Old Rasputin | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old RasputinOld Rasputin
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Old RasputinOld Rasputin

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:
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

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Photo of doughanson78
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an edit of my original review as I've tried others and developed a taste I wanted to give this another shot.

My first Russian Imperial Stout. 12oz. bottle poured into a 16oz. Snifter.

A: Pitch black. HUGE fluffy 3 finger head. Light brown in color. Beautiful lacing. Head dissipates super slowly.

S: Very dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Faint bitter hops. Faint hints of coffee.

T: Bitter chocolate and coffee up front. Nicely roasted. Light alcohol warming throughout. Very light sweetness.

M: Full-bodied. Fairly creamy. Alcohol warming but not bad.

O: A very good Russian Imperial. If your not into the sweet chocolate IS's than this is definitely up your alley. Original post: (I was pretty disappointed with this beer. Maybe I just don't have the taste for Imperial Stouts yet. Loved the one Oatmeal Stout I tried. Got a Great Divide Yeti I'm gonna give a shot. Maybe I'll develop a taste for it.)

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Photo of pbr85
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black witha two inch tan head. Head stays around for a while but there is little to no lacing.

Smell: Smell is dominated by chocolatey malts with alcohol scents in the background.

Taste: Roasty, toasty, burnt breads that lingers in the mouth with a sweet, fruity flavor mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I was expecting, or as carbonated, but it goes down smooth.

Drinkability: A pretty good stout, one that I would buy again but probably not on a regular basis. I could probably drink a few of these in a night.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coalcracker
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours nearly opaque with a sizeable brown head that is reluctant to abate. Lacing remains through the testing.
Smell: Roasted malt aroma, some chocolate and coffee in the nose.
Taste: Surge of bitter dark chocolate and espresso predominate. Bitterness lasts through the tasting, but does not take away from the experience. Finishes clean.
Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel. Not slick.
Drinkability: A great change-of-pace for this DIPA fan. Not a great session beer- better served as a sipper.

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Photo of Dlish
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Solid black, light large tan head, solid head retention to.

S- Solid roast malt, hints of coffee a bit of toffee.

T- Big heavy roasted malts, that is about it actually. Big thick chewy coffee. A hint of marshmallow. I'm kind of a little disappointed, I mean its a good Imperial stout but there is no pazas. I guess I expect more from my Imperial stout.

M- Chewy, robust, not syrupy which is a solid plus.

O- Its probably one of the best 7.99 4 packs of imperial stout you can get. Really My rating should be a little higher, I just remember this being a little taster before.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black with a big creamy/fluffy coffee hued head. i can see carbonation sitting on the bottom with fine bubbles rising on the sides.

S: vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and french roast.

T: rich and hearty. slightly metallic. black cherries. bitter, acidic roasted coffee. im sure some cellaring would assist in both the metallic and acidic components.

M: nice and mild. well-suited for the style.

D: overall a very good RIS that is pretty easy to find at most bottle shops. ive read that this is a good one to put away for some time and it will really enhance some nuances in the flavor so get some and do just that, i know i will.

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Photo of Marcos_Graziano001
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Skidz
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to re-review this, unsure of my previous review.

Pours out deep, dark brown and sits the same in the glass, only showing a tinge of crimson on the sides. Fluffy tan head stands atop with very nice lacings on the sides.

Smells of cinnamon, deeply roasted malts with that tinge of alcohol deep inside your nose. You sort of know what's coming your way... Cocoa, caramel and brown sugar linger about.

Tastes of chocolate, caramel and a light sour/acidicness. Nice, rounded flavors of roasted malts. Alcohol presents itself as a major player and comes through the dark roasted grains. Finished bitter with malty sweetness continuing on after swallowing.

Quite smooth in the mouth. Rich and easy to handle carbonation. Big, full-body.

A nightcap all the way to bed.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is one happy snifter glass, cozying up around the big creamy, coffee head. The rest of the glass is jet black, while thick patches of lace cling to the walls of the glass.

The roasted malts dominate, with an accompaniment of caramel and sweet molasses. But what is this, hints of spruce is suspect.

The bitterness, is rather surprising here. Some acidity is present, with roasted espresso and unsweetened chocolate. A strong alcohol finish helps clear the palate.

Yeah, this one is full bodied, and chewy. Very impressive.

Find a place in the rotation for this one. It lives up to the mysterious nature of it's namesake. Perhaps best with a sirloin, or a strong flavored roast.

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Photo of chip26
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shumista
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my snifter.

A- Old Rasputin pours a thick, syrupy, pitch black color with a 1 inch tan head. Huge amounts of lacing stick to the sides of the glass as the beer is drank.
S- Not as good as I was expecting. Vanilla, coffee, and chocolate are all there, but not as strong as I expected. There is an odd almost metallic smell as well.
T- The taste makes up for the slightly off aroma. Very sweet, lots of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The aftertaste is sweet and a touch bitter.
M- Thick, creamy and good carbonation. I don't really notice the high ABV except for a slight warming in the back of the throat.
D- I don't think I would ever drink more than two RIS's and this is no exception. It may be slightly more drinkable than other RIS's if I had to rank it though.

