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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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3,540 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,540
Hads: 11,418
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 513
Gots: 2,442 | FT: 55
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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Photo of ironarrow42
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black appearance with a thin head the colour of espresso crema. Intense aroma of coffee with hints of burnt toast and bittersweet chocolate.

Very fine and spritzy carbonation lightens the mouthfeel up front. Fairly full body with a smooth & creamy texture. Luscious, roast and bitter character with plenty of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, and subtle notes of baked prune, molasses, and faint licorice, all with a dry edge. Big, lengthy finish. Very flavourful. Leaves a lingering bitterness, with a roasty and tangy character. Superb!

Surprisingly drinkable for its alcoholic strength, with some burn on the finish. Small bits of foam cling to the glass. Outstanding example of the style.

I would pair this with chocolate - either a rich, dense cake or some nice Belgian chocolates.

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Photo of applky
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz stubby bottle

Black and opaque as tar. Very viscous. Sticky dark brown head. Bready, toasted malts dominate the nose and become almost burnt in the mouth. Lots of dried, dark fruit. Terrific mouthfeel -- very rich -- but tough going down (a single 12oz bottle feels like more than enough beer). Definitely an overrated beer, but still a very good one; a great example of an RIS. Not as good as Storm King or Stone IRS, but still very good.

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Photo of natescape
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Managed to find this on tap at CBS Scene in Foxoboro, MA. I had never tried it before, and was completely blown away. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer arrived black as midnight in a cave on a cloudy night with a blindfold on. It had a thick, rich finger-width head with an aroma of deep smoked malt and hints of chocolate and espresso. Mouthfeel was rich, slightly chewy, and utterly fulfilling. Tasting it was like entering another world... smooth, deep, just hoppy enough to add a little something extra. The flavor lingered for a while afterwards ... a blessing.

I'm normally a hop freak, but this may just be the best beer I've ever had. I can't wait to go back and have it again.

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Photo of calebroberts811
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local beer dealer told me that if I didn't try this immediately, I wouldn't be allowed to shop at his store anymore. So I bought it.

A - I had to remind myself that I wasn't changing my oil. Darkest brown/completely black that allows no light to escape, beautiful tan two-finger head, the color of espresso crema.

S - Strong notes of espresso, chocolate, toffee, and a subtler herbal character, like roasted vegetables. Weirdly enough, I smelled a slight hint of teriyaki in the background.

T - There's a burnt caramel introduction on the initial taste that turns in to the smooth coating of the roasted malts across the palette. On the backend, it tastes more like "coffee breath" than coffee itself combined with booze and dark fruits/roasted vegetables.

M - Just enough carbonation to carrying this thick and greasy beer down your throat. Definitely heavy-bodied and I'll be tasting this for awhile.

O - The best Imperial Stout I've had thus far and will probably be the litmus tests for future tastings within the style. Good stuff.

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Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I'm a fledgling beer reviewer, so don't be too hard on me. I judge a beer mostly on taste and that's why Old Rasputin gets so many high marks from me. The smell of this stuff is great too. I can't resist taking a wiff when I crack open a bottle. The taste is complex, full, chocolatey, hint of strong black coffee. Finish a tad dry, but the suggestion of sweet in the beginning more than compensates for this. Mouthfeel wonderful, might be the high APV that gives it a wee bit of listerine intensity. I can drink these all day long. As an enjoyer of stouts, this beer strikes me as highly drinkable though not everyone will share this opinion. It is worth note that after about three or four bottles you can look at the label and almost see Rasputin working his wicked magics upon you. All and all this is a stellar beer, one of my personal faves that no fan of stouts should pass up without giving it a try. High APV always a plus in my book too. 9% Hot diggity! Will warm you in the winter for sure.

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Photo of BayerischBier
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Black crude oil colored filling slowly your glass. Remember Hitchhiker's Guide through the Galaxy's black spaceship? Shiny but absorbing the light! Some mocca/coffee colored head on top

S - a mix of chocolate and roasted coffee touches the nose. touch of alcohol makes you expect a heavy stout

T - same as the smell: chocolate and coffee reaches your taste buds, alcohol takes over and fulfills the taste experience.

M - heavy almost oily mouthfeel but well balanced carbonation

D - Great! Can I have another one?

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Photo of JOEnobody001
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a Delirium tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with light brown one-finger head. No light penetration.

S - Smells of coffee and roasted malt

T - Taste starts off a bit hoppy. Chocolate and coffee tastes with a warm alcohol finish.

