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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

10,361 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,361
Reviews: 3,397
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,559 | FT: 47
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 TheBear11D
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large, foamy long lasting dark chocolate brown head.

The alcohol is present in the smell, but fairly covered by the chocolate and caramel malt.

A sweet chocolate malt flavor up front that holds. A hint of bread right before the alcohol comes through and leaves a bittersweet flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium body brew. The high ABV really thins out the beer yet adds to the beers smoothness.

Although the alcohol stands out, the beer has a great taste and is very smooth. A beer that is worth revisiting.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an opaque black with a brownish head that subsides rather quickly.

Smells of roasted coffee, charcoal, and slightly chocolate. Hop and alcohol smell are secondary but distinguishable.

Taste is dry charcoal-like with dark, roasty flavors of coffee and small traces of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with little carbonation.

Drinkablity is very good being a dark 10% ABV beer - I could drink a four pack of these.

Photo of latercol
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why I waited so long to review this. This is a good beer that I have regularly.

Looks- it is basically black with a tan head and good lacing.

Smell- Cofee and chocolate.

Taste. more coffee and chocolate gets better as it warms.

Mouth feel - smooth and rich feel. Very good.

Drimkibility. this one takes a while. It is a good one to have after dinner and savor it for a while. it relaxes me... Might have something to do with the alcohol content:) Overall a great beer at a great price.

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

Complex aroma of coffee, chocolate and fruit. Appearance was perfect. Poured black hue with large tan creamy head that lasted to the finish with excellent lacing. Full bodied flavor and finish that was consistent with all the aroma.

The complete stout in a bottle. Thank you North Coast.

Photo of jdg204
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally had a shot at one of the legends so I had to take a stab at it. My first North Coast and not my last as their distribution is increasing in my area.

A: Pitch black with a nice mocha head that stuck around.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Off the bat you get the coffee and chocolate but soon the hops take over (lacks balance imo), really socks it to you.

M: Good consistency and texture, nice sipping beer.

D: Good brew overall, but didn't quite live up to the hype surrounding it. I enjoyed it but the hops were just way out of balance and sunk it for me. I've just had better RIS's, but this is pretty unique so give it a shot if you can get it.

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

A - Black, I can't see light through this. The head could last longer though and I wouldn't mind having more lacing either.

S - Great smell. Lots of different malt smells. I smell some chocolate, some coffee, and some roasted almost woody smells.

T - Great taste. Good balance of malts similar to the smell. I can taste some chocolate, and some coffee malts. There is also a toasted wood taste, even a few malts to balance.

M - Good full feel. Can't really see carbonation, but you can feel it. Very full feel.

D - Low, but typical for the style to me. One of these is great, but one is pretty much all I want.

I used to hate dark beers, but recently I have discovered how great they can be. This is amazing. Great flavor. I will buy this again, and probably try more of this style.

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

Had on tap at Union Brew House. Poured into a 10 oz. glass. Pours jet black with a thin, creamy tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee and some burnt sugar. Taste is wonderful. Good amount of chocolate and coffee with a nice, smooth sugary, malty finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel, but not thick- rather thin and drinkable. Wonderful beer that I probably first tried 10 years ago and is still great today.

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

Staying true to the style, this one's loaded with flavors and aromas. Smoked and roasted coffee and grains are most prominent, with a variety of complimenting flavors as well. Dark chocolate, sweet caramel, some light spices, rich dark fruits and raisins.

Certainly not a way to test the waters of dark beers, but if you love complex stouts, this one will hit the spot.

Thick without feeling syrupy. Smooth and still creamy, and a little frothy. It strikes great balance and makes for one great beer.

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

One of my favorite impy stouts, it is high time I finally review this thing. It pours a dark ebony with a thick creamy brown head that slowly diminishes.A small amount of lacing sticks around while I drink. The smell is of dark roasted malts, coffee and a slight hint of chocolate. The taste is very rich and dark with a mild alcohol warmth at the back of the throat. Moderate carbonation and a full-bodied feel that finishes with a slightly charred finish. All in all, a wonderful quaff to be enjoyed regularly.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbnooshay for the bottle.

Black as night with a massive caramel-colored head. Nice and lumpy with good sticky lace. Great retention; stays until the end.

Chocolate malt aroma with some espresso and slightly sharp hops. Smells awesome! Alcohol is well masked and doesn't come through much in the nose at first, but shows itself a bit as it warms.

Well roasted coffee and molasses. Has a heavy sweetness while nicely balanced by a strong hop presence. A little char/smokiness. Residual sweetness in the finish; this is also where the alcohol shows up and provides a nice warming sensation as well as lending a hand with a little balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and full. Soft carbonation is just right.

