Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
12,231 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
Ratings:
12,231
Reviews:
3,727
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
603
Gots:
3,037
For Trade:
50
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 12,231 |  Reviews: 3,727
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of kmahe
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of 4ster
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

So i have Old Rasputin now...

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. Pitch black inside the glass. Absolute darkness. About two fingers thick shining brown head with good persistence. Sticky lacing that will stay on the sides forever and as is.

Aroma: Good roasted malts stout aroma, some burnt up smell, slight coffee and a good amount of hops. Alcohol is discernible very well. Likable but a tad under strength i feel.

Taste: Very strong taste. Malt wise, hop wise and roast wise. Just awesome. Starts with sweet malts. then some burnt up roastedness and finally ends with some happy mix of hop and charred bitterness. Good amount of alcohol presence.

Mouth feel. Medium to full bodied, leaves something to be desired body wise. Dry bitter finish. Very slight hop and roast derived astringency. Moderate carbonation makes it comparatively easy to drink.

Overall: Lives up to the reputation, underwhelming here and there. But a top notch brew nonetheless.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.25

 999 characters

Photo of GratefulJack
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of UncleNeighborChris
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of frankiepop
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer is the real deal. Ain't no bullshit. There's many crazy bottle art put out by American and other brewers, especially the Belgians. Taste so good, can't stop drinkin' it. Gettin' drunker than shit.

Appearance: Black and blacker. Reminds one of Seal.

Good stout aromas.

But the flavor is gigantic. Strong. thick. Malty. Highly roasted. Reminds of French roast coffee.

Pair this baby with Zappa music. I suggest Zoot Allures.

 443 characters

Photo of
5/5  rDev +16.8%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of Bubbles
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Recless7
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Cbrazbox
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of morken78
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of stanale
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mbonugli
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jayp82
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: black as black can be. About an inch of rich foamy kahki head fell into a thick ring around the glass. No light gets through this, during the pour it was deep deep brown like ebony or mahogany.

S: big roasty notes, I get notes of dates and prunes. a bit of alcohol. No hops that I can detect.

T: I love this stuff. Big toasted and roasted notes, a bit of the date flavor from the nose. Lots of hop on the finish that last a good long time.

M: thick and rich but not as heavy as its american counterparts. Smooth and dangerously drinkable.

O: deserves all the hype it gets. Holds its own and works well with foods.

 653 characters

Photo of steinz
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Americanzero
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of MTWood
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of AWL
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,231 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.