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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,384 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8384
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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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

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

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison

Pours black with a nice 3/4" tan frothy head which has decent retention and minimal lacing. Smell is quite fruity actually, berries or cherries with an alcoholic bite. Very rich smelling bouquet. Taste follows suit and is quite fruity, in a deep roasted kind of way, with some sweet maltiness, some hop bitterness, and alcohol at the end. You can tell this is 9%, but it's not to the point of being hard to drink by any means. I could easily put back another, but would definitely start to feel it by then. Mouthfeel is nice for an RIS, smooth and creamy, yet refreshing. A very rich smelling and tasting imperial stout here, much fruitier than I was expecting, but a pleasant surprise. My favorite RIS to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 05:14:05 | More by Golden2wenty1
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Totally black with clear, ruby highlights topped by a lace of medium brown head. Looks nice all the way down due to moderate lacing and good head retention for what's there. Vinous alcohol aroma, lots of roast coffee, dark chocolate and overall maltiness with a moderate hoppiness. The flavour starts malty sweet, bitterness appears at the mid-point along with chocolate and alcohol warmth. The finish is very roasted and dry, with bitterness contributed by the dark malts. Creamy, viscous texture, full bodied. The alcohol flavour melds well with the malt character, leaving you with a very drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 00:51:34 | More by DrJay
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a super opaque black, little bit of red on the edges, creamy dark brown head and lots of lace. Smells like dark roasted malt, hops, coffee and chocolate. Taste is sublime, lots of roasted coffee, hops, dark chocolate finish. Very thick and full, perfect mouthfeel and carbonation, amazing beer. Reminded me of Rogue Imperial Stout a lot but smoother. Thanks for the taste DrJay.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 02:40:25 | More by Viggo
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with tiny hints of ruby. Dense tan head. No real lacing to speak of. Smells rich and malty. Creamy chocolate, milky, rich alcohol and vanilla.

Taste is just amazing. It's rich with lightly roasty malt flavors. Bittersweet chocolate. Some roasted coffee bean in the finish that becomes more pronounced as it warms. It's lightly sticky in the mouth and very full bodied. a lingering coffee bitterness. The balance of sweetness and bitterness is just fantastic. I love it. An old favorite I can't believe I hadn't reviewed yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 03:07:48 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

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

20 oz on tap at Mahar's.

Thin, creamy brown head that lingers for a moment. Beautiful tan, ringed lacing throughout the glass. Opaque engine oil black in color.

The aroma is a roasted chocolate malt character with bits of dark fruit and nuts; cherry, coffee, almond.

Big roasted malt character at first. Dark chocolate, almond, hazlenut. Met by a high hop profile creating an espresso and light cream flavor. Dark bitterness followed by an aftertaste of cherries, dates, and hazlenut.

Full bodied; slick and mellow on the palate. Syrup-like with almost no carbonation: exactly what I look for in an imperial stout.

An automatic choice when you can find it on tap, but very filling. The 20 oz pint glass was perfect to enjoy this one, but having another was out of the question.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2005 16:39:47 | More by NEhophead
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blackthistle

Michigan

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

Old Rasputin has a wonderful, thick, brown head and a rich, deep, black color. It has a strong, thick and creamy malt flavor that is both sweet and bitter, with a mild roasted/burnt aftertaste and a roasty aroma. This imperial stout has a full-bodied consistency with an alcoholic warmth that will bring a smile to your face and a nice warm glow to your cheeks on a cold winter night. It finishes with a big hop bitterness that lingers. Brussels lace stays on the sides of the glass right to the bottom. Old Rasputin is an excellent example of the imperial stout style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 15:59:29 | More by blackthistle
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Opethsprite

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful brown that glistens with supple red highlights, but alas, the head is nonexistent. There is a scent of tart berries (blueberries and cranberries, I believe) and quite an array of hops on the nose. The alcohol is strong, but under it lies a serious chocolate scent with a twinge of licorice. The taste is LOADED with alcohol. Too much for my little tastebuds. The sweetness is still there under all of that alcohol and hops. But still. It's definitely not terribly offensive. Just....it tastes best at nearly room temp where the alcohol is more subdued.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 00:18:53 | More by Opethsprite
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

