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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,204 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,204
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 1,012 | FT: 32
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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olegv40

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, with a gigantic brown head thats with you till the end. Smells of roasted oats and barley, with a sour component. Tastes of chocolate and espresso, initially very dry, but finishes sweet. If you appreciate a good stout, you should give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 23:00:10 | More by olegv40
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very dark brown, possibly black. Tan two finger head, good retent, the head finally recedes to a foam ring, and some solid lacing remains on the glass on you drink.

S- roasted and burnt malts, chocolate, coffee

T- sweet burnt malts with an alcoholic burn toward the finish, chocolate, rich aftertaste. Alcohol becomes much more evident as the brew warms.

M- medium body, good level of carbonation, smooth, warm

D- you can taste the 9%, but didnt really feel. dangerously easy drinking here. yummy brew, i'd recommend to stout lovers

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 08:56:01 | More by tonistruth
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

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

Dark, blinding black; lumpy tan head; massive, streaky tan lacing throughout. Cocoa, dark burnt malts and smokey almonds graze the nose. The initial sips are sweet chocolate, yeasty malts and light roast coffee beans. The body quickly turns creamy and slick. Caramel, brown sugar and dark roasted malts combine for a massively flavored full bodied beer! Velvet-like smoothness; oh so tender hints of left coast perfumy hops with a large smokey malt backbone and finish. Mild, warming notes of alcohol. A roof-raising, sessionable, well marketed RIS--do you need more?

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 02:33:57 | More by GeoffRizzo
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jaxon53

Connecticut

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

Served slightly below room temperature in a pint glass. Poured a shiny, used motor oil like jet black. Left a frothy coffee brown colored head about three quarters of an inch high. Head slowly dissapeared into a brown gob in the center of the glass. Sweet aromas of chocolates, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of freshly baked cookies. Had a wonderful taste as well. Flavors of roasted chocolate malt, bitter roasted coffee beans, some dark chocolates, and vanilla extract. A small hint of well hidden alcohol and a little bit of carbonation. Mouthfeel was thick and full with an explosion of flavor. Also a pretty drinkable russian imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 00:49:53 | More by jaxon53
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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

I had this beer after drinking a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and I think this one suffers a little in comparison. A black color with a fairly small head. Coffee, sweet chocolate aroma. An espresso taste, some chocolate. I thought it was a little on the sharp side. Still, a pretty enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 14:58:47 | More by lordofthewiens
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zuggy9

California

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This excellent stout pours a thick creamy black with light carbonation and a rich tan head that laces nicely. It has a hearty smell of roasted malt and toffee notes. No missing the alcohol. The taste is fantastic -- creamy and sweet with a nice alcohol punch. The aftertaste is pleasant. Very nice mouthfeel and very thick. Even at the high ABV it drinks well and it's easy to have a few before consciousness is sacrificed.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 20:12:48 | More by zuggy9
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linecook12

Illinois

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip

Pours a rich, creamy head with even carbonation. Opaque chocolate color with a caramel-tan head. Aroma is of coffee and balsamic vinegar. Flavor has notes of burned sugar, some hoppiness but that hoppiness is mostly masked by the over-powering smoky malt. Mouthfeel is wonderful, creamy and smooth. Overall, a nice, smooth R.I.S. without being noticablely bitter. Although, not the most complex flavor profile either. That said, I am anxious to see how it will age.

Sláinte

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 19:40:50 | More by linecook12
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mithrascruor

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very heavy and creamy black, with minimal carbonation and a dark tan head that fades into a thick lace. Looks really rich and enticing.

Smell: The beer has a strong, bold aroma of roasted malts, together with toffee and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: Immediately I notice how rich this beer is; very creamy with roast malts and toffee. Some alcohol is present in the taste as well, and the aftertaste is bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Again, very creamy... and thick-bodied. Possibly a bit too creamy, but it is still very good.

Drinkability: Alcohol does tend to hit fairly quick (taste-wise), as it is quite strong. But as long as you take it slow it works just fine.

Overall this is a really exciting and interesting imperial stout, and a great starting point with this style. Some may find it a bit too strong, either taste-wise or alcohol-wise, but if that doesn't scare you go ahead and try it!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 04:04:10 | More by mithrascruor
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srrn

North Carolina

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

Pours deep brown with coffee and plums in the nose. Slick mouthfeel with good carbonation. Minimal lacing on glass. Burnt roasted malts followed by dark chocolate and coffee with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Exceptional. This is one of my 'go to' beers for the RIP style..

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 23:56:51 | More by srrn
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: Black as night with a thick, creamy, brown head that retains as a quarter-inch layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Strong roasted aromas of chocolate and coffee as well as some hops.

Taste: There are nice flavors of chocolate throughout, as well as some tart fruitiness. The finish is roasted with notes of coffee as well as some hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with low to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a high alcohol RIS, but I definitely wanted more when I finished the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 07:03:31 | More by EPICAC
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IceAce

California

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark enough that the midday sun cannot begin to manage to punch through. Foam collar is deep tan and short-lived w/o lacing.

