Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
12,189
Reviews:
3,720
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
599
Gots:
3,002
For Trade:
51
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Ratings: 12,189 |  Reviews: 3,720
Photo of akajimmyd
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Not much head and only a small crown. No lacing. Totally black and opaque.

Smell – Like overripe dark fruit. Alcohol. Whiffs of coffee malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel – Strong coffee taste. Some tart dark fruits. Very, very dry feel. Variety of malts and sustained hop backbone. Full body. Boozy finish.

Drinkability – Warms the belly. This is a very full RIS, you could not have more that two but it is very tasty and interesting.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

Has the standard coffee, chocolate, creamy flavor of a Russian Imperial Stout. Here's the kicker: the distinctive flavor that sets it apart from other RIS'? A mix of a flavor of cherries. Chocolate, coffee, cream and cherries.

A distinctive RIS. Excellent.

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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured nearly black with a small tan head that all but disappeared shortly. Not much lacing on the glass. Excellent aroma of caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste has a lot of coffee and bitter chocolate coming through. Nicely carbonated and a nice creamy mouthfeel as well.Excellent RIS, especially for the price and availability. I've purchased this one many times and will continue to do so.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of beerphan
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle -> pint
Vintage 2006

Pours black with a one inch thin dark tanned head which settles quickly to a solid layer of dirty soap suds. Chunky patches of lace.

Nose: Strong dark plum, chalky cocoa, alcohol,

Chewy mouth with some crisp carbonation. Huge chocolate malts, coffee and dark fruits all meld together to provide a roasted goodness that is quite satisfying. Nice smooth bitterness on the finish, but lacking any hop flavors.

A top notch impy, can't wait till try my other bottle some time in 2008.
NFL kick off 2007, Go Steelers!!

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgilks
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liquorice, chocolate and a hint of coffee are the predominant aromas. Fairly sweet and not all that roasty.

Pitch black with a small, creamy tan head. Nice.

Really, chocolatey and syrupy. There's a nice roast character to the finish. The liquorice note comes through as well. Really nice and elegant.

Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Almost perfect.

A really nice RIS. There's great flavour here and it isn't over the top. Just a simple, elegant beer.

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Photo of dzni
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an inky black with a light reddish-brown head that disappears quickly.
S - A nice coffee, chocolate, and molasses hits the nose. Maybe some slight berry in there providing some sweetness.
T - Rich espresso and chocolate in the mouth is consistent with the nose. Really nice. Not overly bitter at all, just right.
M - Heavy with a bit of carbonation (or is that hops) providing a nice counterbalance to the richness of the chocolate/espresso.
D - I doubt I could drink this all night at 9%, but it's perfect for both the colder months and as a pairing with dessert (or by itself!).

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Photo of timontheroad
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, almost black color, with a half inch head that faded over time to a thin film that left little lacing.mthe smell was coffee, dark roast malt with a hint of chocolate. The taste was pretty much the same as the smell, with the chocolate a little more prominent than in the aroma. Mouthfeel was full bodied and thick and creamy - superb. Overall, this is a great beer, nice price and available anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of Phishhead420
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, Papa Grigori, we meet at last. A seductive deep roast flavor rises from that first sip. I detect a not unexpected raisiny note to you, and then something that whispers in my ear, "cherries." For something in such a tiny bottle, your taste is big and strong, deep and dark, deep and dark. Am I aware of your stoutish bitterness, that cuts through the smoothness of your malts? Yes, I am, Papa Perhaps it is from the time the Romanov partisans tried to drown you in the Neva.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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 michaelwinstead
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of acostuhhh
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of utvol
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of singletary
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nolo
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lloyd83
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the nitro-tap at Binny's South Loop.

Looks amazing with tiny, dark khaki bubbles floating up through the dark liquid and settling into a fantastic half-inch head at the top.

Scents of coffee, malt, general roastiness comes out.

Tastes delicious...Roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet, and thick. Coats the mouth well in this format. Definitely want to keep drinking them.

Moderate amount of alcohol burn is noticeable, but doesn't take away from the overall excellent character of the beer. If anything, it's a nice reminder of the abv and that I shouldn't ask for a million pours.

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Photo of BigBigPickle
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer!!!

Sitting at the bar in Yia Yia's - Lincoln, Nebraska. A dark night wet with rain and melting snow. And this place, a holy beacon for a traveler stranded in Lincoln ...

But I digress. The first beer I ordered was Old Rasputin. Not sure why I haven't picked this up yet. I truthfully was unaware it was so easy to find in my hometown, Chicago.

A beautiful pour - dark chocolate with a toasty tan topper. A gorgeous beer, smelling strongly of chocolate with a hints of coffee and fruit esters.

The first sip is eye-opening as this is a big beer wit great coffee and enormous chocolate notes right up front. It also possesses an amazing hoppy front and a velvety smooth finish. I kid you not, this is so thick and full it tastes like dirt would taste if dirt tasted good.

Drink up my friends, this is a beer to fill your fridge, share with friends, and cherish until it is no longer with us.

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Photo of brewtus
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on nitro a few days ago. You can read all the other reviews about how solid this beer is but if you have a chane to drink this nitro, do it. To think that such a thick beer could be so velvety and smooth. This stout is a benchmark for stouts and fortunately available all the time but its really perfect for nitro.

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Photo of Mafia88
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Silenus
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful beer! This Imperial Stout pours a beautiful black with a thin caramel head. The aromas are of chocolate and coffee. The flavors are surprisingly smooth for a beer of this ABV. It has a full mouthfeel with a long, dry finish of burnt toast. The hops are perfectly balanced with the dark roasted malts. BALANCE is the key! Take my advice though, don’t have this with a sweet cookie for dessert ... match it with a piece for dark bitter chocolate. Excellent!

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Photo of granger10
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drinking this only confirms the fact that imp. stouts are my favorite. This was a great brew. Professionally crafted for sure. Very complex. Dark color but not as dark as expedition and with a little more head on it. The aroma seemed faded and it was not extremely thick which was it's only downfall. Other than that this was a very complex brew. Had a definite licorice taste to it and very apparent hop bitterness. A coffee taste was there and it was of strongly burnt coffee at that. Milky chocolate mixed with the coffee. It finished with a bittersweet chocolatyness that might have been the most perfect finish I have experienced. Amazing!

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Photo of bassboneman
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSteiny
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This brew is BLACK. I don't think it's possible to get much of any light through it. Poured a dark, syrup like brown with slightly thinner consistency. The head is something to be admired. A dark cream color. Very thick. Soft, creamy texture. Once you take a drink, it's not exactly going anywhere, either.

S- Can definitely smell the roasted tones, as well as what seems like some lighter, woody/nutty tones. Definitely has hints of the higher alcohol content present.

T- A wonderful mix of roasted maltiness, a touch of nut, and a bit of sweetness (akin to a dark chocolate) after swallowing, but before the aftertaste fully kicks in. Aftertaste retains the roast, yet has a hint of what feels like a touch of hopiness.

M- Very smooth, yet lacks the "creamy" the head had suggested. Carbonation has been kept low, but feels like it's at just the right level to add a comfortable bite. Has some characteristic weight, but nothing excessive.

D- As others have said, this is not a session brew simply because of the alcohol content. The four pack it comes in is sufficient for 2 people to enjoy without losing sight of the high points of the beer. If I ever see this on tap, rest assured I will be buying a round for anyone with me.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,189 ratings.
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