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 MatthewWalters
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz glass bottle poured into teku glass. Good sized head, sand colored. Getting hints of coffee on the nose. Really nice taste, definitely got some tobacco as it warmed to room temperature towards the last sip. I'm glad I bought this on impulse and was turned onto it by various threads on here. Thanks BA! Now I want the barrel aged one...

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mickeymac
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pleasant surprise. My wife (who can't drink beer) picked this up for me while out shopping. The first few drinks seemed somewhat bitter and strongly alcoholic. However, I stuck with it and really grew to like it. A bit of sweetness came through after a few sips. If it doesn't speak to you at first, give it a few minutes.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poet, Magician, Healer, Prophet, Holy Monk.

12 oz. stubby into a Gold Rimmed 12oz. Stella goblet.
A short, strong pour produced a GIGANTIC, creamy, coffee colored 2 finger head that compressed to a robust cappacino-like foam. Beautiful sticky lace that remained through the glass.
Coal black....the DEFINITIVE appearance of a Russian Imperial Stout.

The nose immediately reveals a blend of dark chocolate, milky coffee, molasses, & creamy malts. The smell improves as the glass warms to room temperature...

The taste is everything you'd expect after looking at it & smelling it. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, creamy smooth malts, a hint of smoke & a beautiful, earthy hop finish. The pleasing carbonation teases the tongue. There's a hint of warmth in the swallow with a really clean, crisp finish.

The mouth isn't too heavy...but, it IS slick, full bodied & substantial. This is a MUST try if you like Russian Imperials. This is a BIG, explicit example of the style ~ in my opinion. My first try here. This is a future stand by as it's widely distributed & affordable.
The 9% ABV limits the drinkability (for me), but warrants a frequent visit.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown color which turns pitch black in the glass after pouring from a short, stubby 12 oz bottle with the "mad monk" and ABV on the label, no freshness date.
A decent head that dissipates quickly after pouring. The aroma is high on roasted malts and coffee.
Smooth, silky mouthfeel with taste high on coffee, akin to burnt/roasted coffee along with roasted nuts, dark extra bitter cocoa/chocolate and finishing with a sharp bitter (hoppy) aftertaste. The taste gets better as the beer warms up. Very good lacing along the glass as I sipped it.
The ABV content slowly makes its presence felt as the beers warms you up. This is a solid imperial stout, absolutely delicious.
It is definitely a sipper and a must-have for any stout lover. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin 2009 vintage

a - very dark, thick brown almost black, beautiful copper head

s - malt, walnuts, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, some fruit and a lot of hops presence.

t - Very delicious and thick. Tastes like espresso, dark chocolate, and a tinge of fruit. Strong alcohol presence. Very warm, inviting, powerful and complex taste.

m - thick and creamy, medium carbonation, small head retention, great lacing.

d - one or two max, any more and it's taste overload.

Raspy's the quintessential Russian Imperial stout. It's also easy to come by which is a plus. I had this with porterhouse steak, which was delicious to say the least.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a word, this beer is excellent. It is easily the equal of AleSmith's Speedway Stout, and much more easily obtained (and in 12oz bottles to boot). Given the number of reviews it has already received, I will keep this relatively brief.

Color is an opaque black, through which no light passes. Head is tan, abundant, and perpetual. Aroma is malty and bourbon-y. Taste is of burned pizza crust and chocolate malt (and deliciousness!). Mouthfeel is full, and this beer definitely lingers in the mouth. Excellent all the way around.

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Photo of Gerardes
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chileman13
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a samuel smith glass.
A-black with edge of mahagoney wher the light can get through. 1" tan head that laces out.
A-Roasted malt with chocolate, coffee and brandy/alcohol notes
T- As it smells with earthy hops.
M-Smooth perfect carbonation for style.
D- very drinkable, with a knowledge of high alcohol content.
Great stout!

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Photo of bboven
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deathly black with a huge initial head fading into tow full fingers. Thick, copiuos lacing.

Initial aroma is roast and coffee, then a swirl reveals dark fruit and a hint of alcohol.

Licorice, alcohol, raisin, and burnt toffee are the most prominent flavors. Big warming alcohol burst in the stomach is great.

