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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Ratings: 10,377
Reviews: 3,401
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 358
Gots: 1,572 | FT: 47
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North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of tzieser
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured from a 12oz bottle into a sam smith's nonic glass. thick, two finger tan head. black motor oil in color. outstanding.

s: huge nose of roasted malts; roasted coffee grounds, dark chocolate and coca powder undertones, floral hoppy backbone.

t: roasted malts up front. great coffee and chocolate flavors, hops are noticible, but delicious. nice complex flavor here-- and the alcohol is very well hidden. has all the signature traits of a good RIS, and then some.

m&d: smooth and creamy mouthfeel. drinkability is good, especially for an RIS. pretty easy to finish a 4 pack, but i'm gonna put the other two away for a couple years, i think.

a great Russian Imperial Stout. a perfect example of the style. up there with Victory's Storm King as my favorite US brewed RIS. i need to try more of North Coast's offerings

Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oct 16, 2009

12oz. bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head which retains down to the bottom of the glass. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is big roasted malts.

Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.

Rich, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel. A bit of alcohol bite, and an excellent overall Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of gruberbeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black beer. Nice tan, roasted-looking and toasty smelling head.

This beer is especially good during the winter, because it's heavy and warming. But it is oh so smooth. Flows around your mouth and over your tongue softly. Drink this beer when it is snowing outside and pair with a bowl of potato soup.

I love that I can go down to the store and get this beer almost anytime. It's beautiful and full of coffee and cigar flavors that you can savor.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured in a pint glass, a completely black brew with a mocha-colored thick foamy head that looks sticky.
smells of dark chocolate along with strong hints of coffee and some caramel.
half chocolate/coffee, and citrusy hops as well in the taste.
the carbonation is a little more than i prefer.
unique RIS in the sense its more hoppy than others, but its very good.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with a giant head of brown foam that billows out of the glass... oops. Dissipates slowly with full lacing. Aroma is full of coffee smells, roasted bitterness.

This beer is full of body and flavor. It is chewy, with a roast coffee flavor and pleasing astringency. I don't detect any real hoppiness, just a black motor oil of a beer. As I let it rest in my mouth, I pick up some plum and dark fruit flavors. It is not very boozy at all, despite the 9% ABV.

A very fine RIS - would certainly buy again!

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

Poured into a Pint glass from a bottle.

Smells a bit like chocolate cake and dark german bread.

Taste is malty, sweet, following by an awesome spicy bitterness. Nice creaminess toward the end.

The head is awesome. This brew looks pretty great.

The finish is very light, with just a mild cream and maybe a bit of bread.

This is just amazing, one of the best beers I have ever had.

Photo of DoppleJock
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-01/07/2010
-12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, dark, dark! Fully opaque when I held the glass up to light. Formed a rich, dark tan head that seemed to spontaneously appear out of nowhere when I finished my pour. A really nice start.

S: Hints of dark chocolate and bold coffee flavors.

T: First sip offered a bold, roasty coffee taste with a only a slight malty aftertaste, which I liked about it. You know, however, that you're drinking something with a more complex flavor with continued sips.

M: The beer started out really smooth. In fact, the first sip released a pleasant carbonation feel right on the tip of the tongue, which was a really nice surprise. However, the smoothness I first felt gave way to the stronger characteristics of the beer with repeated sips. By the end of the glass, the beer was feeling rather heavy.

D: Upon first sip, I felt like cracking open another bottle before I was even finished with the first. There's a lot going on here that I'm sure I didn't even catch this round of trying the beer (this was my second time trying Old Rasputin). Upon finishing my glass, however, I found one bottle to be more than enough.

Verdict: Overall it's really good, but due to the heavy feeling of the beer, a 4-pack of Old Rasputin could probably last me a week instead of a night. Some beers beg you to finish them all in one sitting, but patience seems to be a virtue with the few Russian Imperial Stouts I've tried.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a clear crystal mug.

A: Clear, super dark brown with a tan, billowy head.

S: Alcohol on the nose, slightly masked by raisins, espresso and vanilla notes.

T: Molasses body with espresso coffee, red wine, dark chocolate and subtle grapes. Alcohol burn on the finish.

D: Hard to recommend having more than like two of these bad boys at 9% ABV. I was feeling it after one, because it goes down easy.

Value: I paid around $2.79 for a single 12oz bottle which I'd say is a bargain.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into Ovral goblet

Appearance - Black in color, with a slight red hue to it pouring in. Not much head retention, and leaves a thin lacing.

Smell - Espresso, bakers chocolate roasted malt, moderate hops

Taste - Espresso notes, chocolate cake, and a good balance between malt and hops. Hidden alcohol in taste, but reminds you it's there going down. A very very good example of this style!

