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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

9,984 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,984
Reviews: 3,366
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 309
Gots: 1,357 | FT: 44
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 BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely opaque black with frothy brown head.

Smells of roasted coffee, toffee, chocolate, maybe a little nutty and some alcohol.

Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, creme brule, some spice and dark fruit also show up in this complex taste experience. Good hop bitterness on the finish to leave you wanting more.

Really nice, leaves a whole bitterness in your mouth after each drink that gives the impression of a bittersweet chocolate coating rather than gripping hop lupulin. Easy to see why so many people use the word "complex" when describing this one.

BeerZack, May 12, 2007
Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark black with a one-fingered tan head that had excellant retention. Lacing left down the entire glass surface.

Smells of roasted malt with the customary coffee and chocolate notes. A hint of alcohol is also noticed.

The flavor is full of malty goodness but it is a bit spoiled by a burnt and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol heat is also noted. Carbonation and the body are spot on leaving a creamy mouthfeel that is an awesome part of RISs. The ABV and cost hurt drinkability. A very good RIS but it is not my favorite.

morimech, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of goochpunch
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich black with ruby hues with a thin tan head that slowly dissipated to a thin layer of bubbles. Aromas are of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, toasty malts, slight smoke, and marashino cherries. Taste is of sweet, dark chocolate chased with some strong, black coffee. There is some toasted malt in there as well as cherry candy and dried fruits. Finishes a bit smoky with pleasent astringent bitterness and a bit of a lactic acid twang. I detect a bit of citrus and pine in the hops very faintly, although these hops come out more in the burps. This beer really needs to sit a while before the mouthfeel is anywhere near decent. When its freshly poured and a bit too cool, it's thin and prickly, but just letting it sit a while and come closer to room temp., it becomes a bit fuller and mellows out a bit. Still, it could be better. Really drinkable RIS that has tons of flavor and a decent mouthfeel, once it warms up.

goochpunch, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of Docer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a little 4-pack of this at a QFC... kept hearing a lot about it.. just hadn't seen it up here until now..

- Poured slightly heavily into my pint glass... nice mocha head that settled down to a nice pinky thickness.. Totally dark.. can't see a thing through it... looks great!

- What a great scent! I can smell some fantastic hops in this... it smells very fresh... and if you said you mixed a fresh hop IPA with a guinness.. I wouldn't doubt you.. this doesn't smell at all like a 9% stout... which is a good thing! Slight roasty chocolate malt.. but very faint at all..

- Nice bitter chocolate malt.. sweet and bitter hop bite.. lovely bitter afterbite.. can't taste the 9% Alc. at all... very smooth..

- Bitter bomb of a stout but not sour or tart... slight chewyness, and dry... what a stout ought to be...

- Super good, and super drinkable... flavor digs into the tongue and doesn't let go for awhile... overall one of the most drinkable RIS's I have tried.

Docer, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A nice 2 finger roasted tan head rises to the top after the pour. A nice dark chocolate look to the beer itself and it looks very inviting. It almost looks like night itself.

A caramel burnt roasted flavor hits my nose as i take a whiff. I can also smell the malt from the beer as well. It smells great and i can tell this is going to be a great beer.

The taste is that of a roasted yet burnt chestnut. It is a tad too strong of the burnt flavor. It tends to overshadow the malt flavor but still good nonetheless.

A full burnt flavor in my mouth as i hold there for a few seconds to take it all in. I love the flavor but like i said it leaves behind that burnt roasted flavor a tad too long. It is thick and creamy yet smooth like silk as it goes down.

A very good beer and i have another one. i think i am going to age it for a year and come back and do an update on it.

Dodo2step, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of hyuga
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black in the glass with a thin ring of a sticky head. A carbonation phantom forms on top of the black liquid as well.

Very roasty aroma with some vanilla and a good hop presence. Raw and untamed. Some licorice as well...

Big roastiness combines with a huge leafy-bitter hop character for the main part of the flavor. Starts off like this and becomes more pronounced in the middle, leaving with a hop bang in the finish. It's most definitely woody too. A bit of vanilla creeps through the cracks of the rough roastiness and hoppiness. Hops stay big and leafy in the aftertaste. Again, quite raw.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but jagged-edged from the hopping. Big and bold body.

This is the old standby Russian Imperial, $8.49 for a 4-pack, which is not bad for the style. Fresh it's a raw roast and hop monster, but aged I imagine the vanilla and other subtleties would come through more and create a smooth sea of complexities. Either way, excellent.

hyuga, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of carp420
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

longtime beer drinker, first time reviewer

poured into a pint glass, this liquid comes out damn near black with a brown frothy head two fingers deep that lingers on the top somewhat and laces the glass all the way down

it smells like a nice stout, immediately the roasted malts come to the nose followed by a nice coffee smell, can barely smell the boose

very good flavor to this beer, mainly near burnt malts ,lots of coffee, creamy dark chocolate incorporated with a nutty flavor, the high abv doesn't affect the flavor of of the beer

feels perfect in the mouth, not to thick, a nice big creamy beer.

not a session beer but i could drink alot more of these beers and i will

carp420, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of abankovich
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A pitch black liquid poured into my snifter with a great tan head that holds up very well and leaves behind great lacing down the sides of the glass. There is also some carbonation moving its way through the inky blackness that can be seen as bubbles on the side of the glass.

