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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: 10,802
Reviews: 3,513
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 417
Gots: 1,932 | FT: 53
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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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Ratings: 10,802 | Reviews: 3,513
Photo of jas0n50
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black and opaque, the head is think tall and frothy, though it dissipates quickly. Nice lacing up and down the glass.
S: Strong but not an overpowering rich malty aroma. It has a nice chocolaty smell.
T: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee bittersweetness; it has a great depth of flavor and is well balanced. A bit of a nutty finish as well.
M: A thik, milky and substantial mouthfeel; it sticks a bit too much to the palate for my taste, but not too bad
D: While I probably wouldn't want to drink more than one or two of these at a time, I enjoyed drinking this one all the way through. Overall this is a really good beer that I'll definitely drink again.

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

This was one of the first "big" beers I had a few years ago, but I haven't had it for quite a long time. Old Rasputin is one of those beers that it's easy to take for granted, given it's fairly wide availability. Ran into it on tap today, and decided to give an old friend a try. Served in a chalice glass.

The pour yields little head (perhaps due to the width of the chalice opening), but the carbonation is surprisingly zesty and long lasting. The head lingers til the end with a bit of lacing. The beer itself is near black and opaque

Nothing jumps out aroma-wise other than nicely toasted malt and chocolate, but the first sip reveals a lively combination of bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, fig newtons, raisins, and a nice bitter bite of hops on the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, as the zippy carbonation makes up for a thinner body than I expected. At 9%, the drinkability is pretty dangerous- this one goes down nice and smooth!

Very solid beer, and again, one that it's easy to take for granted without the buzz of a seasonal release. Good stuff, and I'm glad to have found it on tap. I'm planning on grabbing a 4-pack or two to throw in the cellar and see what happens. Nice to see you again, old friend!

Photo of colts9016
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black thick oily dark tan one finger head.
Nose: toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, yeasty, a nice citrus and esters. There are hints of chalk, and musty earth.
Taste is coffee, chocolate, toasted malt. sweet yeasty, grapefruit, molasses, and esters. There are hints of dirt, chalk dust and powder.
Overall: This a complex beer with a bitter hoppy finish. Wonderful Full body beer. Balanced for the most part.

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

Smell: fruity, flowery cascade (or other american) hops, chocolate, coffee, syrup, some cream and dried fruits. Maybe somekind of notes of burnt meat or smoke, as well. Nice smell, anyways.

Taste: notes of coffee and fine dark chocolate, nice bitterness, heavy but not brutal, I'd say; syrup, smoked meat, nuts and those hops again.

Overall: one of the best stouts Ive had. Only thing I didnt like that much was the hop profile. I dont think stouts should have flowery citrus hops. It doesnt fit, in my opinion.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black, one finger tan head.

S- Rich roasted malts, some vinous fruit aromas as well.

T- Assertive chocolate malts with an underlying roast character. Some citrusy hops show up at midpoint then trail off to a balanced finish.

M- Full bodied and rich sharp carbonation.

D- The balanced finish helps greatly with drinkability.

A very solid Imperial Stout. For better or worse, this shouls be the comparison for all other Imperial Stouts.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nitro tap into a pint glass at jp henlys
inch of tan head, pure pack body, lacing for days
smells of malt, dark fruit, caramel
tastes the same, but a little tamer than normal, first time i have ever had this beer on tap, and maybe its the nitro, but its not as intense, this is one of my favorite beers but i am a little disapointed in this version, its smooth and drinkable, but not old raspy i know and love.

Photo of bowersdm
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Russian Imperial Stout and it's still my favorite.

A - Black as black can be. A small head appeared and stayed. It wasn't a great head, though.

S - chocolate, dark and semisweet, alcohol, roasted malt, oh and alcohol.

T - chocolate (both of the aforementioned styles) and some coffee that wasn't noticeable on the nose, noticeable but not unpleasant burn of alcohol, and a lingering bitter finish, but not overly bitter.

M - great. thick and creamy. I can only imagine how orgasmic this would be on nitro-tap.

D - the pronounced alcohol taste puts a damper on putting a few of these down. It's a very flavorful and basically amazing beer. The only drawback is the fact that the taste lingers for quite a while (around an hour, or at least it did with me.)

Great beer. Drink it. now.

Photo of 3leggeddub
2.88/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

If I trawl the old memory banks I think good ol' Rasputin was one of the first imperial stouts that I had and the one thing I've always liked is the way it looked. Pitch black with a respectably thick tan head that thins down to a thin cover that leaves sticky lacing all the way down. No light getting through this stuff at all. The nose is pretty appealing with sweet notes of dark fruit like plum or raisin. Of course at 9% ABV you can definitely smell the booze in there.

