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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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world-class

10,794 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,794
Reviews: 3,511
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 416
Gots: 1,927 | FT: 52
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Was excited to see this on tap at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Ohio outside of Cleveland. Had a pint poured off a nitro tap.

Appearance: Darkest chocolate brown with a milky, froth head and good milk-chocolate colored lacing - like on hot chocolate.

Smell: Creamy coffee with hints of chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is very chocolately and warming, with a hit of cream and bitter coffee beans. The alcohol is very present with a heavy finish in the aftertaste and back of the throat. A little overwhelming. Light carbonation keeps it from being too strong and adds to the clear mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is big and heavy like a RIS should be. Don't drink a lot - just enjoy.

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

Appearance: The pour is dark chocolate with red hues. The light brown head starts off massive before rescinding to a thin layer covering more than half of the beer.

Smell: There are big roasted malt aromas in the nose, namely chocolate, coffee, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste: The taste fallows the nose to a tee. Roasted malts bring semi-sweet chocolate, coffee (a darkish, roast with low acidity like Sumatra), fruity hops in the background, and warming alcohol at finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, and creamy, yet somewhat sticky at the same time.

Drinkable: There's lots of alcohol and the flavor profile is intense, but this is much more quaffable than it has any right to be.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, but is completely black once it's in the glass. A creamy tan head that is mostly diminishing, virtually no lacing, but seems to be typical in RIS. Overall good appearance.

S: You can definately smell the alcohol in this beer. It's hidden with strong coffee and roasted malt aroma and almost a sweetness.

T: The initial taste is creamy in the front of the palate with hints of dark chocolate. The flavor then turns to mocha and finishes with a bitter coffee and herbal taste. The aftertaste is surprisingly smooth and long lasting. Expected the beer to have more of a burn because of the smell, but is slightly there and is overwhelmed with the other flavors.

M: Full-bodied, creamy and smooth, and medium carbonation.

D: Definately enjoyed, but couldn't drink more then 1 at a time. Would love to drink this with ribs or a steak for sure! Not good in the hot summer heat.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black-brown with only the slightest red hue when held up to the light. Thick bubbly brown head with good retention.

Dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, and roasted caramel/toffee aroma..

Somewhat mellow and understated for the style, but still a full-flavored brew. The citrus hops are the first thing I notice, along with the full and complex malts. Bitter chocolate and coffee with healthy, but not overpowering alcohol flavors.

Creamy but somewhat syrupy full-bodied mouthfeel. This is probably the most drinkable RIS I've tasted too, since the flavors are so subdued and there is almost no bitter aftertaste.

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

My motto is the darker the better, and this time I have met my match. I have heard about Ol' Rasputin and as soon as I stumbled across this fine brew I purchased a couple. Drawn to the great name and label I was intrigued in the high alcohol content. Pours easily with a thin head. This beer is very aromatic and has a thick consistency. The flavor is wonderfully complex to say the least. I was very surprised to discover that the overall flavor hides the strong alcohol content really well. To date this is the best stout I have ever enjoyed. I Will definately keep a few of these in stock for my personal enjoyment. \Additional rating on 12-10-07 of (2) cellared bottles, exact age is uncertain. Opaque, rich brown pour with a 1" thick lasting dark tan head and amazing lacing. Aromas of dark bitter chocolate, chilled coffee, and sharp hops. Alcohol is detectable to the nose. This beer is very full bodied and bitter-sweet. Thick and creamy with a light alcohol burn and smooth finish. Rich flavors of coffee, fudge, burnt and nutty malts. Large chocolate presence and a firm bitterness, the hop flavor really breaks through once the beer warms up some. One of the the first imperial stouts I sampled, and after a couple years it still remains high on the list.

Photo of ujsplace
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass

A: Nearly pitch black with a creamy, thick brown chunky head that leaves some descent lacing.

S: Roasted malts and a strong dark coffee and some alcohol presence...

T: Burnt toffee-like malts, deep roasted coffee/espresso and alcohol. Chocolates, a nice balance of hop bitters and malt sweetness...

M: Medium bodied, creamy and damn tasty.

D: In spite of the abv, I could really get into this one. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts, you should definitely give this a try...you won't be disappointed.

Photo of mungus
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerNW
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hautacam
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black....huge tan head..foamy ..cascades..laces and drops slowly to a film.
Smells of aromatic hops ..coffee and alcohol.
Tastes sweet at first, then hops punch in ....pretty bitter....coffee, unsweetened chocolate,alcohol, anise and chalk.
Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy and a bit powdery...medium carbonation. Hop bitter lasts into aftertaste.
One of these will do fine...it's heavy stuff...very , very good.
Glad I've got the other three to look forward to.

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

2006 vintage. My last one! I've always loved how this beer ages over the course of a year or two and this three year version is the oldest I've had.

One great looking very dark brown beer that lets in a little bit of light around the edges and produces a moderate brown head that throws a decent web down the glass.

Lots of baker's chocolate on the nose. Subtle yet rich and decadent.

Flavor also packs a subtle whollop. Big rushing waves of ever-evolving flavors. Rich chocolate malts are at the forefront from beginning to end. Grainy, fresh malt, with notes of highly kilned carmel malt. A distinctive nuttiness and a light coffee/chocolate powder note. Mild hop bitterness after all this time, still there to provide a wonderful bitterness to counter the equally mild sweetness.

Great mouthfeel from obviously very good quality stout water; probably a healthy dose of bicarbonate. The mouthfeel is lightly carbed, and reminds me of the delicious mineral content in a good scotch. Very refreshing for a big heavy beer. Medium viscosity.

Obviously we are not dealing with a thick, massive, syrupy extreme beer, instead a big, bold stout that shows it's refinement through subtle and balanced flavors. Three years makes it taste like a sweet delicious chocolate bar.

I highly recommend this widely distributed beer that i overlooked for about 7-8 years straight. It's one of the best beers in it's style. Although it's easily outdone by other bolder beers, it's hard to match it's sophistication. I also love North Coast's other stouts, especially the organic Old Plowshare.

Cheers!

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

Appearance: A deep, inky black body that allows no light whatsoever to pass through. Up top, two fingers of tan head that fade slowly and leaves great lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Rich and roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, dark fruit, a splash of citrusy hops, and a good dose of alcohol.

Flavor: As the aroma promised, this has a huge malt body. The malt features lots of chocolaty, deep-roasted, smoky, and dark fruit notes. Accompanying the malt are citrusy, juicy, and mildly bitter hops that keep everything balanced rather well. Bittersweet chocolate and bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A velvety medium-full body with smooth medium-bodied carbonation and some moderate warmth from the alcohol. Dries nicely in the finish.

Drinkability: Drinks a little faster than many Imperial Stouts, though still a bit of a sipper.

Verdict: Old Rasputin may not be the biggest Russian Imperial Stout out there, but it's solid, balanced well, very drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable. While I usually don't mention price, it's well-worth mentioning that this is a terrific value.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of foam. Smells of dark malts/espresso coffee thats consistent in other imperial stouts. Taste is similiar and the right amount of thickness. Full bodied and packs solid flavour. Quite easy to drink as the abv% wasn't noticed at all. Glad I got to try this one, just wishing I grabbed a second bottle. Very nice stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of anon
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
4/5  rDev -7%

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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