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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Reviews: 3,495
Hads: 11,156
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 465
Gots: 2,207 | 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 Bunman3
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum. Lunch in a glass. This is creamy, hearty, and infinitely enjoyable. The roasted malts dominate the flavor, but everything that is happening here comes together in a wonderful way. (184 characters)

Photo of maxson924
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Apparently I'm the only person on the entire first page that's rating this below a 4.0. I certainly buy this on occasion but I don't see the "world-class" aspect of it. A bit TOO dry and strong for me. (201 characters)

Photo of MartyMaltose
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous product. If you're up for analogy...Old Rasputin : Guinness :: Vietnamese iced coffee : chocolate milk. It's like a gift from heaven. The description "jet-black" is apt both in its positive full-bodied/rich aspects and the mild negative of being a tad oily/boozy. You can buy this at World Market for a very reasonable price considering the premium quality. (366 characters)

Photo of ribby
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yesterday i drank Founders Imperial, so this review is influenced by the memory of that excellent stout. (A head to head tasting would be nice, but Holy moly, a 10.5 and a 9.0, maybe i got to clean up the house and invite about 20 people over for a proper stout tasting with about 5 bottles of imperials and some sessions for after...)

Any way, back to the review. This is solid black as a stout should be, with a two finger brown head. The aroma is a good balance of both dark malt and hop scents. My personal prejudice is that a stout is about the dark malt, to me, Old Rasputin's aroma is properly on the malty side.

The taste is well balanced. Compared to the Founder's imperial, some hops bitterness shows through, but the high alcohol is not evident in the taste; at only 9% instead of 10.5%, it is a little easier to hide.

This is certainly one of the great American stouts by reputation, and it lives up to the reputation in my tasting. I have a few more American stouts on my agenda, and then a Guinness Extra for reference. (1,038 characters)

Photo of MunsonRoyE
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 4pk planning on drinking one now and cellaring the other three for a year or two. Its really delicious fresh though, so should I even bother cellaring the other three? I don't think I can go wrong either way. It lived up to its 96 rating. (249 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. Smells like roasted toasted malt. Bitter up front. A little bit of chocolate. Super malty. It isn't overpowering in any department. Gets better as it warms up a bit. Good solid balanced beer. (204 characters)

Photo of Pukstopper
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color into a pint glass from a bottle. No date found
Leaves a nice foamy thick head that dissipates slow leaving some nice lacing. You can taste the malts and earthy tones. A little bitter but at 9% it's not bad. Not any vanilla notes but roasted malt and some bitter chocolate
A nice overall Russian Imperial (326 characters)

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a nice tan foamy head

In the smell you get roastyness, coffee, and a bit of coco sweetness.

The taste you get dark roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, earthy hops, mild bitterness with a hint of sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with mild carbonation with a dry finish leading you to want to keep sipping which makes this drinkable without the lack of being full bodied.

Overall I think this is a great Russian imperial stout. I highly enjoy this and will be picking this up again. (541 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer review # 800

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, molasses, light floral/earthy hops and very faint vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, earthy hops, light vanilla and very faint dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle (639 characters)

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

This beer looks amazing. Held up to a light, it's dark as can be. The thick head, with its copper color, contrasts beautifully. Caramel and chocolate aromas and some others I can't quite pin. Plenty to think about with each sip. Mouth feel is nice and creamy, which complements the chocolate flavors. It's like a lightly carbonated mudslide. I give a 4 instead of 5 on taste because I feel it's a tad too bitter. I like bitter but with the chocolate creaminess my tongue goes looking for sweetness, which makes the bitterness come as a shock. Overall, though, I find this a really great beer that keeps my senses engaged from start to finish. (642 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a two finger high head (brownbeige). Temperature of the beer, about 22C (72F)

Nose: Pine, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate and alcohol.
Taste: WoW! A full body taste with a lot of texture. Licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, sweet brown sugar and dark bread.
Body: Full body with a sweetness at start and great balanced of the bitterness that rounds up the taste. Just a little carbonation - Perfect! (439 characters)