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

Pours a solid opaque black color, with a nice dark tan head. Good lacing through out the pint. Smells of caramel, chocolate, cream, and alcohol. The taste is of chocolate and roasted malt. The alcohol warms the throat as it passes into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied and dry. Overall, this is a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 14:58:48 | More by KarlHungus
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bobbyc881

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Adventures of South Carolina Guy at Brickskeller in DC:

Wow. My first Imperial Stout. This was goal #1 on my journey of better beer. Being such a stout fan, I was really looking forward to this.

Appearance was decieving at first. A small, unassuming little bottle. Maybe I was expecting Beer Angels to sing... Rasputin then told me to pour, so I did. Black, black, black. A nice brown head that settled down thin. Very little carbonation.

Smell was incredible. Big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol...oh, 9%, we don't get that in SC.

Perfect taste. Best beer I've ever tasted. Period. Insansely complex. Chocolates, fruits, coffee, hops bitterness, and a faint reminder that there's a wad of alcohol in there.

This felt great going down, with a very pleasant sweet taste hanging around, inviting me back for more. Nice and thick.

I think these are meant to be had one at a time. So, I came back 2 days later for my second.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 22:17:14 | More by bobbyc881
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Shiredave

New York

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just shared this beer with a friend - because his fave beer is Youngs Dbl Choc. Stout. He now has a new fave.
I wont waste time waxing poetic - Im sure it has all been posted before. This is THE Imperial stout - at least from the USofA.
Full of roasty/ toasty burnt chocolate flavor - immensley complex and drinkable with a reasonable alcohol content.
If you like robust stouts and Porters, and havent tried and Old Raspy, do yourself ( and a friend maybe) a favor and find it.
Absolutely Outstanding!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 18:12:27 | More by Shiredave
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joecast

Australia

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

hmmm, my first RIS review. looking forward to it. this is actually my third bottle of this, not that im counting. the first two having been shared with a cousin who so kindly brought me four bottles.

great loking label with Mr. Rasputin seemingly giving last rights to whomever may unleash the spirits from within. listed as 9%abv, no dating obvious to me. maybe its what is written in what i am guessing is russian. makes learning spanish in high school seem even less useful.

pours deep black forming a thin, dark tan head which disipates to a lace. ends up with small groupings (islands) of small bubbles. only the slightest carbonation.

aroma is a delightful, no offence to raspy as he seems rather grumpy, mix of all things stout. strong roasted and burnt malt. some coffee. finishing with a bit of astringent alcohol which is the only thing keeping the aroma from a 5.

taste is phenomenal. espresso, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, strong hop bitterness, alcohol heat. all of it in truck-loads.

mouthfeel is like no other i have tried. smooth and filling. just the way i imagine it should be.

although this point is obvious, ill point it out. this stuff is intoxicating.
tough call for me on how to score this as i doubt it could really improve. the only area for improvement i could see would be hiding the alcohol a bit better, but that may not be a good thing. its like a 20 year old mike tyson punching you in the head. if you didnt feel the hurt, he'd probably kill you (then eat your children or something). but if you could feel the hurt, you'd call the fight after the first round.
ok, maybe not the best analogy, but i just finished an old rasputin, and i know ive had enough.

