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:
12,191
Reviews:
3,720
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
599
Gots:
3,005
For Trade:
51
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Ratings: 12,191 |  Reviews: 3,720
Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bradleyp
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Market of Choice for selling this beer. I finally got to try this beer served in a snifter glass, and drank it in honor of the Man in Black from LOST. Smell was very clean, this beer is a dark brown. I felt that 9% alcohol really served it's purpose, and I don't think I could drink more than 2-3 of these beers in one sitting. However, I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of Drsuse84
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinsman
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprised to see that I had no review listed for Old Raspy, so here we go.

Really, an impressive looking stout with a perfectly black body. Crowned with a sticky coffee-with-cream colored head, about 3 fingers thick to start. Retention wasn't as much as I would have liked, but it still provided plenty of foamy stickiness and lace.

Aroma begins with a slightly grainy roasted aroma before sweeter chocolate scents come in. Plenty of coffee aromas to go along with this too.

Old Raspy is not as chocolate as some stouts but not as coffee flavored as some either. It seems to sit somewhere perfectly in between with a great balance of sweet, bitter, and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and a bit chewy. Overall, this stout is one of the best widely available stouts, and you don't have to wait in line at 3am just to give it a try. Great everyday drinker.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful stout. Nicely balanced, one thing I really like (or dislike) about stouts is the roastedness of the beers body. This one was not too roasted, but it had enough bitterness to warm me up on a single digit western New England evening. Highly drinkable at %9

Purchased as a 4-pack for $8.00, a good deal. There are so many good stouts out there, I feel that this category is going to become a much more scrutinized category.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head that has decent retention. When it does disappear it leaves very nice lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malt, sugars, and dark fruit esters. Carries on into the taste, but much more boldly. The roasted malt is predominate, along with a bit of balancing bitterness. The fruits are nearly gone, though there's a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Thick, with a creamy head; pretty much what one would expect of a stout.

Overall a very nice RIS. Not exactly terribly drinkable, but that's just in the nature of the style.

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Photo of blue-dream
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of suds on this Russian Stout. Not much lacing but the bubbles stay with the beer quite a while.
I smell chocolate and coffee and some sort of fruit/raisin.
Bittersweet is what I would describe the flavor to be.
It starts out bitter but ends up with a sweet dark toffee flavor.
I love the aftertaste on this one. While not as good as the Stone
it is still a great beer.
I could drink a couple of these at one sitting but wouldn't want to down a case of them.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter Bottle was aged 4-6 months.

A- Pitch black w/ a one finger thick dark brown head. Leaves a nice lacing om the sides of the snifter.

S- Has a nice RIS aroma, chocolate and roasted malts some through prominatly. Following slight coffee, licorice and hints of wood as well.

T- Nice smokey nutty chocolate taste up front giving way to some warming on the back end from the alcohol. As the beer warms the roasted malts and smokey notes become more prominent.

M- Smooth mouthfeel w/ nice carbonation but not as smooth as other RIS's. Also get a tingling in the mouth and tongue from the alcohol.

O- This is a very good RIS,but imo not an exceptional one. I enjoy this beer and have had it several times. Its a very good beer with a very reasonable price tag and a wide distribution. All of these factors keep Old Rasputin in my beer fridge, its just not the best beer in the fridge.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no date on bottle) poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Poured a very persistent tan 1/4" thick head. Good lacing as I drank it down - sometimes in thick sheets. The beer is quite black and there is maybe, just maybe, a hint of brown glow in the entire thing when held up to the light. Otherwise it's opaque.

Smell: Alcohol, fruit/prunes, some hops, and chocolate notes all rolled up into one. Very nice.

Taste: Quite good. Rich bittersweet chocolate up front, followed by a balanced bitter finish with hop and coffee flavors. At times the beer reminds me of a dark chocolate covered espresso bean.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Not thick and goes down really easy. Carbonation isn't very noticable - not that this is a problem.

Drinkability: Despite the high alcohol I think I could go for another. Went well with a meal (Italian seasoned beef and noodles) and I know it would go well with a dessert as well.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (no freshness date) into a nonic pint glass.

A very thick and mocha colored head (about 3 fingers deep) sat on top of a pitch dark body... the darkest of browns, hell, this was black. The head lingered around for a good amount of time. Lacing eventually formed on the sides of the glass but a fluffy puff of head remained in the center of the beer throughout the majority of this experience.

