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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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3,540 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,540
Hads: 11,427
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 513
Gots: 2,452 | FT: 55
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick dark brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It is full of black and chocolate malts; very aromatic. The taste is good. It's quite complex and full of dark and roasted malts. It has a nice black/chocolate flavor. The moutheel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer; a fine imperial stout.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/09/04- On tap at the Englander in San Leandro, CA

Appearance- Pours a dark tanish-black opaque color. Great head and good lacing.

Smell- Ahhhh, lots of chocolate and lots of coffee mixed together. Both roasted to perfection.

Taste- Frickin awesome! This compares almost equally to Stone Imperial Stout IMO. I had Stone two weeks ago and needed to give this one another try to compare. Tons of chocolate and coffee swirling around in harmony. Roasted malt thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel- On tap this is phenomonal. Carbonation level is near perfect and after it warms up it's even more tasty. Fairly thick, but goes down like a fat guy on a waterslide. (fast) :)

Drinkability- The only drawback is that you can feel this one after you finish it. You can still have another, but two is almost too much. Always will be one of my favorites.

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Photo of Lare453
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A this beer is dark, opaque with a light brown head. Looks fantastic

S malty, dark bitter chocolate, light booze, coffee

T WOW AMAZING!!! Slightly dry malty beginning, with a drier coffee middle and a bitter chocolate ending.m the aftertaste a lightly boozi, and dark bitter chocolate.

M medium viscosity, drying and a nice carbonation.

O one of my top 5 stouts ever. This beer is amazing and I drink it frequently and recommend it often.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a riedel snifter

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint served at the Fort Worth Gingerman.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is awesome. I get notes of chocolate. roasted malt, alcohol and some piney hops, which contribute a medium level of bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on a nitro tap at Meridian pint poured into a shaker pint

Appearance is pure hot sex. Tight dark bubbles those tiny little things of microscopic nitro bliss, dark and cocoa like and super creamy in appearance. Dark walnut body with a one half finger head that will not go away. Seriously it falls like an elevator never to disappear. There is even some slight red hue just under the head. Ladies and gentleman... we have... no joke near perfection here.

First bouquet is a good spicy coffee, roast density and milk chocolate all rolled into one. Medium notes and balanced but kind of hidden not overpowering.

Then taste is WHammo! Dense DENSE chocolate on bubble consistency foam. Airy whisps of cream, killer just KILLER thick milk chocolate density DENSE, so thick bodied but not syrupy it's like a kids chocolate drink for adults. Hints of grain malt and husk, slight roast.

Overall it's a one trick kind of thing in a way and not complex but jesus it is done so well on nitro. Exceptional drinking right here this is like adult playtime right here, small children and small tastes need not apply. Pure win plain and simple!

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at cellar temp. Caramel , toasted malt and burnt fruit nose. Black, w/ a dark tan head. Tiny bubble head leaves a bit of lacing. Balance/complexity easy to tell this is a finely crafted creation. Heavy body, coating mouthfeel, a fine winter brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost black color with a tan colored thin head that quickly dissappeared leaving a spotty residue. The aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol. The taste followed the smell with a roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavor. Bitterness and high alcohol was also noticable. Medium-heavy bodied beer.

The mouthfeel was somewhat dry, smooth, and creamy. The coffee, slight bitterness, and chocolate last on the tongue long into the aftertaste. Alcohol is very noticable in this compared to other imperial stouts, knocking down the drinkability one notch.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a regular pint glass. 1st from a 4-pack

A- Old rasputin is a dark brew, black as night. Some spots of brown can be seen on the surface A very hard pour yielded a nice 1 inch tan head that faded with ease. Around the glass thin patterns of lace are seen.

S- This RIS has a roasty aroma along with a milk chocolate creaminess. Bittersweet. A bit of licorice and even less on the dark fruit which I don't get much of. Some old coffee as well. Roasted malts all throughout and hops to round it out.

T- Starting off I get a bunch of roasted coffee with malt backing with some hops too add. As I got into it the chocolate came out more with warming as well as a bit of bitterness. Some of the alcohol comes out as well in this 9%er, but rasputin is delicious non the less.

M- Medium to slightly full bodied. This one is smooth as hell & creamy. A bit of carbonation as some warming takes place 6oz in. Nothing overpowering though except a slight bitterness. Great stuff.

D- 9% is nothing to scoff at but this is so good I would gladly drink it till I couldn't no more, in the spirit of Rasputin's story. This one is more on the creamy side and not too harsh making it almost chuggable, although I don't advise that.

One of the best RIS i've had this winter!!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer in WPB, FL. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a two finger cream colored head. The head slowly recedes to a foam that coats the surface of the beer. What more could you look for in an RIS?