The aroma comes through as rich mocha, coffee, toffee, molasses and malt sweetness. All this is balanced very well and smells delicious.

There is an intense bitterness followed by a mild alcohol burn when I take my first swigs. As the beer gets to a better temperature the rich mocha is noticeable with a lingering roasted coffee bitterness on the back end. The molasses notes and a good hop presence are also within the folds of this beer's character profile.

This mouthfeel is, of course, full-bodied and it's also very rich and creamy with a good play on the tongue thanks to the carbonation and mild alcohol burn. The 9% ABV makes it hard to have too many of these but at least it's only a 12oz bottle. Sipping slowly and enjoying this beer, I could easily go for a few more on a cold night like tonight.

abankovich, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of BZero007
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re Reviewed 6/3/09

Poured in to a Guinness Stout glass.

Pours a solid black color with a brown head that forms very good and needs no help. Aroma is strong for a dark stout with chocolate and coffe back ground which I would have to attribute to the great head formation and carbonation. Taste was great and was not over bearing but was a an excellent RIS for me with out the prominent coffe flavor. Chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted coffe and malts power this brews flavor for me. Coffee came was in the background for me. Everything is very balanced and the Alcohol is well hidden and may sneak up on you with out noticing. I have to say that the carbonation is very strong and almost a bit to strong. Excellent brew and will continue to purchase.

BZero007, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of JordanC
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved the dark appearance that was strangely obvious as a dark dark brown, but not black

Smell lacked a bit, perhaps because it was too cold at first. As it warmed, the roasty smell of malts and sweet molasses came through

Loved the coffee hints and chocolaty taste. Went incredibly with a slice of coffee-ice cream cake

I thought it was slightly over carbonated, but not distractingly so. A good thickness on the tongue that lingered

This is a highly recommended beer. One of my favorites, especially since it comes in 12 ounce bottles and so many good stouts are 22 ouncers

JordanC, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearnace - Black in color with a decent side head and it left some lace on the glass.

smell - Chocolate, java, roasted malt.

taste - mmmm lots of coffee and chocolate here, and ending with some bitterness from the hops.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice drinking beer , recommend a try.

auxiliary, May 10, 2009
Photo of moosemoose
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass in my house.

A: Very dark. A beautiful tan head about one finger thick.

S: Very malty. Smell of burnt chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel.

T: Bitter dark chocolate. Great taste, but has a very strong aftertaste that isn't much to my liking. This isn't a beer to pound or to drink more than two or three.

M: Just heavy enough. A bit creamy, coats your mouth. Leaves too much bitterness.

O: Very good beer. If you love imperial stouts, they don't get much better.

moosemoose, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of shroompod
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured this has a nice tan head that sticks around. Very dark of course.

Smell is mainly hoppy , slight detection of burnt/dark malts.

Initially this beer has a decent amount of hops that transform from floral bitterness and yields to a dark bitter chocolate, bitter coffee , and finally just a hint of sweetness.

Beer has a thick mouthfeel , bitterness lingers. Good carbonation.

Overall a very nice RIS , highly recommended.

shroompod, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of andyo
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...this is a great beer! I'm not too big on imperials (yet) as I don't particularly care for the high alcohol content. I had been eying this ber at my local supermarket for months. It seems as if the same 4-packs have been sitting onthe shelf for about 4 months, so, on a whim I talked to the manager and asked if she wouldn't mind breaking a 4-pack for me so I could "sample" this beer and see if I liked it. She was really cool, and said "only for you". Nice.

On to the beer-

This one poured jet black, and when held up to the light exposed the slightest hint of ruby red around the edges. The head was a nice gray pillowy delight. The aroma that came off of this beer was one of the sweetest smells I have ever experienced in a beer. it seriously smelled like hot cocoa. Mmm....too bad it was 87 degrees outside...hard to imagine hot cocoa in the midst of spring, but the smell of this beer took me back to the cold winters of my native Ohio. Oh yeah, the beer. Sorry. The taste of this beer was quite big! Nice and sticky in the mouthfeel, with a smooth chocalate, rum, and toffee flavors. Not roasty like other's I've tried. I thoroughly enjoyed holding this one in my mouth and experiencing the complexity of this brew. Slight alcohol taste which I could do without, but other than that, a stellar brew!

