Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darkish black color with a light brown head... smell is strong of dark malt, barley, and coffee grounds. Taste is on the bitter end for a stout because of the malt, light on coffee and chocolate, unlike many stouts it focuses on the basic ingredients like barley malt and hops. Feel is light but low on carbonation, feels closer to a porter honestly. A very nice beer, a little thin, but a great representation of the style.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; body is black, can't see through it even when held up to the light. Forms a stiff, creamy dark tan head. Great retention throughout the drink with beautiful lacing.

smell; very toasty roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Spicy, woody hops are also pesent, somewhat tannic. A bit of caramel perhaps...

taste; bitter chocolate coffee beans and molasses. Some bitter flavors of oak as well in the finish, little more hoppy than sweet but the balance is still nearly flawless. Burnt malts ride from start to finish growing more bitter, then briefly taking on a lactic sweetness in the finish, before the hops gain control and balance things out.

mouthfeel; very heavy bodied and thick. Goes down smooth, leaving a slimy trail. Alcohol warmth is noted as well as tight carbonation. Finishes very dry and crisp.

drinkability; such a powerfully flavorful drink, without overwhelming the palate, quite an easy drink that sits perfect with me.

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Photo of froghop
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a mountainous brown head, excellent lacing.

smell is of cocoa, coffee, touch of licorice, and a touch of hazelnut.

taste is smooth, milk and dark chocolate, touch of caramel, and coffee bean, ends a little bitter and somewhat dry.

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Photo of bdo894
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a super dark chocolate color, almost like black coffee. Really cool looking. Very little head.
Smelled chocolatey and grainy, like whole wheat bread.
Tastes delish, chocolate and coke with a touch of hops. Can barely taste the high APV.
Smooth mouthfeel with a clean finish. Goes down real easy.
Overall an awesome beer, especially for something with such high alcohol. I'm loving the darker beers in general nowadays.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Finger of tan head with mixed bubbles. Poured dark brown black in the glass. Unable to see and carbonation.

Chocolate is up front on the nose, nice roasty notes, mild coffee notes

Very nice roasty notes up front on the taste, bitter chocolate, heavy espresso, nice mildly sweet finish

Mouth feel is not what i want from a stout. Wish itneas thicker

Over very delicious

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Photo of Strohm
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wingedeel
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of LADaveBN
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoRedlegs
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pub style glass.

A: Pitch black with a serious creamy mocha colored head. Frothy patches of lace.

S: Burnt oak and mild.

T: Bitter, smooth, with a bit of a dark chocolate finish.

M: Full and oily.

O: A very nice stout that I think I chilled a bit too much for the start. The flavors came out more pronounced after being glassed for about 5 minutes. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ahatch551
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, opaque and black with nice lacing beautiful beer.

Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Aroma is very subtle.

nice roasted almost coffee flavor, good flavor balance.

Good mouthfeel soft on the tongue with a nice dry finish.

Very drinkable beer only the high gravity limits the number I can drink.

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Photo of TommyW
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a tall tan head that clings to the glass.

S- Roasted and burnt malts with some light notes of alcohol.

T- roasted and burnt bread crusts with a slightly noticeable hop profile. The hops and burnt flavor create a dry but still sweeter finish.

M- Creamy and smooth feel with a nice carbonation.

D- An awesome RIS; a great sipper on a cold day.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Creekside Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo last night.

Served in an Old Rasputin nonic.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a tall, dense, pile of brown foam on top. Head retention is a m a z i n g. While I've always loved the look of Old Rasputin, I've never seen one quite like this. The nitro does some pretty incredible things for it. Great lacing. Fantastic colors. Perfect!

Smell: Tons of roasted malt and dark chocolate with milder suggestions of coffee, pine, lactose, floral hops, and fruity esters.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, black coffee, dulled pine, and mild burnt notes. Very roasty and robust with solid, long-lasting bitterness. Pretty intense. The nitro seems to make it roastier than normal. I like.

Mouthfeel: I think I might like this on plain CO2 better. This version is softer and creamier, but I actually miss the bite. Full, rich, and robust with a long-lasting bitter-roasty aftertaste.

Drinkability: Pretty rough, but really flavorful. This took awhile to get through, but I'll definitely be ordering it again.

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Photo of erz316
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a solid black, no light or anything other radiation is getting through this brew. the head is large and is around a medium champagne colour.

