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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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9,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,151
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 996 | FT: 32
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 MusicaleMike


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle. I grabbed this bottle from the Foodery in Philly.

A: Very, very black body (No light comes through at all) topped by a thick tan head. It laces decently at first, but then dies away. I was expecting more I guess. Maybe it is the glasses fault, but I thought the head would stick around for the whole beer.

S: There is a BIG smell to this glass of beer. I smelled hints of chocolate and coffee with a strong hop presence. That balance in the aroma between hop and roasted malt is a wonderful combination.

T: BIG smell is followed up by a BIG flavor. Chocolate and espresso notes are contrasted by a strong bitter hop flavor. There is a serious warming presence by the alcohol content. In the aftertaste is where you will find the subtle fruit esters.

M: Full-bodied, though not too much. There is a rich, chewy sensation brought on by the leftover sugars in this beer. Delicious.

D: This is a drinkable version of a Russian Imperial Stout. Most are too much, but his is just right with the mouthfeel and the flavor being not too rich, etc.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 09:23:27 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of edwardkersh


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-17-2012 20:12:19 | More by edwardkersh
Photo of Hefewiseman


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-02-2013 00:47:55 | More by Hefewiseman
Photo of BierStein711


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip

Old Rasputin is one of my favorite brews; I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts, but I always take time for an Old Rasputin. The mouthfeel is heavy, but very wonderful on a winter's night or a fall evening with friends by a fire. The taste is of burnt malt, some hops, and coffee/espresso. This jet-black beer is always welcome in my fridge or cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 22:01:28 | More by BierStein711
Photo of traviswhillier


4/5  rDev -7%

08-29-2013 15:23:07 | More by traviswhillier
Photo of JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid black with a light brown head.

S: Very rich malt aroma and some alcohol.

T: Strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The mildly bitter finish is balanced by warming alcohol.

M: Smooth, Creamy and a little heavy but not overly so.

Overall: A great beer with a lot of flavor. Like an alcoholic French roast coffee.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:08:05 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of Buckeye982


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-02-2013 03:50:33 | More by Buckeye982
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-19-2014 02:19:34 | More by vhmf1978
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

12-02-2013 01:07:22 | More by bkwhoppa66
Photo of DESTRO


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

pours jet black, black as black can get with a nice toffe colored head. aromas of toasted malt, coffee, alcohol, raisins...everything an imperial should smell like. intense but inviting. first sip? oh man...roasted flavors run wild. this thing is complex! nice big alcohol slap, dark fruits, coffee coffee coffee, toffee and caramel, finishes with a nice puckering twang. damn, this is packed with flavor and character. very warming, you can feel this this beast in the chest. silky smooth in the mouth, yet you get the carbonation sting in the back of the throat. goes down like a friggin champ. for an imperial that weighs in at a whopping 8.9% this drinks like a dream. all i can do is throw the horns in the air and give it an "at the gates" tribute and hope the beer gods are satisfied. fackin glorious beer.

paid $5.99 for a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 07:15:26 | More by DESTRO
Photo of diamondc


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin is definitely one of the best values in craft beer today. A four-pack only set me back $9 and change.

No bottled on or best buy date anywhere on the bottle or case.

This beer looks magnificent in a over-sized pint glass. Motor oil black, with a ruby red tint when held up to the light. The head stays around for a while .. mocha colored valleys and peaks of foam with sticky lacing.

The first smell is unexpectedly of ripe dark fruits .. sour, red fleshed plums and black cherries. The prerequisite aromas of coffee and cocoa are present in the background.

The roasted malts are the highlight here .. lots of dark chocolate and cocoa nib flavors. Vanilla, caramel, and licorice all come into play with a moderate amount of pine-y hops at the end.

One of the most drinkable Russian imperial stouts out there. Despite having a high ABV %, the alcohol is unnoticeable. The roastedness never detracts from the drinkability. With a lot of different flavors coming out from cold to room temperature, this beer is a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 07:31:32 | More by diamondc
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-02-2012 07:59:17 | More by muchloveforhops3
Photo of beerprovedwright


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy pour from the bottle to my Sam Adams glass. A good three finger head of rich, tight foam, light brown, and delivering a moderate clinging lace. The color matches a 38 on the SRM beer color chart. Looks black until you hold it up to a strong light, then the reddish, dark brown color appears. Smell is a jack hammer of thick intense fragrances of dark chocolate, French brewed coffee, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, lime, and malt. The taste is very complex, with flavors of malt, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, plum, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with a creamy sensation, and a prickly texture of carbonation. A great beer for a one time drinking session. I would like to have another at a latter date.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 19:13:04 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; body is black, can't see through it even when held up to the light. Forms a stiff, creamy dark tan head. Great retention throughout the drink with beautiful lacing.

smell; very toasty roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Spicy, woody hops are also pesent, somewhat tannic. A bit of caramel perhaps...

taste; bitter chocolate coffee beans and molasses. Some bitter flavors of oak as well in the finish, little more hoppy than sweet but the balance is still nearly flawless. Burnt malts ride from start to finish growing more bitter, then briefly taking on a lactic sweetness in the finish, before the hops gain control and balance things out.

mouthfeel; very heavy bodied and thick. Goes down smooth, leaving a slimy trail. Alcohol warmth is noted as well as tight carbonation. Finishes very dry and crisp.

drinkability; such a powerfully flavorful drink, without overwhelming the palate, quite an easy drink that sits perfect with me.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 21:26:25 | More by Sachsenfreude
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4/5  rDev -7%

05-21-2012 18:24:13 | More by SickNukes
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4/5  rDev -7%

09-10-2012 23:41:52 | More by heddar33
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-27-2013 03:40:34 | More by frosted33
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on nitro a few days ago. You can read all the other reviews about how solid this beer is but if you have a chane to drink this nitro, do it. To think that such a thick beer could be so velvety and smooth. This stout is a benchmark for stouts and fortunately available all the time but its really perfect for nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-12-2013 03:01:02 | More by brewtus
Photo of brewmudgeon


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

old rasputin

a 4-4.5 nearly opaque dark brown, tawny head leaves a swirly cap and branching lace.

s 4.5 semi-sweet chocolate, tobacco. you know it's warming to the proper temperature when the fudgy brownies begin making their appearance.

t 4-4.5 deeply roasted at first, but it yields to a complex brownie explosion. there are even hops in there fighting hard to be heard. a little undisguised alc comes through here and there.

m 4 seems too thin at first but gets chewier with time.

d 4.5 a classic. and a good base for the addition of other flavors if desired.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 23:58:45 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of tayner


3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

black with a off white/tan head, laced nice

smell was of roasted malts and alcohol

tasted like i was drinking burnt malt, ash, and lighter fluid.

The mouthfeel was hot, thick, motor oil mixed with lighter fluid.

I couldnt even finish my one bottle. I am not sure why this is rated so high, but i think if i drank any more of this it would make me look like the old dude on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 12:42:23 | More by tayner
Photo of darcange


4/5  rDev -7%

11-10-2012 15:37:41 | More by darcange
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-19-2013 14:20:28 | More by Benny3000
Photo of Klebe


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-20-2014 16:19:06 | More by Klebe
Photo of Jacob007

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-18-2013 16:33:15 | More by Jacob007
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-17-2012 12:17:10 | More by rolandboy
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,151 ratings.