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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

9,191 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,191
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 1,011 | 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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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

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

Had on tap at Union Brew House. Poured into a 10 oz. glass. Pours jet black with a thin, creamy tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee and some burnt sugar. Taste is wonderful. Good amount of chocolate and coffee with a nice, smooth sugary, malty finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel, but not thick- rather thin and drinkable. Wonderful beer that I probably first tried 10 years ago and is still great today.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 14:57:08 | More by DrDogbeer
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a huge chocolate head about 1 and quarter inch. Pitch black in color with nice head retention and lacing through out.

Smells of rich chocolate , slight coffee and alcohol

Tastes of some chocolate and coffee. Strong alcohol taste up front with a medium bitter aftertaste

Has low to medium carbonation with a bitter mouth feel towards the end

Beer was overwhelming, too strong with the chocolate/bitter combo. Couldnt possibly drink more than one at a time. Beer is very highly rated, this was my first Imperial Stout , maybe im not accustomed to this style.

Edit - I've had this beer more over the past year and im still not very impressed with it, will age some and try again

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 00:23:29 | More by angelmonster
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A-Black as night. Faint ruby highlights when held to the light but other than that, utter blackness. Thick creamy brown head that laces nicely.

S-Have you ever been to Hershey? It smells like Old Rasputin. Coccoa nubs, roasted chicory, a hint of anise and licorice. A bit of alcohol in the background

T-The palate begins with bitterness, the roasted cocoa and chickory so present in the nose explodes onto the palate, yet, unexpectedly, here come some citrus hops, slighly out of place, yet keeping things a bit interesting. The hops follow out to the finish in a tingling and astringent manner. This is a nice and bitter RIS, but I would rate it much higher if it had a bit of sweetness to even it all out.

M-Full bodied with even carbonation. Well done.

D-I adored the anniversary stout, and like this, but it feels a bit off balance, like it needs some age to mellow out. Decent beer, but I'll steer straight for the Ten Fidy before buying another pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:04:08 | More by caddybuyer
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just another stout to add to my tastings this winter. Honestly, I was not totally impressed with this one. I tasted it before looking at any of the ratings.
It poured very nicely, total black, creamy head. It had faint hints of coffee and chocolate. I was somewhat disappointed at this point. Then the taste, it was good, enjoyable but not something to get excited about. What I really found missing, was that it wasnt big. It did not fill my mouth as many other bigger stouts have done. Considering this, it also finished very small, which was another reason I did not rate this one that well.
It is totally drinkable, my co-workers really enjoyed this one, it is just not the one for me

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 16:39:44 | More by rdilauro
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Rob315

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-04-2012 17:54:56 | More by Rob315
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beerandcycling88

Washington

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A This beer is pitch black with a 2 finger brown head with decent retention and lacing.

S The nose of the beer is pretty nice. There are notes of chocolate, roast and coffee.

T Tastes of chocolate, roasted coffee, with some pine from the hops in the finish.

M Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very easy to drink for a Russian Imperial.

Overall this is a great beer. It might not be the best RIS but it is an excellent representation of the style and fairly easy to find at a reasonable price which makes it a great go to stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:56:56 | More by beerandcycling88
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output01x

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a pint glass on tap at the Brew Kettle.

A tan colored two-finger head of miniscule bubbles sits atop a pitch-black body. The head retention is fantastic as it never completely fades no matter how empty the glass becomes. The lacing coats the glass almost entirely. Truly a fantastic and somewhat intimidating looking beer.

Scents of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and a little coffee are there, although not as strong as they could have been.

The flavors follow the nose in all respects. Malt, chocolate, and coffee are there but I would have liked them to be bolder. The 9% ABV is well masked and is only apparent as a slight warmth. A slight bitterness also persists at the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but not sticky. Not alot, but just enough carbonation help move it along. The beer coats your mouth and makes you remember each sip until you take another.

While I would have liked this beer to have bolder flavors, it is still quite refreshing for the style and has excellent drinkability. I could definitely have multiples in one sitting, which is quite impressive for a stout.

All in all, an excellent RIS with great drinkability. My only complaint is the mildness of the flavor. It was almost like drinking a 1% chocolate milk. I have heard claims that this beer ages well and I am definitely interested in seeing how this would affect it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 20:43:51 | More by output01x
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mcaulifww

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-18-2013 14:21:05 | More by mcaulifww
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GinsuDave

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-19-2013 00:01:22 | More by GinsuDave
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-17-2013 21:47:20 | More by bshiban
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markcp

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

05-07-2013 21:25:43 | More by markcp
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-09-2014 13:31:05 | More by byronic
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Old Rasputin pours a dark brown, not quite black color. It seems to be less viscous than some other Imerpial Stouts I've tried. Atop it billows a fluffy cream colored head that fades to an inch and a half of light tan peaks and valleys.

