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: 10,386
Reviews: 3,402
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,583 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of jobyone
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted with 5 other imperial stouts. Pours black with large frothy brown head. The aroma has nice chocolate and coffee with a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet to start with a bit of bitterness coming after. Nice creamy texture. The finish is a bit short. Easy to drink but not as complex as the best.

Photo of esch
2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Deliciously dark. Ruby slices through when held up to the light. Persistant pillowy cappuccino colored head.

S: Cocoa, wet sugar, tons of toasted malt, definite hop florals.

T: I first get a hint of dried cherries that fades fast into (diet) cola with a harshly bitter aspartame.

M: Medium-moderate body. Medium-moderate carbonation.

D: I really want to like this beer but the chemical flavors are really off-putting. Tasting was comprised of a newly purchased bottle and one from my cellar. I'll have to give this beer a revisit.

Photo of seaoflament
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Floydster for this beer.

I used to drink this beer more frequently, before I got into trading, and this was one of the beers that got me hooked into this particular style. I haven't had one of these in months. Let's see how it holds up now.

Pours jet black with a huge 3 finger thick head that slowly trickles down. The foam takes a few minutes to "settle" to an inch of foam and leaves behind thick soapy lacing behind.

Smells of citrus hops upfront, I forgot how hoppy this RIS is. Great toasted and bready malts in the background with some notes of toffee and milk chocolate. It smells like a citrus flavored chocolate. There are also some dark fruits hiding in the back along with some grains and a touch of alcohol.

Tastes of bitter chocolate with some citrus and deeply roasted barley finish. Lots of burnt toast and hops as well. Dark fruits and some alcohol. Tastes a little rough actually. I'm picking up some flavors of alcohol soaked raisins.

Great carbonation and almost silky mouthfeel.

Sadly, this one isn't what I remembered it to be and it's not even among my top 10 or 15 RIS I've tasted. Tastes too rough, the alcohol is a bit intrusive and it could use a sweeter chocolate taste instead of the dry, dark and bitter taste.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- sweet bubble action like millions of gumballs cascading downwards. tan head is puffy and creamy like frothed chocolate milk with great retention, hanging over the thick pitch black body like an evil donut storm cloud and a ring of lace along the lip of the glass that seems to drip down forever. held up to the light, the faintest hints of rosewood and mahogany can be seen at the bottom of the glass.

S- roasted malts and chocolate, woodsy and herbal with a bit of coffee here and there. tart smoked currants and prunes. smells like there's a good deal of hops in there too, as there should be. citric, floral, and slightly piney is a nice contrast against the big load of malt. bitter oranges dipped an molasses, and some aromas similar to kahlua or tia maria.

T- tart fruity roasted malt starts to become sweet before it's neutralized by sharp hop bite. pine and deep dark citrus peel take over becoming pungent making way for fruity vodka-like alcohol solvents to become apparent. as the hops get re-balanced by the dark malt, the after taste smoothes out to woody and herbal and a lil smokey like old furniture and burning rosemary. some cigar as well, and old charred tobacco pipe, this brew is only sweet for a half second, the rest of the way it's dry and complex and i could probably taste new things for hours.

MF- this is one rich and luxurious brew, not quite creamy, but more like drinking melted chocolate mixed with poorly filtered coffee. seemingly grainy texture is so thick and viscous that it just comes together with the beautiful amount of carbonation the make a dense full bodied brew.

D- smooth, profound, and very easy to drink, one might go through a bottle so fast trying to decipher it's complexities that a minor dizzied feeling becomes recognizable. on that note, drink the whole 4 pack and i bet old rasputin will be comin for that ass.

Photo of tayner
3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

black with a off white/tan head, laced nice

smell was of roasted malts and alcohol

tasted like i was drinking burnt malt, ash, and lighter fluid.

The mouthfeel was hot, thick, motor oil mixed with lighter fluid.

I couldnt even finish my one bottle. I am not sure why this is rated so high, but i think if i drank any more of this it would make me look like the old dude on the bottle.

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

It's not very often you pick up a bottle of beer at a supermarket and it turns out to be this good and a great value. Really dark brown with a decent brownish suddsy head, but glows a warm umber when you shine the light through it - clear without sediment.

In the style, heavy on the espresso and chocolate, but not sweet, yet off-dry. Good mouth-coating density makes this a sipping beer for thoughtful reflection and a hunk of blue cheese.

Photo of pojo41
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown almost black in color with a brown fluffy head that didn't last long but, left a good lacing on the glass. Wonderful aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee then topped off by the hop aroma.
Flavor of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with a great hop bitterness and flavor. Excellent mouthfeel and it also hid it's 9% alcohol well. Just a tremendous beer.

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

A-Very deep, dark brownish-black. A nice head lasted several minutes before fading, and good lacing formed as the level dropped.

S-Toasted grain, hops, malt, dark chocolate, and dried fruits, particularly raisins.

T-Hops with bitter, rich dark chocolate. Raisins and caramel are also present. The aftertaste is smooth and clean.

