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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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3,634 Reviews
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,634
Ratings:
11,858
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
18.46%
 
 
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Photo of Jedimaster1
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer tastes much different on tap than it does from the bottle. Btw, I had it at the Yard House in Rancho.

A: It looks exactly like a Guinness. Same look in a pint glass -- especially the darkened head.

S: Guinness again!

T: Tastes like a thick, creamy, alcoholy Guinness. Definitely a stout similar to the Irish Stouts -- could it be an Imperial Guinness? lol. Little too much alcohol in the taste, but still a good imperial stout.

M: The alcohol definitely resonates in the mouth. Takes the enjoyment away from the next sip.

D: With the ABV at 9%, not too many of these can be taken in a sitting without not being able to walk upright.

This is a fine brew. The funny thing is, to me it is an Imperial Guinness on tap, but an Imperial Stout from the bottle -- definitely different based on how you have it. Great brew. The only caveat, as others have mentioned, is the alcohol that sometimes comes to the forefront of this fine brew. Still recommended if you have never tried it on tap.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

apperance-pitch black in color. medium tan head

smell- pungent, mollases, sour smelling...light alcohol

taste- coffee high malt flavor with light hops.

mouthfeel-semi thick low carbonation mouthfeel somewhat creamy

notes- a very strong beer. not something i would make a session beer. a good brew to have every now and then im my opinion.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: As dark as used motor oil, when poured into a glass a golden brown head erupts but receeds to a nice wispy cap of the surface. In line with the head, the lacing was minimal (would have rated higher if the head held up, possibly my glass???).

Smell: I thought the nose was dominated by roasted nuts with hints of coffee. There is a little bitterness that is pleasing to the nose. The alcohol is masked, but can be found with deep breaths.

Taste: Bitter, but contained. Slights flavors of coffee accompany the hoppy bitterness. Creamy malts create a nice backbone. The finish is characterized by biscuity flavors and coffee. The alcohol goes surprisingly undetected.

Mouthfeel: It is lighter bodied than I had expected, but still nice. It has moderately high carbonation, and stays lively in the mouth. Nice and smooth with a coating effect throughout the mouth.

Drinkability: I would have to say this isn't the most enjoyable nor tastiest RIS I have had. But I will point out that it is a very drinkable beer that I could solely enjoy for the evening, albeit it would be a short evening at 9%.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can see why this is so popular. Roasted malts balanced by a pleasant bitterness, with tones of complexity to boot. It also warms nicely, which allows the chocolate and coffee flavors to bloom. The bottle I had wasn't especially creamy, to my disappointment. I think I'll revisit Old Rasputin with the hope the I'll get a better bottle, but this is how I feel about it for now.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Matilda Glass

Pours ½ finger of dark tan head. Fades down to a thin layer leaving some lace rings. Color is a dark chocolate brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Chocolate malts, coffee, some heat, dark dried fruits, molasses. Burnt, roasted malts. A very well done RIS.

Taste: Very syrupy, chocolate malts, roasted malts, coffee, dark dried fruits, cherries. Too syrupy for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and syrupy. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a burnt roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but I have had far better RIS. This one seems to be a syrupy mess. I will easily get this again because it is decent and the price is low.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this stout pours midnight black with a half finfer of caramel colored head, too dark to notice any carbonation

S - dark chocolate aromas mixed with dark fruits, like raisins, above a strong alcohol aroma

T - a taste reveals a coffee characteristic not present in the nose, it is very tasty, the chocolate/raisiny/alcohol flavor is strong up front, but then melts into the aforementiond coffee flavor which persists into the aftertaste, very nice

M&D - smooth and silky, very tasty, the only drawback is that the ABV is highish and the alcohol flavor is rather strong, but a great stout

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Photo of neophilus
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with an intense mocha colored head that erupts in the glass. Hints of ruby sparkle in the light. Need some time to let the foam settle down. The aroma is sweet and spicy, more hop character than I was expecting. Underneath flowed a current of roasted bitterness, barely detectable against the strong hop smell.

The first sip greeted me with full bodied roast flavor. Thick and sweet but a balanced hop bitterness to keep the flavor clean. The beer is surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. The body is heavy but doesn't stick to the mouth, washing away with a firm bitterness from the hopping.

As the beer warms more fruity flavors emerge. Notes of raisins and plums against the roasted backdrop. It lends some depth to the flavor but continues to wash away cleanly with a smooth body and bitter aftertaste on the palate.

This beer was a little bit of a surprise. A good dose of hop aroma up front anchored by the roasted scent. A strong backbone of hop bitterness and roast carries a fruity undertone. The mouthfeel was rich and smooth but washed away cleanly. Aftertaste left a firm bitterness that cleaned up the strong flavors and begged another sip.

