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:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,694
Ratings:
12,102
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 3,694 | Ratings: 12,102
Photo of stevegamburg
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading the low scoring reviews, I can understand why someone would hate Old Rasputin. But not a single "hardcore" Imperial Stout drinker will say that this is not a fantastic beer. Very full bodied, heavy, and complex. Burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate dominate the palate. Old Rasputin is, at least in the Chicago area, available at most liquor stores and Trader Joe's and is very reasonably priced ($6.99/4-pack). I always keep it stocked on my "stout shelf" (along with Victory Storm King).

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

A - Poured almost pitch black, with a caramel color shining through at the bottom.

S - Amazing - A raspberry fudge sundae with hints of coffee.

T - Same flavors as it smelled, with more emphasis on the coffee. Finished slightly bitter.

M - Nice balance of carbonation and smoothness, almost creamy.

D - So drinkable, especially for a beer this thick. Could even be a daily drinker.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black completely opaque even when held to light. Head is a medium brown that sits nicely at an eighth inch. Lacing sticks all the way up the glass.

S - Rich roasted coffee bean aroma with hints of raisins.

T - Deep bittersweet coffee flavor with fragrant dark fruits,burnt sugars and a sweet vanilla sugar taste up towards the front of the tongue.

M - Medium to thick consistency that is smooth and chewy. Carbonation is at a higher level that brings an unexpected bite to the mouth.

D - One of the most original tasting stouts out there. Price is also very reasonable at around 7.99 for a four pack.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: A half-finger light tan head with some of the best lacing I've seen on any stout, Imperial or not. Large, dotty, with small arms sticking out. Head settles into a small, eight-finger head. Dark black stout body.

Smell: A nutty almond aroma is up front, which is quite nice, followed by a huge amount of dark borderline bittering chocolate. Possibly the most bittering chocolate aroma I've ever smelled in a stout. The chocolate and almonds then coalesce into, yes, a chocolate-covered almond aroma. Heavy cream and cinnamon. Some vegetable-like aroma very faint on the back end, sort of like bell peppers, but pleasant. Really quite an aroma.

Taste: Some coffee in the flavor that I didn't pick up in the aroma. Some cinnamon. Alcohol is much more prevalent here than the lack I detected in the nose, but it is only prevalent upon some mild searching. Still a huge amount of dark chocolate, which I am still pleased with. The almond-like nuttiness is very faint in the back end.

Mouthfeel: A little too fizzy at some points, but otherwise coffee-like siltiness with some fullness.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for an RIS, while still maintaining an RIS kick and complexity. I downed a 12 oz of this in under a half hour, which, for me, is hard to do with an RIS. Anyway, a fantastic RIS for those wanting to step up from "lesser" stouts, or for those wanting to maintain the RIS punch while not going for something as big as a Stone RIS, etc. - in other words, this is about as close as an RIS gets to being sessionable. Especially sessionable with an extra sharp, aged cheddar. Mm.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bm0095 for the bottle.

Good lawd does this look nice. Absolute black as night with a huge cream colored head. Lace was so thick I could not see through the glass. Perfect look for an Imperial Stout,Perfect. Smell started with a hint of chocolate, some coffee, maybe even some dark fruity smells hidden in there, nice overal aroma.

As for the taste, hmmm.Big Flavors right off the bat. Roasted, caramel sweetness, The alcohol can definatly be tasted and this is warm going down, yummy. Coffee undertones as well as the tiniest hint of chocolate, I mean tiny but it is there. Very nicely carbonated, and thick. This is a definate sipper. The abv custs down on what you may be able to drink but not what you think you can! I could really drink this on every cold night. Big beer here folks, very nicely done!

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Photo of Commandogeraldo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass after allowing beer to rise to a temperature of about 50 degrees. Head was three fingers thick, faded after a couple of minutes. Very full flavor, I was impressed with how it had sweetness coming through in the midst of the coffee overtones. Speaking of, that's what this reminded me of: a well-made cup of black coffee, but with more going on, and no need for milk or sugar. I also mark this as part of my evolution as a beer drinker, because a few years ago I would not have been able to appreciate a stout of this caliber.

