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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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3,634 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle a very very dark colour...wouldn't call is black...maybe deep chocolate, with a tan head that disappeared slowly. My nose predicted aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and just a hint of hops. A superb blend from North Coast to make this Russian Imperial Stout one of the best.

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

Pours a midnight black with a single finger of tan head.

Nose and palette say Vanilla, maple syrup, roasted malt, roasted malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate is also very prominent, and the tip of my tongue is tingling from a decent amount of hops, which along with a steady amount of carbination give this a pretty great mouthfeel. not the thickest but still quite oily. I'd reach for another.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch tan, fizzy head that dissipates slowly leaving rings of lacing. Beer has nice legs and lacing that crawl leisurely down the side of the glass. Pours jet black and thick. Can't look much more like a Russian imperial stout than this.

Smell: From the bottle there's a burst of hops and chocolate. In the glass I get chocolaty roasted malt, some piny/floral hops, and some espresso. Aroma gets deeper and bolder as the beer warms. Really nice.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, and a nice hop bitterness present throughout. Finishes nutty and chocolaty. Doesn't seem to be much going on, and the flavor doesn't develop during a sip as much as it consistently gives those main components--but what *is* happening is very good. There's a great balance of flavor. The beer develops slightly more depth as it warms, but it unfortunately never gets anywhere near as interesting or luxurious as the nose. Still a solid RIS flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied--pretty light for a Russian imperial stout. Carbonation is subtle but present. Finish gets to be rather hot pretty fast.

Drinkability: I'm generally in the mood for something with a bit more oomph when I'm in the mood for a RIS, but at the same time I could happily have a couple of these, despite the rather hot alcohol presence. If price is a factor, it's hard to beat a RIS of this quality for $10~ a 4pack, though I'd sooner go for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout for a bargain stout, myself.

Old Rasputin is a solid beer, though nothing amazing. I can't see myself ever craving it, but I can definitely imagine sitting down with one and occasionally thinking, "Ah, this is just what I needed." It's a solid, no nonsense RIS. The mouthfeel is a little off, but it's not that big a deal. All told, it has a great balance of hops and spot-on "big stout" malt notes. A good deal for the price at which it's usually sold, definitely.

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Photo of Blanco
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a gigantic snifter with a vigorous pour. lacing is tremendous.

the head on this beer is magnificent, probably from the pour, but holds well regardless. beer is dark, dark brown with a light brown head.

heavy chocolate in the smell. nothing else is really detectable, but it's pleasant nonetheless.

Taste is on the bitter side, yet slightly sweet. again with the chocolate. slight alcohol burn is apparent, but not particularly strong. yet it's there.

this is a more full bodied beer than normal. not syrupy though. it's slightly creamy as well.

this one is pretty drinkable. it tastes a little "bigger" than most stouts as you'd expect but this wouldn't detract me from having more than a few in a sitting.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the first Imperial Stout I ever tried, had it a few years ago that turned me on to the style and haven’t had it since for some reason. So I decided to pick it up and see what I thought of it now. Pours an opaque black color with a decent tan head. Not much retention, but it does leave a bit of lacing. Aroma is brimming with dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a bit of sweetness in there as well. The flavor is a bit mild with chocolate and coffee being at the forefront and a bit of hop bitterness as well. The alcohol defiantly comes out the more this one warms. This has a full-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall a good imperial stout but there are plenty out there that I would prefer.

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Photo of GregJ
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick tan head. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and some booziness. Head has a nice creamy texture, tastes of coffee, chocolate, dark roast and burnt malts, molasses and a little hop pine. Heavy body, light carbonation and a coffee/burnt malt aftertaste.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: deep, dark brown bordering on black. Lighter brown highlights on the fringes of the glass, with a really fluffy and lingering head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: mostly roastiness, not overly complex, but very deep and pronounced. A twinge of coffee/dark chocolate, but the dominant scent is roasted malt.

Taste: ticks all the components you'd expect/desire for an RIS. Begins with sweetness and caramelly flavor, moves into roasted malt and bitter coffee notes, and finishes with some dark chocolate flavor. Flavor is complex and nuanced. Delicious.

Feel: perhaps a tad thin, drinking like a heavy porter instead of a heavy stout. Could just be palate overload from drinking so many BA stouts recently.

