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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

10,544 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,544
Reviews: 3,446
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,722 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of BG24
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of ibbjamin
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $7.99 for a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured one of the bottles into a snifter.

Quarter inch tan head. Somewhat fizzy, but does not seem too carbonated. The beer is black with minimal head retention. Some lacing.

Alcohol and a complex malt blend in the nose. Roasty and some chocolate.

Taste is of nicely roasted malts. Not as complex as the nose.

Mouth is more carbonated than I expected. Pleasant. Medium body and a bit thinner for a RIS.

A bit overrated IMO. There are better RISs than this.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Completely pitch black beer with a two finger tan head. The head continues to form and grow after the beer is poured, then VERY slowly drops back down (in fact the head was still there by the time I finished this slow-sipping beer), leaving a fair amount of lacing in its wake.

S: Big aroma, delivering what you'd expect from a stout: lots of malty sweetness, chocolate, coffee.

T: Hits powerfully upfront with chocolaty sweetness, roasted malts and bitter coffee all in one go. The sweetness is pretty overwhelming, and I thought I was going to find this beer cloying until the sweetness disappeared leaving a nice chocolate malts bitterness in my mouth. Finishes strong with alcohol warmth.

M: Thick and creamy with very little carbonation. Tends to stick in the back of the throat.

O: A solid stout. Big flavors, good balance and it uses the alcohol to enhance the beer, rather than just hiding it completely. It is certainly sweet, but not cloyingly so. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of surlytheduff
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unknown date, probably from last 6 months. Drank from a big snifter. After a vigorous pour, there was a towering three fingers of cola-colored head that stuck around for awhile. The liquid was piano black.

Taking a big whiff from the glass left my nose full of roasty toasty malts, coffee, chocolate and caramel aromas. The taste was fairly sweet - brown sugar, caramel maltiness and some dark fruitiness. There was also a little bit of vanilla and an overall chewy roastiness to it.

There was a creamy and highly carbonated feel in the mouth after taking a swig of this, with a dry finish. This was a solid and highly drinkable RIS.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

A - Pours a nearly black color with a finger and a half of dense tan head. Great retention and beautiful lacing.

S - Roasty malts, oak, coffee creamer, and trace amounts of pine.

T - Robust malt profile with burnt chocolate, wort, bitter coffee, and candied pecans. Starts sweet and moves towards bitter with a little bit of pine on the aftertaste. Very good stout.

M - Very smooth with great carbonation and a medium feel.

O - This is a staple in my fridge. Roasty is what comes to mind as far as flavor and aroma. The price is a bonus here and I always appreciate it when imperial stouts are offered in 12 oz. bottles. I give North Coast a lot of credit for making a top notch RIS with wide distribution and a reasonable cost. Good stuff.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of cgrunin
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Dag48
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Eman17
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jmryan8
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Jotora
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of benito
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Old Rasputin is a black brew with mahogany highlights around the edges and a complex bouquet that mixes a clear alcohol presence with citrus, brown sugar, and tobacco. It's most pronounced flavor is its smokiness, but this doesn't overwhelm the bittersweet edge, hints of pineapple, alcohol bite, and leathery dryness. The flavors meld together in one of the most drinkable and smooth imperial stouts that I've ever had, with each sip revealing a new hint of flavor and depth.

The fruitiness (which may be an effect of my aging) does detract slightly from the overall heft of the body and the finish is just a little too watery, but the length and mix of flavors as well as the overall smoothness of this brew easily make up for those flaws.

This is a fantastic RIS and a must try beer. No wonder so many BAs before me have found a way to get their hands on this brew.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, dense tan head that persists and leaves some lace. Smells of chocolate, raisins, buttery toffee, sweet coffee, molasses cookie, cinnamon, dark rum, solvent. Layer upon layer, becoming indescribable. Some compound in durian? Paint? No, I can't pin it down. In any case, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This smell is veryy complex, yet completely cohesive. One of my favorite smells of any beer I have had.

Taste matches nose well, only missing something ephemeral that I cannot pin down. Luscious flavor and mouthfeel. Chewy and delicious. Cohesive. Alcohol is noticeable, but very well integrated. Perfect touch of roasty bitterness. Finish lingers, with rum-raisiny alcohol taking over.

This is an immensely enjoyable beer.

Photo of mooseo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Jet black with a small dense tan head.

S - Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate. I also detect some coffee and fruity hops.

T - Roasted malt and sweet chocolate up front, followed by dark fruits and a strong coffee bitterness. There's a surprising amount of hops in this brew. Finishes with a blend of charred malts, coffee and some mild bitterness.

M - Full bodied, silky smooth, light carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O - An excellent imperial stout. Offers an array of rich, complex flavors. This beer is meant to be savored. Awesome label too.

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

Growler from my local store into pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black with a finger of nice brown head. Very impressive lacing.

S - Clean coffee aroma with some chocolate and a roasted malt backing.

T - Really impressive. There's coffee, a lot of chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice hint of dark fruit. Sweet chocolate is the dominant flavor here. Even has some hop to it, just the right amount. Some alcohol, but not much. Going to let it warm up and see how it blossoms.

M - Nice and thick, spot on for the style. Stays pretty wet throughout. Creamy and almost chewy.

O - Overall a very delicious beer. Incredible for something so widely available and relatively inexpensive. The value and availability make this the go-to "everyday" beer in the RIS style, but it's not diminished in any way. It is simultaneously really easy to get and impossibly complex and delicious.

Photo of AaronBurr
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,544 ratings.