8/4/05-
just enjoying the last of my bottles. a sad day, but one i knew was coming eventually. i am enjoying reviewing my review almost as much as drinking the fabulous brew. the only adjustment to my previous score is to up the taste from 4.5 to 5.0. cheers to north coast for producing this fine ale, and please do continue. i will have to seek this out next time i am in the states.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 12:39:39 | More by joecast
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Vancer

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good ol’ Ratty – an outstanding RIS. From the moment that black tar poured, and the foamy, dense tan head appeared – I knew this would be bliss. Rich, malty, dark chocolate aroma. Not quite as strong as anticipated.
EXcellENT heavy hitter taste – oh the burnt toast, malty, balanced well with hops. Slight anise finish. Upon warming, raspberry and plums tickled the tonsils. Thick and creamy, I spilled a smidgen on my arm – looked like black blood as it trickled down. Slurped up what I could.
And pay attention, Mr. 9% will sneak up and kick ya in the sack.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 12:49:48 | More by Vancer
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I love me an Imperial Stout. Unfortunately I only have access to about 3 examples of the variety even despite having such a massive selection of beers available. This beer was acquired from BIF20 thanks to axisjones. This is exactly what I have been craving.

The appearance was awesome. I poured it into my paper thin John's Grocery tulip. I could feel the sludginess of the liquid through the thin glass as it poured. I never would have imagined I would be able to say something about the appearance and presentation of a beer based on a tactile sense, but I could tell how viscous this beer was just by watching it fill the glass. It was very oily and delicious despite what my witnessing friend thought about it.

The smell was a bit lacking, but improved as it warmed obviously. Smells of chocalatey malt, only slightly roasty. It even SMELLS thick and oily.

The taste is quite sweet and chocolatey. Once again, only slightly roasty. Has a hint of a soy sauce taste in the background, but this is not discouraging. Very good, and only improves in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and oily. Has a bit of a dry finish in which the roastiness finally shines through with a coffee hint. Quite exceptional.

Drinkability could be higher, but at almost 9%, this is a delicious and highly drinkable beer. I wish I had it readily available here. Thanks again, axisjones (I was secretly hoping from the start that I'd recieve my BIF package from CA).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 03:55:45 | More by neonbrown82
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mentor

Colorado

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

12 oz bottle picked up during travels sometime in 2004, cellared for about a year, and consumed in June 2005. Pours a half-finger brown head over a nearly clear dark brown/ruby red liquid. Smells or alcohol, cofee, chocolate and licorice. Not in my face alcohol, it's a gentle stingy alcohol that supports the other scents. Tastes thick dark sweet. Chocolate is strong and over the nice rich roasty. Like a chocolate coffee desert. The potent chocolate is almost like a syrupy chocolate, like you would pour over vanilla ice cream, but it's not a cheap chocolate. It's a really rich chocolate, like you would get from a reputable foreign producer The alcohol plays with it nicely to make a rummy taste that has raisin and plum characteristics. In later sips, as the beer warmed, a strong toffee made itself evident. The creamy thick mouthfeel really adds to the character of this beer. Carbonation is mild, but forms an interesting acrid sting that negotiates with the rich sweet and reinforces the tinge of alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 01:05:22 | More by mentor
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Buildscharacter

Georgia

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

What's not to love about this beer. I would have to say that this and Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout are two of my favorite brews.

The brew is black as night with a nice brownish head that just screams for you to throw it back. The bottle is quite with old Rasp just pointing his two fingers at you.

The taste of this beer is just amazing. And not to mention that of the 100 times or so that I've had this great beer, it's never failed to impress, so you know that quiality and consistnecy go together.

Very malty and thick in your mouth with great chocolate and coffee undertones. It's just so mellow and well balanced that you really can't find anything to complain about. Also, while hovering in the high alcohol region it makes you feel great after a single bottle. Love this beer. Not for the faint of pallet.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 18:43:03 | More by Buildscharacter
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AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Thanks to my new friend Mickey aka Michelle for sending me a duo of these bad boys.

A vigorous pour unleashes a tarry black brew wearing a tightly knit cap of oatmeal colored foam which lingers for a while, eventually settling down to a light ring, leaving only a notion of lace.

A big, bold aroma of sticky sweet dark fruits layered with bittersweet chocolate and fresh, damp coffee grounds. A harmonious marriage of bitter and sweet.

