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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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10,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,535
Reviews: 3,443
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,711 | 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 CPeterson
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A pitch black brew that pours to produce a dense head reducing to a mild froth and leaves thick lacing.

S -- Hefty sweetness backed by thick earthy tones and smoke.

T -- Big and herbaceous up front, almost detect anise and clove, with a huge dark fruit tone that fades into boozy dryness. A light amount of smoke in the finish.

M -- Hefty and pungent, just what one would expect from the style. A little twinge of earthy bitterness lingers for a while. The carbonation level just keeps it from being syrupy.

D -- Definitely worth a try, a well constructed brew.

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

I had this beer in a pint glass poured from a bottle at the Galley in Marietta.

It is black and looks thick as it pours. It has an incredible 2 to 3 fingers of thick beige head, with great lacing.

It smells great. It has a great combination of chocolate and roasted coffee.

The taste is good, not quite what I expected from the smell. The roasted coffee flavor comes through along with a little burn from the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is good and it is real drinkable for the high alcohol content. I definitely enjoyed this beer and would be happy to have it again.

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

Black and opaque under a thick and tight tan head. Superb retention with some streaky lacing.

Aromas of espresso, dark roasted malts and bitter-sweet chocolate emerge at once. Notes of raisin, molasses, vanilla bean and figs linger in the background.

Mouthfeel was moderately full, but a tad too fizzy for a big RIS. A bit thicker and creamier would really make it.

First sip was a bit surprising relative to this stout's considerable bitterness and bite. This was not a negative, but most Imperial Stout's I've had have leaned toward the sweeter side. Flavors very reminiscent of the aroma with lots of roasted and black patent malts, charred wood and dark dried fruits along with a generous addition of hops to give it a long, dryish finish. Alcohol integrates very nicely.

A superb west coast Imp. Russian Stout indeed

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 vette2006c5r
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Old Rasputin poured black, with a good sized head. I found the smell to be a bit offensive, smelling like stale bread and cheese, however that did not take away from the taste. It had a great "stout" taste, no extra flavors (which isnt really a bad thing), just a very strong "stout" taste. It was easy to drink even though it was a heavier beer, only real downside to this beer was the price, but a very good buy.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a b/w picture of the mad monk.
Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a light brown whisp of a head. Lacing, is however, very nice.
Smell is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee (boy oh boy is it coffee).
Very smooth, espresso, chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of alcohol.
This beer is quite deceptive. At 9% abv, I would expect to taste more of the alcohol that is present. Nevertheless, the folks at North Coast have done a fantastic job hiding the alcohol. This makes the beer sneaky, perhaps not unlike the monk himself.
This is a great beer, will definitely be added to my list of favorites (especially since it's now available in FL...yay!)

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little bit disappointed by this one, good beer, but I find the reputation to be better than the actual product. Pours the standard Imperial black, with a large creamy head and excellent lacing (could see every sip taken). Aroma is strong malts with some light piney hops and even a bit of clove. Taste is of bitter coffee grounds. It has an exceptionally long after taste, with a slightly warming alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is flat. As for the super stouts I feel that this is a good product, but nothing compared to Great Divide's Yeti. Still good, and that is coming from a non-Stout drinker.

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

Tasted blind with 13 other imperial stouts.

pours black with a very dark brown head.

Molasses, chocolate and roasted malt invigorate the olfactory.

wonderful hop flavors and a roasty bitterness balance a nice alcohol warmth.

big chewy body.

a VERY enjoyable beer. one of the top picks for the night.

Photo of ASymon13
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a thick, viscous black. No light passes through it. It also has a large, wonderful brown head to it. Excellent appearance. It has a giant aroma of roast and chocolate. Some coffee and alcohol are also noticable.

In the taste there is a lot more coffee than I had thought from the aroma. The roast also takes a front seat, while the sweet chocolate nose is lost in the taste. There is also some strong hop bitterness to it. The alcohol begins to come through on the end of it, and it has an extremely dry finish. The flavors really do not quite blend together as nicely as they should, but it is still excellent. The body is medium-full, and the carbonation works for it. Very good brew.

Photo of henrysunset
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish black color with a 1 finger creamy, dark tan head that settles quickly and leaves beautiful tan lacing along the glass.

Smells of licorice, roasted malt, with some alcohol noticeable. Also some notes of coffee and bitter chocolate and a slight spiciness all come through in the nose.

Hops really come through in the taste. Also present are hints of coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, licorice and a roasted nut profile. Alcohol can be detected on the way down but does not overpower the flavor.

Exceptionally smooth with a medium amount of carbonation. Highly drinkable but the alcohol can sneak up on you fast if you're not careful with this one. Overall this is a nicely balanced RIS and a great interpretation of the style.

Photo of eagles22
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a solid RIS

Appearance: wonderful bitch black...with a 2 finger tan head...lacing all the way down to the last sip

Smell: of toffee and roasted malts lots of them and some hops in the background

Taste: is lots of roasted malts and also dark chocolate..

