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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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10,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,173
Reviews: 3,383
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 331
Gots: 1,447 | FT: 44
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 Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours jet black, medium viscosity with a nice tan 2 finger hard that recedes to leave a tinge of lacing. The aroma has rich roasted malts, a slight marshmallow scrent with vanilla and cocoa powder. Flavor has espresso, milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla and some malted candy type flavors. Nice mouthfeel with a good palate coating component but a tad too high on the carbonation for me. Overall this is a g

Augustiner719, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown/black color, almost like motor oil. Thick chocolate color head with great lacing and retention on the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolates, cocoa and coffee. Some alcohol is also present in the smell.

The taste is just like the smell very rich chocolate, like a liquid chocolate cream pie. Some toffee and caramel are also present with a warming smooth alcohol. Maybe a little light on the boldness of the flavors though.

Great mouthfeel, a thick and viscous full bodied beer. Creamy heavy texture on the tongue.

Quite a drinkable RIS, however I would prefer a little more boldness in the flavor.

pmccallum86, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of chickenflea
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time because several of my friends rave about it.
Beer pours very dark. Buckskin colored head is medium tall but extremely persistent.
The aroma is as one would expect for the style with a lot of heavy dark cherry/rapsberry over the mocha base.
The taste is excellent. Sweet dark malts with bitter espresso finish. Fruity sourness lightens the experience preventing the beer from crushing the palate with its imperial rule. Alcohol is not overbearing, but balanced lending a warming quality to the finish.
Medium heavy on the palate.
This beer is really pleasant. Not the uber beer I was expecting, but balanced and accommodating in all regards. Another quality brew from North Coast.

chickenflea, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Fitzmke, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of NSK79
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

NSK79, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of PaulUH
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

PaulUH, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of dwtyler
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dwtyler, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of TychoNDC
4/5  rDev -7%

TychoNDC, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of hermit990
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Oakhtar
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Oakhtar, May 09, 2014
Photo of Stagga_Lee
4/5  rDev -7%

Stagga_Lee, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of hyuga
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black in the glass with a thin ring of a sticky head. A carbonation phantom forms on top of the black liquid as well.

Very roasty aroma with some vanilla and a good hop presence. Raw and untamed. Some licorice as well...

Big roastiness combines with a huge leafy-bitter hop character for the main part of the flavor. Starts off like this and becomes more pronounced in the middle, leaving with a hop bang in the finish. It's most definitely woody too. A bit of vanilla creeps through the cracks of the rough roastiness and hoppiness. Hops stay big and leafy in the aftertaste. Again, quite raw.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but jagged-edged from the hopping. Big and bold body.

This is the old standby Russian Imperial, $8.49 for a 4-pack, which is not bad for the style. Fresh it's a raw roast and hop monster, but aged I imagine the vanilla and other subtleties would come through more and create a smooth sea of complexities. Either way, excellent.

hyuga, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of AudioGilz
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's almost opaque, very dark brown, and the head is thick and ample. Bakers chocolate seems to be the strongest part of the aroma, also slight hints of ripe dark fruits, and a bit of crisp hops....quite enjoyable. Enjoyably smooth on the palate...creamy, full of bakers chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Alcohol shows itself through the finish and into the aftertaste, adding a warming character to accentuate the crisp hops that also finish it off. One heluva stout here, easily drinkable for such a brute, and quite fulfilling.

AudioGilz, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of drxandy
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as an extra in trade with Ben4881, thanks man!!
12oz to standard pint, pours black as night opaque, foamy tan head retains nicely - very nice looking

smells of bitter roasty malts, alcohol heat, light hops in the back

taste is roasty bitter malts, hot alcohol in the front, tobacco, dark fruit, creamy yet thin, chocolate, smoke, earthy, coffee, nicely balanced, very drinkable for a high abv

mouthfeel is thinner than most RIS, but makes up for it with the abundance of flavors, bitter, roasty and creamy with hot alcohol and hop finish, a very nice RIS :D

drxandy, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Mister_Joshy, May 29, 2012
Photo of koes0024
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

koes0024, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of JLeet
4/5  rDev -7%

JLeet, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of bcuz7
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bcuz7, May 19, 2013
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.