M - Light carbonation. Intense flavor but goes down smooth. Very good beer.

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Photo of hctap00
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a red wine glass. Not the best for head retention, but all that was clean.

Pretty standard imperial stout appearance. Pitch black. Solid tan that fades to a thin lacing.

Aroma is not overpowering, but still has a lot going on. Roasted malt and some coffee first. Dark chocolate. Fruity also, cherry and the licorice/anise I get from good stouts.

Pretty bitter up front, with some coffee flavors. Good roasted malt flavor. Sweeter through the middle, but still very astringent. A bit harsher than I would like with the bitterness. Finishes fairly smooth, with some of the fruitiness from the aroma. A nice alcohol warmth to it. Coffee and roasted malt lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is a bit puckering. Felt like I was drinking red wine at times.

Overall very enjoyable. Not my favorite. I would drink a Ten FIDY first, but I still enjoy this one. Given its availability and reasonable price, definitely one to keep around.

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Photo of Amgarnier
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of bryangb
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Larry6767
2.77/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.75

I think mine must have been a bad batch. It tasted like straight toothpaste. It had the look, feel and smell of a great RIS. However, when I drank it, it was one of the more revolting beers I've had in the last 6 months. Drain poor. This may get deleted, maybe not. But this is a 100% real review of this beer. I was extremely unimpressed.

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Photo of darklager
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is definitely something to behold. It pours beautifully with a nice head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is chocolate and alcohol. While the alcohol is present in the aroma, it is well masked in the taste. It is a strong brew, worthy of drinking slow and savoring every last drop. It finishes slightly bitter, and the strength of this beer is pretty great, so I don't think I'd want more than a couple at one sitting. It would be great in the evening to sip on while unwinding.

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Photo of travelfrog
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of britzdog
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

loking for a good stout ??? then skip this one . if you are looking for an exceptional stout then stop right here. pour it out and it looks like the black color in the sidebars you see on these pages. brown head with a long lasting lacing. burnt chocolate and roasted malts greet you nose. very little carbonation almost none to speak of. and what a great taste. you will not be disappointed with this selection

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Photo of brewgetter
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, can't even see a flashlight through it! Dark tan head that sticks around, nice lacing.

I get cherries in the smell, with coffee, raisins, caramel, and dark rosted malt...nothin wrong aith that.

Taste starts out sweet and roasty with piney, citrusy hops late and in the finish.

Mouthfeel is superb, lush and smooth, carbonation is just right.

A fantastic brew, not quite the best RIS I've had(darkness...so far) but the mere fact that North Coast makes it widely available all year long hitches it up a notch.

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Photo of BigHeavy
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Beer was allowed to warm for 30 or so minutes before sweet, sweet consumption.

A: Beer pours an absolutely opaque, pitch black. Looks kinda like motor oil, but not the clean stuff. The stuff that you left in for 3,000 too many miles. A luscious mocha head two fingers in height forms and lingers for quite a while before settling to about a half finger. Beautiful lacing appears with each sip.

S: Aroma is rich in dark chocolate and hops. Hops smell citrusy to me. There are some dark fruits thrown in there as well, which complement the aforementioned scents quite nicely. A touch of alcohol stings the nostrils (in a good way) as well.

T: Those citrus hops dominate the taste early in the sip. They give way to some bitter dark chocolate. It's like a one two punch of bitterness from hops and roasted malts. Just an incredible sensation in a stout. I can pick out those dark fruits and a little bit of black coffee notes as well. Just an amazing beer.

M: Smooth, rich, creamy, coating. Where doth I begin? Beer just feels awesome moving around the mouth with every sip. Beer is also thick and a little chewy.

D: Well, the beer definitely disappeared from my glass pretty quickly. The 9.0% ABV will creep up on you a little, so be cautious when having more than one. Perfect as a before bed sipper.

O: In my humble and unimportant opinion, Old Rasputin in the perfect interpretation of a Russian Imperial Stout. It takes the already awesome style and throws aggressive hopping into the mix. It's in your face with flavors from start to finish. A perfect way to end a night OR start a day.

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Photo of IceEyes
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been drinking Old Rasputin for years. It's one of my favorite standby beers for long winter nights when I feel like drinking something dark and strong. The flavor is bursting with roasted goodness, yet it's still smooth and creamy with an easy drinkability. Strong aroma of fresh roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, and spice. NOt overly hopped like some stouts, but well balanced. And it's just as good during warm weather. Black as midnight. Great beer.

