don't think I've ever said that before).

Mouthfeel is big and rich.

An excellent RIS. I like this a lot but it as not as complex as the very best.

roscoehnj, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep black colour-Unable to see through it even when held up to the light. Brilliant 1.5" light brown head that settles.

S- Deep, dark chocolate and some lingering hops. Definite "roasty" scent overlays everything.

T- Roasty malt up front. Bitter finish from the hops brings about the dark chocolate-ness. No alcohol is evident.

M- Heavenly smooth. Lingers on the tongue long after swallowing, leaving you wanting more. Smooth and velvety.

D- Smooth, tasty. Incredible drinkability for the style.

darklordlager, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with garnet highlights. Pours a creamy coffee head about three fingers high that falls slowly leaving a little sticky lace.
Dark fruit aroma. A hop sharpness only barely makes it through the malt.
Deep malt sweetness takes a while to give into hops bitterness. Malts fight back in the finish, blending with a slight alcohol astringency.
Silky smooth and full beer.

Decent RIS, but not one of my favorites.

goatgoat, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a murky blackness with a small head that's nice and dark as well. Aroma is nice and roasty and malty with a bit of dark fruitiness and sugar. Flavor is great - chocolate, coffee, tons of malt, and a pleasant small bitterness. Good thick mouthfeel. Everything you'd expect and want in an imperial stout.

webbcreative, Feb 27, 2009
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,919 ratings.