Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 12,259 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:
#493
Reviews:
3,735
Ratings:
12,259
Liked:
11,527
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.23%
Alströms:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
608
Gots:
3,055
Trade:
51
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Ratings: 12,259 |  Reviews: 3,735
Photo of shreead
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smoky54
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, I will be the first to admit that I am not a skilled reviewer. Nevertheless, I have to submit something to show my appreciation and admiration for this wonderful brew.

Imagine putting into a blender- deep dark chocolate, dates, raisins, prunes, a touch of cream, and the richest of coffees and toffee. Then store it all in a cask of charred oak until it becomes something mortal man does not deserve!

That is the best that I can do. Perfection in a glass!

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Photo of Phineasco
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beach-Cruiser
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

beautiful dark brown color, small head, but laces well. strong coffee taste (which I'm partial to), thick feel. High ABV so I only have one in a day.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thingstead
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of worldkrysis
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jfyount
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent dark beer. One of my favorites. Very smooth to drink, strong and hearty. Feels like you just had a meal when you drink a bottle. Tasting notes of chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Claefalcon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisCage
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours with a very thick consistency, like motor oil and is super brown/black in color.....completely opaque as well! The head is super creamy, has excellent retention, eventually settling down to a thick layer over the brew (starts out about one finger thick), and is very dense like a meringue top. Obviously the carbonation is much too tough to see and there is a super sticky and thick lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. Very nice looking overall!

S- Loads of deep dark chocolate, black coffee, creamy almond like liqueur, burnt black/chocolate malts, hints of licorice, rye bread and yeast, along with slight rummy vanilla/caramel sweetness near the finish. It doesn't have the traditional Imperial Russian stout booziness as its well hidden in the aroma overall!

T- This is quite a nice Imperial! The booziness hits the palate immediately and then quickly settles down, only after hitting the top of the palate with hopped bitterness! Again, there is a great deal of cocoa powder, french press black coffee astringency, 90%+ chocolate, creamy yeast, burnt brown sugars, licorice Earthiness, blackstrap molassess, perhaps of nuttiness, charred vanilla creme, and a hopped bitterness that lingers on the palate long after the taste.

M/O- Rich and full bodied, with smooth velvety carbonation! The problem, and this really isn't a problem, is how easy drinking this is and I'd be afraid of enjoying one too many before it creeps up on me.....right in the Rasputin! The booze is superbly well hidden throughout once your palate accustoms to the initial taste. Love the heavy coffee/chocolate/cocoa character and most definitely recommend this one to any Stout lovers! Will be getting again!

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Photo of _nickg_
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Crude black in color with very thick silky dark brown head, the head withstands with good retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal foamy crown that won’t die down and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot.

Very rich chocolate that tends to be dark rather than milky along with cocoa nibs, black coffee with slight sourness, and roasted take the lead. Then I get fudge, dark bread, cocoa powder, burnt caramel, sweet dark fruits, mint, and licorice. Lightly charred nut too and a little bit smoked but not in kind of meaty also with some significant touch of leafty and grassy hop.

It is heavily roasted through the palate sensation together with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, black coffee with slight sourness, fudge, dark bread, burnt caramel, sweet dark fruits, mint, licorice, charred nut, slightly smoked, all mostly from malt. Hop is there so upright with its leafty, herbal, and persistent grassy bitterness that comes from both hop and roasted malt.

Rather full body with smooth and just slight viscous mouthfeel but somehow a bit watery, the carbonation is low while the feeling is well-rounded and good to carry the complexity and intensity of all the characters. Finish is very dry and pleasant.

Great RIS and perfect example to the style, it is rich, deep, and complex. Apart from its typical deep yet intense roasted, coffee, and chocolate, you will also get so bold hop characters of grass, herbal, and big bitter kick.

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdwhitney
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Atg1095
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frudel
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle from LCBO.
Dark opaque beer with a beige head.

Nose is roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, dark coffee.

Taste is kinda harsh, not that much sweetness, hell of a roasted malt, ashy, kinda unbalanced, would need some aging.

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Photo of kitekid
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks dirty and dark. Is it liquid soil?
Smells like licorice and dark fruits maybe some cherry.
Taste explodes in bitterness and burned malt. Just the faintest touch of sweet, from the darkest of chocolates. It was like I chewed on some ground coffee. Alcohol notably present in the long lingering aftertaste.
Overall quite impressive, I love this beer and will happily drink it again!

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Photo of Hab_Su
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tstromer
2.88/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of von_kaiser
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 12,259 ratings
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