Old Rasputin
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #32
ABV:
9%
Score:
96
Ranked #579
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 10.16%
Reviews:
3,848
Ratings:
12,714
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
96
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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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Photo of branham1989
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin 9.0 % ABV 75 IBU. This Russian Imperial Stout pours a dark chocolate almost black color with a dark mocha colored half finger width head that lingers for a bit before leaving some lacing on the glass along with a mocha colored ring. The aroma is of roasted malts dark chocolate coffee with a bit of dark roasted black coffee maybe a little bit of dark fruits and molasses. The flavor is predominantly unsweetened dark chocolate with dark roasted black coffee and coffee beans with hints of plums charcoal blackberries blueberries lots of roasted flavors mixed with hints of fruitiness along with the dryness of cocoa powder it ends with a big hoppy kick to let you know your drinking a Russian imperial stout . The mouthfeel is smooth with some carbonation but not overly carbonated drinks like a Porter almost which I’m okay with. 8.75/10

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Creamy beige mousse like head with some rocks sits atop black liquid poured at 58 degrees; long cap retention; thick ring; moderately heavy lacing; thin legs. Burnt roast malt nose. Bitter roast malt, char taste; dark chocolate. Medium full body, moderate carbonation. Overall the bitter roast linger is a bit more than I want, but otherwise a great stout.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass; no production information on the bottle.
A: Pours a basically black color with a one finger, foamy, light brown head, solid retention, and rings and rings of fine complex lacing.
S: Aromas of black cafe, unseated chocolate, walnut, and licorice. A white pepper note.
T: Semisweet. Flavors follow the nose. Bitterness solid and consistent with the style.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Almost chewy.
O: A really delicious Russian Imperial Stout. Oddly but aptly named somehow. Strong and a bit crazy.

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Photo of FrMatthewLC
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an excellent reputation but the hop flavor & dark stout malt don't quite match for me. It feels good but the flavor gives an odd combination

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Photo of harrypowers
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a opaque dark brown with a quickly disappearing head.

Heavy body with strong notes of chocolate and coffee and a bitter sweet finish.

One of my favorite stouts!

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque black tinged with brown. Tall brown head that fades to a persistent sliver.
Smell: Smoky dark chocolate. Nutty aromas. Hints of licorice, plum/raisin, and coffee. Boozy alcohol.
Taste: Spicy, smoky, roasted dark chocolate with hints of coffee. A bit of licorice/mint spice. Great aftertaste of dark fruits and booze.
Feel: Thick, oily, mouth-coating, lightly carbonated.
Overall: Rich, dry, and delicious -- this beer is a real treat.

12 oz bottle, bottled on 6-15-2017.

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Photo of Nick7840
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A finally crafted beer in every since. Gold standard in what a stout can and should be. McNeill's comes close, every one else is a far cry away. If you are rating this anything but a 5 you must've left the beer in your car on a hot day or simple have no clue. The over educated will talk about nutty flavors, mouth feel and top notes, blah blah blah. When anyone who drinks beer, drinks this, they know its damn good, period.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch, opaque black with a large tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind
S - Lots of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt on the nose along with some hints of coffee
T - Follows the nose: bitter dark chocolate and cocoa along with tons of roasted barely and malt followed by hints of bitter coffee - a little bit of smokiness and wood.
F - Leaning toward full bodied with a lower to moderate amount of carbonation - smooth, rich
O - An incredibly solid and well rounded Russian imperial stout. Straight forward, but very good.

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Photo of 1Dragonbreath
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent tasting beer very smooth with 9% will be making you smile wether you care to or not lol... Price seems to be in the correct zone for its taste etc.. Haven't had the opportunity to have it on tap as of yet unfortunately

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Photo of TPA_Grunge_97
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It is super smooth considering it's 9% ABV. I'll order a glass anywhere that happens to have it on tap. When it comes to stouts, it's in my top 5. It's not too heavy, and you'll definitely get a decent buzz if you drink more than one.

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Photo of grinreeper
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Years ago...when I was in a London pub, I ordered a tap of Bitter Beer...that's what they called it. And very much enjoyed it. Since then, I had a soft spot for dark beers with some bitterness to them, and Old Rasputin is one of my best of my bitter beer experiences. Strong roasted coffee and dark chocolate and cocoa come through. It's a nice sipping beer that mellows me out in the late evening.

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Photo of beercat11
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had and enjoyed Old Rasputin for many years now going back to it's original offering by North Coast brewing, it was the first Russian Imperial Stout I ever had as far as I can recollect. This beer always delivers a promising balance in all things RIPs. I have had it fresh and aged well. I have had it miss handled too for whatever reason it was but I have to say that this beer holds up well as far as what it's supposed to be. If there was ever a go to RIS, look no further if hate the devastation of expectations being missed in this particular style of beer like I do. If you have never tried this beer, you're long overdue if you like RIPs. Cheeyeaz my Comrades.

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Photo of Osprey2900
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This complex Russian imperial stout has a lot going on Coffee, Toffee roasted malt, chock full of flavor with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. It's not sweet but inspired. Had it several times and find it enjoyable each and every one. Maybe not my favorite stout, but work drinking and enjoying anytime.

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Photo of MackT
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker shade of dark brown.
Gorgeous fluffy tan head.
Taste is a tongue trip, with notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, very well blended. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth, as is the aftertaste. This is one fine stout. Buy some try some.

