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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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9,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,692
Reviews: 3,351
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,233 | FT: 38
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 KeefD
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look reminds me of a quote from the movie "GO" - "Bitch was black as night!" Ok, maybe it was the darkest brown imaginable, but dark nonetheless. Developed a three finger head that spilled over the top of the glass with an amazing cascading effect that would make any Guinness lover proud. Lacing is thick and chunky to the bottom. Aroma of coffee, a bit of chocorama, and some nice hop bitter character which was a pleasant surprise coming to the nose of such a dark ale. Taste off the bat was of bitter roasted malt, followed up by some strong espresso, a bit of sweet burnt caramel, and finished off with a nice dry chocolate tinge. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Full-bodied to say the least. Carbonation is excellent for such a thick brew.

KeefD, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Consumed 07/05/08 at Verdugo Bar, Los Angeles CA.

Very dark brown with exceptional clarity (yes, it's true): deep garnet and ruby highlights when held to light. One finger creamy tan nitro head that sticks around forever.

Aroma is awesome: dark semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and even a subtle red grape character.

Texture is velvety smooth.

The flavor is substantial roasted dark malts, resulting in a profile similar to the nose: bittersweet chocolate, rich roasted coffee with a hint of cream and sugar and restrained but noticeable bitterness on the aftertaste.

Sublime and drinkable as anything I have ever had, the glass was drained far too soon on this one.

charlzm, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of chileman13
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a samuel smith glass.
A-black with edge of mahagoney wher the light can get through. 1" tan head that laces out.
A-Roasted malt with chocolate, coffee and brandy/alcohol notes
T- As it smells with earthy hops.
M-Smooth perfect carbonation for style.
D- very drinkable, with a knowledge of high alcohol content.
Great stout!

chileman13, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Gtreid
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pub glass.

A: Black with almost two fingers of milk chocolate colored head. Thin stickey lacing lines the glass.

A: Chocolate, roasted coffee malts, caramel, and espresso. Earthy hops balance the nose nicely.

T: The coffee and chocolate stand out in the begining, the molasses and caramel show up in the middle, and the earthy hops and alcohol give the beer a very nice bitter, warming finish.

M&D: The mouthfeel is outstanding. Creamy and rich, with a perfect amount of carbonation. This is a very good RIS. 9% ABV is just right. Wouldn't session this, but sipping on a couple of these to end a night is just what the doctor ordered. Skal.

Gtreid, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA.

A - In Duvel tulip: World class gorgeous; pitch dark mahogany with a splendid mocha head and decent lacing.

S - Roasted coffee with light hops and even a touch of leather

T/M - A touch of sweetness with bitter hops. Quite complex with strong dark fruit and bitter chocolate, brandy, coffee/toffee, caramel, and anise. Creamy with a touch of satin; racy as it warms.

D - Given its richness and ABV, any more than one and you'd be pushing it. Let there be no doubt however, that this is amazing stuff. Wow.

Congrats to North Coast for a splendid offering!

pinotboy007, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of vpunk
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After first trying this mighty brew at the brewery, I now have it for dessert at every beer tasting I host.

Black as night with a luscious brown head - most unique head I've ever seen.

Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and slight alcohol all crawl up to the nose.

For such a strong beer, the taste is amazing, vanilla and chocolate with plenty of roastiness, yet not overpowering.

Feels like drinking a milkshake, so creamy and smooth, you want to savor it as long as possible.

Excellent beer to finish a meal, especially with a piece of dark chocolate.

vpunk, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Roeters
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pored with a thick creamy head that holds on throughout the beer, Great mix of black beer and light brown foam.

S: Think aroma of dark malts with a slight smell of alcohol to finish it off.

T: Starts with a big kick of malt then mellows more into the flavor of dark malt finished with a great balance of alcohol to finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy

D: I wish I had bought more, I have about finished this one and it is my last. I could drink these the rest of my life.

