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:
12,190
Reviews:
3,720
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Photo of Tntcl
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PvtSnowball
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nbrio85
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carlso_aw
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Junior
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Baileyuk
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark Brown, almost black appearance. Head poured well, faded fairly fast but held a faint head throughout. Slight redness in the appearance. Lacing was minimal.

S - Very sweet aroma and roasted malts. Alcohol presence is forewarned in the aroma also.

T - Very sweet, with BIG roasted malts. Alcohol is very present but not unpleasant. Slight coffee and chocolate comes off also.

M - Thick full bodied and creamy texture. Flavors hang on the tongue for a while. Carbonation is a perfect medium to low, goes very nicely.

D - For a 9% imperial stout it is very drinkable. A little sweet for more than one or two. That said this beer is probably not meant for too many more in one go.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably smooth, despite the high ABV. Slick and chewy, nice mildly bitter roast grains dominate. Black with a small creamy beige head, sticky lacing. Some smoky bitterness lingers. A classic!

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Photo of zotzot
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice
The wife likes it

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Awesome black body with Aeolus head. Lacing is nice but doesn't stay long. Very inviting.

S - Dark roasted nose. Small of chocolate.

T - Dark roasted malt. Bitterness is definitely there. Aftertaste is a little salty.

M - great thickness, solid carbonation.

O - Always pleased when I pop open this beer. Intense beer. Great sipper.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of saburky
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjboesen
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Long a favorite of mine, this exemplifies the style - in my humble opinion. Just seeing old Gregori Rasputin, the sinister monk who captivated Czarina Alexandra, staring at you from the label with his hypnotic eyes is worth picking up a bottle.

It is deep dark in color, much like the eyes of the aforementioned monk, capped by a frothy beige foam. There is a mild nose of chocolate and toast in the nose; the palate is tickled with dark chocolate motes and a wispy hop finish.

The balance is excellent; the finish is clean and filling. A great beer, a great style and a wonderful expression.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what I'm talking about. Pours a pitch black with a nice espresso head that sticks around. Lots of lacing. The smell of chocolate, starts wafting as soon as I crack the bottle. In the glass I get a lot of deep dark toasted malt.

The taste is incredible. Big waves of coffee, burnt malt, dark malt, licorice, and fig crash down on my tounge. The alcohol is well hidden and the finish is slightly dry. Just an incredible big, thick, chewy stout. Wish I could afford to drink it all the time.

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Photo of brewgetter
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, can't even see a flashlight through it! Dark tan head that sticks around, nice lacing.

I get cherries in the smell, with coffee, raisins, caramel, and dark rosted malt...nothin wrong aith that.

Taste starts out sweet and roasty with piney, citrusy hops late and in the finish.

Mouthfeel is superb, lush and smooth, carbonation is just right.

A fantastic brew, not quite the best RIS I've had(darkness...so far) but the mere fact that North Coast makes it widely available all year long hitches it up a notch.

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Photo of apbarwood
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil with a light-tan head. It goes away fairly quickly but there's a decent amount of lace for a higher ABV beer. Aromas of roasted coffee and the darkest chocolate imaginable. Very pleasant but not as aromatic as it could have been. There's a ton of depth in the flavor with the roasted notes taking the forefront. The coffee/bittersweet chocolate flavor starts with a dark cherry fruit flavor peaking through in the middle. It was very subtle but it was there. The finish came on nicely with a roasted coffee bitterness. Nice, chewy mouthfeel that made me feel like there was ground up coffee and cocoa powder floating in the beer. One of the most delicious stouts I've had to date. A definite must try and something I'll drink again.

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Photo of gregb13
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one tonight after a session in the pool (heated) and spa. I'd had it before but didn't remember much. To start with, it pours like motor oil with a small mocha head. Nice retention and lacing. Nose is very inviting; lightly bitter hop, roasty malt and a little booze. Taste is fairly complex; bitter (back end) hops and espresso, some dark bitter chocolate, moderate booze. Bitterness lingers a little more than I'd like, but it's hard to be perfect. Mouthfeel is velvety, with a medium-full body. A sipper for sure, especially at 9%. Overall this is very good. Would seek out again for sure.

Addendum: This tastes very similar to Deschutes Black Butte porter (which is also very good) with more booze. Similar hop profile. Booze booze and more booze, and some licorice. Not very complex. Where's the beef? Give me control of the brewery and I could produce one hell of an inviting stout. Why can't these guys do the same?

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had out at a restaurant, no indication of year.