To be blunt the first sip of Rasputin is a kick in the mouth. The carbonation is sharp and hits your tongue first. After that it's big bitterness around the edges. There's a coffee flavor that goes beyond dark roasted into burnt. The word acrid comes to mind to describe the first third of the bottle. The fruit in the nose are pretty much nowhere to be found in the taste. As you make your way through the bottle your palette starts to get used to the bitterness. With that acclimatization comes the realization that Rasputin has a nice velvety body that bitterness aside is very pleasant. Flavor-wise you notice some fleeting hints of unsweetened baker's chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Lingering underneath that is an earthy, chalky aftertaste that isn't all together unpleasant. Aside from the bitterness there's little other flavor in here to hang a hat on and enjoy.

Put all of this together and Rasputin is a decent imperial stout, but personally I don't see it as balanced, complex or amazing as many others do. For those still trying to find their preference in the world of RIS's I would recommend trying Rasputin at least once to see if a more bitter stout is for you.

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

Black pour, not much light or coloring even around the edges. Solid brown head. Roasty aromas, some red fruit and barrel aroma also. Fairly carbonated, but ends up being somewhat creamy. Roast/burnt malts, bakers chocolate, dark red fruit/port wine flavors. Med/full bodied. Finishes real clean and warm. The standout in the North Coast stable

Photo of magictrokini
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer. Pours like a 40-weight after driving 5,000 miles. Scent of coffee and chocolate, with just right amount of raisin and date. Taste is coffee and burnt malts, caramel anf vanilla. Long finish. This brew is almost like a combination of Stone's version mixed with Speedway Stout.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This is very jet black, with a finger width and a half of tan fluffy head. This is very much like one would expect to get from a RIS in terms of the appearance.

S- I'm getting a great coffee and chocolate smell with a hint of vanilla. There is a slight anise smell too, which I'm excited about, I'm a fan of anise in RIS beers. I'm also getting a some hop smell, lets see if that is there with the taste.

T- The coffee taste is there in the beginning...stays in the middle of the taste, but is more of a force in the end. The chocolate taste is slight, and I'm getting some cherry there with it as well. The anise smell didn't stay with the taste. The taste is good, a bit more coffee then I would want, I guess its not the amount of coffee that is there, but the bitterness that results. I do like the sweetness that is there from time to time though.

M- This is slightly dry, and I feel kinda a weird coating over my mouth.

D- Very drinkable, and tasty. I'm glad this is regularly released in my area.

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

Appearance: Black with a brown/tan head.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and some hops in the background. Complex.

Taste: Bitterness, mostly coming from the coffee and chocolate, very complex. And the flavors are very upfront. Hops contribute little to the bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth going down, creamy-ish, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I would feel bad giving it low ratings for this, so I won't. Its not meant to be a drinkable beer, in the sense of being able to go through a few. This is a sipping beer. Not really something you can go through a few of.

Recommended.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always noticed that this beer was highly rated on this website and now I see why.. it's freakin delicious. It was only $2.29 for a single and worth every penny. A nice brown head, lacing all the way down. Great chocolate and burnt type aromas. Very smooth and balanced, goes down way too easy. A great beer... definitely in my top 5.

Photo of MacDomer
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my standard pint glass. This one is about a year and a half old - more due to forgetting that it was there than actually making an attempt to cellar it.

A - Dark tan two-finger head even with a soft pour. Dark as night, but not quite black. Hints of dark chocolate brown around the edges. A light brown, thiner lacing all the way through. Appears very thick.

S - Rich and complex. Coffee, expresso, licorice, and chocolate. A bit of alcohol and very faint hops.

T - Delicious! Complex with many layers of coffee, dark espresso, chocolate bitterness and dark roasted malts. Bitter though the finish with some hops and roasted bitterness, and a bit warming .

M - This is a pretty full beer with moderate carbonation, which really makes it smooth. Finish is very long.

D - Very high! This is great, and it has aged well.

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

Poured into a pint glass a darck chocolate brown, almost black with a creamy brown head that left the glass quickly and left no lacing at all on the glass.

Oder is that of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Alcohol is also a prominent scent.

Taste is pretty much roasted malt with an alcohol backround that's not too overpowering. Very good tasting stout. Kind of a coffee backround to it, yum!!!

Beautiful creamy mouthfeel that stuck to my toungue. OUTSTANDING!!!

This is definatly an after dinner beer. I can only handle 2 of these in one sitting.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a gorgeous pitch black with a thick dark tan head which has excellent retention and leaves a good amount o sticky lacing on my glass. Smell is of rich, tasty dark chocolate with a touch of caramel and some coffee notes as well. Taste is of rich, chocolate and coffee with a bitter twang of hops in the background throughout. Little hints of dark fruit, plum and cherry on the mid palate and one of the smoothest, chocolaty, yet dry finish I have ever tasted. Wow, mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy - again, what an incredibly creamy, dry finish - beautiful. This is my first time having this beer and I'm speechless - this is an amazing RIS that I will be cellaring and would not hesitate for a second to purchase again. True class.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous pitch black, with a light caramel head that dissipates with elegance.

