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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
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world-class

10,368 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 10,368
Reviews: 3,398
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,566 | 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 katan
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle

A - Pours dark as night with a strong mocha colored head. Very well retained.

S - Reminds me of chocolate and caramel notes - backed up with some roasted barley sweetness.

T - Very chocolately throughout the flavor profile. Mid-stream is a well defined sweetness. Ends with a lingering after taste of something like smoke. Aftertaste is dominated by bitterness.

M - Creamy and thick - coats the mouth completely. The after taste strength would indicate that some of the bitter balance has left a strong hop oil base.

D - While the flavors are certainly pleasing, this beer is certainly a sipper. Not high on the ABV bell curve for the RIS category, it still is potent enough to be more of a loaner night beer.

Fantastic beer - one I guess I'll have to do more importing of to Iowa over the winter.

Photo of ncvbc
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour, close to black with ruby brown hues around the edges. Somewhat frothy tan head, not too dense and settles to a ring. Good smell of molasses, raisin, light roast and ash, and chocolate with a cocoa. Taste is pretty good. Much of what was noted in the nose but with a bit much bitterness. A bit heavy on the booze, especially for a lighter RIS. Mouth is more toward medium than full, not thin but the bitterness keeps it from being to creamy. One isn't a problem but two or more might be a task.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poued very dark, was in a dark pub when I tried it, but almost no light breaking through this dark mahogany beauty. Think white-brown head, that left substantial lacing

Smelled like a stout, chocolate and malts, but a sliht hoppy-citrus note in there too

Hops and floral mixture, which was really suprising, then the malt and chocolate hit after.

Heavy, full meal-like mouthfeel.

Drank a couple and that was good enough. A little too heavy for a session beer, but nice for just a couple

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

Mahogany colored with highlights, tight head doesn't budge in the snifter glass. Good lacing, but it's gone by the time this big beer is.

Aromas of chocolate, slightly roasted but not as dark as some. Tiny whiff of coffee. On the tongue it's very hoppy and bitter while also bringing loads of chocolate sweetness.

Somewhat chewy and full, but not quite the best - very little carbonation, which is fine, but it might help cleanse the palate of the harsher aspects of the brew.

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

A - Pitch black. Dense brown head of foam and good lacing.

S - Dark, roasty aromas predominate. Molasses, dark frut and berries, some graininess and metal.

T - Very wine like and fruity with roasted character as well. Mixed berries, coffee. Not overly sweet and alcohol is well hidden.

M - Carbonation is sharp, which seems to lighten the body somewhat.

D - Pretty good, but not my favorite. Could be a victim of raised expectations. Feels light for a RIS and flavour is solid but not mindblowing.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers that got me started on craft beer and just getting around to reviewing it. Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night with only a hint of light penetrating the edges leaving a mahogany hue. The huge tan head sits atop the blackness for a long, long while leaving big sheets of lacing.

The aroma is of massive dark roasted malts, bakers chocolate and licorice. There is also a pretty sizable hop kick in the nose up front as well, mainly citrus.

The taste also starts with an interesting citrus hop kick but it quickly gives way to the bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malts. There is a hint of coffee as well as dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is sticky and lingers for ages, just coating the mouth with the massive malt and hop battle on the palate.

This is a great example of an RIS and old standby. Highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours thickly, with a slight head that quickly dissipates. The brew's color is nearly opague, like a cup of dark-roasted coffee.

S - Again, dark-roasted coffee, and a pleasantly bitter dark chocolate. Only a very slight hint of smokiness.

T - Not to keep harping the same point, but the taste is very similar to the pleasure of eating chocolate with a cup of good coffee. This gave me an idea - I tried a piece of (baking) bittersweet chocolate that was lying around the house with this brew - I thought the beer interacted very well with the chocolate. But I digress. Without chocolate, there is only a slight acidity on the finish, with hardly any alcohol taste.

M - A bit unsatisfying, but creamy and smooth. The finish was a little less lingering that I might like, but overall, an outstanding Russian Imperial Stout. Surprisingly high in carbonation, but I found that this made the texture a little more complex and interesting.

D - An outstanding, enjoyable brew. Take your time with this one. What the hell, I might as well use the coffee analogy once more: drink this beer as you would a cup of coffee on a lazy morning.

Photo of n00tz
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Friggin' Dark thick body with a tight brown foamy head. Undetectable carbonation.

S - Bitter coffee and a sharp fruity scent like a champagne. Slight smoke.

T - Dark roasted coffee bitterness, creamy hot chocolatey, slight hint of the alcohol with some mellow fruitiness like dried figs.

M - Thick body, I have to convince those that I've shared with that they are not drinking oil. Smooth going down, palate clears but the mouth stays coated like a light syrup. Fantastic stout.