A: Pours a very deep black with a 1.5 finger frothy mocha colored head that remains until I am finished. Decent lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of roasted malt, a little bit of coffee, and some nice cocoa. It is an extremely strong aroma overall, but no hint of alcohol.

T: More coffee comes through on the flavor than on the aroma, and while I typically am not a fan of beers with a lot of coffee flavor, this one I like. Probably because there is a sizable chocolate/cocoa component as well. There is some molasses as well and a little bit of dark fruits, mostly raisins that I can pick out.

M: Has a thick and creamy mouthfeel, really didn't get any indication of alcohol, no heat really at all.

O: A really great beer, a go to in the style for sure, especially at the price. I got this bottle at a place that does a $10 happy hour for a burger and your choice of beers, so I consider that to be an amazing deal.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/21/2011, 12oz bottle, Bruery tulip. Score reflects more recent review.
Well, that was the first time I've overflowed a glass. This is a good looking RIS, standardly and less importantly dark, with a fantastic head on the darker side of brown. After my overly exuberant pour I let it sit for maybe five minutes and when I turned back to it the glass was covered in copious amounts of lace from a head fallen to a quarter inch.

It is so wonderful returning to this beer after nearly two years of immersion in craft beer and finding it to be of the caliber I thought in my craft infancy. Just a solid as a rock heavy stout here. Dough, English yeast, espresso, mineral and char don't mess around, complimented by a little sweet chocolate.

Charcoal and roast come in much higher levels. Roast playing up front with cocoa powder, cherry, and grain, while the finish is lusciously dominated by burnt espresso. There is alcohol running through the nose and the taste constantly and I'm not sure I've encountered a better example of it being so well integrated into an entire beer where all it does is compliment, never dominant and not at all a bother.

While the mouth is solid, it doesn't rise to the same peaks as the preceding categories. It's full but not chewy, smooth but not creamy. Solid, as is the whole composition, with medium-high carbonation.

I would not have revisited this any time soon if it were not for a birthday gift from a great friend. What a great gift. This is a widely available icon of American craft beer and surely a first Imperial Stout of many.

11/15/2009, 12oz bottle, 4.3 A.
A: Falls a drip coffee brown into the glass, a film of mocha bubbles on top. No light through this baby. 4.5

S: I could smell it a foot or two away, dense toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Spice from hops and some warmth you can tell. The creaminess can be smelt, its rich with cocoa. 4.5

T: A mocha up front, spice follows down your throat, and more mocha and bittersweet chocolate finish it. The booze, while never hiding only helps the experience. 4.5

M: Silky and slippery it goes down. 4.5

D: I could drink it often and bottle after bottle, but of course I'd get into trouble that way. 3.5 because of the potential trouble.

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking. Dark black, with a fluffy brown pillow of bubbles sitting on top. The head will stay for a visit before going away.

This thing smells manly. You can almost smell bitter with chocolate and coffee and smoke...all things I like in a brew.

The taste is similar, with the chocolate and coffee, but the malts come thru on the palate.

There's a creaminess to it that you can't beat. It actually starts sweet before giving way to a nice bitter in the finish. Deep in the swallow, you'll pick up a gentle heat from the alcohol.

This is surprising drinkable for being so high in alcohol and IBU. It has a nice taste and like I said, it's very manly, but everything balances niceless to create a pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of kramermb
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become my go-to for Russian Imperial due to the fact that I can find it just about anywhere and the price is not outrageous (I'm looking at you Ten Fidy).

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks quite different off nitro. The creamy tan head is beautiful on top of the black doom that is Rasputin.

The smell has quite a bit of fruit, coffee, and some cream.

Taste follows the nose fairly well. Lots of cream and stone fruit with a hint of creamed coffee in the finish.

Creamy as hell. I love nitro beers.

I never thought Raspy could be more drinkable, but off nitro it is.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2.5 year old bottle (from the date i bought it, not sure when it was bottled)

poured into a tulip

pours jet black with a nice cocoa head that really hangs around. fills the entire tulip and just sits there. i mean, it seriously refuses to budge. lacing just caked the glass.

very rich. lots of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, truffle candies, very rich all around.

taste is much like the smell, only sweeter. this really has blended well. lots of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. hints of caramel and toffee beneath. light citrus hop finish.

very smooth, nothing harsh about this. i always felt when fresh, it had a roughness (not that i am complaining, i love it). the body feels a bit thinner than i recall though. carbonation has a bit of a bite. sweetness lines the teeth and gums.

time treated this well, this is really delicious. really no trace of the alcohol what so ever. i plan on aging some more of these.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,190 ratings.
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