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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a thin tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: It has a very rich aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T: The taste is creamy & malty with flavors of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and caramelized malt. For a beer with 9.00% ABV you sure wouldn't know it. The dark chocolate flavor comes out a little more.

M: Very, very smooth, low-to-medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, finish is kind of sticky.

D: Very tasty, quite easy-to-drink, not as filling as other beers in the style, this is a beer that can be a sipper or a pounder, even if the ABV creeps up on you. I think this beer is an excellent representation of style and definitely one of the better RIS's that I've had.

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Photo of auntfloyd
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass.

Pours a perfectly opaque thick black with good amount of tan head.

The smell is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, and biter coffee.

The taste is excellent: a near-perfect blend of malty-roasty-ness, chocolate, and coffee, that is neither too sweet nor too bitter. Also, for a 9% abv beer, this surprisingly smooth.

The mouthfeel is very creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer, especially for its style. Very nice for a sipping beer on a cold day.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, and a great example for the Russian Imperial Stout (RIS? Why does IPA get an acronym and no one else does?). Very highly recommended, and right up there with the best ones I've tried (Stone and Samuel Smith)

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color with a huge tan colored head that lasts forever and leaves good lacing.

There are smells of alcohol, dark fruit and roasted malt.

The taste is burnt malt. A strong esspresso like bitterness. With notes of bittersweet dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is full bodied.

I probably wouldnt drink more than a few of these but it is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of aayooper
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - poured with a nice thick, brown head which disipated over 10 minutes as it warmed from its over refridgerated temperature. This RIS had a big, full mouth feel and flavor. Specifically, what really stood out to me as I sipped it after a big steak was a really nice burnt malt flavor followed by a smooth dark chocolate linger. Unlike some in this class, there was really no strong sense of alcohol for its high ABV. While drinking several in an evening may not be in order, one or two will really work well after a steak or on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S - Served from a 12 oz. bottle. Poured into a room temp pint. Didnt look for a best by date.

A - Black with deep garnet twinges at the edges.

S - Fruitiness with slight malts. A green beer that would do well with some sit down time. Caramel twinges that were underage. A supreme classic with a few years under its belt, but right now it is quite young.

T - Didnt quite balance out. The caramel and the bitterness clashed, but not in a significant way. Both were gentle but didnt agree with eachother. Like I said, let this hang out for a year or two.

M - A little rough, carbonation was out of wack with the gravity of the beer. All would be resolved with some time to work things out.

D - Now: Easy to drink, definitely recommended if you are at a bar that serves it. Later: It will be like drinking thinned out fruity, chocolatey, roasted coffee infused caramel, which I personally would thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of uberabr
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark black. Creamy brown head with decent lace, settles within a few minutes. Carbonation is excellent.

S: I had to let it sit a little but it became very sweet and even citrusy.

T: A rich, roasted espresso. A hint of alcohol but in a pleasantly flavored, not malty, way…kind of like bailey’s Irish cream or even a very, very dark coffee-infused white Russian. Deep and delicious.

M: A wonderful full body. Excellent carbonation. A very drinkable stout.

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Photo of VelvetMonkey
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from the bottle into a pint glass.

A--It pours thick and coffee-black, rising into a very creamy beige head one half-inch thick. The head is so creamy it reminds me of the crema on a a well-poured cup of esspresso. Retained a good head through the entire glass and left residual rings, as well. Friggin' beautiful.

S--Sweet malty smell with strong alcohol that leads to a slightly anise smell.

T--Strong but not atringent tast of bitter-sweet chocolate finishing ever-so-slightly sweet. The rich taste remains for some time. To me, this would be a wonderful after-dinner beer. A good dessert substitute.

M--A full rich and creamy swallow. Can't ask for more.

D--It's a rich brew--one or two, and I'm more than satisfied.

This is a seriously great imperial stout. I can't think of a better version.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a deep deep dark dark brown ... almost black. There is a massive chocolate brown ice cream float-style head. The color is utterly impenetrable.

The scent is heavy but sweet. Has a very dark malty aroma, but with a slight sweetness that is a nice counterpoint. There is a very hard, alcoholic smell. I can tell this is going to be strong.

The taste is a karate kick of alcohol to the taste buds. A very deep coffee flavor. Very harsh. Need an appreciation for stouts and/or a strong palate to appreciate this baby.

It's a syrupy and thick feel. Leaves a heavy residue on the tongue. It's a very good beer, but it's a one-and-done for this advocate. It's way too heavy for me to have more than one per night. Maybe one per month.

