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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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world-class

8,373 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8373
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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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle. Pitch black pour with creamy brown head with great retention. Roasted malts and stale coffee aromas and taste. Decent mouthfeel, nothing extraordinary.

On tap at lion's pride. The chocolate flavors were more dominant and the mouthfeel a little more creamy. There was also nuts, licorice and dark fruits. Fresher and superior.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 19:04:29 | More by Luk13
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Pint served at the Fort Worth Gingerman.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is awesome. I get notes of chocolate. roasted malt, alcohol and some piney hops, which contribute a medium level of bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 05:28:24 | More by Mora2000
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Durge

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Jameson Tavern in Freeport, ME this famous brew is near pitch black with a modest light brown head and similar lacing. The aroma says chocolatey herbal hop and some alcohol. The flavor offers charcoal raisin and prune hop bite. There's brown bread molasses and wine-like qualities that hint at a barleywine. Near full bodied but for a fairly intense beer it's drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 19:35:14 | More by Durge
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

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

On tap, at Pizzeria Paradiso (Washington DC, Dupont Circle):

Served in a cognac glass, black body with about a 3 finger mocha colored head that lasted the entire beer.

Aroma was strong, heavy roasted malt with hints of coffee, chocolate and possibly some hops, but faint. The alcohol crept in near the end of the beer.

Taste was very good, again heavy roasted malt flavor. The hops try to make their presence know for some balance, but mostly that is a losing battle. The beer finished with a nice coffee aftertaste that was very enjoyable.

Thick body, right carbonation and really easy to drink. Did get a hint of the alcohol as I got to the end. I think that this beer would probably work best at the end of a meal; it would certainly be difficult to drink more than two in any one setting. Overall, great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 15:39:21 | More by PhillyStyle
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spoons

California

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

On tap. Fathers Office.

Appearance is dark, dark, dark. has a great small bubbles keeping the coffee colored head and lacing around for a while.

Smells of roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, and hint of caramel.

taste. A big chocolate/coffe taste that only gets better as it warms. Has some burnt malt bitterness that balances the overall sweetness of this beer. this great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 19:01:43 | More by spoons
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KI9A

Illinois

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

A: Cola black, thin head, some lace.

S: Mocha, malty.

T: Nothing up front, just a great balance of chocolate malts, coffee, some dark fruit even. Also detect some hoppyness at the back.

M: Medium to slightly heavy. Pleasing.

D: ABV hidden well. Could not tell if it was 6% or 10%. Thats scary. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but, 2 of these slid pretty easy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 14:49:07 | More by KI9A
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DmanGTR

New York

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 10/23/09. On tap at MacGregor's.

A - Very dark brown/black with garnet hues in the light. Tan head with excellent lacing and retention. 4.5

S - Lots of roasted malt, caramel, and vanilla. Hint of fruitiness and expresso too. 4.5

T - Hint of blackberry and lots of toasted malt. Caramel and vanilla apparent in the finish. 4.5

M - Medium bodied, extremely smooth. Velvety, yes indeed. 5.0

D - I need this. Now. All frickin night. Sex in my mouth please. 5.0

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 02:18:11 | More by DmanGTR
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Big badass black and brown color, brown foam head, great lacing. Burnt aroma.

Burnt taste, massive. A little hoppy. Coffee dominates, choco comes after that. Good bitterness, yet thick and slick. Minimal alcohol presence relatively speaking. Gets easier to drink throughout, great price compared to all the other "to the extreme special release" IS out there. Take a lesson boys, this is how you bring the best product at the best price to the consumer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 16:26:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mpensworth

Oregon

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

Pours a deep dark black with little tan head and awesome lacing. Smells like an evil chocolate coffee and tastes the same. Amazing coffee and malt tastes here, feels heavy in the mouth with a nice even carbonation. I love this beer, but after a pint or 2 that would be about it. It's perfect to sip at the end of the day, after dinner, just before you go to bed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 15:08:33 | More by mpensworth
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djaeon

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the typical dark pour of an RIS. Very dark brown to black in appearance. Pours with little head & has little retention or lacing.

Has the pleasant dark roast coffee/dark chocolate aroma that has become so familiar.

This seems to lose the coffee aroma when you take a sip. It gives way to the dark chocolate.

Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel, with the exception of some minor bitterness. Also, this has a bit of dryness to it.

Overall, very drinkable i think. I'd definitely have another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 01:29:55 | More by djaeon
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urwithdave

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at world of beer. Poured into a ccb snifter.
A-black as midnight. A solid 2" of head. Solid retention and crazy lacing left.

