1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,142 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,142
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 991 | 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)
View: Beers (23) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,142 | Reviews: 3,321 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of xav33
xav33

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling(?), relished 09/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.

Poured black with outer dark ruby brown edges with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of heavy dark chocolate with light dark berry and moderate piney hops.

Taste was upfront medium milk chocolate sweetness, and light banana sweetnes and bitter burnt malt, followed by a bitter ascent into the harsh burnt piney bitterness of the malts (and hops?), keeping its medium chocolatey sweet backbone throughout and dies slightly vinous trailing behind, leaving only the initial chocolatey taste and some roasted character. Mouthfeel was medium to full, creamy coating and velvety, soft carbonation, with light astringency and light alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this beer is like grabbing a handful of fruit and spice flavored dark chocolates and jamming them in your mouth. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 04:57:52 | More by xav33
Photo of Drew966
Drew966

Florida

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

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout pours jet black with a thin tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dominated by dark chocolate. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, the flavor has dark chocolate notes and coffee notes as well. The alcohol seems well hidden. Excellent beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 23:00:41 | More by Drew966
Photo of techdiver
techdiver

Pennsylvania

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

Minimal head and carbonation. Smell and taste place it high as being a drinkable brew. Though lack of carbonation has left me critical of some other stouts, it is a non-issue here as I really didn't miss it. Once again I seem to have made a proper choice in that I have a whole case of this to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 04:28:01 | More by techdiver
Photo of lpayette
lpayette

Vermont

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

Appearance- Not quite black. Hues of reddish brown. Head is a bit on the small side, and the color is tan.

Smell- Chocolate fudge/pudding, flowery hop essence if you smell for it, hints of alcohol esters.

Taste- The flavors seem to change every sip. Sometimes they are dominated by alcohol esters to remind you how big this beer is. Other times a mellow chocolate pudding flavor comes through more. Coffee-like notes, but not too bitter. I get the feeling that a lot of hops are hidden beneath the other flavors.

Mouthfeel- Cant imagine it being better.

Drinkability and other notes- This beer keeps you wanting more. The alcohol is very upfront, but it tastes excellent. I could see this beer possibly getting better with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 06:33:37 | More by lpayette
Photo of leedorham
leedorham

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was buying a cart full of different brews and thought I was done when I saw this four-pack of 12 ouncers sitting askew behind another. It was the last one. The bright souls of my ancestors had lit the path for me tonight.

The brew pours almost black with a reddish-brown tint when light shines through. 2mm tan head that mostly dissipates. A thin layer of foam remains to give moderate lacing.

The aroma malty sweet. Like nearly burnt sugar.

It tastes exceptionally smooth. Full hop character rises through strong roasted coffee and caramel flavor. I have trouble sipping this beer. It is like candy. The alcohol is present but I notice it more as it warms my stomach than in my mouth. I had planned on letting the other 3 bottles age but it will be a struggle.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 04:20:20 | More by leedorham
Photo of gonzo138
gonzo138

Arizona

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

A- Pours a dark black with a small amount of red mixed in if you hold it up to the light, nice cramy brownish head that doesnt stay around too long but retains very well

S- Smells of rich almost earthy chocolate malted sweetness

T- very rich chocolate/coffee-ish taste nice sweet desert taste

M- very, very thick, coats mouth, suprisinglty carbonated, taste stays in mouth for moderate amount of time

D- Something to slowly enjoy, have bought plenty of this beer and plan to buy plenty more

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 08:22:41 | More by gonzo138
Photo of thelagerheads
thelagerheads

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just as Pluto is no longer recognized as a planet sometime in the not too distant future macro brews will not be considered the KING OF BEERS but rather dwarves in an ever growing universe. Then the true forebearers and rightful heirs of the past (stouts, porters, ales, etc.) will once again become the standard bearers. With this brew that future is already here. This heady stout has a potent sludge of choc-smoke-offee and is more like a dreamquest than a heavy beverage. Smoke is rising through the fog laden hills and the old spirits are churning skyward to meet the Gods in the newly refined air.

I may have met my match here though as I dozed off for a few minutes in the tub clutching my notepad! If Breckenridge Vanilla Stout is the high watermark then this is me undertow and drowning. The Beer Cave of American brews (so far!)!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 04:49:33 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of mmcave
mmcave

Illinois

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

Pours dark blackest coffee and a tan head with light high lights on edges. The head is mild and seems it will slowly fade except on the edges. Sents of coffee, caramel, dark chocolate and hops. The taste is robust, well balanced, coffee and chocolate present with a tinge of bitterness. The finish is little bitter, but only in the best way as in a great after taste. This is a nice beer, I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 03:13:42 | More by mmcave
Photo of w1n0
w1n0

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great effort from the people at North Coast.

appearance: pitch black (even against light), a modest tan head.

smell: green tea, corriander and toasted nut notes.

taste: a plesantly light bitter chocolate and red berry notes bound together with a smooth coffee and toffey finish. light in the gut with little to no blote.

mouthfeel: moderate weight, chewy.

drinkability: one of the best russian imperial style stouts ive had.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 06:15:37 | More by w1n0
Photo of phisig137
phisig137

Virginia

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

Pours a deep black, with ruby hints around the edges, and a two finger creamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is cocoa-ey, and filled with scents of roasted barley, and a bit of coffee. Toffee also pops out, along with a hint of burnt toast. Only the smallest hint of alcohol present.