Roeters, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yummy! Pours Very Dark with a dark brown head. Dry roast and coffee aroma. Nice sweetness with a little bitter hops kick. Complex initial taste has a strong dark fruit presence with bitter chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Head laces from top to bottom and the overall retension hints at a decent amount of hopping. I love the balance of this beer.

gonzo46and2, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black with about a quarter inch frothy chocolate brown head. The head thins down to a small ring fairly quickly. The ring leaves a decent amount of lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Molasses, coffee, and dark chocolate are the main aroma. The roasted malt taste also comes through as well. The aromas are normal for the style, but they mix better than some of its competitors.

T: All the items that added to the aroma mix just as well in the taste. Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of molasses mix perfectly to form an extremely tasty brew. The initial taste is slightly bitter with the coffee and chocolate being the most pronounced. They are balanced well with the malts. The finish leaves a slick coating in the mouth but its not as syrupy as others in the style.

M: It is a very full bodied brew. There is very little in mouth carbonation. The finish is cleaner than most of the ones in the style.

D: The cleaner finish makes this one very drinkable for a RIS. I don't know that I would knock back a 4 pack of these in a sitting, but for the style it is remarkably drinkable.

GatorBeerNerd, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Pours an opague black with one and a half finger creamy tan head.

Aroma is chocolate, some dried fruit, coffee, caramel, perhaps some smoked wood, hops, and then alcohol towards the end.

Flavor is dominantly coffee, with dark chocolate, and smoked wood flavor coming on the finish along with a bit of hops that may or may not be citrusy.

Mouthfeel is not like some Imperial Stouts, it's less syrupy. Still full, but not quite as good a feel as some others. Despite that fact, it actually makes it a bit more drinkable. Finishes dry.

Great beer. I love the strong coffee presence in the flavor and the other subtleties that come along with it. Unlike many other Imperial Stouts, I can drink a couple of these. It's usually pretty cheap too.

roadhouse, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a thick, viscous black. No light passes through it. It also has a large, wonderful brown head to it. Excellent appearance. It has a giant aroma of roast and chocolate. Some coffee and alcohol are also noticable.

In the taste there is a lot more coffee than I had thought from the aroma. The roast also takes a front seat, while the sweet chocolate nose is lost in the taste. There is also some strong hop bitterness to it. The alcohol begins to come through on the end of it, and it has an extremely dry finish. The flavors really do not quite blend together as nicely as they should, but it is still excellent. The body is medium-full, and the carbonation works for it. Very good brew.

ASymon13, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of iuhophead87
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer in to a small tulip glass from a 12 oz. Bottle

A- Very black body with a light tan head. Head was rather small and dissipated quickly until the glass was swirled. Then, the small head would reappear.

S- I love this smell! A dark roasted malt with big alcohol present. A good balance between the roasted malt and alcohol smell.
T- Although you can taste the strong roasted maltiness of this beer, a subtle bitterness of hops does squeeze its way through. The warm burn of alcohol follows this flavor.
M- Very full bodied, but not syrupy. Outstanding!

D- A very good beer and very drinkable. Although you notice the alcohol it is well balanced by the malts. You could chalk me up for a few of these at a time.

iuhophead87, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours with very little head. Beer itself is an absolute pitch black color, no light at all escapes this beer.

Smell- Deep dark malty nose with subtle hints of alcohol.

Taste- Very complex flavors, sweet candied fruit, coffee, hint of spicyness from lovely hops. Truly delightful, alcohol leaves hint on warmth on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Fills palate completely with warm dark malt flavors and its full and chompy.

Drinkability- One of the most enjoyable RIS Ive ever had this one just melts in your mouth, definitly a repeat buy.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of LunaChick
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My orders finally came today. This one I got per BA suggestions.
Very complex stout. Pours almost black with a very frothy tan head that leaves substancial lacing. This is like silk in the mouth--almost like drinking cream. Except its beer. Aromas of caramel roasted malt on the nose. Very potent starts spanish espresso strong coffee with a definate burst of alcohol. Good carbonation tingles the throat. Background notes of very bitter chocolate. Bitterness lingers a bit. A sipping beer not for the faint of heart. A good beer to drink when you're lost in thought or just trying to tune out the outside world.