Nose is alcoholic with deeply roasted malt conveying dark unsweetened chocolate, toffee, and freshly ground coffee beans.

Entry is creamy and possesses a dry, chalky mouthfeel. Midtaste leads with hot unhidden alcohol before it settles in with a blanket of chocolate. The finish sports a fleeting hoppy note, more chocolate, and a warming glow.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2006 19:48:39 | More by IceAce
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stephendr

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle- color of India ink , small coffee color head - nose of chocolate (sweet and baking ), iodine , coffee , anis , dark fruit , mocha , and malts – taste of milk chocolate , vanilla , prunes, figs and coco – sweet chewy body- aftertaste anis, coffee, coco

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 06:05:52 | More by stephendr
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jmichaeldesign

Colorado

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

Pours dark black with a two finger head that lingers longer than I had expected. This is partially due to being a little warmer than it should be, and a sub par pour.

Smell is fantastic. The chocolate is right there in your face without being overwhelming.

Taste is not quite as strong as other imperial stouts I've had. Very well balanced. A little bit of hoppiness. Aftertaste is all chocolate.

Mouthfeel is good. A little too carbonated for the style in my opinion.

It's incredibly drinkable for an imperial stout. The flavor isn't cloying, but it's too carbonated for me.

Overall a great beer. I'd definitely buy it again. A great nightcap or first beer of the night.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 04:21:30 | More by jmichaeldesign
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barleyman

Georgia

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

Poured from the 12 oz. brown glass bottle into a tall chilled pilsner glass,(thats the glass they brought me.) The dark brown liquid passes no light through. The dark white head quickly dissapates to almost none, while leaving a nice Brussels lace down the glass. The smell is of roast chocolate malt and bread. The taste is quite warming, of roast chocolate malt with very little hop. Mouthfeel is quite good given the size of this beer. It seems I could session this beer for at least an hour, if not all night

Once again, bravo North Coast,

barleyman

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 02:13:42 | More by barleyman
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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

A - A black brew with dark brown highlights is capped by a solid looking thick brown 1 and 1/2 finger head that sticks around for quite some time. Thick waves of lace coat the glass.

S - Solid scents of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and roasted grains fill the nostrils. This is actually pretty mellow smelling, and the high alcohol level is not detectable. Burnt notes are there also.

T - Wonderfully full flavors of roasted cereal grains, chocolate, firewood, hickory, coffee, and tobacco. The taste is very bitter, but balanced by a little bit or chocolatey sweetness. This is really the most pleasant stout that I've had!

M - Full bodided, sweet and dextriny and first, slighty spicy and warming from the alcohol, and very dry on the finish. This stuff wicks the moisture away from you mouth and leaves you clucking, trying to make more spit. Wonderful.

D - Despite the alcohol content and strong roasty burnt flavors, I believe that this is about the most drinkable stout ever. Give me more!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 17:49:13 | More by pmcadamis
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xymyl

Arizona

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

Very deep red/black with a creamy light tan and ever-present head and good carbonation, with small to very small bubbles.

Aroma is a clean singular hop aroma drifting in among fresh bread (or even fresh bread immediately made into toast), coffee and a little milk chocolate.

Taste is full of rich sweet notes (brown sugar, rasins, plumbs, a slight apple note and some other fruity notes that I just can't match) coffee, a tiny hint of milk chocolate and a bigger bite of dark chocolate, hops surface at times but generally I don't notice them, after that the alcohol shows up (just a bit) and then it all dries out.

Body is medium full/full and is very drinkable to someone like myself. Would be a sharing beer for some due to the richness. Overall a great (easy drinking without sacrificing flavor) Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 06:11:59 | More by xymyl
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scottoale

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh on nitro and served in a pint glass...WOW, a beautiful imperial stout of black-ass brown with incredibly thick and creamy, cocoa butter lace. The 1" thick head forms after a beautiful cascading display occurs, the kind that only nitrogen carbonation is capable of...buttercream froth. Fat, juicy rings of the stuff mark each sip of this fine looking brew.

Burnt and roasty dark malt smell is bluntly bitter and comprised of dark, black French Roast coffee and a heap of baker's chocolate...breakfast or dessert anyone?

The intake of a very short lasting sweetness is anise or black licorice if you will, followed by instant roast bitterness...an awesome tasty dark malt that is mostly black French Roast coffee (nearly espresso) with heavy bitter chocolate notes...rich and roasty to the finish. Very tasty I.S. with a smooth and creamy big body, accompanied by a well hidden, high dose of you guessed it...alcohol.

Great appearance, good smelling, excellent taste and mouthfeel lead up to an imperial stout that is all too drinkable...especially when on tap and charged with nitrogen...love this stuff!

