Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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94%
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4.3 w/ 12,258 ratings
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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#496
Reviews:
3,735
Ratings:
12,258
Liked:
11,526
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.23%
Alströms:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
608
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3,052
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Ratings: 12,258 |  Reviews: 3,735
Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black, with two inches of very creamy, pillowy coffee-colored head. Head retention is excellent, with plenty of stick on the sides and a substantial lace on top.

Smells sweet and malty, with chocolate aromas most dominant, but caramel malt molasses, and coffee, as well.

Taste is not as sweet and chocolaty as the nose indicated. There is a lot more roasted malt coming through flavor-wise than there was in the aroma. The chocolate is there, quite bittersweet, though, with a low-level of overall malt sweetness. There is an underlying hop presence that includes a bit of a citric twang and a good dose of bitterness, as well. The finish includes a lingering roasted malt/charcoal flavor and some bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and quite creamy. Nice and smooth on the palate. Overall, this is a good beer, although I wish it were a tad sweeter, and the roasted malt/hop bitterness combo gets to be a bit wearing.

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Photo of pkaeding
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured it from the 12 oz bottle into a mug, and the first thing I noticed was the very dark black color, and the thick brown head. After a minute or so, the head subsided somewhat, leaving an even lacing, and lightening in color to more of a cream color.

The dark, roasty coffee/cocoa aromas hit you first, with a faint bready aroma in the back. It is a very inviting smell, but you know from the first whiff that it will take a long time to finish this beer.

There are some sweet malty notes, but the flavor is dominated by the roasty/bitter notes that finish out. It reminds me a lot of baker's chocolate. There is a faint flavor of alcohol, but the bitterness balances it out. The mouthfeel is very thick, but not to the extreme. This is a very heavy beer.

The finish lingers for several seconds, and you will want to savor it until it subsides before having another sip. Then you will definitely want another sip.

This is a great beer that I would definitely try again. However, you will most likely not want more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of feilb
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a nice four pack from murray's.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost opaque, not quite black, but very dark. Shows a nice fluffy cream head that stick around a couple minutes before diminishing into a very nice lace that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A pleasant yet subtle nose with a roasty smell with hints of mocha and slight hints of garlic, though this flavor isn't borne out in the taste.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy, definitely pick up the roast and the mocha here, not much bitterness and no discernible astringency in spite of its relatively high ABV.

Mouthfeel: A good creamy smooth mouthfeel without being oily or sticky. Substantial as a good stout should be, but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability: Not a session beer, but it goes down with a smooth finish. Its hefty and substantial, but not epic.

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Photo of thoglund
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrkun
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro at Toronado SD.

A: Stout black with really foamy tan head with very nice lacing.

S: Roasty malt with mild coffee notes.

T: The taste follows the nose with strong roasty flavors becoming more prevalent as the beer warms up.

M: Very light carbonation and ultra smooth and creamy.

O: This is great on nitro and the creaminess makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black pour with a one finger mocha head that left just a bit of lacing.

S-Coffee, dark chocolate, plums & figs.

T-Tastes just like the nose with a bit of hotness but not in a bad way. It compliments this beer.

M-Heavy & creamy yet slick with an oily finish and perfect carb level for me.

D-For a big beer, it is surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with ruby hints around the edges, and a two finger creamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is cocoa-ey, and filled with scents of roasted barley, and a bit of coffee. Toffee also pops out, along with a hint of burnt toast. Only the smallest hint of alcohol present.

Flavor is smooth, and dominated by coffee nuances behind the roasted grain. Chocolate is also present, along with a hoppy finish. Dry finish, balanced between roasted grain and (what taste like noble) hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy. Begs for another sip. Drinkability is pretty good considering the ABV and heft of the beer.

