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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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world-class

8,406 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8406
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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BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown as you would expect from a stout. Creaming long lasting head
S: honestly, didn't smell more than the whiffs of coffee and chocolate
T: Here is where the experience changes. First sip, first 3 seconds, nothing. I was thinking, blah. Then the flavor explosion happened! Complex, rapidly changing tastes. Coffee, caramel, dark fruits, some alcohol, some sweetness. Delicious!
M: Warm, smooth, complete.
O: Really like this beer a lot. It's complexity is what sets it apart. The flavored change dramatically 3 times.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:12:08 | More by BSK_ONE
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tmm313

Georgia

4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black. Poured a gorgeous 2 finger head into snifter. Super creamy tan head with outstanding lacing. As head slowly fades, alcohol legs take over.

S- I get raisins, char, coffee, chocolate and booze. Sometimes I get something sweetly spicy as well. Subtleties seem to change each time. Smell is on the lighter side when cold, but strengthens as it warms. Surprising how sweet it is. Reminds me of tropical hops at times.

T- Man, there's a lot going on... As it sits on the tongue, I get a strangely sweet, tropical like flavor. Immediately as you swallow, the sweetness is replaced by a hoppy spiciness, dark fruit, coffee, and roasted malt. The finish has notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, char, pine, and licorice. Aftertaste reminds me of earthy hops meets dark chocolate. And if I drank it again tomorrow, it would probably be different. Incredibly complex.

M- Medium body. Slick on the tongue and very drying. Crisp carbonation.

O- This is an amazing beer! It is supremely complex and exceptionally balanced. Each smell and taste is a touch different than the last. I'm so overwhelmed by details, I'm having problems finding words. One thing I can say is that I tried this when I first got into craft and didn't dig it at all. To those just starting out, if you try it and don't like it, please give it another try 1-2 years down the road. You'll be impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:09:51 | More by tmm313
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BierJager89

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee. Smells delicious.

T: Same as the nose, but more balanced, with chocolate and coffee sharing in equal parts of the deliciousness.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: I believe this was my first imperial stout, and it's definitely worth a try. The barrel aged version is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:25:08 | More by BierJager89
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RyanOooh

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured caramel/light roast coffee color into stemless snifter. A gigantic, tan, frothy head even w/ side pour- was able to float a little RIS muffin top pillow for about half the glass, moderate and spotty lacing. Sexy looking brew. Smells is very licorice for me and I definitely pick up the alcohol in the nose. Delicious! Caramel, alcohol, licorice - no immediate flavors because the mouth is surprisingly thin/slick. Lots of dark chocolate/bitter finish. There's a reason so many review this beer, it's outstanding. One of the most drinkable and sip friendly RISs' made so available. Love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 21:48:40 | More by RyanOooh
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kdlz

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - black as night with a 1 finger tan head. Beautiful lacing lasting the whole beer through.

S - roasty with chocolate, caramel

T - on the bitter side with no bite from the alcohol, extremely rounded stout. Nice roasts and definite caramel and chocolate hints. Balanced.

M - creamy just a bit bitter.

O - this is now one of my go to stouts. Very balanced, dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-14-2014 04:21:58 | More by kdlz
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Coffee, caramel, roasted malt and bitter hops. Nice complexity
T: Bitter with burnt malt, burnt sugars and burnt hops
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: A solid RIS, overall I enjoyed it though it could be even better if the bitterness were toned down a bit

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:47:07 | More by ONUMello
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silverblaze540

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark and poured with a fairly large head. Nothing is really visible through the beer. Head dissipates very quickly.

S - Very strong (and delicious) smell at first, but dissipates pretty quickly. Sweet, with strong smell of chocolate and hints of coffee.

T - Sweet when it first touches the tongue. Light carbonation and light alcohol taste. Very smooth, with good balance of flavors. Coffee and bitter aftertaste.

M - Very very thick and heavy. Not much carbonation or alcohol taste, especially for a 9%.

O - Best stout I have had. I like the initial sweetness, and the smell was very delicious when I first poured, and, with the thick head, it made my mouth water. The bitter aftertaste lingers for a bit, but it is not that strong. The head and smell dissipate quickly. Still, an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 05:01:58 | More by silverblaze540
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a two-finger foamy tan head.

S - Sweet roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Also some faint dark fruits.

T - Coffee is front and center followed by the roasted malts. Finish with a nice amount of bitter dark chocolate.

M - Full body wit medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol burn.

O - One of the best imperial stouts out there. A true American classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:59:33 | More by TreyIsWilson
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TheBrouMaster

Mississippi

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a khaki colored one-finger creamy head that seems to retain forever and sticks to the sides as it settles.

