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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent amount of head, especially for a RIS, and a black color. Smell is a delicious mix of rich, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is sweet, malty, and roasted with coffee notes and a nice, balanced hop finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Nicely drinkable, especially for the style as it is ONLY 9% ABV and smooth.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
I've said beers pour black before, well I lied, this beer pours BLACK. Light can almost not pass through the glass. It's thick black beer with a creamy nut colored head.

Smell:
Primarilly burnt chocolate and coffee in scent but there are some very minor cherry and biscuit notes. Pretty much what you would expect but good and balanced none the less.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There is a very strong flavor of good dark chocolate. While beers to me tend to taste more like bakers chocolate this really tastes like good edible dark chocolate. The beer drinks incredibly smooth with bitter stings on the front and sides of my tongue. The finish is again chocolatey only with a little coffee in the mix. There is a full on aftertaste to this beer which I don't really like but the beer itself is good enough for me to look past this.

Drinkability:
Pretty much everything about this beer says not so drinkable aside from the taste. High ABV and an unclean finish are really what takes away from this for me, but it's a really tasty beer and would probably serve a stout fan well in terms of drinkability.

Bottom Line:
A pretty awesome stout. Not exactly my cup of tea but this was an enjoyable drinking experience and I would recommend this to anybody looking for something good or any fan os stouts.

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Photo of becktone
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After walking about two miles to pay my rent in very unfavorable conditions here in Cincinnati, I finally returned to my humble abode and asked myself "What do I have in my fridge that can warm me up after that?" At about 35F outside and winds that made walking down a hill one of Hurcules' 12 Labors, I hoped I had something very dark, malty and strength imbuning in my fridge. As I looked in my fridge I almost started to sigh, and lo and behold forgotten in the back corner behind some other sixers I find I've an ample supply of Old Rasputin. Here are my thougts.

The pour is dark-black infact- With a tan creamy three finger head this brew looks just too good. Head begins to receed in size to a stable one finger size leaving some sweet looking lace along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is strong, sweet, and alcoholic. A robust chocolate character comes through and maybe a little bit of a coffee aroma as well, other notable smells are dark fruits, maybe some prunes. No hop aroma, or roasted bitterness aroma. All in all a great smelling brew.

Oh yes, this lifts my spirit and warms the soul. Strong sweet malty backbone gives real character and life to this brew. Chocolate malts take the foreground in this brew's flavor profile. Just a tad of hop flavor in the back of this one, one of the noble varieties I should think. Just there in the back, fleeting. Tastes great, but more complexitiy would add more to this brew....My upper body is now pretty much thawed, but my lower body is still pretty cool.

The body of this RIS is thick and full bodied and creamy just the way it should be. Carbonation levels are fairly low as benefits the style. I'll most likely buy this brew again. It is great to warm up with after coming in out of the cold and being pounded by the elements. Not something that I could sit around and drink all day, and it shouldn't be. I don't think that any RIS is meant to be that way. Definitely something to slowly savor. However, I also know that there are other RIS's that represent the style differently and I would definitely love to try those before I came back to this one, but I would not be adverse to another go-round with this brew.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark brown with a red hue. Tan head that was large, left lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roast, coffee, malt. Flavors chocolate, smoke, roast, a twinge of metallic, with alcohol warming seem to mule kick you in the senses. Mouth feel is a creamy, frothy, medium/high bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Definitely worth a keg, or case. Nice on a cold winter night like this one.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times, and tonight I decided on a formal review. The bartender served it beautifully. The head was gorgeous, like every nitro-tapped stout should have and the black color was quite nice. The smell was standard stoutish, but gave off more of a sweet coffee flavor than a bitter coffee flavor and that was rather enticing. The taste really developed the sweetness to bring a very nice balance to the beer. The mouthfeel was better than average, but probably because it was a nitro tap and added to the smoothness. It was drinkable in all respects, and I will keep getting it on occasion, but have a hard time going through a few pints in a sitting.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a nice 2, maybe 3, finger brown head and lacing that lasts until the end. When held to the light there are mere hints of ruby at the edges. Smells first of a hint of hops then strongly of sweet chocolately roasted malts. Great taste with lots of flavors. The sweet roasted malts dominate but as with the smell I am able to detect a hint of hop bitterness. I am able to pick out some coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and some dried fruits. A pleasantly bitter dark chocolate flavor lingers in the finish. Despite clocking in at 9% ABV the alcohol is masked quite well. Mouthfeel is great. Good, solid body that is thick without being chewy. This brew is also creamy and somewhat dry, very nice. Drinkability is excellent. This is a great interpretation of the style. Great taste with fairly complex flavors make this a treat.

