Old Rasputin
North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #88
Ranked #1,261
4.3 | pDev: 10.23%
Saturday at 10:40 PM
Jan 18, 2001
Old RasputinOld Rasputin
Notes: Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

On tap in a big snifter glass.

Black as can be color. The 2F cap looks like tan colored heavy cream, incredible retention. Lacing clings to the glass like glue.

Aromas come in mild; smoked roasted malt, toffee, and English hops.

Roasted malt, sugary chocolate coffee flavors.

Creamy and full bodied RIS with a hop kicking finish.

Exactly like an English brew should be, all good without going overboard.

Saturday at 10:40 PM
4.1 by clm9 from North Carolina on May 19, 2022
Photo of sglooney316
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by sglooney316 from Texas

My favorite Stout. Outstanding!

May 04, 2022
Photo of griffinwelsh
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by griffinwelsh

Black as used motor oil. Thick consistency. Strong coffee notes. Flavor is a bold smoky bitter dark chocolate. Overall one of my favorite beers.

May 04, 2022
Photo of LukeCov49
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by LukeCov49

L: poured from a 22 can into a glass mug, nice 3+ fingers of head that took at least 3 minutes to dissipate. Rocky top and light espresso crema in color. Big clumps of lacing till the very end. Pitch black in color.

S: dark chocolate heavy, a little more hops than I was expecting. Not the best glass, but really didn’t get that much even after the beer warmed up.

T: so much better than the smell. Loads of dark chocolate and some smoke with a nice hop bitterness. Root beer, cola, and molasses that flows into light notes of peppermint patty.

F: maybe a little thinner than some other stouts that I have had, but I prefer it that way. Coats the front snide of the mouth with a nice creamy feel. Warming

Apr 06, 2022
4.19 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Mar 26, 2022
4.49 by dbean3 from Texas on Mar 25, 2022
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2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by ryan_jayke

I'm really surprised by the reviews for this one compared to my own experience. Usually BeerAdvocate doesn't steer me wrong. And this beer isn't "wrong," it's just basic and underwhelming. In short, it takes like a Sam Adams with a touch of dark.

L: Very dark. Opaque black. It's a good start to a stout in that sense, but the pour looked thin to me. Not something I'm used to when serving an imperial stout. The head was a couple inches in height that took 5 minutes to start dissipating, and I can hear it fizzing out with a film of bubbles lining the glass where it once stood.

S: "Generic beer". I was hoping for a malty, smoky smell to align with the flavor profiles others described. I held out hope that the taste would contradict my initial experience, but...

T&F: I did a doubletake on the bottle to confirm that I had bought a stout. At this point, I was sure I must've misread the bottle when I purchased it or grabbed the wrong case off of the shelf. It's thin and lacks any unique flavor. It tastes like a dark beer. No "smoke" as others describe and no malty thickness I've grown accustomed to in a good, imperial stout. As previously stated, it tastes like any Sam Adams that you could grab.

O: Basic. Unremarkable. Ordinary. Not offensive, but certainly not worth seeking out or even purchasing again. And judging it as a stout, it fails in many of the characteristics you'd expect.

Mar 19, 2022
4.48 by irs from New Jersey on Mar 17, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

my 2nd try with this popular stout... before found it a bit too hoppy-malty bitter to my liking. but now... acquiring the taste a bit.

The bottling code begins with the numerals "11" so i assume this is the year it was sealed? Pours an opaque raven with a bubbly cocoa head, dissipated to a mist & menacing gauntlet of bubbles on the surface. Fantastic webbing that stays put! Aroma is like a pumpernickel bread with molasses... Taste is slightly sweet, but largely dry and deeply bitter from the hops & roasted malts... something minty overhead that reminds me of a peppermint patty?... Swallow is deep, bittersweet, nice body and not too sticky, coats the tongue.

an RIS most worthy of its reputation.