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

Finally got my hands on this one.
I wasn't let down.
Pours a deep, cocoa black in the glass with light brown head.
Smells are amazing- chocolate, coffee, toffee, almost fruity.
Tastes almost crunchy, thick, delicious. The caramely malts cling to your tongue and then race down my throat.
This ain't your daddy's stout, that's for sure.

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Photo of memory
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap that laid a nice half inch head. Appeared dark coffee with a bitter chocolate note to it's nose. Taste typical of an Imperial stout sweetness but this to me was a real dessert ale because I could only drink one or two at the most.
Had a full bittersweet taste that left a long pleasant taste on the tongue.
A nice stout for desert after a meal.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from oracle as part of No BS BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" brown head over the barely translucent reddish dark brown brew. Head is down an uneven layer of bubbles pretty quick, with slow-falling lacing. Aroma is heavy, rich dark malts, chocolate and coffee doing battle, just what you expect and want in the style. Taste follows along in the same vein, but even better with the slow warm on the swallow. Mouthfeel is velvety, and drinkability is excellent. This one is ranked highly for a reason.

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Photo of barknee
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin pours a virtually opaque espresso brown color. Its head; rich, foamy, and deep mocha in color, hangs tough for a few moments. Rich and viscous, it covers the inside of the glass with an unctuous coating. Essences of roasted chicory and hazelnuts soar from the glass. Well-roasted malts and vanillin are in attendance as well, as there are hints of some oak also; a nose reminiscent of Weyerbacher’s "Prophesy". The taste is creamy, soft and unctuous in the mouth. Profound flavors of roasted carob and coffee offset by slightly bittersweet chocolate round out the package here. Amazingly drinkable for a brew of such concentration and depth, the medium body, light bitterness, and very soft acids make this a brew to engorge one self with. An iconic textbook version of the style. Truly a taste sensation!

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Photo of ryantupy
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally got around to picking this one up and as soon as I tasted it I quickly got plenty more. This was a simply amazing stout with tons of character and complexity. It poured a straight black hue with a rocky brown head. Smelled of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. It tasted great it was smooth with flovors of chocolate, coffee, smoked and burnt malt, hints of hops, even a sweet little finish. All around loved this beer.

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Photo of onsite416
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a= Pour is black, with a surprising light tan head.

s= roasted malts & coffee

t= initial taste is: sweet with a hop finish a bit bitter at the end. Very nice.

m= Smooth full flavor of coffee and malt. Not over powering

d= This was an excellent stout. Could easily drink more than one.

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Photo of pavandal
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard great things about this beer, and after finding a great new local distributor, I bought some.

Beer pours black, with a 2cm head that looks almost reddish. Looks delicious already! Lacing is pretty evident as the beer goes down.

The smell is very complex, with strong coffee and fruity scents most prevalent.

When sipped, mouth is overcome by a citrus-like flavor, followed by chocalates. Aftertaste is a strong coffee/mocha flavor. Lots of sweet flavors. Delicious!

Slightly heavy on the mouth, but that is to be expected when drinking a strong stoudt.

All in all, my new favorite beer. But don't have too many, in fact, one is probably sufficient. Drink this one at the end of the day. ABV is a little high, and having 3 of these would keep you out of the drivers seat.

Anyways, I only have one word to describe this: Excellent!

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark, rubied mahogany, with an ephemeral cap of rocky cream-colored froth.

S: Baker's chocolate, alcohol, espresso, and luscious, incredible roasty notes. After aeration, toffee and caramel show a bit of sweetness.

T: Burnt roastiness leads to very dark chocolate and burnt espresso, finishing with a dark, berried sweetness masking the alcohol. No matter how many times I have this one, it continues to surprise me with new aspects and complexities. A classic, and deserving of this score.

M: Medium body, char sticks around in the palate long after each sip. This one asserts its presence long after the glass is empty.

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

Appearance: Black as night in my oversized wine glass. Just a little burgundy coming through at the base of the glass. Fabulous head stays with you forever.

Smell: Somewhat faint, but reminiscent of coffee, chocolate cake, and raisins.

Taste: Mocha takes over, with a little plum. Leaves a dry finish that reminds you that you're drinking a very potent beer. Little acidity on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Velvety & malty. Feels good.

