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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class
3,620 Reviews
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Reviews:
3,620
Ratings:
11,785
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
18.46%
 
 
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Reviews: 3,620 | Ratings: 11,785
Photo of pixelpadre
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this at the local beer joint. I rated it at 95% and then checked beeradvocate and found that everyone else voted 95 also. Good to know that I know what makes a good beer.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by a stranger in a liquor store. It quickly became the base point by which I rate beers. This has everything, terrific flavors and aroma, and quite potent. More importantly....this is not a gimmick beer, no rye whiskey, no bourbon barrel ageing, but beer as its supposed to be!!!!

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best stouts I've had. Everything about it is intense but not overwhelming. Pours dark, dark brown with a light tan head. Head was huge and fluffy, much more than I had anticipated. Smells like dark and milk chocolate, coffee grounds, burnt toast. Taste is similar, not as chocolatey as the smell lead me to believe: flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, molasses, licorice...I could go on all day dissecting this beer. Super complex and it only gets better as it warms. Feel is creamy, smooth, and full. I got a 4 pack and I'm really looking forward to aging the other 3 and seeing how they change.

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Photo of kramermb
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become my go-to for Russian Imperial due to the fact that I can find it just about anywhere and the price is not outrageous (I'm looking at you Ten Fidy).

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad stout. Did not live up to the hype for me. Not a bad beer overall but I liked Founders Imperial Stout way better. Pours dark black with a small tan head. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, booze. Bitter aftertaste. Pretty good feel. Overall a good beery but doesn't live up to the hype

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Photo of hydrate
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very creamy. Enough that i think the one i had may have been a nitro. Was on tap but didnt ask. Chocolate & coffee are strong & hide the ABV. Very rich. Delicious.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip.

Pours nearly black with red-brown highlights and a thin cap of light brown head that leaves eroding rocky hillside lace as it recedes.

Smells of dark fudge, fresh coffee grounds, raisins, roasted nuts and plain leafy hops.

Tastes of fresh baked brownies, creamed coffee, chocolate covered raisins, roasted nuts and more mild hops.

Feels thick and creamy. Full bodied with fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A great winter beer.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown with a medium khaki head which fades quickly
Nose: malt, malt and malt
Taste: crisp maltyness with some coffee like under tones
Feel: medium bodie, we'll carbinated and extremely easy to drink

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Photo of Mistamakkus
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good strong stout, that has a lot of appeal in the sense that it is available all over the West Coast. If you aren't interested in trying new stouts, and simply want something you know will be consistently good, you should go with a four pack of OR.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer from a bottle to a clear teardrop beer glass. It pours a two and a half finger tan head that sticks around. It's a chewy beer, but smooth. Stronger than I normally like. A very good beer.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Da! This beer should come with a big fur hat. This is how the Tsars got through a Russian winter. Black like the night in January in Leningrad but warming like a fire used to roast the bear you just hunted. Unlike those attempts at stouts in other countries this brew draws you in like the mystic it is named after and proves that magic never dies. Enjoy at your own peril.

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Photo of Qback5
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW - the beer to end my search for the perfect winter beer. From the appearance, to the aroma, then the super smooth and flavorful taste, and a nice calm aftertaste - it's great from start to finish. My new favorite.

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Photo of KenMiller123
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite beers! I'm on a dark beer discovery kick. It's fun. I like it.

L - Dark. Almost black. Very little head if you poor it slow, but a nice creamy head if you poor it hard.

S - Alcohol is noticeable, but not too strong. It smells a bit like the lingering aroma of home brewed coffee.

T - You can taste the booze, for sure, but it's not over-powering. Drinking it goes down smooth, but it's got some bitter notes on the back end, like you just had a shot of espresso and chunk of quality dark chocolate (none of that sweet crap, but the 90% cacao stuff). I absolutely fell in love with this the first time I drank it.

F - It's super thick. Like heavy cream...oh yeah!

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pitch black body with a two finger tan head that slowly receded.

S: Dark fruits, Smoked coffee, dark chocolate.

