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 | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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3,639
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11,886
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
18.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 3,639 | Ratings: 11,886
Photo of Guppy314
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, thick with maltyness. Plus a nice kick (which implies you won't be drinking these all night long). Full-bodied with no bothersome aftertaste, so really nice overall. No odd tastes like: quinine, or coffee, or nuts ... just a good proper Stout taste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an awesome and thick black beer with just a hint of dark brown towards the edge, sits with a 1" brown top head, provides excellent lace down the side. Aroma was just tons of burnt chocolate malt.

Big blast of roasted malt, relatively high amount of c hops, coffee notes from the roasting. Bitterness is substantial but not a problem. Covers alcohol very well. Great mouthfeel, thick, consistent, not oppressive.

Very affordable and one of the few reasons North Coast is still relevant. Would continue to bang again just as I have this one for almost 20 years.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious dark chocolate color with a nice coffee colored head. Smells of dark, smoky grains. Tasting notes include coffee, licorice, molasses, and chocolate. Easy drinking with light carbonation. Overall, the best stout I've had to date.

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Photo of MusaJames
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It doesn't get any better in this in this style of beer. Imagine Guinness extra stout to the 20th power. The look and flavor are astounding. Please forgive my inability to articulate everything that is going on with this beer. Take it easy when you drink this beer as the alcohol content is 9%.

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Photo of MattinHouston
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like stout beers such as Guinness extra stout, this is like that plus higher abv and better flavor. Bought it at the local grocery, anytime I want a good stout I pick this up. Full of flavors, like a fine coffee / expreso and alcohol as a bonus. No other way to describe it - coffee lovers delight, dark, tasty, potent.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, 9% ABV, 75 IBU. Pours thick and black with lots of tan head that lasts, nice lacing. Nose is malt and coffee, palate is coffee with some malt, moderate coffee bitter finish. Not really noting the alcohol. Does not seem like 75 IBU of bitterness. Nice mouthfeel. Probably the best RIS I've had. Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Martin194
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, big dark tan head

Smell: Hints of coffee

Taste: Roasty, slight hints of coffee, maybe a little chocolate, leaves a warm, bitter aftertaste

Feel: Average carbonation, doesn't distract from taste, nothing much to report

Overall: A very good stout, my personal favorite stout as of now

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Photo of Nferry2
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Admittedly i had much higher expectations for Mr Rasputin but perhaps it was that anticipation or maybe the pizza I ate with him that let me down. Rasputin pours black crowned by a creamy brown head that quickly dissipates into the black abyss. The nose is a complex blend of molassas, honey, stonefruits, and alchohol. The taste is even more complex journey through three distinct sessions. Session one is a bold tongue lashing of coffee, malt, burnt popcorn, and alcholol. The second act softens into a sweet chocolate base with notes of dried fig and cherry. The third act is marked by a mild bitterness, salts, and toffee as the malt sweetness fades. Mouthfeel is sharp, bitter, and thick on the front but tingly and dry on the finish. In the end, although Rasputin was pleasant company for this meal he's probably not a friend I'll invite over again anytime soon.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016, pours a very brown to black color with a thin off white head. There is a bit of a soapy lacing. The odor for me is roasted malts, dark chocolate, nutty, coffee, vanilla, slightly chalky, slight woods. The taste for me is roasted malts, bitter chocolate, nutty, coffee, dry, slightly earthy, woods, bitterness throughout.

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Photo of davidfcr1
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer is very dark with a relatively thick consistency. Smell is pleasant, although you can get a sense of the high alcohol level. Very unique taste, just the right amount of richness if one likes stout beers. Light enough not to be overwhelming, yet it still achieves an abundant feel while drinking it.

The is my favorite imperial stout and I have tried every other one I can get my hands on, but nothing comes close to Old Rasputin.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout -North Coast Brewing by far is one of the best Russian Imperials I have ever tasted. This is a super dark beer. No light getting through this bad boy. Nice dark pour with a brownish head.
Super creamy and very well balanced. This beer is so good. It is an all year around beer. Forget the old habit of no stouts when it warms up. As this beer warms, it tastes even better. Regardless of the 9.0 ABV, it is well hidden.
In fact, it might be too well hidden !! You can never go wrong with this work of art ! I liked it so much I grabbed a case and put a few away to age ! The ratings , for sure match the quality.

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Photo of TheNerd
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn near perfect.
Thick head, color halfway between khaki and chocolate milk. Opaque black. Lagging clings to the glass as head dissipates. Coco and coffee in both the nose and pallet. Big full mouth feel with some light carbonation on the edges. Aroma sings with every sip. Big and beautiful but bizarrely approachable. I can't think of a better imperial stout off the top of my head

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from tap. 3 inch head settled to two inches. Left clouds of foam on the glass as it was going down. Only black and fairly well carbonated. I expected this beer to be heavy, but it wasn't. Abv is very well hidden, and the fast is of slight malt and slight chocolate.