Flavor is smooth, and dominated by coffee nuances behind the roasted grain. Chocolate is also present, along with a hoppy finish. Dry finish, balanced between roasted grain and (what taste like noble) hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy. Begs for another sip. Drinkability is pretty good considering the ABV and heft of the beer.

Yet another fantastic beer from North Coast. They almost never disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 23:46:11 | More by phisig137
Photo of GimpyCane
GimpyCane

Florida

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

appearence: poured burnt caramel brown w/ a 1/2 inch light brown head. Looks alot like molasses and left virtually no lace.

smell: got an intense whiff of roasted coffee and burnt caramel, also has a nice hint of alcohol present.

taste and mouthfeel: loved how it starts off w/ a creamy sweet caramel and ends hoppy harsh almost tart, medium to full body w/ a fizzy carbonation feel. Great hint of alcohol on tongue that wondered on my tongue for several minutes.

drinkability: nice sipping beer

Overall, I like this Russian Imperial Stout alot, especially at room temperature. While it is smooth to drink, it's quite intense and well balance w/ roasted elements, alcohol and body. Careful the ABV is 9% and will kick you in the ass.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 01:19:09 | More by GimpyCane
Photo of RedChrome
RedChrome

Connecticut

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

Poured an almost ink blank with only a hint of red at edges in the light. Half inch tan head stayed a few minutes. No noticable carbonation. Minimal lacing.

The scent of this beer has a huge chocolate strength. There is a strong alcohol smell. Subtle not of dates and caramel finish the aroma off with a complex hit.

A very strong tasting beer. The flavors of chocolate strike the tongue quite strongly. There is also a very strong bite of the alcohol. There is a lingering taste of bready raisins.

A nice thick beer. Hangs to the sides of the mouth. Not much carbonation to move flavors.

Quite a good beer in the style. A little to strong for an everyday beer. Would go very nice as an enjoyable beer with a cigar as an afer dinner drink. If looking for something in this style, don't pass this up.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 12:53:02 | More by RedChrome
Photo of BlindPig
BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It poured with a 1/4" tan head. Black and deep brown. Head fades at medium pace to a thin lacing.
S- Coffee aromas mixed in with some deep rich malts.
T-Bit of coffee flavor with really nothing else. Coffee flavor wasn't to strong and grew in after taste. The whole overall flavors were not to strong at all. There was also a little bitterness in aftertaste.
M- More carbonation than I expected. Had about medium carbonation and a medium body. Was sticky also.
D- It was a very simple beer lacking complexity. Not to strong flavors. Not much going on with the beer at all. Smelled good though. Is drinkable but nothing special at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 16:54:24 | More by BlindPig
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

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

The Setting:
Sitting at my friend Scott's house with this beer, playing some xbox 360 and killing zombies...with the occasional hand of uno.

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a hefty head that seems to stay relatively firm, ala rootbeer float. Smell is very roasty!

Taste is very smooth at first, sweet and mocha-y. Then it grows into a pretty heavy alcohol finish...a bit of a burner really. Mouth is really round; the tongue really fills up with flavor.

This is a great return beer. But not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 01:10:33 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of kmbaker
kmbaker

Michigan

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

holy smokes i forgot how much i like this beer! Brian 700 hooked me up with one the other night and it was like finding an old 20 dollar bill in my laundry from way back when. anyhow on with it....

pours a dark rich black. light cream mocha head, residing into a thin and consistent lacing leaving some oily blotches here in there on the surface.. thats what i like to see on a stout!

Notes of vanilla and bourbon and the nose mixed with whiffs of black patent

taste: chocolate to snappy and zesty black patent sort of smokiness and finishes with what comes to me as an anise characteristic spiking the front of the palette as the robust smokey notes work on the peripheral of the tastebuds. aftertaste lingers and finishes with what you would expect from a shot of expresso.
creamy mouthfeel somewhat oily.

dangerously drinkable for this caliber of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 00:24:18 | More by kmbaker
Photo of jackorain
jackorain

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this bottle since the summer of 2005. Just split it with my mother-in-law.

Poured into oversized whine glasse, for a lack of tulip or snifter.

A-dark thick black, what little head poured out immediately fell to a thin ring that provided some lacing. Almost no light gets through.

S-Unbeleiveable aroma, coffe, chocolate, dark roasted malt and hop.

T-very dark roasted malt hits strong right up front, followed by a nce hop bite. I'd imagine the hops may have even dissapated some over the year I have held it. Molasses, coffe, chocolate on the very long lingering finish. really good.

M-thick, full body, coats mouth wonderfully.

D-about as good as an RIS can be. I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 15:16:53 | More by jackorain
Photo of cjgator3
cjgator3

Florida

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

Pours dark black with a creamy tan head that sticks all over the glass. Dark roasted malt aroma with a bit of cocoa, coffee and nuts. Taste is smooth with a lot of roasted malt, a bit of bitter chocolate, coffee and hops. There is a seemingly never ending bitterness to the finish. Overall, North Coast really did an excellent job with this RIS and should be commended.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 03:20:13 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Brian700
Brian700

Michigan

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

Again another beer I got from nflmvp a few days ago.

