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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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3,540 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,540
Hads: 11,417
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 513
Gots: 2,439 | FT: 55
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of BeerIsGoodAndSuch
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste= wonderful, chocolately notes, minor coffee notes, at 9% abv there is little alcohol taste. almost a milkshake like taste, very good

Appearance= black, superior lacing, and a retentive head

Smell= very nice, chocolatey and appetizing

Mouthfeel= thick as you would expect for a 9% stout

Overall= Fantastic stout that tastes great and delivers a powerful buzz, 10-14 dollars a 4 pack, will definitely buy again.

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Photo of homersimpson67
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Since it is 36 degrees and snowing on this lovely May 1st day here in Minnesota
thought perhaps this bottle of stout might be appropriate and was I right.

Poured a twelve ounce bottle of this lovely black and brownish brew into my favorite
drinking vessel. A beautiful lingering brownish copper foam that settles quickly with a little lacing on the sides. It then settles and bubbles of alcohol rise to the surface.

Smells of roasted coffee and maple bacon, very inviting indeed on a cold winter(spring) evening.

Taste is a wonderful bitter with a smooth chocolate smoke aftertaste, not normally such a huge malt guy but damn this is good right now!

Hits my tongue with a sharp bitterness that quickly fads to sweetness and maybe even some black cherry.

Overall very impressive, and at 9% very drinkable, goes down very smoothly, yes sir I may have another.

Thanks to my beer guy for this one, I will pick up more asap!

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Photo of StayWounded
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a little bias as this is one of my go-to beers. I've had it both on-tap and in the bottle multiple times.

A- Looks as a Russian Imperial should. Deep, dark body, with a strong mocha head that lingers well.

S- Lots going on here. Dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, a nice roasty smell. You can definitely smell the warmth of the alcohol on this one.

T- On-tap the flavors coalesce in a more subtle way, very nicely. It is bold as a Russian Imperial should be, and the warming heat hits the back of the throat. I can see that being a problem for some drinkers, but it is nice, especially during winter months (and even more so when you live on a mountain). The primary flavors are the chocolate and coffee and the dark fruits, bitterness comes though with a bit of sweetness towards the middle to end.

M- Very warm and smooth with a bit of thickness. The bottle is a bit less smooth and less, thick. The warmth is the stand out characteristic.

Overall- I've got to say this is one of my favorite beers. Affordable given other options and very drinkable. Excellent during winter and excellent for night in.

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Photo of popopine
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy coffee-chocolate-licorice-flavor mother of god -- this one is big indeed. Nice deep black color. Medium head. (Hint of cat pee aroma not so great but easy enough to look past). 1st one and certainly not my last. i was going to try and float a pils on top but that would just f-it up.

Like a good Guinness on steroids.

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Photo of Cbelk1781
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich brown with a nice tan head. From the first sniff you get hints of dark chocolate and malts with a very small hint of coffee. From the front to the back of the pallet an extremely smooth beer with hints of caramel and chocolate. As far as stouts go this is my number one go to it is a little pricey but well worth the money.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best imperial stouts I have had.

A - Black except in edges of glass where it is dark brown. Foam is brown - not a lot of it.

S - Malty hoppy and coffee-like

T - Very good flavor - RICH and pleasing flavor roasted barley and hops - Roasted nuts and coffee. Balanced maltiness with bitter from both hops and roasted barley

M - Wooly and full bodied

D - A pleasant robust experience that makes me appreciate the potential of this style. If possible I will want to keep this one on hand.

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Photo of theteleman
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from nitro bottle into pint glass. Dark black with a brownish tan head. Smells like chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and pleasent. Taste is Coffee, chocolate and a warming alcohol presence to finish it off. One of my favorite stouts, a great beer for a cold winter night.

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Photo of John1985
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Said a prayer to St. Stephen to ward off Rasputin. Spicy malt/hop aroma, wonderful roasted malt flavor, sweet malt aftertaste with alcohol on the finish. Worth $2.50 a bottle and I'm a cheapskate.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Sipped it slow and thoughtfully, just the way I like it.

Appearance was black as night; perhaps a black licorice color; beautiful buttermilk cream head which dissipated into a thin tan surface. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smelled like burnt barley; burnt malt; a little smoky, but not too much; dark chocolate notes, grass, wood; black coffee; burnt caramel.

The taste was like heaven; sweet at the front, bittersweet in the backend; balanced. Black brown sugared chocolate; grassy and woody; a little smoky. Perhaps a little piney and resinous. Roasted barley malt; burnt sugar; burnt malt. Burnt caramel; burnt brown sugar. A slight, yet pleasant, bitter taste lingers throughout consumption. There was even some brown crusty bread.