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Photo of bigone4
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with slight ruby color when back lit. Nice creamy tanish off-white head. Massive lacing down the whole pint glass. Smells of alcohol esters mixed with a strong tone of roasted and chocolate malts. Slight hints of caramel and coffee flavors in the nose as well. Smooth rolling chocolate and roasted malt flavor. The alcohol taste is quite strong in the finish. Has a rather dry finish with a definite alcohol tone. Quite roasty and lots of bold malts in the mix. Nice full body and very drinkable. This one certainly has the making of a true imperial stout. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a Russian Imperial Stout that can turn out the lights...

This 9 percent stout poured into my snifter with a vengeance....dark molasses color, with a substantial, lingering cola colored head. This beer had a nose of dark chocolate, toffee, and traces of low alcohol tones. The heavy, complex taste of chocolaty roasted malts, warming alcohol, and meandering hints of dark ripened fruit, finished wonderfully with a subtle black coffee trail. The mouth feel was very substantial....probably the reason this beer comes in a four pack instead of a sixer...a heavy, heavy, brew. This beer paired very well with pieces of dark chocolate...Enjoy

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Photo of sjambok1
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aah, before I get to the actual review, let me say finding this brew has been one of the high points of my beer drinking experiences. It's hard to beat something thats this good.

A: Dark as cole, poured with a two finger head of dark brown, like treebark.

S: Strong, nutty, with plenty of hops and a hint of coffe.

T: Strong as any stout I've ever had, close to perfect. Tastes of coffe, hops and a very earthy taste.

MF: Excellent. Smooth and full

D: Great, but strong. Good beer for occasions, but if I were to be drinking more than 2, Id have drink Red Seal

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

This stout pours out very dark with tinge of tea color brown/amber around the corners when held up to the light. It has a creamy frothy tan head that sticks around for a while.

It smells very good...Not as strong as some stouts, but very pleasant. Not as rough as most RIS. It has a nice crusty bread smell with roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

Now when I take the first sip...every time it makes me go " Ahh thats a good beer." It kind of reminds me of Breakfast stout. Only because of the very obvious and sharp coffee smell and coffee bitterness in the taste. It also reminds me of the taste of Founders Black Rye. It has a balanced blend of coffee, chocolate, bread, roasted nuts...its very good.

For the price and availability this is a great stout.

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Photo of wavz
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Just like a stout should be. Dark rich coffee color with just a hint of deep amber. Head pours thick and creamy, sticks around for a beat or two and leaves a nice lacing.

S- Peacans, Coffee, Chocolate, and just a hint of smoke.

T- I love the complexity of this beer. Earthy notes of roasted walnuts or pecans. Chocolate, plenty of coffee with light hints of sweetness in the backround.

M- Smooth and rich, viscus, and just a bit of heat in the end of this one.

D- This has to be one of my favs right after Rogue's Shakespear Stout. This one is a close second. If you havent tried it yet, your missing out.

Wavz

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Photo of nortmand
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, with a very stable brown head.

Roast dominates the aroma. Coffee and chocolate as well.

Milk chocolate up front, turns into a rounded roast by mid tongue. Leaves a bitter roast aftertaste with a bit of metallic character.

Extra full, lucious body, smooth as silk. Big ass drinkable beer. So clean.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 benito
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Old Rasputin is a black brew with mahogany highlights around the edges and a complex bouquet that mixes a clear alcohol presence with citrus, brown sugar, and tobacco. It's most pronounced flavor is its smokiness, but this doesn't overwhelm the bittersweet edge, hints of pineapple, alcohol bite, and leathery dryness. The flavors meld together in one of the most drinkable and smooth imperial stouts that I've ever had, with each sip revealing a new hint of flavor and depth.

The fruitiness (which may be an effect of my aging) does detract slightly from the overall heft of the body and the finish is just a little too watery, but the length and mix of flavors as well as the overall smoothness of this brew easily make up for those flaws.

This is a fantastic RIS and a must try beer. No wonder so many BAs before me have found a way to get their hands on this brew.

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

Presentation: A Really cool looking 12 oz bottle from the Flying Saucer in Charlotte with a wicked sketch of Rasputin. There was no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A Pitch black amber with a wood brown head that sticks very nicely to the glass in which it was poured. The cascade was also a sight to be seen.

Smell: A very roasted malt smell with hints of dark roast chocolates and hazelnut.

Taste: An Extremely great tasting beer with a burnt chocolate and molasses taste. A malt and hop bitterness that finished surprisingly sweet.

Mouth-Feel: A very smooth and coffee like mouth-feel that finished quit smooth

Drink-Ability: I had this one at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte NC and I highly recommend this great IRS

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Photo of pweis909
2.22/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured an opaque black with a big tawny head, which didn't last too long.