Fantastic.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look:
A deep shade of black with a black hue. 2 finger head coming out of a 12-ounce bottle with a slightly aggressive pour. No light what-so-ever getting through this one. The foam is a nice deep tan/khaki color. Great head retention. Bubble replenishment is great.

Smell:
Very rich coffee, hops, and chocolate. There is a fair amount of sweet syrup that wafts up as well. There is a slight smoky smell along with a bit of caramel.

Taste:
A good deal of hop bitterness cuts through right up front. Then it kicks into sweet caramel, coffee, toffee, chocolate, and hops (rich and savory, not bitter). There is a nice roasted/smoky flavor in there. The sweetness starts to fade out, and some hop bitterness seems to come back as it dries out. I was left with a very nice aftertaste when the flavors die out. Tastes of smoked grains, caramel syrup, and hops linger on.

Feel:
Very rich, thick, and full bodied. Never goes flat and a bit oily.

Overall:
This is an amazing beer. I have seen this beer in the top beers list for a while. I can see why. This beer is very good with many complex flavors. There are sweet flavors, bitter flavors, slightly fruity, hoppy, and smoky. This tastes like a mixture of a few beers: Black IPA, Brown Porter, Chocolate Stout, Coffee Stout, and a Milk Stout. Very impressive. I bought this in a 4 – pack (as I normally only purchase singles of beers) and will definitely polish off the pack and purchase more in the future. This just may become one of my favorites.

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Photo of Big_Neezy
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great overall RIS. Quite possibly the benchmark for American brewed Russian Imperial Stout.

It pours as black as a Siberian moonless night. Excellent balance of chocolate, coffee, raisin and cocoa. Comes on bitter but finishes smooth, creamy and malty. Excellent full flavored Stout.

Had from a bottle.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black. Crowned with a creamy mocha brown head that lasts forever and leaves sheets of tan lacing along the glass. A black beauty.
The aroma, like the appearance, is a black abyss that beckons you in. You get loads of sweet dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, figs, raisins, and soy sauce balanced by an intense bitterness of petrychor, black coffee, leather, and tobacco smoke.
The palate delivers. You get tons of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt toast, caramel, a little of soy sauce, fig, plum, raisin, burnt sugar, and black coffee. The balance between sweet and bitter is perfection. Finishes decidedly bitter, yet complex, with lingering notes of baking chocolate and espresso.
The mouthfeel is creamy, silky smooth, and ridiculously awesome to drink.

Overall: A hell of a beer. One of the best imperial stout, non-barrel aged, I could imagine. Absolutely beautiful.

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Photo of senglish7
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one has been aging for about a year. Better than what I remember from drinking one that was fresh. Awesome flavor, nice aroma. Goes great with ice cream!

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black like motor oil with a 2" head poured into my Duvl Tulip. Nose is chocolate, roasted malts, figs, and coffee. taste follows the nose. Creamy mouthfeel, but oddly, I get good carbonation. This four pack was 2 months old, I will age the remaining three bottles and gauge the difference between aged and fresh. One of the most balanced RIP's I've had. Pricey, but worth the cost

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Photo of pixelpadre
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this at the local beer joint. I rated it at 95% and then checked beeradvocate and found that everyone else voted 95 also. Good to know that I know what makes a good beer.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by a stranger in a liquor store. It quickly became the base point by which I rate beers. This has everything, terrific flavors and aroma, and quite potent. More importantly....this is not a gimmick beer, no rye whiskey, no bourbon barrel ageing, but beer as its supposed to be!!!!

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best stouts I've had. Everything about it is intense but not overwhelming. Pours dark, dark brown with a light tan head. Head was huge and fluffy, much more than I had anticipated. Smells like dark and milk chocolate, coffee grounds, burnt toast. Taste is similar, not as chocolatey as the smell lead me to believe: flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, molasses, licorice...I could go on all day dissecting this beer. Super complex and it only gets better as it warms. Feel is creamy, smooth, and full. I got a 4 pack and I'm really looking forward to aging the other 3 and seeing how they change.

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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 wuthrichj15
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad stout. Did not live up to the hype for me. Not a bad beer overall but I liked Founders Imperial Stout way better. Pours dark black with a small tan head. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, booze. Bitter aftertaste. Pretty good feel. Overall a good beery but doesn't live up to the hype

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Photo of hydrate
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very creamy. Enough that i think the one i had may have been a nitro. Was on tap but didnt ask. Chocolate & coffee are strong & hide the ABV. Very rich. Delicious.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip.

Pours nearly black with red-brown highlights and a thin cap of light brown head that leaves eroding rocky hillside lace as it recedes.

Smells of dark fudge, fresh coffee grounds, raisins, roasted nuts and plain leafy hops.

Tastes of fresh baked brownies, creamed coffee, chocolate covered raisins, roasted nuts and more mild hops.

Feels thick and creamy. Full bodied with fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A great winter beer.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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