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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

9,938 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,938
Reviews: 3,364
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,345 | FT: 43
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 Spineypanda
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin!

This brew is as dark as the man himself!

Extremely dark and with a head that lasts for quite a long time. Coffee and Dark Chocolate tastes that mix well with the heavy hop flavor. Strong beer for strong taste.

Probably one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have had, and have had many times before... and will have many many times again.

I enjoyed this beer in a mug at a slightly chilled temperate, maybe about 58 degrees.

Spineypanda, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -7%

heddar33, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Robloc303
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Robloc303, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of justforrazors
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

justforrazors, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid black with a light brown head.

S: Very rich malt aroma and some alcohol.

T: Strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The mildly bitter finish is balanced by warming alcohol.

M: Smooth, Creamy and a little heavy but not overly so.

Overall: A great beer with a lot of flavor. Like an alcoholic French roast coffee.

JuliusCaesar, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of BA_Berto
4/5  rDev -7%

BA_Berto, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of northstar23
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

northstar23, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Toddv29424
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm never really sure what to give a beer for its appearance as opposed to what I have seen in the past, but this beer most definitely deserves the top. After its poured there is absolutely no light that passes through it, even when the glass is tilted. Really Impressive. The smell has to be teased out but is mostly like sweet grains and dark malts. The taste is just phenomenal. Its big, but is really well mixed. There is a lot of traditional stout flavor, but lots of chicory on top of it. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both great, again with a big flavor that is really well balanced.

Toddv29424, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of musicforairports
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a snifter.

Pours black, nice head, leaves a bunch of lacing.

Smell is great for the style--roasty, chocolate-y, coffee, a hint of burnt flavor.

Coffee, chocolate, burnt barley notes and some creamy milky notes. Flavor is full but tails off quickly on the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, decently carbonated for the style...not as thick as some stouts, but not thin, either.

Definitely one of the go-to imperial stouts out there; affordable and easy to find.

musicforairports, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my all-time faves, let's see if it holds up....Pours a deep, rich black with a velvety-smooth haed of tannish foam. Pours about a finger wide then receeds to a 1/8th inch or so of persistent head. Leaves nice lace. Aroma is huge and robust. Deep chocolate notes, some slightly metallic notes, some other stuff I can't rightly place. Maybe a touch of bourbon. Flavor is dramatic. Nothing hits you immediately, but quickly a blast of flavor attacks. Complex, somewhat bitter but not too bitter. Somewhat sweet, but not too sweet. It's kinda like a Charleston Chew that's been frozen and dipped in espresso flavored syrup. This is incredible beer. The bitterness is sharp, but dissipates into a long, wonderful hop finish. Clearly one of the World's finest ales, without a doubt. Excellently priced, too. This was $1.69/12oz. bottle. You can't call yourself a true beer enthusiast until you've tried and loved this.

SolomonGrundy, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of cambabeer
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap, a great winter beer. I haven't really been too big into stouts but lately more so and this one is truly fantastic. Totally black color with a nice minimal carbonation and super frothy creamy head, only about a centimeter thick. Lace clings to the glass like mud.
Smells very toasty and roast from the malt. Clean and alcoholic at the same time with some spiciness. Taste is very smooth and rich almost sweeter toward the beginning but that fades away quickly with the roasted/burt malt and coffee characteristic of the middle. The finish is hoppy and still coffee like with a little milk chocolate and slightly sweet.
Super creamy mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Very worth it to pick some of this up again.

cambabeer, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ChrisKuhns, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SMITHAND, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

d_brommer_nh, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

booga73, Oct 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

macesq, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of umustdrink
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black completely opaque even when held to light. Head is a medium brown that sits nicely at an eighth inch. Lacing sticks all the way up the glass.

S - Rich roasted coffee bean aroma with hints of raisins.

T - Deep bittersweet coffee flavor with fragrant dark fruits,burnt sugars and a sweet vanilla sugar taste up towards the front of the tongue.

M - Medium to thick consistency that is smooth and chewy. Carbonation is at a higher level that brings an unexpected bite to the mouth.

D - One of the most original tasting stouts out there. Price is also very reasonable at around 7.99 for a four pack.

umustdrink, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of jdklks
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark. impenetrably black with a medium brown way too bubbly head that has decent retention. what you would expect from an imperial stout, but definitely nothing special in the category (im thinking abyss, ten fidy, BCS, etc.).

S- coffee and roasted malts. burnt smell that is quite nice.

T- very good. not as much coffee as expected but very malty. somewhere between sweet and bitter, i cant figure out which, and the lingering aftertaste adds to the confusion. all i know is that i like it, whatever it is. a very small hint of dark fruits. A little too much carbonation.

M- overly carbonated. full-bodied, although a bit less than other RISs i enjoy. also not quite as smooth as i like the style, but still very good.

my favorite year-round beer.

jdklks, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For as many of these that I've had, I figured it was time to wind down and review one.

A: Pitch black with signs of brown, the head is a tan color. Head receded a bit from about a fingers worth to a thin ring around the glass. RIS in a glass, perfect.

S: Picking up strong roasted malts, vanilla, and a woody aroma on the nose. Slight alcohol burn, but hidden behind some cherry like aromas. Big chocolate nose, reminiscent of the Brooklyn BCS.

T: A bit dry and bitter, full of roast. Chocolate and dark roast coffee come through. Some dark fruits, mostly raisins and dark cherries. Hops are quite bittering, a nice touch to this big and roasty brew. Cocoa powder seems to lend its flavor and its presence on the mouthfeel.

M: Dry, roasty, bitter and super dark and creamy. This is a Russian Imperial Stout. Great body and carbonation, just a bit of fizz that is left around the palate after swallowing. Slight heat from the alcohol.

D: As far as RIS's go, this is one of my favorites. It never disappoints on the classic flavor of what a RIS should be. Absolutely delicious and more breweries should take some notes on this one. Alcohol hidden well, ridiculously huge roasty flavor, perfect RIS.

kiddynamite920, May 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Rob315, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

flipdog0, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

johunnic, Sep 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

xbrettfavrex, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

osant37, Jan 13, 2014
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,938 ratings.