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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

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3,525 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,525
Hads: 11,309
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 498
Gots: 2,350 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of car2052
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter glass.

A: Jet black. With a 1 in. light brown head that fades down to a modest ring.
S: Whiskey, molasses, dalt malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.
T: Very dark breads: rye, pumpernickel.. Strong coffee taste, with hints of dark chocolate.
M: Medium to full mouthfeel.
O: This is my first Russian Imperial, and I think it is very good. Look forward to trying many more.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep black with generous frothy dark tan head that settles to a film with groups of bubbles in the middle and lacing at the edge. Sediment noted in the bottle.

Smell: Dry roastiness, perhaps some straw or dried flowers.

Taste: Very mildly sweet, roasted malt, caramel, bitter chocolate, light fruit-like acidity. Finishes with a mild bittersweetness. Alcohol is very well disguised. A fine palate of perfectly balanced pleasant flavors.

Feel: Medium-thick body with smooth mouthfeel, fine carbonation.

Overall: Definitely opens up a lot as it warms - aromas were very stifled at fridge temp. Recommend serving at cellar temp. An all-around winner - no surprises, just a very well-rounded smooth-drinking imperial stout.

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Photo of CHickman
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black motor oil color with a massive 3 finger thick tan head that was full of active bubbles of all sizes that popped and shifted as the head slowly dissipated, leaving good spotty lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of burnt coffee, roasted grains, floral hops, charcoal, burnt wood, toffee, espresso, cocoa powder and everything that makes up a rich stout nose that’s full of chocolate malts and strong coffee notes. Very lovely to inhale, this hides the ABV completely.

Tastes as good as it smells but with more chocolate and caramel present in the flavor; it starts off with dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, burnt coffee, cocoa powder, then adds in some mild grapefruit, floral hops, espresso, vanilla, charcoal, burnt wood, burnt grains, earthy notes like peat moss and molasses. This bottle is about a year old and there is a boozy element like rum towards the end, but it mixes well with the burnt malts, cocoa and hop bitterness. There is some heat from the ABV, but it’s a mild burn that doesn’t have any negative flavor impact, just a warming feeling.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy with a heavy dense body that’s chewy, it has mild carbonation, a nice chocolatey/coffee sweetness, and a slightly bitter finish that trails off with nice charred notes and coffee grinds that somehow manage to come back less bitter and more sweet like the caramel circled back to say hello.

This has always been an extremely enjoyable beer to sip and savor, and although this is the first time I’ve reviewed it formally, I have been drinking this beer for a decade and have always thought it was an excellent stout. A high recommendation, go get some and enjoy it.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a finger width brown foamy head. No head retention but maintains moderate lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. You can really taste the dark chocolate malty flavor. Very smooth, silky taste. Ends with a bitter coffee taste. The bitterness retains in the aftertaste. It is soapy. A very, very good stout. One of my favorites.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown/black in color with a caramel two finger head that dissipates to a smooth layer of foam that stays.

S: The aroma is that of roasted coffee and malt. Very nice.

T: Very well rounded, coffee and chocolate, malty and sweet at the same time.

F: Smooth and creamy, perfect carbonation, heavy body.

O: Delicious. Definitely worth trying if your a fan of the style.

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

I liked it. Strong taste but really well crafted. I would like to try it on tap.

(I finally had it on tap)
It was delicious and creamy. Way better then the bottle. I love this beer of tap.

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Photo of GregJ
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick tan head. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and some booziness. Head has a nice creamy texture, tastes of coffee, chocolate, dark roast and burnt malts, molasses and a little hop pine. Heavy body, light carbonation and a coffee/burnt malt aftertaste.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very opaque dark pour with thin, clingy brown head. Aroma is heavily roasted and coffee notes. Incredibly smooth with barely noticible alcohol - remarkable given the content. Instead, flavors are strongly parrallel to aromas - again with coffee and roasted maltiness. This is delicious. One of my favorites amongst my favorite style.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an oily jet black with a finger and a half of tan, creamy head with swirls of white cream within, nice thick whispy lacing.
S - Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slightly smokey, roasted malts and an interesting, freshy earthiness.
T - Absolutely delicious, but be sure and let it warm up a bit first. Malts, coffee, slightly chocolate, quite sweet, a little bitterness at the end. Full bodied and very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
O - A damned good, 5 star stout. A real treat for a cold autumn or winter day.
V - Quite hard to find and expensive, but must be experienced at least once within your life time.

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Photo of greencrush
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one poured a deep brown, nearly black, with a thick sudsy tan head that left excellent lacing down the glass. This was poured from a cold bottle into your run of the mill dinner glass; nothing special. A moderately vigoroua pour is needed with this one, go to hard, and you'll easily overflow your glass.
The first wiff out of the freshly opened bottle comes across sweet and chocolaty, which, to be honest, is what I was expecting. The arouma only grows stronger as the brew is poured.
"Wow", my literal response to the first sip. Sweet chocolaty flavours erupt upon the palate, giving way to coffee and char. Only after swallowing do the hoppy, bitter flavours that I personally prefer in a breq emerge. It may take a few sips for the true cacao flavours of this one to emerge. I may have to bring this one back to WV with me.

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Photo of hophugger
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a motor oil chocolate brown, very deep. Head is amazing, like the top of a rootbeer float, tan and chunky. Lacing is some of the most amazing I have seen, it is thick and glues itself to the sides of the glass!!. Aroma is of malt, roasted coffee, spice and a hint of chocolate. Taste is bold, with burnt malt/coffee being predominant. Could have used with a little more roast and less burnt. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for a 9% ABV. The undertones of coffee, spice and light chocolate would have been better if it wasn't for the overwhelming burnt bitterness. Ok, I guess it wants to be more, and I am trying, once I get the bitterness off my palate..