Overall: delightful beer, exemplary of the style.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - beautiful jet black body, upon pouring a creamy head with subtle red tones emerges and lots of lacing can be seen

N - roasty chocolaty malts

M - Creamy and full bodied

T - Well balanced between coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Begins with a sweet chocolate flavor that transitions into a nice dark coffee, alcohol is also deteactable at this point, finishes with a dry malty bitterness

O - This is the second RIS I've had and I wasn't disappointed. The aroma is strong and flavorful and the taste is excellent, easily drinkable. Would pick this one up again.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, allowed to warm a bit from the fridge, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours absolute black, with an absolutely massive tan head that paints the glass with lacing. Stunning beer. The nose is a little weak, bitter coffee with just a hint of chocolate that only becomes apparent as the beer warms some more. As I sip my opinion of the beer improves, the dark coffee flavor is still most prevalent while dark chocolate makes a little more noise than in the nose and there's also a slight warming sensation from the alcohol. Great mouthfeel on this beer as the body is nice and big and chewy, while the carbonation is suitably low. Old Rasputin is a very good beer, phenomenal in some aspects, but where it really matters most it falls just a little bit short of world class.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours completely black and opaque, even when held up to a bright light. There is a dark tan head with moderate retention.

S: Incredibly complex and balanced. The first thing I could smell was coffee, followed closely by chocolate and caramel. There is also an herbal smell, sort of like grass cuttings or pine. On top of all this, the beer smells distinctly fruity, like cherry and citrus.

T: The taste is less balanced than the smell; a smoky mocha is the dominant flavor. The malts also contribute their characteristic sweetness. The fruit flavors are still here, but faint compared to their smells. More hops in this than most Russian imperial stouts which do a little bit to balance the mocha.

M: There is more carbonation here than in most RISs. Moderately thick and slightly syrupy.

O: This beer has more hops and carbonation than your average RIS, making it somewhat unique, but the smell is better than the taste

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black with a medium thickness tan head. The aroma is intriging with bubblegum like esters and tons of alcohol with a bit of chocolate and a piney hop character.
Flavor is intense with a slightly metallic chocolate and roasted barley malt profile accompanied by a strong pine hop flavor with a sweet finish. Has tons of alcohol and this definetly adds to the body by increasing the length of time the flafors linger. Very drinkable but also very intensly flavored and alcoholic, would probably go very good with dessert.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown.
Thin, minimal dark tan head.
Nice carbonation. Crisp, not smooth.
Strong bite, probably from high abs but it’s not a lingering bite, more like a quick snap.
It tastes like an Imp. Stout should with a nutty coffee with a few raisons tossed in for good measure.
Good Body.
Nothing particularly impressive but all in all solid.
Very drinkable for such a high ABV.
Warming.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes written on 11/28/10.

Rasputin has the prototypical RIS look. The body has a deep black hue with a slight mocha-brown tint. A dense dark khaki to mocha head sits at a one-finger hight above that body. The head takes a while to fade and leaves a cloudy and bubbly, full-covering film of froth. The lacing is phenomenal - sticky, sizzling with carbonation, substantial, and sexy.

Roasted malts with a bit of a nutty tinge tickle my nostrils at first whiff. Behind those scents lie a hearty acidic coffee aroma, and just a hint of dark chocolate. Very subtle notes of plum and blackberry also infiltrate my nose.

The bitter flavors of the roasted malt, coffee, nuttiness, and a slight hop presence zap the tip of my tongue and sides of my mouth, while the deeper flavor of plum and dark chocolate massage the fat of my tongue. I've had this beer several times prior to reviewing, and I don't remember it being this roasty and bitter. Perhaps this bottle is really fresh and the roasted malt and hops haven't mellowed out yet. The roasty-ness and bitterness do outweigh the deep, coating sweet flavors in this bottle, for sure, and it is to the overall detriment of the taste.

The feel in my mouth is puckering and coating at the same time. It is a pretty medium to full feel on the broad of my tongue with a crisp and biting, cleansing feeling on the sides of my palate. This has got to be a really fresh bottle, as I think there is a huge bittering hop presence.

The drinkability of this bottle is tough to rate for me because I know I've had Rasputin before when it has been much less bitter and more drinkable. I think I need to start a campaign for all breweries to label when the beer was bottled. I have had too many disappointing bottles of beer because there is no bottling date on the label. For me, this was too roasty and hoppy, but I have had Rasputin when it is not that way. What's a beer drinker to do?

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Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque onyx color with a small, but quite persistent tan head, and thick, glass coating lace.

Aroma: Quite intense aroma of dark fruit, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a pronounced alcohol note.

Taste: Opens with dark roasted malt flavors, followed by dark chocolate notes, after which a wave of vinous sweet alcohol washes over the palate. Finishes with a lingering bitter coffee note.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant and smooth with a little zesty carbonation at the opening; a perhaps bit less full than I would have expected.

Drinkability/notes: A superb winter beer, truly deserves to be sipped and savored in the manner of a liqueur. Perfectly suited to the darkest, coldest nights of winter.

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Photo of gatorguy813
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my first experiences as i delve into the world of porters and stouts. This brew smells strong of espresso and dark chocolate and tastes of it as well. For being 9% abv, it hides it very well. all in all i'd reccomend it to those who want to enjoy an excellent stout.

