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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

9,987 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 9,987
Reviews: 3,366
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 311
Gots: 1,360 | FT: 44
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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Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated, brown bottle into a Duvel glass. The body was darkest brown and the modest 1/2" head faded rather quickly.

Smell was sweet roasted malts. Coffee grounds. Chocolate.

Taste reflected the aromas. Tangy sweet baking chocolate. Finished long with a bittersweet aftertaste. This one was not as complex as I had anticipated.

Mouthfeel was zesty with mouthfilling carbonation.

Cresant, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate in color with a light tan creamy head. Smell of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate with a strong roasted malt flavor with a good carbonation leaving a hefty bitter aftertaste. It's a thick, creamy stout, a good one to have on hand if your feeling bold.

Bookseeb, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is black and has a nice tan/cream colored head – lacing is pretty in this beer. The aroma is sweet of malt and there is some spice that I’m having trouble identifying. The taste is bold and bitter. There is plenty of malt and a slight sweetness. Coffee flavors and a hint of spice are present. This beer starts off quite intimidating, but mellows slightly as it warms and my palate adjusts. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected – but is still on the full side. As for drinkability, this beer is a bit much for me to kick a few back in one sitting – but it is very good!

barefootbrewer, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of jrehmert
2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, as expected, with about a finger of light tan head. The effervescence was short-lived. Residual sweetness was minimal. The nose was much more smoky than I had expected. I had hoped for more roasted malt, coffee, and/or chocolate malt than realized. Overall this was an average beer - Rogue RIS was a far better representative - afaic...

jrehmert, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a four-pack of this in a big wine mega-store in Maryland. I've had this beer before on the west coast, but it has been a while. The beer poured coffee black, with a light brown head about one-half inch thick. It smelled of coffee and chocolate. It tasted great, but had a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste. It was a little fizzy, but that was a minor problem. I would like to drink this more often.

cichief, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of sabrills70
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date - like it needs one. Pours a super duper dark brown, almost black with a 1 finger head decent longevity and very good lace. Smells of highly roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some dried fruit. How do you describe the taste of this stuff. Heavy roasted malts with espresso like flavors, chocolate, dried fruits and alcohol in the finish. Almost like a dubble or triple but made with roasted malts. Smooth and creamy. Highly complex. Good stuff!!

sabrills70, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ive had the CZAR and now its time for RASPUTIN! Lets see who wins! Very black body with a small thin tan head that fells fast.Chocolate is the main smell I get out of it.There is some fruit smells under the chocolate.The taste is dynamite! The taste is fruit and expresso and damn good.I taste some bitter chocolate in the aftertaste.The mouthful is slick and thick and tasty,did I mention that already? I dont know if I could drink multiple of these cause of the abv content but it is pretty well hidden,let see when it warms.I think OLD RASPY won this war.I would say to the people who want to know what is compares between,its more bolder then Stormking but not as Czar.Very good indeed.

MmmIPA, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of travelfrog
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this interesting stout at my favorite local pizza pub/watering hole. It was on draught, served in a brandy snifter of all things.

Appearance was very good, with a nice creamy dark complexion and creamy head (perhaps exaggerated somewhat by the dimensions of my snifter). There were a few air bubbles mixed in, and the beverage was less opaque than I would have expected.

Aroma was good, again perhaps concentrated by the snifter. Notes of malt and chocolate.

The flavor will come as quite a surprise to Guinness drinkers (remember this is Imperial Stout... ;). A bold combination of sherry, malt, coffee, and chocolate. Pleasant, lingering aftertaste of caffe corretto.

Mouthfeel was excellent: smooth and creamy with no burn or cloying on the roof of the mouth.

I also have to rate the drinkability quite highly for a stout, though it is certainly best sipped rather than gulped. I would not have known it was 9% alcohol if I hadn't read it on this page.

travelfrog, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Luchman
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black body with a 1 1/2 finger, light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving great lacing on the sides and clumps on the top.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate hit the nose first. Some light hops, alcohol, molasses, and slight burnt grain are there as well. Smells pretty darn good.

