Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

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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3,639
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11,886
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4.28
pDev:
18.46%
 
 
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Photo of hydrate
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very creamy. Enough that i think the one i had may have been a nitro. Was on tap but didnt ask. Chocolate & coffee are strong & hide the ABV. Very rich. Delicious.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark caramel/coffee color with .5 inch head that settled fast into a short layer of bubbly head

S- Malty, sweet bread, some oak as well

T- Dark roasted flavors, some yeast and coffee as well

M- Rich, with a slight presence of tannin just enough to pull a little moisture out of the pallet. This one is creamy and finishes a bit dry

D- For a darker beer it has a lot going on, could very well be sessionable but at 9%abv, watch out

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich used-motor oil black with a creamy cocoa head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with a nice chocolate smell and mild coffee tones. Slightly boozy as it warms.

Sweet roasted malt taste upfront leading into a nice light blend of cocoa and espresso. A hint of hops midway through with a bitter bite that lasts through the finish and a bit beyond- but still sweet as it finishes. A little bit of booze as it warms.

Full body, solid carbonation.

For a rather large beer, this has a nice drinkability. I may not want 2 in a row, but I could easily drink 2 over the course of an evening and the subsequent evenings. Definitely one for RIS fans to try if they somehow are not already familiar.

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Photo of Nick3
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a syrupy, liquid black with a small chocolate brown head that disappears quickly. Smell is coffee, molasses, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is smooth, rich malts up front with a slightly bitter finish that's accompanied by hints of dark chocolate. Alcohol warms and lingers in the finish as well. Carbonation dances across the toungue and leaves you wanting more. Beer is sticky and chewy in the mouth. A great RIS but fell a bit short compared to the Stone I had last night.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, courtesy of gunnfryd, who supplied it to our tasting. The ABV was 9.0%. Served at room temperature - I would prefer it just a little cooler, but not cold. Pitch black colour, moderate head. Heavily roasty aroma and flavour, with notes of liquorice and coffee. A very robust and tasty imperial stout, but not too extreme.

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Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a thick dark black. It had creamy tan colored head. The smell is sweet and malty. Hints of the alcohol come through. The taste is roasted grain with a big alcohol finish. The alcohol is not as overpowering as others of the style. The mouthfeel is decent but due to the higher ABV it is somewhat diminished. I could drink these again. I would not want to slam these down but an occasional one would hit the spot.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a Bruery tulip a nice 1 1/2 fingers of head with nice lacing that lasts for a while. very dark brown or black.

S- Malt, toffee, dark chocolate, not as revealing as I wished

T- For me the flavors in this are a lot like a more mellow Mikkeller geek beer breakfast coffee oatmeal stout minus the great mouth feel. very well rounded here. Rolls in nicely with light coffee, little spice and dried fruits, even maybe a little anise in the after taste.

M- I hear from a lot of people(working at bevmo) that this is like the cough syrup of beers, but to me this is wonderful, not as awesome as the before mentioned Mikkeller but still really good, Medium mouth feel but nice carbonation that makes it all roll around my mouth in good fashion.

D- This is one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts that I've had this being one of my favorite styles I can say that this isn't my favorite but I could drink a 4 pack any weekend and be happy.
9% ABV makes it even better, nicely masked and fun to drink.

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Photo of anth0ny
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a light brown head, skimpy lacing. Smell is lots and lots of sweet roasted malt. More roasty flavor with an equal amount of bittering hops. The finish is all lingering hops. Very simple taste, 50/50 balance. No trace of heat in this 9% abv.
Solid mouthfeel. A 'hoppier' stout, definitely a solid brew.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I tried to pour this one roughly but nothing doing. While the minimal tan head reduced to a mere crown on the glass very quickly, it does manage to maintain that crown quite well. Color is as dark as it gets I suppose, absolutely no light going through.

Aroma is heavy with coffee and light with alcohol notes.

Taste has a big alcohol hit in front I thought, almost too soon. The mouthfeel comes into play immediately as well, extremely smooth, heavy, thick almost like syrup, but not sweet, oh no, not at all. Past the alcohol taste comes the primary taste sensations of coffee and dark roasted malts. These mix with a mild carbonation which enhances the roasted taste, IMO. As that initial flavor surge subsides, some smoky, perhaps burnt coffee or espresso flavors emerge coupled with a hop bite to keep you honest. All that complex flavor and some nice balanced hop presence to boot. Finishes on the bitter side with remnants of charcoal lingering.

I gotta hand it to North Coast BC, this is a busy beer to drink, lots going on if you take the time to experience it.

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Photo of CMiller683
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the store without realizing what I had. Bought it as part of a build-a-six-pack. No freshness date listed. Served from a 12oz bottle into a standard glass. Creepy looking bottle with a shot of Rasputin on the front, circled by some Russian wording. Gold colored detail.

