Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 9,416 | Reviews: 3,332 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
black, like strong coffee, with a cappuccino colored head that really is quite lovely; leaves lacing all the way down the glass and the head maintained the whole time. the taste really is what makes this a great buy and i was happy to find it. at first you get hit with a sweet chocolate taste and then after that one gets the taste of almost a deep burnt coffee that offsets the sweet that initially hits the tongue as i was sitting here typing this the burnt coffee taste has almost transformed into the deep cocoa taste of a deep deep chocolate; this mixed with just the right amount of carbonation that seems to fit the contrasts of tastes very well. I think the whole taste pattern also goes well with the amount of alcohol in the brew as the alcohol sort of hits and adds flavor to the lasting taste. moreover, it really does warm you and make you feel like you just enjoyed that cup of strong coffee.
11-17-2007 02:58:37 | More by jeonseh
4.6/5 rDev +7%
An impressive, complex, tasty Russian Imperial Stout, Old Rasputin is the antithesis of nastiness represented by its namesake. It pours a very dark brown, with a finger thick of long-lasting head and a latticed froth that adheres to the pint glass throughout consumption--impressive. The smell and taste are bold, hoppy, and rich with malt, chocolate, coffee, and maybe caramel--strong but smooth in taste and texture. The finish is wonderful, and I'm ruing the fact that I only picked up one in a sampler pack at the local Piccadilly.
Very tasty, helping me bounce back strong from being under the weather yesterday. Easily one of the best stouts I've had, and right at and near the the top of Russian Imperials I've had the good fortune to have tried. Definitely a great find, more than worth the try, and don't make the mistake of buying just one. Get the pack. You won't be sorry.
11-15-2007 03:34:56 | More by Gehrig
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
A Dark Black Stout that pours heavy with a two or three finger head leaving behind a dark tan lace. Bold flavor of dark roast coffee and semi sweet chocolate finishing with a slight alcohol bite. At 9% this beer should be enjoyed responsibly and drank slowly to experience all of the rich complex flavors. I usually drink one or two of these in a sitting and enjoy them alongside a good cigar and then finishing with my favorite dark chocolate. This is one of my favorite beers of all time and definitely my favorite Russian Imperial Stout. I recently spent painstaking hours translating the Cyrillic writing on the label and found that СЕРДЕЧНЫЙ ДРУГ НЕ РОДИТСЯ ВДРУГ means HEART FRIEND IS NOT BORNE SUDDENLY. I feel that this means that a dear friend is not made overnight, so I recommend that you never drink this beer alone but always try to share one with a friend in honor of the Old Man which had many enemies who tried killing him on several occasions and finally succeeded but not before he had his fill of women and brew. Sounds like a Brother I would have liked to hung out with.
11-13-2007 05:26:07 | More by bigdogplaypen
3.68/5 rDev -14.4%
I got a couple of these over the weekend. There are Cyrillic letters on the label. I'd try to translate but I really want to taste this stuff. There is no freshness information.
Pours viscously opaque black into a brandy glass. A creamy dark brown head adorns the infinitely dark body. It's real sticky and nearly tattoos the glass with its lace.
The aroma is surprisingly dominated by Cascade hops instead of chocolate or coffee like I had expected. The taste also has a hoppy bite to it, as well as a deep bitterness of dark chocolate. Several levels of bitterness blossom across the tongue and linger after each sip.
All the bitterness makes me think this is a fresh bottle. I'd like to see how this ages. I'll try to wait as long as I can but, realistically, I don't see myself holding out past the holidays.
11-13-2007 03:48:18 | More by edskirk3
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
Sampled fresh bottles and poured into a Belgian tulip.
Opaque, black and very little brown head.
Aroma of pine, chocolate and dark fruit.
Big roasty coffeesque beer with a strong bright bitterness that rides through the thick body of the beer and leaves briskly finished that lingers with a bite
11-11-2007 09:41:25 | More by drewbage
4.43/5 rDev +3%
This beer is well made. An almost black color but not quite opaque. A creamy,brownish tan head is persistant throughout with lace following along nicely.
Initial milk chocolate aroma up front especially when swirled at around 55 degrees. This is followed by some mild roast and coffee notes.
More roast in the flavor than chocolate followed by a bitter espresso like taste at the back of the tongue. Burnt and acrid as you go on. Probably from the roasted barley. A little sweet also which is nice.
A very smooth full bodied beer. A creamy,slick feeling on the tongue. Alcohol shows up later in the finish but is well hidden until then. Good balance between hops and malts.
Just a good beer.
11-10-2007 23:48:25 | More by Tomas77
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
The color is absolutely black, opaque. A scarce finger of foam coffe and milk color.