T: Matches smell, but only better. Great coffee/roasted malts, graininess, definitely chocolate, some dark fruits (plums, currents, etc.) and some nice hops to add to it. Some boozy alcohol is there that increases as the temperature rises. Has a dry finish. Damn... This stuff is better than I remembered.

M: Fits it nicely. Medium/full body with medium carbonation that goes done as easy as can be!

D: Not bad... Not bad at all. A very good tasting stout that I once thought to be over rated. Alcohol booziness gets there a tad bit in the end, which no doubt they intended it that way, but lowers my drinkability rating a .5.

Luchman, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wonderful opaque black. The burnt brown head had nice staying power.

Aroma: Nuts chocolate and espresso bean are present in the mix.

Taste: Wonderful imperial stout here. The roasted malts give way to some earthy chocolate, and espresso beans. There are some wonderful hop bitterness at the end and some roasted nuts in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some slight carbonation which excites the taste buds and allows the bitter chocolate espresso to seep in.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful stout. It's not something that I would introduce someone to the genre with, but it's something that people who enjoy stouts or porters will definitely enjoy.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a nearly black color, thick but not nearly as syrapy as many of the style. Big rocky brown head that subsides to a third, and then lingers. Pretty nice lacing.

Nose isn't as strong as I expected, but improving throughout the glass as it warms. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee...liquorice?...definately fruity - almost vinous...and behind it all, a bit of floral. Some alcohol, and an overall intriguing complexity despite the lack of overpowering aroma.

Adult milk shake - that was my first thought. On the full side of medium bodied and intense. Definately big carmelized sugar sweetness, with just the right amount of lingering bittersweet chocolate and hops in the finish. Roasty malts mostly short of charred - delicious.
Where is the alcohol? - none of the strength noted in the aroma is here. Extremely smooth and coats the tongue nicely.

I simply cannot sip this beer - it screams a "5" on drinkability, but if I drank as many now as I'd like, I'd be under the table talking to my shoe. Gotta knock this one a touch. I wouldn't mind if this beer was 6 or 7% - then I could drink a few of this deliciousness.

udubdawg, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of jjmunro
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: A beautiful midnight black, as expected for Imperial Stouts. A healthy, mocha head shrank, but remained throughout the beer.

S: I was not overwhelmed by the smell. I was able to pick up apples and brown sugar. The only facet of the beer that I was not wow'ed by. There is a distinct smell, but it was just kind of average for me.

T: Rich and earthy taste that is instantly quite impressive. It was a pleasing, lingering taste that was not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination, a rarity for many American Imperial Stouts. This beer was extremely well crafted, the alcohol content was designed to be apparent, but surprisingly smooth for the style. Many compliments to the brewers of this fine stout.

M: Again, very nice for the style. Unlike many Imperial Stouts, there was not that lingering heavy aftertaste that can detract from the beer.

D: Remarkably drinkable for the style. Superbly smooth on the palate. Could easily drink 2 or 3 in a session.

Fantastic, fantastic beer. I wish all Russian Imperial Stouts could possess this smoothness and construction.

jjmunro, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of muffguy4beer
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Black, pitch black in color. Head did not appear at first but then it cascaded up into a not light brown inch thick head.

Smell: Charcoal briquettes, root beer barrels, alcohol and grape pixie stix are all present in the smell.

