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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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9,746 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,746
Reviews: 3,351
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 298
Gots: 1,261 | FT: 40
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 bfields4
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a very dark brown not quite on the motor oil level, but close. A beautiful creamy brown head.

Smells of dark fruits and caramel.

Mouthwatering goodness exhumes from this stout as the malted sweetness hits nice followed by a very nice dark chocolate taste.

There's a reason this beer is a cult classic. An affordable treat that I would never say no to.

bfields4, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a think, almost syrupy black with about an inch of thick bubbly head. Very nice retention with little lacing.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and coffee. As the beer warms, the smell of roasted malts really comes out.

Taste: A nice roasted sweetness dominates, followed by subtle hints of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy in texture. A mild carbonation leaves a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: One of the easiest drinking imperial stouts I've ever had. Very smooth and tasty with no single flavor dominating the other. I will absolutely pick myself up some more of this.

krisandajt, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of ezperkins2
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ezperkins2, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Topher78
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Topher78, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of TonyJ815
4/5  rDev -7%

TonyJ815, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

mcrawford, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Braden
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Braden, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a long time to try this mystical Russian...

Poured a very, very dark brown with glints of ruby where light penetrated. Big aroma, with notes of bourbon, toffee, and about a hundred other things mixing beautifully. Rich, deep taste, where the warmth of alcohol sits atop an earthy blend of coffee, dark chocolate, subtle fruit sweetness, and a nice, bitter edge of hops.

Exceptionally compex and wonderfully warm. This is a very good beer.

RockyTopHeel, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of brewmudgeon
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

old rasputin

a 4-4.5 nearly opaque dark brown, tawny head leaves a swirly cap and branching lace.

s 4.5 semi-sweet chocolate, tobacco. you know it's warming to the proper temperature when the fudgy brownies begin making their appearance.

t 4-4.5 deeply roasted at first, but it yields to a complex brownie explosion. there are even hops in there fighting hard to be heard. a little undisguised alc comes through here and there.

m 4 seems too thin at first but gets chewier with time.

d 4.5 a classic. and a good base for the addition of other flavors if desired.

brewmudgeon, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of pest
4/5  rDev -7%

pest, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

stevefinny, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Rojada1988, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of DersOne
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

DersOne, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev -7%

MeisterSmudge, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MisledTitan, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Klebe
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Nutwood
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Nutwood, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Svendozen
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Svendozen, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of NappyB
4/5  rDev -7%

NappyB, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of yankeeheel
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what I'm talking about. Pours a pitch black with a nice espresso head that sticks around. Lots of lacing. The smell of chocolate, starts wafting as soon as I crack the bottle. In the glass I get a lot of deep dark toasted malt.

The taste is incredible. Big waves of coffee, burnt malt, dark malt, licorice, and fig crash down on my tounge. The alcohol is well hidden and the finish is slightly dry. Just an incredible big, thick, chewy stout. Wish I could afford to drink it all the time.

yankeeheel, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of yossarian14
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No light getting through this thick dark dark brown stout. Smells of dark heavily roasted malts. Tastes of roasted espresso beans and bitter chocolate. For me, the mouthfeel and drinkability of this hearty meal are where it shines. So creamy smooth with enough carbonation to remind you that this is beer. Would you like another? Yes please.

yossarian14, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

RandyBoBandy, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of hermit990
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Ultimate
4/5  rDev -7%

Ultimate, Jul 11, 2014
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,746 ratings.