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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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10,723 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,723
Reviews: 3,493
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 403
Gots: 1,863 | FT: 50
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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 LyonsHead
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: completely opaque black with a darker tan creamy head. the head stuck around for most of the drinking experience. excellent lacing

S: High in roasted malt. There is a bit of a burnt bread smell

T: definite coffee notes with toffee and bitter dark chocolate. great blend of all of these. nothing is too strong

M: full body and very smooth

D: this is my first imperial stout and its a very good one. Not overpowering by any means.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color with an amazing brown sugar colored, moon cratered head with staying power.

Roasty roasty and toasty malts. Tiny notes of bitter chocolate, west coast style coffee, creamy chocolate.

Taste is creamy coffee, bitter chocolate, a decent amount of smoke somehow.

Mouthfeel is oh so smooth on this one. A huge beer, a huge amount of flavor, and it yet it finishes with ease. What a gem!

I Have to back up the general opinion on this one. One helluva stout!

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge, billowing head. Jet black and hard to see through. The head is cloudy with huge bubbles. It smells very chocolate like, with a little roasted flavor and earth. When you sip it sweetness immediatly fills your mouth, and coats your tongue. Almost too sweet for my taste in Imperial stouts, but nonetheless delicious and drinkable. Mouthfeel is very smooth and goes down easy. Not too thick. It is very inviting and you could drink plenty of it if it weren't for the high abv.

Photo of ironarrow42
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black appearance with a thin head the colour of espresso crema. Intense aroma of coffee with hints of burnt toast and bittersweet chocolate.

Very fine and spritzy carbonation lightens the mouthfeel up front. Fairly full body with a smooth & creamy texture. Luscious, roast and bitter character with plenty of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, and subtle notes of baked prune, molasses, and faint licorice, all with a dry edge. Big, lengthy finish. Very flavourful. Leaves a lingering bitterness, with a roasty and tangy character. Superb!

Surprisingly drinkable for its alcoholic strength, with some burn on the finish. Small bits of foam cling to the glass. Outstanding example of the style.

I would pair this with chocolate - either a rich, dense cake or some nice Belgian chocolates.

Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Virtually black with lots of foamy light brown head. Head eventually dies down to a 1/8" of thick espresso-like crema.

S: Chocolate, malt, pine, and a good bit of alcohol

T: Creamy at first. Then dark, burnt coffee beans. Alcohol is present, but subdued.

M: Heavy bodied with low carbonation. Somewhat thick, but not overly viscous.

D: A very pleasant and rich stout, but much heavier than what I normally imbibe. Couldn't see drinking more than a couple of these.

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

A - black, opaque, 2 fingers of tan head, that dissipates to a thick tan ring leaving nice amounts of tan lace

S - bitter chocolate notes with some caramel

T - great chocolate backbone with some coffee bitterness, slight hop bitterness in the swallow, hardly any detectable alcohol except in the chest

M - velvety, full bodied, and finish quite smooth

D - so easy to drink, just the right qualities to exemplify a RIS

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

This was my first beer from the North Coast Brewing Co. I picked up on my way home from work on a Friday night. I was not disappointed. I could only get through two before the 9% took affect. GREAT APPEARANCE, STRONG RICH AROMA... excellent finish...

Photo of shanem
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with about half an inch of dark tan head. Looks like oil pouring. awesome

S: easy blend of dark chocolate with some roasted/smokey notes. no bitterness in the smell at all

T: Dominated by a nice smokey taste and balanced immediately after with a great chocolate flavor. Carries a little sweetness with a bit of alcohol heat on the finish that sticks by until the next sip

M: Nice thick full bodied. almost creamy. leaves a slight stickiness

D: I found this dangerously quite drinkable for a RIS

Definitely worth the 4 pack, looking forward to having the rest. Probably one of the best basic non espresso/oak/chocolate type of Imperial stouts I've had

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Chocolate and toffee with some roasted malts in the background.

