Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

12,207 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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Photo of Mikeb8
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of rhynosorus
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark, opaque, black body, very fine carbonation makes a small amount of creamy light brown head. Classic and inviting stout characteristics.

Smell - Heavy, roasty,chocolaty, and slightly smoky aroma

Taste - The thick, dark, chocolaty malt dominates the begininning of the taste and smoothy gives way to a slight bitter tinge of hops at the end of the taste. A very well balanced flavor, and drinkable. A well crafted beer and example of what a stout should be.

Mouthfeel - Thick, smooth, creamy, and delightful

Overall - A great example of a Russian Imperial stout that is readily available in most places. A must have

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Photo of Juice14
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwagner1018
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like a nice pint of dark roast Italian coffee, deep dark chocolate, almost black...frothy heady, that lingers and reintroduces itself with a light swirl.

S- Deep coffee notes, butter nut, caramel.

T- Awesome...chocolate malt notes, smooth, creamy, notes of scotch, oak, woody and sharp, but extremely well balanced.

M- Complex, bitter, vanilla, buttery...very nice body.

D- Wow, drank half a glass...great sipping beer, dark and whicked...in a great way...deep and balanced...very very nice beer. Drinkable if you are going to have 1...

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Photo of bkny27
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours black like coffee, but not as thick as other RIS's I've seen

S - definite chocolate notes, slight coffee, with a bit of alcohol

T - chocolate malts, coffee, alcohol

M - like carbonation, semi-thick consistency

D - this is one delicious RIS, I would drink it whenever I could get it

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Photo of MASPuros
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Flying Saucer in Austin.
Poured a 4 finger cascading head into an old rasputin glass. (OT -- is that guy giving the loser sign or what???). Loved that glass. It took all my good upbringing not to nick it.
Appearance. Thick motor oil black with a tan head.
Smell: Not much - - a bit malty.
Taste: chocolate, roast malts. a little hop bitterness at the back of my palate.
Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, thick, silky.
Drinkability. Not too boozy for an RIS.

Overall, this is a very nice RIS. The nitrotap made it quite interesting. Not as complex in the malt profile as some I have had. This is definitely a staple in my beer collection.

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Photo of KBomb
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin pours out of the bottle like motor oil: thick and black as night. A fairly large head of soapy brown foam sits atop (especially considering the style). Clings to the glass like maple syrup. ORIS defines "exceptional appearance".

Smell is full of roasted malt, nuanced by hints of chocolate and a little booziness. Some caramel aroma grows as the beer warms up a little.

Taste is slightly restrained for the style, but no flavors feel out of place. A little char to the roasted malt, some coffee-like bitterness, and a note of hops. This beer's only fault is that the malt sweetness hides a little too well.

Slick, creamy mouthfeel. Moderately heavy, but not unexpected considering its design.

A solid RIS. Its what a stout aspires to be.

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Photo of jsanmarco
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - Poured a nice deep black with a caramel colored head with good retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S - Intense chocolate and coffee notes in the nose. Some minor scents of caramel and molasses.

T - I really enjoyed this beer. It burst of chocolate and roasted malts up front with a sweet feel and lingering bitterness as it goes down. Kept me sipping trying to put my finger on the taste.

M - Phenomenal all around. Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - It has a moderately high drinkability. The higher ABV is quite welcome on a cold winter day.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark as a stout with a lovely looking tan head that reminds me of a chocolate malt.

S - Right up front with chalky malts that easily bleed into signature cocoa and coffee scents. Cocoa comes out more as it warms. Slight touch of booze.

T - Sweet, chalky and deeply roasted malts dominate the palate. The flavor of toast chocolate, coffee and sweet malts all come together for a perfect symphony of a beer.

M - Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation if not a little high for the style. The sweetness and a little bitterness stick around the palate to wreck any other flavors that may come after; make sure you have a good palate cleanser around!

D - If I didn't know better I could drink this as one of the only beers in my arsenal, and a pretty darn good deal at that! Just too big to be drinking all the time, but worth drinking one a day (keeps the doctor away, look how much Old Raspy himself went through haha).

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Photo of Meerkey
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black/dark brown, opaque. Thin beige head.

S: Dark chocolate and alcohol. Coffee and roasted malts.

T: So chocolatey! Dark and heavy. Espresso beans, some sweet malts, hint of hops. A little spicy.

M: Heavy and bitter, aftertaste a little too sticky sweet.

D: Very. I recommend it.

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Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of averagejake872
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of C20Percent
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a big, bubbly, tan colored head. Very clean appearance. Really nice head. And, the lacing really adds to the beer-drinking experience.

S: Roasted malts. Dark chocolate and cocoa. Some coffee notes in the background. Some sweetness in the aroma, and the hops are coming through as well.

T: Hops and cocoa -- first and foremost. High quality malt work here. Not a bunch of complexity here, but that's not a bad thing. Super clean, with a sweet and salty finish.

M: Quite possibly the most smooth and creamy beer I've ever had. This beer sets the standard. Perfect carbonation. Velvety. Chewiness that brings out the cocoa. Superb.

O: This beer doesn't overdue it. What it does is gives you a very clean, simple, high-quality tasting RIS. It doesn't try to push the limits, which is low risk, but it gets it right. Highly recommend.

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Photo of CellarGimp
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TonyT013
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A strong pour produces a vigorous clumpy light brown head about two inches tall that settles slowly. This beer is completely black with none of the usual ruby highlights when held to a bright light. Very nice.

The smell has notes of black patent and chocolate malt with some hops thrown in for good measure and some booze on the back end.

The first sip blasts off with a great amount of roast and some alcohol mixed with dark chocolate and some light milk chocolate. Rich coffee is also present in the mix. Hops are subtle in the finish. Slightly sweet but dries out nicely. I don't taste the hops like some reviewers but maybe I am used to 3 Floyds hoppy porters like Alpha Klaus and Ragnarok.

The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth with light carbonation.

This is a great value for an RIS! Great job NCB!!

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Photo of mikeradebaugh
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of iCabaLLero
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Lofreqwave
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of elektronen
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of John44
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Razonulzer
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,207 ratings.
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