Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.3/5
12,278 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:
#494
Reviews:
3,736
Ratings:
12,278
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
610
Gots:
3,066
Trade:
51
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Photo of aahynick
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

about 55 degree F into a brandy snifter
A- opaque black. Thick tan head, very tight.

S- aroma of licorice and molasses and spiciness

T- sweet molasses , strong maltiness.

M- dry and slightly acidic, prominent body

D- easy to drink but better to sip, a top RIS

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Photo of GntlmnBstrd
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billyro1818
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevinl6
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one kick ass imperial!!! It is a 12oz bottle with a hypnotizing pic of Rasputin on the label. I had this one immediately after Stone's Imperial, and thought this one was at least as good, if not better. Jet black appearance, pretty much on par with other top imperials I've had. A very strong aroma consisting mainly of alcohol and burnt coffee. Tasted pretty much just as it smelled, and was a nice combination of the two (alcohol and coffee). I had no problems with a bottle of this, and I did want at least one more of these when I was finished! A must try for imperial lovers.

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Photo of Mike_sears
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the joy of having two of these at a nice restaurant with a good team of co-workers. Poured dark as coffee. Only 1/8" of head but that head seemed immortal. Smell and taste are packed with chocolate and dark roasted malts. Just a delightful example of Russian Imperial Stout. Even one of the non-beer drinkers at the table begrudgingly tried it and agreed they really liked it.

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Photo of HoppySuds
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours thick with just enough head to dust up the great aroma

S - Rich coffee, with a hint of the sweetness of chocolate. Alcohol comes through hot in the end.

T - Sweet and rich with roasted malts and coffee coming through strongest. Warming alcohol finish does not overwhelm the pallet .

M – Great creamy texture that fills the mouth.

O – Overall this was a great beer. I’m really enjoying the imperial stouts in general but this is one of the best examples. If someone is looking to try an imperial stout for the first time this would be one of my top suggestions.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow so this is what everyone was talking about! Old Rasputin has to be one of the easies drinking RIS I've ever had the opportunity to try. I poured this one into a Duvel glass (7 more in the cellar - yes!) at around 48 degrees - just chilled slightly.

The aroma is wild. I can detect dried fruit - raisens, figs, cherries and tongs of malt. There is almost no hop aroma.

The first taste is packed with flavor. Each sip is like a small explosion of tasty stout goodness. This has to be one of the best beers for the money. The aromas are echoed in the flavor with lots of dried fruit, massive malt, and now I am getting hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little too light for me. I like my RIS's to be a little thicker. This is really thin compared to other great RIS beers like Ten Fidy and Stone's version. I still think Old Raz is good.

The drinkability is off the chart. I don't know how to explain that you could actually have 2 or maybe even 3 of these beers and still "live" through the experience - try doing that with Ten Fidy or Stone. In short you should grab a 4 pack and start enjoying today!

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Photo of Alpha309
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a very dark, nearly ebony color. About one finger of foamy caramel covered head. Head retention is amazing, almost no reduction.

Smell is of coffee and caramel.

Taste is strongly of coffee, slight hint of caramel stays on the tongue after swallow.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Low in carbonation, but very smooth.

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Photo of mmva321
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

I've been avoiding many stouts lately, preferring the easier drinkin' waters of the pale ales and belgian ales, but this is a great introduction back.

A: An opaque black body with just the slightest tint of brown is beautiful. Above it is 3 fingers of dark khaki head that dissipates a bit quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the side. Kind of two-tone.

S: A great combination of roasted malts, sweet chocolates and caramels and bitter dark chocolates and a bit of hops. It ups the roasted and bitter aspects over the sweet, and is better off for it, giving the beer a hazy-inducing comforting effect. To describe it further would make too factual a more emotional response.

T: Same flavor profile as the aroma, and it once again highlights the bitter and roasted characteristics, but there is a great and surprising kick of sweetness right in the middle of a drink. It's like liquid chocolate for one fraction of a second. It's a unique trademark for the beer.

M: A great lightly carbonated and thick body are just great for this stout.

D: Though the roasted flavors last a little too long, the beer is a pleasure to drink, giving you a unique and challenging taste for your palette.

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Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a fluffy, chunky, light brown head, thick lacing. Smell: sweet, dark fruit, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, alcohol is well hidden in the background alongside grassy hops. Taste: roasted, caramel, burnt, chocolate flavors with hints of dark fruit and rich coffee, with a complimentary alcohol warmth. Sweetness is decently balanced with citric, grassy, earthy hops. Full bodied, slick, slightly syrupy/creamy (more so on nitro tap). A rich stout with well hidden alcohol, one of the more drinkable RIS around.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with a relatively dense layer of foam - perhaps a quarter-inch or so. Fantastic lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas are a bit boozy, heavy on coffee and chocolate.

