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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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9,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,156
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 996 | FT: 32
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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-23-2014 05:25:25 | More by xbrettfavrex
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

12-19-2013 21:36:56 | More by heresy22
Photo of franksnbeans


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown if not black with a little ruby when held to a light. Gynormous chocolate milk head that goes nowhere for a very long time. Laces throughout. Smells of roasted nuts, ground coffee, cocoa and a hint of alcohol and smoke. Though all the smells present themselves in the taste, the smoke and alcohol stand out more than I would like. Dont get me wrong, this is tasty but the complexity is not as much as I would like. Full in the mouth with a smooth as silk finish. Great sipper with a meal. An outstanding impy stout to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 03:40:53 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of Vixie


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very thick, llooks and has the consistency of used motor oil. The only other beer I've had that this resembles is Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Very black, if there's any other color here, I don't have enough light to reveal it. Head is short and brown, dissipates quickly.

Smell is strong, lots of coffee and chocolate there. Also there is a sweetness there, a bit of toffee, maybe some raising and molasses as well. Quite a bit going on.

Complex taste, there's a lot of chocolate there, as well as coffee. Reminds me of what you taste when you drink a good coffee while eating a high quality piece of chocolate, the coffee and chocolate are distinct, yet compliment each other well. Finishes with a bold hops taste, and a bit of alcohol warming.

Feel is quite solid, could stand to be a touch thicker, but leaves you with no doubt this is a serious beer.

It would be hard to drink a lot of this at one sitting due to the strength, but this is another of what I have termed a reward beer. Too good to just drink casually ,this one is one to savor and enjoy as a special treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 17:40:41 | More by Vixie
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-08-2014 02:43:02 | More by livingtodie
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-21-2013 13:19:07 | More by mishtif
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-28-2013 03:55:22 | More by amstokesdb9
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-08-2012 12:48:59 | More by Shnanign
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-01-2013 13:14:34 | More by jderosia603
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-09-2013 17:37:13 | More by SHerninko
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-01-2012 03:48:27 | More by alex021224
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

07-21-2013 20:54:21 | More by Ivegotmule
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-01-2013 00:43:04 | More by dpage27
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-16-2014 03:26:16 | More by Getalegup
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-08-2014 04:46:58 | More by amano_h
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I almost fell into my cart when I saw that Old R had found its way back to shelves of Safeway--happy days are here again. In honor of this most joyous occasion, I thought I'd review it.

Appearance: A deep mahogany that takes on a nice ruby glow in the light, although it's not as dark as many stouts. The carbonation is fine and mild, and the head is tan and short lived. There isn't much lacing, oddly, but there is a collar that lasts throughout.

Smell: "Booming" does not come close to describing the aroma of this brew; even ice cold, it fills the room. Initially, it's one tight ball of sweet, dark fruit. As it warms, it begins to unwind. The darkness is still there, figs and raisins come on strong. There is also surprisingly strong Myer's rum-like alcohol in the nose. There is the usual molasses, caramel and a perplexing "maybe it's chocolate, maybe it's not" undertone. Finally, there is also a sharp, almost chardonnay aroma--hops? You'll notice this one.

Taste/Mouthfeel: No real surprises here; it tastes pretty much like it smells. In a word, chocolate-covered raisins. It's pretty straightforward, but you'll find some smokiness. Deep into the finish, a drying hoppiness emerges. Not surprisingly, the mouthfeel is medium/full with a sticky coating, although the carbonation is sharp enough to keep it lively.

Drinkability: It's a wonderfully tasty beer that's lighter than you might expect. But at almost 9%, it'd be a rough session.

While I really enjoyed this beer, it didn't quite have the "wow" factor I might have expected. Still, if you kick back, pour an inch or two at a time into a good tasting glass and spend and hour or so with Rasputin, he'll be your buddy for life.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 06:08:24 | More by WetCoaster
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United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet balck. Brown head dissipating fast.

Smell: Nothing here.

Taste: compex caramel, toffee, some esters. Charcoal. astringent.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Alcoholic heat. tingly from the carb

Drinkability: A sipper. If it were less astringent, it would be much more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 02:54:37 | More by Squelch
Photo of Liverpool08


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful midnight black with a nice mocha colored head. Sweet smells of coffee and a hint of the alchohol. Super taste. Has the elements of coffee, chocolate, and English toffee. Nice creamy malt flavors that coat the mouth. What a great beer to end the evening with.
Very very easy to drink. A top-notch RIS!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-02-2009 01:57:06 | More by Liverpool08
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ouncer into an old raspy pint glass...

A - Poures black with a two finger dark tan head. Got to love the head retention on this one. Follows you all the way to the bottom. Love the appearance of this beer...

S - Lots of dark chocolate and coffee notes. Also pick up a sweet smell. Maybe molasses...

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose. Lots of dark chocolate notes up front followed by a sweeter taste of vanilla. Dark brewed coffee comes through at the end followed by the warm bite of alcohol. This is one beer that I buy on a regular basis, and I have noticed that sometimes the alcohol bite at the end is a little more pronounced than other times. Usually these fly of the shelves where i purchase them, so I am pretty sure it has nothing to do with them aging on the shelves. Either way, this is a great tasting beer...

M - Thick and creamy. Full-bodied...

D - An exceptional RIS at an affordable price. Need I say more? Definitely one of my go to beers...


Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 03:18:13 | More by comfortablynumb1
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very much looking forward to trying it. I'm on a real RIS kick right now, and this is supposed to be one of the best. Glad to buy a bottle. This beautiful beer pours a jet black, with a perfect half inch smooth tan head. It leaves wave after wave of lacing. Close to perfect.

The smell is not at all unpleasant, just a little...missing. I pick up some chocolate malt, and some toasted espresso; the expected smells. But it's a fishing expedition. This is the one area where the beer doesn't stand up to some of its colleagues. The taste, however, is damn good. Tastes like a chocolate covered roasted espresso bean. There's a nice, roasted, astringent bitterness. The alcohol is present, but it's subdued and complementary.

Rasputin is super smooth, creamy, and incredibly thick. You're almost chewing it. The carbonation is a tad high for the style, unfortunately, which stops it from being perfect. Still, easily one of the most, if not THE most drinkable RIS I've sampled. I'll certainly be conferring with the old Russian mystic again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 02:06:36 | More by CharlatanSin
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-01-2014 19:44:12 | More by jaltland
Photo of dubinsky


4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours jet black color with a thick, two finger, creamy burnt caramel colored head. Completely opaque.

S - I'm getting hints of dark malts, dark chocolate, and licorice.

T - The taste is amazing. Its thick, chewy and creamy. It finishes a bit bitter with a smokey undertone. The alcohol is very well hidden since i'm not feeling a warming effect, nor does it taste boozey as others RIS's have.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation. Thick, and chewy. Almost reminds me of Ports old viscosity. Kind of like a old used motor oil that you could drink that would taste good.

D - This is a great example of this style. While the beer has a fairly high ABV of 9%, It's very easy to drink and i find myself having to remember that this is a sipper, not a gulper (even though i want to). This beer is very accessible and cheap for me and that makes it one of my absolute favorite RIS's.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 04:59:39 | More by dubinsky
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4/5  rDev -7%

03-21-2013 17:56:00 | More by aslamm75
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2012 02:20:55 | More by dwtyler
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New York

4/5  rDev -7%

01-13-2014 00:41:06 | More by Baab200
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,156 ratings.