Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

12,143 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

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Photo of niday2288
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black pout that is thick out of the bottle with a two finger head that is dark khaki.
S-Nose is coffe and semi sweet chocolate
T-Hint of dark chocolate and roasted malts with a slight hop undertone to add bitterness
M-thick with little effervesecence
O-Pretty good. I would take a couple others over this if I were stranded on an island, but all in all pretty good.

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

A: pours an opaque black with a tan hockey puck for a head that leaves lacing comparable to the gfs french maid outfit.

S: solid chocolates, dark and robust. Coffee and toffee.

T: a lot like the nose. It starts with some dark chocolate. It fallows through with some oak and earthy notes and bitterness.

MF: thick, creamy, chewy, and as filling as dinner.

O: a lot like the bottle, more of a feel in the mouth and more to the nose, still an awesome beer that can not be overlooked.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dark fruit with some citrus, coffee, some dark chocolate, leafy hoppiness.

L: Dark black, dark tan head with decent retention, ok lacing.

T: Bittersweet chocolate-like malt with some fruity backbone. Medium-high bitterness leading to a touch of caramel sweetness before ashy dry finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium-carbonation. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Very dry RIS and hoppy. Different from the numbers of cloying sweet stouts, a nice change. Can't wait to see what age does to this.

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

A - Dark black, pours like motor oil, very nice head that lasts throughout the entire glass.

S - Chocolate and coffe aromas. Slight alcohol on the nose.

T - Chocolate and coffee taste mixed with a little bit of bitterness. A minor alcohol kick at the end.

M - Nice and thick, coats the mouth.

D - Fairly decent for a RIS, more than two might get you into some trouble though.

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

This beer is a classic.

Served in a glass, it pours a nice black beer. Has a bit of a foamy head. Smell is not very strong, but you get coffee and malts. Taste is straightforward, dark imperial stout. It is a bit more bitter than the usual stouts, with coffee and malts. Mouthfeel is light.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to boilermaker88 for the sample.

Rich roasty slightly metalic and sweet cocoa in the smell. Dark black opeque look medium sticky tan head. Quite a lively mouth and tongue.. also the brew is much lighter on the mouth than it looks. Initial black malt taste gives way to a a dry cocoa powder and expresso finish. A slight touch of metalic tin and sweetness is left on the tip of the tongue as well. Quite a roasty treat, it is a great night cap beer.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one a few times and I like it a lot. Not as great as some say it is but a very good imperial stout. I'm not sure what the difference between a Russian Imperial Stout and and American Imperial stout is (I think american has more hops) but this is one you should get if you can find it. Also, comes in 12oz bottles so if you don't like it you don't have as much to worry about.

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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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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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