Enjoying more than one of these is easy, if not dangerous because of the well hidden abv.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA. Served in a smaller glass, somewhere between a shot and a pint.
A: When it arrived in front of me, I could see three layers. The bottom third was very deep, dark brown; in the middle was a much lighter, café au lait color brown; on top was the very creamy and thick head. As a minute or so passed, the dark brown gobbled up the middle layer and the head very slowly but surely receded. An intriguing effect, to say the least.
S: Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and perhaps some sweet toffee. There were also notes of raisins, and maybe a buried cherry flavor, like chocolate-covered fruit.
T: Very imperial and stoutish. I can definitely taste the coffee, chocolate and raisiny notes. Somewhat bitter mid- and aftertaste.
M: Thick, creamy and heavy. Just what I expected.
D: This roughly half-pint was plenty for me. It tastes great and is a beer I would get again, but any more than a pint would take work, especially with a meal.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter,pitch black with a nice tan head.nose is dark fruit,roasted coffee,a bit of earthiness,slight alcohol,and dark chocolate.taste is very similar to the nose,with up front bitter chocolate,a bit of carmelized sugar,coffee,and more dark chocolate and slight warming alcohol in the finish.mouthfeel is ever so slightly thin in comparison to other RIS i've had, but this is still very good.

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Photo of memory
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap that laid a nice half inch head. Appeared dark coffee with a bitter chocolate note to it's nose. Taste typical of an Imperial stout sweetness but this to me was a real dessert ale because I could only drink one or two at the most.
Had a full bittersweet taste that left a long pleasant taste on the tongue.
A nice stout for desert after a meal.

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Photo of azdback
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip glass. Deep dark black. No highlights to speak of. Two fingers of coco creamy colored and sticky looking head. Peaks and valleys are great. Lacing looks like a spider web.

Dark malts, molasses, dark roasted coffee, smokey? A bit tart. No alcohol.. at least for now.

Taste is initially dark, bitter chocolate. A bit of booze. Some tartness maybe of a dried cherry? A bit of a nutty taste way at the end.

The mouth is a bit weak as far as the "chew" factor. It is well carbonated for the style. A bit dry at the end. The nuttyness is there too.

Overall I really enjoyed this one (and the hundred or so I've had before). I had yet to sit down and actually grade it so I'm a little surprised at my score, but I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wife told everyone to bring me a unique beer for my birthday. This is one of the three BA Top 100s I scored. Lets do it...

Guess what....it's dark. Fairly black. Nice mocha head. Began to thin out.

Stout smell.

Well the flavor is more commanding than the smell. Not that the smell is bad, but the taste kicks it up a notch. Bam!It's actually a bit too cold right now so I'll let it warm. *Lets it warm* Bitter in a chocolaty way. Coffee of course, possibly some black licorice.

After warming for some time, the aroma filled out with some dark cherries and alcohol but the mouthfeel got even smoother.

Overall: good, but after Stone IRS what else is there?

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours jet black, medium viscosity with a nice tan 2 finger hard that recedes to leave a tinge of lacing. The aroma has rich roasted malts, a slight marshmallow scrent with vanilla and cocoa powder. Flavor has espresso, milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla and some malted candy type flavors. Nice mouthfeel with a good palate coating component but a tad too high on the carbonation for me. Overall this is a g

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Photo of katan
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle

A - Pours dark as night with a strong mocha colored head. Very well retained.

S - Reminds me of chocolate and caramel notes - backed up with some roasted barley sweetness.

T - Very chocolately throughout the flavor profile. Mid-stream is a well defined sweetness. Ends with a lingering after taste of something like smoke. Aftertaste is dominated by bitterness.

M - Creamy and thick - coats the mouth completely. The after taste strength would indicate that some of the bitter balance has left a strong hop oil base.

D - While the flavors are certainly pleasing, this beer is certainly a sipper. Not high on the ABV bell curve for the RIS category, it still is potent enough to be more of a loaner night beer.

Fantastic beer - one I guess I'll have to do more importing of to Iowa over the winter.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top. No freshness date, but been in my fridge for two-months.

Appearance: Rough pour produced 1/4 inch tan sudsy head. Recedes quickly, leaving spotting. Deep black with mahogony red around the edges.

Nose: Roasted malt, black coffee, toffee, a little wisp of alcohol. Smells great!

Palate: Medium-bodied with crisp bitter edge. Lots of roasted and burnt coffee bean notes, cocoa nibs, black coffee, bitter chocolate. Long to moderate finish.

Notes: Significantly less creamy than the nitro-tap experience I've gotten used to lately. A great beer, but seriously bitter and drier feeling in the bottle.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from 8/20/2013. Pours a dark coca cola color but appears black in the glass. Not completely opaque as some light is able to shine through. The head is thick and tan, dissipating to a thin layer. The aroma has lots of dark caramel, some chocolate, a deep earthiness, almost like wet dirt or wood, hint of dark fruit, and an ashy smoke. Mouth feel is medium-full, soft and creamy; nicely balanced. This one may be past its prime or possibly wasn't cellared at optimal temperature. Very strong earthiness, maybe from stale hops, milk chocolate, light roast, weak coffee, and booze.