Initially bittersweet, filled with dark jammy fruit and dark, rich chocolate. Freshly ground and wet coffee with bitter baker's chocolate washes over, leading to a hoppy exit filled with notes of pine sap and crushed citrus peels. There is a mellow campfire smokiness throughout the tasting that lends itself well to the bittersweet nuances. This beer ends with an oaky, earthy dryness that trails off to a lasting finish that leaves my mouth tasting like I just ate a dark chocolate covered pinecone.

Body is medium, yet dense and slick, lending to full and creamysmooth mouthfeel. Very coating and filled with oily resins. There are few beers that posess a finish this long. "Never say die", indeed!

note: Old Rasputin goes exceptionally well with the chocolate almond pistaccio biscotti's we had for desert.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 23:32:42 | More by AlexJ
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

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

I have been craving an Imperial Stout, so I figured I'd finally try this bad boy...a carry over from New Beer Sunday if you will.
Cloudy dark w/ dark brown edges only in the pour. A nice full finger of creamy light brown head...lacing clings to the side of my snifter and goes nowhere.
A bit too carbonated in the nose, taking away from the olfactory experience at this point...sweet carmelized malts, cocoa, butter rum and just a touch of alcohol.
The taste is much sweeter than I was expecting, but also has a deep, dark smoked flavor within a robust coffee blend. The finish is a bit dry, but not bitter. Refreshing in its finish for the viscousity of this bad boy...it's still a few steps below Founder's Breakfast Stout, but IMHO, it is a nice substitution if you can't obtain the aforementioned.
Mouthfeel is thick, but not syrupy. The alcohol is very well hidden..only makes its way to the surface at the last few sips.
I would enjoy a couple of these, but since I am a true hophead at heart, I would not pick this for a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 00:51:28 | More by warriorsoul
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sinistermadman

Oregon

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

This brew pours a deep black with a nice nut colored head that lingers for a good time.
Smell: Toffee, burnt malt, expresso, faint chocolate aroma.

Taste is classic stout. Delicious roasted malt coupled with bitter expresso/chocolate. Hops are warm up front, but then the brew tapers into an almost sweet finish. Bitter chocolate rides out until the end. The taste lingers after the drink. Nice. This brew is medium bodied, creamy, and very much at home on the palate. A must try for all stout lovers. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 00:26:26 | More by sinistermadman
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JackStraw22

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nearly pitch black body, inch and a half of caramel colored head. Retention and lacing were both nice.

Smell: Chocolate/mocha, coffee, and roasted malts galore hit the nose. Slight citrusy and fruity aromas sneek in underneath.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow! This stuff knocks you on your ass then kicks you in the face. And that never felt so good. There's so much going on it's hard to know where to start. The hops are loud and fierce. The roasted malts are king in this, though. Burnt wood, coffee, mocha all come through nice and balanced. Mouthfeel is bold and creamy. Maybe a slightly dry finish with the alcohol, but it all works.

Drinkability: I wish I had gotten a growler of this when I had the chance, cause that would go down no problem.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 01:15:28 | More by JackStraw22
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malty

Michigan

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

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby brown bottle - no freshness date.

Appearance is midnight brown with the faintest dark ruby highlight on the edges. A khaki colored head settles down to 1/4".

The scent of this stout is very intriguing... There's the strong roasted malts, damp coffee grounds and dark bitter chocolate. But what's this liqueur-like boldness I'm getting? Ahhh! It smells like a cross between licorice and root beer. Quite odd but very interesting.

The taste is very fresh with a stong flavor of bitter roasted earthy malts and there's that intriquing liqueur flavor carried in from the nose, hmmm... A powdered sugary sweetness complements the boldness of this gracefully. The hops hold-up nicely to this bold and bouistrous brew, creating a herbally dryness which is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is superb! A very creamy texture and full bodied. Fine carbonation at just the right level. A semi-dry long lingering finish.

Drinkibility is dangerously high. Alcohol is masterfully masked, would have never guessed 9%.

