Old Rasputin
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #82
Ranked #1,227
4.3 | pDev: 10.23%
Jun 16, 2024
Jan 18, 2001
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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Reviewed by paylstep from Canada (ON)

1.91/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
overrated. not seriously flavourful.

at 11% it just tastes like alcohol. doesn't really have a flavour, isn't very interesting texturally either. not super silky.
Jun 16, 2024
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Old Town Pour House, Naperville, IL; served in a 5-ounce tasting glass. Deep blackish-brown colored body, with a magnificent tan head that never settled. Roasted malt dominated the flavor profile, with notes of licorice, cocoa, and molasses in the background. Intensely bitter, syrupy mouthfeel, bitter and slightly astringent on the finish. Recommended.
Jun 10, 2024
Rated: 3.84 by Rsjvgdss

Jun 09, 2024
Rated: 4.11 by hankboris from Texas

Jun 08, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Jun 05, 2024
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a rich black coffee color and when I poured out the remainder I got the soft serve ice cream cone shape on the coffee ice cream colored dense and ample head. For all intents and purposes the liquid looks black in the glass. The foam cling is ridiculous.

The smell is surprisingly tame. Charred roasty malts, dark fruit, baker's chocolate initially but it starts to go toward milk chocolate after a bit. There's a little espresso and it's quite earthy with a hint of hercaceousness.

Compared to the aroma, the flavor hits like a sledgehammer. It's almost too intense. Incredible impact of roasted malt with an almost molasses hint of sweetness. Amorphous dark fruits. Baker's chocolate with its bitterness rolls through and there's a definite mineral tang, maybe even a tad bit of salt - Kalamata olives come to mind for whatever strange reason. A bit acrid but not too much. Bitter, day old coffee and a sneaky bit of vanilla. Very faint licorice note. The char, bitter, and mineral taste lingers and at the end while the chocolate bitterness mellows quite a bit. Or it's just overwhelmed. A little resin peeks out - it might be a "save me" sign from the hops. No sign of alcohol. Earthy as hell.

Feel - moderately carbed, coats the tongue, dries out a lot, and there's an interesting tongue tingling spice-like sensation after the flavor party subsides.

Overall a beer that deserves every single kudo it has gotten. Well-priced, readily available so the value is there. I find it dangerously drinkable
May 28, 2024
Rated: 4.67 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

May 17, 2024
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Reviewed by Wheataleguy from Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
If it's good enough for Queen Cath, it's good enough for me! This one has been around for quite some time, has developed over that time, and has become more accessible throughout the world, too. Looking forward to this review. I'm not sure how to read the date code on this one, but guessing it was bottled around August 2023. Did a moderately strong pour into a pint glass, beer at room temperature. Achieved a 1-finger medium tan creamy head with excellent lacing. Very dark brown to black in color. Looks great. I was picking up the aroma while caring this one to the couch. Getting dark fruits, bakers chocolate, burnt caramel, black liquorish, and picking up the alcohol for sure. On the taste, WHOA! I don't think I've ever drank a beer that has deeply saturated my entire mouth as this one just did. Wow! The carbonation is medium but boy does it come alive in the mouth. It just throws those dense flavors everywhere, and these flavors are very dense and intense! The aroma translates the taste very well. The alcohol warms immediately, and that chocolate, those complex dark-roasted malts and hop bitterness explodes onto the palate. There's a tiny bit of sweetness, but not much. A bit boozy to me. I feel the warmth right away. On the backend, the bitterness continues in balance with dark chocolate, burnt caramel, double espresso. The finish is medium dry, bitter, ashy, very slight sweetness, double espresso, dark-roasted coffee bean, and it has a lingering saturation that you just have to experience to understand. Slick, smooth mouthfeel. Oh how I love that bitter aftertaste. Yum! This is a magnificent stout! Not for the faint of heart, that is for sure. This one is for developed beer drinkers. There should be a warning on the label! It is the most intense, dense-flavored, mouth saturating beer I've ever had. A standard for the style. This one is a sipper for sure. I enjoyed this at room temperature, so if you have it cold your experience might be different. I recommend drinking all stouts at room temperature as those flavors really come through. Folks, another very complex, world-class beer you must try before you die.
Apr 29, 2024
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Reviewed by Imperial_Spout from California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
The older I get, the darker my beer preference. Bud may have been my bud in my 20’s but by my 40’s I’d transitioned to dark beers. For many years I was content with Guinness but in my late 50’s I discovered Old Rasputin. It is, hands-down, my favorite beer. Very hearty, and as I’m a sipper, this beer holds its flavor & balance even when it gets to room temperature. Plus I’ve found it in stores in NJ, MI, HI, OR, TX, NC & DC in my travels.
Apr 24, 2024
Rated: 4.46 by PaulMayer from Illinois

Apr 21, 2024
Rated by FRANKHAZE from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rough rugged and raw
Apr 17, 2024
Rated: 4.15 by Qbert from Illinois

Apr 06, 2024
Rated: 4.04 by Jard0 from California

Apr 05, 2024
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Reviewed by Saluki from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Has all the tastes and flavors expected of a higher rated beer. A high abv, heavy but hitting the right refreshing beer flavors, and a very delicious beer. Gotta like the style first, if it's in your store, try it. Which I could drink more of it, but have to followup with a step down on the abv, so can have one tomorrow,
Mar 29, 2024
Rated: 4.45 by LA2ED7

Mar 26, 2024
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Reviewed by Lexluthor33 from New York

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Dark brown color with a mocha colored head and lace.
aroma of chocolate, cocoa, malts, coffee hints galore.
taste was sweet with a mild bitter finish and it had the chocolate with the roasted malts and coffee to boot.
A really enjoyable beer that was great from start to finish.
This ages well, but I would say three to five years max.
Feb 27, 2024
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Reviewed by LagerMan_US from Maine

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
If you like stout - this one is top shelf.
All the signature, and creative, flavors of a complex stout delicately combined.
It's notably refined, especially given the high alcohol content.
Feb 22, 2024
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Reviewed by chrisiswhothisis from California

4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a thick, mousse-y, tan head; stays persistent.

Chocolate malt, coffee aroma.

Tastes of dark chocolate malt; almost no sweetness. Leans heavy on the bitterness of the dark malts.

Thick, bitter stout. Perfectly on style. Finishes dry.

The epitome of a Russian Imperial Stout.
Feb 20, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by cozmo from New York

Feb 11, 2024
Rated: 4.18 by Maxxis from Illinois

Jan 09, 2024