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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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10,549 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,549
Reviews: 3,448
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,727 | FT: 47
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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 maundythirsty
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting looking RIS, being that it is not a glass full of squid ink. Very dark brown, to be sure, but I can see through the edges, with are bottle glass brown. Very little head to speak of, off-white and thin. Smells yeasty, like dark bread, with a big roasted malt note

Tastes of clean, round roasted malt all the way through, with some coffee edges and a wee hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is very creamy and consistent.

Wow. So that's a really good, even-handed Russian imperial stout that does its work without tasting like a bag of sugar. Beauty of a label, too, with the spooky little wave from the Mad Monk.

Photo of DuffDadddy
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of auee92
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Sweet, bitter, dark chocolate with hints of licorice and alcohol

Appearance: Pours rich black with enormous head that settles into a nice, tan finger of frothy luxury

Taste: Medium sweetness up front giving way to a lightly bitter aftertaste

Palate: Light bodied with a thin oily texture, finishing with a long bitter finale.

Overall: A very good imperial stout

Photo of sliverX
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes drank on 3-17-09
Poured a used motor oil like color, a mocha head that faded fast but left some lacing
Smell was deep dark roasted barley and some coffee
Taste was big roasted coffee and barley with a nice hop bitterness and alcohol presence in the finish
Mouthfeel was over carbonated and a bit to thin for my preferences but not terrible
Drinkability was good but having more than one of these would have shot me for the night...

Photo of charlesbyrd
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This beer is pretty much jet black, with minimal signs of carbonation. I struggled to get much of a head, maybe because I poured it too carefully, but what I got was a nice caramel brown.

S: I get alot of charred malt aroma, with vague hints of unsweetened chocolate. The coffee is definitely there, too. This is what I imagined it would be like, and it smells great.

T: OK, I must admit that this is only my second ever RIS (I've also had the one from Stone), so I didn't quite know what I was looking for. There is an immediate black coffee/dark chocolate taste, accompanied by a related bitterness. However, the bitterness doesn't stick around for long, only on the edges of the tongue. It is followed with a mild malty sweetness. It's interesting how the different tastes seem to move around your mouth.

M: I am surprised by the amount of carbonation here. I was expecting something a little flatter and heavier. I'd say it's got a medium body that gives way to an oily texture accompanying the aftertaste. Not quite what I had in mind for a beer this powerful.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, even though some of the elements surprised me. If I hadn't known this was 9% ABV, you wouldn't be able to convince me; the alcohol is hidden behind all the other flavors, and it goes down so smoothly. Other brewers need to try this and take note.

Photo of kcillini77
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow - this is one tasty brew, and the price is not too bad either.

Pours deep black with a huge head into a Duvel tulip.

Smell is of coffee, maybe a little english toffee, cocoa nibs, and a bit of fusel alcohol.

Taste is roasted coffee, some cocoa powder, and maybe a little bourbon. Aftertaste is mostly coffee-like.

Alcohol is warming and apparent, and there is a lot of carbonation here, so the mouthfeel suffers a bit.

Overall, a great beer and a great value.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, tan head, no light shines through.

S - Chocolate and malt. Possibly a slight bit of licorice.

T - Just as it smells, chocolate, heavy dark malts. Very tasty.

M - Not quite syrupy, but heavy as most RIS' are.

O - A very good RIS. One of the best for it's price.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with hardly any tan head

S: Has a mild scent. Smells of chocolate and roasted coffee

T: Lots of chocolate and coffee and decent hoppy bitterness. The roasty malt flavors dominate the bitterness though.

M: A full bodied beer with moderate bitterness. Nice and creamy with a warming alcohol feel but not enough to overwhelm the flavors.

D: Definetly a sipper.

Overall, I'm happy to have found this one and consider it to be a very good stout.

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge beautiful head, opaque, dark brown

Smell: complex: malt, dark chocolate, sugar, wood, some espresso

Taste: It follows the smell but with a noticeable dose of alcohol.. The sweetness is surprising...It is almost like a milk stout and then the alcoholic bite..The aftertaste alternates between the burnt taste and the sweetness

Mouthfeel: smooth, thick body, creamy, with a sweet finish, then a hit of alcohol, followed by a bitter alcoholic finish

Drinkability: A nice and complex RIS. Not my favorite in the style, but up there...I will have this again, but due to the noticeable high ABV--probaly would only have one or two in a sitting..Excellent RIS.

Photo of weonfire
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark dark brown, opaque, HUGE fluffy mocha head, patchy lacing

S - Roasty dark chocolate, coffee

T - initial: Roasty (4/10) dark chocolate, caramel, honey, expresso, dry malt, vanilla. finish: roasty nuts, coffe, touch of smoke. roastyness does linger a bit. hops is low (2/10)

M - Frothy, real creamy, high viscosity, even has a touch of velvet, med/full body

O - Nose leads you to believe this might be a roasty beer. While it does have some roast, not as much as thought. I find this to be an excellent brew. While i personally don't like the roast beers - it had just a touch more than I like and it could be a bit sweeter. Appearance, while poured vigorously,was spectacular. Mouth is excellent. I do wish the nose was better. Overall, very good.