T = Big bitter chocolate flavors upfront with the coffee bitterness coming through near the end. The finish was slightly bitter which balanced out the chocolate maltiness.

MF = Thick, heavy body with carbonation being fairly low. Super creamy.

Overall, this is one incredible RIS. The flavors are bold, yet, not overpowering. Highly recommend.

Photo of PrinceDarren
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Old Rasputin RIS was tapped at Bavarian Lodge tonight. Unfortunately, it was a very small keg so it was entirely gone in 15 minutes, no exaggeration.

Nose was oak, oak, oak. Just the way I like it. Roasted malt aromas too.

Tasted dry for a RIS with a bit of woodiness and moderate roasted malt with touch of coffee and a wee bit of dark chocolate. Predominately oak/malt though.

The regular RIS is average by itself but the oak definitely kicked it up an interesting level. It was dry enough that I could have drank another, if only they hadn't run out so quickly... Good stuff.

Photo of surfer4life
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours thick and black with a huge brown head. Good lacing all the way.

S - Big dark chocolate scent, with some coffee and roasted malt hints.

T - Just as in the nose, massive chocolate taste. It's so heavy, there is some coffee as well but not quite as heavy as the chocolate.
Some hop bitterness is noted, but doesn't last long.

M - Heavy and low carbonated. Wonderful coating and alcohol warming.

D - Very drinkable, I will have many more of these.

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

A- A vigorous pour reveals a jet black beer adorned by plenty of creamy brown sugar colored head. Excellent lacing and head retention throughout the session.

S- Toffee, bitter dark chocolates, a complex malt bill, both roasted and sweet, just a touch of alcohol.

T- Lots of roasted flavors, a burnt taste common to RIS's. A bit of bitterness and a dry finish to round it out. There is some alcohol flavor to it, but it's not overwhelming.

M- Very smooth with little carbonation. Heavy body.

D- The high ABV is a little detrimental to its drinkability, but I could probably drink more of these. A definite recommendation.

Photo of sd42790
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For starters, I got a Russian friend to translate the phrase on the label; it had been bothering me. It states "A true, hearty friend won't be born suddenly".

A- Pitch black, with a coffee brown head. Great cascading bubbles.

S- Pure roasted chocolatey malts on the nose, with an alcohol singe that betrays the 9% ABV.

T- Upfront roasted malts bring the bitter coffee and dark chocolate, with a nice balance of hop bitterness to subdue the raging malts. On the tail end I detected sweetness, reminiscent of raisin, blackcurrant, and port wine. Sublime balance.

M- Thick but not oily on the palette, subdued by a considerable effervescence.

D- I'd have no problem pounding two or three, but beyond that I could see it getting pretty saturating on the palette. However, extreme drinkability is not an aim of this genre of beer, so that sits well with me.

Of the three RIS's that I have had (Old Rasp, Boulevard, Dark Lord), I find this one a nice equilibrium, the Boulevard a bit too thin, the Dark Lord, while delicious, was extremely thick, perhaps impeding on drinkability. Therefore, I put it at the top until I can get my hands on a bottle of Kate the Great.

Photo of drink1121
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

This was one of the best out of the 8 beer survey that night. I like this one because it was the strongest served in pint size. I like the different type of glassware, i.e. a chalice, but they use it to give you less beer.
Anyways, great looking stout, as I think stout are usually very good looking beers. Somewhat fruity taste. I tasted this next to a Rogue Nut Brown and the Rogue was more like a coffee/nutty, where is this was more fruit forward.

I could have a few of these a night. I will def gt one everytime i go there.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, practcially black, with a huge toffee colored head and great lacing. Great looking beer.

Strong nose of heavily roasted coffee followed by dark chocolate.

One of the best tasting RIS's around. Burnt malt and espresso up front, followed by a sweet and slightly bitter dark chocolate and toffee flavors.

This one is super smoothe and thick. Really good mouthfeel that leaves a bitter aftertaste.

As rich as this it, it is very drinkable and I can easily throw back a few in a sitting. The only downside it that it's very filling.