Mouthfeel - Creamy and decadent, which is quite fitting with the other flavors of course

Drinkability - Quite high for a 9% beer, but not a pounder by any means either.

Overall - Delicious. I'm sure I'll buy it again in the future!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-extremely dark black color that lets just a hint of a red hue through. two fingers of a thiner looking dark coffee colored head that has ok retention and leaves huge lacing on the glass.

S-a lighter nose that brings chocolate first followed by a roasted malt and a touch of espresso

T-the taste brings a fair amount of chocolate, a good bit of roasted malt that immediately fades into light citrus and bitter hops at the finish

M-extremely creamy, on the lighter side of a medium body, highly carbonated but not in a bad way. hides the alchohol well

D-very tasty RIS, nothing that blows me away but extremely consisntent and for the price, not bad!! Especially driving to Vintage Estates in Ohio where it is $2.25 a bottle.

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

Undated (as far as I can tell) 12 oz bottle. Purchased in December 2009.

Pours a thick, deep brown to black with thin nutty brown head. The head is retained pretty well, with a small amount of lacing.

This surprised me at first with a very earthy, floral aroma. This was followed quickly with some dark chocolate and loads of fruit scents. Some nice roasted coffee as well. Overall a very complex nose on this one.

Taste was lots of roast coffee, balanced by a nice dry bitterness, from hops I suppose. More dark chocolate. There is not so much fruit as there was in the smell. Finishes dry with some more bitterness. As the beer warms, the alcohol heat becomes more prevalent in the finish.

The feel is thick and creamy. Medium to full body, with some nice crispness from the carbonation.

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

A: Very dark, pours a nice 3/4 inch head. Recedes rather quickly down to a thin skin of head with a little lacing.

S: A little chocolate, a little coffee, and a banana-like smell.

T: Very nice, all the the aroma attributes are prevalent in the taste, with a little more chocolate.

M: Very nice mouthfeel.

D: I could drink another with no problem, however, the alcohol is creeping up in the finish as well as the hops.. Overall this is one of the classics.

Photo of Imsothirsty
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to find fault with this beer.
Pours black with a frothy tan head which settles pretty quickly.
The nose is delicious chocolate, with a bit of roasted coffee. Probably the most chocolaty smelling beer I have sampled.
Taste is a nice fairly complex balance between dominating chocolate and coffee, with mild alcohol and vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp carbonation to start, certainly not too much, It warms my tongue and has a smooth thick finish.

My only complaint is that I didn't have enough.

Photo of beervana1858
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have probably purchased this beer 6-7 times and have been impressed by it every time. Surely there are more elite stouts out there that I have not yet found but it may just bet hat this has everything that I look for in a stout. It has a rich flavor with a slight dark chocolate taste that resonates on your tongue for quite a while after finishing. IT isn't quite sweet but it isn't overly bitter either. Overall a great stout and I will definitely keep it on the grocery list.

Photo of Stunner97
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark dark black with no light going through at all, nice thick tan head off the pour with light carbonation

Smell- chocolate, coffee, and roasted and toasty malts,nice smell

Taste- very nice and rich flavor, extremely balanced with a nice long lingering finish, characterized by coffee, malts, and chocolate tones you start to pick up nose, slight hops provide nice bitter balance on mid palate,

Mouthfeel- very smooth and slick with medium to full bodied feel

Drinkability- extremely drinkable I could easily whip through a 4 pack of this with no sweat at all, I dont think I could get tired of this beer in one nite, I hadnt visited this one in a long time and I regret having not, delicous and a very nice value in this current era of raising beer prices, a winner in my book

Photo of jampics2
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A modern day classic. Perhaps the epitome of the style!

A jet-black glass of gold sits infront of me. A huge frothy head never goes away.

Smells amazing. Chocolate, roasted malts, creamy goodness.

Taste is just the bees knees. Sweet chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts all mixed in immaculate proportions. Bitterness only accentuates the sweetness. Holy cow, this is so smooth! Rasputin was one of the first RIS's I ever had and, on nitro tap, it's hands down the purest example of perfect RIS flavor and balance I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is milkshake thick, carb (nitro) is perfect. Drinkability is unheard of for this kind of business.

Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a quickly receding light brown head.

S: Nice roasty aroma.

T: Bitter chocolate and coffee are the most pronounced flavors. Maybe a hint of vanilla in there, too. 9% alcohol is well hidden.

M: A bit thin for my taste, but I'm really just being picky. Nothing to complain too loudly about.

D: The ABV will catch up with you before you get tired of drinking this one. Excellent beer!

