Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

12,160 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 higgsboson
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Dave1999
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the purest black with a small tan head.

The smell is dark roasted malts and chocolate as well as a.little alcohol. Would be better if it was a little stronger.

The taste is roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and a bit of alcohol.

The mouth feel is smooth and full bodied with slight carbonation and a little tingle from the alcohol.

Overall a nice beer not overly complex but has a great taste. Hides it's abv well doesn't taste like 9%.

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Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of harpo111
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark brown, black with tan head

S: Coffee, Chocolatey with a malty rasiny overtone.

T: Very balanced flavor. Malty with some sweetness. Chocolate and coffee overtones stand out. Taste lingers on your tounge and then fades...wonderful smooth. Some dark fruit notes...

M: Smooth, not harsh at all. Not as heavy as I expected. Very well played...

O:Oh, my....if you are not a stout fan...try it. If you are you will not be dissapointed in this one. Not overly done in any area. Very drinkable and smoother than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ABokononist
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark dark brown appearing black in the glass with a hefty 2.5 finger khaki head. Large bubbles make the head a little rocky as it fizzles away. No lacing. Light gets through about 1/2" of beer.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Some raisin and fig, hint of alcohol. Love the chocolatyness of this brew. Very robust.

T: Real dark and malty taste, heavy with chocolate and coffee. Leaves a real roasted malt taste in your mouth. A little hop makes an appearance at the end, but overall it remains very balanced.

M: Lighter on the palate than expected, fairly low in carbonation. Still a very smooth and drinkable beer with a well-hidden alcohol.

Overall a beer that never disappoints. A must try by any stout fan. One that got me into RIS. Twice the strength and twice the flavor of a Guinness.

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Photo of jremigio
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of jmodus
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Disease
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of MikieV
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of KTien
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of RMoeNay
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MudHobbit
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Btr73
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BTFU
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Futsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Ssaknurd
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of 22Catch22
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of docrates
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark black with a sticky brown head. Lacing is exceptional.

S: Chocolate and bitter coffee, slightly milky.

T: Bitter chocolate and vanilla with notes of coffee. There's also a little bit of a woody taste to it. Warming alcohol punch. Very nice.

M: Slightly bitter with low carbonation. Little bit of alcohol heat.

O: Fantastic stout. This really hits the spot for when I'm in a stout mood. Would love to try the bourbon barrel aged version.

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Photo of hanlonrn
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Ok so I had a filling done the other day, and the anesthetic had worn off later in the night. My tooth was slamming, and of course I had a fridge full of beers waiting to be drank. So I decided to drink the one with the highest ABV in there (minus the barley wine I am aging), which was old Rasputin. This review may be a little more brief than most of mine, but that's because i am doing on my iPad sitting in an airport from tape recorded notes.

Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - cool looking bottle, love the packaging. Pours a jet black with zero transparency, having a nice two finger mocha head that hangs around for some time and leaves excellent lacing almost through the entire drink.

Smell - Roasted and charred malts are the big boys, but it has dark fruits, coffee, and some chocolate hints as well. A little oak smell in there, and a nice accompaniment of booze to round it out!

Taste - matches the aroma almost exactly. The big roasted, charred malts get you and hold your palate, while the other favors and scents mingle in with them. Chocolate, oak, dark fruits, and booze all make an appearance. Excellent taste

Mouthfeel - Finishes creamy and thick, with a nice warming finish because of the booze level. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Highly recommended. I will absolutely buy and drink this again. I have already recommended it to people who have not had it yet. Very very good beer, I strongly suggest you go get some. Good value too.

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Photo of Maegodfrey14
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,160 ratings.
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