Looks like I need to go back to the market and pick up the other 3 I left behind!

andyo, May 21, 2004
Photo of PBoegel
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into "duvel" tulip glass

a: deep dark chocolate, no light creeping through this solid monster, pours a decent 3/4 inch light brown head which rolled back after a minute or two.

s: bittersweet chocolate, roasted grains, toasted rye and pumpernickle breads, faint scent of raspberries/blackberries, some earthy hop tones

t: wonderful full cocoa and bittersweet chocolates upfront gives way to a roasty caramel sweet middle leading to a touch of chocolate dipped berries and a hint alcohol. A slight nod to a gentle hop flavor on a third sip that is ever so slightly pine citrus with a nicely place hop bitterness cleansing the palate.

m: medium to heavy body, but for style leans toward a thinner drier RIS, not in a bad way just certainly a contrast to some of the "thicker" versions I have had. Inviting and perfectly carbonated.

d: incredibly smooth easy drinking almost too easy and inviting for a beer of this strength, but I mean that entirely in a complimentary sense. This RIS has all the most impressive qualities of the style, worth repeated trips back.

PBoegel, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A flagship Impy Stout. Great consistancy on batches, good distribution, and overall a great true-to-style RIS.
Had this brew as a halfpint at the North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg.
Deep deep brown, not black, and barely any light gets through it.

Aroma is a crazy cocoa bomb, with some coffee dryness and espresso.

Some alcohol warming from the 9%er and waves of chocolate, coffee, roasted burnt malt, and some sugary molassas sweetness.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel, not as potent as abyss or dark lord, but it's up there. A good slow sipper of a beer.

SurlyDuff, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so 982 reviewers as of this writing. This is one rather nice imp stout. I picked up a couple of these on a beer run last weekend. I will not expand upon the many other review other than to say, hops were a bit sharper than expected and the abv was so smooth and hidden as to be a surprise. Wonderful beer! Highly recommended.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of SpruceFish
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch balck dark brown head

smells of roasted malt toffee chocolate and coffee

flavor dominated by roasted malt undertones of chocolate coffee booze and toffee

thick and carbonated well

very smooth always willing to have another

this is probably one of favorite beers that is produced though out the year and is available almost any where in the country

SpruceFish, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at busters

A- pours a dark black color with a 2 finger creamy khaki head ,nice sticky lacing

S- roasted malt.semi-sweet chocolate,vanilla bean,caramel and toffee

T- a delight for a RIS..so smooth with chocolate,roasted malts/hops with some coffe and cocoa notes

M- velvet smooth with medium/light carbonation coffee and vanilla

O- a delicious easy to drink and tasty RIS

gatornation, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Ahhdball
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep smooth black with about an inch worth of head that dissipated slowly while drinking it. Sweet aroma with chocolate and candy like notes, possibly molasses.(?) Taste was very nice the choolate was accompanied by coffee and a roasted fruit I can't quite nail down. Barley carbonated, it's finish was smooth as glass, very good. Not the best but it's up there!

Ahhdball, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of djhowell
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Pours black, completely opaque. Surprisingly thick milk chocolate colored head that retains pretty well.

S Roasted malts dominate the smell, mixed with a little chocolate and coffee.

T Has a great balance of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of the hops. A little alcohol warmth.

M Medium bodied, I expected something a little thicker. Well carbonated.

D Very drinkable despite the high alcohol content. I could see myself sipping on 2-3 of these on a quiet night at home with a movie.

djhowell, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of aracauna
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical appearance for any rich stout or imperial stout. Deep black with dark tan head. Head wasn't very large, but not overly small either. Aroma is has the burnt chocolately aroma typical of the style, but it's in competition with the sharp citric peel of the hops. Seemed very balanced between the two. Some sweetness in the aroma as well. The flavor is lighter than I expected. There's a thin burnt bitterness and citrus peel flavor (although sharper like lemon or grapefruit than fuller orange peel flavor). This is all backed up by by the rich malt, but less so than Expedition or World Wide. It was also less sweet than those others. Not quite as overwhelming as the others and a bit more drinkable.

aracauna, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of Voonder
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with nice bubbly tan head. Smell - cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee with hint of caramel. Very strong nice aroma. Taste - chocolate is huge here plus some coffee bitterness. There are some citrusy notes as well. Alcohol is noticeable but not overhelming. Mouthfeel - full body, very thick, good carbonation. It's a good drinker for the style, I probably can manage to have couple of those.
Overall - great beer, my favorite Russian Imperial Stout so far. I'm glad it is in my local store now.

Voonder, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a light tan head that falls into a slight lace around the rim.
the aroma is very rich and malty, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, toffee.
the flavor is very rich, malty, coffee, toffee, hopsack, chocolate, spice, herbal.
the mouthfeel is perfect for the style, coats the inside of your mouth.
beer is very drinkable, best for a cold night, goes well with water crackers and munster.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into tulips.

A- dark, maybe opaque. Head is creamy latte-colored, with decent staying power.

S- bitter, with sweet, roasty and smokey notes, which, together, remind me of jerky. Also a background alcohol aroma, but fairly faint.

T- dry roast flavors of malt and well-hidden alcohol, edged with caramel. After the swallow is a lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and something that reminds me of spring water, which is perfect alongside the chocolate.

M- not heavy, not syrupy, but also not too light. smooth and silky and nice, though slightly 'warm' on the palate.

D- I don't think I could drink more than one of these, but I do think I may buy some more.

WalrusJockey, Jul 06, 2009
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,984 ratings.