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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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3,634 Reviews
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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3,634
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4.28
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and foreboding black, with a creamy, off-white head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, smoke, deep and dark roast, espresso beans, and vanilla.

Tastes the same, and just tastes awesome. Incredibly roasty and dark in flavor, with an ashy smoky bitterness at the end of each sip. In between, you get a lot of chocolate and espresso coffee. The chocolate flavor is, like everything else, dark and bittersweet. This has a slight bit of vanilla creaminess, too.

This has an amazing mouthfeel, even without nitro. It's so creamy and decadent, coats your mouth perfectly. There's a perfectly low amount of carbonation.

This is definitely one of the best stouts out there. I'm glad I tried it again, I tried it before I was really into beer and thought it was uber nasty. Now, it's different.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a creamy tan head that sticks all over the glass. Dark roasted malt aroma with a bit of cocoa, coffee and nuts. Taste is smooth with a lot of roasted malt, a bit of bitter chocolate, coffee and hops. There is a seemingly never ending bitterness to the finish. Overall, North Coast really did an excellent job with this RIS and should be commended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, midnight black with little head and little lacings. This stuff is thick. A strong malt smell of roasted, coffee, some chocolate, probably some other malts like bread or toasted could be in there. Incredibly smooth when you first sip it, the roasted and chocolate malts really kick in. Definitely a sipper. Full-bodied and slightly creamy (although you could slightly syrupy as well), this beer passes over the tongue leaving behind that malty goodness and finishes with a firm, dry backbite. If it weren't for the ABV I could drink this all day.

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Photo of beertunes
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a beautiful black, with a lovely cascade ascending into 3/4 inch of dark tan head that had excellent retention and left a moderate amount of lacing.

Rich roasted malt aromas greet the nose, without the annoying coffee notes so often found in brews of this type. Those deep scents translate into a glorious flavor on the tongue. Nothing exotic, edgy, radical or extreme, just the exact stout experience you're looking for.

The body is wonderfully full, smooth, textured and coats the tongue like a well-worn jacket. Easily drinkable, this is one of the big stouts I have several of in a row. Truly a world-class brew, if this is not available locally it's certainly worth much effort to obtain it by whatever means at your disposal.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a pitch black(with reddish tones) having a fairly large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving just a fine layer.

The smell is of roasted barley with some malty sweetness and notes of coffee.

The taste is huge! Lots of roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee with some grain and a bit of anise. Very very complex and very rewarding to my taste buds. I've had this one a few times in the past and it never fails to impress me with its flavour and how well it hides the rather substantial 9%abv.

Bottom line: This is a world class sample of the style that is a *must* to try.

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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 wordemupg
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass dec17 2009

A black with a thumbs worth of mocha head that falls to a 1/4inch film fairly quickly and leaves only a patch or two of lace

S smoke, chocolate, coffee and some booze

T not far off the smell but a little licorice perhaps and the alcohol is hidden a little better then on the nose

M thick creamy goodness, oh dear that sounds wrong yet feels quite right

D for the strength it's a little dangerous with out doubt, sinks like a ship and oh so worth trying.

I'm wondering if my glass was dirty, cause if so this may have been a rare A+ looks average but well ahead in all other departments. doesn't cost a fortune either here in Alberta making it just that much better, drink, think, repeat

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a black color, but pours out dark brown. The head is fluffy and stays up leaving remnants on the side of the glass.

The aroma is licorice, lots of mocha with this milk chocolate and light roasted coffee. Roasted malt. Almost a peanut butter chocolate from toasted malt.

The beer has a medium light mouthfeel for the style. There's lots of dark fruit with dried dates and plum. Onto bittersweet chocolate and coffee grounds and espresso. With a combination of light bitterness and alcohol on the back.

Consistently disappointed by the light mouthfeel as it drinks like a 7% beer and lack of roasted malt flavor.

