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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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Ratings: 10,717
Reviews: 3,490
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
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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 6stringfunk
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark and black like a moonless night with a tan head.

Smell: Malts and chocolate

Taste: A bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste that I really liked. Coffee.

Mouthfeel: I like the balance of carbonation and body of this beer. Very satisfying going in and down.

Drinkability: Just recently acquired a taste for beer, and this is one of my favorites so far.

Photo of tbart428
2.88/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours pitch black. The head is light brown when first poured then settles to a off white colored foam. The smell is of roasted grain but all in all not much of a smell. The first taste is intense roasted flavors followed by a intense bitterness of hops.Neither one of the intense flavors in this beer are all that appealing to me. As I drink this beer the drinkability of this beer is decreasing with each sip. The beer is increadibly roasty at first then it transitions into a very bitter flavor from the hops and then it finishes with alcohol. The beer is intense in the mouth it is increadibly rough with the bittering hops. Overall the beer is a good night cap beer that is ggod to drink once in awhile. Compared to other RIPS it is slightly better than average. Worth trying and would buy again. I live in Portland Maine and buy this beer off tap at Novre Res and have to say off tp this beer is increadible. The flavors are subdued a lot and there is more of a balanced flavor. To end this review worth trying nothing amazing but is pretty good.

Photo of dippy
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a dark and stormy beer...Brew was dark and had a rocky light brown head attachec. left an amazing lace on the glass documenting every sip.

Smell was roasty. Slight sweetness.

The taste was espresso. All roastiness. Like coffee grounds. Slight background sweetness like dark fruit.

I liked this beer. I could drink it all day, but I am scared of what my poop would look like the next day. It is the right time of year for it. It was smooth and mellow. Rocking you gently into drunkenness

Photo of Voonder
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with nice bubbly tan head. Smell - cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee with hint of caramel. Very strong nice aroma. Taste - chocolate is huge here plus some coffee bitterness. There are some citrusy notes as well. Alcohol is noticeable but not overhelming. Mouthfeel - full body, very thick, good carbonation. It's a good drinker for the style, I probably can manage to have couple of those.
Overall - great beer, my favorite Russian Imperial Stout so far. I'm glad it is in my local store now.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass:

P: Pours a very dark brown from this cool ass looking bottle, and sits nearly opaque black in the glass. The tannish colored light brown head is about 1 ½ inches deep, with tiny bubbles frolicking about. Not great head retention, probably due to the high ABV, but actually pretty decent considering. Fits the bill of an RIS.

A: Big whiffs reveal the scents of bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malts, and a nice hop presence as well. Not as robust as I was hoping for, though.

T: The chocolate reigns supreme here, followed by the coffee. The hops make their arrival about halfway in and threaten to overtake the regime, as a nice amount of hop spice kicks down the door and introduces itself. The balance that is subsequently achieved here is superb. Great roasted malts upfront, followed by the hops which levels the playing field and provides a nice and spicy bite on the tongue on its retreat. The more I drink it, though, the hops seem to overstep their boundaries and get in the way of the RIS show a little too much. Still, this is well done and very tasty!

M: I would classify the mouthfeel of Old Rasputin as full-bodied, chewy, rich, and an absolutely pleasantly creamy treat for the palate.

D: Personally, I could drink this one as a session beer, but then again I love me some stout!

Notes: The Old Rasputin provides a nice balance between the roasted chocolate and coffee malts, and the hop bitterness. Although it's a little too hoppy for my tastes, it's still a real winner in my book! And a great QPR beer as well (4-pack for only $7.99). For anyone who loves stouts, and especially Russian Imperial Stouts, this one should be on your short list of beers that you must indulge in.

Photo of ljbrisson
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black coffee color into a pint glass, with a thin sandy-colored head which reduces to a thin ring and leaves wisps of lacing throughout the drink. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain, espresso beans, a little bit of fruit. Mouthfeel is slick, chewy, coats the tongue, with good carbonation, good balance between medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Taste is roasted grain up front, with coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa, charred oak, and a dry finish. As it warms, wood flavor becomes more prevalent, as well as a little alcohol warmth, although not overpowering. Drinkability is high despite the 9% ABV because of how well it is hidden. Overall this is a great brew and I would try again.

Photo of mgaddy
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. One of my favorite cold weather beers.
It is so good. You have to go out and try a bottle of this. You just have to.

Appearance. Beautiful dark, nearly black with a tan head that retains incredibly well throughout the entire glass, leaving lacing behind the entire way.

Smell. Chocolatey goodness. Maltiness. Some hints of other great aromas that i can't put my finger on.

Taste. Incredible. More chocolate and coffee flavors. Not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel. Delicious. I want to drink this stuff all the time. So smooth and creamy.

Drinkability. Absolutely drinkable. Check this out if you haven't already.