The smell is powerful. Fruity and alcoholic with spicey notes lingering in the background. Juicey fruit gum, soaked in vodka. Different, but not complex.

Taste is unpalatable. The roasts are too sharp, too bitter; the alcohol is too overpowering.

I didn't finish my 12 oz bottle. My mouth reviled at the taste and I had a hangover before I consumed 8 oz.

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Photo of cowace2
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I call it "motor oil stout". Thick like syrup, pouring it is a joy. Head is very dark and thick, feels and looks great.

Both smell and taste are dominanted by roasted malts. Seems like chocolate and coffee. Great combination; it is obvious they spent a long time perfecting the malt combo and they hit this one out of the park.

Ideal balance between sweetness and dryness. 9% is definitely not apparent. Very easy to drink considering how thick and strong it is.

Personally I think this is one of the premier stouts brewed in America. Use it to scare off your Bud Light swilling friends and then sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice dark stout with a rich color and very pleasant, stouty smell. The taste is complex, but not heavy and without any bitterness. It sits nicely in the mouth and goes down smooth as velvet and strong as a truck. I highly recommend it to anybody who loves porters and stouts.

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Photo of Lagaffe74
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured it in a brandy snifter. Gorgeous deep opaque robe. Tan head that took its little time to disappear. Nose was full of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Very rich on the palate with notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Nice finish. Outstanding!!

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Photo of budgood1
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours out an opaque dark brown colour...beautiful. ruby tinted tan head appears and sticks frothfully. lots of lace. aroma of fuitcake and cherries...monster cookies, rum, port wine, etc. taste is oh so tasty and amazing with its layered toffee and caramel goodness and with its fig flavoured rum soaked fruit cake nuances. enough dark roasted features to satisfy. then comes the amazingly well balanced hoppiness...seems so integrated but defined. this has a lot of norhtwest hop character...but so definitely more baltic porter than imperial stout. this ranks right up there with the all time faves of style and celebrity. i can see why i was blown away when first reviewing this beer years ago...it still boggles the mind. full bodied, silky mouthfeel, and an alcohol warmth in the finish. damn tasty. drinkability rocks. i love it.

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Photo of olegv40
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, with a gigantic brown head thats with you till the end. Smells of roasted oats and barley, with a sour component. Tastes of chocolate and espresso, initially very dry, but finishes sweet. If you appreciate a good stout, you should give this a try.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very dark brown, possibly black. Tan two finger head, good retent, the head finally recedes to a foam ring, and some solid lacing remains on the glass on you drink.

S- roasted and burnt malts, chocolate, coffee

T- sweet burnt malts with an alcoholic burn toward the finish, chocolate, rich aftertaste. Alcohol becomes much more evident as the brew warms.

M- medium body, good level of carbonation, smooth, warm

D- you can taste the 9%, but didnt really feel. dangerously easy drinking here. yummy brew, i'd recommend to stout lovers

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

Dark, blinding black; lumpy tan head; massive, streaky tan lacing throughout. Cocoa, dark burnt malts and smokey almonds graze the nose. The initial sips are sweet chocolate, yeasty malts and light roast coffee beans. The body quickly turns creamy and slick. Caramel, brown sugar and dark roasted malts combine for a massively flavored full bodied beer! Velvet-like smoothness; oh so tender hints of left coast perfumy hops with a large smokey malt backbone and finish. Mild, warming notes of alcohol. A roof-raising, sessionable, well marketed RIS--do you need more?

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Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly below room temperature in a pint glass. Poured a shiny, used motor oil like jet black. Left a frothy coffee brown colored head about three quarters of an inch high. Head slowly dissapeared into a brown gob in the center of the glass. Sweet aromas of chocolates, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of freshly baked cookies. Had a wonderful taste as well. Flavors of roasted chocolate malt, bitter roasted coffee beans, some dark chocolates, and vanilla extract. A small hint of well hidden alcohol and a little bit of carbonation. Mouthfeel was thick and full with an explosion of flavor. Also a pretty drinkable russian imperial stout.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer after drinking a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and I think this one suffers a little in comparison. A black color with a fairly small head. Coffee, sweet chocolate aroma. An espresso taste, some chocolate. I thought it was a little on the sharp side. Still, a pretty enjoyable stout.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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