Great RIS in the same vein as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. A BIG beer; not for the beginner.

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

Poured a jet black with a nice coco colored frothy head with decent lacing

Smell was dark roasted malts. Little booze. Some coffee up in the mix as well. Very interesting

Taste was again of dark roasted malts with a tad of coffee. Dark bitter chocolate as well. Not as sweet as Kate but deffinatly comparable!

Slick and thick mouthfeel.

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

Pours a deep viscus black, no head, I wish it had a nice lasting head, what little it had for a few seconds was a deep tan.

Smells very winey, raisins, plums maybe. I get lost in these crazy beers, but I recognize a good thing when I see it.

Taste is good, but not what I've come to expect from RISs.

Thick viscous feel, very drinkable for what it is.

Photo of theghost3
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review, and this is the perfect beer. Pours an opaque black with a thick, frothy cafe au lait head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is strong of roasted coffee malts & dark fruits. The taste is very complex--coffee, dark chocolate, some bitter roasted malts, then followed by raisins & dried fruits.

Mouthfeel is smooth & thick at first, but then there is some acidity at the end brought out by the alcohol warmth.

This is a drinkable RIS. Perfectly complex & strong.

Photo of Beejay
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark dark brown-black. Nice creamy tan head.. looks delicious.

S: That smells nice.. Dark, roasted coffee, bourbon..

T: Smokey and dark.. Sweet. The finish is nice, with a mellowed smoke taste.

M: Thick and heavy.

D: Predictably good. This would go great with some creme brulee..

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

snifter

A - Poured dark opaque brown, tall tan coffee colored head
formed and slowly dissipated into a strong collar and creamy goodness.

S - roasted malts, coffee, hints of chocolate, sweetness, dark fruits.

T - Good, and tasty. Strong malft flavor strong roasted bitter. sweetness in the beginning and a light hoppy bitter combined with a strong roasted profile of the barley.

M - Strong, good body, would have liked it alittle more viscous, but good. Carbonation good, not too much but present.

D - very good, highly recommended. One of my favorite RISs out. 9.00% ABV doesn't taste like. Try one now or just have another if you've already had it.

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

I was attracted to this brew for the simple fact that it was titled "Old Rasputin." At that time, I did not know anything really about Russian Imperial Stout. Having fell in love with the brew immediately, I became a regular drinker of the stuff and also moved on the other brands of RIS. This opened the gateway to my favorite style of beer, Russian Imperial Stout.

A: Poured black, very black, yet filtered, with a deep brown two finger head. Nice carbonation. Moderate lacing is present.

S: Smell is rich of coffee, currants, bitter-burnt malts, dark chocolate, raisins with hints of alcohol.

T: Rich and very sweet with currants and chocolate. The flavor is also moderate on the alcohol but is matched with the moderate sweetness of the brew.

M: Thick and syrupy but very drinkable and simply delicious.

D: I prefer my Russian Stouts to the brink of freezing but the flavors are unlocked as the brew approaches 45-55 degrees and it becomes more drinkable.

Its great but not of the same quality of some of the more expensive Russian Stouts. Still great and is one of the best things I can get in Jacksonville, Arkansas(since no one here seems to enjoy anything but natty ice and bud light).

Just as a side note, I don't recommend aging the stuff. I doesn't hold very well over several months. I think you have to seek out richer brews, this one is a bit too "light" for good aging.

Cheers!

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

Poured into pint glass - and a wonderful one inch head developed. Perfect inky coloring. Head dissipates into a nice laced skin. Excellent roasted malt nose. Taste starts with a smokey note, growing into a nice roasted malt finish. Mid notes of hops quickly fade, but add excellent balance. Heavily carbonated. Very rich. Alcohol levels very well masked by flavors.

A bit too carbonated, kills the smoothness I desire, but a very, very good RIS.

Photo of turamarth
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Smokestack Goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black body, slight ruby on edges when held to a light. Poured a 1 1/2 finger red-ish brown head that dissipated quickly to leave a film.

Nose: Nice and malty. Hints of chocolates, coffees, leather, some hoppiness. Maybe the faintest hint of raisins or other dark dried berries.

Taste: Lots of chocolate malts. Coffee, some dark berries maybe. Some nice hoppy balance.

Mouth: Pretty smooth. Leaves the mouth pretty dry. but with some thickness.

Drink: Very tasty, and pretty drinkable for having an elevated abv.

Photo of gameface23
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Absolutely nothing wrong with the way this looks in a glass. It has everything you could want in a RIS: pitch black color and a creamy mocha colored head that leaves great lacing.