This one pours dark black with a brown head that doesn't leave to much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is of coffee, black patent, bitter chocolate, alcohol.

The flavor is chocolate and coffee mixed whith alcohol and plum. There is a nice alcohol warming but it isn't as chewy as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. It is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer especially for an imperial stout. Definately worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 22:09:03 | More by Brian700
Photo of MLegendre
MLegendre

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with some slight transparencies towards the bottom of the glass. Very thin tan head that disapates before it even gets anywhere.

S: Very very roasty which I love. Chocolate, toffee, coffee... pretty much anything you would expect from a IRS, only WAY roastier!

T: First taste the roasted malts and chocolate dominate the palate followed by some licorice and a slight sting of alcohol. Aftertaste is very bitter like a strong coffee leaving the tongue throbbing and begging for more. Sticks to the tongue like glue. I can taste it for a long, long time after I've swallowed. A little alchol burn is noticable after a while, but for the most part it's pretty well hidden. As it warms the malts become stronger while the alcohol becomes weaker. Tastes better and better as you drink it.

M: There is a slight burn of alcohol on the way down, but not too bad. Carbonation is a little high.

D: This has quickly became one of my favorite beers of all time. I can drink it like water and I drink it very often. Very easy to drink for something of such high ABV. I really can't see it getting much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 07:32:52 | More by MLegendre
Photo of LordChesterfield
LordChesterfield

Oregon

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

I've been hearing about this beer for a while and I finally was lucky enough to find a fourpack at hyvee for 9 bucks. I went back a few days later and not a trace was left. It pours black. Not inky black like some others but dark enough. The amazing part is that you can see the bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to the top! I don't know what is causing it and it's the firts time i've ever seen in it. Head retention is pretty good not that I care. It smells like the typical Imperial stout, burnt. It tastes pretty complex for suck a heavy beer. I can detect a bit of citrus and rose on the front of the toungue. Maybe a little bitter for my taste but still delicious. The picture of Rasputin on the front is great. I'm surprised I found this in august as i usually thing of imperial stout as a winter drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 01:00:37 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of surfmanjim
surfmanjim

New Jersey

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

Poured absolutely pitch black into the venerable old globe glass, with little head and a small amount of lacing. The smell is of dark chocolate and coffee with a matching, very dry taste and noticeable alcohol in the finish. The mouth feel is very heavy and silky. As enjoyable as this beer is, I don’t think that I would tempt fate by having two, but this is easily a beer that one could have in place of a brandy and desert after a good meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 18:38:02 | More by surfmanjim
Photo of uconnalum2
uconnalum2

Connecticut

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

I looked forward to trying this beer. It poured black with only a small head that went down to mostly a ring around the glass. I held it up to a lamp and could not see any light coming through at all. It had a roasted smell similar to coffee beans. The taste started bitter and then turned to coffee and some bitter, dark chocolate. There is some alcohol in the aftertaste and it lasted a long time. The mouthfeel is the most interesting thing about this beer. It is smooth, oily and thick and coats the inside of your mouth. This is a slow sipper. It went down easier as it warmed up (and maybe as it warmed me up). Overall, this is an intense beer. The bitterness, heaviness and ABV keeps me from having too many. I'd like to try one that has aged to see if it smooths out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 03:31:22 | More by uconnalum2
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

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

A - Pours a nice black color, lots of carbonation, small fizzy head which dissapates quickly, not much lacing at all.

S - Scents of roasted malts, and toffee/caramel.

T - The taste is slightly bitter and of roasted malts and caramel.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a very tasty RIS, North Coast is a very nice brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 23:20:13 | More by Wasatch
Photo of biercircus
biercircus

California

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty stinking good RIP. The high alcohol balances well with the complex dark chocolate and coffee flavor. My wife made me let her sip while eating dark chocolate. I tried some too, and it really complemented it well.

A- I saw it poured into a cup, but it was dark outside, and I just had a bottle.

S- sweet, chocolaty coffee smell, molasses, liquorice, hops

T- complex malty chocolate coffee, alcohol peeking through

M- heavy, creamy, bubbly. Takes a while to drink because it's so heavy. Some carbonation.

D- Very good sipper. Shouldn't drink fast. Very well-balanced flavors. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 17:53:31 | More by biercircus
Photo of oelergud
oelergud

Virginia

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

Opaque black body. Brown silken head with small bubbles dispersed. Great lace and good retention. Some maply syrup coloring comes through at the edges.
The smell is complex with scent of chocolate, vanilla, sweet malts, licorice, coffee beans and pleasant hops.
Amazing malt and chocolate taste. Mildly toasted vanilla with strong hops. Great aftertaste, some, roasted bittersweet cocoa beans and good hops.
Full and sturdy mouthfeel. Powdery somehow. Some coating and very slick sensation.
A very smooth and enjoyable brew.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 17:15:20 | More by oelergud
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,142 ratings.