Drinkability: One is enough, but that one is extremely satisfying. No one will ever mistake this for Coors.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was served at cellar temperature at Falling Rock tap house in Denver.
Dark, black body with dark tan head of two fingers which lowered to one finger and laced nicely.
Smell of coffee and chocolate with malt roast and biscuit.
Taste was wonderful. Just the right balance between coffee, chocolate, hops and malt. Nothing dominated which rendered the feel smooth and soft. The alcohol presented itself and then retreated into the flavors.
Very easy drinking for a RIS. Very good.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle at 45 degrees; a reddish-black color with a thick, foamy head.

S - A roasted mocha rounds out the aroma. Simple, yet powerful.

T - The coffee taste is more dominant than the chocolate, but both are washed out by a bready alcohol flavor. Alcohol also isn't too strong, but it's the dominant taste. Finishes strong with a malty aftertaste.

M - A thick, RIS body that is completed with the high alcohol content rounds out a wonderful warming feel.

D - A good cold weather, one-serving beer. One of my top RIS selections and an excellent representation of North Coast.

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Photo of pkaeding
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured it from the 12 oz bottle into a mug, and the first thing I noticed was the very dark black color, and the thick brown head. After a minute or so, the head subsided somewhat, leaving an even lacing, and lightening in color to more of a cream color.

The dark, roasty coffee/cocoa aromas hit you first, with a faint bready aroma in the back. It is a very inviting smell, but you know from the first whiff that it will take a long time to finish this beer.

There are some sweet malty notes, but the flavor is dominated by the roasty/bitter notes that finish out. It reminds me a lot of baker's chocolate. There is a faint flavor of alcohol, but the bitterness balances it out. The mouthfeel is very thick, but not to the extreme. This is a very heavy beer.

The finish lingers for several seconds, and you will want to savor it until it subsides before having another sip. Then you will definitely want another sip.

This is a great beer that I would definitely try again. However, you will most likely not want more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of malcontent
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptionally dark beer with a head so thick it could be meringue which in turn gives way to some very even lacing. It’s been so long since I’ve had this beer but now it’s all coming back to me!

Roasted malts dominate the nose with accompanying coffee, chocolate, liquorice & even dark berry overtones. This is setting the bar pretty high & I’m a little concerned I’ll be let down upon tasting…

…And I’d be wrong! Oh, this viscous, delectable drink is every bit as good as I remember. Creamy & almost sweet at first, becoming bitter (but in the best sense of the word) after spreading across the palate. The malt presence is intense & the alcohol is certainly detectable, but every flavor works so well together that it’s hard not to love. To add to the sin-factor, I paired this with a little dark chocolate & have to say that I prefer the beer on its own. An exceptional brew whose only detractor is that it doesn’t lend itself to all-night consumption (although at 9% ABV, that could be a very short night!).

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Photo of xav33
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling(?), relished 09/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.

Poured black with outer dark ruby brown edges with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of heavy dark chocolate with light dark berry and moderate piney hops.

Taste was upfront medium milk chocolate sweetness, and light banana sweetnes and bitter burnt malt, followed by a bitter ascent into the harsh burnt piney bitterness of the malts (and hops?), keeping its medium chocolatey sweet backbone throughout and dies slightly vinous trailing behind, leaving only the initial chocolatey taste and some roasted character. Mouthfeel was medium to full, creamy coating and velvety, soft carbonation, with light astringency and light alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this beer is like grabbing a handful of fruit and spice flavored dark chocolates and jamming them in your mouth. Excellent!

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Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout pours jet black with a thin tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dominated by dark chocolate. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, the flavor has dark chocolate notes and coffee notes as well. The alcohol seems well hidden. Excellent beer, recommended.

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Photo of techdiver
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Minimal head and carbonation. Smell and taste place it high as being a drinkable brew. Though lack of carbonation has left me critical of some other stouts, it is a non-issue here as I really didn't miss it. Once again I seem to have made a proper choice in that I have a whole case of this to enjoy.

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Photo of lpayette
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Not quite black. Hues of reddish brown. Head is a bit on the small side, and the color is tan.

Smell- Chocolate fudge/pudding, flowery hop essence if you smell for it, hints of alcohol esters.

Taste- The flavors seem to change every sip. Sometimes they are dominated by alcohol esters to remind you how big this beer is. Other times a mellow chocolate pudding flavor comes through more. Coffee-like notes, but not too bitter. I get the feeling that a lot of hops are hidden beneath the other flavors.

Mouthfeel- Cant imagine it being better.

Drinkability and other notes- This beer keeps you wanting more. The alcohol is very upfront, but it tastes excellent. I could see this beer possibly getting better with age.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.
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