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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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8,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 8403
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 flannelman808


4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this on a Nitro tap... yum...

Look: This beer pours very dark and has a deep tan head. Extra creamy coming off the nitro.

Smell: Smells like toffee and coffee and coco. Chocolate malts. I smell soy sauce as well and a little tangyness... very complex.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and warming. This beer coats the tongue and throat.

Taste: Toffee and sweet malts. I get a very Dark chocolate flavor as well. This beer starts sweet but is very balanced...The hop presence bites the tongue as the beer finishes. Very good stuff!

Drinkability: I love this beer but its best had as a dessert perhaps with chocolate or ice cream.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-14-2009 23:55:47 | More by flannelman808
Photo of jrallen34


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

I drank this from a tap into a chalice

This beer is beautiful to look at with a dark body and creamy head that lasts for a while. The color is pitch black with a tan head.

It smells like coffee with a hint of sweetness and a touch of alcohol.

Its tastes strongly of coffee with a balance of chocolate. Its a great combination of sweet and bitter.

A very fine stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 15:51:35 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Liverpool08


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful midnight black with a nice mocha colored head. Sweet smells of coffee and a hint of the alchohol. Super taste. Has the elements of coffee, chocolate, and English toffee. Nice creamy malt flavors that coat the mouth. What a great beer to end the evening with.
Very very easy to drink. A top-notch RIS!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-02-2009 01:57:06 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Served at the pub in Fort Bragg, in a 10 oz glass, perfect 2 finger head, slight off white. Beer is flat black. Laces well.

S. Only area this beer lacks, is a bit flat, not to may notes other then vanilla.

T. Well balanced, just the right amounts of roasted malts and molasses to give it the perfect flavor profile.

M. Perfect, creamy buttery, feels like the entire glass of stout could slide down my throat in on gulp.

O. My go to Stout. The nitrification at the brewery enhances the amazingness of this beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-24-2009 05:30:51 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of x63x77


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, very opaque. Nice rich creamy brown head from the nitro-tap, fine lacing all the way to the end of the glass.

Smell: Warm roasted malty goodness. Nose had a nice sweetness about it that balanced the hops well

Taste: Spectacular. The nitro-tap makes all the difference with this beer. I have also had it from a bottle which is good, but the tap version had all of the freshness and bright, warm flavor I have no come to expect from this beer. Personally, I would like to see a bit more hops, especially from a west coast company.

Mouth Feel: Silky smooth, liquid velvet. Smooth light nitrogen carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, tiny tight nitrogen bubbles help make this very much not filling.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-21-2009 05:03:09 | More by x63x77
Photo of lukymann


4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quite a pleasure to have this brew on nitro-tap... grabbed it at Deep Ellum in Allston.

A - After the beer settles out it is dark and largely opaque with a great creamy khaki colored, inch-thick head. Looked like a great dessert beer if ever I've seen one.

S - Earthy smell with overtones of chocolate. Roasted malts are unsurprisingly prevalent.

T - Excellent. Strong Espresso and chocolate flavors at the front that settle into a burnt malt residue on your tongue. A good representation of the style.

F - Two words: Creamy goodness. The smoothness of this beer on nitro is hard to describe (and it is well matched to the beer's flavor). As good as this beer is from the bottle, this presentation went well beyond surpassing my expectations.

D - The 9% ABV is not all that apparent as you're drinking. As tempting as it was to have more than one, this is not really a session beer and I moved on to something slightly less robust.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-20-2009 16:50:29 | More by lukymann
Photo of HalfFull


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass, the Nitro tap helps this beer along nicely. Pours a deep black with an inch of mocha head. Good retention and generous amounts of lacing follow and continue to the bottom of the glass.

Smell has the chocolate nose of the bottle but without the notes of alcohol.

