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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

9,685 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,685
Reviews: 3,350
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 291
Gots: 1,230 | FT: 38
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mscott1975, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

rodkin, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of VaterRoss
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh

Pours a beautiful three layers: a black bottom, a black/brown middle where the nitro effect is on full display with large round bubbles cascading downwards, and a creamy tan head that leaves extremely strong speckled creamy lace. Wow. Smell is a good amount of roasted malt: some dark chocolate, cream, hints of coffee. Taste has lots of the RIS metallic sharpness and a big warming alcohol presence. Good amount of roast malt, coffee, in the taste with some nice liquorice. As it warms the liquorice really comes out and complements to beer nicely. Mouthfeel is uber creamy and quite low carb.

This is the prettiest beer I have ever seen and definitely the best RIS I have had a chance to drink. In the dark world I think I prefer Founder's Breakfast Stout, but when compared to Old Rasputin the coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate almost come off as gimmicky. Old Rasputin is a legend and must have.

VaterRoss, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Doyle
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of SometimesIfart
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a monster mocha head that does not allow a quick pour.

S - Slight dark coffee. That's about it. Perhaps I have an old bottle.

T - Strong bitter dark coffee with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. Spot on for an RIS.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Once again, spot on for an RIS.

O - Overall, this is a great RIS, and a great beer for the time of year, especially here in Michigan

SometimesIfart, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle ,no bottle date but I purchased it in aug 2013 so I assume it's a 2013 bottle.

A: Pours a dark brown, with a nice 2 finger brown khaki color head. When pouring I notice a reddish hue to the beer.

S: This bottle has a bit of oxidation on it which I tend to be fairly sensitive to unfortunately. Getting some nice chocolate and coffee bitterness to it as well.

T: Getting a lot of coffee and chocolate. Roasty notes coming from this beer. Also getting a nutty taste to it as well.

M: This is where the beer falls apart to me. I'm a stickler for mouthfeel and this beer fails here. Now Stone is reengineering their Ruinination for the modern pallate and I think North Coast needs to do this with old raspy. The BA version is thin as shit and this is right there with it.

O: Decent babies first RIS, though the mouthfeel is severely lacking. 10 yrs ago I'm sure this was a beast, but now it has the mouthfeel of coca cola. Had the BA version on tap and holy shit is that thin as hell, this isn't much different but least its affordable. Decent but nothing to write home about in my opinion.

CommanderOfAwesome, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Spaz7
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Spaz7, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SMITHAND, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of bs870621345
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fantastic beer! Second time having it so i decided to review it.

A very dark brew with a thin tan head.

Fantastic smell, from over a foot away still a potent scent. Coffee, roasted malt, possibly dark fruits?

Taste is a little too alcoholic for my tastes, but still great. Tastes like it smells and warms the soul.

Mouthfeel is great, not too thick for something this dark and definitely matches the flavors that come out of this.

Drinkability depends on your definition. I could easily go through a 4 pack, but slowly. Not too thick and doest coat the tongue.

Overall a great beer, and i will be drinking this again!

bs870621345, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of rdilauro
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

rdilauro, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of DelMontiac
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.

DelMontiac, Nov 01, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jdhasse, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of BeerDocT
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a jet black, with no brown highlights. Its cream-colored head shrunk, but stayed around on top. Beautiful color contrast between the head and the color of the brew.

-Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet. I primarily smell toasted grains, but there is a nice undercurrent of chocolate. Very promising.

-Taste 4.5: Sweet taste up front, with a nice alkaline hoppiness and a slight bitterness. There is also a very pleasant sourness. Lots of caramel, chocolate and toasted barley after swallowing...long aftertaste of toasted grains. Just a bit too sweet for me, but delicious nonetheless with a depth of flavor that must be experienced first-hand.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Good mouthfeel. The carbonation present in this beer serves to balance the high alcohol content that otherwise would have been noticeable. Still has a slight burning sensation in the mouth, but it is not distracting.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent stout. These "Imperial" or "Russian Imperial" stouts all have a relatively high alcohol content, but this is balanced by a depth of flavor and a drinkability not common in other high-alcohol brews. Really, these could be viewed as "dark triples," due to the amount of ingredients that go into each beer. "Old Rasputin" is highly recommended. If you can find this beer, it is worth the monetary investment.

BeerDocT, Oct 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

myuncle, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Dag48, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass. Poured very dark brown with tan head that stayed around for a while. Strong scents of over cooked barley, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong coffee flavors some cocoa. Nice roasted after taste. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. Drinkable nature would be limited to one for me because of the strong flavor. Very nice sipper.

mtnbikerpa, Apr 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

lurpy1, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

reyna311, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of anon
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

anon, Sep 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SHerninko, May 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

smb71481, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

northstar23, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Buttstallion, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Southernbrew
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with brown hues, small tan head.

Full aroma with bitter chocolate, espresso and burnt notes.

Full bodied, quite smooth. Rich chocolate and espresso show up first followed by caramel sweetness. Some hop bite in the finish and then you are left with a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

Delicious imperial stout. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are mixed very well.

Southernbrew, Sep 15, 2004
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4/5  rDev -7%

Antnyd82, Dec 24, 2011
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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