Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.3/5
12,278 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
Ranking:
#494
Reviews:
3,736
Ratings:
12,278
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
610
Gots:
3,066
Trade:
51
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Ratings: 12,278 |  Reviews: 3,736
Photo of eifster82
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours two to three fingers of dense, moussy tan coloured head over an opaque, jet black body that shows highlights of red when held to direct light. Head slowly reduced to a thin layer, leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - 4.5
Big aroma of burnt, roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and a hint of plummy fruitiness.

Taste - 4.0
Dark chocolate, burnt raisins and roasted coffee burst onto the palate. A fair bit of caramel and molasses-like sweetness is there, but more than countered by firm hop bitterness. Finishes very dry, which results in better than average drinkability for the style.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Oh so silky smooth, almost velvety in the mouth with a full body with moderate carbonation and fine bead.

Overall - 4.5
A very to-the-book, English style Russian Imperial Stout. Far less hoppy than many of its American counterparts, and in my opinion, better for it. I would like a little more sweetness and malty richness, but otherwise, there is little to criticize.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with almost no head. Not much lacing.

Smell is great. Very pleasent roasty aroma. Slightly sweet smelling. Lots of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes just as it smells. This RIS is a little more on the roasty side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall a heavy beer that I couldn't drink alot of but it is very tasty.

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Photo of hotsudge
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of gkoz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mxsluis
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh baby, Old Rasputin is a constant go to. Like flippin' to page 29 in the 1999 Victoria's Secret Winter Catalogue when Raul was 15, "go to."

Now, the Kings just took a 2-0 lead in the first, but Raul was pumped even before that. This bad boy is just splendid. Rich, dark, luscious... (and no, Raul is not talking about Beyonce). I mean, just smooth. Nina Agdal promoting a Cod sandwich for Carl's Jr. "smooth."

Find it my children. Find it good.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MarioM
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a thick dark black. It had creamy tan colored head. The smell is sweet and malty. Hints of the alcohol come through. The taste is roasted grain with a big alcohol finish. The alcohol is not as overpowering as others of the style. The mouthfeel is decent but due to the higher ABV it is somewhat diminished. I could drink these again. I would not want to slam these down but an occasional one would hit the spot.

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Photo of vdub191
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Ben7773
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Evarigan
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of DaveRinn
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of B_B
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HipCzech
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("11082016") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter glass.

Appearance: Inky black with fringes of dark brown. Builds a nice head of khaki foam that slowly recedes to streaky lace

Smell: Deeply roasted grains, light woodsmoke and emerging alcohol as it warms.

Taste: Complex malt body with layers of roasted and burnt grains, espresso and some bittersweet chocolate in the close. A healthy dose of earthy, bitter, herbal hops keeps any sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall: Big, bold and complex; definitely lives up to its reputation as a classic RIS.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

North Coast Brewing's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout pours out
a lovely thick chocolate colored head over an opaque black brew. The
nose is raisin, coffee, and booze. Carbonation is steady. The flavor is
coffee up front, with a sharp finish of bitter chocolate and hops. The
alcohol (9% by volume) is well moderated by the strong flavors of the
beer. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for such a dark brew, and a bit
dry as well. The aftertaste is grassy hop. A good beer to brood over in
the dead of winter, but since it's spring, a good candidate for aging.

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Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tikk
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This is very jet black, with a finger width and a half of tan fluffy head. This is very much like one would expect to get from a RIS in terms of the appearance.

S- I'm getting a great coffee and chocolate smell with a hint of vanilla. There is a slight anise smell too, which I'm excited about, I'm a fan of anise in RIS beers. I'm also getting a some hop smell, lets see if that is there with the taste.

T- The coffee taste is there in the beginning...stays in the middle of the taste, but is more of a force in the end. The chocolate taste is slight, and I'm getting some cherry there with it as well. The anise smell didn't stay with the taste. The taste is good, a bit more coffee then I would want, I guess its not the amount of coffee that is there, but the bitterness that results. I do like the sweetness that is there from time to time though.

M- This is slightly dry, and I feel kinda a weird coating over my mouth.

D- Very drinkable, and tasty. I'm glad this is regularly released in my area.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MrNate
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of dsnyder61
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,278 ratings
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