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Photo of CheckMate
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle obtained at Tully's in Wells, Maine. pours an onyx color with a half inch of coffee colored head that lasted a couple minutes and leaving a lot of lacing in its wake. scents of roasted malts, nuttiness, booziness, coffee hints, and dark chocolate. tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee notes, nutty, and a hint of booziness. moderately carbonated, leaves a roasty coffee aftertaste, and full bodied. The first sip invites another, however somewhat slowly. Seems like the type of beer that will hit you if drank too fast IMO, but perfect for this time of year. two thumbs up!

Cheers!

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-24-16 - On tap at Tir Na Nog in Philadelphia. Served in a snifter with overflowing creamy head. Aroma was there, but not too much. Sweet and smooth. A nice surprise to find here.

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Photo of marc77
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Approaching black in hue, w/ trace deep brilliant garnet when held to light. Dark tan head slowly settles into a tight lace leaving layer. Light chocolate and butterscotch, w/ mild roasted barley and nuttiness. Subdued vinous alcohol soaked dark fruit. Not as delectable in aroma compared to other imperials. Sharp roasted barley bitterness hits the palate initially, then is ensued by a wave of milk chocolate sweetness and prune like fruitiness. Mild sherry notes and black licorice emerge mid palate then are rendered abrupt by assertive hop bitterness. Hop flavor, although overshadowed by the malt profile, combines w/ the fruitiness to leave a pleasant citrus rind undertone. Fairly light in body for an imperial, but the dextrinous mouthfeel does not reflect that. Finishes w/ a slightly smoky, lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor. Old Rasputin is delicious, but falls a bit short aromawise. The rich malt character isn't represented in aroma. It lacks the complete package of richness, but is highly enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of bens0n
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best looking beers I have seen, it pours an obsidian black, 100% opaque with rich amount of creamy tan head, pretty dark colored head. Every sip leaves a thick coated rim on the pint glass.

You can smell roasted malts and there is a lingering nutty coffee aroma that is pretty subtle, nothing special here, but still solid. Flavor wise, it has a roasted coffee taste with some hints of brown sugar. The aftertaste is bitter and nutty. Its very smooth and creamy, but also pretty filling. Just enough carbonation to balance the smoothness and alcoholic kick this beer packs.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color into a pint glass from a bottle. No date found
Leaves a nice foamy thick head that dissipates slow leaving some nice lacing. You can taste the malts and earthy tones. A little bitter but at 9% it's not bad. Not any vanilla notes but roasted malt and some bitter chocolate
A nice overall Russian Imperial

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Photo of Gushue3
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep black looks medium/thick body with enormous brown/caramel head. isnt leaving.

S- lots of roasted malt, black licorice, light hop scent.

T- big boozy taste up front with bitterness hiding in there that shows up on the finish and lingers.

M- feels really smooth, tiny carbonation. almost chalky like a red wine on the tongue after the finish.

D- oh yea. as long as i dont comatose from the ABV i can drink this all night

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Photo of prosper
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very, very dark brown. Not quite black, but opaque still. Frothy tan head, good retention, lots of lace. Nice cascading effect when poured aggressively as the head died down. Couldn't ask for more.

Smells are faint. Dark sweet caramel, sticky malt sweetness, plenty of citrus hops.

Taste is very interesting. A good balance of the malt sweetness of a barleywine, roasted malts, dark, dried-fruit caramel, Roasty bitterness and pleasant herbal hoppy bitterness. Plenty of late-hop character, citrus and such, but I don't think any dry hops. If not for the hops, I think it might taste like cough syrup.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but finishes surprisingly clean. Still, it's sticky on the palate.

Drinkability - good for a beer this big, but not something you'd want more than one (or possibly two) of in a sitting.

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Photo of JC5886
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, small lacing. Smell is minimal, a little smoky. Taste is syrupy, malty, smoky, a little chocolate. Feels very heavy, and heavy on the alcohol making it not very drinkable. This is one of those beers you can only have a few of. Overall a good IPA, a little overrated IMO.

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Photo of dippy
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a dark and stormy beer...Brew was dark and had a rocky light brown head attachec. left an amazing lace on the glass documenting every sip.

Smell was roasty. Slight sweetness.

The taste was espresso. All roastiness. Like coffee grounds. Slight background sweetness like dark fruit.

I liked this beer. I could drink it all day, but I am scared of what my poop would look like the next day. It is the right time of year for it. It was smooth and mellow. Rocking you gently into drunkenness

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.
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