Taste: Starts off like sweet strong coffee, still am getting a grapey/raisin hint as I swallow. Nice hop bitterness balances out the sweetness of the beer. Complex taste consisting of light smokiness, chocolate, sweetness, coffee, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. Appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: One or two of these max in one sitting. I loved it but its very powerful in all aspects so I probably would max out at 2 in a session. Fantastic seasonal, perfect for a cold new england winter.

muffguy4beer, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of GimmeAles
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like squid ink with a deep mahogany edge. Quite Dark. A rocky mocha-colored head rises and falls quickly leaving sparse bubbles and lace

Surprisingly, big, green hops dominate the nose with a underlying edge of char and coffee. Flavours explode in the mouth with a big cocoa-powder-baker's chocolate intro laced with a soft lactose edge. A deep toffee sweetness mingles with the still-smoking coals from last night's campfire. A powerful hop presence gives a massive bitter finish. Who baby, a big delicious beer which really benefits from serving almost room temp.

Medium viscous body with a pleasantly coating wake that begs another dive into the huge flavors. Alcohol produces warmth and only a slight phenolic presence. Who's your daddy? Old Rasputin is, in case you've forgotten.

GimmeAles, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head doesn't stick around for too long, but the lacing is OK. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. It tastes like coffee, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. The beer also has a good lingering bitter hoppy finish, with nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium/full, and it's creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's nice and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable, but not bad. IMO, it's a good RIS, I'd recommend it to others to try.

bluejacket74, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black in color. Fluffy two fingered tan head stays for most of the serving. Nice sticky lacing crawls all over the glass.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Sweet sugars. Bread. Warming alcohol.

T: Taste is upfront roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Dark fruits and a perfect balance of caramel malts. More roasted coffe is finished off with a warming alcohol burn.

M: Thick and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Slighty dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable for the high alcohol content. A very nice crisp and clean Imperial Stout. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark, with ruby highlights. 1/2 finger of tan head

S - I can't get much, but then I never can.

T - Bitter was my first impression. Made my eyes water for some readson. Dark Choc. Sweet in parts.

M - Good. Not to thick. About like a IMP. Stout should be.

D - I wouldn't want one every day, or even once a month. Once a year, for sure.

enfield249, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. The head spilled all over the sides, oops. The head slowly settles into a sticky, heavily lacing, belgian dubbel-like cap. The beer is nearly black. I can tell from the foam on my hand that it is a very sticky brew. The smell is really fresh. I don't know how else to explain it. Green, not as in 'green beer', but floral with chlorophyll aromas. Well roasted malts with a touch of piny hops. The flavor is great. Bold, rich, smooth, and burnt. It tastes similar to storm king stout, but it has a much more creamy and smooth body. Very well balanced overall. I like the little bite at the end that comes out at the same time as the hops. It's hard to make a RIS that isn't rough around the edges, but they did it here.

Rudgers73, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of screwcitybeernut
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rasputin was a Russian mystic who contributed in the downfall of the tsarist Romanov dynasty in 1917. Rumor has it that he refused to die after being stabbed, shot, and poisoned only to have his assailants finally bind him and toss him through a hole in the ice, which apparently finished him off.

Funny.
It took me only 20 minutes to finish off Rasputin.
And he was delicious.

Old Rasputin Imperial Stout is typical of the Imperial Stout style - brewed to 9% abv or higher to withstand the cold Siberian train rides from England. It leaves you feeling a bit more resistant to cold than before you drank it - some sort of exothermic reaction must have happened because halfway through the glass, I started shedding layers.

Not a beer for the faint of spirit or faint of palate.

Appearance: 4 - Black as midnight - little to no light shines through. Rocky tan head at first, subsiding to a lingering layer of light brown foam that lasts until the last sip.

Smell: 4.5 Burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol and roast malt.

Taste: 4.5 Coffee and chocolate up front followed by a huge hop linger. Like a good espresso, this beer stays on your palate for a while.

Mouthfeel: 4.5 Lush, creamy smooth, little carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: 4.5 Not a chugging beer! Sip this while reading a good book in front of a fireplace.

Overall: If you like stouts, you'll love this offering from North Coast.

screwcitybeernut, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a syrupy black with with a big fluffy light brown - mocha head. A gorgeuos looking stout. The head retention was pretty good. It held a sizeable head more than half way through the beer. The lacing was moderate.