S- smells of melted chocolate with toffee & caramel taffy, some underlying mocha coffee, subtle roasted malt note with a bit of alcohol. Chocolate definitely shines overall

T- The chocolate flavors follow the smell with huge bitter-sweet dark chocolate, some dark fruity notes chime in around mid-palate with fig/date, coffee flavors arise near the end with a sweet and roast malt finish, with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouth feel with a crisp finish. A touch of alcohol warmth at the end

O- An American classic that often goes unheralded, yet one that we are lucky to always have available. Always a good choice

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 06:01:27 | More by TheBrouMaster
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NEdward

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: black. thick tan head with persistent lacing long after it's gone.

S: pungent bittersweet, chocolate, slightly earthy or vegetable -- though not unpleasantly so.

T: dark chocolate, bitter, strong hints of smoke every now and again.

M: full, thick, milky, lingers

O: delicious, not overly ambitious, a truly solid beer and one that I'll be on the look out for next time I'm in the mood for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:48:53 | More by NEdward
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Amgarnier

Maine

4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark black just as expected with a creamy brown head. Limited lacing.

S: Coffee with hints of dark fruit, sweet malty notes and a hint of hops.

T: caramel malts with a hint of chocolate a little bit of a butter taste. Plenty of coffee and some hops to balance it out.

O: impressive imperial stout. Strong flavors with lots of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 00:13:02 | More by Amgarnier
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bryangb


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Aggressive pour gives a beautiful creamy head. Smell: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, malt. Not very boozy smelling but it's there. Taste: You can taste it before it even touches your mouth. Much like you'd expect from the smell. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate up front. The booze comes in towards the end. The alcohol burn left behind is just right. It's rated up there with one of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:00:44 | More by bryangb
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santomark

California

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This thing is dark as tar, black as night, darker than a car getting an oil change. Wow this is black. Looks syrupy, but a sip will tell you other wise. Nice tan, latte colored head. Thick, thick, 3 finger head.

S - Very robust malt, roasted coffee notes. sweet, and ends with a bitter.

T - Very creamy, a bitterness from the roast, bit of sweet, vanilla, chocolate, bitter at the end.

M - Heavy body, there's no way around it. Thick, silky, creamy, little carbonation.

O - This is a great brew. It's spot on and I can say this is the standard of how I judge RIS now. Definitely will keep this in the rotation. They should release a holiday brew of this? Vanilla beans?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:19:51 | More by santomark
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pure black with two fingers of milky tan head, big thick lacing all around the sides.
S - Dark roasted chocolates, hazelnut, a tad skunky, some milk chocolate, sweet roasted malt.
T - Lush creamy milky chocolate tones bitter roasts that make for a nice balance.
M - Velvet creamy milky, amazing.
O - One of the best RIS you can get its super silky smooth full chocolate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:21:24 | More by Omnium
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CraigS119

Florida

3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

serving type: bottle; poured into snifter

A- Rich dark pour with a one-finger, toffee-colored head that lingers and laces down the glass

A- Sweet, creamy, malty aroma. Deep resin, with subtle leafy/piney notes

F- Fronted with coffee, caramel, and toasted toffee malts; distinct, but not overwhelming, toasty, bitter followthrough

M- Very smooth, liquidy-velvet fullness with just a bit of carbonation. One of the best mouthfeels I've experienced.

O- A sweet and strong blend, that's not over-powering. Well-balanced. An exemplar of RISs.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 02:05:10 | More by CraigS119
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CochonKing

New York

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a thick black with a chocolate colored head that is around 1 inch. Excellent lacing. - 5

Smell - Chocolate, Coffee, Espresso and strong dark malt. Caramelized sugars and roasted nuts - 4.5

Taste - Coffee and chocolate with dark malt back bone. Soy sauce on the palate as well. 4.75

Mouthfeel - Full bodied creamy beer with light bubbles. Excellent on the palate - 5.0

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 00:36:35 | More by CochonKing
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is black, solid, head is tan, mixture of bubble sizes, dense a lot of nice lacing - this looks delicious.

Aroma is subdued, mostly malt sweetness, as it warms some roast, chocolate, coffee and toast.

Taste is exceptional: clean malt balance between the pale malts, roast, chocolate and coffee flavors; hops are earthy, fresh, not overpowering in flavor but provide the bitterness to compensate the sweetness. Hardly any alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is great, nice lingering roast and chocolate flavors, some coffee, not cloying; bitterness balances well and carbonation is mild to keep flavors present for a while.

Overall, this is one of the best RISs: great flavor, nice aroma, perfect lingering mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 00:24:05 | More by mvanaskie13
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Motor-oil black brew with an enormous dark brown head, with very impressive retention and very nice lacing. Can't imagine a stout looking any better.

Aroma is a little puzzling: some grape-like booziness, with dark malts behind, a little like a burnt brownie.

Sharp and bitter bite to the flavor, initially heavy on barley flakes and a sharp booziness following the nose. Strong notes of burnt coffee and dark cacao on the back-end.

Full-bodied and complex, but a hair thinner than I expected.

