Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

12,236 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:
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of nUgZ
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, and some fruit as well.

T: Lots of roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, and some hops. Nice bitterness for a stout. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a very solid RIS. I'll gladly drink it anytime.

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Photo of plato
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of justwork
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pitch black, thick dark tan head. Extremely rich roasted malt and alchohal aromatics. Thick roasted malts, burnt chocolate, coffee flavors penetrate deeply on the palate. Creamy and rich mouthfeel. Complex and complete. Probably should give a 2 or 3 for drinkability because it's so strong, but like Stone's Arrogant Bastard, I refuse. This beer is one of a kind.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MarshallMan
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of Groomsy
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

This revered RIS pours pitch black with highlights of brown. There is no light getting through this sucker. Massive, sticky, frothy head of dark khaki foam which leaves massing lacing chunks. This beer does not mess around.

On the nose, a classic RIS profile: A noticeable degree of roast, similar to coffee, and lots of chocolate – dark chocolate, cocoa dust, and maybe some milk chocolate. There's a slight dark fruit note (cherries) and just a whiff, very faintly, of alcohol. Super robust. I'm scared, momma.

Yowza. This is a smooth behemoth. I served this at cellar temp to experience the full flavor. Beginning with a robust roasty note – dark roasted coffee comes to mind – the beer dominates with dark, caramelized flavors into the middle of the palate along with some dark fruit and some earthy hop bitterness on the end. I appreciated finding some hop presence in this compared to most in the RIS style. There is just a smidge of alcohol, so I have the feeling this beer would benefit from additional time in the cellar. A super drinkable RIS though and a great balance in the flavor in the profile.

The mouthfeel, as expected, is heavy with a low carbonation tingle. It finishes with some earthy bitterness as well as notes of espresso and dark roast coffee. There's not much alcohol in the flavor, but it is defnitely noticeable in impact.

If you're looking for a starting point with imperial stouts, start here. With a heavy roast characteristic and nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, this beer is just as good fresh as after it has been cellared for a few years.

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Photo of JJChrist
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of sia478
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of dabarton
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of thomda11
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot of good things about this beer, and it did not disappoint. The appearance is near-perfect. The beer is night-black with an off-white head of about two-finger widths. It leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is robust, full of chocolate and roasted barely. The taste is equally robust. At first sip, the overwhelming taste was of dark chocolate, but as I drank it, roasted coffee came to the forefront. There is just a hint of alcohol, but nothing that would suggest the 9% abv. There was also a certain sweetness that I lingered on the tongue along with a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy with a modest carbonation. Overall, this beer is outstanding on every level.

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Photo of Benh777
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ntanner83
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tweeder263
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice black brew with a 2 finger tan head,head recedes pretty quickly.Looks pretty well carbonated.Taste,,very hoppy up front and nice hints of coffee come into play and round it out.Slightly bitter linger detracts a little from the taste. Nice alcohol warming feeling.Very good Imp stout, would definitely have again.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this on sale for $1.79 at the Franklin Market of Choice in Eugene, OR. It pours out a dark, dark black color with very little shades of red-brown. It pours with a thick, tan bubbly/creamy head and lots and lots of lacing. The smell is very subtle but complex - chocolate and roasted malts dominate. I has a bubbly mouthfeel and starts out with a taste of chocolate and then finishes with a great chocolate and coffee blended taste that just keeps going. The complexity of the taste takes a few seconds to hit you after swallowing. An excellent RI stout - almost no taste of alcohol at all.

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

A - Poured a syrupy black like used motor oil. Had a nice dark tan head which settled and left nice lacing and a thin foam layer on top.

Smell: Roasted & sweet caramel malts and coffee. A slight chocolate scent as well.

Taste: Bitter chocolate hit me first. Then the sweet malts kicked in followed by a slight hop bitterness. If finished with a nice coffee and bitter chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied and creamy. Definitely a sipper.

Drinkability: I'm glad we got this beer back in south Louisiana. This is one of the best drinking stouts around. A blessing brought over from the west coast!

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

Reviewed on 5 November 2010.

Poured at 50 degrees F, appears dark chocolate brown out of the bottle, black in the glass. Poured into a Sierra Nevada XXX snifter, 2-finger soapy head that goes away quickly, lacing is average. Aroma is delicate, consisting of mostly roasted malts and a touch of coffee and caramel, followed by some hotness of alcohol.

I wait 5 minutes for this to warm up and settle. Out of nowhere comes intense dark chocolate aroma, more caramel, a touch of bread (like Guinness bread), all presenting themselves on a beautiful bed of super roasted malts. The taste explodes with super rich roasted coffee flavor. Maple and oak flavors make themselves known. If I had to associate any dark fruit flavor to this, it would have to be figs. The glass gets lower, and a slight maroon color appears in the beer. The flavor of roasted malts is so intense, the flavor doesn't escape my taste buds. Neither does the roasted coffee flavor.

I'm standing in front of a warm woodstove sipping this slowly, 3 ounces to go. Aroma of dried black cherry says 'hello' and the hotness of alcohol actually diminishes a little! Much less carbonation by now (which is fine!) and this beer gets a little bit sweeter and the roasted malts seem more developed in just one sitting. I only wish I had a second one to sip on.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,236 ratings.
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