S - This one didnt have a big aroma, but it was pleasant nonetheless. I pickup bits of dark chocolate and coffee. There is also just a little hop-citrus smell and a touch of alcohol present.

T - Wow, a roasty chocolate flavor is the first thing I notice followed by an equally present coffee taste. Also I get a little bit of caramel, kinda like a riesen candy chew (excellent). Not much in the way of hops, but there is a touch of hop bitterness. A light bit of alcohol warnth comes through, but not as much as the 9% alcohol would suggest.

M - Kind od chewy, like riesen chew in your mouth.

D - This has become my stand by RIS. It is very drinkable, borderline sessionable. A very tasty brew.

Notes - For about 2$ a 12oz bottle this is a good value as well.

IPAcraig, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black beer, no light passes through. Big sudsy tan head sticks around, coats the glass.

Smell: Big and toasty malt, fresh roasted coffee beans, unsweetened chocolate, a light caramel sweetness, hops are present, a little green smelling, pine maybe. Great smelling beer.

Taste: Almost a milk chocolate like sweetness comes from the malt, acts as a sweetener to the coffee like character, tastes of irish cream, hint of orange citrus, stays this way until the very tail when a dose of hops hits the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full bodied, but smooth, not sticky, creamy and ever so drinkable. Carbonation is light and cleansing.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable Russian Imperials, delicious and sweet, but not sticky or heavy. If anything, not as complex as some, but definitely more approachable.

guitarmage, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of mwearl
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black color - cannot see light through it. Head is less than an inch and doesn't last long. The taste is bitter as expected and the first couple of sips have a noticeable alcohol flavor. Very good beer with dark chocolate. If rating of 9% ABV is accurate then why do I fee so buzzed after sipping just one?! Two would put me over the top. This is a good beer if you love dark bitters (which I do).

mwearl, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of baggio
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel chalice. Color is dark brown/black white a nice lacing that stays there for the duration.

Smells heavily of a potent dark coffee, bitter chocolate and alcohol.

Taste is complex but is dominated by coffee, chocolate and a kick-ass
bitternes that is a wee bit too heavy. I think this beer could use a little
less hops because it feels a little out of balance. I would definitely recommend this beer for people that enjoy a heavy stout but i would not
drink more than one bottle of it per night or it would be too much. I'm gonna see how this beer tastes after a year in my pantry.

Btw the russian text on the bottle means "Good friends doesn't come easily (fast)".

baggio, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Talisker
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz bottle a deep brownish black. Dark brown head, lingers for a while, and the lacing sticks around forever.

Heavenly aroma. Rich malt, chocolate, toffee, some hops. The alcohol burns through a bit too much, but it's a minor flaw. Taste is magnificent - complex, something different with every sip. Rich chocolate, not too sweet, balanced by a strong bitterness. Warming, dry. Texture not thick or syrupy like too many Impy Stouts, but not as thin as a porter - these guys nail it. After each sip you want to go back immediately, but at 9% this is one to spend time with. The dryness overstays its welcome just a bit.

Works together almost perfectly. Truly one of the great stouts, great American brews, great beers - and consistent over the years.

Talisker, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Fernans
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've read about much about this one, my favorite Beer pourveyor ($8) had a four pack and I picked it right up. This one jumps out right at you. The smells of coffee and chocolate hits you right away. The taste is a lively, for sure. Though the taste of alcohol is noticeable, but not detremental. Taste of rich malts that have a heavy accent of chocolate and oats. Mouthfeel is very pleasent for 9% ABV. Appearance is very dark, but with some very deep amber. This is a sipping beer, not for dinner and one to savor (it lingers in very good way). Something to relax with on cold winter nights. This reminds me of one other beer (and one of my all time favorites) Geary's Hampshire Ale. Great overall. Worth every penny.

Fernans, Feb 16, 2007
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,987 ratings.