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:
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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12,207
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4.28
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Photo of wschumac
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was jet black with light brown head 1 finger. Very nice retention. Lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell from this reminded me a little to much of hops. But after letting it breathe. roasted malt ever present with coffee. A little hoppy.

Tasted a little too bitter, it was my first russian imperial so not sure what to expect. But very rich with hop aftertaste.

Excellent in the mouth and smooth expected a little fuller but light compared to its color.

Would come back to this one definitely after trying out some others.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EDIT: Updated review

Appearance: Just black with a one and half finger light mocha dense creamy head that lasted for a quite a while.

Aroma: Roasted and burnt malts. Dark chocolate and some coffee. And some dark fruits as well.

Taste: Dark roasted chocolate and coffee. Burnt malts. A slight of dark fruits. Nice bitterness throughout the flavors . Finish have a lingering roasted chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied. Almost creamy but the carbonation feels a bit too much.

Overall: Even through the stout it's not as intense as I thought it would be (and as described on the bottle); it tasted good. I definitely would not mind having it again.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe's in Raleigh into a tulip glass.

Jet black pour with a creamy tan head that's retained exceedingly well and leaves great lacing. Aroma has a surprisingly fruity nose: fig & plum. Of course, the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes are strong on this one.

Taste is quite chocolatey and has a nice roasted maltiness to it. Feels smooth, yet full-bodied with a nice bitter coffee bite saved for the back of the tongue and throat. I'll be having this one again for sure, good taste & complexity. Drinks exceptionally well for a 9% RIS.

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Photo of NolantheBondFan
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as all hell with a nice brown head. Looks delicious.
N: Not a whole lot of smell, but when you get a whiff of it, man, you want it. Smells like a good Stout. Coffee and Chocolatey.
T: Roast Coffee and a bit of chocolate. Strong, it can get a little overwhelming if you aren't prepared.
M: Light carbonation, not as smooth as I would like, but still good.
O: One of the first beers I really loved, it is the definition of Imperial Stout. When I think Russian Imperial Stout, I think Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Almost black, dark brown with a scant brown head. Aroma has powerful licorice and roasted malts. The flavor is big and roasty with coffee bitterness; quite dry in the finish, and the hops blend in and don't overwhelm the balance. Full palate with fizzy carbonation. Very drinkable for an imperial, but intense and rich, dry and bitter. Goes nicely with chocolate desserts. (3.8) Rerate: This is damn good on tap. More dark chocolate and less hop bitterness, though still balanced nicely and very drinkable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. Dense brown head of foam and good lacing.

S - Dark, roasty aromas predominate. Molasses, dark frut and berries, some graininess and metal.

T - Very wine like and fruity with roasted character as well. Mixed berries, coffee. Not overly sweet and alcohol is well hidden.

M - Carbonation is sharp, which seems to lighten the body somewhat.

D - Pretty good, but not my favorite. Could be a victim of raised expectations. Feels light for a RIS and flavour is solid but not mindblowing.

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Photo of ordybill
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and you can also smell the high ABV. The taste is roasted to burnt malt with alcohol. A very good Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of dejrrma
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

4 pack, around $8. no freshness date. poured into a snifter

a- pours jet black. no light getting through. beige/cream-colored thick half inch of head. thick lacing

s- raisins, milk chocolate, slight hints of coffee

t- roasted malts and licorice, lots of espresso, some boozyness. pretty hoppy for a stout.

m- velvety...so velvety. medium-ish body. a bit of an alcohol burn. bitter aftertaste

o- pretty awesome RIS. Definitely lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of Pyrosixer9
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Thick, oily, and pitch black. Exactly what I'm looking for in an Imperial Stout. The head isn't as dark as I would like, coming in at a light tan color, but it sticks around in a pleasant ring all the way to the end. The lacing is to die for. Like spiders made sweet webby love in my glass.

Smell: Huge chocolate notes, mostly dark with a little bit of milk chocolate thrown in. Roasty, with a nutty warmth. Slight touch of alcohol

Taste: Lots of warmth from the alcohol. Roast, coffee bitterness. A different bitter note right as you swallow, like a black tea that has steeped too long. The nuttyness returns to sit on your tongue after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Thick, just the way it should be. The carbonation gives it a lively zip right at the end to keep things exciting.

Overall: This has quickly become my go to Imperial Stout. This is my first beer from North Coast, but if Old Rasputin is any indication, I will happily be buying more from them in the future. (4.25)

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fenris244
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with 2 finger tan head, ther retention is monsterous, the head will not subside, over halfway through the head is still every bit as thick as if it had just been poured

Chocolate, coffee and bitter roasted malt, that's all I could smell, I was expecting a more complex aroma from old raspy

Coffee and bitter malt flavors come through quite strongly, chocolate flavors come through as well, also the finish leaves a mineral taste and I got a toffee flavor as the beer warmed. The alcohol makes itself known but is nicely restrained by the other flavors in the beer.

Clings to my mouth buy keeps from being overly viscous, good sipping beer

Drinkability for an imperial stout is pretty good, I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark coffee brown with a 2 finger light tan head. Great retention and chunky swaths of lacing. Not sure how it could look any better.

S - Roasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate, charred wood, and some light sweet notes of caramel and milk chocolate.

T - Starts off with a bitter roasted malt and bakers chocolate. There is some sweetness in the middle with milk chocolate and caramel, but the finish is more bitter, with coffee and charred wood.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation, rich and smooth mouthfeel.

O - Solid shelf RIS, a real classic.