D - MORE NOW.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with pinkish lacing on top. Picture perfect appearance.
Dark malt, raisin, chocolate smell. Very smooth roasted malt taste. Chocolate, coffee, etc Very very drinkable. Only slight taste of alcohol in a 9% ABV beer. Excellent beer, excellent stout.

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

Very dark with a small tan creamy head which disappeared soon after and left little lacing.

Smelled of chocolate and coffee, along with a hint of alcohol.

Tasted as it smelled, although the alcohol was a bit more pronounced, especially as it warmed up. Nicely balanced.

Very smooth mouthfeel, slippery and creamy. Full bodied. You know this one is in your mouth. Very nice.

This is an excellent brew for this time of year, but probably a bit too much for the warmer months (especially here in Vegas). A couple of these will make you feel all warm and toasty inside.

Photo of beerbart
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, to me, a really delicious beer. I've been lovin' the dark ones, porters and stouts, a lot. And this one tops the list at present.

It's deep dark and serious. It makes cheese, caramels, chocolate, even pie, taste better. It's like taking a swim in a pool of warm molasses, watching your favorite horror movie, laughing at funereal humor, dancing with your best friend. 'Cause you can. 'Cause it's good to do.

You like a stout? Try it. You'll like it.

Shoot me now, I'll die happy.

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

12oz bottle out of a "Never Say Die" 4 pack.

A - Poured into a pint glass this is jet black with a large dark tan head that has been staring at me for 5 minutes now.

S - Espresso and chocolate are the 1st things to mind. Roasty caramel sweetness. Epitome of 'mouth watering'.

T - Rich roasted coffee and caramel malts. Alcohol in the nose on the finish. Dark chocolate is picked up on the 2nd pull. Excellent.

M - Very complex and big bodied with that head cushioning each sip.

D - Is there a better brew for the winter? I doubt it.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass. No freshness or bottling date indicated, which I presume is fairly inconsequential.

A- Deep brown/black in appearance. Pours with a bare minimum off-white head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Alcohol, coffee, and vague hints molasses, though taken as a whole, all are fairly muted. After ~1/2 an hour, molasses odor become more prominent.

T- Crisp as it hits, but then quickly followed by alcohol and burnt/hoppy bitterness. Alcohol hit and bitters mellow as it warms, and the essence of coffee flavors become more present and pleasant.

M- Medium/high carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D- Moderate. In my book, this is a "one glass slow-sipper" of a beer.

Future outlook: Possible that I would pick this up again for rare-occasion sipping, though not something that would rank prominently for regular imbibing.

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

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle with a label depicting the Mad Monk himself in the midst of dark, psychic meditation. Cryptic Russian lettering wraps around the bottom half of label. Evil stuff. No freshness dating.

A: Pours an opaque ebony color with a two-finger, caramel-colored head that fades to a thin rim of foam. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, coffee, and a whiff of alcohol. A hint of wet wool. (That's a first.)

T: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Bittering hops in the middle. Notes of malted milk balls and blackstrap molasses. Alcohol is well-concealed. Finishes with a snap of licorice.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Generous carbonation on the tongue.

D: At 9% ABV, not exactly sessionable - but a great sipper that's appropriate for this time of year.

Photo of Dalem
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is dark one. Almost black in color and just a sliver of light getting through. Half inch head that faded fairly quick but leaving slight cap when done and some spotty lacing that lasted all the way through the glass. A creamy, malty chocolate aroma with a touch of something that reminded me of hazelnuts and liquorice on the nose. The complex and pleasing scent alone had a very warming effect and made looking forward to the taste even more..and damn what a taste it is! A huge & flavorful dark roasted coffee taste up front followed by a tasty warm malt flavor. The finish is an interesting contrast in the complexities with a dry, hoppy bitterness and the liquorice nuances coming out. As it warms a bit in the glass even more of these little details come out making this a great one to sip on as the days get colder and the wind howls louder.
Though the brew itself has a bit more of a carbonation texture than in other stouts I usually go for, which makes it a little less "oily" feeling I guess, there is still a nice creamy and full body to it.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

This brew pours a nice big, creamy head, with a very deep black color. Nose is an interesting blend of roasted malt hints with chocolate and a fair amount of alcohol.

The sip starts off with a heavy dose of roasted, chocolate malt flavors that quickly blend with a hit of alcohol and hop bite. This brew's potency actually hits the nasal cavity almost like a good glass of red wine, but despite the strong alcohol presence, keeps everything well in balance. Hint of alcohol and hope bitterness round everything out at the end. The mouthfeel of this big brew is truly outstanding. Creamy, yet not too heavy, full malt body, but not overdone. Without a doubt, this beer has one of the best balanced mouthfeels of any brew I have ever had.

At a whopping 9% ABV, this is no doubt a sipping brew. Best enjoyed in a snifter glass, at cellar temp, with slow, thoughtful sips. I bought a single bottle of this to give it a try, and I am very glad I did. For the cold months approaching, I plan to buy more, as this is one of the ultimate winter splurges out there.