A standard among stouts, Old Raspy doesn't disappoint. It's not thick and rich and chocolatey like some of the in vogue stouts, and it doesn't have a bourbon bite. That said, it embodies the basics of what a solid stout should: dark malty character, burnt coffee bite. I look forward to having the rest of the pack with some age on them.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:18:54 | More by Roguer
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed over 25 minutes from a tulip glass.

It pours a reflective black core with cordovan edges that warm the ring that remains after the cap has fallen. Bubbly, light tan head with very leggy, patchy lacing.

The nose is full of roasted coffee and malt. It's chocolatey and a touch flinty, too. Hints of toffee and currant are present. Clean, fresh, and cool…there's a suggestion of the hops you anticipate to come out later.

The start is malted caramel, followed closely by acidic, light roast coffee. Those standard flavors then sit back for a bit and allow earthen sweetness to come in with a touch of currants and prunes. Then it's balanced by bitterness and salicylate that folds into coffee again with a finish and aftertaste of heavily roasted almonds, black walnuts, and Brazil nuts all so thick you can nearly crunch them.

The body is full and carbonation about mid-level. It spreads in the mouth fast and flat with a metallic essence enhanced by the wintergreen. Bubbles are more apparent on the tongue after it starts creamy. The dance it does all over the mouth is my favorite element.

Since this RIS seems a touch one-dimensional to me--essentially a roasted mixed nut iced coffee, I'm happy to drink it as or with dessert in cooler months. But, despite the reputation, I don't think this particular brew stands alone as a superior representative of the style. It's very good, but doesn't make my day.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 21:40:51 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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rgturtle

Massachusetts

4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finding a 4-pack of this covered in dust at a local package store was like winning the lottery.

A - Dark brown, with little carbonation, maybe a quarter-inch head.
S - Huge and lingering on the nose. Toffee, cocoa, espresso.
T - The nose paid off in the taste -- sweet but complex; the coffee didn't overwhelm.
M - A little chewy; not syrupy.
O - This is the best stout I've had in a while -- I found myself wanting to spend more time decoding the various scents. I'd stock up on this -- if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:09:23 | More by rgturtle
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Mises85

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served this at around 60 degrees in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with 3 inches of head that laced beautifully.

Aroma: roasted malt, cocoa, black pepper, slight alcohol, touch of espresso, ever so slight 100% cacao chocolate. No burnt malt aroma.

Taste: Roasty, espresso, cococa, touch of guinness character. Midway, some alcohol bite although not too much.

Final results: Definitely one of my favorite imperial stouts. I love how it does not have a burnt flavor and instead the malt has a "grilled" like character. the coffee and chocolate work beautifully although the roastiness is the star. Definitely would drink again but too many beers out there that I need to try. Not hoppy but just enough hops so that there isn't too much sweetness. A plus for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:39:09 | More by Mises85
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wildcatboy

Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a handful of times. On tap, in bottle, on nitro. Every time I know ordering that it's a classic but I am continually impressed. If you like stouts this is a must try. North Coast sets the bar and sets it high with this one. Smooth smooooth drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 01:45:28 | More by wildcatboy
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Matt1553

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is certainly one of the best Stouts to come out of California--on par with Parabola and Big Bear Black Stout. Deceptively drinkable given the alcohol content, although I prefer my Stouts a bit thicker to the bite. The taste is sublime, with the slightest bit of chocolate aftertaste. A world class beer.

Rating: 9.6

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 02:01:36 | More by Matt1553
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Half a finger head, with weak lacing. There doesn’t appear to be much carbonation at all. Vaguely translucent, giving off a subtle crimson glow. Looks like crude oil.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, bitter coffee. A remote sweetness lurks somewhere in this layered aroma.

T: Initial malt flavor, maybe some caramel, coffee bean bitterness but well balanced. Might be some toffee. Has a transient sweetness possibly from some dark fruits, prunes? The hoppiness presents itself when allowed to mature on the tongue a bit.

M: Not as thick as I expected, very light carbonation. Not very dry, smooth with little after taste. A creamier character arrives as it approaches room temperature.

O: After engaging in some debauchery with old Rasputin, I can say I’m up for round two. This is an excellent stout for wintertime drinkin’. This was recommended to me by a rando in my local beer distributor, and I’m glad I took him up on it. A must try as far as imperial stouts are concerned. Until we meet again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:21:30 | More by ZagZagg
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CTbrew32

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

p-three finger head that lingers for a few minutes

a-pitch black with a mocha colored head

s-strong coffee with a bit of dark chocolate sweetness coming through

t-coffee forward but with a milk chocolate flavor to balance the roasty malt and coffee.

m-thick with barely any carbonation

o-the coffee isn't too strong which is a big plus to me. A little more sweetness from the chocolate would make this perfect, but overall its a well balanced RIS with big flavor.

s-bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:34:02 | More by CTbrew32
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,406 ratings.