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Photo of sachsich
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this one in a bottle for the first time. We cant get beers over 6% in south carolina, so i had to snag a couple when i was up in charlotte nc. this beer has so much character i dont know where to start. its a wonderful beer that you want to sit back and enjoy every sip you take

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to an opaque black, with dark tan head that reduced slowly to a thin film and left good lacing. Aroma was very malty roasted nuts, with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and toffee. Maybe I was just hungry, but later in the drink, I swear I could also smell grilled, smoked steak. Taste was more of what was found in the aroma (less the steak), and the 9%alcohol blended in nicely to be a perfect complement to the malty sweetness, as the beer warmed . This all combined to leave a very tasty, pleasant, warming finish. This was all it was touted to be.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a little overrated by other users IMO. I had not read any reviews on this beer before drinking it at the bar. It had a nice apperance. Everything else was decent and slightly above average. Nice chocolate maltiness, but the alcohol is too dominant and needs balance. It needs a little more hoppiness to it as well. This beer was ok, but I think I'd pass on it for a different RIS.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black color, but not a jet black color that I would have thought from an RIS. Not much of a head, but caramel colored without much retention. Slight lacing also.
S: Dark chocoloate notes. Roasted barley and choffee. Sweet dark fruit, mostly figs and cherries
T/M: Roasted malt flavors stirke right off the bat. Milk chocolate and sweet caramel notes ring in as secondary players. Dark fruit and fig flavors also come through. Aftertaste is a tad bitter with the hops showing their presence. Faint burnt coffee notes also present themselves in the finish. Thick and chewy, but very smooth and silky on the palate. Mouthfeel is absolutely wonderful. Abv is definately noticeable and comes through with a spicyness. Big abv isn't overly obstrusive.
D: A RIS you've got to get your hands on. Very tasty and amazingly smooth. Excellent mouthfeel makes you want to drink the whole four pack. High alcohol doesn't get in the way even though it's very noticeable.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased from LiquidSolutions.biz (free advertising for an excellent store).

A: The ale is a deeep black color with softer brown highlights when held to light. The head is small now but was bigger on pour and has laced nicely.

S: The aroma is one of roasted malts and sweet chocolate held together by a strong alcohol presence.

T: The stout has a strong, bold presence taste-wise. The first flavors to hit the tastebuds are roasted malts and alcohol strength. The intensity of the alcohol gives way to a vinous complexity. That complexity gives up hints of chocolate and warming alcohol. My only complaint is that the flavors are not big and bold immediately, they require a bit of time to really shine.

M: The roasted complexity is very pleasing, giving the stout multiple levels of flavor that build well upon each other.

D: The drinkability is limited by the 9.0% abv. The flavors meld well together though, creating a deeply complex ale that is smooth without knocking one out.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a highly enjoyable beer! pours black with some faint ruby highlights; has a huge tan head that vanishes over time. smell is a bit faint compared to some other imperial stouts, but it does smell nice -- warm chocolate, hops, maybe toasted almonds. taste is phenomenal! chocolate and coffee hit you first, with hints of fruitiness and tobacco next, and a very bitter, but controlled, hoppy finish. mouthfeel is quite crisp, for the style, but that's not a detraction. creamy and smooth in the finish. dangerously drinkable, as it's not as demanding as some other imperials.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stout pours black with brown edges when held to light. Nice light tan head slowly dissipates. Looks quite thick. Smell is of big roasted malt and espresso, with roasted grain and raisin.

Taste is rich and sweet like molasses, roast grain and malt provide a nice biting counterpoint. Bitter chocolate, licorice, and burnt flavors are part of the supporting cast. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good, mouthwatering even. Drinkability is excellent for a 9% ABV Imperial Stout. This is one of the best, and probably the "best buy" of big stouts.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last bottle of a 4-pack that I bought about two years ago. Why am I just now drinking it? Because I hated it then.

Pours with very little head, the beer is dark brown, no lacing. Smells roasty and chocolatey, some vinous notes.

The taste has really dried out. Slightest touch of oxidation, roasted and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel has thinned, but is still chewy. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of KingG
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer plenty of times and have loved it for years.
Sampled at room temp.

Poured into my Stone Old Guardian glass.

Appearance is good. Black as night color. I mean really dark. Decent mocha-colored head materialized.

Smell is great. Turkish coffee, black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol fumes tickle the nose. Mouth-watering smell.

Taste is great as well. Same as the nose with a bit more turkish coffee and dark chocoate. Wonderful flavor. Alcohol bites a little but is welcome in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is great. This stout coates the tongue as well as any RIS i've had. Carbonation is above average making this beer smooth in the finish.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a few 12oz bottles in one sitting but that would be about it and that's probably because of how big this beer is in terms of flavor and alcohol (9%).

Overall:
A fantastic beer and one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts. Luckily it's available year-round. Truely a classic example of the style.

12oz bottle
9% alc.

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Photo of Neehan
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured an almost black with a large, cocoa-colored head. It left a nice, interesting retention that clung to the glass for quite a while before slipping back into the mix. A nice taste that combined french roast coffee and chocolate. Exceptionally creamy and smooth taste with the chocolate again and more roasts, but not with an overpowering, burnt taste like many in this genre. A very nice mouthfeel with just the right touch of carbonation. Incredibly drinkable especially considering the alcohol and the fact that it is a strong, Russian Imperial Stout. Fantastic beer, I'll have to have more.