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

A - black and oily reminds me of spending the night in a cave

S - chocolate, tobacco, burnt coffee and absolutely wonderful

T - tastes much like it smells but with a slight alcohol burn

M - heavy and silky could tone down the carbonation, would like to try this on cask

D - easy to drink and very easy to forget the high abv

this is my favorite RIS its easily accessible, reasonably priced, and delicious.

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

A pitch black liquid poured into my snifter with a great tan head that holds up very well and leaves behind great lacing down the sides of the glass. There is also some carbonation moving its way through the inky blackness that can be seen as bubbles on the side of the glass.

The aroma comes through as rich mocha, coffee, toffee, molasses and malt sweetness. All this is balanced very well and smells delicious.

There is an intense bitterness followed by a mild alcohol burn when I take my first swigs. As the beer gets to a better temperature the rich mocha is noticeable with a lingering roasted coffee bitterness on the back end. The molasses notes and a good hop presence are also within the folds of this beer's character profile.

This mouthfeel is, of course, full-bodied and it's also very rich and creamy with a good play on the tongue thanks to the carbonation and mild alcohol burn. The 9% ABV makes it hard to have too many of these but at least it's only a 12oz bottle. Sipping slowly and enjoying this beer, I could easily go for a few more on a cold night like tonight.

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

Typical dark black stout color with a huge creamy coco head that lasted a long time and left lacing all the way down.Aroma is of coco,coffee,a hint of tobacco and by golly a whiff of hops.The flavor of this brew blew me away.Just the right amounts of all the goodies,alcohol,coffee,coco,hops,and I keep getting a hint of fresh tobacco either in the aroma or flavor but in a good way mind you,very balanced.Creamy mouthfeel,with tiny amount of carbonation and a little hop kiss at the end.

I drank two of these bad boys from a mug while doing the last of my yard work for the year in the falling snow. My mission is to find more of this and soon. I deem this "DA BOMB"

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Grand Marnier snifter. Impressive fluffy dark tan/rust colored head sits on top and lasts for several minutes, good carbonation with beautiful creamy lace on the glass. The lace sort of disappears half way through the glass. Smell is of dark chocolate, espresso/Dark roasted coffee, mild alcohol aroma on the end.
T&M-Taste is absolutely outstanding! Mocha seems to be the best explanation. Loads of bittersweet chocolate, Dark Roasted coffee with a semi sweet kind of finish. Mouthfeel is quite creamy, leaving a great balance of sweetness & bitterness all around. Drinkability is also quite nice. At 9% I could definitly not pound these, but drinking 2 of these consecutively wouldn't be a problem. IMO this a widely available world class beer that can certainly run with the big boys within it's category, a must try for anyone who enjoys a super high quality RIS.

Photo of GeoffM
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pretty standard stout coloring and head; beautiful opaque, inky black, impossible to see through, head is tan and rocky, moderately sized. Head diminishes a little faster than I'd like or would have expected, but the lacing is good.

Smell - Malty. Very very malty. Chocolate, coffee, something remotely chalky (for lack of a better word) but not unpleasantly so.

Taste - Wow. Seductively smooth. Moderately bitter with an excellent, and I mean excellent, finish. This is such a pleasant beer, wonderful mouthfeel. I sip it because I want to savor it, not because it's too bitter; in other words, quite drinkable. Malts are apparent, to say the least. Just awesome.

Overall - The only other Imperial Stout I've had was Yeti's Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company (another favorite around here, apparently), and this one is so much more approachable and drinkable. The alcohol is hidden well, and it sneaks up on you, so be careful. Awesoime brew.

Photo of Kirkles
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, thick and smooth, everything a RIS should be.

I got this on nitro-tap at Magnolias in Purcellville, VA.

A: Pitch black with an amazing head. Just looking at it built my expectations to an immense level.

S: Strong. The malt hit me first, with hints of coffee. It built great anticipation for the first taste.

T: Wonderfully complex. I felt like I discovered something new each sip I took.

M: This was my favorite part. I buried the majority of my face in the head and took a good draw. It was thick, full and smooth. It was absolutely everything that I hoped for.

D: It's a fantastic brew, but so strong and thick that it fills you up quick. Not that this is a bad thing.

Overall, within my top 3 beers. Definitely the best RIS I've ever had.

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass. BLACK! Perfect example of this style. One of the best! A must drink for the stout lover!! Wonderful nose appeal and equally as pleasant on the palate. Nice coffee chocolate flavors you would expect. Smooth upfront. Don't drink a dozen!!! Nice sipper!! Awesome brew!!!

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

This put the stout in stout. WOW!!! Very black beer with a nice, dark brown head that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Smelled mostly of coffee and dark malts. Taste started with strong coffee with a bit of alcohol, followed by lots of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. This is a very good, strong, sipping beer. A few of these and you will be wrecked so watch out.

Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up black with a decent little light brown head. pretty decent lacing. the nose is sweet roasty malts, subtle coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a nice aroma but pretty much the average Imp Stout smell. Nothing too insane. the thing that I like about Rasputin is the grainy rough texture it has. This is truly a man's Stout that will easily put hair on your chest even if you're a woman. The taste is the same as the nose except it also has a little bit of an alcohol note and a good spicy hop balance. Both the alcohol notes and the hops give this beer a nice lil kick. Medium to full bodied, high spritzy carbo. A nice rough Stout...