Mouthfeel: very silky goes down smooth..and also you dont get a burn from the alcohol for a 9% beer..leaves you wanting more and more of this great stuff

Drinkability: i could drink a couple but not so much

one of my favorite RIS beats brooklyns any day and im a big fan of brooklyn

Photo of starflyer58
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, there are few out there that might dare pair a beer with a song... but as this is my first review on BeerAdvocate, I'm going in a different direction and begin this review with just such a suggestion.

There's a group called Justice. and they have a song entitled Waters Of Nazareth. If there were a soundtrack to drinking a North Coast Old Rasputin, this would be it.

Pours a chunky darkness as if from the veins of some evil entity that, on the day it was created, refused to ever meet it's maker again.

The aroma hits you with heavy melodies of coffee-infused chocolate, possibly alcohol-soaked raisins.

The taste comes at you with burnt maltiness, burnt coffee, bitter hops, caramelized sugar, oaky finish?

Jesus, God... Don't mess with this beer.

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.

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.

Photo of nhirsch04
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nto a tulip taster and also enjoyed out of the same bottle.

a- Pours pitch black pretty bubbly head that dissipates quite quickly leaving a little lacing

s- Chocolate and maple tingle the nose, anise is present and so is a little tobacco.

t- Dark chocolate and fruits, pear raisin and malts. A little wet grain in the back and through the nose. The alcohol is present but only invites.

m- Medium bodied, brilliant carbonation a great feature of the beer, the body does leave a little to be desired though. If you buy the bottle I would recommend it out of the bottle (never said that before but it seems to affect the light mouthfeel to a more robust and full one).

d- I would take on at least two. I say this because they are delicious and worth it, and with 9% alc your palate might be destroyed too much to fully move on to another good beer.

Photo of Onenote81
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to trying this beer. I keep passing it up in the store, but now I wonder why I waited so long.

Poured into my snifter a dark thick black with a thin tan head on top. No retention, and very little sticky lacing. Smells of big coffee overtones, roasted cocoa beans, and dark bread. The mouth is bit spritzy for the style, but it finishes creamy and smooth.

This is a freaking stellar RIS. Big coffee presence that finishes with a bitter dark chocolate twang. There is absolutely nothing harsh about this. The roasted characteristics are mellow and very subtle. This is one of the most drinkable big dark beers I've ever had. I will make sure this is most always in my fridge from here on out. Great beer.

Photo of steve8robin
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Won this in a secret santa trade recently. 12oz bottle, 2006 vintage...

A: Super dark black with a 1 inch mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get some nice walnut / bourbon scents upfront with some creaminess quickly following. I get some raisin and vanilla in the middle and molasses, chocolate, and black licorice on the backend. Awesome! Perfect!

T: I get some faint raisin and chocolate upfront. Some plum and prune flavors quickly follow in the middle. Some port grapes on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A crisp clean finish. Very good.

D: This goes down very, very easy!

All in all, this is a great brew. I liked Old Raspty XII, but I think I like this one better! The taste is not as solid as the other categories, but not bad by any means. Definitely try if you like the style.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a huge 3" dark tan head. Huge trails, clumps and blotches of lacing all over the glass.

S- chocolate, roast, bitter coffee, anise, and big pine aroma.

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and bitter pine.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Nice creamy feel with a crisp finish.

O- very good RIS. Probably the best option for a RIS that is easy to find and available even at none beer bars.

Photo of nukem5
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fantastic black as night, coffee color with a rich brown cap of foam about 3/4 thick in my snifter glass. The look is so wonderful, absolutely no light passes thru glass.Thick clouds of foam cling to the walls of the glass.

S: Aroma is of rich coffee, roasty malts, nutty with hints of licorice.

T: First sip and POW tons of coffee, licorice, roasted malts... everything I expected to taste and in full abundant quantities. There is also a slight earthy taste almost floral hoppy.

M: Warming full bodied and luxurious feeling dancing on the pallet, slight chewy feel.

O: Definitely a drinker an excellent representation of the style.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, 2010 vintage (can't believe I have never formally reviewed this one)
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a deep dark black color. Coming out of the bottle some reddish hues. Half finger of medium tan head. Immediately leaving some lacing sheeting.

S: Dark fruit. Prunes, plums, figs. Some alcohol still. Roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Not a lot of coffee.

T: Up front, dark chocolate bitterness. Very pleasant. Surprisingly not getting as much dark fruit in the flavor. More roasted malts. That nice mixture of dark chocolate bitterness and light sweetness. Lingering flavor. Finish is fairly long. Still tasting the cocoa.

M: Full bodied, but easy drinking for ris.

Photo of robbrandes
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle

nearly black in color; tight, brown head; good, not great retention.

the smell was the high point for me. wonderful blend of coffee-caramel, malty warmth and just enough hops to keep it honest. i'm not sure it 'opened up' as it warmed but the malt really pops out after 10~15 minutes in the air.

raspy is a big beer, and makes no bones about it. great mix of warm alcohol, nutty-roasted malt and a pretty big pop of burnt wood at the back end. NICE!

mouthfeel is my only hesitation here. a bit thin, and the carbonation is slighty harsh.

overall a great beer, i'll now have to invest in another sixer and age it.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,535 ratings.