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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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world-class

9,210 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,210
Reviews: 3,326
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 253
Gots: 1,016 | FT: 32
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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erikm25

Washington

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

A: Pours a straight dense darkness like liquefied licorice. Head is a ravened almond and dark caramel brown complexion. Solid one and a half fingers. As thick as it is creamy. First rate retention. Charred speckled mahogany bubbles wrap around the glass. Sits in the glass like hell and heaven.

S: Roasted chocolates, nuts, and toffee candy. Dizzying caramel nose with hints of vanilla and molasses. Toasted and blistered quality with each smell. Delicious aromas do justice to the impressive appearance. Dark cherries dipped in melted dark chocolate and topped on to honey biscuits.

T: Immediately what stands out about this beer and makes me an instant fan is the hops component. I found this to be tilted more on the hops side than other offerings from this style. Mocha and figs with huge blasts of cocoa powder. Strong malt backbone with delicious chocolate and roasted coffee tastes. Everything is smoked intensity. At 9% this drinks very easily which can either be a good thing or a bad thing. The only minor drawback is a metallic tinge which is hardly noteworthy.

M: Moderate body with decent carbonation. Enjoyed the bitter hops finish.

D: Picked up a four pack for about nine dollars and considering bombers of other RIS's go for upwards of seven bucks I found this to be a very solid deal (especially for the quality). This was one of the first, non macro, beers I tried and it was nice to see it hold up so amazingly. For the price and availability (being in the PNW) this is highly recommended and beyond drinkable. Rasputin was a trip, his beard was a trip, and this beer is a trip.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:08:33 | More by erikm25
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HimerMan

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle. In a Brooklyn Pint Glass.

Awesome pour, black with a dark tan head. Alcohol already noticeable.

Strong flavor with dark chocolate and coffee, with a harsh bitterness that comes directly from the alcohol. Hops do come through at the end of each sip - and definitely at higher temperatures (though not invisible at colder).

Overall - an excellent imperial stout. Really what they should taste like - however, not easy to have the stringent alcohol many times in a night.

Buying this beer is a solid imperial stout choice.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 15:48:26 | More by HimerMan
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CASK1

Florida

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

From a bottle into a tulip glass. Essentially black. Tall, fluffy tan head, fades to a thin layer on the top of the beer. Slight metallic aroma. Coffee roast aroma, some low chocolate notes. Hop aroma is hidden by the roast malt. Incredible flavor. Complex mix of roast coffee, chocolate, and burnt malt. Slightly sweet up front, with a long, slow, build of hop bitterness. Low alcohol flavor belies the strength. Medium body makes this beer dangerously drinkable. One of my favorite "go to" high ABV beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 03:22:13 | More by CASK1
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wstuart

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black as the devils backside, this russian imperial stout is freaking delicious. light hazelnut top with a distinct chocolate flavor accompanied by a rich coffee aroma. interesting how both the coffee and chocolate are in balance with eachother, while maintaining their boundries. delicious

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 00:25:39 | More by wstuart
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MexicanSkittel

California

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

Had this little guy at a local restaurant here, and they poured it out of a bottle for me. When it got to me, it contained a med brown tan head about a 1/2 inch thick. I found aromas of smoke, sweet malt, boiling caramel and slight smooth hops rounding out the sweetness.
There was a touch of bittersweet chocolate that laced the pallet along with a malty coffee acidity.
the mouthfeel wasn't over powering with a medium viscosity . I could have had more of them, but to be honest the 9% alc shows up with a ninja like sneekyness.
All in all a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:20:30 | More by MexicanSkittel
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kshankar

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 05:57:24 | More by kshankar
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gonzo138

Arizona

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

A- Pours a dark black with a small amount of red mixed in if you hold it up to the light, nice cramy brownish head that doesnt stay around too long but retains very well

S- Smells of rich almost earthy chocolate malted sweetness

T- very rich chocolate/coffee-ish taste nice sweet desert taste

M- very, very thick, coats mouth, suprisinglty carbonated, taste stays in mouth for moderate amount of time

D- Something to slowly enjoy, have bought plenty of this beer and plan to buy plenty more

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 08:22:41 | More by gonzo138
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manbrognig74

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very black, motor oil consistency. Thin tan head disappears quickly. Super attractive lacing. The lacing matched me drink for drink.

