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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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8,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 8412
Reviews: 3289
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%

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 Rowlaw


4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a great beer. Dark, heavy stout that's not overpowering. As dark as the come with a thick coffee color head. I used a tulip glass that released the aromas of hops and coffee. The flavors coat your mouth with hops coffee and cream with just a hint of chocolate. I may have a new favorite stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:31:51 | More by Rowlaw
Photo of foglemgs


4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured like motor oil from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass - and that's a beautiful thing! The brew is pitch black with a tan colored head that fades but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: A truly lovely bouquet of malt, coffee, and chocolate, with a hint of floral undertones.

T: Simply put, this is one excellent RIS. The coffee flavor hits you right in the head, and the high (9% ABV) finishes it off.

M: Very pleasant and thick, with a sweet maltiness balanced by a dry stout finish. Exquisite.

O: One of my favorite beers, this one never disappoints. I always look for this when I'm "picking a six."

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:34:14 | More by foglemgs
Photo of biokid23


4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into...a steel mug while camping. I have drunk it from the bottle, in a tulip glass, and from a water glass. It is consistent in that it stays one of my favorite beers, and probably the best stout I have ever drunk. Pours dark and rich. Very boozy, has a deep flavor of coffee, chocolate, and stout. Pretty much the king of stouts...try it for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 07:02:44 | More by biokid23
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:51:10 | More by fx20736
Photo of Ozzylizard


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10142013 into imperial pint glass
Aroma of roasted malts
Head large (6 cm), light brown, creamy, mostly lasting
Lacing pretty much absent
Body dark brown/black with slightly reddish overtones in a strong light
Initial flavor very much roasted malt, no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol
Ends with a slightly bitter burnt taste
Palate is full, creamy, very soft carbonation

In 2006 I rated this beer as OK. Now I have to upgrade it to Excellent – guess by tastes have improved.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 14:31:58 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of MCain04


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I haven't formally reviewed this before. 12 oz bottle, no bottling date that I can see, poured into my Darkness tulip.

Dark brown pour with a light mocha frothy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Very nice in the glass.

This is aromatic even though my nose is stuffed up. Extremely roasty with strong notes of baker's chocolate. Spent coffee grains are present but more subtle. Not very hoppy.

Taste is roasty and burnt, smoky, morseso than most imperial stouts, bordering on rauchbier level of smokiness. Some bitter hops and cacao. Halfway-burnt cigar ash. Almost no alcohol, remarkable.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth body, medium carbonation, and a sticky finish, but could really use more oomph behind it. Could be fuller and creamier. Not off-putting but holds the brew up.

Overall this is renowned for it's great price point and year-round availability. Definitely the best RIS that is year-round, present everywhere, and $10/4pack. It doesn't compare to the world-class RIS's that I've had the pleasure of drinking, but I would drink this any day of the week with a smile on my face, and save some time and money while I was at it. Pick up a 4-pack with no reservations.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 14:06:32 | More by MCain04
Photo of happilyhopped


4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013/14 Old Rasputin (No date on bottle or packaging, but it looks pretty new) 12oz, Opened on 1/22/14 and poured into a snifter.

A - Pours black like dark chocolate and forms a nice dark tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly though. Beer is dark, dark black and not see through. When held up to the light you can barely see through the outermost rim. What you can see through looks like burnt wood with just a hint of brown.

S - First smell i get is this raspberry jam kind of smell followed by the roasted malt and a whole lot of chocolate. Also a strong alcohol presence cuts through. Maybe a little burnt toast in there as well. But i burned toast in my house about an hour ago so it might be coming from that.

T - Right away i get the awesome roasted malt flavor followed up by heavy amounts of dark chocolate. I also get some fig and date flavors when i take a nice big sip. A bit of coffee bitterness on the finish with an alcohol heat that creeps up the throat. Mmmm!

M - Nice and creamy texture with a good amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth well but doesn't feel syrupy. I prefer a little less carbonation in my darker beers otherwise it is great.

O - Delicious as always. I love the strong bitterness i get from the coffee and dark chocolate and the mild alcohol warmth that comes on at the end. It isn't too intense, but just right. One of my favorite RIS. I get it every year around my birthday to cellar so i can do a nice vertical on my bday. This beer is both delicious fresh, and aged for a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:49:35 | More by happilyhopped
Photo of glass_house


4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Rasputin greets me from the label with his trademark piercing gaze. He fills my vessel with a liquid black pearl through which the most determined light shall not pass. It actually appears that light particles are being pulled in, perhaps through a wormhole to another dimension. One finger of tight khaki head recedes to a persistent ring of vigilant foam.

Roasted espresso beans and burnt cocoa meet dark fruits and faint molasses in the nose. The initial feel on the tongue is silky smooth, morphing first into a crisp carbonated zing, then a bittersweet dark chocolate bite. French roast coffee and dark dark chocolate dominate the flavor, while smoky caramel malt and grassy hops dance in the background. As the nectar warms, a slight alcohol heat comes through on the finish.