The body was velvet and smooth; full bodied, yet highly satisfactory. It was curved in just the right places; warm and satisfying, chewy, even. She did me well.

Great beer for a perfect Valentine's evening. Sipped it thoughtfully. Very high quality stout that is worth drinking. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - motor oil black. big, nearly 2 finger head that is think and foamy, almost the consistency of whipped cream. awesome. head is tan colored, darkest head i've seen. good retention and lacey all the way down the glass.

Smell - touch of burnt oats, bitter coffee.

taste - mild malty sweetness immediately taken over by burnt oats and bitter coffee. the head tames the bitterness with a smooth creamy slight sweetness. finishes pretty dry, and begs you to take another drink. Although you have to monitor yourself; it's pretty heavy.

Mouthfeel - thick and creamy. the carbonation is very low, despite the large whipped-cream-esque head, and is perfect for this style of beer.

Monster! the best stout hands down! A little too bitter for me, but that's just the style, and I'm a sweet malt lover. I'll take one anytime anyplace.

Next review: Aged for 8 months

A (5) - jet black, 3 fingers tan chunky head

S (4.75) - Straight chocolate. Whiskey. very very slight resin scent.

T (5) - Smoooth. Sweet chocolate. slightly burnt coffee, then more chocolate that's caramelized. Heavy cream. chocolate. After several drinks, I pick up on a mild resiny hops that are only slightly different than the acrid burnt coffee taste earlier.

M (4.75) - Smooth. Smooooth. The chunky whipped-cream-like head is a nice topping, and sometimes the body feels like heavy cream.

Overall, aging for 8 months was great for this beer. I was blown away. Better than when I had it fresh, some of the hop bitterness faded. Perfection. the only Imperial Stout worth drinking.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a finger width brown foamy head. No head retention but maintains moderate lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. You can really taste the dark chocolate malty flavor. Very smooth, silky taste. Ends with a bitter coffee taste. The bitterness retains in the aftertaste. It is soapy. A very, very good stout. One of my favorites.

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Photo of xoagray
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thick, dark beer with flavors of fruits and coffee. Has a good head and looks great in a glass. Feels a little syrup like in the mouth, but doesn't get bitter at all if it lingers for a while on your tongue.

Starts off with just a tinge of bite, but that's all you'll ever get, the rest is smooth and tasty. I could see this going very well with a roast beef sandwich.

In short, very very good.

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Photo of Pencible
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured with a medium brown head and had a very nice chocolate scent. The texture was thick and heavy, as you would expect, but it wasn't overly strong or too heavy like Rogue's imperial stout. It had tons of bittersweet/dark chocolate flavor with a bit of hops in the aftertaste. The alcohol wasn't too apparent, and there actually wasn't much coffee in the flavor either. It was super smooth and overall very well balanced, which made this surprisingly easy to drink. A wonderful drink - maybe my favorite stout to date?

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

LOVE this beer, the look was black as coal with an awesome tan foam head, taste was incredible, and it went down so easy. Love everything about it and will buy it many more times in the future.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very black with a slight amount of light shining through the bottom. Big creamy tan head with great retention and good lacing. The head retention is surprising for an imperial stout.

Smell: Strong scent of roasted malts and chocolate with noticeable floral hops. Very hoppy for an imperial stout.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, sweet dried fruit, and a hint of molasses. Toasted bread and mild grapefruit hop bitterness. Not as hoppy as it smells.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: An exceptional stout across the board.

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Photo of LeoPanna
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i first tried this in Juneau, Alaska... Now I find it in Queens for $2.99 a bottle... perfect.

Diabolical looking son of a bitch. pitch black, coffee head, deceptively slow to dissolve.

Smells of fresh bread, coffee, brandy, grapes, dried meat, cinnamon, clove, licorice.

First it's a strong espresso w sugar, then alcohol and dark chocolate. It's quite bitter as well. There's a woodiness to it. Nice warming finish as stated on the bottle. On my third sip, I breath in as well and get some rich spices (cinammon, pepper, clove, basil, and more) before the espresso. This is an incredibely complex beer. It's extremely smooth as well. Definitely a slow sipper.

it's unique, complex, fits the style, strong, creamy, smells amazing, inexpensive, the bottle looks cool. What more should I expect in a beer? Should I rate this lower because of a beer that I haven't tried and will probably have to drive for 13 hours and stand in line for a day to obtain? This is totally worth the 3 block walk for me.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

A: completely black, two finger mocha colored head. Head stayed quite a while.
S: Definite coffee, some chocolate, earthy.
T: Amazing! Chocolately, lots of malt, some coffee, some bitter aftertaste but very nice. Alcohol is well-hidden.
M: smooth, but very solid.
O: Great taste, feel. I would drink this anytime. One of the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

A joyful cup of coffee, this one. Like many of this ilk, it does better with some temperature control: improves as it warms. Malts develop well, not too sweet. Bitterness is appropriate for the roast. Higher ABV masked by the depth of flavor, thus caveat emptor.

