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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

10,143 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,143
Reviews: 3,380
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,436 | FT: 45
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 rye726
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured at 50F into a snifter

Midnight black with some woody brown hues. Thick and active mocha head with good retention and lace.

Nice structure o froasty chocolate, caramel and black malts. Lots of coffee with hints of vanilla, molasses and sweet fruits. An earthy hop aroma as well.

Delicous blend of sweet chocolate malts and bitter floral hops. These flavors are surrounded by a complex soup of coffee, molasses, caramel and some pitted fruits.

Full body with smooth and chewy feel., Good carbonation keeps it crisp.

Near perfect example of the style. Rich, thick and complex yet balanced and very downable.

rye726, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of nrbw23
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black in color. A nice rich brown colored head that left lacing all the way to the end.

S- Chocolate, raisins, and coffee jumped out at me nice and strong.

T- Very nice and balanced here nice and smooth after taste. Chocolate, roasted malts and maybe even dark fruits.

M- Creamy and smooth

D- Very easy to drink be careful.

nrbw23, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of winomark
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, with little or no light seeping through the glass. Dark and inviting.

Smell: Freshly brewed coffee, vanilla and molasses. No overpowering alcohol smell, nice and maltly.

Taste: Coffee all over the palate, with some nice malty sweetness. Slight alcohol taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite rich and coating, but not cloying by any means.

Drinkablilty: Not something you can sit down and drink a few of at a time, but overall, a very enjoyable beer to be savored while watching football on a cool autumn day. I will seek this beer out again, and enjoy it as often as possible.

P.S. I am glad this was such a great beer that I made it my first review.

Mark

winomark, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of diederich
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black color, with a thick, deep tan head.

It has a deep malty smell that is reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. The alcohol is easily noticeable on the nose.

Its taste is extremely malty, packed full of powerful chocolate and coffee flavors, with hints of plum, smoke, and caramel. It is also has a good bit of hoppy bitterness for a nice balance.

It is extremely heavy and viscous, probably one of the thickest beers I have ever sampled and almost too much so, and as such it leaves a very long aftertaste on the palate.

It is a very smooth and drinkable beer; however, due to its thickness and high alcohol content, I do not think that I could drink very many of these in one sitting. Nonetheless, it is definitely one of the best stouts I have sampled thus far.

diederich, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of TheBear11D
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large, foamy long lasting dark chocolate brown head.

The alcohol is present in the smell, but fairly covered by the chocolate and caramel malt.

A sweet chocolate malt flavor up front that holds. A hint of bread right before the alcohol comes through and leaves a bittersweet flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium body brew. The high ABV really thins out the beer yet adds to the beers smoothness.

Although the alcohol stands out, the beer has a great taste and is very smooth. A beer that is worth revisiting.

TheBear11D, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of SchmoTerp
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a great beer. This one looks, smells, and finishes among the top beers you'll ever have. As with all the most worthy stouts (at least for me), it's all about the finish and Old Rasputin does not disappoint. It's medium-bodied taste hangs pleasantly in the palette for quite awhile. My only wish would be a more full taste. Regardless, this beer will be enjoyed at my house for a long time to come.

SchmoTerp, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Naerhu
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful blood/red/black
Although not bitter, so much as burnt. Like delicious slightly burnt whole wheat pizza crust. Aroma of licorice and contrastingly rich earth. Defininately maltier than hoppier, but the hops do make themselves known on the finish. Not oily, but slick. Not thick, but voluptous.

Naerhu, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of Mdog
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, unexpectedly huge head.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate.

Taste: Rich, semi-sweet dark chocolate dominates. A little touch of coffee. Enough bitterness to give some more character.

Mouthfeel: Thick stuff.

Drinkability: Usually the lowest priced Imperial Stout in the store means it can be purchased more often and therefore, drank more often.

Four packs of this were on sale for $6.99 so I picked one up. A high quality brew in a relatively inexpensive package. Not my favorite IS but pretty tasty too.

Mdog, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of BrownAleMale
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Horny Goat pint glass

Appearance- Beautiful blacker then black beer with fluffy brownish white head. Like a rootbeer float.

Smell- Lots of burnt coffee and slight touch of dark fruit hits the nostrils.

Taste- Roasty malty chocolaty. Everything you expect from a Imperial stout. Nice hop finish for good balance.

Mouthfeel- This is probably the only lacking quality in this beer. It had to much of a watery mouthfeel, not a silky feel that I've come accustomed to with good Imperial stouts.

Overall- It just all works. The malt, the roasty qualities and the nice offset of hops. The abv is masked very nicely and this becomes a session beer of sorts with the lighter mouthfeel.

BrownAleMale, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Citadel82
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

YUUUMY!