M-Carbonation is at ideal level, and this smooth, creamy stout strikes an impressive harmony between taste, body, and balance.

D-I had this at a tasting, and it was one of my favorites of the evening. The flavors are pleasing, the balance is notable, and it is an all-around good stout.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to demcorhip for getting this one for me.

Pours black as night with a 3/4 inch tan head off of a stiff pour. Lots of lace and good head retention throughout. Mostly sweet aroma with a coffee roasted bitterness, cocoa. A bit of chocolate and a bit of lactic sourness balancing with some juicier notes in the background. Smells good, straightforward and clinical stylewise.

Taste is good, but a little raw for my liking. There's a distinct background note of rubber beneath the inital whack of lactic sourness and bitter roast that assaults the palate. Bitter cocoa and milk chocolate. Bittersweet with a schwack of flavour and a big alcohol burn going down. This is still a bit rough for my liking, very flavourful though. Body is heavy, but not too heavy, carbonation is zippy, and finish is dry and satisfying. This is a drinkable stout, is small quantites of course, but it goes down pretty well. This bottle is still a bit rough though, and I'll be cellaring my other bottle to see how it holds up.

Photo of GJ40
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a recovering hop addict getting reacquainted with some styles I've ignored for quite some time. So I thought I'd jump right in with an Imperial Stout.

This beer has a great dark, rich color. Maybe it's due to my experience with Belgians but I gave this one a nice slow pour and there was little to no head as a result. I probably should have been a bit more aggressive. But that was the only disappointment. The flavor is strong but I found it very smooth and balanced.

I'll definitely buy this one again and would love to try it on tap.

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

Wow! poured out a nice delicious imperial-stout-black. Retains a small 1-finger head for a few minutes. Big aromas of chocolate, coffees, dark malts. Taste is delicious. Plain and simple-cocoas, coffees, burnt malts, alcohol on the finish gives it a biting finish that leaves your palate clean and ready for more. Drinkability is high, the slight alcohol burn lightens the mouthfeel. I forced myself to only have 1, but will return to this beer again.

Photo of drperm
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A color like Guinness, if not darker -- a formidable appearance, staring back at you from your glass, daring you to edge closer.
A wonderfully rich nose with a surprising hint of -- heather? A dark, hoppy taste gives way to some well-balanced sweetness. An all-around excellent Imperial Stout. No joke -- try it with a Krispy Kreme sour cream doughnut. No, really.

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

Had this on tap at Max's the other day, where it was every bit as wonderful as it is on tap in Ft. Bragg.

The beer pours a lovely black color with persistent, long lasting head and lacing. This beer looks very impressive. On the nose, I don't know what it is, but I'm not getting a lot. There is a hint of coffee and licorise, but that's really about it. On the palate this is a very impressive beer. The beer is very soft and creamy, with flavors of coffee, vanilla and more licorise. The licorise flavor is actually quite pronounced. The beer finishes pretty well, though you can tell the abv. is up there. This is definitely a very big beer, but on the nitro it's very soft and easy to drink.

A good solid beer from North Coast brewing. Well done.

Photo of pennsybrau
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 20oz pint glass.

A-Deep dark brown, nearly black color. The head was caramel colored about one inch thick which quickly dissipated into a thin layer which remained for the duration. Nice dark lacing.

S-Hearty malty aroma, smelled of coffee with hints of chocolate. Very nice but not enough to hide Rasputin's high alcohol content.

T-There is a lot going on here. Strong coffee flavor, very malty with a bitter finish which dissipated as quickly as the head did. Then left with a pleasant malty aftertaste.

M-Carb balance is nice. Has a bitter coating that eventually turns into a warming sensation.

D-Goes down smooth but the alcohol is apparent. A very nice nightcap or a bedtime sipper.

I would not recommend this for a session. It would be very long night.

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

Opened a 12 oz. bottle and poured into a tulip glass. I had to stop 3/4 through the bottle due to a huge tan head. Nice and thick and creamy looking. Really this looks like something you would get at Starbucks. The beautiful head sits atop a jet black beer, that showed nice ruby hues en-route from the bottle.

Smells of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate and fresh-ground dark roasted coffee. Tastes of iced coffee as it begins to warm. Creamy and chocolaty with an air of sweetness that never turns to the bitter finish you would come to expect. There is some mysterious spice to this RIS as well. Some licorice and/or anise thing that leaves the back of the throat a little tingly. Maybe a little alcohol burn in there two, but not as hot as you might think.

This is a nice big-bodied beer that lives up to its 11% billing, it begins to warm your depths as soon as you start sipping it.

Drinkable sure, I'll be sipping this one for two hours :-)

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

Into the tulip

A - Almost impermeable brown, like black, 1.5 inch mocha head, small bubble thin but coating lacing.

S - Burnt malt, coffee, a bit of a funky kind of smell, too.

T- Big blast of sweet and bitter/burnt malt, nice, nice balance.

M - Great carb, balance so good, creamy too.