Phocion, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of TheBierBand
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack from a newly discovered beer source.... Trader Joe's in Blue Ash - suburb of Cincinnati. Not a huge selection, but some off beat brands and nice policy on singles... you can mix and match individual beers and they just charge you individual bottle pricing.

The Old Rasputin poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass to produce a 1/2" dense tan head over a black beer.

The scent was very aromatic with shades of coffee, chocolate and malt sweetness.

The taste was very good. In keeping with style and on par with the aroma, chocolate, coffee and and nice malt sweetness prevail.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as expected. Carbonation is a slight bit higher than most RIS's I've had. I enjoy the chalkiness of this beer.

Drinkability: Typical of the higher ABV of most RIS... proceed with caution, but you can have as many of these as your body will allow. I will look for this again.

TheBierBand, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Converge
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. Here goes my first RIS!

A - Pours with a thick, three-and-a-half-finger head, dark mocha in color. Totally black color for the beer. Probably the darkest beer I've ever seen. Good head retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Tons of roasted malt, rich dark chocolate, and crisp floral hops. I'm actually surprised at how prominent the hops are on the nose.

T - Whoa! Talk about full flavored. Upfront this beer is packed with roasted and burnt malt, espresso bitterness, and subtle but sharp hops. First sip finishes with a thick, warm, roasted bitterness that just assaults the palate. After the initial shock to my taste-buds, this stout shows a sweeter side as well. I can pick out a strong chocolate flavor very easily, as well as notes of dark fruit and molasses. The alcohol is pretty warming, but the actual taste of the booze is masked incredibly well under this barrage of dark flavors. The crisp, floral hops give the finish a clean, almost herbal feel without feeling too astringent for my palate. A touch of brown sugar and caramel is also present near the end. Very well crafted flavor profile here.

M - Heavy body, really viscous with a creaminess to it as well. Decent amount of carbonation as well. Finishes quite dry from all of the bitter flavors present, but not too dry. Warm alcohol presence is also detectable, but certainly doesn't hint to a 9.0% ABV. Towards the end, the feeling even becomes fairly sticky. Strong and full bodied without being too overwhelming. Could have been a bit smoother, however.

D - As mentioned, this beer is my introduction into RIS's, and I definitely enjoyed my first. I must admit I'm not too fond of overly-hoppy beers, and I had my doubts on this one after the hoppy aroma, but the flavor turned out to be very well balanced and carefully crafted. Deceptively easy to drink too, making this one a bit of a sipper for a guy like me. This one really is a monster, but a tasty one at that. I'm happy to have three more bottles sitting around.

Converge, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of dlin0sbb
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of BradleyR
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BradleyR, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of zookerman182
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer blows me away. Pours a dark black with a light brown foamy head.
Super toasty coffee aroma with a little chocolate . Maybe even. Hint of vanilla or malt.
Mouthfeel on this beer is fantastic, super smooth and full bodied. It's delicious even cold. Hides the alcohol very well with a mild bitterness . I wish this is what all imperial stouts tasted like. Just a comforting beer you want to keep drinking.

zookerman182, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of markaberrant
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black, creamy tan head sits on top. Surprised to see visible carbonation. Big gobs of lace stick to my glass.

S - lucious chocolate, hazelnut. Not a lot of roast, but it is an excellent aroma.

T - Oh man, is this smooth. The chocolate flavour is so deep and refined, with just the right amount of sweetness. Hops are noticable, but blend in perfectly. Not overly bitter or roasty.

M - Full and creamy, yet not heavy.

D - This one is a slow sipper, but it is a joy to drink.

I haven't tried many Imperial Stouts, but this is the best I've had so far. This beer is not overly roasty, yet it still retains all of the stout character. Almost like a cranked up version of a really good oatmeal stout, very smooth, very balanced. Excellent.

markaberrant, Aug 17, 2007
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,173 ratings.