S - one can most certainly smell the alcohol right up front, that is what is most noticeable; strong smelling but more subtle roasted malts trail behind the booze

T - A good and complex taste for this one. the hops add a great bitterness to the initial taste on the sides of the tongue, while there is a different type of bitter on the back of the tongue, reminiscent to that of strong coffee The alcohol only becomes prominent for the aftertaste, remaining very manageable on the palate.

MF&D - very smooth, and thick. Not as thick as it could be, but then again, who wants to drink syrup. nothing extraordinary to really note here.

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Photo of bosox941827
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into Guinness imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as it tasted. Gotta say, one of the more compelling labels I've seen; it feels as though Grigori Rasputin is judging me as I pour the beer.
A - Dark as night; even held directly to a light, yields only the slightest hint of reddish brown on the edge; throws off a rocky head on the pour which slowly dissipates to a lingering lace.
S - Cocoa powder, black licorice, molasses and roastiness....can't wait to taste it
T - Surprised by the earthy hoppiness in this one. North Coast website doesn't say, but I'm guessing there's a healthy dose of Simcoe hops in here. But first impression is of sweet, roasted malts; molasses, coffee aftertaste (but not really *flavor*) and then that nice earthy bitterness, which lingers for as long as you can stand to wait for the next sip. The roasted malt flavor also mixes in with the hoppy linger. Aftertaste is quite similar to some Black IPAs I've had...
M - Medium amount of carbonation and not very heavy feeling despite look and ABV
D - This is definitely a sipper and an enjoyer; you don't want to session this and it's not in the job description
What a fantastic beer; absolutely LOVE the mixture of roasty malts and drying hops; great stuff.

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Photo of rappmann
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of tan head that never fully settle, beautiful sticky lacing

S - overloaded with bitter chocolate and coffee, not a hint of booze, and a nice malt presence

T - Perfect balance of Coffee and Chocolate, nice dark malt character as well

M - Really light considering it's ABV. nice carb, althought I like my heavy stouts a little flatter.

O - This to me is the benchmark RIS. Every time I have one it's extremely enjoyable and insanely easy drinking.

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Photo of Jacob17
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TPiwaron
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seand
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large stemless red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours solid very dark brown, maybe black. Two finger tan head, which disappears leaving a thin film on the top. Good lacing.

Smell: Sweet, complex but not overpowering. Hints of french vanilla coffee.

Taste: Taste is subtle and complex, hiding the alcohol well. Somewhat sweet, with mild but detectable hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Great, light carbonation, a little bit of stickiness, definitely complements the taste.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but the high ABV means you don't want to go through too many.

My first Russian Imperial Stout, and I will be trying more of the style.

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Photo of CycleHops
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mfavoino
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a thick, black with a creamy head. Head retains well and provides great lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malts, nutty, and some soy sauce.

T: Sweet chocolate flavor, burnt malts, light coffee. Some subtle dark fruit and alcohol starts to come out as it warms.

M: Creamy, full-bodied stout that still has decent drinkability.

O: I can't believe it took me this long to try this classic. A very good stout that I will come back to.

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Photo of shanem
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with about half an inch of dark tan head. Looks like oil pouring. awesome

S: easy blend of dark chocolate with some roasted/smokey notes. no bitterness in the smell at all

T: Dominated by a nice smokey taste and balanced immediately after with a great chocolate flavor. Carries a little sweetness with a bit of alcohol heat on the finish that sticks by until the next sip

M: Nice thick full bodied. almost creamy. leaves a slight stickiness

D: I found this dangerously quite drinkable for a RIS

Definitely worth the 4 pack, looking forward to having the rest. Probably one of the best basic non espresso/oak/chocolate type of Imperial stouts I've had

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Photo of webbcreative
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a murky blackness with a small head that's nice and dark as well. Aroma is nice and roasty and malty with a bit of dark fruitiness and sugar. Flavor is great - chocolate, coffee, tons of malt, and a pleasant small bitterness. Good thick mouthfeel. Everything you'd expect and want in an imperial stout.

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Photo of mtnwesdew
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a go to RIS that I've enjoyed for years. The smell doesn't really give off much but the taste is where it's at. This is a benchmark for the style. Thick and rich with the ABV pretty well hidden. Taste of.....this one confuses me. It's damn good, I just can't break down the flavors. Anyhow, I always have a couple of these in the back of the fridge just in case.

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Photo of bodah80
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,369 ratings
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