Overall, this is simply one of the finest [non barrel-aged] stouts I've ever had. There is never a dull moment spent with Rasputin. The aroma, texture, and flavors converge to provide an experience that never disappoints.

Будем здоровы

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:33:50 | More by glass_house
Photo of Andrew041180


4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured jet black, with a taller-than-expected, rich, creamy tan head. The head recedes slowly, and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Attractive film hovers above the beer for the duration of the beer. Nice, but difficult to differentiate appearance in this style.

S - Very nice potency. I can smell it without jamming my entire face into the glass. Roasty malt. Dark chocolate.

T - Follows the nose. The tastes are clean readily discernible. Clean coffee, milk chocolate. Just a subtle sweetness, and no burnt notes. Just a bit of alcohol on the finish. Normally I don't like this, but it works well here.

M - I suppose it's possible for a beer to feel better, but I'm not going to split hairs here. Full-bodied. Luxurious. Goes down like silk, yet with just a hint of supporting carbonation. Love this.

O - Another eye-opening imperial stout. My second this week. At one time I held off on this beer due to 4-pack quantity and perceived high price. Those reasons have since been swept away. Truly a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:47:24 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of James773


3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a thin brown head. Most of the darker beers I've tried had very intense flavors of dark fruits and overpowering aromas, so I was surprised that this one wasn't so strong at first. The bitterness is very obvious but not unpleasant, and as you sip you can taste more coffee and dark bread flavors. Mouthfeel is not too thick, good for the taste. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:11:52 | More by James773
Photo of BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown as you would expect from a stout. Creaming long lasting head
S: honestly, didn't smell more than the whiffs of coffee and chocolate
T: Here is where the experience changes. First sip, first 3 seconds, nothing. I was thinking, blah. Then the flavor explosion happened! Complex, rapidly changing tastes. Coffee, caramel, dark fruits, some alcohol, some sweetness. Delicious!
M: Warm, smooth, complete.
O: Really like this beer a lot. It's complexity is what sets it apart. The flavored change dramatically 3 times.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:12:08 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of tmm313


4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black. Poured a gorgeous 2 finger head into snifter. Super creamy tan head with outstanding lacing. As head slowly fades, alcohol legs take over.

S- I get raisins, char, coffee, chocolate and booze. Sometimes I get something sweetly spicy as well. Subtleties seem to change each time. Smell is on the lighter side when cold, but strengthens as it warms. Surprising how sweet it is. Reminds me of tropical hops at times.

T- Man, there's a lot going on... As it sits on the tongue, I get a strangely sweet, tropical like flavor. Immediately as you swallow, the sweetness is replaced by a hoppy spiciness, dark fruit, coffee, and roasted malt. The finish has notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, char, pine, and licorice. Aftertaste reminds me of earthy hops meets dark chocolate. And if I drank it again tomorrow, it would probably be different. Incredibly complex.

M- Medium body. Slick on the tongue and very drying. Crisp carbonation.

O- This is an amazing beer! It is supremely complex and exceptionally balanced. Each smell and taste is a touch different than the last. I'm so overwhelmed by details, I'm having problems finding words. One thing I can say is that I tried this when I first got into craft and didn't dig it at all. To those just starting out, if you try it and don't like it, please give it another try 1-2 years down the road. You'll be impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:09:51 | More by tmm313
Photo of BierJager89


4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee. Smells delicious.

T: Same as the nose, but more balanced, with chocolate and coffee sharing in equal parts of the deliciousness.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: I believe this was my first imperial stout, and it's definitely worth a try. The barrel aged version is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:25:08 | More by BierJager89
Photo of RyanOooh


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured caramel/light roast coffee color into stemless snifter. A gigantic, tan, frothy head even w/ side pour- was able to float a little RIS muffin top pillow for about half the glass, moderate and spotty lacing. Sexy looking brew. Smells is very licorice for me and I definitely pick up the alcohol in the nose. Delicious! Caramel, alcohol, licorice - no immediate flavors because the mouth is surprisingly thin/slick. Lots of dark chocolate/bitter finish. There's a reason so many review this beer, it's outstanding. One of the most drinkable and sip friendly RISs' made so available. Love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 21:48:40 | More by RyanOooh
Photo of ONUMello


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Coffee, caramel, roasted malt and bitter hops. Nice complexity
T: Bitter with burnt malt, burnt sugars and burnt hops
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: A solid RIS, overall I enjoyed it though it could be even better if the bitterness were toned down a bit

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:47:07 | More by ONUMello
Photo of silverblaze540


3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark and poured with a fairly large head. Nothing is really visible through the beer. Head dissipates very quickly.

S - Very strong (and delicious) smell at first, but dissipates pretty quickly. Sweet, with strong smell of chocolate and hints of coffee.