S-dark roasted malts. Coffee and dark chocolate.

T-bittnerness from dark chocolate. Roasted malts and hints of vanilla. Alcohol is present, however its not as strong as I was expecting with such a high abv.

M- nice and creamy. With just enough carbonation. A slight burn is present in my nose and throat.

D- A good sipper. I don't think I would drink more then 2 in a row. Abv wouldn't allow me to have to many anyways.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 05:26:21 | More by urwithdave
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

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

Another beauty on tap at House of 1,000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: a thick black, no highlights I noticed. Thin but foamy tan head, soft gauzy lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate & roast coffee, mild booze, with a marshmellow sweetness backing it up.

Taste is rich & complex: smooth chocolate & caramel up front, quickly turns roasted & slightly bitter, then rounds out & become sweet & creamy like chocolate meringues. Alcohol brings some heat. Ends up very toasty & even in the aftertaste -- full of flavor without wearing out the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy, full-bodied. Some heat & bite from the booze.

This is a great beer, but powerful. Consume with caution. I thoroughly enjoyed this, but one is satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 22:21:32 | More by OneDropSoup
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4000qtrap

Missouri

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

Source/Serving: Draft, 25cl

Smell: Chocolate and coffee that comes off as very lively rather than dark and somber. Toasted grains are prominent, rather than being too burnt or roasty which is unique. Also some orange oil essence and slight tobacco notes. Raisin appears as it warms and some overripe, washed rind cheese.

Taste: Incredibly intense flavors. Overall pretty dry with burnt espresso bean characteristics. 4 flavor stages . At first its very smooth and creamy like many stouts. Then the flavor accelerates becoming quite bitter and highly reminiscent of eating lightly dark chocolate malt dipped espresso beans. There are some caramelized malt notes in there too that balance nicely. Then there is a brief wave of one of the best coffee flavors in a beer I've ever had. This then progresses to an even more bitter but also very dry stage with pleasantly bitter, roasty caramelized malt profile that is delightful and intense. Lingers forever.

Notes: This beer is driven by dry espresso flavors that are simply delicious. However its not too dry so as to hurt drinkability. The roast flavors, bitterness, and sweetness all work to enhance one another and is very delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 04:21:12 | More by 4000qtrap
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teovaldi

Michigan

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

Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Incredible amounts of lacing.

Coffee, coffee and more coffee mixed with dark chocolate and some malts in there as well. A bit of sweetness and alcohol comes as the beer warms. Exceptional smell!

Lots and lots of coffee up front, bitter chocolate with some malts. Finishes slightly bitter/boozy but very nice.

Thick, vicious, velvety, almost creamy mouthfeel. Very nice and also much better on tap versus bottled.

While this is thick and vicious you hardly taste the alcohol at all. Quite drinkable considering how big this brew is.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 17:44:40 | More by teovaldi
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MrDanno96

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was very excited to get to try one of my favorite RISs on tap for the first time.

A: Poured pitch black with a beautiful 2 finger off-white head. Tons of foamy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Rich coffee immediately hits the nose, intermingled with dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. Smells great!

T: Lots of coffee and espresso up front - more than I get when drinking it from the bottle. Dark chocolate and toasty malts are in the background too. A little booze is also detectable, but doesn't detract from the flavor. ]

M: Little carbonation, but so incredibly smooth. I couldn't believe how easy this went down! I want to drink it all night.

D: I think I like the flavor of the bottled version just a bit more, but this is an extraordinary stout no matter how you drink it. If you have the opportunity to try this on draft, do it! One of the best Russian Imperials out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 06:09:14 | More by MrDanno96
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wknight167

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours near black with just a hint of red when held up to the light. A one finger, fine bubble light brown head lasts longer than the beer does. Lacing is more like a wall than anything else.

Nose- Solid roast malt, coffee, chocolate with some nuttiness and sweetness showing through.

Palate- Slightly sweeter than expected, but not in a bad way. Tastes as you would expect from the nose, but with toffee, and licorice notes.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, FULL bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Finishing one makes me want another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 09:58:23 | More by wknight167
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Horse Brass Pub in Portland:

Pours with a disappointing head fading into a lackluster lace, but with a good, rich, dark hue. Smells richly of licorice, molasses, espresso, and some dark chocolate. A little funky on the nose and that carries through the palate, possibly from the kind of hops they used. Decent texture but abrasive on the finish.

Overall good, but probably better out of the bottle with some conditioning.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2009 02:40:13 | More by cbarrett4
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

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

had on tap in a large snifter at the ginger man in sono.

It was jet black with an incredible "nitro" looking dense tan head.

the nose of sweet malt and cocoa.