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite RIS's that I will continue to by on a regular basis. This one's well worth the price.

Photo of Magpie14
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a huge erupting head resulted as my pour was somewhat reckless. This volcanic cap was brown sugar in color, foamed, chunky, and lasting. Lacing was intricate and consisted of the usual strands, blobs, globs, and the like. The body poured dark walnut, burnt sienna, and black. A great look in the class

S: luscious fudge-like chocolate dominates with heavily roasted malts a close second. Even some green cones can be smelled as well as ground coffee beans. This is spot on!

T: mildly bitter chocolate drizzled coffee beans and fudge brownies mixed with blackened (borderline burnt) roasted malts. Tremendous conglomeration of flavors! However, amidst the black look, rich chocolate, and malty flavors a few hops have a well placed wallop on the tongue. Hops are grassy greens with a squeeze or two of citrus. I find the balance to be very nice. This stout maintains a rich complex profile with a ample supply of hops. It never gets overly tangy or real bitter, it stays nice and sweet

M: this is my ideal stout consistency...heavy! Chewy, viscous, and velvet on the tongue. Carbonation is right where it should be and never in the way of the delicate creamed goodness

D: by and far one of the best stouts in the business, I will never tire of this beer! This is my staple beer and I love being able to get it on tap close by, an angel pooping on your tongue!

Photo of blynes75
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass at a temperature of 45 degrees. Jet black with a 1" caramel colored head that left very sticky lacing with every sip.

S: Smell is of strong roasted malts with hints of expresso and dark chocolate.

T: Smooth...very smooth. Tastes just like it smells. Each sip is an adventure that starts with big roasted malts and expresso and leaves hints of dark chocolate & molasses on the palate. Finish is that of moderate hoppiness that completes this beer wonderfully.

M: Not too thick, not too thin but very creamy. Coats the mouth and the mild carbonation makes it very silky and smooth. This is one of the best beer experiences I have had.

D: For a RIS this is the most drinkable I have had. The relatively strong 9% abv is hidden very well. If the first one didn't leave its mark every time, it would be hard not to have 2 or 3 or....

Photo of Kromes
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick brown head that stick to the sides of the glass. Sweet chocolate roasted malt and fruit aromas. This may be gross but the smell reminded me of straight Skoal chew spit. Kind of unappetizing and I wish I hadn't have made that connection. However the flavor totally redeemed the beer and made up for the aroma. Chocolate cream and dark roast burnt coffee beans with just the right amount of slight hop bitterness at the finish. There is an unsweetened dark chocolate flavor that lingers. Incredibly tasty. Could not detect any alcohol warmth or flavor in this beer.

Photo of bskrtz
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle to large, open challice.

A) Very dark --black. No light passes through. Good head with decent carbonation. May have more to do with the skill of the pourer

S) Burnt coffee, spices, brown sugar

T) Very complex. The burnt coffee dominates but distinct taste of dark chocolate, raisons & caramel

M) Thick, effervescent with little alcohol on the tongue

D) A very good interpretation of Russian Imperial Stout

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black and lacy, like lingerie

Emits an odd, though pleasant, bubble guminess with a smack of toffee

Paired with a sharp cheddar, I can't help but taste Bazooka Joe. Odd. Mild chocolate and Skor bars. Do they still make those?

Hides booze well. Sweet, drinkable, perplexing.

Just not a big fan of this beer.

Photo of carp420
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

longtime beer drinker, first time reviewer

poured into a pint glass, this liquid comes out damn near black with a brown frothy head two fingers deep that lingers on the top somewhat and laces the glass all the way down

it smells like a nice stout, immediately the roasted malts come to the nose followed by a nice coffee smell, can barely smell the boose

very good flavor to this beer, mainly near burnt malts ,lots of coffee, creamy dark chocolate incorporated with a nutty flavor, the high abv doesn't affect the flavor of of the beer

feels perfect in the mouth, not to thick, a nice big creamy beer.

not a session beer but i could drink alot more of these beers and i will

Photo of turnblom79
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Russian Imperial Stout flavor. I really enjoyed this one compared to other RIS because the alcohol taste was barely there unlike some others. This was very dark and thick, but I was still able to put a nice head on it when pouring. The taste was very chocolaty with nice coffee tones, and a nice smooth finish.