A great balance of coffee, darker plums and red cherries, and chocolate arrive at the nose. Sweet chocolate is present as well.

Coffee and Roasted malts come out right away in the taste and ride all the way through. While the fruits and bitter sweet chocolate come on more towards the end. A pleasant bitter coffee after taste rests on the palate.

Not as creamy as I was hoping for, and a little on the over carbonated side for the style.

But all in all, for the price a great go to RIS.

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a thick, frothy coffee/tan head. Aroma dominated by roasted chocolate maltiness and coffee. Very smooth and creamy quaffable beer that masks the high ABV very well. Dark roasted chocolate maltiness throughout with coffee, oatmeal, toffee and burnt toast notes. Excellent.

Photo of eagles22
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a solid RIS

Appearance: wonderful bitch black...with a 2 finger tan head...lacing all the way down to the last sip

Smell: of toffee and roasted malts lots of them and some hops in the background

Taste: is lots of roasted malts and also dark chocolate..

Mouthfeel: very silky goes down smooth..and also you dont get a burn from the alcohol for a 9% beer..leaves you wanting more and more of this great stuff

Drinkability: i could drink a couple but not so much

one of my favorite RIS beats brooklyns any day and im a big fan of brooklyn

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

12oz. poured into tulip glass

Appearance: Pours extremely dark with no transparency and a generous amount (about two inches) of tan head.

Smell: Reminds me of a standard RIS but smokier. Dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe a little tobacco detected.

Taste: Good stuff but I can't believe this isn't a smoked stout. All the flavors (chocolate, nut, coffee) are all backed by a strong smokiness. Not to say that's a bad thing, it's nice actually, I'm just surprised.

Mouthfeel: Good. Nice amount of carbonation, not too overpoweringly thick.

Drinkability: This brew is actually lighter than I expected so that ups the drinkability slightly, but it's 9% so it's not like you're going to be drinking this one all night.

Overall: I enjoyed this brew. It has a very solid flavor to it and is relatively easy to drink. Personally I enjoy a little more dark fruit flavor to my imperial stouts but that by no means is to say I don't like Old Rasputin. I understand why this is such a highly rated beer. I will be picking this one up again.

Photo of jbsmth
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Northern California brewed Russian Imperial Stout is one of my favorite beers. Old Rasputin is absolutely deliciously overwhelming with roasted malt and alcohol. It should really be poured into a glass first so the beautiful brown head can be enjoyed. Despite being 9% alcohol, this beer is surprisingly easy to drink.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours with an inch and a half of frothy, billowy tan head. Retention is pretty good- halfway through I've still got a nice thin layer which leaves impressive and sticky lace. As for color: it's black. What else is there to say?

Smells of roasted malts and booze. Hints of smoke, chocolate, and coffee.

Tastes of darkly roasted malts, dark coffee (sumatran, e.g.), with a perfectly complimenting sweet side to it.

A bit more carbonated than I would like (and the bottle more so than on tap, if I remember correctly). Still pretty smooth, though.

Goes down easy for an RIS. Excellent beer.

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

I had this beer a few months ago and was a bit overwhelmed, so I put the rest away for a few months and now am trying it again to review.

Poured into a snifter. Has a huge tannish head and good lacing. Smells of smokey malts with an undercurrent of alcohol.

Old Rasputin tastes much better after a few months in my opinion. The flavors blend together very nicely now. Roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Has just a slight twinge of alcohol, but the overall effect is much better.

The mouthfeel is almost creamy, definitely very smooth. Not the most drinkable Russian Imperial Stout I've had, but it's close. Maybe my palate has just matured in the last few months, or Old Rasputin needs a little aging, but I have definitely changed my mind about this beer. Try it if you can!

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

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout pours a very nice dark color; Nice foamy head and lacing through out; Smell is of some roasted malts, chocolate and coffee; Taste is great, roasted and malty; Mouthfeel is dry; Creamy and full bodied; Very drinkable imperial Russian stout

Great Beer!

¡Salud!

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

Loved the dark appearance that was strangely obvious as a dark dark brown, but not black

Smell lacked a bit, perhaps because it was too cold at first. As it warmed, the roasty smell of malts and sweet molasses came through

Loved the coffee hints and chocolaty taste. Went incredibly with a slice of coffee-ice cream cake

I thought it was slightly over carbonated, but not distractingly so. A good thickness on the tongue that lingered

This is a highly recommended beer. One of my favorites, especially since it comes in 12 ounce bottles and so many good stouts are 22 ouncers

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,802 ratings.