Overall utterly complex and a multi-layered tower of flavors. Strong but not heavy-handed. Bold but not brash. Big but graceful. I'm positive I'll detect many more flavors and nuances the next time a try this fine stout. Oh well, I'll endeavor to persivere.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 00:22:21 | More by malty
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horndecker

New Jersey

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

Deep dark brown black, a decent head, purple-edged tan, full and creamy, very fine carbonation.
The smell has a tricky mix of espresso, raspberries, medicinal hops and raisins. A bit off the beaten track. At least the track I'm on. But it's very nice.
The flavor is a big hit of espresso and french ultra-bitter chocolate. Burnt malt underneath, then the hops chime in, leading to a dry and dusty finish. Nice mouthfeel, pleasant and foamy, and a nice balance between all the flavors.

A real nice imperial stout, not Sam Smith's (my fave), but an interesting change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 23:16:37 | More by horndecker
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asabreed

New York

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

4-pack purchased for around $7. This is sampled from one of those bottles.

Appearance: What I expected from a stout with such a solid reputation. An off-white / tan and mocha-colored head, big and frothy. Body is dark black and opaque.

Smell: Lots of things going on when it warms. Raisins, honey, coffee, dark and burned chocolate malt, slight toffee, slight berry. Doesn't smell too sweet, but rather melds everything together quite well.

Taste: Poweful on the burned and chocolate malt, but not overbearing. Slight berries and sweetness mix with the malt character for an interesting complexity. Drink this at celler temperature for sure, as I only had mine in the fridge for about 30 minutes, and halfway through the glass -- as the slightly colder temperature's gotten back down to cellar temperature -- there's already so much more going on. Lingering aftertaste that stays nicely on the back of the tongue with some burned and sweet notes.

Mouthfeel: For as much of a whopper of a stout this is, it's not really heavy, but maintains creaminess and balanced carbonation levels. Pretty excellent.

Drinkability: This is rich stout, and one that would be a waste make a session of, not to mention the high ABV. Can't wait to try it with a rich dessert.

North Coast continues to impress me with their solid representations of almost all the styles they do. For me they're up there with Rogue, Victory, DFH, Great Lakes, and Stone. I just wish they'd add some more style / variety to their line-up, so hopefully the coming years will provide that.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 02:03:59 | More by asabreed
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

somewhat ominous-appearing bottle. Poured a deep black almost opaque color. The head is puffy cream color and long-lasting. The first smell is a bit alcoholic for my pleasure, as is the first taste. However, as the beer warms the smell and taste become more to my liking. A good solid beer, but not the best

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 01:31:21 | More by tgbljb
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Higravity

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this beer gets by on reputation alone. It is as mild of the road Imperial Stout I have had. It has the oil color and profile one would think with very little tan-cream head. There are some hop notes in the nose but it is nothing but burnt wood shavings with out the smoke after that. It is just a roasted heavy body, mostly from the alcohol, stout that can't be called creamy, it is very acidic. It lacks the smoothness of a better stout and the fruitness that can hide in the beers is also not present. I am not impressed, but by the end I almost enjoy chewing on burnt wood, but then again maybe not.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 14:18:09 | More by Higravity
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Old Rasputin is not as dark as many other Imperial stouts, with luminous dark mahogany highlights beneath its creamy yellowed-tan head. And it's head retention leaves a bit to be desired as well. It does leave some thin lace, however, which is nice. And what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in aroma. It's slightly vinous with some yeasty fruitiness coming through the maltiness, followed by a touch of dark chocolate, espresso, and a waft of hops. It's quite slick, and a touch creamy, across the palate with a full body and a restrained, natural carbonation. The yeasty fruitiness carries through into the flavor with notes of prunes, plums, and berries; all backed by a massive assult of malt that offers espresso, burnt black coffee, dark caramel, and the suggestion of molasses as well as a pinch of brown sugar. It finishes with some resinous hops and a drip of black licorice before fading into a long, very dry finish. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 22:09:16 | More by NeroFiddled
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,384 ratings.