S-Slight cholate smell, slighlty creamy smell, slightttly.

T-This was slightly aged. Initial taste of chocolate with a slight bitterness. Alcohol hits slightly on the nose after it goes down. Almost a vanilla extract taste. Leaves a great after taste, still tasting the beer after it was drank. More and more alcohol hit towards the final three or so drinks.

MF- Thick and creamy like your drinking a melted milk shake almost. About as enjoyable as a R.I.S should be in feel.

D- Very drinkable... Could take down a few of these bottles possibly all four before it filled me up. Overall a veryyy good brew and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:08:50 | More by manbrognig74
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DuqTroops

Texas

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

Appearance - very dark beer. could not see through it at all.

Smell - lots of coffee, chocolate and hops/malt complexities.

Taste - great tasting stout! perfect balance with all of the previous complexities.

Mouthfeel - good night cap.

Drinkability - night cap beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 19:07:32 | More by DuqTroops
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Halcyondays

California

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

12 oz. bottle, #50 review.

A: Dark opaque black, with tan head, good retention. The bottle has a picture of that psychotic Russian mystic that helped put an end to Nicholas II's reign.

S: Robust, smells of heavily roasted malts/French roast coffee, dark chocolate, soy sauce, fig, raisin, a bit of citric hops, but it is faint.

T: Not as thick and robust as I would have thought. Tastes of roasted malts predominately, with good amounts of coffee and chocolate. A little to burnt for my tastes, but this is a minor technicality.

M: Smooth, rich, creamy, this is how an RIS should feel. Not overbearing, but the perfect balance of robustness and smooth dessert like feel.

D: A delicious tasty brew, worth its accolades. Not that expensive in this neck of the woods, and its even available at my local Vons. A classic brew, that is a good choice for RIS fans low on cash and looking for a thick warming dessert-type beer. Would think this would be the perfect complement to rich chocolate cake.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 04:16:38 | More by Halcyondays
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bassmantin

Illinois

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

Pours a fairly dark brown/black with a moderate tan head.

Smell is excellent, very roasty, dark, and chocolatey. This is an extremely intense beer with a pretty intense alcohol taste on the finish. What a densely-packed flavor explosion. The drinkability is a little low on this one, but I don't mind all that much because that's not what I'm looking for in an Imperial Stout.

Side note: I had that at Bada Boomz in downtown Indianapolis. I originally asked for a Stone IRS (2004), which they had on their menu but were out of. The waitress gave me this instead and told me the bartender said it was pretty much the same thing. I was pretty pissed by that.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 02:56:27 | More by bassmantin
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kaseydad

California

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

North Coast Brewing is one of the best breweries in my opinion. The Old Rasputin is one of the best and easy to drink stouts out there. The label has Rasputin giving me the "ok" to drink it. Love the beard!

Poured into a snifter and can't see through the thing. Dark as night with an aroma of roasty (not sure if that's a word) coffee with hints of dark chocolate. Goes down smooth without the harsh aftertaste some stouts produce. Lace clings to glass after sip. Awesome beer!

Another fine beer from Fort Bragg!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 03:13:34 | More by kaseydad
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ksimons

New York

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

A-inky black with a thick tan head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass

S-roasted malts with some alcohol coming through

T-rich roasted malts with a burnt hops aftertaste, some chocolate sweetness, very smooth

M-dry, medium body, low carbonation

D-one of the best of this style, perfect for a rainy day

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 22:19:45 | More by ksimons
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henrysunset

Washington

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

Beautiful black glass of beer, reddish tinge in the light. pours with a decent head of tan bubbles. Scent is initially hoppy and alcoholic, but chocolate malts are present too.

Initial taste has noticeable hoppy bitterness and alcohol. Great chocolatey aftertaste, totally coats the tongue and throat. Mouthfeel is thich and rich.

drinkability is really high, as is the alcohol content... So prepare for a good night.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 02:23:52 | More by henrysunset
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Torps

New York

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

Pours a rough, mocha two finger head. Nothing extraordinary. The head dissipated rather quickly and left a modest amount of lacing. Very dark brew as is expected for a RIS.