Smell - Dark chocolate and coffee. Some hops come through, as this seems to be an RIS that is hopped to hell. Very nice aroma. Even my wine-drinking sister could smell the coffee in this when she took a whiff.

Taste - Dark chocolate and coffee again up front. Roasty flavors abound throughout the drink. Not a hint of sweetness to it. It finishes with a long hop bitterness. Great flavor, although it is extremely bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and chewy. Great texture as it goes down. My only complaint is the bitterness in the finish. It's tough to put this away quickly because of it. Not that I'm looking to put it away quickly...

Overall - The bitterness is its only flaw. Otherwise, a fantastic RIS. Amazing that it is this good and this easy to come by.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, oily and black, definite brown head, that is quite meringue like, tops this brew. A sweet roast malt aroma emanates from my glass, followed by a note of coffee. Quite thick, though not overly so. Strong malt presence, definite roast malt character as well. This beer is like chewing on a roast malt kernel, it has the same after taste and everything. Even though thick and malty the roast character lets this beer finish like it is quite dry. There is a bit of oiliness in this beer. The beer is very smooth, yet still carbonated. Almost a cola not to this as it first hits my mouth.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Russian Imperial Stout. Will I bow down before Rasputin? Or will I persevere through the 12 oz serving? On to the beer:

It pours pitch black in a glass. One smell from the beer brings lots of flaovrs to the nose. Fruity, piney, chocolate, raw cane sugar, and alcohol flavors run around freely. This stuff is extremely complex, but I assume thats the nature of RIS's. A light roasted bitterness sits on the tongue after every sip, reminding me it's still a stout, but a very beefed-up one. At less than $2 for the bottle, it didn't drain my wallet, and I got something new and exciting.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was served at cellar temperature at Falling Rock tap house in Denver.
Dark, black body with dark tan head of two fingers which lowered to one finger and laced nicely.
Smell of coffee and chocolate with malt roast and biscuit.
Taste was wonderful. Just the right balance between coffee, chocolate, hops and malt. Nothing dominated which rendered the feel smooth and soft. The alcohol presented itself and then retreated into the flavors.
Very easy drinking for a RIS. Very good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a huge fluffy tan head that sticks around forever. Smells of roasted malt dark fruits chocolate, toffee, and a touch of alcohol. Spicy earthy hop in the aroma as well. Taste is heavy coffee, espresso, chocolate, and dark fruits. Leaves a slight ash and slight alcohol in the finish along with a lingering roasted bitterness. Medium to thick body and finishes a bit dry for my taste. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. This one tastes and smells great, but I found it to be a little light in body. 9% alcohol is well hidden and this is a dangerously drinkable stout.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn hotels for not having the proper glassware!
Pitch black pour with more than 2 finger light brown fluffy head. Sticky lace much later on.
Big chocolate and sweet coffee in the smell, roasted malts, alcohol (coffee-liquorish, actually), lower dark fruit.
A fruity flash at the start, with juicy plums and figs, raisin, some orange, quickly pushed away by espresso, dark chocolate, slight caramel and rich, very rich roasted malts. Dark spices, citrus peel, woody notes with some oaky vanilla. Obvious hops in the finish, but the bitterness comes from the burnt roast. So some charcoal notes and burnt coffee expected in the aftertaste.
Smooth sipper, creamy, alcohol is nicely hidden, tho some ethanol is (ok, rarely) felt. Medium carbonation. Just a bit of crispness.
Perfect example in its style, balanced and rich.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Westy chalice and it looks beautiful. Smells and drinks with a mellow chocolate and roasted malt backbone. It's a nice flavor, but I can't pull a lot of depth from it. Still, it has a wonderful chocolate taste and makes for a great dessert beer and for a RIS it's relatively affordable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, #50 review.

A: Dark opaque black, with tan head, good retention. The bottle has a picture of that psychotic Russian mystic that helped put an end to Nicholas II's reign.

S: Robust, smells of heavily roasted malts/French roast coffee, dark chocolate, soy sauce, fig, raisin, a bit of citric hops, but it is faint.

T: Not as thick and robust as I would have thought. Tastes of roasted malts predominately, with good amounts of coffee and chocolate. A little to burnt for my tastes, but this is a minor technicality.

M: Smooth, rich, creamy, this is how an RIS should feel. Not overbearing, but the perfect balance of robustness and smooth dessert like feel.

