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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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3,540 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,540
Hads: 11,417
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 513
Gots: 2,439 | FT: 55
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Reviews: 3,540 | Hads: 11,417
Photo of WunderLlama
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro poured into snifter

Black liquid with taupe foam cap

Aroma of dark fruits , coffee and chocolate

Velvety smooth

Nice beer, definitely repreatable

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Photo of mjpainter
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black as ink. Hints of coffee. Dark malt character. VERY drinkable. Wouldn't guess by the taste that it's 9%. My wife (not a big fan of stout beers) enjoyed this one. Kind of speaks to the quality of flavor. I will definitely be drinking more of this.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a dimpled beer mug, pours very dark with small head that is brown. I find this a more astringent beer than most stouts, flavour is stronger than more recently tasted stouts as well. Would recommend for a drink however if have had better stouts, namely stone imperial.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

9% ABV, 75 ibu, 12 fl. oz.
A - finger n half tan head, solid dark.
S - roast coffee, dark chocolate, toasty bread, smokey, cigar. raisin, molasses, brown sugar, earthy.
T - well carbonated, smooth, thick to oily, complex flavor stick on the tongue, barrel oak, liquorice, long lasting of the coffee chocolate bitter. u can feel the heat down the throat.
O - the aroma, palate are all fantastically balanced, it goes very well with the alcohol content. especially the nose, I can smell it all day! high abv, high ibu, intense aromas n flavors, it got all u wanted from a RIS, recommend to let it sit for couple minutes, cuz it's kinda little bit more carbonation, n also let the temperature to rise. absolutely my top 3 imperial stout!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very opaque, solid black (but like dark roasted coffee where I can coax it thin with sloshing) with fine, frothy head the color of desert mud — light orange mixed with brown. Retains quite well for being poured into a snifter. Smell is primarily boozy, chocolatey sweet, but also roasty and toasty, with twinge of licorice. So far, a very enticing beer. Taste is smokey, meaty, earthy throughout. Dig deeper and you will uncover the cocoa you expected as well as smoke tartness and smoke bitterness. It's highly carbonated, but only gently prickling. Rich and full, a little less smooth than others of the style. Very viscous, sticky, astringent, and warming. Were it not for the bubbles that keep coming back up to wet your whistle, this beer would have an incredibly dry finish. World-class, indeed!

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Photo of MinTock
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've been drinking stouts for years ,and this is my favorite by far. My year round goto imperial stout. The alcohol is hidden while the subtle taste of the black strap rises in the background

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Photo of Premo88
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: black ... it's so dark that even up to sunlight you can barely see through the edges; beautiful thick tan head of foam, about 1-inch thick and sticking and lacing like paint; a work of art

S: sweet chocolate, maybe prunes, some wood ... charred oak wood ... coffee ... the dark malt notes are fantastic, nothing overly burnt but dark, leaning toward raisins

T: chocolate, coffee, darker fruits -- prunes and raisins ... it leaves a chocolately aftertaste; really meaty red wine (?); there's some good woody notes in here, almost burnt wood, but it's not overly bitter ... the "burnt" is kept in check nicely by the sweetness

F: surprisingly light for such a big-tasting brew; good carbonation; it's not slick or thick like many big stouts ... I love it.

O: this might be the best American-made Russian imperial I've tried, and it's as good as any "big" stout/porter I've tried, barrel-aged or not. it's a full-on assault of dark malt flavor -- nothing is overly burnt or bitter, yet it's not too sweet either. a wonderful beer I've slept on too long, and my new go-to big stout. the fact that it's so easy to get *and* comes in 12 oz. four-packs is greatness.

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Photo of bassfishingguy
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank this after having a bottle of Chocolate Sombrero (Clown Shoes). That being said, this one poured motor oil black with an exceptional tan head. Upon pouring, all I can really smell is chocolate, with some faint coffee in the background.

This one is tastes like chocolate, with a little coffee mixed in as well. I can also taste a very roasted flavor. I'll definitely drink this one again if I come across it.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-pitch black with a light brown head
-very roasted grains with a noticeable warmth
-big an thick beer complex but alot fo burnt grains alcohol maybe slight coco and coffee, the high abv instantly warms the body and mouth
- thick thick thick with the alcohol warmth
- great beer my favorite north coast beer and Russian imperial

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

very good imperial stout with lots of roasted, malty, coffee/chocolate flavors.
a must drink for any stout lovers, if you haven't already, which you should.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2/11/15. Cellared for about 3 months. Pours brownish black with a large-sized tan head. Smells of roasted malt and some cocoa. Tastes of strong roasted malt and char. Moderate bitterness. Somewhat thin body and high carbonation for the style. Overall, it's a little one-dimensional, but has great roasted malt presence; very drinkable RIS.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks, smells, tastes, and feels like one of the better imperial stouts I've tasted in a long time. Very impressed, the name was kinda intimidating. But sooo glad I finally tried it. Superb

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

A: opaque black, with decent foam.
S: intensely roasted character and chocolate.
T: sweet cocoa, milk blended coffee, herb like spicy. Dry and medium bitter finish.
M: full bodied, medium carbonation.
O: This imperial stout is damn good. The flavors are perfectly balanced.