LunaChick, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of mjrtoo
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the absolute best when it comes to a Russian Imperial Stout being brewed in the US today.

It pours deep black with a good dark brown head....I give up, it's too hard to describe this complex stout, I'll leave that to others. Just buy it, drink it, and enjoy it!

Be careful, its alcohol content is high for a very smooth taste, not a bit of booze on this palate.

Thanks North Coast!

mjrtoo, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours india ink black with the viscosity of a thin motor oil. Its a beautiful site to see that big coffee colored head form on the top of this beer. It looks so inviting, so perfect. As the head slowly fades it leaves very thick lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of strong dark malty goodness, citrusy bitter west coast hops and fresh brewed black as night coffee. Who would have ever thought those three distinct smells could come together and be so amazing. Along with those more intense smells comes a faint smell of alcohol. I love the smell of this beer.

Taste is chocolate milk, bitter citrusy hops, coffee and sweet cream. There is a nice smooth, silky mouthfeel with this beer with nice carbonation and an almost immediate warming sensation from the alcohol, which also provides a dryness in the finish.

This is the real deal when it comes to Russian Imperial Stouts being made in America.

indiapaleale, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of mrbosworth
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick sandy head, with dense bubbles float above an opaque mahoghany chalice of Old Rasputin. A great coffee roasted, toasted molasses smooth flavor and rich body, with a smoky aftertaste, define imperial stouts. Vanilla, oaky flavors give way to a spicy bitter finish as the beer warms. It becomes drier and maltier and tastier near the end. I love this beer, if you hadn't noticed.

mrbosworth, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of MichaelGreene
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a great beer.

Look like coffee with head, deep rich chocolate colored head. I felt like I was diving into a rich cappuccino, chunky thick head, which dissipated nearly completely, but is still hanging around a little.

Smells like coffee. Has hints of chocolate in the aroma and taste. Roasted flavor. Nice medium carbonation. Good bitter aftertaste that isnt too strong and doesn't stick around for too long after.

Something I really like about this beer, is that it isn't too syrupy, it has a certain dryness while still being thick and deep. I like that.

Overall very drinkable, I look forward to taking a trip up the coast and visiting this brewery later this summer.

MichaelGreene, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, an excellent stout. Strong dark malt, chocolate flavors with a great bitter finish. My bottle started with oddly high carbonation, but after a few minutes the carbonation settled. Great taste though. Full body with a nice bitter finish. Well balanced and strong.

RomanW70, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle. I grabbed this bottle from the Foodery in Philly.

A: Very, very black body (No light comes through at all) topped by a thick tan head. It laces decently at first, but then dies away. I was expecting more I guess. Maybe it is the glasses fault, but I thought the head would stick around for the whole beer.

S: There is a BIG smell to this glass of beer. I smelled hints of chocolate and coffee with a strong hop presence. That balance in the aroma between hop and roasted malt is a wonderful combination.

T: BIG smell is followed up by a BIG flavor. Chocolate and espresso notes are contrasted by a strong bitter hop flavor. There is a serious warming presence by the alcohol content. In the aftertaste is where you will find the subtle fruit esters.

M: Full-bodied, though not too much. There is a rich, chewy sensation brought on by the leftover sugars in this beer. Delicious.

D: This is a drinkable version of a Russian Imperial Stout. Most are too much, but his is just right with the mouthfeel and the flavor being not too rich, etc.

MusicaleMike, May 30, 2008
Photo of Tbn2
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Eye Candy-Vary delicious looking. Black as used motor oil. Very rich brown head rises after hard pour and leaves plenty of lacing all the way to the last drop.

Nose Candy-Somewhat atypical of a stout smell with a rather big presence (for a stout IMO) of hops. Coffee and chocolate malts present and a good toasted grain flavor there as well.