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Photo of Luk13
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pitch black pour with creamy brown head with great retention. Roasted malts and stale coffee aromas and taste. Decent mouthfeel, nothing extraordinary.

On tap at lion's pride. The chocolate flavors were more dominant and the mouthfeel a little more creamy. There was also nuts, licorice and dark fruits. Fresher and superior.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

North Coast Brewing's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout pours out
a lovely thick chocolate colored head over an opaque black brew. The
nose is raisin, coffee, and booze. Carbonation is steady. The flavor is
coffee up front, with a sharp finish of bitter chocolate and hops. The
alcohol (9% by volume) is well moderated by the strong flavors of the
beer. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for such a dark brew, and a bit
dry as well. The aftertaste is grassy hop. A good beer to brood over in
the dead of winter, but since it's spring, a good candidate for aging.

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Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick and creamy head. Like with many nitros, you must wait until the beer settles before taking your first sip - but, the great visual effect of the beer settling makes the wait bearable.

The aroma is roasty with some general sweetness. The first sip yields a hearty beer with a bitter roasted finish that has a slight alcohol burn on the back end. As one drinks this gem down, the foam ring remnants divulge the size of each delicious gulp.

Since its an imperial, it could have a stronger roast profile, but no need to nitpick.

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Photo of cameraready
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with a nice thick tan head. Has a nice lacing effect on the glass as you drink it.

S: Has a hint of mocha/chocolate but mostly you can smell the alcohol.

T: Heavy malt flavor, mild bitterness. The roasted malts really add to the flavor.

M: Medium body with no carbonation.

D: Would get more of these in the future.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a thick rocky tan head, which was well-retained and produced some lovely lacing throughout. The body was a completely opaque, visibly uncarbonated, dark brown.

S- Smells of sweet candy and roasted malts, with impressions of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a mild hop aroma.

T- A BIG punch of candy and roasted malts up-front on the palate. This is met with an equal punch of low-alpha hops midway, which lasts through the finish, creating a very balances flavor overall. The finish itself is dry.

M- A nice medium body- tons of moderately coarse carbonation- and a mild astringency. Could stand for some softer carbonation and a little more chewiness.

D- The moderately coarse carbonation makes this a little less drinkable than it would be otherwise... still drinks well though.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep black, with brown head, sweet lacing. Looks delicious.
S - Dried cherries, chocolate notes and tons of coffee. Hints of alcohol and some slight yeasty notes. Got some chalky notes too?
T - Lots of coffee, touches of chocolate and a fairly bitter aftertaste.
MF - Pretty sharp, could go slightly more creamy.
O - Nice beer, especially at this price. Will have to pick up a four pack.

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Photo of Strix
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with barely dark ruby edges and a huge head that lasts forever.

Smells of roasted flavors and chocolate.

Roasted flavors dominate this, with the bitterness of very dark chocolate and hops and a bit of alcohol. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste is nice.

Feel is nice and smooth. Perhaps a little less dense than I expect in a RIS.

Definitely a nice one. It could stand to have the bitterness dialed back a bit to let some of the malt shine through, but I can't complain too much.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a solid black color with an extremely thick head. Very sticky beer. Tons of lacing.
Aroma is dominated by dark malt. Little hints of dark chocolate accent the malt.
The taste is powerful. Lots of malt with little bits of coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. The finish is almost sweet, maybe a little like black licorice. Spice from the alcohol lingers throughout the whole beer.
A very thick beer, almost chewy. Also very smooth.
A little too big to drink more than one though.

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Photo of latercol
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why I waited so long to review this. This is a good beer that I have regularly.

Looks- it is basically black with a tan head and good lacing.

Smell- Cofee and chocolate.

Taste. more coffee and chocolate gets better as it warms.

Mouth feel - smooth and rich feel. Very good.

Drimkibility. this one takes a while. It is a good one to have after dinner and savor it for a while. it relaxes me... Might have something to do with the alcohol content:) Overall a great beer at a great price.

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Photo of TheHopfather
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

assuming 2011 bottle poured into DFH signature glass

A- pitch black with 2 finger khaki colored head. When held up to light, nothing but black is evident.

S- a bit boozy. dark fruit, with a bit of chocolate. Roasty stout aroma.

T- Dry and boozy, yet doesn't taste too "hot" if that even makes sense. Roasty stout flavor with hints of dark fruit and the classic slight coffee and chocolate.

M- Thick mouthfeel. the more mouthfeel the better in my mind, and this one does not disappoint. Quite impressive compared to my expectations.

D- This one is fairly drinkable for the style. the mouthfeel impedes it, but the taste doesn't burn out the pallet nor overpower the tastebuds.

O- without counting the value into review, this one is still a great solid RIS. I plan on getting plenty of this to age and experiment with as it is so cost effective. Buy in bulk and buy often.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.
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