Photo of Dave128
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Just barely short of black. Head is pretty thin, but a constant ring remains around the edges that leave some pretty decent lacing.

S - I don't really get much on the nose from this one. Mostly just alcohol and dark roasted malts.

T - Chocolaty and raisiny. Bitterness is pertinent thruout the taste, first from the bitter chocolate malt then from the hops. I don't actually taste much of the alcohol that was in the nose.

M - heavy and right.

Pretty tasty brew. Its not as complex and dynamic as I would like, but I'm definitely starting to pick up different things as it warms. Particularly, the alcohol.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review, so here goes:

appearance: dark black, with an off white head that drops to 1/8 inch, and stays put.

smell: chocolate, roasted grains, maybe a hint of alcohol, but not overwhelming.

taste: pretty much as in the nose, without much of the alcohol coming through. Nice and chewy, maybe some oatmeal, or other head grains. Good balance between bitter, and sweet. I could drink a few of these, and not feel like I'd overdone it.

Overall, a fine example of the style, and another fine beer from North Coast.

Photo of johnbonham1980
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this with a steak and root vegetable dinner. The steak was a great pairing with it, and the stout and meat played off each other in very pleasant ways.

Tons of potential here if cellared. I sense a lot of flavor that hasn't had the chance to emerge yet and will with aging.

Aroma and taste, to me, are dominated by a smoky character, raisn and dried cherry, espresso, and molasses. It's easily the best imperial stout I've had. It's remarkable to me how little it actually comes across as a 9% beer. Wonderful balance.

Awesome beer for cold nights in front of a fire. Next time I'm drinking it with a cigar, which I think will make for an awesome pairing.

Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter. This is a good readily available RIS that you can always find at BevMo.

A - Pours black with a legitimate tan head and decent lacing.

S - Roast, chocolate, and freshly brewed coffee. A hint of hops as well.

T - Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, a hint of dark fruits, and a sweet alcoholic finish. Some mild piney hops are present, and these provide substantial bitterness.

M - Palate fairly thick and oily, yet not nearly as much as some of the really big American imperial stouts. Hop bitterness adds a little nice roughness to it.

D - Average-plus for the style.

Photo of JOEnobody001
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a Delirium tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with light brown one-finger head. No light penetration.

S - Smells of coffee and roasted malt

T - Taste starts off a bit hoppy. Chocolate and coffee tastes with a warm alcohol finish.

M - Light carbonation. Intense flavor but goes down smooth. Very good beer.

Photo of nataku00
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pitch black beer with a finger of brown, dense head. Head retention is impressive for a stout as it does not dissipate from the initial pour for a good 10 minutes, even when taking a sip. A little carbonation can be seen at the surface of the glass, but it's hard to see due to how black this beer is.

Nose is dark roasted and caramel malts, with a little dark chocolate as well. You can almost taste the beer, with how thickly the aroma of the beer coats your nose after taking a big sniff from the glass.

Taking a sip, the dark roasted malts are there. Not as bitter as I had expected, and the flavor transforms as you warm the beer in your mouth, as the malt sweetens slightly and finishes almost like a warm cup of semisweet cocoa. As it warms further, there is a little expresso at the back of the throat accompanying a little bit of alcohol.

Really rich, full bodied beer, requiring small sips so that you can really enjoy how the beer's taste transforms as it reacts to the heat of your body.

The Old Rasputin would be an enjoyable introduction to RIS style for people looking to graduate from regular stouts. A good tasting beer with an enjoyable aroma and mouth feel.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout has a thin, creamy, light brown head and a very dark black appearance. Carbonation is low, and lacing is minimal. The aroma is toffee, and some sweet cream shows up. Taste is of very dark roasted barley malt and highly bitter hops. Alcohol is very strong in the middle and spreads across the taste profile, and is one of the most noticeable characteristics with this beer. Mouth-feel is heavy and thick. Old Rasputin finishes wet and dense. Overall, I liked it and would have it again on a limited basis.

RJT

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at Yardhouse Hallandale Beach. Pours a pitch black with thick tan head. It looks fantastic. Smells of clean roasted marshmallow malts and grain. Taste is of roasted grainy malts. Slightly chocolatey but mostly bitter malts. Some sweet campfire roasted mallow notes.
This beer on nitro is soo smooth so I gave it a 5 for mouthfeel. Its smooth without being too airy. Overall, great brew and I probably gave it a bigger number due to the nitro tap.

Photo of HBeezley
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in order to see if it could be a good candidate for my first beer to try aging. I think it's worthy.

A - Great. Very delicious looking. Caramel head, dark black body. yeah, Definitely a pro stout.

S - Not too powerful, but interesting. Sweet candies, dried dates, licorice; all covered with an intense roast smell.

