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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
96
world-class

10,368 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,368
Reviews: 3,398
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,566 | FT: 47
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 richobrien
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

I actually drank this at room temperature, not waiting for it to chill. It poured nice and blackish, with chocolate colored bubbles. The taste was roasted malt, coffee, carmel. It had a bold taste, the ABV mixed well, not overwhelming. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been aging this one for nearly two-years, something I do not routinely do, if ever at all. I actually cant even remember what caused me to beging saving and aging this one, but I got a new place and thought I'd cristen it appropriately.

Pours a pitch black in color with a head I can only describe as some sort of irridescent peanut butter brown color. Thick and heavy, just as expected.

Aromas of alcohol seems to mask any other odor that may be seeping from my glass. Smells a little more like deep red wine than it does a beer. Maybe some raisins and dark chocoalte seep through, but mainly its just alcohol.

Wow, this one is definitly a sipper. One of the most complex-tasting beers that have ever graced my lips. Drinking any faster than a snail's pace would be wasting the excellent flavors this one has to offer and any opportunity to decipher them. At the front of the palate it is fairly simple, maybe roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol. . . but as the sip continues, and onslaught of flavors pour through. It seems as every sip is a bit different than the previous one, so picking them out is a bit of a task. Dark chocolate, coffee, herbal/plant-like (maybe that is the hops), vanilla bean, raisins, dried fruits, buscuits, chalk. It seems as if the list could continue on and on.

A heavy, slick, almost oily mouthfeel. The drinkability is good if your into kicking back with a slow sipper. This one is definitly not for the faint of heart, and also definitly worth the price and effort.

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

A- Black body with a tall tan head that clings to the glass.

S- Roasted and burnt malts with some light notes of alcohol.

T- roasted and burnt bread crusts with a slightly noticeable hop profile. The hops and burnt flavor create a dry but still sweeter finish.

M- Creamy and smooth feel with a nice carbonation.

D- An awesome RIS; a great sipper on a cold day.

Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
1.95/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

First, I must disclose that this is my first Russian Imperial Stout and if this is typical of the style, I won't be having too many more! This brew has in it's favor an almost black color and a nice rich aroma, you can smell the alchohol. But, it's all about the taste! This tasted far too bitter and hoppy, and left a horrible aftertaste in the back of the mouth!
Again , I enjoy sweet stouts, like Murphy's, so make your judgements accordingly!!

Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of dubmax
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of d5001986
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Michigan
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TychoNDC
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of BrewSTL
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jlabs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cfadams17
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4/5  rDev -7%

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

750 ml. Millennium Edition bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy, tan head. Hops, alcohol and coffee are present in the nose. Coffee-like taste presents itself along with a generous dose of hops, malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel is rather oily and fitting for the style. Quite smooth overall. This imperial stout certainly has its warming effects at 8.9% ABV. An impressive creation from North Coast.

Photo of Lerxst
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black pour with a one finger mocha head that left just a bit of lacing.

S-Coffee, dark chocolate, plums & figs.

T-Tastes just like the nose with a bit of hotness but not in a bad way. It compliments this beer.

M-Heavy & creamy yet slick with an oily finish and perfect carb level for me.

D-For a big beer, it is surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of callmescraps
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not always my favorite style, but I see this guy around all the time and finally decided to give it a bid.

Appearance - Black. Ok, maybe just very, very, very dark brown. Pretty much black. An inch of mocha head hangs around and laces nicely. Looks like a winner.

Smell - Lots of dark fruits. Cherries and chocolate come first. There is almost a prune thing going on. Lots of chocolate and roast malt. A hint of smoke.

Taste - Follows the smell. Lots of chocolate and cherry up front. There is a lot of roast on the finish. Honestly, it seems a little thin. Just sort of sits there in the middle. Almost some tart fruit randomly in there, which is unsettling.

Mouthfeel - Decidedly thin. Just not luxurious enough. Almost watery. Eh.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that might be because it doesn't seem to have enough working. The roast follows unpleasantly.

This is a fine beer. Pretty good, but not doing anything special for me. Quite disappointed with the body. Otherwise, it's a very good bang for your buck, but it's not the worst idea to spend a few more bucks.

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

A - Pours deep dark brown/black with with about a finger of tan head into my snifter, even when help up to the light none passes through, excellent retention and sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, sweet caramel/toffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, mild coffee, and a nice touch of hops.

T - Follows the nose rather well. Big roasted malts, caramel/toffee sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, not much in the way of coffee, has a nice hop bitterness/bite to it that lingers on the palate.

M - For my personal taste the carbonation is just a little on the bright side, however it is very well rounded and balanced.

O - Overall this is a really great RIS that is almost always available, never a bad choice.

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mcorwin
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JALIEN
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JDM44
4/5  rDev -7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,368 ratings.