The smell is beautiful, enveloping. Coffee, cocoa. Creamy, inviting, intriguing, soft, smooth. Very pleasant.
The taste, a bit less enveloping, and a bit more sharp. Anyway, good, full. Cocoa, cappuccino. Not too bitter.
Good body, with notes of a creamy, dense cappuccino.
In the aftertaste some hop bitterness notes, and also a root-like bitterness, and, maybe, artichoke.
11-10-2007 12:07:36 | More by stcules
5/5 rDev +16.3%
This beer is my closer any time I'm out and its on tap.
You can have a line up of beers and if you end your evening with this beer, you've done well for yourself. This beer is the equivalent of a fresh from the oven molten chocolate cake, home made vanilla ice cream and an espresso all at once.
Dark, rich, mellow, smooth, flavorful, not overpowering but yet full of flavor... when it's placed in front of you take your time appreciating it in its glory.
11-09-2007 20:56:13 | More by r00tarded
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
12 oz bottle, pours an opaque dark brown, with an ample tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is rich with molasses, coffee and some chocolate. Notable flavors are coffee, roasted malts, some black licorice and walnuts set in a bitter hoppy backdrop. mouthfeel was medium up front, but it filled-out and left a very full, creamy, satisfying aftertaste by finish. Big finish with mostly dark bitter chocolate flavors. Overall: this is stout the way stout was meant to be. Recommended
11-08-2007 03:08:22 | More by likestoswallow
2.8/5 rDev -34.9%
Ok, here I go again, trying to decide if my dislike is for the brew or the style. I'm not a fan of Guinness, and I'm not a fan of Old Rasputin RIS for the same reasons. The appearance is enticing; this stout has an inviting syrupy pour with a rich, dark tan, modest head. The bottle opened with more carbonation than I would have expected from a stout. There is moderately sticky lacing as the head slowly subsides. The color is black and passes virtually no light, which I always find amazing for beers that are also free of cloudiness. The smell is good, but with some coffee bitterness that starts the downhill slide for me. (In the interest of full disclosure, I've never learned to like coffee, either.). This beer is all stout, but its taste has a top and bottom without a middle. The top is a prominent hops bitterness, and the bottom consists of slight saltiness with strong roasted, even burnt, flavors. What came to mind was "catmouth" because I kept trying to get it past my tongue long after the swallow. I would have expected the mouthfeel to be more creamy than it is.
If you like Guinness, you will probably really like this offering - the high Ba rating attests to this. However, it is not for me. I gave this a 3.0 overall in deference to the style, but based on personal preference I would have gone lower. So there it is. If you like bitter, cooked coffee stouts like Guinness, this may be for you and I urge you to try it. If, like me, you like rounder stouts like Young's Oatmeal Stout or an imperial like Old Heathen, this North Coast offering may not be your cup of tea.
11-06-2007 00:26:24 | More by neobassman
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick, light brown head. Smells of a little coffee, and chocolaty. A malty taste, with a coffee and chocolate character, as expected. This is a rich, creamy think beer, but very easy to drink. Very enjoyable, I'm thinking it will go very good with a nice cigar!
11-02-2007 19:42:34 | More by buffettfan
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Thick and black as oil, thick tan head that retains very well. S: Burnt malts, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, hops definitely present. T: Very strong bitter chocolate. The immediate taste is sweet caramel, cocoa, and coffee, it immediately turns bitter in a long finish. M: Thick, chewy. D: I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is pretty great. The bitter chocolate note can be a bit overpowering, but all in all pretty drinkable. Barely noticed the high ABV.
11-01-2007 03:10:52 | More by PlaywrightSam
4.7/5 rDev +9.3%
A: Dark brown/black in color with a large tan, frothy, and fluffy head that stays all the way down the glass. Leaves lots of lace down the glass as well. This can't look any better.
S: A little one dimensional. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt.
T: Big roasted malt flavor with chocolate and coffee. Maybe some dark fruits. Very creamy, thick and rich. Fantastic.
D: Great. The ABV is well hidden with all the flavors. Very smooth and easy to drink. I can drink this all day.
I can't even describe how much I love this beer. Hands down the best RIS I have had, and maybe the best stout in general.
10-30-2007 18:01:29 | More by champ103
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
scary as hell bottle into a pint glass.
a) dark, but not that dark, no light through, but mahogany on the edges. creamy, frothy, fluffy head that clings to the glass. it looks serious...
s) chocolate espresso. cinnamon hints. bit of tartness from the alcohol.
t) here's where that chocolate gets you. its like drinking desert. but still, the hopiness is there, a bit of citrus on the front of the mouth. warms to more fruitness - a chocolate covered raspberry of a beer if there was one. delicious.
m) the natural carbonation balances out the tremendous power of the beer, nice and creamy, but not heavy. finishes clean and dry.
this is a really, really great imperial stout. what a beer for a dark, cold, winter night by the fire.