Pours black as the night along the Volga where the evil monk was done in...

Thick long lasting tan head left a solid sheath of tan lacing in its wake...

Smell of malt and damp earth in the nose with faint floral backdrop.

Tastes of carmel malt and toffee, then black espresso with chocolate and hardwood charcoal notes.

This is a wonderful complex brew and well woorth seeking out for a taste. After pouring it has minimal carbonation but a thick substantial feel to it.

Very drinkable.

Citadel82, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours an opaque dark black body with over an inch of light brown head that slowly dissipates. Smells roasty, with strong baker's chocolate, caramel, and a tinge of citrussy hops. Tastes very roasty with dark chocolate, hints of caramel and toffee, and just enough grassy/citrussy hop flavor and bitterness to balance the malt. Hints of alcohol in both the mouthfeel and flavor. Rich creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A solid flavorful RIS for sure. I'd love to see how it ages.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of BeerLover99
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep black, trace head lays on top, subtle lacing.

S: chocolate, licorice, coffee, roasted nuts, carmel molasses, with booze aroma in background.

T: sweet, boozy, and hint of bitter. chocolate, coffee, toasted nuts + toffee, hint of smokiness, mild vanilla. incredibly complex flavors that almost trick your tongue with each sip. What a flavorful adventure.

M: big, heavy body with firm carbonation, but still goes down with ease.

D: amazing sipper! The booze will warm you with ease and the flavors will warm your soul.

BeerLover99, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour was not as voluminous as expected but still had a head on it that wasn't as dark as in bottle form. off white mocha. nose was quite interesting blend of coffee and chocolate... as well as some interesting herbal traits. anise and a grain earthy quality. much more subtle. much more complex. palate was roasted chocolate and a coffee bitter that also blended with a acidic tobacco earth quality. nice mix. acidic quality blended also with the stale fruit that i would expect from a nice english porter. grape apple like. very nicely blended but surprisingly disappointing body coming from a nitro...

i don't know if the beer is to blame. the keg seemed a bit older.

rtepiak, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Thick and black as oil, thick tan head that retains very well. S: Burnt malts, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, hops definitely present. T: Very strong bitter chocolate. The immediate taste is sweet caramel, cocoa, and coffee, it immediately turns bitter in a long finish. M: Thick, chewy. D: I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is pretty great. The bitter chocolate note can be a bit overpowering, but all in all pretty drinkable. Barely noticed the high ABV.

PlaywrightSam, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a good black with a creamy lasting light brown head. The head produces great lacing. Has a great aroma of chocolate, mocha, coffee and hints of alcohol. Has a good carbonation. The flavors are excellent. Very well blended and the alcohol is well hidden. Nice mix of sweet chocolate and tart coffee. Has a thick texture. A bold solid finish with a real good aftertaste. Had this one on vacation and it is awesome.

Birdiebeagle, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been aging this one for nearly two-years, something I do not routinely do, if ever at all. I actually cant even remember what caused me to beging saving and aging this one, but I got a new place and thought I'd cristen it appropriately.

Pours a pitch black in color with a head I can only describe as some sort of irridescent peanut butter brown color. Thick and heavy, just as expected.

Aromas of alcohol seems to mask any other odor that may be seeping from my glass. Smells a little more like deep red wine than it does a beer. Maybe some raisins and dark chocoalte seep through, but mainly its just alcohol.

Wow, this one is definitly a sipper. One of the most complex-tasting beers that have ever graced my lips. Drinking any faster than a snail's pace would be wasting the excellent flavors this one has to offer and any opportunity to decipher them. At the front of the palate it is fairly simple, maybe roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol. . . but as the sip continues, and onslaught of flavors pour through. It seems as every sip is a bit different than the previous one, so picking them out is a bit of a task. Dark chocolate, coffee, herbal/plant-like (maybe that is the hops), vanilla bean, raisins, dried fruits, buscuits, chalk. It seems as if the list could continue on and on.

A heavy, slick, almost oily mouthfeel. The drinkability is good if your into kicking back with a slow sipper. This one is definitly not for the faint of heart, and also definitly worth the price and effort.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of SargeC
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Impenetrable black brew with a foamy brown head.

Smell: I can smell this beer as it sits on the counter. Thick, malty aroma intertwined with a robust hop presence. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Chunky malt flavor with complex waves of different bitter flavors. Flavors of scorched caramel, hops, Irish oatmeal and minerals.

Mouthfeel: Hearty, full body. Very grainy finish. Very still liquid.

Drinkablity: Bold and satisfying brew with excellent craftsmanship.