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Photo of officerbill
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Сладкая Богородица, это хорошее пиво

Color of strong black coffee with a high, thick coffee & cream colored head.
The smell of malt and coffee and cocoa.
Tastes of malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and smoke. A bit sweeter and fuller than Irish stout with a touch of tartness at the end.
Moderate carbonation and a full mouthful without being chewy.
Definitely one of the best stouts out there

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Photo of collegemate
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm drinkin another imperial stout on this Sunday afternoon, but just thinkin about ol' Rasputin. Like the man, the memory never seems to die. Craft beer can be pretentious nonsense but this beer shuts the skeptics and non-believers up, and maybe it has become so cliché there is a new round of haters out there - the hate is nil. Old Rasputin is still great after all these years.

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Photo of pattpass
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink Old Rasputin from a tap if possible. It's a completely new and inspired experience.

Sometimes that is not possible, but the beer is still pretty good in it's bottled state. Unlike most imperial stouts I've tried Old Rasputin is NOT nauseatingly sweet. It is subtle in it's bitterness as well. It's a beer best enjoyed at a bar/pub with your friends playing a game of billiards(pool) while complaining about where life takes us.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, I haven't had this beer in probably 3 years, so I surprisingly didn't rate it yet. Such a great Russian imperial stout. This beer got me started on stouts. It's a classic. No adjuncts or artificial flavors. Just a great beer.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass. I let it warm a bit after taking out of the fridge.
Look - Very Dark Brown Amber, not quite Black. Thick foam head that lingers with lacing
Smell - truly unique..get some chocolate and coffee but also blueberry and charred malt.
Taste - Still getting that blueberry flavor, like chocolate covered blueberries. Lots of charred malt, to the point of being burnt but i still enjoy it. Some chewy hops in the finish. Fairly sweet and smooth. Carbonation is medium-low. Body medium-high but the alcohol is well hidden, it would be very easy to drink a few of these.

Overall, i am impressed because it is more flavorful and variable than most stouts. It doesn't have just chocolate or coffee but adds another dimension with the blueberry flavor. Smooth I gotta give this a grade of A+

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Photo of NedFredHead
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super dark pour, near black, with a medium tan head. Boldly bitter, chocolate, coffee notes, with medium carbonation. Deceptively balanced with big flavors.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black color with tan head, aroma of coffee, liquorice, molasses, roasted malts, taste is lightly sweet / medium bitter, full body, average carbonation.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into shaker pint
No date code
Pours dark brown, appears black, with thin brown head
Coffee, chocolate, and roasted notes on the nose
Taste follows, with some fruity notes and a big hoppy finish
Feel is medium-to-full bodied, average carbonation
Overall a super balanced imperial Stout, with big roasty notes, but a nice bitter finish

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic example of a heavy stout, Old Rasputin knows what it is: it doesn't have and extraneous flavors or additives, so there's nowhere for the brewer to hide the flaws. In our opinion, there are none. Exceptionally clean and perfectly executed, this is a stand-by favorite, if a bit expensive.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been drinking Old Rasputin for a long, long time now. I think I'm finally ready to review him.

When it comes to appearances, Old Raspy is second to none. Obsidian black, reflective, clean, and gorgeous. The brightest light in the world won't be seen through the other side. Chestnut highlights can be seen, but only down the barrel of the glass as sips are indulged upon. And resting above, a memory foam pillow of tan, frothy, silky, root beer float like suds. After what seems like an eternity, it starts to settle leaving a layer frosted above the surface and a blanket of lacing on every square inch it touches.

Next, that unmistakable aroma. Charred toast and spent roasted grain. Ashes left over from last nights embers. A hint of salinity reminiscent of black olives. Mineral water heavy with alkalinity. Earth, with all its raw dirt and herbal goodness saturates the nostrils.

And then, what we have all been waiting for. The burst of flavors that come from what seems like a harmless aroma is overwhelming at first. The amount of roast is unequalled. Once the shudder down my spine and the goosebumps have faded, another sip is in order. The charred toast is slathered in molasses then brûléed giving off a note of burnt chocolate. The mineral water quality comes next, like it was freshly drawn from the river and boiled in a copper kettle. Airborne particles from freshly swept dusty floors get in there blending with a hint of vanilla and nuts making for a one of a kind sweet and earthy finish. It tastes old. As in "Old World".

Old Rasputin has a well made slough of textures. Smooth yet not creamy with a barrel like stripping dryness on the end, but without the barrel. The quick initial molasses sweetness is quickly overcome by roasted and bitter bakers chocolate. The alcohol is almost completely undetected, dangerously so. He ends with a lip smacking glue and a musty bitter bite.

Old Rasputin has stood against the test of time. Rightfully so as this beer has it all. Classic flavors, quality craftsmanship, incomparable availability, steal of a pricetag, reputation both impressive and frightening. An icon that would please any Czar, and one that has and will continue to frequent my fridge. Breweries and their stouts come and go, but He won't die.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin brewed by North Coast Brewing Co. ,with an ABV of 9.00% This Russian Imperial Stout pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer an deep brown color with an a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of black coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted goodness. You pick up on a lot of roasted grains and malts. Then a nice mix of hop bitterness at the end to tie it all together. So far Old Rasputin is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold an Rich with flavors. You first pick on all the roasted goodness. Lots of nice smooth roasted malts and grains. The body of Old Rasputin is a medium to heavy. Not to heavy but definitely a lot heavier than other Stouts on the market. It is hard to pick up on the 9.00% ABV in this brew, it goes down just that smooth. This brew would go nice with dinner or on a cold winter day. The mouth feel is Rich, Bold, Roasted, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Old Rasputin a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. North Coast Brewing Co., did a super nice job with this Russian Imperial Stout.

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Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 12714 ratings