10-29-2007 22:11:22 | More by cktison
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
Old Rasputin fills the glass with a deep black color and forms a big creamy tan head on top. As the foam dissolves thick nets of lace stick to the sides. The aroma is all malt. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee are present.
Each sip of this full bodied beer is creamy with a fizzy carbonated tingle on the middle of the tongue. The flavor has lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Towards the end some nutty notes and a mild bitterness move in, which helps balance out all the malt. Once gone the roasted malt and bitter notes linger on the palate.
For an Imperial Stout this beer had quite a head with a slightly subdued aroma. The mouthfeel is terrific and the flavor hid the 9% alcohol well.
10-28-2007 18:01:42 | More by WanderingFool
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Body is black as black can be. Thick, fluffy head.
Has strong alcohol smell, balanced with coffee and dark roasted malts.
Taste like a strong coffee. Imagine military field coffee made with very high quality ingrediants. Thick and strong to those who don't know. Hints of dark chocolate at the back and in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not noticible in the taste, but it is there.
Mouthfeel is good, not syrupy like other Russian imps, dry aftertaste.
Overall. very good. I would rate this up there with the best of them. can't wait to try this with some good dark chocolate.
10-26-2007 00:41:39 | More by Homerbag
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black, with two inches of very creamy, pillowy coffee-colored head. Head retention is excellent, with plenty of stick on the sides and a substantial lace on top.
Smells sweet and malty, with chocolate aromas most dominant, but caramel malt molasses, and coffee, as well.
Taste is not as sweet and chocolaty as the nose indicated. There is a lot more roasted malt coming through flavor-wise than there was in the aroma. The chocolate is there, quite bittersweet, though, with a low-level of overall malt sweetness. There is an underlying hop presence that includes a bit of a citric twang and a good dose of bitterness, as well. The finish includes a lingering roasted malt/charcoal flavor and some bitterness.
The mouthfeel is full-bodied and quite creamy. Nice and smooth on the palate. Overall, this is a good beer, although I wish it were a tad sweeter, and the roasted malt/hop bitterness combo gets to be a bit wearing.
10-24-2007 21:47:23 | More by number1bum
4.3/5 rDev 0%
Review based on notes:
On nitro-tap at Dilly Deli on 10/20. Served in a 10oz. tulip.
A: Body is as black as motor oil. 1/2+ finger light tan head on top stays fluffy for quite some time. Beautiful thin lacing.
S: Deep roasted coffee beans and bitter dark German chocolate. Dark sweet chocolates trying to come through but not much. Not detecting any alcohol.
T/M: As expected, huge amounts of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Bitter seems to come more from the black strong bitter coffee taste. Just a very slight sweetness suggests the Dark fruits I was picking up on. Body isn't as thick as I would have expected but has a great creamy feeling to it.
D: Tastes even better on tap and a perfect after dinner drink. 1 of these as an after dinner treat or desert is the perfect application for this beer.
10-23-2007 19:49:39 | More by pwoods
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
Appearance: Like black gold, texas tea. This beer is black. At least 3 inches of head from the pour, quickly settles to some clump dark brown foam with good lacing.
Aroma: Smells of dark coffee. A slight burnt roasted character. Some chocolate and dark fruits (plums, dates, cherries). Alcohol is present and gives the aroma a sharp wineyness.
Taste: Good body. Malt is balanced by alot of bitterness. Hop bitterness is pervasive but some black malt character. Assertive is probably the best descriptor. Alcohol warmth was present but subdued.
Mouthfeel: One of the things I had a problem with this beer was the carbonation. I found it sharp and forced. It cut through the creamy malty taste and didn't fit my expectations. .
Drinkability: Not sure how RIS and Drinkability will ever go hand in hand. This 9% ABV beer is ean excellent winter warmer. Strong and balanced. One maybe two in the evening and life will be grand.
10-20-2007 14:16:21 | More by bigman147
5/5 rDev +16.3%
Pours a dark brown/black. Has a frothy 3 finger dark tan head that goes down quickly leaving rings and chunks on the glass. I Swirled this one around at least 20 times to see the amazing lacing paterns.
Smells of milk chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, and cherries with a lot of dark roasted/smokey malts. This smells heavenly.
Tates better than the perfect 5 score I gave it. BItter, chocolate, coffie, sweet...all that I expect from a ris. The difference of this one compared to other ris is is is SO easy to conusme. Smooth.
The mouthfeel is silky smooth. Light carbonation. Bitter sweet aftertaste that has alcohol reveled along side.
Not the most complex RIS, howerver, one of the best I have ever had. This is now In my top 5 list.