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Photo of ARoman
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

*transferred from previous notes - 1/12/2014*
On tap (nitro) poured into a stemmed tulip. Chocolate and coffee are the most pronounced and immediate aromas, accompanied by a more faint caramel aroma and a distinct ash aroma. A thick, jello-like, tan head (gotta love nitro taps!) sits on a dark, opaque black (maybe brown?) body. The head - of which a half a finger is present throughout - leaves a nice, marble-like lacing. It’s a medium bodied, sticky beer which kicks off with a caramel and dark cherry sweetness that immediately gives way to coffee and dark chocolate bitterness followed, not too long after, by a smokey / ashy finish. After a little while, when it starts to mellow out with warmth, the sweetness is not as pronounced up front, and sticks around a bit longer than just the initial taste. A touch of sourness hides in the background throughout the drink and it leaves a dry smokey, bready mouthfeel behind. Fun complexities in the taste of this one.

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Photo of GeeL
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, nitro-style, in snifter.
L: creamy light brown head, dark as night
S: mocha, a little boozy.
T: this needs to be warm or all you get is unbalanced booze. It is a strong beer, but a lot of flavors going on. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruit... What separates this from others is the balance and the mouthfeel. And it's hoppy; you don't sense it until all the other flavors fade and you get an astringency/dryness from the hops.
F: perfect. Thick, coats the mouth and doesn't go away quickly.
O: never had this on tap, only in a bottle. It's good bottled, great on tap. But only if you like this style of imperial stout.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a single into a Bell's snifter

dark brown/black, viscous, big puffy 2 finger head with great lacing...nose is great, some bitter chocolate, smokey roasted malts...woody and warming, not getting as much complexity on the tongue as I did on the nose, but it's still quite good; doesn't hide the alcohol as well it might, a little boozy.

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Photo of Marc280
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a rich full flavour but in my opinion is overly bitter without being balanced...Did get slightly better as it warmed but i think there are better beers out there in this style.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark pour huge head 3 fingers s:
deep cocoa and coffee t: just as it smells with a slight alcohol finish f: creamy and rich O: great stout great price

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Photo of Jwburns75
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I much prefer a sweeter imperial stout (say, Founders Imperial) to a more coffee forward one (like, say, FBS). Old Rasputin falls toward the FBS side. Strong coffee/roast notes, much lacing, became more enjoyable as it warmed. A bit of a hop presence if I'm not mistaken. A solid beer, but there are more enjoyable options out there IMHO.

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer, yet one I think only dark-beer fanatics will enjoy.

Look: Pitch-black, beyond darkness. Generous dark tan head. Held up directly to the sunlight, not even one ray shines through this one. Intimidating.

Smell: Icy, smoky, with a huge dose of bitter roasted malt and some hops.

Taste: HUGE. A massive dose of jet-black roasted malt, spicy hops, coffee, some liquorice, bits of smoke.

Feel: Surprisingly not too oily but rather refreshing on the palate. Carbonation is inoffensive.

Overall, if you like dark beers, this is a significant one to at least try, even if it is too dark for one's taste in the end. For myself, it has rapidly become a favourite. An incredible, luxurious beer.

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Photo of IPAlmighty
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Man, this is good. That crazy bastard that inspired the name should be proud. The booze is masterfully masked, it's hard to find fault in this brew. When I have customers looking for an Imperial Stout, I direct them to this with no reservations.

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Photo of mchegash
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4.75/5
A massive amount of very dark tan froathy head. Color is basically pure black. Looks delicious and inviting.

Smell - 3.75/5
A huge smell with deep rich malts, some chocolate, along with some hop bitterness and slight alcohol aromas. Earthy. Slightly sweet.

Taste - 4.25/5
Massive taste, deep, dark roasty chocolate flavors. Very smoky. A slight sweetness, along with a slight metallic tinge, making the taste a little earthy. Slight to moderate hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Fairly full bodied, goes down very smooth, very creamy. Carbonation is on the lighter side of things, but still very pleasant. I feel that a higher level or carbonation would detract from the ability to taste this delicious beer.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall this was a very good beer. Probably not my favorite Russian Imperial Stout, I think there are some better ones out there. In particular, this one was a little too hoppy for me. I want straight massive malty flavor, and for me, any hoppiness in a stout takes away from that. Anyway, definitely worth a try for all stout/imperial stout lovers.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Russian Imperial Stout. The smell is nice a bold. You get a smoky coffee odor and hints of chocolate. The big taste has so much going on! The smoky roasted coffee with chocolate malts and a nice dry mixture of hops. This is a winner!

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look. Dark mahogany, robust medium brown head.
Smell. Spicey (allspice, more than cinnamon), fresh yeasty, earthy.
Taste. Slightly sweet, rich forerunning foundation, followed by pretty robust, dry, puckery finish. Strong on the hops though they must not be real bitter hops.
Overall Another in the robust, leaning to the hoppy side imperial stout. Good job achieving its stylistic aim.

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Photo of np_wizard
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a pint of this on tap in San Francisco. The aroma was very satisfying, and paired strongly with the soft foam head that sweetened my first sip. It wasn't too bitter, or overly heavy for a stout, and the dark brown/almost black color was complimented by the continual foaming of the head even after I had finished the first third of the beer. I was very satisfied, and would definitely recommend this beer.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,540 ratings.