The taste is incredible. Rich and velvety dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and a slight licorice finish. truly incredibly stout here

The mouth feel was full and engulfed my tongue with flavor and girth.

Cant say enough about this beer. It is great in a bottle and stellar fresh on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 02:49:52 | More by OatmattStout
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Duttonic

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is strong. It reminds me a lot of black licorice. Great appearance and mouthfeel, but I had trouble downing a pint of it.

The smell was intense and dark, but inviting. I would like to try this out of a bottle rather than from a tap to see if there is a noticeable difference in taste. Worth trying if you enjoy stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 21:28:21 | More by Duttonic
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mdquigley

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Manhattan, KS "Rock-a-belly-Deli." Review written from notes.

Enjoyed from a 12 oz tumbler.

Appearance: Severely dark with a mystical creamy tan 2.5" head that transitions into the body.

Smell: Slight coffee, roasted nose. Aroma was slighter than expected.

Taste: Espresso and cocoa nibs up front. The taste was very balanced and much sweeter than I expected. It is not a dry stout but much more similar to a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy! Mouth-coating and full bodied.

Drinkability: I detected no alcohol for such a high ABV %.Thus, this can be drunk and drunk. Just watch out!

Overall: A very delicious and creamy beverage. A real special find.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 20:49:57 | More by mdquigley
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Poured one shade shy of black with a quarter inch tan-colored head that dissipates into a skim with a solid band around the edges. Nose was very mild and subdued - some malt, some brown sugar and a hint of hops. Taste reveals chocolate malt, brown sugar, molasses, black licorice and a definite hops presence. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium-bodied, but a bit too much carbonation for the style - I like my RIS's lightly carbonated and oily/viscous. Alcohol is well-hidden on this beer, but a little too much hops in the mix for my liking. Nonetheless, a solid, readily available offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 01:20:01 | More by Jwale73
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Jmoore50

Nevada

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

This is one hell of a beer. I also cannot believe I have never reviewed it.

The appearance is black, with some dark brown edging. The head is a dark tan creamy froth. It leaves medium to light lacing around the glass.

The smell is good with cocoa and faint coffee smells. Also a light mocha or milky coffee smell is a strong characteristic.

The taste is great, especially for a year-around beer, how do they do it? Well served at room temperature or ABOVE is when it peaks. Malty coffee, small hints of cocoa. ABV is hidden all too well, makes it dangerous on a night out. The mouthfeel is thick, and creamy. The body looks thinner though, which tricks the mind. On tap it is a frothy malt bomb. In the bottle it is a little thinner and more drinkable. Dark roasted malts are very prominent giving it a dark grain taste. Beautiful.

J

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 00:16:36 | More by Jmoore50
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A flagship Impy Stout. Great consistancy on batches, good distribution, and overall a great true-to-style RIS.
Had this brew as a halfpint at the North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg.
Deep deep brown, not black, and barely any light gets through it.

Aroma is a crazy cocoa bomb, with some coffee dryness and espresso.

Some alcohol warming from the 9%er and waves of chocolate, coffee, roasted burnt malt, and some sugary molassas sweetness.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel, not as potent as abyss or dark lord, but it's up there. A good slow sipper of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 21:29:25 | More by SurlyDuff
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a sniffer at Broken Barrel Tavern, where it's on tap all the time. Pours a pitch black with a thin tan head which dissipated quickly, left very little lacing.

Smell is strong, dark chocolate, coffee and some alcohol.

Taste is dark chocolate & malty with a thick and creamy mouthfeel

To me, this is a very drinkable beer, I could put down many of these. However the ABV doesn't make this a good session beer, which is why it took a small hit on the drinkability rating.

This is truly a great stout, one of the best IMHO...if you like a strong heavy stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 03:02:24 | More by FLBeerGuy
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Big thick and slow fading head dark almost black with touch of molases color

N: Nose has lots of chocolate and oatmeal and touch of alcohol

T: Taste is very complex and starts with thick dark chocolate and slight oats with a strong alcohol, some sweet caramel and touch of dark fruit like fig, a slight chalkiness cuts through as well but is followed with a slight creamy banana

M: Mouth is very thick and creamy and coats the whole mouth

F: Finish has a nice hop character, it finishes slightly sweet like molases, a touch of spice, and more alcohol, stout, and chocolate linger for a while

Final thoughts: This is one, if not the most, favorite stout of mine. I love how rich, thick and dark it is. Some hop character and chocolate as well as fruits like fig and banana. It's really complex, an experience in itself.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 01:05:16 | More by jlindros
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,373 ratings.