Tongue Candy-Good and solid at the beginning. The coffee flavor hits you off the bat and sits well. At the end of the taste, an earthy flavor of hops comes out and fights against the malts. I wish there was a better balance here between hop and malt flavoring. Body seems a little light and a touch over-carbonated for my likes. I would still recommend this beer and look forward to trying other North Coast Brews...

Hooray Beer!

Tbn2, May 30, 2008
Photo of beermebeerman
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Jet black, used motor oil color with an average sized cream colored head. Lacing is solid.

Smell is malty; very roasted chocolately smell. I think I will have to let the beer warm some more before I can pick anything else out.

Taste is almost immediately coffee, with chocolate following, finished by an almost (raisin?) rum like followthrough. Alcohol warms in the finish. Very clean tasting beer but with lots of flavor. Hop bitterness is present but not in the fore; malt is the leading character in this play.

Medium to high carbonation and jam packed with flavor give the feeling of drinking a meal. Very full-bodied beer. The 9%abv is definately noticeable.

I will be drinking this again. Now I can say that I understand the hype surrounding this beer!

beermebeerman, May 28, 2008
Photo of TroyS
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a bit shocked to find this Old Rasp Shout in the new beer and wine store locally; the new shop here in good ol' Blackfoot, Idaho mostly carries America's favorite lawn-mower brews and "fine wines, " but only carries a small percentage of truly envious brews to date. One benefit of this particular store is that it's in Blackfoot, Idaho, which is where I live now...Just kidding....kinda;) The benefit is that they charge a very fair price for the few great beers that they keep in stock. What more could you ask for, right?

This true Russian imperial stout is a great "evening beer," and I say that not because it's such a "warm beer," but because it's really light on the tongue yet memorable. This is a very nutty brew. This beer also carries a lot of coffee like robust flavor, but is lightened w/booze. I was taking the last sips of an Alaskan Ipa when I opened this bottle of Rasputin. Normally I'd pour it into a regular pint glass, dimpled mug, or a tulip, but after taking a whiff and a quick sip from the bottle, I decided to enjoy this one in a Chimay glass.

Nice and dark yet light in mouth feel. Chocolate + chocolate + more chocolate is super nice and roasty. Old Rasp Stout drinks like a cool cappichino. A bit heavy on the alcohol and light on the hopps, however a great....no....fantastic nutty Imperial Russian stout if you ask me;) I think that the only thing missing is a bit heavier mouth. When I say that it's "light," what I'm really trying to say is that it's not very thick, but warm and thinner than I'd like to see from this Russian Imperial Stout. Delicious! Who could ask more of a fine beer that's ready to go out of Blackfoot, Idaho? NOTHING:)

TroyS, May 24, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Huge head on pour that subsided into a 1/2 inch coffee tan head. Pours very dark, near black. Thick lacing.

S - Chocolate

T - Chocolate. Aftertaste is not to bitter.

M - Thick. Alcohol bite at the end. A little more carbonation then I like

D - Because of the ABV, definately a sipper.
Reason for update:

Did a blind tasting of 7 RISs.

Night Tripper, Czar, and Stone RIS tied for First. Siberian Night and Old Rasputin tied for 4th, and Ten FIDY and Expedition tied for 6th. Based on these results I've changed my numbers.

tedpeer, May 24, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one powerful, beautifully crafted beer. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is everything a Russian Imperial Stout should be.

Pours an oily black with a thin beige head. The aroma is powerfully malty, with a sharp bite of cherrywood smoke.

The flavor is vast, with a massive attack of bitter, earthy smoke and a huge, round undertone of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is enormous, resiny and thick, clinging to the tongue long after the beer is down your throat. It finishes with smoke and a satisfying alcohol bite on the top of your moth.

This is an amazing beer that will stand up to food, or survive aging, like a fine port.

Seanibus, May 22, 2008
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,692 ratings.