Flavors are strong with roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. There is some balancing bitterness that has a bit of a grassy note to it, but there is a lingering bitter cocoa taste in the linger. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as I expected, and it was rather smooth.

Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of whiskey_slurpee
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwa114
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave15010
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CortexBomb
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Old Rasputin pours a lovely jet black with a fair amount of head that likes to stick around for awhile. Smell is dominated by chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.

Taste is what I pour it into my glass for though, and this features a balanced pile of roast, coffee, and plenty of that chocolate too. For such a high alcohol beer this drinks very smoothly as well, though the mouthfeel isn't quite top of the imperials, but still plenty of coating to go around.

Overall a wickedly tasty stout that goes down surprisingly smooth, and a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of theghost3
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review, and this is the perfect beer. Pours an opaque black with a thick, frothy cafe au lait head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is strong of roasted coffee malts & dark fruits. The taste is very complex--coffee, dark chocolate, some bitter roasted malts, then followed by raisins & dried fruits.

Mouthfeel is smooth & thick at first, but then there is some acidity at the end brought out by the alcohol warmth.

This is a drinkable RIS. Perfectly complex & strong.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of frothy light brown head that retains very well before slowly melting away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large bump of surface foam. Wisps of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Rich roasty cocoa aroma with notes of vanilla, coffee and even black cherry.

T- I always forget how sweet this beer is. The black cherry continues on with the flavor and mingles with the dark roast creating a chocolate-covered cherry type of effect. There are also notes of anise and more vanilla in the finish. Moderate hop bitterness.

M- Thick and somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A classic version of the style. While I prefer it on nitro-pour if having it on-tap, it's just fine with CO2.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was attracted to this brew for the simple fact that it was titled "Old Rasputin." At that time, I did not know anything really about Russian Imperial Stout. Having fell in love with the brew immediately, I became a regular drinker of the stuff and also moved on the other brands of RIS. This opened the gateway to my favorite style of beer, Russian Imperial Stout.

A: Poured black, very black, yet filtered, with a deep brown two finger head. Nice carbonation. Moderate lacing is present.

S: Smell is rich of coffee, currants, bitter-burnt malts, dark chocolate, raisins with hints of alcohol.

T: Rich and very sweet with currants and chocolate. The flavor is also moderate on the alcohol but is matched with the moderate sweetness of the brew.

M: Thick and syrupy but very drinkable and simply delicious.

D: I prefer my Russian Stouts to the brink of freezing but the flavors are unlocked as the brew approaches 45-55 degrees and it becomes more drinkable.

Its great but not of the same quality of some of the more expensive Russian Stouts. Still great and is one of the best things I can get in Jacksonville, Arkansas(since no one here seems to enjoy anything but natty ice and bud light).

Just as a side note, I don't recommend aging the stuff. I doesn't hold very well over several months. I think you have to seek out richer brews, this one is a bit too "light" for good aging.

Cheers!

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Photo of supercolter
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is great very dark and thick looking, little to no carbonation.
Smell and taste are similar, but taste is a bit stronger. There is a very malty coffee up front, some tobacco, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Some slight dark fruit as well. Mouthfeel is good as well, medium to heavy body. Goes down much smoother than any other RIS I have had.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tviz33
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a pint glass.

A- Darker than hell with a little less than a finger of light brown head and lots of sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- A little subdued, but good. Lots of coffee and roasted malts with some black licorice and vanilla. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

T- Just about perfect. Too complex to name everything that comes out in this beer, but it's everything you'd want. Very balanced, but it still leans toward the bitter side even though there is a very strong malt presence.

M- Thick and silky. This possesses the ideal mouthfeel for me. It's carbonated just right.

O- My favorite RIS I've tried so far. I'm really starting to get in to stouts now and this will be the beer I base all the others off of.

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Photo of nwshull
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance: It is a deep blackish-brown with a head darker than most beers body. The head settled thick about 1/2 inch high.

Smell: It smells like a strong dark chocolate

Taste: It has an initial taste of bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee followed by aftertaste of half way between hops and the previous described flavors. High Alcohol is well masked

Mouthfeel: It is a thick mouthfeel to start with carbonation moderate, it ends rather velvety.

Drinkability: It is a pleasure to drink but I generally only want to drink one a night.

Overall this is my favorite Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Tylertut
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | 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 12,278 ratings
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