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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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9,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,418
Reviews: 3,332
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 1,120 | FT: 35
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 CaptJackHarkness

New York

1.95/5  rDev -54.7%

First, I must disclose that this is my first Russian Imperial Stout and if this is typical of the style, I won't be having too many more! This brew has in it's favor an almost black color and a nice rich aroma, you can smell the alchohol. But, it's all about the taste! This tasted far too bitter and hoppy, and left a horrible aftertaste in the back of the mouth!
Again , I enjoy sweet stouts, like Murphy's, so make your judgements accordingly!!

08-19-2011 16:13:47 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of likethetaste


1.98/5  rDev -54%

WOW! I got this beer as gift at Christmas. I really looked forward to trying this. It poured a beautiful dark color with lovely long lasting foam. I smelled it and it just had a wonderful dark chocolate bready smell. But then I tasted it! YIKES.
This had a horrible bitter taste. The aftertaste was just terrible. I could not drink this and enjoy it at all! I was greatly disappointed. Apparently I just do not have the same taste buds as others who reviewed this but It was just awful tasting to me and I have tried many stouts.

01-05-2009 02:18:32 | More by likethetaste
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

12-24-2011 00:15:04 | More by jophish17
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

05-23-2013 13:54:20 | More by kvnstfrd
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

06-29-2012 01:16:01 | More by barley
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

08-16-2013 16:16:59 | More by portlandmonk
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

02-01-2012 22:53:26 | More by Bjeerfalls
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

07-08-2013 00:14:19 | More by npendres
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

08-03-2012 02:01:30 | More by TheAdamConners
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

01-18-2013 23:18:11 | More by Mosul
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

03-23-2013 04:51:02 | More by MsLiberty
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2.13/5  rDev -50.5%

This beer poured an opaque black with a big tawny head, which didn't last too long.

The smell is powerful. Fruity and alcoholic with spicey notes lingering in the background. Juicey fruit gum, soaked in vodka. Different, but not complex.

Taste is unpalatable. The roasts are too sharp, too bitter; the alcohol is too overpowering.

I didn't finish my 12 oz bottle. My mouth reviled at the taste and I had a hangover before I consumed 8 oz.

01-17-2007 18:49:08 | More by pweis909
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2.25/5  rDev -47.7%

06-19-2014 09:53:27 | More by treeslothguy
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2.25/5  rDev -47.7%

01-03-2014 01:58:15 | More by Phil_H
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2.35/5  rDev -45.3%

A - Black and Opaque. Similiar to other Russian imperial stouts. Fair carbonation and a very nice head.

S - Full bodied, complex. Notes of Barleywine, Malt, and licorice.

T - OR tastes of malt and barelywine. Unlike other Russian Imperials OR seems to lack deep mocha/coffee notes. It reminds me of a Russian Imperial version of Skullsplitter.

M - Thick.

D - I am not impressed with OR's drinkability. While I could easily drink multiple Samuel Smith Imperials, it seems that I can just not stomach OR.

All in all, fans of barleywine and malt with adore this brew. On the other hand, I dislike it.

09-03-2008 04:40:33 | More by SimplySinister
Photo of pigc


2.35/5  rDev -45.3%

Thought I would give this classic RIS my own review...

A - Pours as black as night with huge three finger mocha colored head.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, slight piney hops.

T - Starts out with sharp alcohol followed by bitter hops. Wow, this taste really throws me. I'm picking up very little chocolate or coffee. Malt seems to have abandoned the seen. Very hot, like drinking pure alcohol with no flavor.

M - Medium to thick. Oily and resinous.

O - This beer started off so well with the appearance and smell then just went way south with the taste. Not balanced at all. This may be my first drain pour and I can't believe it's on such a highly rated beer as this. I'm thinking I must have picked up a bad bottle or something. This beer is a hot, alcoholic mess. So disappointed. Glad I only picked up a single!

11-11-2011 01:26:37 | More by pigc
Photo of WhiteOak


2.35/5  rDev -45.3%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

G- Riedel 6416/07

A- Black, showing black-olive green under direct light. Coarse foamy head.

S- Predominant burnt smells, a hint of roast. An annoying off-smell of a dirty ash tray and old cigarettes plagues this beer's aromatic presentation.

T- One dimensional, simple burnt flavor with strong ash tray impressions. A bit of old coffee grounds. No complexity to speak of. Flavors did not entice. Short, sharp, finish with only bitterness lingering.

M- Fizzy CO2 which throws this beer further off balance.

D- Physically drinkable, but this beer did not entice. No seduction here.

Serving- 12oz bottle.

01-14-2010 01:22:11 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.4/5  rDev -44.2%

Reviewed 8/5/2008 (bottle):

Pours an inky black colored body, with a gray brown head, with some good lacing but not very lasting. Aroma has some alcohol and some dark malts, nuttiness. Malty taste and some dustiness. Somewhat hot. Some dark chocolate. Too much for me.

03-20-2009 03:15:13 | More by jujubeast6000
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2.4/5  rDev -44.2%

I had this on a nitro tap at Sunset Grill. The next day I also had a bottle and found that I liked the bottle better. The nitro made the beer smoother, but I don't think that's what makes the beer. The carbonation of the bottle matched with the strong flavors in this beer while the nitro felt like it was trying to mellow a big beer.

Overall I'm not a big fan of Rasputin. It seems to be especially harsh for it's alcohol content. I also find that after about 2/3 of the way through the beer I wish I was done. The flavor profile isn't complex enough to carry me through.

08-26-2007 17:32:42 | More by joebrewer
Photo of cfleisher

New Hampshire

2.4/5  rDev -44.2%

Never thought I'd say this, but this beer was too highly hopped for me. Nice dark espresso color and low carbonation, smelled of caramel malt, but could barely taste it. I love highly hopped beers (Stone's Ruination is a favorite) but not so much with the stouts and this could have been so much more if the malt could come forward a little.

02-03-2008 22:03:48 | More by cfleisher
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

01-27-2012 14:58:31 | More by likeemdark
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

01-23-2013 05:24:58 | More by Kelp
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

01-19-2013 07:04:39 | More by Lawl3ss
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

01-21-2012 07:34:09 | More by cougarbait
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

06-24-2012 06:49:35 | More by monaquee
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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