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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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world-class

9,907 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,907
Reviews: 3,362
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,326 | FT: 43
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of bearcamp
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They had this on tap @ the local flying saucer.

Wow! Wow! Wow! This is a great imperial stout. I was planning on getting a different beer but got another glass of Old Rasputin. Hopefully, I can find this in a bottle somewhere..

Appearance: About a 2 inch coca tinted head. Served in a unique glass that I don't know but it was between a pint and a snifter. Almost a wide wind glass.

Smell: Strong dark malt and a hint of coffee, but this had hops. i'm a hop head so this was a good thing

Taste. Smooth, nitro carbonated very flavorful. Love the hop taste of this beer.

Mouth feel. Very thick, probably because it was on tap. Like a hoppy thicker Guinness.

Drink ability: Do you have to ask? I ordered 3 of them that night. I wanted to try other brews but this one was so good I had to have more.

This is a great beer. Great example of an imperial IPA. Will definitely try more of this style in the future. Best non-Guinness stout I've had

bearcamp, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of kylephillips
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Creamy looking head, tannish in color. Good head retention. Lacing sticks to side of glass. Beer is very dark brown, almost solid black, cannot see through it.

Smell is thick with chocolate flavors. Smells like it would be a very sweet drink.

Excellent mouth feel, with a decent amount of carbonation that sort of bites the tongue.

Initial taste is very sweet but immediately becomes bitter as you swallow. Finishes with an excellent roasty flavor that stays on your tongue. Almost has a salty taste that lingers.

Drinkability is good considering the finish leaves you wanting another sip for the initial sweetness.

kylephillips, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of 100floods
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am now fortunate enough to appreciate any kind of stout. If you asked me a year ago what I thought about the genre, I would have said, "ouch." Now my attitude has changed to "BRING IT ON!!!!"

I have had this beer a few times and never appreciated its wonders. This beer embodies all the characteristics I've been looking for in a Russian Imperial Stout.

I poured the 12oz bottle into short, stalky tulip glass and immediately the contents yielded a pitch black liquid with a rugged gold foam that resembles the gold colored lining on the label.

There is a subtle alcohol nose, at first, but there wasn't enough for me to care about. What I was looking for was the body, and this beer has a full figured. This beer has a thick, roasted body with a heavy dose of espresso. Having spent some time drinking espresso, I was excited when I noticed that this beer resembles a smooth cup of espresso, it wasn't too bitter and left a pleasant oily feeling on my tounge afterwords.

This beer is great for the seasons to come: fall and winter. Have this one before you go to bed, for a great sleep. This beer comes in a four pack, and I recommend holding on to a few and see where the aging process takes it.

100floods, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, with a dark brown head. Nice cascading.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate

T: Big coffee taste with a nice milky afterfinish that makes it very drinkable

M: Smooth and creamy. Very surprising and goes down nice.

D: Very complex beer. Rich in flavors

This is a very good example of a Russian Imperial Stout. One of the best out there.

beerfairy, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of kcillini77
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow - this is one tasty brew, and the price is not too bad either.

Pours deep black with a huge head into a Duvel tulip.

Smell is of coffee, maybe a little english toffee, cocoa nibs, and a bit of fusel alcohol.

Taste is roasted coffee, some cocoa powder, and maybe a little bourbon. Aftertaste is mostly coffee-like.

Alcohol is warming and apparent, and there is a lot of carbonation here, so the mouthfeel suffers a bit.

Overall, a great beer and a great value.

kcillini77, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of DeepSix
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A half an inch initial brown head head. Lace is again brown along the glass.

Smell its quite strong, roasted malts, coffee, and some chocolate here. mmmm

Taste of the chocolate more pronounced in the taste then the smell, the coffee was pretty strong here too, roasted malts to a lesser degree then these two, with barely noticeable hop presence but given the style... The feel is thick and creamy, like a coffee, just minor carbonation, the alcohol is there as it goes down.

This a beast of a beer, the thickness and the texture coupled with the high ABV probably couldn't have too many of these in one sitting.

DeepSix, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as the night, with a dark brown head. Nice cascading.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate

T: Serious hit of coffee and roasted malts. Almost tastes like an alcoholic espresso

M: Smooth and creamy. Not the faintest hint of too much alcohol given the 9% abv

D: Given the complexity, not one that I'd want more than one or two in one sitting.

An awesome Russian Imperial Stout. One of the best out there.

abfraser, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of seangroves
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Very dark, almost black in color. Poured with about an inch of an almost caramel head. Very carbonated and has a very inviting presence to it. Retains the head for a matter of minutes.

Smell:
Very strong smell as soon as the bottle was opened and the beer was poured. When brought to the nose it is quite easy to smell the sweet aroma of the roasted/chocolate malts (smells as an almost balanced degree of chocolate malt v. roasted, with maybe a minor upper hand to roasted) with an almost citrous-type hoppiness to it.