Smell: The smell of this beer is first bitter hops-- my requisite for a good imperial stout. The nose is very sweet, with mild roasted notes coming across through the hops. Nutty molassess.

Taste: My mouth is watering. Yum. Heavy roasted and black malts come through, with a Very astringent bitterness in the aftertaste. Hops are there in a big way, quite nicely balanced. Dry and fruity, like currants dipped in roofing tar. Maybe even too bitter for me. I was expecting more of a coffee/choco flavor, but this rolls right over it. Alcohol warmth bursts right through. At "only" 8.9%, I would expect better coverage.

Mouthfeel: Thick and malty, slick and sticky. The initial thinness of the beer and its light transparency have absolutely no bearing on the feel of this beer across your palette.

Drinkability: This is a good one, for sure. As with most things, I have others I would look to before this one. It is quite good, and quite roasty and bitter, if that's your thing. I could put back a couple, but it is a filling stout and the alcohol seems so much more strong than 8.9%. Go check it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 02:02:20 | More by 99bottles
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beerceller99

Louisiana

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

12 oz. bottle. The color is black. The head is thick and brown. The body is thick and chewy. The taste is of burnt grains with a hint of dark fruits ( plums ). The finish is of bitter burnt grains and alcohol.
As I drink this I see myself goose stepping in a WW II victory parade in Moscow Square !

A classic Russian Stout ; )

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 05:38:58 | More by beerceller99
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Metaltildeath

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-17-2013 19:29:09 | More by Metaltildeath
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Yesac

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Appears black in my pint glass, large brown sand in color.

S- Dark sharp roasted malt, chocolate, bitter hops. Smells delicious.

T- Roasted malt nose, luscious chocolate center, roasted coffee bean, black licorice, strong hop bitterness dry finish.

M- Medium/thick body, silky, dry sticky finish, leaves a good coating of flavor on the palate.

D- Slightly to bitter for my liking. The roasted malt and coffee bean is strong, however that is just a piece of this brews complexity which makes for a delightful challenge on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:24:14 | More by Yesac
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-13-2014 19:39:38 | More by lurpy1
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HosP

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Scottfrie for extra!

A- Poured black with a small tan head that left rather quickly.

S- Good aroma of chocolate and coffee with roasted malts.

T- Nice smooth taste of malts. Chocolate up front with slight hints of citrus hops. Mocha finish towards the end. Very nice flavor.

M- Full body with little carbonation. Very smooth drink that hides the alcohol.

D- Very solid RIS. Good flavor but nothing overpowering. Could drink a few of these easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 03:43:21 | More by HosP
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not that this beer needs another review, but it's great practice and I really love this beer. I've had this beer many times. I think it requires several tries to really appreciate it. I poured this into an imperial pint glass. I like to pour this beer pretty fast and rough for a bigger head creating the best nose and lace.

Appearance: Gotta love the deep black/brown darkness. Like a blackhole, no light escapes. A slightly fast, rough pour produces the best head - luxurious deep cappuccino color with a texture that reminds me of...I don't know...cappuccino or latte foam or maybe something I'd love to sleep on, hehe. Lacing is left with each sip producing a consistent scalelike pattern.

Aroma: Dark, nearly burnt malts and very dark chocolates with a hint of hops peeking through. Burnt smores anyone?

Taste: The taste buds get a shock at first, but they soon calm down and allow you to savor the dark roast coffee and cocoa bean flavors. Burn/carmelized brown sugar comes to mind as well. Hops are not present until the finish. It's Halloween (CST), so I popped a couple of Hershey's minis near the end of the glass - heavenly.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly. Not syrupy and not sticky, but smooth and silky like hot chocolate.

Drinkability: I never drink more than one of these in a sitting. Just makes no sense unless you need two to make it through that big juicy T-bone.

Overall: Old Rasp is just perfect with a grilled medium/medium rare T-bone or ribeye - any red meat with nice marbeling. Save some to have with a chocolate dessert and you've got yourself a perfect evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:10:11 | More by DelMontiac
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 00:21:59 | More by jpbebeau
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rodkin

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

07-27-2014 16:09:40 | More by rodkin
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with tan head and tons of lacing on sides of Stone IRS tulip.

Smell is toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. There is also a nice hoppy citrus in the background too.

Taste is sweet toasted malt up front. There is tons of chocolate and coffee flavor. Nice citrus begins to come through as it warms up. There is so much complexity here that I have trouble describing it.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this is fantastic. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:43:24 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-31-2013 23:55:37 | More by artemh
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Morockm

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

08-10-2013 17:37:14 | More by Morockm
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jlisuk

California

4/5  rDev -7%

06-27-2013 00:20:40 | More by jlisuk
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,191 ratings.