Smell: Really nice amount of black coffee/espresso and secondary smells of chocolate malt. The one thing that stops this from receiving a 5 for smell is the fact that there is a pretty apparent alcohol smell to it.

Taste: Espresso and hops with a little bit of licorice/anise flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. Not cloying at all and the finish doesn't overstay its welcome.

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

Appearance: This brew pours with a nice creamy dark tan head that leave plentiful lacings. Brew color is a dark brown almost black opaque liquid. Excellent for this style.

Smell: The predominant aroma is a roasted chocolate/coffee malt. Malt presence is impressive and quite in style for this style. Excellent.

Taste: Immediately the roast coffee comes to the front. During systain a hop essence emerges. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: The totality of the taste and palate pleasing character of this selection make this a wonderful choice or experienced drinkers. Novices may find that the palate is a little crouded, however for this style, I find this selection to be very crisp. Great job making this a very tasty brew.

Drinkability: As with most heavy alcohol and malt drinks, this sits a little heavy on the stomache, but alot of this is due to the style character rather than this particular selection. Not bad, but very filling for a novice drinker.

Prosit!
Nikki

Photo of BigIrishman
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into pint glass

Appearance: Jet black with caramel colored head, not too much lace.

Smell: Nice, espresso with some chocolate and a bit of a tangy bitterness to it.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, very espressoish with some anise and a bit of caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, what you would expect from an RIS.

Drinkability: Not as high as I would usually rank a RIS, mostly because there was a reasonably noticeable alcohol presence.

Notes: Very enjoyable. but not the most standoutish of RIS's.

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

Old Rasputin enters the snifter surprisingly translucent black and garnet rimmed hues. Frothy crema cap lets rich roasted black malt, baker's cocoa, espresso, some anise or licorice detected. When tasting, chocolate is prominent and the spicy hops fit well with in the beer - distinct enough for balance. A chewy mouthfeel keeps slick and leaves well attuned - a classic Russian Imperial Stout.

Please take my advice on this one - pour this after a full dinner and pair it with an Onyx Reserve Robusto. This full bodied maduro created with Dominican, Nicaraguan blend tobacco and Blackened Connecticut wrapper creates dark aromas and a roasted character that pairs impeccably well with the brew. A puff of the cigar and sip of the slick RIS will make for a memorable evening.

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

A: This stuff pours black as night with little to no light shining through. Where it does, you can see this uber dark brown elixer for what it truly is. Gives up about a finger of head that recedes quickly to leave a nice thin layer of light brown froth like one would expect on hot chocolate, but darker. Leaves little lacing, but what's there is appreciated.

S: Coffee, roasted nuts, some caramel, and the overwhelming STINK (I used to be a baker, so I use this term affectionately) of yeasty rising bread. This stuff smells fantastic, it definitely gives the impression of being exactly what stouts are sometimes thought to be, liquid bread. Roasty, toasty, sweet and yeasty are all words that apply here.

T: A bit less hop presence and bitterness than I typically associate with a Russian Imperial Stout, but this lends to the drinkability by a truckload. Coffee, caramel and roasted walnuts are the major flavors I'm getting here. A little bit of a cocoa flavor is detectable, while at the same time that yeastyness seems to carry over in to the taste as well, suggesting a crusty bread-to-be rising in a warm proof box. Fan-freaking-tastic.

M: Somewhat creamy, very very smooth, and a perfectly comfortable level of hoppy bitterness that doesn't hang out on the tongue for too long. Lovely.

D: I could kill a 4 pack of this by myself in a few hours. The 9% is hidden so well you're liable to be dancing on the coffee table with a lampshade on your head at 3 AM before you even realize that you've had enough. So smooth, pretty creamy, and really delicious. But it did leave me wanting... a little.

Photo of Chapter40z
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Extremely dark and completely opaque, A full 2 fingers of dark brown head, retained well and left a solid line of lacing.

S. Yeasty bread smell at first , then graduated to a roasted coffee.

T. Strong roasted notes of coffee and nutty backgrounds. Covers the 9% abv very nicely. A very solid imperial stout.

M. Not overly carbonated, slightly creamy with a full heavy body.

D. Very drinkable almost dangerously so with a 9% abv, I'd likely finish this 4 pack and still be willing to drink another. Great beer would recommend.

Photo of mikereaser
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a complete opaque black with no light penetrating it, it had a little tan foam that quickly disappeared

S - dark roasted coffee and chocolate aromas

T - roasted coffee with sweet malt with a bit of hop bitterness

M/D - nicely carbonated and surprisingly light bodied. Easy drinking brew that I definitely plan on having again. I also mixed it with a Hopslam for a tasty treat.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,361 ratings.