Taste:
Very smooth in tasting, goes down easily despite the high ABV of the beer; not a typical strong beer in the high degree of its smoothness. Very strong taste of the malts followed by the citrus of the hops. Obviously that it was brewed in Russian Imperial manner with a focus on your darker roasted malt but it also has a pleasant balance of hops to counter the increased use of malt in the beer. Malts are very well balanced with the chocolate prevailing paired with the taste of roasted malt. Very true to Russian Stout fashion with a surprising degree of hops used to balance the beer.

Mouthfeel:
Feels like a very light, smooth beer. Easy on the palate but alive on your tongue with the malt/hop mix. Feels slightly over carbonated but with this beer the extra carbonation isn't overally out of place.

Drinkability:
This beer is considerably easy to drink. This is a beer best suited for sipping. Especially on a cold night, this would be the beer to sit with and enjoy the evening. Very easy to drink another one, and as it warms it does add to the taste to a slight degree, given the style of the beer. I would highly recommend.

seangroves, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of erratic
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thickest, darkest beer I've had...still hoping to try Darklord, though :) Creamy, mocha head.

Smells like coffee and chocolate. Really nice

Tastes great. Roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins, coffee and just a hint of celery. Yes, celery. Odd, but it works.

Chewy mouthfeel, smooth, low carbonation, slight astringency. The alcohol warms the throat.

High alcohol and strong flavors limit the drinkability a bit, but it tastes so damn fine, that I would keep drinking it if offered!

Overall, a top notch beer!

erratic, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch-black pour resembling ink; nice tan head which dissipates but leaves a decent coat of lace on the glass.
Smells of roasted malts with a sweet milk-chocolate overtone.
Flavor is heavy. The roasted malts coincide with a bitter cocoa flavor which leave a very dry aftertaste. A milky sweetness creeps through, as does a very subtle hop note. The flavors give an overall coffeelike quality as well.
Very creamy, heavy but smooth. Drinks like an espresso...definitely a sipper.
I can see why this is so popular; doesn't try to go too extreme in the RIS category, merely offers a finely-crafted, drinkable brew. Another well-rounded brew from North Coast.

Natural510, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of RodBurg
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Took a trip to Big Bear this past weekend and after the incredibly average beer experience I had at Oktoberfest I was chomping at the bit when I saw the bar I wandered into was serving Old Ras on tap. Poured a pitch black with a beautiful brown head that left fat lace rings with each sip.

Strong chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, and anise were pouring off this one.

Tastes were incredible and very blatant. Heavy chocolate and espresso bean followed by licorice and hop-like bitterness. Thick and chewy, this one is a sipper. Finishes with chocolate malt flavors and a nice alcohol warmth.

Old Ras has been one of my top fives for a while now and it was all the better being I hadn't had it in months. Excellent.

RodBurg, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of Silenus89
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my sniffer. Completely black in appearance with a 2 inch tan head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Main smells are chocolate and roasted malts. coffee

Tasted bitter chocolate at first then sweet malts and a slight hop finish.

Mouth feel was full bodied and very creamy i could feel a nice burn down the throat

This is a wonderful stout to kick back with though i couldnt drink more than 2 at a time. I prefer Stones RIS but this a very nice beer.

Silenus89, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with nice thick dark khaki head (2 1/2 fingers). Retention was quite good with equally impressive lacing.

Picking up some roasted malt aroma. There seems to be some coffee notes as well. I am not picking up a very big aroma on this one at all.

There is some bitterness up front which is quite noticeable. Definite hop bitterness with a combo of bitter coffee/chocolate. Roasted/burnt malt flavor is picked up easily.

Very creamy slightly warming alcohol on the back end.

Good brew and enjoyable to drink. Very drinkable for the style.

kzoobrew, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Hornet2003
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally we can get this in Vancouver!

Appearance: Jet black, tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Chocolate, roasty malts. There's a slight creme brule aroma of burnt caramel, vanilla.

Taste: Slight bit if fruitiness(cherry, figs) complemented by rich dark coffee, chocolate. Bitter like a dark dark chocolate bar.

Mouthfeel: Wow this is so smooth. Such a silky smooth feel for such a strong, roasty brew.

Drinkability: Well I'm not going to drink more than one because of the alcohol, but the smoothness allows this to go down easy.

Overall: I'm impressed by this Imperial Stout. We don't get many up here in Vancouver, but of the ones I've tried, this is 2nd only to Peche Mortel.

Hornet2003, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of davedahl
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. Seriously. Even cross-style.

Pouring the 12oz bottle requires a little coaxing to get the head to appear, but once it starts watch out! It's thick, rocky, and golden-brown. Head retention is good and a lace lays tracks down the glass.

Appearance is pitch black - all available light is eagerly consumed by this beast. After it's poured allow it to warm up - should feel closer to room temp than fridge temp. It will really open up the flavors and aromas.