D: A delicious tasty brew, worth its accolades. Not that expensive in this neck of the woods, and its even available at my local Vons. A classic brew, that is a good choice for RIS fans low on cash and looking for a thick warming dessert-type beer. Would think this would be the perfect complement to rich chocolate cake.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

10 month old cellared bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark chocolate, mahogany color that seems relatively clear despite the darkness. Dark brown still, thick head that has great retention and slowly receding streaks of brown lacing.
S: Sharp, slightly medicinal bitter chocolate aroma with light coffee and strong hop aroma.
T: Rich, bitter coffee and chocolate flavors with a heavy helping of dark fruits (plum, etc). Strong hop flavor still persists in the finish. A dry, sweeter chocolaty flavor persists long into the finish.
M: Full, lightly carbonated body, fills the mouth and is very light and smooth.
D: Exceptional, no hint of alcohol anywhere in this beer. One of my favorite RISs, especially at price and availability. Comparable to Storm King, but I think I prefer this.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle, poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Coal black in colour, with a thin covering of a tanned head, this turned into a couple of wisps and half a collar before very long.

The aromas and taste were very simular, dark chocolate and burnt malts, some raisins and Victoria plums were detected in the taste however, which gave it a less agressive flavour.

The body was rich and heavy, which hid the alcohol very well.

Easy to drink and interesting, not a style I have on a regular basis, but most enjoyable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter. Light khaki head with a lot of lace. Tastes like saltwater toffee, coffee, chocolate, slight bitter hop. Full bodied and beautiful. Creamy and smooth. Just a slight alcohal bite. Very drinkable and would definately have again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, out of a 4-pack. The stout produces a significant 1/4-1/2" head, thin but prominent. Very opaque and dark beer to go along with creamy-tan head. Initial smell yields aromas of oak/nutty undertones, with a kind of musty coffee and chocolate theme. There was minimal forward taste, and the beer has a quick, sharp aftertaste. There is a smooth coffee flavor, that has a balanced bitterness throughout the beer, but the flavor is short-lived. It truly seems to skip from the initial flavor straight to aftertaste. It does leave a strong, thick residue on the glass, which goes well with the strength of a stout. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Futile amongst the 2600+ other reviews out there, but I enjoyed this one a shit ton. 341ml bottle into a tulip, enjoyed January 13. Thanks to my girlfriend for picking this one up on the other side of the country.

Poured pitch black, no light could penetrate this. Moderately brown head, with a couple fingers of head leaving behind some reasonable retention and some nice lacing. Aroma is complex, all kinds of chocolate, rich dark fruits, some vanilla sweetness and a slight suggestion of the alcohol. Taste has less chocolate in the nose and a more prominent coffee flavour. Some bitterness as a result of this, with more rich dark fruits in the finish. Great interplay between the bitterness and sweetness. Great mouthfeel and no sense of the alcohol, rapid drinkability allowing me to yearn for more bottles of this!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a dense fine head that is a dark khaki. Really exceptional looking beer.

It has a smell of espresso, dark roasted malt, and bitter hops- really great.

Great long flavor of roasted malt, coffee, followed by a stinging bitterness with a long, long finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, maybe a little overcarbonated and a little too light in body. The alcohol is very well hidden despite all that.

Very drinkable. I'm a sucker for anything with a long bitter finish and some complexity. If the body were a little heftier, this would be a 5 as well. I've enjoyed this beer for many years in bottles and on tap, and I think its still kickin.

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Photo of Zorro
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a super black brew, a 500-watt bulb shows that this is clear with reddish highlights. If you have a 500 watt bulb or a Laser.

Smells sweet and malty, lots of flowery perfume too. I also smell chocolate, coffee and fruit.

Nice tastes of chocolate, and coffee. Sweeter flavors too like prunes, Nice but not quite what the Samuel Smith's version is.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Drinkable for what it is, a Beer H-bomb.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured black as night with a half finger of brown head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Lots going on here but off the bat i was greeted by coffee and chocolate notes but it also had some nice roastiness too. there was a little oat character and slight booze as well.

T: like the nose a combination of coffee, roastiness, and chocolate flavors strike first alongside oats with a bit of booze that finishes off hoppy bitter.

M: The was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, sweet, slight astringent, boozy, and sticky finish.

D: it drank pretty decent and have not been let down everytime I have this beer. overall a good stout offering from the north coast.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark. Thick, creamy foam.

S - Very chocolaty. Slight coffee aroma. Sweet malts.

T - Can taste the alcohol but not overwhelmingly for an imperial stout. Coffee with slight chocolate. A bit toasty.

M - silky smooth. slightly carbonated.

D - As I continue to drink it, the alcohol becomes more prevalent. Still remarkably smooth for a 9% ABV. Couldn't drink more than one, but that is par for the course with imperial stouts in general.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,540 ratings.