D- ok, yeah, this one could hurt you, it's so good.

A new stout favorite, for sure!

Photo of Squaretooth
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderful Fruity smell with a nice coffee and chocolate nose. Poured into a Westmalle goblet this average looking RIS is thin and dark leaving a dark tan and thin head. The head, however light it is, remains throughout the drink and leaves very nice even lacing all the way down the glass. Strong coffee flavor with the slightest hint of chocolate it has a mouthfeel with a slightly bitter carbonated sting that coats your gullet like castor oil. Alcohol is a bit noticeable but not overpowering and perfectly acceptable at 9% ABV. This is more of a stout than imperial stout in my opinion. I don’t see myself getting this one again, but I’ll finish out the 4 pack and drink it under varying conditions before my final decision.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from the Coop for about $2.25.. shared with Steven.. mine in the New Belgium tulip.

First off, wow.. very pretty lacing.. looks like a leopard skin except in reverse... brew is expected very dark brown/black.

Dark roasted malt with abundant chocolate and espresso.. citrus hops as it warms with alcohol and yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is a very appealing mash-up of bittersweet chocolate.. French roast and dark malts.. hop bitterness plays well with the bitter grains.. and the hop profile makes me glad I'm an American.. in the middle, the citrus hops mix very well. Fantastic body and carbonation... Simply huge across the board.. everything about Rasputin is big.. fantastically tasty..

Old Rasputin is a great goto Impy Stout and a great value.. everything one would want from a West coast RIS.. I have some in the cellar just to see how they age, but this brew is great fresh... no doubt one of my favorites.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick and black with a 3+ finger light brown head, and great lacing.

S: Hops are very noticable up front: Pine and earth, some roasted notes and a bit of chocolate.

T: Earthy hops, espresso, very dark bitter chocolate, and alcohol at the end.

M: Full, rich, smooth, and bitter.

D: This a great example of the style. I am definately enjoying this as dessert.

Photo of biggmike
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a treat this beer was. Poured an extremely deep brown that was almost black with a nice off-white head that didn’t hang around too long. Aroma was malty with notes of chocolate and coffee, but is nicely balanced with the hops. Mouthfeel is great and drinkability is pretty good for a beer of 9%abv. Great, great beer.

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

Poured black with a light brown thick, foamy, sticky, lasting head. Lacing on glass. Dark bittersweet roasted coffee flavor. Feels creamy in the mouth, like a thin caramel sauce when sipped with the foamy head, but with a mild to medium carbonated bite. Aftertaste is a bitterness on the tongue kind of like a dry coating of bittersweet cocoa powder. Definitely a good beer, with rich, developed flavors.

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

L:Really thick black oil look to it. One finger milk chocolate head.
S:Dark burth chocolate bread.
T:Almost like a choclate muffin, very rbeady. Very dark sweet choclate.
M:Little tiny light bubbles
D: Great RIS. Easily one of the most ready to drink drinkable.

Photo of deapokid
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From my first glance into the dark and imposing eyes of Rasputin on the label of this majestic imperial stout, I knew I was in for one hell of a ride.

Lucky for me, I got a four-pack of it for Christmas and almost cried tears of joy when I ripped it from the packaging.

From tip of the bottle to the bottom of the glass, Old Rasputin pours a rich dark-brown/molasses-y coloring that resembles coffee with a light dose of cream. Its rich brown head smells of caramel and nuts and it offers up a profoundly robust flavor that smacks of classic stout taste with a nice punch of alcohol to round it out.

This little number was no slouch and it lived up to all of my expectations. It's powerful, flavorful and delightfully nuanced: it's definitely become an all-time favorite and one most stouts should aspire to be more like.

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

$3.75 for a bottle at Kennedy’s Irish Pub and Curry House (which is an extremely strange place). Pitch black pour, with a small mocha head. Malt, dark fruit and licorice in the nose. Huge roasted flavour with chocolate and espresso. The alcohol is a little too apparent for my liking. Huge full palate with perfect carbonation. We have a winner.

Photo of YankChef
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my eagles mug. No freshness date

Appearance: Pours a mean looking pitch black with a one inch puffy, foamy chocolate milk color. lacing is very nice.

Aroma: Smells roasty of dark bittersweet couverture chocolate and dark grain (barley and rye). There is also a pretty heavy coffee note, but almost a sweet coffee like a frapucinno.

Taste: One the front it is almost sweet with the coffee and chocolate flavors melding with other complex notes of dried fruit and toasted candied walnuts and pecans. Then the balancing bitterness kicks in from the very healthy amount of hops in here to leave a bitter astringent feeling in the mouth that really makes you salivate. This beer is definitely "dry". Kind of stings the tounge on the finish, with an almost metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Full and rounded, it really coats the mouth and is just fat and chunky.

Overall: In the world of RIS, this one just plain kicks ass. It has all of the body and flavor to represent the style with pride, a truly world class beer from North Coast. Very Highly Recommended (But you already knew that... Didn't you?)

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,386 ratings.