Once you dive in, notice the super-licorice on the nose and tons of rich malt. The taste is very heavy roasted-malt but kept in check by a slight hop prick. Slight booziness (but not unpleasant), overtones of espresso and licorice, undertones of caramel and a light pepper.

I once had this bad boy on hand-pump at the Map Room in Chicago. Not sure I've every had a better beer. Ever.

davedahl, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a snifter.

Appearance: poured black as night with a one finger brown head

Smell: coffee, coffee, coffee(get the point), chocolate, flowery and ether alcohol(duh, 9%)

Taste: hops bite, chocolate, smooth, flowery, not strong for it's alcohol content, coffee like always

This is a wonder in a bottle. Drink it alone or with some chocolate desert. I am not the stout fan in my house, but this is definitely one worth trying.

ClavisAurea, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours nearly opaque with a sizeable brown head that is reluctant to abate. Lacing remains through the testing.
Smell: Roasted malt aroma, some chocolate and coffee in the nose.
Taste: Surge of bitter dark chocolate and espresso predominate. Bitterness lasts through the tasting, but does not take away from the experience. Finishes clean.
Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel. Not slick.
Drinkability: A great change-of-pace for this DIPA fan. Not a great session beer- better served as a sipper.

coalcracker, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of gatorguy813
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my first experiences as i delve into the world of porters and stouts. This brew smells strong of espresso and dark chocolate and tastes of it as well. For being 9% abv, it hides it very well. all in all i'd reccomend it to those who want to enjoy an excellent stout.

gatorguy813, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a mountainous brown head, excellent lacing.

smell is of cocoa, coffee, touch of licorice, and a touch of hazelnut.

taste is smooth, milk and dark chocolate, touch of caramel, and coffee bean, ends a little bitter and somewhat dry.

froghop, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of ClassicBrad
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember being VERY satisfied with this on draft and when I saw a bottle of it for $2.50....!!!! Come on, that's pretty much free when it comes to a beer this good.

Drew it into a snifter and watched the oily head build up and shrink to a layer that leaves a very wet and sporatic lacing on the glass.

The aromatics hint of coffee, chocolate and black licorice but not very strongly.

Taste is full blown chocolate malts with espresso and black licorice. Very well balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel lets the beer explode its flavors in your mouth and simply adds just another exciting part of the beer. Tends to lend itself to the carbonated side for this style.

Drinkability, for a 9% ABV beverage, is outstanding. Aside from the fact that you're going to be drunk, you'll still be wanting to keep tasting it.

ClassicBrad, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of bcolflesh
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was just too bitter for me to drink as a standalone - I realize now that most "craft" beer drinkers are looking for super bitter beers, so I can see the popularity of this - but it is not for me. Would be a good accompaniment to a heavy meal that would mask the bitter flavor.

bcolflesh, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of GlassCityBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the first imperial I ever had and it still remains my favorite. Old Rasputin is big, rich, chocolate, coffee, roasted goodness that never lets up. it's the perfect, kick back and slowly sip beer for me and I really don't say that often. So by far, if you're looking for a go big or go home kind of Russian, look no further.

GlassCityBrewer, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a very thick light tan head that settles fairly slowly. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, along with some cocoa notes. Tate has some roasted coffee flavors, along with some oakey notes as well. Maybe even a faint bit of licorice ? Hmm... Mouthfeel is a tad bit light for such a flavorful brew. A very nice RIS. Would certainly be agreeable to having this again.

BigJTrucker, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of mcfisty
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance=Opaque, full beige head at first simmering down to a very thin ring.

Aroma= Blasts out cocoa, coffee, well roasted malts, very pleasant and soothing. No alcohols showing themselves yet. Some hops just letting you know their there.

Flavor= coffee and rich roasted malts at first with the dark bittersweet chocolate flavor coming in behind. A faint hint of raisins in the finish. More and more coming out as it warms.

Mouthfeel = A bit thin and prickly in my opinion. Not as viscous as I like my big boys to be.

Drinkability= First one going down really smooth, alcohol already warming half way through...Ill let you know later tonight ;)

mcfisty, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pitch black with a long lasting tan head that can get as big as you make it. Nice thick viscosity when disturbed. Lacing chases the liquid surface down to the bottom.

S-Roasted Coffee, toffee, caramel and most interestingly of all floral hops.

T-After being shocked by the aromatic hop presence, I was even more amazed by the complex layers of flavor that this beverage has to offer. At the forefront is chocolate, roasted coffee, malt and complimentary hop bitterness. An alcohol burn follows that is absolutely perfection.

M- Medium to thick, creamy with plenty of carbonation to keep things interesting.

D-Very easy to drink despite the alcohol presence. A smooth and creamy imperial stout.

A cult classic that is worthy of the tag!

bifrostguard, Sep 07, 2008
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,907 ratings.