Photo of BarrelO
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Black with an off-white head that quickly fades and leaves good lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, some hops, a little bit of chocolate.

T: Big time espresso-like blast of roastiness. Hops are quite a bit more noticeable than usual for the style. Also hints of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Feels creamy, but the hops dry out the mouth.

D: This has got to be the coffee-est beer I've ever had that didn't actually have coffee in it. This is also the beer that taught me the importance of the proper serving temperature. When served cold, it's a decent stout. After it's warmed up, it's one of the best beers on Earth.

Photo of johnmichael712
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured out of a 12. oz bottle into a nonic glass. This beer pours an opaque mahogany color with ruby tints around the edges and it allows light through when backlit with a lamp. The dark khaki colored head starts is absolutely gargantuan in size and rises from the depths of the glass the way a nitro-bottle or nitro-can pour does. The head has a wonderfully soft, pillowy texture and takes a long time to dissipate. As I'm drinking this beer a moderate amount of lace is left clinging onto the glass for dear life.

Smell: My first sniff of the nose reminds me a lot of Victory's Storm King Russian Imperial Stout because the hops dominate the nose in a similar way, but in subsequent sniffs the aroma of bittersweet chocolate is dominant. There is also a strong roasted malt presence in the nose, and hints of coffee, molasses, and brown sugar.

Taste: This beer starts off with a wonderful chocolate and malt flavor with a hint of espresso (the usual chocolate/espresso flirtation that Imperial Stouts have) and finishes with a very light citrusy hop flavor and a good amount of alcohol warmth. I disagree entirely with those that say this beer is too hoppy, as I found the hops to be very toned down and much more subtle than Storm King. Dominated instead by intense chocolate and roasted malt flavors, this is one exceptionally delicious beer. I wish I had a better grasp of the English language to more fully describe this beer, but it doesn't really matter because only sampling this beer yourself will truly do it justice.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is where this beer truly shines, and to rate it at anything lower than a five would be criminal. My first sip took my breath away with how creamy, luxurious, silky, multiple other adjectives, this beer feels on my tongue. This silkiness is supplemented by an insanely thick and chewy body and a very light amount of carbonation that makes this beer feel more like drinking a melted chocolate bar than drinking a beer. This is definitely the best "feeling" beer I've ever drank, and if I could give it a six I would.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable stouts out there. There isn't even a slight mention of the 9% alcohol, and the smooth, lavish mouthfeel mixed with the decadent chocolaty taste make it possible to quaff this brew all night long. At the moment I'm having a tough time imagining a more perfect night than sitting in front of a fire with a good book drinking a couple of these baddies.

Notes: At the time of my review this beer is sitting at number eighty-nine on the best of BA list just above Storm King, thus I was expecting something qualitatively similar to Storm King. Boy was I wrong. This beer is superior in every way, and is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts out there. It definitely deserves to be higher on the best of BA list, and right now only Stone's Imperial Russian Stout seems to be the equal of this beer in the RIS category. If you ever see this beer in the store do yourself a favor a pick up more than one. You won't be disappointed.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle to 22oz snifter.

A: Pours jet black with a nice puffy brown head with good retention leaving nice lacing and spots clinging to the glass every time you take a sip.

S: Strong roasted malts with high amounts of alcohol with noticeable hops and coffee.

T: Big flavor. Roasted malts hit upfront turning into espresso with a bitter chocolate finish with a bit of a hop bitterness tagging along. Not as much alcohol comes out in the flavor as does the nose.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, great carbonation which helps bring out the wonderful flavor over this heavy and silky bodied stout. Very drinkable for the style, the alcohol doesn't slow down and it's not overpowering at all. Very good beer.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,723 ratings.