Aroma is very nice. Dark chocolate, and espresso. Sweet, and malty. Tinge of metallic lingers as does the apparent ABV.

This is a very pleasant RIS. I'm not a big fan of certain RIS's that dominate too much with coffee flavors. Old Raspy is very balanced.

Mouthfeel is chewy and the carbonation is spot on. Nothing to detract from the experience of this fine RIS.

There is no date on the bottle so I can't say whether this is fresh or not but I'll certainly be saving a couple bottles for aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 19:27:33 | More by Torps
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

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

A - pours a very dark opaque color with a huge tightly packed dark tan head.

S - most noticable aroma is of semi-sweet dark chocolate with some roasty coffee undertones.

T - follows the nose with a very intense chocolate malty sweetness and a nice balacing coffee bitterness.

M - rich and creamy. full bodied. Slightly higher carb than in
most stouts but it really works for this brew.

D - very easy drinking. Scary easy at 9%. No trace of alcohol. And it is balanced so well.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 03:26:44 | More by Teleweizen2
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xanok

Connecticut

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

It's been a while since I've had an Old Man Raspy. 12oz bottle poured into my favorite Stone snifter.

A-Like most stouts, jet black. Head is a dark tan that doesn't go away easily. Lacing is very nice.

S-Caught a whiff of dark fruit up front which was more prominent than previous times I've had this beer. The usual chocolate and roasted malts follow.

T-The taste follows the smell. Dark fruits first, followed by chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and some whiskey. Nice warming feeling as it goes down.

M-Pretty full bodied, even for something this smooth. A bit on the heavier side carbonation-wise compared to other RIS's I've been drinking lately.

D-Smooth as mentioned, but not as smooth as other RIS's. The high abv isn't too noticeable, but you'll get that buzz quickly.

What more can be said about Old Raspy, a beer that has over 2000 reviews now? It's a classic RIS, and probably the best RIS for the price. Cannot beat $8.59 for a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 22:21:10 | More by xanok
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TallPaul07

Indiana

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

Appearance: very dark and oil like. A nice thick and foamy head on this one with a cream/ tan color. Really nice lacing

Smell: smoky/roasted malt definitely comes out

Taste: pretty strong roasted malt on the front end with a pretty bitter/chocolately finish - a bit of a tongue punisher with a bitter finish. Complex flavors really mask the ABV.

Mouthfeel: a nice and thick stout with pretty solid carbonation per the style

Drinkability: very good, but drinking more than one or two could be quite the task due to how big this stout is and the fact that the bitter finish wrecks your pallette.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 04:04:08 | More by TallPaul07
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hctap00

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a red wine glass. Not the best for head retention, but all that was clean.

Pretty standard imperial stout appearance. Pitch black. Solid tan that fades to a thin lacing.

Aroma is not overpowering, but still has a lot going on. Roasted malt and some coffee first. Dark chocolate. Fruity also, cherry and the licorice/anise I get from good stouts.

Pretty bitter up front, with some coffee flavors. Good roasted malt flavor. Sweeter through the middle, but still very astringent. A bit harsher than I would like with the bitterness. Finishes fairly smooth, with some of the fruitiness from the aroma. A nice alcohol warmth to it. Coffee and roasted malt lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is a bit puckering. Felt like I was drinking red wine at times.

Overall very enjoyable. Not my favorite. I would drink a Ten FIDY first, but I still enjoy this one. Given its availability and reasonable price, definitely one to keep around.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:37:20 | More by hctap00
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Dayman766

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque; nice, thin head retention the entire time I drank it (which didn't take too long)
S- Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate; standard for a RIS
T- Fabulous complexity; seamlessly blends together the dark malts, coffee, chocolate, faint cherries, and alcohol (noticeable but inviting)
M- Exceptionally smooth and creamy yet thick
O- Lovely brew to have any time in the winter. It's fairly straightforward, yet with delightful complexity that continues to invite you for another sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:37:31 | More by Dayman766
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musicforairports

New York

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a snifter.