Overall a great RIS, and probably one of the best values of the style at $8.99/4-pack. I would place it slightly behind Stone's IRS or Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, but I still highly recommend it!

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and very dark pour in snifter. A slight foamy head that disappears fast.

Aroma isn't heavy but has a nice malty roast.

Taste is malty with vanilla and chocolate. It has a nutty finish with a slightly hoppy bitterness.

Well-carbonated RIS that feels silky and thick.

Extremely tasty and drinkable. You feel the alcohol more than you can taste it. This brew was highly recommended at Tiffany's Wine & Spirits. It's an impressive RIS that reminds me of Bells Expedition Stout. I want to go back to Tiffany's to buy another single bottle to cellar.

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

This one has been cellared for a little over a year.
A: Pours a deep black with a thin head that lingers.

S: Nice roasted malt and alcohol. Bready?

T: Roasted coffee/malts and a hit of alcohol at the end.

M: Nice thick and silky feel, plenty of carbonation.

D: More drinkable than I recalled. Wonder if it has to do with it having a year of cellaring on it?

Photo of benclimbs
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a brown head and tons of lacing

Nose isn't too heavy, coffee cocoa, cinnamon and alcohol

taste is dried fruit, intricate espresso notes, chocolate with a bitter alcohol finish

mouthfeel is beautiful, silky and thick

a very nice imperial stout

Photo of schro126
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle on the recommendation of the clerk at my local beer store. It pours opaque with a nice dark tan head. The aroma is full of dried fruit and bitter dark malts with chocolaty undertones.
The mouthfeel is thick and velvety everything you are looking for in a RIS. The taste starts with roasty malts and smooths to a clean finish with a residual sugar that lingers. After half a glass the alcohal starts to make an appearance with a warming sensation in the chest.
Overall this is a good RIS, nothing mindblowing but a good example of the style.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a case Christmas Eve and wasted no time to open one up. Poured from a 12oz short bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. Pours very thick black, oil consistency. Very good strong smell while pouring...that of espresso. Provides a finger to 2 finger brown head that slowly disapates and leaves sticky thick lacing.

Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso/coffee, and roasted malts. Aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be from the pour, but a very sweet pleasant aroma. Here goes...down the hatch...

Very solid espresso flavors. Roasted malts and sugars, not as sweet as other big name stouts like Abyss and KBS...but great and clean in it's own way. Leaves a sweet coffee flavor on the tongue.

Medium body, not as thick as it looked like it was going to be, but very satisfying and creamy.
Very good Russian Imperial Stout! A must try...this will be a regular beer at my house!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter, this looks real good. Black with a light brown head, body is as near opaque as I've ever seen in a beer: there's no light coming through and there is minimal lacing. Smells like coffee, smells sweet. Really tastes like a coffee, has that bitter coffee acidity on the back of the tongue. Leads to a chocolatey burp. This beer stands up nicely to and complements well my dad's Christmas English Toffee. 9.0% is well hidden, I feel like I could put down quite a few of these.

Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I normally steer clear of nitro taps, but curiosity got the better of me last night at the Library Ale House. Served in an Old Rasputin nonic, which was a nice touch.

Thoroughly opaque black hole of a body crowned by two fat fingers of light tan, thick mocha fizz. Perpetual retention, cake-batter-like lacing, though no real legs to speak of.

Almost sour roast malt, lightly burnt bread, subtle esters from the alcohol, and a touch of weeds and citrus from the hops.

Over-roasted coffee, bread crusts, and a pungent mineral note that seems to be emphasized with this serving type. Unsweetened baker's chocolate and scalded milk lead into the surprisingly dry, almost dusty finish (vaguely brings to mind river stones, cheap hotel ice, old carpets, and other assorted phantoms). While strongly bitter, the hops don't jump out at you - a very carefully balanced beer.

Thick, soft, uniform body though a bit "artificial" in its presentation especially considering the purity of ingredients and skill in craftsmanship - I'd much prefer to see this on-cask. If I'm going to abandon my (perhaps idealized) notions of product integrity, why not go all the way and head down to The Golden State for one of their Old Rasputin beer floats?

A clean, rich, strong, yet subtle brew - highly drinkable especially considering the robust ABV and IBU.

Photo of wknight167
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours near black with just a hint of red when held up to the light. A one finger, fine bubble light brown head lasts longer than the beer does. Lacing is more like a wall than anything else.

Nose- Solid roast malt, coffee, chocolate with some nuttiness and sweetness showing through.

Palate- Slightly sweeter than expected, but not in a bad way. Tastes as you would expect from the nose, but with toffee, and licorice notes.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, FULL bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Finishing one makes me want another.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,377 ratings.