Very toasty malts dominate the nose. A woody liquor smell (somewhere between whiskey and brandy) is present as well.

Full flavor. Goes down smooth and creamy. Leaves a slightly bitter finish. The aftertaste reminded me of an iced mocha.

Overall: Incredible amount of flavor. Very filling, you could have one of these in place of desert. This was fairly pricey in my market but I thought it was well worth it. This tastes better when there is snow on the ground but that is not always a reality for everyone... you get the idea though.

Bottom Line: Great flavor. Might not be the best introductory stout. If you want to put your money towards a quality stout, may as well put this one in the cart. Does not disappoint.

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Photo of MimDIPA
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Brondeau
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good. A bit bitter for my stout tastes.

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Photo of Jae61
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nasty31
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

120zer poured into snifter.

A- Black in color with a nice 3 finger creamy tan head. Leaves nice lacing in a perfect ring around the glass. This looks tasty

S- I get a strong chocolate roasted malt and alcohol smell on this one. Smells the way a good stout should.

T- Very bitter at first on the tongue then finishes with a nice subtle sweetness. Chocolate and malty flavor are prominent. The alcohol is not noticeable at all and the flavors blend very well together.

M-Thick and creamy mouth feel just the right amount of carb.

This is an awesome stout that is perfectly put together. Nothing about this stout is over the edge in flavor. Drinking a few bottles of this in one sitting is not a problem at all. Goes down smooth and tastes even smoother.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First stout reviewed, not typically a fan but this was a treat. Received as a gift from an employee and was hesitant to drink due to it not normally being my style and the high alcohol content. Pours dark, virtually black, with nice thick, tan head. Head stays around and leaves great lace. Smell is of coffee mainly but some chocolate as well and a little bit of alochol (only a little). Looks good...smells good...taste...its good too. Very thick and creamy, low carbonation and strong coffee (cant pinpoint what kind as I'm not a coffee drinker) and nice taste of chocolate at the end, little bit of alcohol taste but its hidden beneath everything else. The most complex tasting beer I have ever reviewed. For being so strong and thick you hardly notice, great mouthfeel, great beer. Curious to try other examples of this style but I think I'll only be disappointed.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a clear crystal mug.

A: Clear, super dark brown with a tan, billowy head.

S: Alcohol on the nose, slightly masked by raisins, espresso and vanilla notes.

T: Molasses body with espresso coffee, red wine, dark chocolate and subtle grapes. Alcohol burn on the finish.

D: Hard to recommend having more than like two of these bad boys at 9% ABV. I was feeling it after one, because it goes down easy.

Value: I paid around $2.79 for a single 12oz bottle which I'd say is a bargain.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most reviewed beers on here, and I have never tasted it. So here we go; fresh bottle poured into a snifter.

Totally black body. Even with a strong white light nothing penetrates save for a few dark brown highlights, but they are minimal. the head is brown and standard for the style.

Smells of hops soaked in dark wort, well roasted barley, black patent malt, and a touch of astringent coffee.

The flavor takes the coffee and dark wort-infused hops to a new level. Roast is big, smoke is very small. Coffee is big, chocolate is small. Actually I don't think there is any smoke in this flavor. Bold hops. Well done flavors that kick with grit but don't abuse the palate.

The mouthfeel is thick and full with low carbonation, which I think is spot on for the style.

Conclusion: I always imagined this to be a well rounded American version of this classic style, and it turns out to be exactly that. Worth the hype? Yes. Are there even better options out there? Yes.

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Photo of MikeGross
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark blackish purple color with a small head!

S- HAs a pine,molasses and boozy smell

T-Hits you witha bitter licorious taste upfront andthen ends with some nice cocoa flavor

M-Think bodied with good carbonation

D-Very good beer. Has a stong boozy taste but the other flavors come through so it balences quite nicely. Would get this again

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours with a thick foamy cascading head, creamy and light Brown. The color looks black but has a rich dark amber around the edges when viewed in bright light (in a sunny beer garden).

The smell is malt; taste is malt and sweet. For a beer with 8.9% ABV It doesn't taste alcoholic, but does have a roasted coffee chocolate aftertaste with a smooth light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Presbadarious
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopSavant
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LoveSummerHoliday
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,191 ratings.
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