Big alcohol dryness in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is a touch high, this should be almost flat. Great example, though.

Wonderful example, even if it's a very big example. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ajr24
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured straight down the middle into my tulip glass.

A- Thick black body with an amber hue when held up to the light. Fluffy mocha head that dissipates into a mocha ring/slight layer on top.
S- Invigorating aroma. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, and alcohol are prevalent aromas. The IBUs are also noticeable.
T- Roasty and smooth, somewhat of a hop bite. Chocolaty and creamy, too.
M- Velvety and chewy.
D- Drinks excellent for an RIS like this.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aren't well all so lucky that this beer is widely distributed and very reasonably priced. A winner I always go back to.

A: Pours out a Dark brown color, but is black in the glass. An amazing finger-two fingers of tan head retain for a while, and leave sticky tan lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent.

S: The smell is a very roasty and savory sweet one, and a great textbook smell of the RIS style- a fat fudge note, charred black malt, coffee grounds, tobacco-cigar aromas, dark bread, some hop bitters, and smoke combine to make this great stout aroma.

T: I love that this beer has a flavor profile that seems to give an impression on all the taste buds slowly, moving from front to back. The front has the immediate biting roast and coffee like flavors which then move to a chocolatey and smoky malt rich center and then a slowly appearing bittersweet hop tinged, toasted feeling back of the palate. Other notes of tobacco, a little caramel, and some alcohol sweetness are there as well. A very finely crafted beer.

M: The mouth is pretty good, medium bodied with a good helping of carbonation, more than I usually like in a stout. The only weak point in this beer, though I've had aged bottles that I remember being smoother.

D: This is an excellent RIS that I would certainly give as a starter into the RIS style. Well done North Coast to produce this beer so well year after year.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bookseeb
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate in color with a light tan creamy head. Smell of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate with a strong roasted malt flavor with a good carbonation leaving a hefty bitter aftertaste. It's a thick, creamy stout, a good one to have on hand if your feeling bold.

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Photo of matthewwarner
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vincev27
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of letsgopens
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the bottle art. I'm not sure why but for some reason I have a n overwhelming urge to tattoo it on my face. Anyway, this selection pours a dark brown, near black with amber highlights and a rocky light mocha head that holds well and recedes in to a dense cap with solid lace.

The aroma is heavy and malty with coffee and and some dark cocoa in the finish. Very nice.

This is a very favorable brew. Strong and pronounced with spent coffee grounds, dark cocoa, roasty malt, and a welcomed alcoholic warmth in the finish.

Thick and moderately heavy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth. Some natural carbonation and, again, a nice warmth.

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Photo of wrogers19971
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of popery
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was one of my early favorites after I started going online to look at reviews for beer. It's a dark, dark brown and has a head that's a bit lighter than ideal, but it still looks good. The nose is full of chocolate with some coffee, malt and other complexity. Chocolate comes through strongly in the flavor. There's really a lot going on, more than I'm able to describe accurately, anyway. There is some sweetness, a lot of malt, some coffee and some hoppiness. It's a good RIS, which puts it beyond my relatively undeveloped descriptive capabilities. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with good carbonation. The drinkability is high, and the beer has a nice dry finish to complement its complex flavors. It's a really great stout with a lot going on and a smooth feel.

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Photo of thnknmonkey
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Tylercow
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle deep, dark brown, almost black color with a one finger tan head that dissipates into a heavy collar. Can't get a read on the carbonation that may be going on in the near blackness. Aroma is a rich, thick smell of roasted, toasty malt. There is a hint of coffee and smoke, and it's a pleasantly sweet aroma. 1st sip is a thick, rich, creamy shot of dark unsweetened chocolate, black unsweetened coffee, smoky peat, bitter hops, and alcohol! There's a lot for the tastebuds to process here! Mouthfeel is also thick, rich, & creamy. This beer is stout in every sense of the word! As for drinkability, these are so potent I think 2, maybe 3 is all I could do in one sitting, but that's not meant to be a negative. This ain't some weak-ass lager for playing quarters with! Overall, a fantastic sensory experience! Sip, savor, and enjoy!

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Photo of BeerOps
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,330 ratings
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