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-An attractive deep black and opaque beer with a deep brown head rising above. Head dissipated quickly into a thin layer of bubble on top. This beer appears to coat the sides of the glass when swirled, indicative of it's thickness.

S-Strongly of chocolate and roasty malts, with some dark fruitiness. No appreciable hop aromas.

T-Starts with a ver chocolatey and roasted malt oriented flavor, followed by esters and a very present bitterness. Some of this assertive bitter could be due to some astringency from roasted malts.

M-Low-moderate carbonation, appropriate to style, with a chewy, heavy mouthfeel (again, indicated by the coating of the sides of the glass). Alcohol warmth noticeable at the end of the taste.

D-Drinkable, in that it's a good beer, and it makes me want to have another one. Of course, being a little heavier could get in the way of enjoying too many in a sitting, but this is a very enjoyable beer to sip on during a cold winter evening.

Photo of Shumista
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my snifter.

A- Old Rasputin pours a thick, syrupy, pitch black color with a 1 inch tan head. Huge amounts of lacing stick to the sides of the glass as the beer is drank.
S- Not as good as I was expecting. Vanilla, coffee, and chocolate are all there, but not as strong as I expected. There is an odd almost metallic smell as well.
T- The taste makes up for the slightly off aroma. Very sweet, lots of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The aftertaste is sweet and a touch bitter.
M- Thick, creamy and good carbonation. I don't really notice the high ABV except for a slight warming in the back of the throat.
D- I don't think I would ever drink more than two RIS's and this is no exception. It may be slightly more drinkable than other RIS's if I had to rank it though.

Overall, a great beer that I will certainly buy again the next time I am looking for a sipper, especially with the coming of the cold weather.

Photo of RJUGA03
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the beer on tap at Brixie's bar in Brookfield,IL. (The bar turned me into a craft brew snobb, but that's for another date.) I found the beer to be black in appearence with a typical crawling stout head. On the initial sip I noticed a bitter hard alcoholish stout/ malty beginning iwth a choclatey milkshake like robust finish (hoppy). I give the beer an A.

Photo of hawkseven
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

First experience with a RIS.

A- Black !!!with a thin (1/4 inch) mocha head

S- Coffee and chocolate, smells tasty and inviting.

T- very chocolate-y with a bitter coffe after taste, mild smokiness, definitly 9% ABV

M- creamy and thick, with a slight carbonation bite.

D- very good, need to pair this with a meal probably something fatty instead of drinking by itself. Very impressed with this brew. I will look for it again.

Photo of beckje01
3.12/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

This is my second review of Old Rasputin this time on nitro.

A- Black with a very very creamy head.

S- Ok something just isn't quite correct for the style, maybe the nitro.

T- Malty yet light, some hops which goes well. Overall a good taste for a RIS.

M- Super smooth but its nitro so can't mess that up.

D- Ok on drinkable its overall just an ok RIS much better on nitro then other version so make sure to try it if you get the chance.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $7.99 for a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured one of the bottles into a snifter.

Quarter inch tan head. Somewhat fizzy, but does not seem too carbonated. The beer is black with minimal head retention. Some lacing.

Alcohol and a complex malt blend in the nose. Roasty and some chocolate.

Taste is of nicely roasted malts. Not as complex as the nose.

Mouth is more carbonated than I expected. Pleasant. Medium body and a bit thinner for a RIS.

A bit overrated IMO. There are better RISs than this.

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

Pours an oil black with solid 2 fingers of thick mocha head. Staying power with lacing.

Deep roasted malt. Rum raison, dry hops.

Yummy. Need I say more? Rum raison, roasted dry malt. Definitely baking chocolate.

Smooth. Extremely well balanced with the carbonation.

Well. Something could be better here, not exactly sure what it is, but there is something missing. Maybe a bit more malt.

Would love to find this on draft.

Photo of chuckd123
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this on tap and in bottles several times now, and it never disappoints. As expected, it pours a deep, thick black-as-night black color, with a dark brown 1/2 finger head. Laces up somewhat and lasts.

The smell has hints of coffee, maybe even toffee, some slight chocolate, malt and alcohol. As with most imperial stouts, the alcohol is right there for you, no hiding it in this thing.

The taste has to be textbook spot on for the style. You notice a coffee-ish flavor blended nicely with the malt right off, and the alcohol nose isn't far behind.

Mouthfeel is excellent, no sting from the alcohol, just a very (very) smooth, somewhat creamy feel to it. Excellent.

I've not found any imperial stouts I would call sessionable, and this is no exception. A tad on the heavy side, and the alcohol catches up to you pretty fast. I'd recommend spending the better part of 45mins to an hour on each of these, and after 2 you'll probably want to call it quits.

Excellent example of the style, well done North Coast.

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.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,717 ratings.