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

Black color, high foamy head with strong lacing.

Nose is dry with strong notes of licorice, with an accent of citrus rind.

In the mouth, it starts with a bit of sweet chocolate, then dries fairly rapidly into a strong coffee-laden finish, complicated by some hop bitterness and slight astringency. Alcohol can barely be sensed, and only when the beer is chewed vigorously. Mouthfeel is highly pleasurable, with perfectly gauged carbonation.

This stout definitely leans to the dry side of the spectrum. However, it is balanced enough to be remarkably drinkable. The extent to which the alcohol is hidden is admirable as well. I think it would shine best with food, however.

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Photo of monkaass
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a wonderful stout, period. My first sip told the me everything I needed to know. Keep drinking!!

Suble chocate overtone with a wonderful strong acohol finish.

Perfect hop balance with a malty bite

Harsh AND pleasant, hard to desrcibe but this is an aggressive imperial stout that I can some up in one word, quality. Feels like more than 9 ABV, If you have more than one, watch out you will feel it the next day.

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Photo of isaac
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby to pint glass.

A - Wow. Very, very dark. I'm still hesitant to say black, since there are some red tones in there, but... maybe black is the right color to use. brown, pillowy head of 2 fingers that sinks first in the middle and then slowly down the side of glass.

S - sweet, roasted malts and chocolate dominate the smell, however there is a clear, citric-hops aroma as well. alcohol also makes an appearance.

T - delicious. begins with coffee and chocolate tones that slowly transitions into hop bitterness, finished with a sweet, almost cookie-like flavor. i give this a 4.5, though, and not a 5, because there is an odd hint of soy-sauce in the aftertaste that is a bit displeasing.

M - smooth, medium to heavy mouthfeel with high carbonation hitting the back of the palate and warming alcohol down the throat.

D - a very enjoyable beer, to say the least. i've had this both in the bottle and in a glass, and i must say that the latter is certainly preferable. old rasputin is truly helping me relax before bed.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

Almost perfect black color with a dark tan frothy head that hold well. Settles to a razor thin cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Dark coffe like roasty malts with a strong creamy presence, and hints of bitter choclolate. Some warming alcohol in the background. Some dry fruit aromas are mixed in there as well.

Bitter roasty malts with some bittering hops to compliment the flavor. Full bodied, with low carbonation, giving it a very thick and viscous feel. Light dark chocolate flavors. Finishes dry from the bitter malts and the acompanied hop bitterness.

This is an amazing beer, expecially since I only paid $2 for it. The 9%ABV and 12oz size makes this beer great for ending the night without going to far. It's also fitting as a desert. Highly recommended.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a medium tan head.

Aroma is rich with malt and sweet mocha chocolate.

Flavor is a deep, very rich chocolate. This is one of the richest chocolates I've tasted in a beer. Blends well with a dark oak flavor, hints of chocolate, a caramel smoothness, and roasted malts. Surprisingly, not on the sweet side, just rich. The alcohol bite also works with the flavors, not against it or even as a 'result'.

Mouthful is medium and full. Low carbonation.

Very drinkable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle aged about a year.

Pours jet black with a big tan head with equally big bubbles.

Smells like dark bitter chocolate, and alcohol... whoa!

Taste is big, as is the mouthfeel. This is a very well rounded beer. Taste is hops and alcohol up front, finishes with still a little bit of an alcohol burn, and roasted coffee and deep dark chocolate notes. There is a little carbonation noted on the mouthfeel as well.

One of the standards for Russian Imperial Stouts. There is a little pub in my hometown that serves this on nitro. What a treat that is... but it's hard to have just one!

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Photo of andrewmartin
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I had has no date on it, but it has been kicking around in my basement for at least a year or so, and boy, does it show.

A: This baby is one shade lighter than pitch black with a huge, thick tan head.

S: Strong brandy notes, syrupy and toasty as well, can almost smell the warming alcohol.

T: Wow, almost too many flavors to pick out. Very winey and dryish, notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate as well as dried fruits. Surprisingly little alcohol taste.

M: Mouthfeel is biting and very dry.

D: Not something to play around with, definately a slow and easy brew that needs to be savored.

Although I haven't reviewed a younger version of this beer, I have tasted it, and I would recommend cellaring it for at least a year.

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Photo of socalde
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark mahogany with a light lace and a head that slightly lingers atop the brew. When held up to the light this brew is ebony with a hint of reddish-brown at the edges.

Smell- First thing I noticed was a bit of hoppiness followed by an overwhelming aroma of malt with a hint of sweetness (maybe chocolate?)

Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly carbonated.

Taste- Delectable. Sweet malt taste but with a hoppy undertone. Aftertaste is delightfully malty and dark. Chocolate comes to mind when I drink this beer, as with any fine stout.

Drinkabilty- Surprisingly drinkable considering the 9% ABV label. Easier to sip compared to other brews of this calibur.

This beer holds it's own when compared to other stouts in it's league. Give this one a try if it is available to you. You will not be sorry!

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,619 ratings.