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-22-2006 01:01:29 | More by scottoale
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso-foam colored head of about one finger in depth, and has very good retention, and good spotty lacing. Body is almost black, being the deepest possible brown. Looks very beuatiful.

Smell - the nose is filled with roasted, smokey malt and dark crusted malt bread, as well as chocolate, figs, raisins, plums, dark dried fruits, and spicy, medicinal alcohol. Mouthwatering.

Taste - pretty much as promised by the nose, with the additon of caramel swirling throughout, and a slight lemony hop twang at times. Again, roasted, smokey malt with taste of dark dried fruits such as raisins and figs, and some ripe ones like plums. Malt bread baked long enough to almost burn the crust, with some chocolate and caramel to go along with the fruits, all in a swirl, with spicy, medicinal alcohol tying it all together. Delicious. And no harshness from the alcohol at all - it's well integrated into the taste, being pretty well hidden, only by lending its big spicy medicinal flavor do you know it's there.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, chewy at times - sort of " fluffy ", like when one eats puffed grain cereal.

Drinkability - this is an excellent ale, with well hidden abv. Very hearty, and delicious. It's that abv that holds down sessionability, so it's a sipper to be enjoyed slowly with only a couple of servings at a given session - but do so often, I will.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 21:25:18 | More by ultralarry2006
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler at 5o degrees. Beer was black as night. Smell was dark roasted malty nutty smoke laced like wood fire smell. Head went away rather quick. I though this was a right strong stout a little bitter for my taste, but stout folks I think will like and shuld try it. I most likely will not purchase again though.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 18:41:18 | More by Minkybut
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kzczp0

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown like espresso. Fine beaded head that lays at a half inch or more for a few minutes and then recedes to circle the glass with minor lacing over entire surface.

Smell is exquisitely rich, strong of roast malts, cigar and alcohol. Taste is straight on with dry feel over palate and not a complexity of flavors but rather intense burnt malt and bitterness from alcohol that does not change. I am not complaining about the taste. It is completely as expected.

The brew gets a little flat for carbonation quicklly which is to be expected but not a big change from beginning. As the beer warms I notice increase of chocolate and some hoppiness. This is an excellent Imperial. 2 or 3 of these would make for an interesting evening with good friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 01:40:47 | More by kzczp0
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jletts

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this tasty beer at the local PCC at a bargain price of $1.75. Served in a pint glass at about 50 degrees.

Appearance: Poured a very dark reddish brown, which is perceived as black in all but the brightest lighting, with a large yellow-brown head.

Smell: Earthy. Smells of dark leather and peat, some cloves and hops, and just a hint of sweetness, maybe sugar or vanilla.

Taste: Burnt sour cherry, cocoa. Charred and a little smokey at the end where the alcohol finally comes in, though not overpoweringly so.

Mouthfeel: medium body, a little syrupy.

Drinkability: An excellent Imperial Stout, but a little high in ABV to drink too many. But it is very drinkable because it is so tasty!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 02:24:13 | More by jletts
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jbramley

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Date:
11 December 2006

Presentation:
Short, brown 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance:
Pours a dark brown, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell:
Smells of slightly overcooked coffee with a hint of sweetness.

Taste:
Smooth, tingles the tongue. Sweet espresso flavors followed by bitter chalky feel towards the back of the mouth. Creaminess at the front. Hints of a cocoa.

Notes:
A very enjoyable stout. Getting down into the beer allows the nose to be engulfed in the delectable aromas wafting up from the brew before the wonderful flavor hits the lips. Enjoy this one as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 03:27:45 | More by jbramley
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Franchise

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This offering from North Coast pours a onyx color leaving a tan head that is thick and luxurious. The aroma is strong hop citrus and earthy licorise feel followed by a sweet chocolate essence. The taste starts syrupy bitter with herbal hops that are abundant in this gem. The taste continues with marshmallow, chocolate, coffee roasted beans come though this brew. The finish is bitter espresso, but that caramel cooked sugar sweetness helps balance this big bitter beer. Overall this is an outstaning stout one that should be in my fridge year round. I paired this baby with a gourmet chocolate chip cookie and it was delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2006 22:06:12 | More by Franchise
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours and inky opaque black with a brown head that disapates to a ring. Molasses, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, chewing tobacco, spicey hops and alcohol in the nose. Prunes, very bitter, chocolate grit. Light smoke. Rather thin. Higher carbonation for the style. Slick and oily. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 17:07:03 | More by tjthresh
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dedrinker

Kansas

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

I love this beer from start to finish. It's a blessing that it is available year 'round. It smells of yeast/ fresh dough and roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, a little coffe. Tastes roasty, chocolate, hint of coffee and every once in a while - licorice. More hop bitters and more roast distinguishes this one from its British relative, but this has to bridge the gap as well as being an all around benchmark for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 06:25:43 | More by dedrinker
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,204 ratings.