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Photo of Raime
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a monster mocha head that does not allow a quick pour.

S - Slight dark coffee. That's about it. Perhaps I have an old bottle.

T - Strong bitter dark coffee with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. Spot on for an RIS.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Once again, spot on for an RIS.

O - Overall, this is a great RIS, and a great beer for the time of year, especially here in Michigan

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Photo of eml0690
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of williamsgodfrey
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Old Rasputin came out of the bottle a dark brown, nearly black, color. There was a half a finger’s worth of head, roughly the color of overly creamed coffee. The head stayed around briefly but fizzled off shortly, becoming a thin ring at the edges of the glass with an island or two of small bubbles floating around on the top of the beer. I think (I know) that I had the beer too cold when I poured it and I think that is why the head was so small. Russian Imperials should best be poured and consumed in the 50-55° F range. When I’ve enjoyed Old Rasputin in the past, at a more reasonable temperature, I remember a much more robust head that stuck around more. As I began to drink I noticed that the beer actually appeared almost red at the edges. When beer spread out on the way out of the glass with each sip I noticed a deep red or crimson to it, quite nice.

Aroma:
I got a big, dark, roasty, bready aroma out of my glass. Perhaps a bit of hop spiciness on the back-end. As it warmed up a bit I began to notice a lot of tobacco flavors, really near to that earthy sweetness of freshly dried and cut tobacco leaves.

Taste:
This beer truly tastes wonderful. I get a lot of hop up front, not quite as sharp as a big IPA, followed by dark, roasted malt, a little boozy heat, something akin to sugar just as it starts to caramelize/burn, and finally a finish of alcohol soak chocolate covered raisins.

Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel felt pretty spot on for a Russian Imperial, it was smooth with a faint carbonation tickle with a slight amount of body.

Overall:
It’s a classic and it's awesome. One of the best Russian Imperials out there, and maybe one of the first to receive widespread acclaim and distribution in the North American beer market.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a stemmed globed glass

A- Poured black with a huge fluffy, ice cream like head, chocolate milk colored head, some of the most impressive glass coating lace ever. I am pretty shocked at the size of the head for such a high ABV beer, this beer looks spectacular though

S- Some big licorice, roasted malt, some dark fruits, and some alcohol. Pretty nice aroma, the alcohol overwhelms some of the other aroma notes.

T- Big roasty and bittersweet chocolate flavors, lots of dark fruit, lots of woody flavors, and prominent alcohol taste.

M- So smooth and creamy up front with a lots of alcohol warming and a very slight burn, low carbonation, a little sticky, bigger than medium bodied but does not drink as full-bodied as other RIS

O- This is a big stout that packs a punch and has some booziness, but at the same time is incredibly drinkable

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just an amazing beer- especially considering the price ($8.99 where I am) and year-round availability. Black as Rasputin's heart with a lovely tan head. Foamier than most RIS. No strong scent - just mild hints of caramel and coffee. These two flavors are distinct in the taste though. Serve this puppy pretty warm - cold it tastes boozy but at 50-55 degrees that goes away and the beer is silky smooth. I do like a few other RIS's more but this is the best year-round version. A true classic.

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Photo of mullehs
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSUBronco
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopflyer
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle with etching 31050530. Pours pitch black, light tan head. Its an RIS.

Dark fruit aroma, some raisin, and prunes. Some alcohol but hidden way backstage on this one.

taste is espresso-like in bitterness up front and follows up with semi-sweet chocolate mixed in with dark dried fruit like the prunes picked up in the aroma. Smooths out as it warms and the upfront bitterness backs off.

Not overly carbonated but more so than I was expecting. Pretty new to stouts so not sure what the goal is here. For me, it work here. Thickens as it warms and leaves stickiness on my lips.

Like I said, pretty new to stouts. I like this beer especially on a day like today, raw and cold. I'll certainly go for this again and it seems to have opened me up to more than the ipa/dipa that are usually my go to's

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Photo of CPAles
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arfenhouse
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black with a light brown head. Head can get large and the retention is good. Getting some lacing as well.

S: Nose is dominated by dark chocolate. Some dark fruit (raisin/prune). Some alcohol. A bit of coffee.

T: Bitter dark chocolate that transitions into a charred malt. Grain flavor is a bit bitter. Aftertaste is of dark chocolate. There's a bit of dark fruit sweetness hiding behind all the roasty flavors. A bit of the alcohol comes through.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Fuller body would be better. Some stickiness and wet.

O: Good complex, roasty, and bitter RIS. Not very expensive and good quality.

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Photo of kevinsane
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with a stout was a Guinness which I did not particularly enjoy. This beer however, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, has completely changed my opinion in regards to the Stout category.

Appearance : Poured a deep robust black/brown color with around a centimeter and half of thick tan head, which as it emptied, left several dense layers of foam.

Smell : A rich melody of chocolate, coffee and what I assume was the residuals of alcohol. Simple, yet very enjoyable.

Taste : A sophisticated yet conservative mix of chocolate, black coffee and possibly toffee? It's taste is mysterious yet familiar and is one of my favorite aspects of this beer.

Mouth : The first sips are in my opinion the most enjoyable. The thick foamy head acts as an appetizer to an entirely delicious dark beer , combined with a sturdy 9% alch by vol rating which leaves nothing to be desired.

Overall : It may seem as though I am gushing over this beer and frankly that is because I am. It was thoroughly enjoyable from the first to last sip, and I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially on a cold night.

Cheers

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Photo of stucat
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,207 ratings.
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