A - Pours a very thick, smooth, motor-oil black. Follows with a thick, creamy espresso head with a lace that crawls down the glass. Completely opaque and a threatening looking beer.

S - A deep, roasty, burnt maltiness that smacks you in the face. Scents of espresso and a little bit of chocolate and nuts. Tends to fade a bit as you drink it

T - A very intense flavor. Carries a burnt/smoked maltiness to it. Brings a bite of alcohol that is almost too much to make a good balance. Has a level of bitterness that really makes this beer. Without it, I don't think it would be nearly as good.

M - An almost foamy feel to it. Very thick and heavy. A good balance of carbonation and an explosion of flavor in the back of your mouth that is simply great. Leaves a chocolately mocha aftertaste with a sweet finish, but tends to be a little thick and sticky. The alcohol brings out the nutty/espresso flavors.

D - An outstanding Imperial Stout, and definitely not an all day beer. Something to kick back and relax on a special occasion, like thanksgiving or christmas! A great beer for those that love chocolate/espresso and don't mind a beer that bites back.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black beer with a fluffy brown head, excellent retention; lace sticks well.

Big roasty aroma with coffee and sweet toffee-like notes. Undercurrent of hoppy bitterness. Hint of anise?

Tasty combination of roasted malt, black coffee, bitter chocolate, fruity sweetness. Again the hops provide a bit of balancing bitterness and traces of booze are noticed underneath, particularly as the beer warms. Faint anise/black licorice note. Big and flavorful.

Medium bodied; perhaps even a little light for the style. Modestly sticky, carbonation on the medium-high side. I might like a bit more chewiness.

An excellent everyday imperial stout. Always affordable and available; perhaps a bit thinner and hoppier than I like this style to be.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a pint glass. Poured very dark, nearly black, with a half inch head.

Nice hoppy aroma. Also hints of coffee and chocolate.

Very nice flavor. Rich, but not overpowering. Not too sweet. Coffee and chocolate tastes, balanced by a pleasant bitterness which cleansed the palate after swallowing. Although a high alcohol content, it didn't overpower the beer.

Smooth, clean finish. Didn't linger in the mouth.

An excellent beer, although it would be hard to drink a lot of these in a row.

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Photo of Jtschupp04
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a trappist glass

looks like: root beer float.

smells like: cherry chocolate coffee.

tastes like: nutty cocoa.

feels like: cold foamy cappuccino

drinks like: french pressed coffee

i love stouts and this one enforced the love and lust for more delectables that you can't see through.

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Photo of Keffa
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bells Oberon pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a nice tan head, about two fingers worth, that stays around for about 10 minutes before settling to a small cap. Decent lace sticks and doesn't let go. Nice start.

S: The quintessential RIS, coffee, chocolate, dark brown sugar, molasses, a little fig, and a nicely roasted malt. Nice aroma.

T: This tastes like a clone of Blackout from GLBC. Either that, or Blackout is a clone of this. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, a little bitterness from the black malt and hops. This is tough for me, as I love Blackout. I guess since Raspy seems to be year round, it should fill in nicely for Blackout.

M: Big, thick, creamy, almost chewy. Very nice.

D: Easier to drink the warmer it gets. Fantastic beer.

If I have to drink a Russian Imperial, and Blackout isn't on the shelves, this will be my go to. Well done.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Dark. Tastes like cigars and cigarettes blended with coffee. Brutally strong and nice burn. Dark black. Nice full 3 fingers head. Can't drink more than 2 unless you are outside freezing. I can't rate it nearly as high as Ten Fidy

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick dark brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It is full of black and chocolate malts; very aromatic. The taste is good. It's quite complex and full of dark and roasted malts. It has a nice black/chocolate flavor. The moutheel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer; a fine imperial stout.

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Photo of haazer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my swashbuckle brewing pintglass.

A- Cola black looking appearance. Good effervescense as you can hear the carbonation and bubbles hitting the surface. Tan head, banishes faster than I'd like it to.

S- Molasses, and flavored coffee. Mostly hazelnut. A combination of nutty and fruity aroma's make a presence.

T- One of the most unique tasting stouts I've ever had. The biggest difference in this beer, to me, is almost a berry flavor. Never have I had a fruit taste come through in a stout. Another flavor that seems to be uncommon is mint. Dark chocolate and expresso/coffe shine. Upon further drinking those two are the most dominant flavors. Malts are present, I think malts are becoming my favorite ingredient in beer.

M- Medium bodied. Coffee mouthfeel, hard to explain because a cold coffee doesn't taste like this.

D- A good stout. High abv, well masked, many unigue flavors. I feel llke this was modeled off of coffee and they threw in some flavors your not used to for a stout. They work good, but theres nothing thats ground breaking with this. Recommended, but not world class.