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Photo of ajm5108
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Velvety milk-like mouthfeel, medium coffee flavor with well balanced burnt malt...bitterness doesnt linger...a rich smooth stout with weight and flavor but doesnt knock you over like some

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Being a fan of Imperial Stouts, I cannot believe I waited so long to try this one. Pouring it into my snifter, it looks almost motor oil black with a khaki head that settles into nice lacing on top.
The smell is one of dark roast malts. Bitter coffee grinds to say the least. That dark roast carries over to the taste. Not exactly sure how to describe it, but I like it.
The mouhtfeel is rich and coats the tongue and taste buds with that roasty goodness.
Overall, an excellent example of what an Russian Imperial Stout could/should be.
I will be picking this one up again.

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Photo of bobaguilar
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head has an incredible creamyness akin to the feel of a rootbeer float. Coffee and chocolate flavors, with a smoothness and satisfying aftertaste. One of my favorites.

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Photo of ianwolfman
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so close to perfect. It's dark and complex, bitter, good mouth feel. Some day I would like to make a beer very similar to this one. I don't expect anyone to improve upon it. Oddly enough I don't like anything else I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of wedge6128
3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit to strong of a bite in the beginning very pleasant flavors in the middle coffee, hops, something else I cant put my finger on, the after taste is almost unpleasantly bitter.

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Photo of LouZ
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First taste was poured from draft (nitro) a couple weeks ago, and while it was very good I just don't prefer the flat feeling of a nitro beer so I held off on rating until I could try the original version. I enjoy the feel of carbonation. I later found it again, regular draft, and it was absolutely delicious. I would go so far as to say it's of the best year-round Russian Imperial Stouts I've had to date. A must try if you have not already.

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Photo of DJBlunt
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer on the planet PERIOD...... Everything about this beer is top notch. I was fortunate enough to work for a distribution company that carried North Coast products. One taste of Rasputin and I was hooked. My only issue is that it only comes in 4 packs :)

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled December 2014 from tap in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, dark tan head that lasted for a while.

Smell: Sweet with strong toasted coffee aromas, also some hints of the hops.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by roasted coffee, but with some chocolate flavor as well. Taste starts sweet with malts, then comes the roasted coffee flavors, and then a little bitterness from the hops. Overall a great combination.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.

Overall: Great stout. Best if you enjoy a combination strong malts & coffee, with a little bitterness from the hops. I will buy this again.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Old Rasputin - Russian Imperial (9%) - North Coast Brewing (California)

App: Pours an oil black that is truly opaque, allowing no light to pass through. Rich brown head rises two fingers quickly, with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Deep roasted aroma with notes of chocolate and black coffee, slightly earthy, accompanied by a subtle alcohol twinge that carries the aromas high into the nose.

Taste: Deeply roasted malt dryness flashes across the palate early, then runs parallel with a very subtle, dark chocolate like sweet/bitter complex. Alcohol is present, but balanced enough to never taste hot. Allowed to warm flavors meld together, uniting to become all the characteristics simultaneously. Alcohol lends a mild spicy taste that lifts the otherwise heavy malt character at the end making each subsequent sip another wallop of flavor. Yum.

Mouth: Heavy bodied with smooth carbonation that compliments style very well. Alcohol and bitterness from roasted malt remove any stickiness from the body.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 12/30/14.

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Photo of Johnquisssssssy
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice thick oatmeal head onto a dark opaque brown nearly black. Nice lacing. I have had this on nitro as well as from bottle, as it is here. At first I felt I picked up almost a marshmallow/caramel aroma on the nose but that dissipated; It's a nice chocolate/coffee with only a hint of smoke. Everything is relatively subtle for a big beer like this; not overly sweet or smokey or boozy. Pretty much spot on for what you want in a impy stout.

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Photo of ccoyle
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chilled pint glass. I read on BA somewhere that chilled glasses are no-no, but I like them, so what can I say?

Appearance: VERY dark brown, almost black, almost completely opaque. Pouring into the glass produced a good 2" of tan head that lasted a long while and left very persistent lacing.

Smell: One of the weaker points for me, perhaps because I didn't use the requisite glass type. Definitely the coffee/chocolate smell typical of the type, but not pronounced.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. A moderate hoppiness followed by a surprising citrus-like tanginess. Definitely good stuff.

Feel: Velvety smooth and lightly carbonated.

Overall: Lives up to the hype, in my estimation (such as that is). The relatively high ABV kinda sneaks up on you - you don't notice it at all for the first half a glass, but you definitely don't want to chug one before heading off to do anything requiring good coordination!

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Photo of thisXwar
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm sure this beer isn't really that bad in other people's opinions and I understand why. It has a good taste, and smell just seems to have an overwhelming taste of hops and as someone who isn't a fan of hops that killed my rating.

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Photo of taters21
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was absolutely splendid and a great example of an imperial stout having a thick, lowly carbonated mouthfeel, and a taste and smell full of coffee and dark cocoa notes. Though I did detect some dark fruit in the nose, possibly fig or plums, cocoa and coffee dominated on the palate, which worked well with the mouthfeel, if I tasted this blindly, I could easily believe it to be an oatmeal stout, all in all an exceptional stout, highly recommended.

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Photo of mflkb4
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Distracted by so many other imperial stouts (and because I live in a primarily warm climate) I haven't had Old Rasputin in several years until this cold and drizzly night and boy, has he not changed a bit. A big, dark chocolate bar of a beer that will knock you flat if you aren't paying attention. The head is still beautiful and thick and smells like the best cup of coffee you wish you could have after you finished.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,525 ratings.