Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

12,159 Ratings
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

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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Photo of GnomeKing
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee and chocolate tastes dualing, with coffee getting the slight advantage. A little dry. Some roasted malt and nut flavors popping up here and there. The head's bubbles are precise and poppable, rather than creamy. There is a nice lingering aftertaste, but the flavors don't over stay their welcome. Despite its alcohol content and robust character, Old Rasputin doesn't fatigue the taste buds. You can have a few and enjoy each one more than the last...just remember that 8.9% will catch up on you quick. Old Rasputin is still a mystical favorite.

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Photo of Dizzy
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, faint garnett highlights when held up to light. Lots of tan head with plenty of lacy. Aroma is a wonderful blend of chocolate and toffee with some fruitiness. Taste is carmel like initially, with some fruitiness. Dark, roasted malts dominate the finish and the alcohol becomes evident. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. I like this one, but I wouldn't want more than one. In addition to the high alcohol, too much roasted malt bitterness accumulates to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of jculler82
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ChuckS
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Elimination
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint chilled pint glass, flows a thick black color with a brownish copper head about 1 finger tall.

smell: roasted malts, coffee, and a tad bit of dark cocoa

taste: very roasted taste, notes of coffee and alcohol, and almost a whiskey taste, especially after swallowing. this is not an aged bottle so that might be why

great beer over all, perfect to pair with dinner, or just count as a dinner. At 9 abv it does the trick, even me a semi experienced beer man was feeling it after just one. bought at a rays supermarket in bend oregon for only 1.80 bottle which I was pretty happy with. Definately worth the money, and will buy again.

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Photo of Badger6
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DrewZ926
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

disclaimer: my favorite RIS to date

a- nice dark body with about an inch of khaki head

s- very complex malt profile with a whiff of something floral. cocoa is also very present.

t- damn. so much going on here. starts out with the big roasted malt profile. tasting some rich dark cocoa and coffee. finishes off strong on the fruits, picking up some figs, dates, and raisins.

m- slightly carbed and a medium body that felt light but coating at the same time.

d- extremely drinkable. quite dry and no cloying sweetness whatsoever.

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Photo of FrostyWPG
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bman_85
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of smooth_aleing
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.

Wonderful R.I.S.

A= Rich, deep brown, almost black. Decent head, though could be thicker. Lacing is nice throughout a pretty large snifter glass.

S= Wonderful nose. Deep chocolates, coffee, cherry and coffee liquor. Sweetness lingering throughout the nose, perhaps cherry.

T= Deep chocolate and espresso. Caramelized grain and hops. Rich, lasting sweetness with mild bitterness and, again, liquor taste.

M= Only average. Prefer the mouth-feel to Guinness, Nitro Milk Stout, etc. But not bad nonetheless.

O= A great imperial stout. A little boozy, but flavorful and complex, with deep, robust coffee and chocolate undertones. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DahWag
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of nra818
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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 mdm46410
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a thick deep brown with a good-sized tan head that slowly diminished. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and just a bit of alcohol. Taste is a mixture of coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, and a bit of earthy roasted malts. A bit of hops gives it a nice quick bitter finish. Lingering tastes of coffee and chocolate. Full bodied. Maybe a little bit too much carbonation for my tastes. Overall, this is a very well done beer. Maybe not the best of the imperial stouts, but definately worthy of a try.

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Photo of hombrepalo
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of santomark
1/5  rDev -76.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2016 was so AWFUL! sour, watery, etc.Compared to previous year experiences, these were just AWFUL! . AVOID, AVOID, AVOID! Such a rip off!

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Photo of blackc5
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap in a pint glass.

A - Amazingly black with a perfect 2-finger tan head that is just densely creamy thanks to the nitro tap. High retention, and great lacing as well. Exceptional no doubt.

S - Dark chocolate at the forefront, with some coffee, roasted caramel malts, and all very nicely balanced. Smells like dessert.

T - Outstanding, this one lives up to the hype. It is a chocolate milkshake minus the sweetness, and still all of the great beer characteristics of a quality stout. The dark chocolate is dominant, but does not overwhelm the other characteristics of the beer like many chocolate-additive stouts do. Top notch, and I should have had another rather than trying something else... Will be buying a four-pack next time I am at the store and see this.

M - Again, milkshake-like in it's creaminess. The nitro really works here, and lends such a rich mouthfeel.

D - Surely no session beer, but it accels for the style, and is quite wonderful. I will seek this out in the future, and surely never pass when given a chanc to have it on nitro.

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Photo of BigV
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of thegrifter
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nickadams2
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a thick head that quickly dissipates leaving a frothy ring. Thick lacing.

S_Dark chocolate, dark fruits , coffee and hops.

T_ Dark chocolate and espresso upfront.Finishes off slightly hoppy and fruity.

M_ Thick and chewy.Goes down pretty easy though.Nice carbonation.

D_Drinks very well.

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Photo of fullmoonbeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Klister
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cisteve
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of acknight
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of drt72
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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