Yet another fantastic beer from North Coast. They almost never disappoint.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a tan head that has a wonderful oil layer on top. Really nice looking brew. The smell is even better, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The taste continues the trip to Chocolate town with hints of coffee and caramel to boot. This is an intense beer, you really take your time with it and one is probably plenty, but I really enjoyed it. I've never been a stout guy, but this is a couple in a row that I've enjoyed. I would definetly have this beer again, it would be a great dessert after a meal.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this both on-tap and in bottle, and surprisingly, the bottle was superior to the tap, god knows why, so I averaged the two ratings.

A - Black as night, opaque, no light going through this stuff. 1/2 pinky of head, darker grey colored.

S - Typical quality Imperial, nice hints of chocolate, maltiness, slight hop quality to it.

T - Great, tastes of smooth chocolate and the hops make their presence subtley known. The chocolate malt is clearly the forefront. Alcohol taste is very effectively masked by the fantastic flavors.

M - Thick, decent carbonation, not overpowering or underwhelming. Good balance. The creaminess is praiseworthy.

O - Does it live up to the hype? That, lads and ladies, is up to the drinker. In my opinion, the bottle lived up, whereas the tap did not. Anyways, both were great choices; drinkable, flavorful, nice ABV and cleverly masked. Recommended.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an oily black appearance with a light coating of tan foam across the top. Nose is filled with ripe, sweet fruity aroma and rich, velvety maltiness. First taste is slightly roasted malt with creamy cocoa and toffeeish notes. Lots of bitterness, but there's a lot of malt to pit it against. Dries out a bit at the end, with a modest acidity. Full-bodied, warming with a creamy, soft texture.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful one finger thick foam head. Pitch black!

S: Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and picking up some faint dark fruits. Lingering alcohol aroma. Very pleasing.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee up front, with some smokiness, and finishing with an appealing bitterness. Picking up a unique sour/sweet tartness. Very well balanced. Overall a complex and delicious tasting imperial stout.

M: Thick and viscous. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. Would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm slowly coming to the end of my Imperial stout bottles available in MN. Old Rap is black with red streaks in the light, with a smallish tan head. The aroma is roasted malt first followed by cocoa and hints of dark fruits (raisins).Chocolate and roasted coffee flavors come forth with a little sweet malt and a touch of bitterness. The body is medium-full that is nice for the style and it finishes long and roasty.Not as complex as the best but a nice drink at the end of a long cold day.

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Photo of cbn
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown nearly opaque, translucent edges show held in the light.

Sweet dark roast malt, some alcohol,coffee, caramel,cocoa, with tingly cedar edges.

Sweet mocha coffee,citrus(lime), bitter hop,

Chewy drying cocoa caramel foamy head adds to flavor and texture of this medium-body stout.

Every sip so smooth, it have to be good.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's almost opaque, very dark brown, and the head is thick and ample. Bakers chocolate seems to be the strongest part of the aroma, also slight hints of ripe dark fruits, and a bit of crisp hops....quite enjoyable. Enjoyably smooth on the palate...creamy, full of bakers chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Alcohol shows itself through the finish and into the aftertaste, adding a warming character to accentuate the crisp hops that also finish it off. One heluva stout here, easily drinkable for such a brute, and quite fulfilling.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a single into a Bell's snifter

dark brown/black, viscous, big puffy 2 finger head with great lacing...nose is great, some bitter chocolate, smokey roasted malts...woody and warming, not getting as much complexity on the tongue as I did on the nose, but it's still quite good; doesn't hide the alcohol as well it might, a little boozy.

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Photo of astrasday
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Near black. One finger, khaki head retains well with a nice lacing.

Smell. Dark chocolate, raisins, roasted malts, vanilla, biscuit and hints of alcohol.

Taste. Coffee is the most present on the palate. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, biscuits and hops. There is also some serious booze going on in here, especially when it warms up a bit. Very warming taste. Lovely.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied, creamy, smooth with a nice amount of carbonation to give it a strong backbone.