10-20-2007 01:07:05 | More by Trueant1
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
12oz bottle purchased from Shangy's. Poured into a regular pint glass.
A: Dark as all get-out. Something to behold... made the glass look like it had been painted black on the inside. 2 fingers of tan head, persistent lacing.
S: Quite boozy (imagine that!) with lots of roasted coffee and some dark chocolate. As it warmed, got too complex for my nose to properly analyze. Lots going on under that alcohol smell.
T: Surprisingly good, especially given the assaulting nature of Russian Imperials. Not as much hops as others I've tried. Was expecting more of a boozy taste, but found lots of sweet, bitter, and even creamy flavors.
M: Not too heavy, with enough carbonation to keep things clean. Not easy to do with so much power.
D: About as good as you can get for this style. I've finished other imperials out of principal... leave no respectable beer unfinished. I can drink 2-3 of these and not regret it too much, although the avalanche of dark flavors might render my tastebuds useless for the next week.
Impressive beer. I applaud North Coast for not dumbing this one down one bit. I'm still not a big fan of the style, but this is my favorite Russian Imperial Stout by a solid margin.
10-19-2007 02:18:13 | More by TheLastEngineer
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Presentation: A 12 oz. squat brown bottle, ALC/Vol. 9%, in fine print on the side of the bottle Label has a great ink drawing of ol Rasputin himself staring out with his upraised left hand, as if blessing all those who are going to partake.
Appearance: Pours like India ink with a light chocolate foamy head that dissipates to a complete light frothy cover with a heavy soapsuds lace from the top of the pour down to the very bottom of the glass and last sip.
Smell: An intense and deep bouquet of dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate without a hint of grain.
Taste: The taste explodes in the mouth hitting the entire palate at once. Surprisingly light, the intense bittersweet chocolate and espresso taste is without a hint of sweetness or milk. Although high in alcohol at 9%, the aftertaste is smooth and dry.
Drinkability: The owner of Tops Liquor Store in Tempe, AZ suggested this as one of his favorites. I agree as this is a wonderful beer to recommend to others and one that makes the three thumbs up list if having more than a few at one sitting! A real gem!
10-18-2007 04:24:52 | More by NitroGen
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
I have been aging this one for nearly two-years, something I do not routinely do, if ever at all. I actually cant even remember what caused me to beging saving and aging this one, but I got a new place and thought I'd cristen it appropriately.
Pours a pitch black in color with a head I can only describe as some sort of irridescent peanut butter brown color. Thick and heavy, just as expected.
Aromas of alcohol seems to mask any other odor that may be seeping from my glass. Smells a little more like deep red wine than it does a beer. Maybe some raisins and dark chocoalte seep through, but mainly its just alcohol.
Wow, this one is definitly a sipper. One of the most complex-tasting beers that have ever graced my lips. Drinking any faster than a snail's pace would be wasting the excellent flavors this one has to offer and any opportunity to decipher them. At the front of the palate it is fairly simple, maybe roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol. . . but as the sip continues, and onslaught of flavors pour through. It seems as every sip is a bit different than the previous one, so picking them out is a bit of a task. Dark chocolate, coffee, herbal/plant-like (maybe that is the hops), vanilla bean, raisins, dried fruits, buscuits, chalk. It seems as if the list could continue on and on.
A heavy, slick, almost oily mouthfeel. The drinkability is good if your into kicking back with a slow sipper. This one is definitly not for the faint of heart, and also definitly worth the price and effort.
10-14-2007 06:08:41 | More by jasonpeckins32
4/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Dark black stout that lets no light pass. Less than a finger of dark head that does not stick around for long.
Smell: Nice sweet dark fruit aroma. A good bit of alcohol is present as well.
Taste: Very nice mix of sweetness, roasted chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a nutty taste at the start. Finishes a bit hoppy, which adds a good bit of complexity to the beer.
Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy. Good thickness, and a good amount of taste lingers after each swallow.
Drinkability: Very good RIS which does not fall into the trap of being too overwhelming in terms of thickness and/or ABV. Good complexity to the flavor makes this easy to drink a few of before they catch up with you.
10-13-2007 20:26:09 | More by hellcatsjg
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Third pint at Bodega, and I was starting to feel good!
Pours a rich, deep, dark opaque black color with a cascading tan head that flows from the bottom to the top creating an illusion like a lava lamp. In my slowly deteriorating state I was memorized watching this take place. Smell is of roasted malt, milk chocolate, a cup of cappuccino too. Taste is of chocolate and smokeyness. This one is absolutely smooth and delicious. I only gave it a 4 for drink ability because it was so rich I had trouble toward the end of the glass. If it was only a 12 oz taste I might have had an easier time.
10-12-2007 15:31:00 | More by genog
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,416 ratings.