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Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Muddy Waters, Bryant Lake Bowl and Pig & Fiddle and have had from a bottle.
L: Pours bright deep dark coffee brown under a 2” persistent, clingy, frothy foam collar.
S: Chocolate, dark sugar, coffee, dark dried fruit, and and a hint of wine on the nose.
T: Chocolate coffee flavors sweetened with molasses and seasoned with dark dried fruit with a slight tartness in the background. Dark roast bitterness augments the hop bitterness on the finish.
F: Full body to chewy, medium carbonation
O: Very fine Russian Imperial Stout. I think I like the draft version a little better than the bottled because the flavors come out more.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

My 300th beer review; looking forward to the next 300.

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown/black colour with a very large frothy and rocky light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to disappear.

Smell - coffee, malts, chocolate, hops, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - The beer doesn't have a whole lot of carbonation, but it feels very light and creamy on the palette. It's packed full of chocolate and coffee flavour mixed with malts. There is also a lot of bitterness from the coffee and the hops. The beer gives a warming feeling in my chest but the alcohol isn't really detectable. The beer finishes with little bit of a peppery/spicy aftertaste.

Drink - This is a flavour packed full bodied beer that is a must try. It's extremely drinkable and perfect during the winter/colder months.

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

A: pours very dark brown almost black

S: roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee

T: roasty malts flavor with hints of chocolate. Great well rounded ballanced flavor

M: very full body, but not sticky

D: This beer will be gone before you know it, is goes down so easy, just watch how many you have.

This was one of the first Russian Imperial Stout, I had tried. I judge other RIS to this one. I was so shock and suprised by the flavor one the first sip.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Looks perfect. Deep, dark black with a hint of brown around the edges. Excellent frothy head that refuses to die.

S-Big roasty, coffee, dark chocolate notes. Detecting some hops as well. Black licorice. Burnt malts and a slight hint of alcohol.

T-Quite the individual taste. A very strong taste. Surprising amount of bitterness which I am a fan of. Coffee, rich chocolate, dried fruits, licorice. Roasted and burnt. Light whiskey flavor. Finishes bitter.

M-Not as thick as I was expecting. Not disappointed, but definately surpised.

D-A big beer. One of the more drinkable stouts I've tried considering my limited experience with the style.

Deserving of the high praise. And a pretty good deal too.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head doesn't stick around for too long, but the lacing is OK. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. It tastes like coffee, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. The beer also has a good lingering bitter hoppy finish, with nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium/full, and it's creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's nice and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable, but not bad. IMO, it's a good RIS, I'd recommend it to others to try.

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Photo of barczar
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been in the fridge a couple years, so...

Pours an opaque black brown with a dense, frothy one inch mocha head that lingers indefinitely. When it dissipates, it leaves thick, sticky sheets of lacing.

Dark fruit, a touch of soy, roast malt, and chocolate start the aroma. Deeply toasted, nutty scents are accentuated by sorghum sweetness and earthy notes, finishing with a touch of coffee grounds. Malted milk balls and licorice emerge. There's a touch of plasticy phenols.

Flavor is dominated by deeply roasted malt, lightly sweet, which becomes chocolatey mid palate, and finishes charred, a touch acrid, and fairly bitter. Underlying notes of dark cherries surface, adding complexity. Toasted, nutty notes and dark chocolate are evident in the aftertaste.

Body is thick and smooth, with low carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth. There's a bit of astringency at the finish.

Aside from some light phenol presence, an excellent brew. It's more bitter and dry at the finish than I recall. Good complexity, but the bitterness is offputting to me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well well the famous Old Rasputin has finally hit my area! Lets see if it backs up the hype

A - Wow decent head for an imperial. Motor oil looking goodness.
S - Chocolate and Carmel malts.
T - Bitter coffee hit first but smooth to a chocolate taste.
M - End is not as bitter as expected. Alcohol warms the belly.
D - Four pack anyone? As one of the oldest imperial company's I ever had this beer is a keeper. Will squeeze in a bottle every now and again.

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Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Totally black with clear, ruby highlights topped by a lace of medium brown head. Looks nice all the way down due to moderate lacing and good head retention for what's there. Vinous alcohol aroma, lots of roast coffee, dark chocolate and overall maltiness with a moderate hoppiness. The flavour starts malty sweet, bitterness appears at the mid-point along with chocolate and alcohol warmth. The finish is very roasted and dry, with bitterness contributed by the dark malts. Creamy, viscous texture, full bodied. The alcohol flavour melds well with the malt character, leaving you with a very drinkable stout.

