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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

10,355 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,355
Reviews: 3,396
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,551 | FT: 47
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 Engineerbob
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours thick and slightly cloying. Large butterscotch head that quickly collapses to form a thin, well retained head.

Appearance is thick and deepest black. The nose is heavy, with malt, marmite, leather, chocolate lightly roasted coffee and mild tobacco.

Taste is Very slightly sweet on the tip of tongue, but immediately overwhelmed by tarry, burnt chocolate and bitter coffee. Great aromas on the palate of bitumen and feintest hint of soy sauce.

Mouthfeel is round, full, soft and caressing. Long finish of bitter marmite, and a little meaty.

A wonderful example of IRS. Top value!

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

Old Rasputin has a body that is very dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges. The head is a light brown behemoth. Three fingers in height, super creamy, great retention, all of which ends in thick, sticky lacing on the side of my glass.

The aroma is nice; bitter chocolate, some roasted scents, a touch of coffee. Maybe a bit of dark fruit and some heat from the alcohol also.

The flavor is sweeter than I expected, leading off with flavors of molasses and chocolate. Old Rasputin is packed with chocolate actually. The malts have also been roasted with a vengeance, making the roasted flavors pop up here and there. Underneath those flavors are a touch of fruitiness, coffee, anise and a bit of alcohol induced warmth that tingles the back of your nose. The finish has a pretty liberal dose of bitter hops, and the hops are really the flavor that hangs around in the after taste.

The body is big, thick, creamy, and has just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, Old Rasputin has a great mouthfeel.

Old Rasputin disappeared from my glass much more quickly than a stout this big should, which qualifies it as dangerously drinkable.

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

appearance - a great looking russian. black as the night and nice tan head that goes into some artwork with its lacing.

smell - roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, earthy coffee

taste - chocolate malts, a bit of warming alcohol, light caramel, nothings too strong

mouthfeel - creamy and smooth. the mouthfeel is almost a 5. best part of the beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Jet black, used motor oil color with an average sized cream colored head. Lacing is solid.

Smell is malty; very roasted chocolately smell. I think I will have to let the beer warm some more before I can pick anything else out.

Taste is almost immediately coffee, with chocolate following, finished by an almost (raisin?) rum like followthrough. Alcohol warms in the finish. Very clean tasting beer but with lots of flavor. Hop bitterness is present but not in the fore; malt is the leading character in this play.

Medium to high carbonation and jam packed with flavor give the feeling of drinking a meal. Very full-bodied beer. The 9%abv is definately noticeable.

I will be drinking this again. Now I can say that I understand the hype surrounding this beer!

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

12oz bottle, picked up from Deluxe Foods in Aptos, CA in June 2009.

A - Coffee black, with just a shade of color around the edges when held up to the light. Struggled to muster a one-finger head, decent lacing on the glass.

S - Alcohol, burnt sugar, coffee. Very pleasant. As it warms it gets sweeter and sweeter.

T - Not as sweet as it smells, which is welcome -- so many RIS seem a bit too sweet for me. Dark coffee, some earthy overtones. And alcohol. Wasn't sure about it at first, but as I get past the halfway mark it's growing on me.

M - Not as thick as I had imagined. Some alcohol burn, seems grainy for some reason, and oily. But it works for the most part.

D - Definitely warming me up. The high ABV makes me think I should stick to just one, but as I finish the first I'm already craving another.

Overall, I have to say that I really liked this beer. Worthy of the hype, especially for the price. I think I'll be stopping by for another couple 4-packs.

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

I had this one in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black with a dark tan finger of foam. There is only a slight bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is rich in burnt malt and caramel. The taste has a bit of roasted coffee, with a bit of a hops finish to balance. There is also a slight alcohol taste present. The mouthfeel is pretty strong and heavy. The drinkability is also fair for this massive Russian Imperial.

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

A: Black pour with a big bubbly brown head. Very nice retention and lacing.

S: Big coffee flavor with a lot of hops. A sweetness is throughout, from cocoa I would assume. Smells better than the on tap version to me.