SargeC, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of tripledbrew
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank a ton of this served from a bottle but had the chance to drink this on tap/nitro driven at winos in Bowling green Ky. Really tasty as always with the added smoothness from the nitro. Nice dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate/coffee and no real noticeable alcohol presence. Which is surprising given the fact that this beer is no slouch coming in at 9% ABV. Just a good solid RIS.

tripledbrew, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz bottle.Poured a very dark brown.Smell is a light coffee unsweetened chocolate.Light licorice.Taste is coffee and some bitterness.It wasn`t bad but I would not say it was better than say Ten-Fidy or Imperial Russian Stout from Stone.But it worth a try. World class I just don`t see it.

Motleydrunk56, Sunday at 05:47 AM
Photo of samtrillo
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark as the night with a tanish appealing head!

S - Burnt maltiness.

T - Lots of coffee and burnt caramel. Smokey at the finish. Some mocha in their which is more apparent at colder temperatures. More coffee at room temp. A bit of licorice at the end there. Definitely a great deal going on here.

M - Smooth with some carbonation. Goes down nice.

O - Don't get me wrong, it's an awesome specimen. Slightly overrated around these parts I'd say, though.

samtrillo, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Segelstrom
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - this stout pours to a light brown head. It is very frothy so be sure to pour slow down the side of the glass.

S - not strong or bold. rather mild for an imperial stout

T - wonderful and rich

M - carbonation is not harsh

O - recommend to all stout lovers

Segelstrom, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black velvet, with huge mocha head with good webbing and stick.

S - Chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malts, alcohol.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, malted milk balls, amazing complexity and many layers to the sweet chocolate. Finishes bittersweet.

O - This is the best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had. It is amazingly smooth and the drinkability this glass of motor oil is second to none in its class. Perfect for a relaxing winter day.

andrewjraab, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed over 25 minutes from a tulip glass.

It pours a reflective black core with cordovan edges that warm the ring that remains after the cap has fallen. Bubbly, light tan head with very leggy, patchy lacing.

The nose is full of roasted coffee and malt. It's chocolatey and a touch flinty, too. Hints of toffee and currant are present. Clean, fresh, and cool…there's a suggestion of the hops you anticipate to come out later.

The start is malted caramel, followed closely by acidic, light roast coffee. Those standard flavors then sit back for a bit and allow earthen sweetness to come in with a touch of currants and prunes. Then it's balanced by bitterness and salicylate that folds into coffee again with a finish and aftertaste of heavily roasted almonds, black walnuts, and Brazil nuts all so thick you can nearly crunch them.

The body is full and carbonation about mid-level. It spreads in the mouth fast and flat with a metallic essence enhanced by the wintergreen. Bubbles are more apparent on the tongue after it starts creamy. The dance it does all over the mouth is my favorite element.

Since this RIS seems a touch one-dimensional to me--essentially a roasted mixed nut iced coffee, I'm happy to drink it as or with dessert in cooler months. But, despite the reputation, I don't think this particular brew stands alone as a superior representative of the style. It's very good, but doesn't make my day.

1sophrosyne1, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought for $2.79 at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Aggressive pour turned out to be an awful idea... massive amount of head that would have been a massive foam over if not for my intense slurping action. Two finger head sticks around for a decent while before staying at one. The head is a dark brown/yellow-ish color, and has a rocky, meringue-like consistency. Surprisingly, not much lacing until the bottom of the glass. Sexy beer, though.

Smell: It's not "bursting", but it's significant ... a ton of roasty coffee with caramel notes. Some RIS's have that dark fruit aroma or taste, and this doesn't have it at all ... just some massive roast aromas.

Taste/feel: Maybe it was my slight buzz before the end of my glass (always possible), or it was just that the beer coated my mouth enough to mask some of the intense roast bitterness that I was getting, but I enjoyed this more and more as I sipped it. I was going to give the taste about a 3.5, but I bumped it up... for the style, this is almost the best one I've had. An extremely smooth feel hits the tongue, there's a quick alcohol warmth, and then you're just ushered in to some heavy roasty characteristics. Coffee. The first few ounces of this beer, I kept getting an intensely lingering WEIRD bitterness on the very back of my tongue that just wouldn't go away. As I sipped, and the beer warmed a tad, the bitterness was still there, but some semi-sweet chocolate came in to let me know why this is such a critically acclaimed RIS. Additionally, the alcohol became more apparent in a slight warming on the finish. Man. That thick feel, though...

It's August 1st. I've been drinking RIS's all summer long. I wanted something big, bold, rich. This delivered. While I wasn't initially sold, a few sips later, I really enjoy Old Rasputin.

Alextricity, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbled seen coming up the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, mocha, smoke, sweet malts, a little booze, and molasses. Pretty standard RIS aroma.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, and a little boozy.

Overall: Pretty solid RIS. Enjoyed in the past, now, and more in the future.

Flounder57, May 20, 2013
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,143 ratings.