T - Sweet when it first touches the tongue. Light carbonation and light alcohol taste. Very smooth, with good balance of flavors. Coffee and bitter aftertaste.

M - Very very thick and heavy. Not much carbonation or alcohol taste, especially for a 9%.

O - Best stout I have had. I like the initial sweetness, and the smell was very delicious when I first poured, and, with the thick head, it made my mouth water. The bitter aftertaste lingers for a bit, but it is not that strong. The head and smell dissipate quickly. Still, an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 05:01:58 | More by silverblaze540
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a two-finger foamy tan head.

S - Sweet roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Also some faint dark fruits.

T - Coffee is front and center followed by the roasted malts. Finish with a nice amount of bitter dark chocolate.

M - Full body wit medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol burn.

O - One of the best imperial stouts out there. A true American classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:59:33 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of TheBrouMaster


4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a khaki colored one-finger creamy head that seems to retain forever and sticks to the sides as it settles.

S- smells of melted chocolate with toffee & caramel taffy, some underlying mocha coffee, subtle roasted malt note with a bit of alcohol. Chocolate definitely shines overall

T- The chocolate flavors follow the smell with huge bitter-sweet dark chocolate, some dark fruity notes chime in around mid-palate with fig/date, coffee flavors arise near the end with a sweet and roast malt finish, with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouth feel with a crisp finish. A touch of alcohol warmth at the end

O- An American classic that often goes unheralded, yet one that we are lucky to always have available. Always a good choice

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 06:01:27 | More by TheBrouMaster
Photo of NEdward

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: black. thick tan head with persistent lacing long after it's gone.

S: pungent bittersweet, chocolate, slightly earthy or vegetable -- though not unpleasantly so.

T: dark chocolate, bitter, strong hints of smoke every now and again.

M: full, thick, milky, lingers

O: delicious, not overly ambitious, a truly solid beer and one that I'll be on the look out for next time I'm in the mood for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:48:53 | More by NEdward
Photo of Amgarnier


4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark black just as expected with a creamy brown head. Limited lacing.

S: Coffee with hints of dark fruit, sweet malty notes and a hint of hops.

T: caramel malts with a hint of chocolate a little bit of a butter taste. Plenty of coffee and some hops to balance it out.

O: impressive imperial stout. Strong flavors with lots of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 00:13:02 | More by Amgarnier
Photo of bryangb

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Aggressive pour gives a beautiful creamy head. Smell: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, malt. Not very boozy smelling but it's there. Taste: You can taste it before it even touches your mouth. Much like you'd expect from the smell. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate up front. The booze comes in towards the end. The alcohol burn left behind is just right. It's rated up there with one of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:00:44 | More by bryangb
Photo of santomark


4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This thing is dark as tar, black as night, darker than a car getting an oil change. Wow this is black. Looks syrupy, but a sip will tell you other wise. Nice tan, latte colored head. Thick, thick, 3 finger head.

S - Very robust malt, roasted coffee notes. sweet, and ends with a bitter.

T - Very creamy, a bitterness from the roast, bit of sweet, vanilla, chocolate, bitter at the end.

M - Heavy body, there's no way around it. Thick, silky, creamy, little carbonation.

O - This is a great brew. It's spot on and I can say this is the standard of how I judge RIS now. Definitely will keep this in the rotation. They should release a holiday brew of this? Vanilla beans?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:19:51 | More by santomark
Photo of Omnium


4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pure black with two fingers of milky tan head, big thick lacing all around the sides.
S - Dark roasted chocolates, hazelnut, a tad skunky, some milk chocolate, sweet roasted malt.
T - Lush creamy milky chocolate tones bitter roasts that make for a nice balance.
M - Velvet creamy milky, amazing.
O - One of the best RIS you can get its super silky smooth full chocolate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:21:24 | More by Omnium
Photo of CraigS119


3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

serving type: bottle; poured into snifter

A- Rich dark pour with a one-finger, toffee-colored head that lingers and laces down the glass

A- Sweet, creamy, malty aroma. Deep resin, with subtle leafy/piney notes

F- Fronted with coffee, caramel, and toasted toffee malts; distinct, but not overwhelming, toasty, bitter followthrough

M- Very smooth, liquidy-velvet fullness with just a bit of carbonation. One of the best mouthfeels I've experienced.

O- A sweet and strong blend, that's not over-powering. Well-balanced. An exemplar of RISs.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 02:05:10 | More by CraigS119
Photo of CochonKing

New York

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a thick black with a chocolate colored head that is around 1 inch. Excellent lacing. - 5

Smell - Chocolate, Coffee, Espresso and strong dark malt. Caramelized sugars and roasted nuts - 4.5

Taste - Coffee and chocolate with dark malt back bone. Soy sauce on the palate as well. 4.75

Mouthfeel - Full bodied creamy beer with light bubbles. Excellent on the palate - 5.0

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 00:36:35 | More by CochonKing
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,412 ratings.