Photo of rvisual
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't pretend to be a connoisseur, but I've had many ales, lagers, pilseners, stouts, porters etc. over the years and OR gets my vote for "best overall" generally available. (176 characters)

Photo of Foxybrau
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a noob to stouts, but learning fast, just don't love this one as much as so many do. Sudsy brass head that contrasts nicely to the black body. It looks fantastic. I find it a bit thin in the mouth, mostly charred and hoppy. Plenty of black coffee but I don't find the sweetness and malt. A very good beer, not world class to me, but I'll definitely give it another shot as I've loved North Coast thus far. (414 characters)

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown with tan head dissolving to a lace. Slightly sweet aroma backed by pronounced coffee and molasses. Tastes pretty much like it smells. It starts with a light sweetness on the tip of the tongue, followed by a pronounced coffee and molasses flavor. Slight hint of dark chocolate. Carbonation gives it a balanced feel. (363 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary.
Pitch black color, light brown head. Left thick rings of lacing.
Smells of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, roasted and a bit smokey.
Taste has lots of coffee, more dark and bitter chocolate, cocoa. Espresso coffee hangs around at the end.
Thick and creamy, full mouth feel, low carbonation.
Very good, lots of coffee. Worthy of its world-class rating.

Note to Self: Ranked #21 best Russian Imperial Stout when I had it (464 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with lots of beige head that lingers and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Nose has chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla.

Taste follows with a little bit of licorice or anise. A little bit of cocoa powder taste and feel. Creamy and rich.

Excellent beer. (272 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance -dark brown, nearly black body and khaki colored head

Smell - espresso, molasses, caramel, dark chocolate

Taste - dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, caramel, vanilla

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, viscous, sweetness upfront from the caramel/chocolate, balanced by the coffee and bitterness in the back. Despite the hefty body, it is easy to drink

Overall - this is a benchmark beer for the style in my opinion. Price and availability considered, there isn't much reason to hunt all of the limited releases in this style when you could just grab this off of any shelf. A beer that frankly deserves more respect in the community.

Price Point - $10.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles (684 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with an off-white ring around the edge.

Smell: Roast malt, oak, faint cherries, date fruitiness.

Taste: Follows the nose. Starts with slightly sweet roasted malt. A little bitterness as it warms, but pretty mellow. Alcohol is surprisingly light, despite the 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, low carbonation.

Overall: Solid in every way. (362 characters)

Photo of 10Crumra
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Poured jet black with a three-finger tan head that took several minutes to dissipate. It left a small amount of lacing.

It had a light coffee aroma. Smelled malty with a bit of a dark fruit aroma.

Some hoppy bitterness at first followed by darker chocolatey flavors with some very faint fruitiness. Roasty aftertaste with definite coffee notes and a lingering bitterness.

Smooth feel with plenty of carbonation. Satisfyingly chewy.

Overall a fine beer with rich, traditional stout flavors. Would drink it again anytime I am looking for a good, strong stout. (615 characters)

Photo of Molonlave09
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. Dark, but beautiful. Like many Russian Imperial Stouts, it's high in alcohol content. That being said, it's awesome. For a craft beer, it's fairly priced. Definitely worth a try if you haven't! (211 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours and inky black with copious off white/tannish head with lacing that endures
Smells of carob, coffee, rich malty and toasty with a fair amount of non specific dark fruit esters and slight floral hoppy notes
Tastes of rich, dark malts, smokey and perhaps a bit leathery with the sweetness offset by the hops bitter notes.
Milky smooth and mid to full bodied, surprisingly clean finish

Overall: Complex and delicious, I understand why this beer has such a faithful following, and I would definitely purchase this cold weather sipper again. ABV well hidden by the complex flavors. (583 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,691 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (403 characters)

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,495 ratings.