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

Nitro tap pour at Barleyhouse poured into a snifter.

(A)- Poured fairly thick and cascaded beautifully into a pitch black color with a milky - white foamy head that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lacing left behind as it was consumed.

(S)- Rich aromas of roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and mocha. Smooth and sweet smelling.

(T)- A combination of a creamy smooth maltiness and a dry roasted background. Molasses, cocoa, and raisin all over the place.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. So smooth and creamy going down. The Nitro-tapping really created a nice smooth creamy feel to go along with the rich and roasted maltiness of the beer.

(D)- Dangerously drinkable for the style in this form. I could have had this all day during the game. Rich and malty with a creamy smooth center. I love this beer out of the bottle, but Nitro tap might be even better.

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Photo of bark
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pitch dark; the beige-brown foam forms a thin compact head.

The smell is dry and robust with flavours of coffee, lemons, liquorice, roasted malt, white bread, and porridge rolled oats.

The carbonation is fresh and surprisingly strong, but it suits the beer fine.

The first taste is a creamy one with a touch of cocoa. It develops into a dry, very bitter flavour with some citric notes. The body is rather weak, or is it just hiding below all that bitterness? The aftertaste is long and generous with a touch of alcohol, a sourish, burned bitterness and some black coffee.

A fine (very American) stout, but I could wish for some more body.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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 avalon07
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Old Rasputin has a dark appearance - no clarity at all - with very little head evident. The smell was low key, sporting some hints of coffee especially. The taste, like other imperial stouts, had coffee and chocolate in it. However, the hops flavor was fairly strong and kind of overwhelmed the others. Mouthfeel was sharp and tingly. In general, this is a drinkable beer. I didn't like quite as much as Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, mainly due to the hops content.

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Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kind of weird to be reviewing a beer at 4am but I'm still fully awake so why not?

Pours a pitch black color with a nice, brown one-finger head. Definitely right for the style.

The aroma is thick and roasty with a hint of chocolate and dark fruits. Somewhat creamy as well.

Taste is very roasty with hints of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Smooth and creamy and it finishes with a decent amount of bitterness at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is bitterness followed by creamy chocolate. Very smooth. Does not overpower.

I think this is a very drinkable Imperial Stout. I was expecting it to be harsh because there's no way to tell how old it is. However, that isn't the case. I better pick up some more to age while it's still available. As for personal preferences, it does have that creaminess in the mouthfeel that I desire and a good balance of roasted malt and hops. Excellent.

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Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a super opaque black, little bit of red on the edges, creamy dark brown head and lots of lace. Smells like dark roasted malt, hops, coffee and chocolate. Taste is sublime, lots of roasted coffee, hops, dark chocolate finish. Very thick and full, perfect mouthfeel and carbonation, amazing beer. Reminded me of Rogue Imperial Stout a lot but smoother. Thanks for the taste DrJay.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black. Medium brown head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful roasty aroma. Also get a bit of smoke on the nose. There's some burnt malt tastes. Very strong bitterness. I love that in an Imperial. The IBU must be approaching 100 in this brew. Incredible malt load balances nicely with the hops. A bit of alcohol dangles on the tongue nicely. This is everything I look for in an Imperial Stout. Not as viscous as Bell's Expedition, but tremendous in its own right. One of my all time favorites. This is in the elite category of microbrewed Imperials that I have tried (along with Bell's Expedition and Rogue).

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

A - Black as night with Khaki head and nice rings.

S - Roasted malt with slight coffee and chocolate tones

T - Roasted and toasted grains, cereal quality. A little bit of bitter, sweet and sour dancing around on the palate.

M - Viscous and full bodies, coats the mouth but doesnt linger

D - Very drinkable for the ABVs and not too overpowering.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Motor Oil deep brown with a 2-finger tan head. Some lacing and retention, but minor.

S - Coffee and wheat.

T - Coffee and Chocolate.

D - Oily, but mild.

O - Not much to go with here. Age this and enjoy!

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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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