More chocolate on the tongue and with a long lingering roasted malt finish, including a nice freshly grated chocolate texture. Medium bodied in the feel and has a slightly slick finish, though smoother than from the bottle. High carbonation of the bottle isn't present here, allowing for a smoother feel and better retention of the nitro induced carbonation.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-12-2009 02:08:39 | More by HalfFull
Photo of bulletrain76


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Almost black, dark brown with a scant brown head. Aroma has powerful licorice and roasted malts. The flavor is big and roasty with coffee bitterness; quite dry in the finish, and the hops blend in and don't overwhelm the balance. Full palate with fizzy carbonation. Very drinkable for an imperial, but intense and rich, dry and bitter. Goes nicely with chocolate desserts. (3.8) Rerate: This is damn good on tap. More dark chocolate and less hop bitterness, though still balanced nicely and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2009 23:22:21 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of Sean9689


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head into a tulip. Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and a little hint of alcohol on the nose. Taste is sweet chocolate with a little kick of alcohol, I really like this one. Mouthfeel is rich and thick, perfect for this RIS. I had another glass right after the first, so I will def revisit this one often.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 20:12:35 | More by Sean9689
Photo of PrinceDarren


4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Old Rasputin RIS was tapped at Bavarian Lodge tonight. Unfortunately, it was a very small keg so it was entirely gone in 15 minutes, no exaggeration.

Nose was oak, oak, oak. Just the way I like it. Roasted malt aromas too.

Tasted dry for a RIS with a bit of woodiness and moderate roasted malt with touch of coffee and a wee bit of dark chocolate. Predominately oak/malt though.

The regular RIS is average by itself but the oak definitely kicked it up an interesting level. It was dry enough that I could have drank another, if only they hadn't run out so quickly... Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 03:13:10 | More by PrinceDarren
Photo of drink1121


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

I had this on tap at the Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

This was one of the best out of the 8 beer survey that night. I like this one because it was the strongest served in pint size. I like the different type of glassware, i.e. a chalice, but they use it to give you less beer.
Anyways, great looking stout, as I think stout are usually very good looking beers. Somewhat fruity taste. I tasted this next to a Rogue Nut Brown and the Rogue was more like a coffee/nutty, where is this was more fruit forward.

I could have a few of these a night. I will def gt one everytime i go there.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 18:43:59 | More by drink1121
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the anchor.

Has a black color with a two finger tan head that stays for quite a while. Left lacing on my glass.

Smells of roasted dark malts, sugary, toffee.

Taste of roasted malts, expresso like, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full of flavors and sticky.

Good Stout and something I look foward too having again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 03:11:59 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of superdedooperboy


4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Savored this one on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. (Incidentally, the only way and place I've ever enjoyed it.)

Dark black, mostly opaque, with a thick espresso-like brown head that shows wonderful retentive properties and holds tight to the walls of the vessel, leaving behind nice rings of lace.

The nose is powerfully delicious, filled with sweet and bitter chocolate notes along with a bit of coffee.

Thick and velvety smooth in body, with flavors mimicking those of the nose: creamy chocolate, both sweet milky chocolate notes as well as the dominating bittersweet dark chocolate, with a bit of espresso snap that lends a bit of dryness to the finish, which is mildly sweet as well. Roasted character, in both the nose and on the palate, is rather subdued, though it peeks through at times.

Going down smooth and satisfying, this is an imminently drinkable Imperial Stout, but drinkability can only be issued so much in a beer with 9% alcohol by volume.

A wonderful example of the style, and the one that introduced me to Russian Imperial Stout to begin with, not to mention its being the first "big beer" I ever tried, and it was love at first sip. I always come back to this one, and it never disappoints.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 16:26:22 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Brew House. Poured into a 10 oz. glass. Pours jet black with a thin, creamy tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee and some burnt sugar. Taste is wonderful. Good amount of chocolate and coffee with a nice, smooth sugary, malty finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel, but not thick- rather thin and drinkable. Wonderful beer that I probably first tried 10 years ago and is still great today.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 14:57:08 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

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

Poured on tap into pint glass

Appearance: Jet black with caramel colored head, not too much lace.

Smell: Nice, espresso with some chocolate and a bit of a tangy bitterness to it.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, very espressoish with some anise and a bit of caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, what you would expect from an RIS.

Drinkability: Not as high as I would usually rank a RIS, mostly because there was a reasonably noticeable alcohol presence.

Notes: Very enjoyable. but not the most standoutish of RIS's.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 03:25:09 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of davexisxrabid


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one on tap at Alex's Bar in Long Beach and damn did I have a great experience!