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Photo of wschumac
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was jet black with light brown head 1 finger. Very nice retention. Lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell from this reminded me a little to much of hops. But after letting it breathe. roasted malt ever present with coffee. A little hoppy.

Tasted a little too bitter, it was my first russian imperial so not sure what to expect. But very rich with hop aftertaste.

Excellent in the mouth and smooth expected a little fuller but light compared to its color.

Would come back to this one definitely after trying out some others.

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Photo of Bcaulin
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown in color -- Can definitely catch a little light through it around the corners of the glass. Not pitch black like some of the bigger stouts. Nice head that quickly receeds into lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Lots of chocolate and dark malt in the nose.

Really nice smooth taste. Has a lot of that same flavor of the dark roasted and chocolate malt. The taste lingers for what seems like an eternity.

Excellent smooth mouthfeel. Very well rounded and balanced RIS overall. Definitely one I will be going back to.

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Photo of JAStheAce
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark tan 2 inches of head that border on brown. This may be the darkest head on any beer I have ever seen and some reddish streaks as well . Black colored beer very opaque no light can shine through this sexy darkness.

S - mocha, coffee, chocolate

T - Espresso coffee with some milk and dark chocolate undertones. Toasty and a little creamy

M - medium to heavy mouthfeel

D - at first i thought it was rather light for a stout but it gets heavier and more complex as itwarms and the flavors become even more pronounced

Overall, one of the best stouts I have ever had. Rasputin knows how t do it because the alcohol is very well disguised but tis is some great beer to sip on at night and put you to a peaceful slumber

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Photo of seanlanefuller
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened the bottle and immediately was greeted by a wonderful smell of bread and alcohol. I poured the beer into a glass. There was a lot of head (around 3 fingers). The beer was very thick and dark. When I held it up to the light, not much passed through. The head foam was very stiff. The beer had a high enough viscosity to cling to the sides of the glass when swirled a bit. The initial taste had hints of sweet fruitiness, but was quickly replaced with a nice strong bitter taste of malt. There was a hint of an aftertaste that I could do without. Overall, the stout was very drinkable. This is one of the thickest, darkest stouts I have ever seen. I liked the style of the label as well.

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Photo of allanplaysguitar
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was one of the beers that got me into craft beer.

Color is deep all but black in and opaque.

Aroma is sharp yet and pungent, but in the best way possible.

Taste is rich, bitter coffee toasted goodness.

Mouthfeel is very think and silky.

Overall it is a beer worth trying again and again.

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Photo of melloashello
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into glass.
Pours very dark with a tan head. Beautiful appearance, coffee like.
The aroma was amazing. My friend across from me could smell it and noted how good it smelled and demanded a sip.
Tasted of smokey and burnt mocha, a little hops and a tad spicy.
The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with a soft carbonation. It was the perfect balance, keeping the alcohol hidden but still noticed.
I am a big fan of Russian Imperial Stouts and I could drink this beer throughout the night, but be careful with it's 9% ABV. It will hit you when you least expect it.
Overall, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Brideshead
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let's start with first impressions: This big beer makes a big impression on appearance. Dark and sinister looking, the rough-textured mocha-colored head sits atop the black body like a Russian fur cap. The bottle art featuring a drawing of Rasputin doesn't hurt the overall effect either. Lacing is full and sticky.

The scent is of a distinctly toasted, malty quality. A yeastiness also meets the nose. The big scent is followed up by an even bigger flavor. Thick malts, yeast, burnt coffee and an exceptionally sticky mouthfeel combine to create a hearty drinking experience. A treat not to be taken lightly, and not likely to be consumed in very large quantities.

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Photo of BeerConnoiseur
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a nice thickness, big tan colored head just rises to the top of the glass and leaves a thick lacing as it dissipates.

S- Sweet, coffee, dark chocalate, raisins.

T - Sweet with a nice bitterness hits the tongue followed by a blast of coffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol is definitely present but not overbearing.

M - Fulled bodied, thick, and smooth. nice carbonation for an Imperial. I like this stout because it has a nice warming affect in the back of throat and in the chest as this one goes down.

D - Rich, smooth, and filling. This Stout is not for amateurs...for the big boys only...one or two qnd you are feeling the affects.

Overall this is one of the best Stouts I have ever tasted. I thouroughly enjoyed it.


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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,540 ratings.