Drinkability. This is a potent offering that drinks easy but certainly one that I need to pace myself with. I see myself finishing this off after a nice big meal as a desert. Taking my time, savoring the flavors and let the warmth it has to offer wash over me.

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Photo of grayburn
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is really one of the first RIS' that I tried, finally coming back to it, excellent beer.
Pours a midnight black with a smallish tan crown that fades a little too quickly.
The smell and taste are dominated by the roastiness and chocolatey grain flavour that have made this style so f'in popular. Excellent blending of flavors, everything really melds together in this brew, there is plenty of hop bittering to keep things from being overly sweet.
The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, definitely my favorite characteristic of this beer.
The drinkability is pretty good, about as good as can be expected from such a big beer. Very nice.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very thick and dark blackish hue with a deep tan head. Smelled of chocolate and maybe currants? The taste offers a sharp coffee-like bitterness that balanced the sweetness. Let it warm a little and of course it gets even better. This is becoming a go-to RIS for me as it's readily available, year-round no less. Some of the other breweries would do well to take a lesson from Northcoast and offer a pleasant RIS 12 months a year!

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Photo of thebeers
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a pretty solid black color with a giant three-plus fingers of lasting tan foam that leave heavy webbed lacing.

Nutty, lightly-roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee stand out in the aroma. These continue to the taste where they mix with a stronger, more charred-malt flavor, some pretty strong hop bitterness, a slight vegetal flavor and a kiss of alcohol on the backend.

It's medium-to-heavy bodied with strong carbonation in play in the mouthfeel.

To me, this is a beer that would have seemed world class fifteen years ago. The vegetal note and the not-quite-perfect carbonation level knock it a bit in my scoring, but I really appreciate the charred, bitter qualities in this one and can definitely see why it's beloved.

Packaged on 12142016.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle at 45 degrees; a reddish-black color with a thick, foamy head.

S - A roasted mocha rounds out the aroma. Simple, yet powerful.

T - The coffee taste is more dominant than the chocolate, but both are washed out by a bready alcohol flavor. Alcohol also isn't too strong, but it's the dominant taste. Finishes strong with a malty aftertaste.

M - A thick, RIS body that is completed with the high alcohol content rounds out a wonderful warming feel.

D - A good cold weather, one-serving beer. One of my top RIS selections and an excellent representation of North Coast.

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Photo of Ourbrew
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of yourunclewalt
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"If Clint Eastwood were to whip me to death and put that in a bottle, you would get this beer." - Mike 'Peanut' Ruller, August, 2007.

A - Thick, deep tan pillowy head on top of a pitch black, murky body.

S - Brown sugar, floral hops, fusel / vodka tinge

T - Very bittery brown sugar / vodka, bit of caramel and chocolate to finish. Extremely malty, imperial to type with the slightest hint of bittering hops in the aftertaste

M - Thicky, creamy, milky stout body. Little bit of carbonation and alcohol spoils the finish, however.

D - This is supremely delicious. An after-dinner / cordial for sure, not even close to sessionability. Probably comparable to the Sam Smith's Imp. Stout.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black just like an Imperial Stout should be. Head is thinner than I would've liked, despite a strong pour.

S: Burnt caramel and roasted nuts up front. Scent of alcohol is quite strong. Hop aroma is undetectable.

T: Malt flavor is slightly sweet initially. Flavor of roasted nuts is very distinct. Hop flavor is spicy and bitter. The roasted malts add more bitterness still. However, this beer is actually very well balanced. Finishes slightly sweet. Although the alcohol is very warming the taste is hidden quite well, a surprise given its strong smell.

M: Low carbonation makes for a very smooth mouthfeel. Perfect for such a full bodied beer.

D: Good deal of alcohol warmth makes this a perfect winter sipping brew. I'd like to taste this beer side by side with Brooklyn and Storm King. In my opinion this beer deserves a place alongside those two in my fridge. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mmellow12
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 12,258 ratings
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