T - INTENSE! POwerful alcohol bite jumps through right away. It's definitely not hidden. Roasted all the way through. Coffee, burt chocolate. Very tastey and changes with temp.

M - very drinkable for such a high abv stout.

O - I think I want to see what the rest of this 4-pack will taste like in another year. If I can wait that long...

Photo of cfrivera1
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful nearly black color with a finger and a half to two fingers of dense dark tan head. Great retention and truly beautiful lacing.

S: Smells of a malty pang. Chocolaty with slight coffee scent and a hint of some dark fruits. Sweet and tangy in the initial whiff with slight roasted and chocolate malts present.

T: WOW - smooth chocolate taste from the roasted malts. A slight coffee aftertaste. I don't get much of the dark fruit that I thought I was smelling. Its blend of chocolate and coffee flavorings which work really well. VERY tasty. I better be careful with this one - at 9% - it's no chump!

M: Medium to full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Lovely syrup sensation that adds to the rich deep flavour. A hint of sweetness complemented with tasty dark chocolaty bitterness. A solid RIS mouthfeel with a perfect balance between sweetness and chocolate/coffee bitterness.

O: Bottom line - at $8.99 for a 12 oz 4-pack, this is a gem in the rough!! Appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel are above average. This brew is in a league of its own; everything that is better than what's harder to find year round and more expensive, but damn near comparable in every other department.

Photo of iceball585
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that lowered slowly

S- Roasted malts, caramel, wood, slight sweetness, hint of alcohol

T- Creamy, espresso, roasted malts, sweet, smokey, hint of hops finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, rich, flavorful

D- Worth buying again

I always love this Russian Imperial Stout. It's probably one of my favorites in this catagory.

Photo of stockingcpl
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a nice creamy dark tan head that leave plentiful lacings. Brew color is a dark brown almost black opaque liquid. Excellent for this style.

Smell: The predominant aroma is a roasted chocolate/coffee malt. Malt presence is impressive and quite in style for this style. Excellent.

Taste: Immediately the roast coffee comes to the front. During systain a hop essence emerges. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: The totality of the taste and palate pleasing character of this selection make this a wonderful choice or experienced drinkers. Novices may find that the palate is a little crouded, however for this style, I find this selection to be very crisp. Great job making this a very tasty brew.

Drinkability: As with most heavy alcohol and malt drinks, this sits a little heavy on the stomache, but alot of this is due to the style character rather than this particular selection. Not bad, but very filling for a novice drinker.

Prosit!
Nikki

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

This brew pours a nice big, creamy head, with a very deep black color. Nose is an interesting blend of roasted malt hints with chocolate and a fair amount of alcohol.

The sip starts off with a heavy dose of roasted, chocolate malt flavors that quickly blend with a hit of alcohol and hop bite. This brew's potency actually hits the nasal cavity almost like a good glass of red wine, but despite the strong alcohol presence, keeps everything well in balance. Hint of alcohol and hope bitterness round everything out at the end. The mouthfeel of this big brew is truly outstanding. Creamy, yet not too heavy, full malt body, but not overdone. Without a doubt, this beer has one of the best balanced mouthfeels of any brew I have ever had.

At a whopping 9% ABV, this is no doubt a sipping brew. Best enjoyed in a snifter glass, at cellar temp, with slow, thoughtful sips. I bought a single bottle of this to give it a try, and I am very glad I did. For the cold months approaching, I plan to buy more, as this is one of the ultimate winter splurges out there.

Photo of silenius
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown/black with a crimson red where the light manages to peek through. The head is 2 fingers thick for a short time and then dissapates to a patina on the top. A substantial collar follows the beer as it retreats in the glass.

I only got some minor soy sauce, figs, molasses, and most of all fusel alcohol on the nose. Nothing big and nothing impressive.

Taste is bolder and bigger than the nose. First thing I taste is chocolate covered espresso beans dipped in grain alcohol with some spiced rum notes, molasses, figs, and it finishes with an espresso bitterness. Pretty good, but the alcohol taste detracts. My 4.5 is generous, but this beer ranks better than just under a 4.0, so I fudged a little.

Mouthfeel is a tiny prickle at first then a creaminess that ends with a drying note making me want to take another sip. The alcohol warmth makes me hesitate knowing that if I drink this too fast, I'll be whoo-ha'ed quickly.

Drinkability suffers from the very noticeable alcohol, but I'll definitely buy another.

Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an old engine oil black with a robust and frothy brown head.

S- Heavily roasted dark malts, a touch of dark coffee, and some dried figs or dates.

T- Semi sweet roasted malts open the show. The midpalate brings dried dark fruit and a touch of coffee. Finishes big with smoky bitter malt and a touch or herbal hop.

M- Just above moderate fullness and viscosity. The carbonation is medium low.

D- Took me a bit to come around on this one but now that I have I must admit it is quite the tasty RIS. The key I believe is to get this one up to at least 50 degrees before drinking it. The flavors really start to pop once it gets warmer.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,549 ratings.