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't believe a "perfect score" is ever realistic (my perspective...my rubric)....but this one would come oh so close to a "5"...my taste buds opinion

Beautifully creamy/sustaining head and thick/thick body...the smell/taste of roastiness, of chocolate and coffee and beautiful malt/hop balance flowing thickly over the tongue

sweet elixir...

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Photo of Mises85
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served this at around 60 degrees in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with 3 inches of head that laced beautifully.

Aroma: roasted malt, cocoa, black pepper, slight alcohol, touch of espresso, ever so slight 100% cacao chocolate. No burnt malt aroma.

Taste: Roasty, espresso, cococa, touch of guinness character. Midway, some alcohol bite although not too much.

Final results: Definitely one of my favorite imperial stouts. I love how it does not have a burnt flavor and instead the malt has a "grilled" like character. the coffee and chocolate work beautifully although the roastiness is the star. Definitely would drink again but too many beers out there that I need to try. Not hoppy but just enough hops so that there isn't too much sweetness. A plus for me.

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Photo of sorryaboutbrooks
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to glass. Smells choclatey. Rich black opaque appearance. Nice head that rings around the glass until the last sip. Nice bite at first but balanced with smooth mouthfeel. Nice chocolate malt aftertaste lingers. This beer is really put together well. I wish I were more versed in beer reviews, but I'm not, and can't possibly describe the other complexities contained within this one beer. There's a lot of good stuff goin on.

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Photo of Nostradrunkus
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

The quintessential beginners stout, Old Rasputin manages to be an incredibly complex and refreshing drink while simultaneously disguising its high alcohol content.

This one pours a distinct blackness that reassures you that you are drinking a legitimate stout. There is a faint tan head that thins to a lacing on top of the beer within a short amount of time after the pour.

The aroma is complex, but is best categorized by a chocolatey espresso smell that serves as a great prelude to the flavor.

Taste is fantastic. I often find myself recommending this to those that think of guinness first when they hear the word stout. Upon drinking, you're immediately confronted with the chocolate and espresso flavors that dominate the aroma of this stout. This fades into a complex mix of flavor with a faint underlying soy sauce taste to round out the many other flavors at play. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but it contributes a subtle herbal heat that amplifies the other flavors.

I really believe this beer is one of the best hybrids of availability, cost, and flavor in the stout class. It tends to be easy to find, and it is also usually one of the cheaper options among the legitimate stouts. I often find myself reaching for a pack of Old Rasputin to pair with traditional meat and potatoes type meals, and I will continue to do so as long as they keep brewing this excellent Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ElderRasputin
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this at whole foods on my way home from work the other night. Came in a 4 pack of 12 ounce bottles with paper labeling.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate and coffee with a little bit of raisin mixed with a malty complex aftertaste that finishes slighty bitter but smooth.

S: Strong brewed dark coffee with a little bit of chocolate and burnt oak. Has a sharpness to it of alcohol and slight fruitiness.

A: Very dark almost pure black in body with beige carbonation that comes up through the glass to form a tan two finger head. The had retains very nicely.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy smooth that is also heavy with sharp medium carbonation.

O: overall is a very complex and heavy style stout that I think does justice to russian imperial stout. one my most favorite beers and I will be buying this regularly.

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Photo of fx20736
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bought a 4 pak from Southtown Beverages in Rochester on 1/25/14. Poured into a Samuel Smith's pint glass at cellar temp.

appearance: Viscuos black with a towering mocha head.nice lacing.

smell: deep, deep roast, coffee, some chocolate. World Class.

taste: one of the best non barrel aged tasting beers I have ever sipped. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, charred roast. A nice hoppiness at the end acts as a rudder through this madness of flavor.

mouthfeel: unctuous, pleasing.

overall: an explosion of flavor that leaves shockwaves rippling through my soul. This is mind boggling.

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Photo of shu
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i saw the word 'wow' in more than one review and i agree completely. took me a while to get around to trying this but it will definitely be on my regulars list from now on. understand, i only gave this beer a 4.75 b/c i don't believe the 'perfect' beer exists...but this is VERY close. i am typically an ale guy but really like the stouts. as far as i'm concerned this moved past my favorite ales. just an overall satisfying experience. northcoast has got something going on for sure...i was already a fan of brother thelonious.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,540 ratings.