Mar 12, 2022
4.43 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Mar 12, 2022
4.37 by RT-Kris from New York on Feb 26, 2022
4.38 by Vapory on Feb 21, 2022
4 by chrisb53188 from Wisconsin on Feb 20, 2022
4.28 by arzt from Russian Federation on Feb 19, 2022
Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mwilbur from Minnesota

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown hue with 2 inch dark mocha head with excellent retention.
S: Smoky malt, molasses, leather, fig, cocoa, brown sugar, and a hint of resinous hops.
T: Smoky malt, leather, dark dry cocoa, molasses, coffee, fig, brown sugar, and a hint of resinous hops.
M: Medium-heavy body. Layers of sweetness with strong bitterness. Dry throughout. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Excellent example of style. The smoky quality adds a really nice element. I remember having this several years ago and it remains a superb beer.

Feb 15, 2022
4.69 by bitterbeer from New York on Feb 12, 2022
4.43 by Spade from Pennsylvania on Feb 12, 2022
4.16 by lsudduth from Ohio on Feb 04, 2022
Photo of AltonWayne58
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by AltonWayne58 from Texas

A favorite go to beer. So bloody dark and pours from the bottle like molasses. My first was at a restaurant where I told the waitress to start dark and go darker. This was beer #last. It’s the only one from that night I remember.

Jan 30, 2022
Photo of Bhunt757
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bhunt757

Roasted malts lend way to a hop bitterness that lingers throughout the finish. Old Raspy is a gatekeeper of RIS and for good reason.

Jan 26, 2022
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4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BigGinge from New York

Appearance: Pours black with the slightest tinge of brown at the bottom. A dark tan colored head settled into a few splotches of lacing.

Smell: Fresh coffee, sourdough bread, rust.

Taste: Loads of roasted malt, hint of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, slight bitterness, whole wheat toast finish.

Feel: Medium to full bodied, just enough carbonation to liven up the palate. I can't feel any alcohol warmth.

Overall: Flavorful and well balanced. Thank you, North Coast.

Jan 24, 2022
Photo of izraelc
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by izraelc from New York

Pours black. Thick tan foam. Malty aroma. A lot of hype on this one and it certainly lives up to it. Several different flavors up front. Chocolate, cocoa, and brown sugar. Fades to a smokey roasted malt finish. Very complex but well balanced. Heavy but not too heavy. Really excellent and a must try if you like imperial stouts.

Jan 17, 2022
Photo of Acryan9
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Acryan9

This is the gold standard of Imperial Stouts, and possibly all beer. It’s everything a stout should be, beautiful dark appearance, and a rich, dark aroma. If anyone told me that they didn’t like beer, this is the first thing I’d serve them.

Jan 12, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by wartarthur

A good example of a Russian Imperial stout. Very dark with little foam.

Jan 08, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Hop bite to it in follow through.

Jan 02, 2022
4.28 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Jan 02, 2022
4.15 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2021
Photo of minstrelwb
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by minstrelwb from Indiana

Definitely black, very available beer.

Dec 21, 2021
5 by tatecarson from Louisiana on Dec 03, 2021
3.73 by DonBowman from Pennsylvania on Nov 25, 2021
4.65 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania on Nov 21, 2021
4.44 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 18, 2021
Photo of Wryntei
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Wryntei from Maryland

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Rich, dark color with a creamy head that holds on for a bit. It makes for a classic appearance; just what you’d expect from this style.

I smell dark chocolate, roasted malts, and spices. The taste is smooth and robust. While the alcohol content is high it doesn’t overwhelm. It’s warming and the chocolate notes really come through.

The mouth feel is not overly heavy but it has a bit of a syrupy quality. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Not something I would drink on a regular basis but I appreciate the quality. It’s good stuff…especially when the leaves begin to turn.

Nov 13, 2021
Photo of Patrick2012
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Patrick2012 from California

Definitely a unique and pleasant beer. Dark roasty nose with some licorice and dark fruits. Taste has a bit of a smokey coffee character but not too bold or overpowering. Very drinkable.

Nov 09, 2021
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