This thing poured like a monster. The bar tender poured some of the head off but it kept coming up and overflowed. I laughed. Thick brown fluffy head topping a pitch black brew.

Aroma was a roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, a bit like coffee.

Taste was more of less in line with the aroma. Wonderfully complex flavor of the roasted chocolate malts with a nice bitterness at the end. Couldn't really tell if the bitterness was from the hops or more from the roasted smokey tasting malts. Either way, exceptional.

Thick, full-bodied mouthfeel like a soup. The flavor lingers on your palate for a good while after the taste is gone. Can't really detect the alcohol either.

If it wasn't for the high abv, I would be pounding this day and night. Absolutely amazing stout, perhaps my favorite at this moment.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 17:40:08 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of raoulduke37


4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You can find this at almost any decent liquor store in Southern CA, but not so much on tap, so this was a treat.

A - Dark, thick, stout, with creamy tan head that stays and stays.

S - Nice roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate.

T - Very nice ripe fruit coming through, with hints of Mexican hot chocolate (chocolate and cinnamon)

M - Smooth, creamy, definitely falls right in line for stout lovers such as myself.

D - Not a session beer, by any means. Sit back by the fire on a cold night with a couple of buddies.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 01:28:03 | More by raoulduke37
Photo of FirstMan


3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer in lots of different ways - on tap, in bottle, and most recently, on nitro tap. This is a very different beer in those three modes, I think. Bottle I would rate the worst, then normal tap, then nitro-tap. Thus, I'm reviewing the nitro-tap version here:

A: Black like black. Black black black. Like black, blackly. Blackiest blackity black. Head is light cocoa. Very distinct difference between the head the liquid once the nitro pour settles given the color of said liquid, which is, how to say... black.

S: Distinct hop presence in the nose, but not nearly as prevalent in the nitro pour as in the normal tap version. Non-nitro, I remember being a little scared of this one upon smelling because there were wicked strong hop and roasted chocolate notes. Almost cindery notes. These are there in the nitro pour, but not nearly as ... loudly.

T: This beer does not mess around. It will hunt you down in the dead cold of winter, shoot you, and dump you in the river, standing there while you slip under the ice. It will then go and make love to your sister. It will remain unshaven through all that. That said, on nitro, it will shave. It will also perhaps give you a nice fur hat to wear before all that. Huge biting hop bitterness and full roasted, smokey malt with big coffee and chocolate tongue anvils.

M: On nitro, surprisingly creamy and full given my experience with this being a dryer, more abrupt beer when on tap normally.

D: It's probably just me, but I can't really drink more than one of these at a sitting. I could, but it's just a bit much.

Overall a delicious beer and one of the better Imperial Stouts out there, imho, but the style is not of great drinkability to me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-21-2009 00:41:31 | More by FirstMan
Photo of MrIncognito


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Incredibly dark brown to black with a fluffy mocha head. Head lasts quite a while and simmers to a nice 1/8-inch lace on top. Great sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as drank.

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malt all at once like a slap in the face. Boozy alcohol when I really stick my nose in and take a good long whiff.

T&M - I taste the espresso off the bat and then chased by the roasted malt and finally with a nice twinge of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced in these flavors and none of these overpowers the other, rather compliments each other. A bit of a thick brew with a sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol is warming and not as noticable as I expected. The alcohol seems to meld into the flavors as the beer warms.

D - Such a great sipping beer and nice to drink. It would be hard to drink more than two of these in one night as you have to sip and savor this or the alcohol will knock you out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 14:47:38 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of beerorRIP

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ stuff yer face (from notes i remember taking on a phone that died)

a full pour into a standard pint glass revealed a black as night body. a dark brown 1 finger head crowned the glass, which eventually crept down. some sticky brown lace was hanging on the sides of the glass throughout.

smells like RIS... nice deep roasty barley, chocolates, some coffee (although not as much as others), and a whiff of alcohol. no noticable hop aroma.

the taste was soooo nice. rich and chocolatey. slight coffee and perhaps sweetness of a ripe fruit. bitter balanced well with the noticable malt character of the beer. the alcohol is really well hidden and only peaks out from under the covers when i rolled it around my mouth for a while. delicious.