Photo of william5586
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, thick, small tan head that leaves some lace that slides down the glass after you take a drink.

S: roasted coffee

T: coffee for sure but not to much. chocolate. sweet to start off then the alcohol hits at the end. It warms and doesn't try to hide at all.

M: thick, creamy, sticks in your mouth

D: pretty drinkable. only wish i had the extra cash to buy it more often.

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

DRINKING THIS BEER WILL PUT YOU IN A MUCH BETTER MOOD THEN RASPUTIN

Appearance: Very dark and thick, almost like oil. Has a brownish two-finger head which lasts a long time (as in several minutes) and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: This beer smells of chocolate and molasses, and has a very sweet scent. Heavy on the malt, with a little bit of caramel in there. Has a slight bitterness in the undertone.

Taste: COFFEE. Seriously, the first thing that comes to mind is the taste of coffee. Bitter at first, then gets a little sweeter. Molasses, caramel, and toasted malts are in there. Very dark, rich, and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full, like heavy cream. Not acidic or overly carbonated. The aftertaste is very similar to coffee and cream, with no sugar.

Drinkability: This is a delicious Russian Imperial Stout, and an ideal sipper. It's also great with a snack, or while playing a game of darts or pool. If you like this kind of beer, especially one with a heavy coffee taste, check this one out. Just remember there's no caffeine in it.

Photo of SykDoc
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a bottle into a snifter. It appears dark and opaque when held to the light. A caramel colored head forms reaching ~3/4 inch before receding to a thin lace around the edge of the glass.
The smell is unique with some dark chocolate and coffee notes and a sweetened alcohol scent, that blends fairly well with the malt and other scents.
The taste is again noted to have a coffee component mixed with the bitterness of dark chocolate, which lingers on the palate nicely.
The alcohol is definitely present in the mouthfeel, which is a thick and pleasantly warming mix. There is a reasonable level of carbonation.
Overall, I have enjoyed this beer for several years and have never rated it before. It is everything I would expect from a good imperial stout with great coffee and chocolate flavor.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wide mouth pint glass

A-Dark coffee brown near black very thick and smooth, nice head great lace.

S-The one downfall of this one nose is very small hints of malt and vinilla

T-Nothing like the nose as far as the subtle goes this one is big throughout, rich robust coffee flavor, with notes of vinilla, malt with an amazing bitter finish.

M-Nice thick body very complex flavors great carbonation level.

D-I am sad that I have not had this before but I will have it often from now on.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- An aggressive pour leaves more than a 2 finger head that slowly drops to a thick lace leaving great, fluffy, sticky spots on the glass. The body was nearly jet black with dark brown edges.

S- Raisin-like. Sweet liquor scents(brandy perhaps?) and coffee with a touch of toffee and bitter chocolate.

T- Deep-strong coffee flavor with hints of dark chocolate and toffee, with some resin-like hops that hit late.

M- Thick, yet soft feel with a slight bite from the hops and alcohol that leaves a warming sensation.

D- Definite sipper, but great flavor will bring me back.

Photo of beerad666
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Cooper's Bar in Chicago, it was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This was the last beer of the night after a great dinner, so it was almost like ordering an after dinner coffee. The color is a nice dark black with a small head. The alcohol smell is slight but masked by the coffee and malt smells. The coffee tastes comes through very nicely, with a very light chocolate taste but not that sweet at all.

If you like coffee definitely worth reaching for.

Photo of naterock
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is the darkest black I've seen in any beer. thick tan head that is sticky as hell on the glass.

smell doesn't strike me as much, chocolate and malts

taste is incredibly chocolatey and malty, dark chocolate and esspresso, creamy and smooth. quite possibly the most delicious RIS I've ever had.

thick, creamy and oh, did I say THICK! superior drinkability but watch out it will kick your ass!

Photo of kels
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was excited to see this on tap at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Ohio outside of Cleveland. Had a pint poured off a nitro tap.

Appearance: Darkest chocolate brown with a milky, froth head and good milk-chocolate colored lacing - like on hot chocolate.

Smell: Creamy coffee with hints of chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is very chocolately and warming, with a hit of cream and bitter coffee beans. The alcohol is very present with a heavy finish in the aftertaste and back of the throat. A little overwhelming. Light carbonation keeps it from being too strong and adds to the clear mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is big and heavy like a RIS should be. Don't drink a lot - just enjoy.

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

Pours an opaque black with a two inch brown head that lasts.

I have been looking forward to trying this one and if the smell is any indication of the taste then the wait was worth it. A strong aroma of chocolate and espresso and some alcohol.

Their is a nice alcohol taste at the forefront with a little hop bitterness than the espresso takes over. Then the chocolate and hops combine to give almost a semi sweet dark chocolate taste. Surprisingly their is a nice hop bitter aftertaste. Very nice RIS, perfect for a cold winter day.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,368 ratings.