T: Same as the nose. The smoked coffee is more apparent.

F: Medium bodied with mild carbonation, slight alcoholic burn, and creamy.

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

2-24-16 - On tap at Tir Na Nog in Philadelphia. Served in a snifter with overflowing creamy head. Aroma was there, but not too much. Sweet and smooth. A nice surprise to find here.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into snifter. Thin head, liberal lace.

Smells: roasted malt, chocolate, oats, raisins, and aged wood.

Taste: unsurprisingly, the roasted malts are most prominent, but cocoa tastes are there too. A little coffee and cola as well.

Mouth: thick, but wateriness smooths it out.

A beloved stout for a reason. Surprisingly watery, but still full of flavor. A roasted cocoa delight. Essential for lovers of the stout and stouty.

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Photo of ordybill
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and you can also smell the high ABV. The taste is roasted to burnt malt with alcohol. A very good Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of KevCan
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a few single 12 oz. bottles from Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. No date. Poured into tulip glass.

Look: Very dark with tan-colored head. Great head retention with medium-sized bubbles.

Smell: Nice roasted malt, with a strong sweet/fruity character. Licorice.

Taste: Malt flavor is extremely well-balanced between bitter and sweet.

Feel: Low to medium bodied, surprisingly less body than I would have expected, given the style and ABV.

Overall: Dangerously drinkable for the high ABV.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy head. Nose was coffee and bitter chocolate. For higher abv was very smooth. Taste of hops almost IPA strength along with notes of chocolate and espresso. Very good stout and worth the find if in your area

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

Pours black with a creme colored head. A little bit of lacing left behind. Roasted malts, molasses, and cocoa nibs in the aroma. The taste follows suit with a warming mix of roasted malts, molasses, and toffee. Mouth feel is rather nice with a creamy and smooth feel. Overall, a Russian imperial stout that is solid across the board. Certainly worth experiencing.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a tulip: nearly black, no light getting through. molasses, toast, vanilla, on the nose. Taste follows: malt forward, vanilla, molasses, tobacco. An excellent imperial stout!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

As I find my beer fridge filled more and more with tropical and citrusy IPAs I find myself yearning for ross classic RIS when I need something dark and roasty to warm my innards. Luckily, my local watering hole has this as a constant
The tap pour never disappoints. Always greeted with a creamy light mocha head on a black colored beer with brown and reddish highlights. Sweet, roasty, fruity, light char, licorice, caramel mocha nose. Astringency from roasted chocolate malt and coffee are initial impressions on first sip. Background flavors of toffee, dates, and raisin. Lingering char and licorice. Lush, velvety feel with smooth warmth. Not overburdened by alcohol. Clocks in at ideal ABV for style allowing great balance of flavors.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one yet, but here it goes. Pour is almost black, but really a very dark brown in body. A big, dense, and creamy head forms and hangs around forever. Lacing is amazing. Scent is mostly very bitter burnt malt up front with a slight touch of anise in the middle. Semisweet chocolate at the back end of the smell that sweetens the nose up just a bit.

When the liquid hits the tongue, the bitter malts burst onto the tongue first. Burnt flavors plus anise are prominent, quickly followed by slightly less bitter dark chocolate. Anise and black licorise really ramps up on the back end of the drink and the flavor really dries out. Lingering flavors are burnt and dark, with just a slight hint of charcoal. On the palate, this beer is very smooth and creamy despite the relatively high level of carbonation. The alcohol is very hidden, with only a slight warming being felt.

Overall, I really need to make more of a point to drink this more often. It is on tap and on shelves everywhere, and apparently I have just been ignoring it. Really need to stop doing that because this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of rarigney
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a dark brown head. Tastes of roast malt, coffee, and chocolate. This is an excellent stout, with a nice warming alcohol level. Certainly one of the best stouts I've tried.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks: Black, inky

Smell: Smells like it tastes

Taste: Toasty/burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe a tiny tiny bit fruity

Feel: Silky but thinner than expected based on appearance

Overall: A damn drinkable beer

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,620 ratings.