not super thick, but a thick and creamy mouthfeel that is of course expected for the style. it does suit the flavors of the beer really well.

dangerous. that is the drinkability of this crazy old man. after one i started to feel it in my head and promptly got something to eat. the second one told me "you ain't gettin' away that easy" and made me feel quite relaxed.

overall, highly recommended! a great RIS that i overlooked for a long time... and do i regret that? yes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 00:55:19 | More by beerorRIP
Photo of schroederm


4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the privilege of drinking this beer on nitro, so my opinions are a little skewed by the benefits of serving this kind of beer in that manner. First off, it looks fantastic. The head is full, looks sort of like chocolaty whipped cream with a sheen across its surface. Dark as night. Smells quite good, with a little bit of alcohol coming through roasty notes. Tastes even better than it smells: excellent maltiness, nice bitter finish, notes of anise, chocolate, and coffee.

The mouthfeel is really what did it for me, again, probably due to nitrogen. Exceptionally creamy, perfect level of carbonation. Avoided swallowing as long as I could bear...

Overall: great RIS, I highly recommend it. If you live in the Boston area, get over to Deep Ellum, where they have it on nitro consistently.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-10-2009 22:07:53 | More by schroederm
Photo of alovesupreme


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, I have never seen a more beautiful, more appetizing beer then Old Rasputin on tap. Darkness with a perfect creamy head that resembles whip cream on hot chocolate.

Roasted aromas, chocolate and coffee.

I can tell this beer is on nitro, its almost like drinking an extremely flavorful Guiness, with all aspects enhanced. Very roasted, coffee, a little chocolate with a lingering creamy roasted aftertaste.

Absolutely amazing. Old Rasputin on Nitro is pretty much as good as it gets.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-10-2009 07:48:23 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of jokelahoma


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS.

Poured into a small brandy snifter/tulip style glass. Came to me completely opaque black and a decent sized creamy head that lasted the entire way to the bottom.

The smell on this one is fantastic. It's full of dark fruits, roasted grains, a bit of pleasant hop aroma... it's everything you can really ask for from the aroma of an Imperial Stout. Extremely appetizing, and enough to make your mouth water.

The taste doesn't let you down, either. Up front you get hit with a healthy dose of roasted malt flavor, followed by the sweetness of the base malts. That sweetness stays throughout the sip, but it balanced nicely by the deceptively high level of bitterness, both from the hops and from the more astringent character of the darker malts. The darker fruit aromas also make their presence known in the flavor, giving the beer a plum/currant note that is very nice on the tongue. And to top it all off, there's really no hint of the 9% ABV in the taste. It's way too easy to drink, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, now is it?

The mouthfeel was a tad lighter than I had expected. Not light, by any means, but lighter than one might think an Imperial Stout would be. This both aids the drinkability of the beer, and disappoints in some odd way. Overall, though, it isn't a big hindrance to the enjoyment.

This one is really, really well made. Sweet without being cloying, well balanced, not trying to be grabbing you by the throat and screaming "Imperial Stout Here! Bet you can't drink me!". It's very well put together, easy to drink, satisfying, and just generally a very, very good beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2009 20:33:22 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer


4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a tan head that has a wonderful oil layer on top. Really nice looking brew. The smell is even better, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The taste continues the trip to Chocolate town with hints of coffee and caramel to boot. This is an intense beer, you really take your time with it and one is probably plenty, but I really enjoyed it. I've never been a stout guy, but this is a couple in a row that I've enjoyed. I would definetly have this beer again, it would be a great dessert after a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 16:50:44 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
Photo of Wackyfoot


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the darkest pours I've ever seen, thick and heavy with a medium brown head. Massive hits of coffee beans and bitter chocolate with just a slight hint of the alcohol buried beneath it all. How I miss my youthful days when I used to regularly drink four of these a night. Probably the most pleasant drunk I've ever had. Your beer drinking life is not complete if you've never had this one. Also Rasputin's beard is a hero to mine, just saying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 07:50:53 | More by Wackyfoot
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,403 ratings.