T: The hoppiness from the smell is prevalent in the taste. It starts off with the chocolate malts, perhaps a bit of roastiness. The coffee flavor comes next and leaves a nice dry finish.

MF: Lots of carbonation in this one. Heavily bodied and hardly a hint of alcohol.

O: I was really impressed by this one. I had it on tap a few weeks ago and was underwhelmed. Perhaps my palate was a bit off that night.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers that got me started on craft beer and just getting around to reviewing it. Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night with only a hint of light penetrating the edges leaving a mahogany hue. The huge tan head sits atop the blackness for a long, long while leaving big sheets of lacing.

The aroma is of massive dark roasted malts, bakers chocolate and licorice. There is also a pretty sizable hop kick in the nose up front as well, mainly citrus.

The taste also starts with an interesting citrus hop kick but it quickly gives way to the bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malts. There is a hint of coffee as well as dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is sticky and lingers for ages, just coating the mouth with the massive malt and hop battle on the palate.

This is a great example of an RIS and old standby. Highly recommended.

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

This beer poured pitch black with a big steady three-finger dark tan head that remained for the whole time I drank the beer. The smell is mostly roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee notes with the chocolate becoming more prominent as the beer warmed. This beer doesn't screw around, the taste starts off with sweet chocolate that's quickly dispersed by some bitter coffee taste and finished by a punch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and slippery with some warming from the alcohol. This is a very powerful beer, which means I couldn't imagine drinking more than one at a time but not for lack of quality.

Photo of unknownlamer
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

This is quite possibly the most attractive beer I have ever poured. It is a thick deep black with an ever so slight hint of ruby around the edges with a nice brown head that laces really nicely.

The smell is delicious. Very strong and roasty, a bit chocolately, and really toffee like. The taste follows up strongly. It's thick and syrupy in the mouth with a very strong roasted flavor. A bit of coffee and a mild chocolate flavor comes through along with a bit of a burnt fruit flavor. The only fault I can find in the taste is that the finish has a bit too much bitterness for my taste. After a few sips the alcohol warmth hit my stomach strongly. This goes well with a chilly winter day.

There is a downside to this. The flavor is perhaps a bit too strong, and it is hard to drink this at anything faster than a snails pace. More than one (*maybe* two) of these is a bit too much for my palate to handle.

Photo of eclipse54
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large, lively, khaki-colored head comprised of large bubbles. Good retention and generous lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, raw cocoa, oat, vanilla, and some campfire smoke. There are hints of cane sugar and plum. It tastes of roasted marshmallow (emphasis on the roast), chocolate, oat, vanilla, smoked malt, and some vanilla. The finish seems to be a subtle battle between sugar and grain notes. Mouthfeel is superb; thick and roasty with a palate-coating viscosity. A rich, moist finish. Overall, this is an excellent RIS that is made superb by its availability and affordability.

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

Paid $6.49 for a 4-pack of this stuff at a local store. Poured extremely dark and thick. Resembles other Imperial Stouts bu this one has a very disticnt smell and taste. Smelled very nutty, almost reminiscent of some porters I've had. Malts hit the nose right away. Nice sweet taste, the alcohol is present. However the nice coffee taste covers it up nicely. At 8.9%abv it does have a kick, but a four pack of these is great. Sipped them all ice and slow. If you like stouts give this one a shot.

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

This beer pours nearly pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. the smell is roasted malt and cocoa. the taste follws suit with a wonderful hints of dark chocolate and a good roasted malt profile. the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation to style. overall this beer is by far the best deal when price and availability are taken into account for a russian imperial stout.

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

A: Completely black, dark brown head, great retention and lacing is decent.

S: Sweet chocolate, very rich toasted malt, some dark fruit in the background, raisins, vanilla. This one smells great.

T: Very nice smoky, toasty flavor with some nice hops. Alcohol not as noticeable as I thought it would be. After swallowing, tastes like a campfire. A bit fruity and sweet on the front-end, which is nice. Flavor stays with you for a while.

M: Thick and creamy. Carbonation slightly above average, but fine. Slightly astringent. Heavy body.

D: Alcohol starts to kick in quick with the Imperial, as it should. Goes down very easy for the style.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,355 ratings.