Overall, a great beer that I will certainly buy again the next time I am looking for a sipper, especially with the coming of the cold weather.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz, with very hard to read date on bottle (North Coast need to do a better job with the labeling the bottling dates on their bottles), but I believe it is Nov. of 2015. Poured into large wine glass. I tasted this beer side-by-side with a 2015 Sierra Nevada Narwhal.

Look: Pours a very dark brown, with a nice amount of beige colored head (lighter color than the Narwhal) that lasts; nice lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, sugar, a bit of dark fruits, perhaps a twinge of spiciness.

Taste: Not too complex, but plenty of dark malts, some hops, and some sweetness.

Feel: Almost like drinking chocolate milk: medium to heavy mouth-feel, and very creamy.

Overall: This is one of my go-to imperial stouts, and I have been drinking it for at least a couple of years now. I liked Narwhal better in just about every way, but this one is still a solid RIS I would be happy to sip anytime.

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Photo of jjmunro
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: A beautiful midnight black, as expected for Imperial Stouts. A healthy, mocha head shrank, but remained throughout the beer.

S: I was not overwhelmed by the smell. I was able to pick up apples and brown sugar. The only facet of the beer that I was not wow'ed by. There is a distinct smell, but it was just kind of average for me.

T: Rich and earthy taste that is instantly quite impressive. It was a pleasing, lingering taste that was not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination, a rarity for many American Imperial Stouts. This beer was extremely well crafted, the alcohol content was designed to be apparent, but surprisingly smooth for the style. Many compliments to the brewers of this fine stout.

M: Again, very nice for the style. Unlike many Imperial Stouts, there was not that lingering heavy aftertaste that can detract from the beer.

D: Remarkably drinkable for the style. Superbly smooth on the palate. Could easily drink 2 or 3 in a session.

Fantastic, fantastic beer. I wish all Russian Imperial Stouts could possess this smoothness and construction.

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Photo of BeenTired
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of killcore
4.04/5  rDev -6%

Photo of E-McFarden
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a towering tan colored head, lacing on the glass is impressive. Initially I get some aroma hops tinging the nostril, however this is mowed over by strong scents of deep roasted malts, chocolate, and brown sugar. Initially the palate is calmed with a smooth and creamy cocoa/brown sugar flavor, then it is overrun with toasted malts that are strong but not overbearingly ashy like some stouts. The alcohol is hidden well here with the flavors, and the texture is rather smooth on the palate. Overall a really good stout, I would most definitely purchase this one again.

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Photo of mcfisty
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance=Opaque, full beige head at first simmering down to a very thin ring.

Aroma= Blasts out cocoa, coffee, well roasted malts, very pleasant and soothing. No alcohols showing themselves yet. Some hops just letting you know their there.

Flavor= coffee and rich roasted malts at first with the dark bittersweet chocolate flavor coming in behind. A faint hint of raisins in the finish. More and more coming out as it warms.

Mouthfeel = A bit thin and prickly in my opinion. Not as viscous as I like my big boys to be.

Drinkability= First one going down really smooth, alcohol already warming half way through...Ill let you know later tonight ;)

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my fourth review, and my first for a RIS. I have tried to sample a few RISs over the past several weeks to get a feel for the style before trying to write a review for one. So far I have really enjoyed how complex they tend to be. Oak Aged Yeti, Stormking, along with Old Rasputin have been my favorites so far.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Not bad looking for a stout (but tends to scare off anyone that I drink it in front of that hasn't experienced the glory that is a RIS). It is opaque coffee black in color with a foamy milk chocolate 1 1/2 finger head. The head doesn't last as long as I would like, and there is no lacing to speak of - which is where it loses points with me. When I swirl the glass the beer washes any would-be lacing from the glass and leaves oily black streaks.

Smell - The smell is awesome. Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

Taste - This is another one of those beers that smells pretty much just like it tastes. It had an spresso and roasted malt front that bleeds into dark chocolate and hops end.

Mouthfeel - This isn't the thickest beer I have had, but it is pretty thick. It coats the mouth with a pretty oily texture. The carbonation saves it for me - just enough to break up the oil so-to-speak.

Drinkability - It has a pretty good drinkability despite the mouthfeel. It goes down very smooth, very easy. It took about 30 minutes for me to finish, but I would probably limit myself to 2 of these in a night.

Overall a very good beer. I was impressed. And not a bad RIS to start with if you have never experienced the style. Try pairing it with some dark chocolate after a hearty meal - it makes an excellent dessert.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Smelly
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, 9% ABV, 75 IBU. Pours thick and black with lots of tan head that lasts, nice lacing. Nose is malt and coffee, palate is coffee with some malt, moderate coffee bitter finish. Not really noting the alcohol. Does not seem like 75 IBU of bitterness. Nice mouthfeel. Probably the best RIS I've had. Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a frothy milk coffee head. Great distribution and retention. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, steely grain, and a whiff of earth and grassy hops. Lots of dark chocolate up front with dark roasted coffee and a lingering steely bitter finish. Mouthfeel somehow at the same times feels rich and viscous, but also crisp and refreshing. A very tasty beer, although the metallic aroma and flavor is a bit off-putting.

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Photo of ChaddyK
4.04/5  rDev -6%

Photo of scottsoileau
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,397 ratings