Pours black, nice head, leaves a bunch of lacing.

Smell is great for the style--roasty, chocolate-y, coffee, a hint of burnt flavor.

Coffee, chocolate, burnt barley notes and some creamy milky notes. Flavor is full but tails off quickly on the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, decently carbonated for the style...not as thick as some stouts, but not thin, either.

Definitely one of the go-to imperial stouts out there; affordable and easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:58:33 | More by musicforairports
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 7.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date but I bought the pack last June so we're looking at a minimum of one year old. Served in a Founders snifter. 

Pours almost pure black with 2 fingers of dense mocha tan head. Good consistent lacing. 

Smells of dark fruit, cocoa, burnt sugar and roasted malts. 

Nice bittersweet plum and dark chocolate up front. Notes of cherry, coffee, smoke, anise and burnt wood. Great blend of all the flavors I expect in a Russian imperial stout. Alcohol is lurking in the background but never dominates. 

Creamy medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Long bitter cocoa malty aftertaste. 

A truly classic Russian imperial stout. It is the standard to which I hold all others. It's not the best around by any means but it's readily available enough that if a stout isn't at least this good, it has no business in my cellar. If you're a stout fan and for some reason you haven't tried this one, it's past time you get out there and give it a try. Like most Russian imperial stouts, Old Rasputin is great fresh and even better with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 19:20:01 | More by ThickNStout
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a jet black, with no brown highlights. Its cream-colored head shrunk, but stayed around on top. Beautiful color contrast between the head and the color of the brew.

-Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet. I primarily smell toasted grains, but there is a nice undercurrent of chocolate. Very promising.

-Taste 4.5: Sweet taste up front, with a nice alkaline hoppiness and a slight bitterness. There is also a very pleasant sourness. Lots of caramel, chocolate and toasted barley after swallowing...long aftertaste of toasted grains. Just a bit too sweet for me, but delicious nonetheless with a depth of flavor that must be experienced first-hand.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Good mouthfeel. The carbonation present in this beer serves to balance the high alcohol content that otherwise would have been noticeable. Still has a slight burning sensation in the mouth, but it is not distracting.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent stout. These "Imperial" or "Russian Imperial" stouts all have a relatively high alcohol content, but this is balanced by a depth of flavor and a drinkability not common in other high-alcohol brews. Really, these could be viewed as "dark triples," due to the amount of ingredients that go into each beer. "Old Rasputin" is highly recommended. If you can find this beer, it is worth the monetary investment.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 20:16:18 | More by BeerDocT
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Jet black with a small dense tan head.

S - Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate. I also detect some coffee and fruity hops.

T - Roasted malt and sweet chocolate up front, followed by dark fruits and a strong coffee bitterness. There's a surprising amount of hops in this brew. Finishes with a blend of charred malts, coffee and some mild bitterness.

M - Full bodied, silky smooth, light carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O - An excellent imperial stout. Offers an array of rich, complex flavors. This beer is meant to be savored. Awesome label too.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:33:01 | More by mooseo
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GR_Rick

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice and dark brown; can't get any light through the beer. Poured with a nice big tan colored head that stayed around quite a while and left significant lacing on the glass.

S: Smells nice and sweet (perhaps a little brown sugar or caramel) for such a big, heavy stout. Hints of chocolate and roasty malt. Not as aromatic as I prefer, but a good smelling beer.

T: Not overly complex flavor, but nice and mild for the style. Easy drinking flavor without too much alcohol until the finish, where you first get a little bit of sweetness (chocolate?), and then just a hint of lingering bitterness.

M: Not much to say,but this is where the beer shines for me. Very nice, full, creamy feel. Nice and smooth, exactly like I would hope for.

O: An excellent beer, that's very easy to drink for such a big and dark style. Nothing here stands out in the plethora of "barrel aged" and "specialty" imperial stouts, but I can't find anything wrong with it either. This is a very solid offering for those seeking something that is brewed to style, relatively easy to drink, and not over done with the ABV or complexity in flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 02:45:57 | More by GR_Rick
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,210 ratings.