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Photo of 6stringfunk
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark and black like a moonless night with a tan head.

Smell: Malts and chocolate

Taste: A bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste that I really liked. Coffee.

Mouthfeel: I like the balance of carbonation and body of this beer. Very satisfying going in and down.

Drinkability: Just recently acquired a taste for beer, and this is one of my favorites so far.

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark dark highly carbonated nearly black but more brown liquid dredges from it's bottle. A faint tan head dissapears almost as soon as it appears leaving spotty thin lacing and a rim around the edges.

Smells of bitter cooking choclate, black currant, roasted chocolate malt, roasted coffee, vanilla, and a dense hop aroma.

Tastes of a bitter dark choclate bar. With a big roasted malt component and grainy drying hops to help balance. A finish of coffee, some smoke, burnt flavors, heavy cream, and a few choice dark fruits. Very big and complex with no apparent RS. Very dry. Alcohol leave a slight burn in the chest but otherwise very well hidden

Mouthfeel is very dry and somewhat bitter. A terrific contrast to the RIS i've been sampling lately.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pitch black with a brown sugar head that dissipate quickly to a film. Lacing is all over the place.

Small- What you would expect from a RIS- chocolate, coffee. With addition of alcohol and hops.

Taste- Lots of hop character in this one. I think the coffee and chocolate flavors take a back seat in this RIS, which is a little backwards usually.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. I tend to like them a little thicker, but that is just me.

Drinkability- At 9% I would stick with one, but it is not so boozy that I wouldn't consider another.

The first time I had this beer I was just getting into craft brews and I drain poured this one. Now that I am a little more versed in beer I can appreciate it a lot better.

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Photo of bminor7
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up from Stowe, VT in 2/09.

Significant accolades to North Coast Brewing for this beer...12 gold medals from various beer festivals since 1996.

Pours virtually black. Nice tan foam forms on the surface. Texture is not as thick as you would expect for a beer of this gravity - somehow they kept the viscosity down, not a bad thing! Smells a lot of chocolate and roasted malts. Some of the apparently 75 IBUs show off here as well. Tastes great - more accessible than some of the bossier RISs...with a chocolate, malty, nutty taste, followed by the alcohol and bitterness from the hops. I have not gotten this level of hops from this type of beer before. The drinkability is surprisingly good...I could see 2 or 3 of these in myself.

I remember having the first of the 6-pack of this over 6 months ago and it was a bit harsh at the time, but I believe it has improved some with age. I believe this bottle, the last, was roughly 1 year old. Highly recommended! Even the burps I get from this are appetizing.

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Photo of irishevans
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very opaque and dark root beer brown with a little red coming through near the edges of the glass on the bottom. head pours two fingers thick and is a tan/caramel color, it dissipates to a thick film, but leaves a nice lace.

N- Caramel, and chocolate malts, some raisin/prune/date esters, and some dark bread yeast notes.

T- Much like the nose, but there is a bit of piney hops in the taste that I wasn't expecting, but it's mild presence is rather nice. it gets a little tart/bitter toward the end, but in a good way.

M- Pretty damn smooth. Just coarse enough to let you know that there are a few hops in there. it's a little on the thin side for it's style but not so much so that it's off putting, actually if anything makes it easier to down the brew.

D- a pretty good RIS, and it's availability make it nice also. I enjoy drinking this, and I'm sure I'll be into more of it before I leave this wretched island in this awful backward state that I'm currently stuck in (big island of hawaii if you were wondering)

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep pitch black color with a mocha colored head and tons of residual lacing. Smells of malts, dark fruits, and roasted goodness. Tastes much the same with prunes, plums, roasted malts, a little smokiness, strong hops and some hints of coffee. Mouthfeel is very nice and drinkability is high.

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Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a try the other evening, my first experience with Old Rasputin. It pored to a pitch-black color allowing no light to filter through. Had a frothy dark tan head that was slow to break down leaving a nice amount of lacing through the first half of the brew. The aromas are of dark malts, coffee or espresso, dark fruit, chocolate and a few other things that seem to be hard to pinpoint. The taste is very warming as you do notice a nice slight alcohol flavor that goes perfect with the tastes of chocolate and coffee and has the right amount of hop at the end. This is a very good brew one to be enjoyed during the cold winter. Now with the accolades for this brew here is a little take away, I do feel that I have had better Imperial Stouts in the past but this is right up there!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gentle pour produces a black beer with some dark ruby highlights around the edges near the glass. A virtually non-existent tan head clings to the side of the glass but disappears on it's way toward the middle. The aroma is pleasant with chocolate and roasted malts, as well as some raspberry overtones. Upon tasting it provides a dark chocolate - almost burnt - flavor with a slight alcohol finish. Bitter and a little bit hot in the mouth, this is definitely a sipping beer, but enjoyable and satisfying nonetheless.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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