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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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4.3/5
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#502
Reviews:
3,750
Ratings:
12,333
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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Ratings: 12,333 |  Reviews: 3,750
Photo of mullenite
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one and a half finger tan head, leaves decent lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell and taste are pretty much identical. Main flavor is dark chocolate with a little bit of a coffee aftertaste. All the bitterness comes from the dark chocolate tastes, the coffee simply accents and enhances it.

Mouthfeel is where this beer shines, heavy body and crisp carbonation makes a nice feeling beer.

Overall a little too easy to drink, the somewhat high ABV is what keeps this from being a 5 because it is really that easy to drink.

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Photo of travduke
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and thick. Inch and a half tan head. This is how a RIS should look.

Smell: Chocolate, malt, roasted coffee beans. Mmm.. sweet.

Taste: Thick and creamy. Just as it smells.. Chocolate and coffee dominate it. Very nice.

Drinkability: Could easily put back a 4pk of these, though these stouts usually fill me up quickly.

Side Notes: I'm not a huge fan of the style but this is a great beer, and reccomend it to anyone who enjoys a good Imperial Stout.

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Photo of trep
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle, not sure of the age, but i'm sure it has been sitting on the shelf for quite a while.

Dark body when sitting down, fairly translucent when held to the light. A nice cappuchino head that quickly fades after a vigorous pour. Sweet, hot, bitter, fruity, chalky, pretty complex. I like it, although I can't distinguish many of the aromas. A bit of alcohol.

Initially coffee bitterness, then a smooth chocolatey downfall to the vanilla cream finish. Very nice, not too fierce either. I was expecting this to be fairly hot, but I guess it has had enough time to mellow out. Not spectacular, but not bad by any stretch of the word. Also an incredibly good value at 6.99 per 4-pack.

Medium-full body with light carbonation. Very smooth for an imperial stout. I look at Old Raspy as kind of a baby imperial stout. I could see myself drinking these as long as I was standing though. Too delicious and easy to drink.

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Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up black with a decent little light brown head. pretty decent lacing. the nose is sweet roasty malts, subtle coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a nice aroma but pretty much the average Imp Stout smell. Nothing too insane. the thing that I like about Rasputin is the grainy rough texture it has. This is truly a man's Stout that will easily put hair on your chest even if you're a woman. The taste is the same as the nose except it also has a little bit of an alcohol note and a good spicy hop balance. Both the alcohol notes and the hops give this beer a nice lil kick. Medium to full bodied, high spritzy carbo. A nice rough Stout...

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Photo of corm44
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black, has a light brown head, curtains and little lacing.

The smell has a hint of smoked grain and spicy hops.

The taste has upfront sweetness, brown sugar and dried fruits, lightly smoked sausages and some good bitter hops.

Medium low carbonation, a medium body, a dry finish.

A nice texture and a refreshingly and surprisingly light RIS.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. The color is black. The head is thick and brown. The body is thick and chewy. The taste is of burnt grains with a hint of dark fruits ( plums ). The finish is of bitter burnt grains and alcohol.
As I drink this I see myself goose stepping in a WW II victory parade in Moscow Square !

A classic Russian Stout ; )

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Photo of SiphonKing
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic example of the Russian Imperial Stout category. Pours with a dark, black as midnight body with a tannish head. Chocolate, roasted, and bitter malts combine with a hop presence that balances out the whole experience. Truly a beer that exemplifies the style and pairs well with sharp chedder or razorback. Seek out and consume.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A- Pours a deep black with about an inch worth of head. The head is a brownish cream color and it leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
S- I can smell the toasted malts along with maybe a bit of caramel. The alcohol also peaks out just a bit more than expected.
T- Toasted malts and almost seems like a little bit of coffee. Also a bit of caramel and some alcohol. There is a small amount of bitterness on the tailend .
M- This is a nice medium bodied beer with some nice soft carbonation. Its pretty smooth and creamy.
D- The alcohol peaks through a little too much for my liking but I still enjoyed this beer. Also it is pretty strong so I wouldn't have more than 1 in a sitting.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, out of a 4-pack. The stout produces a significant 1/4-1/2" head, thin but prominent. Very opaque and dark beer to go along with creamy-tan head. Initial smell yields aromas of oak/nutty undertones, with a kind of musty coffee and chocolate theme. There was minimal forward taste, and the beer has a quick, sharp aftertaste. There is a smooth coffee flavor, that has a balanced bitterness throughout the beer, but the flavor is short-lived. It truly seems to skip from the initial flavor straight to aftertaste. It does leave a strong, thick residue on the glass, which goes well with the strength of a stout. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of mralphabet
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Number 50 for me....

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Black.... Black . Poured pretty hard and got 2 or 3 finger head.... Dark tan head with beautiful lacing...

S: Strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla or toffee.

T: The most upfront taste is the coffee, followed closely by a dark bitter chocolate.... I think the vanilla or toffee are hidden in the creaminess of the brew.... The roasted malt and hops follow up nicely but are not to over powering.... the aftertaste is a little bitter but not overly so....

M: Full bodied, thick & creamy, very smooth with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: This is not a multi-drinking type of brew... Something this bold and strong should be savored... Take your time sit back and enjoy the beautiful brew....

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Photo of emmasdad
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to pick this one up again for awhile now, but I always pass it by for something else, figuring it'll be there next time. And it always is. My mistake, as this is probably one of the best imperial stout values out there.

Poured a deep, dark brown, nearly black, with a little tan head. Aromas of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. On the palate, full bodied, with flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, earthy hops and roasted malt.

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Photo of DUNDERBAK
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its been on tap for a while here in Tampa. Pours dark ,rich and thick, and black, not as much ruby in the color as I would expect. Creamy head retention better on co2 blend than straight co2. Can't decide which I like better.
Complexity is the key word, black pat malts, coffee, maybe carmel gives the nose its fill of raisins and plumbs.
Esters of alcohol are there, the finish is a little sharp with a contradictory sweetness lingering on the tongue. Carbonation is low, mouth feel is enhanced when on blend. This is my choice for a RIS however The Yeti is right behind.

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Photo of jslot38
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bottle is pretty bad ass looking with a picture of Old Rasputin himself. Some cryptic looking Russian embodies the outer shell of the relief. Anyways, enough on the bottle, lets talk beer. Pours jet black with a one inch toffee head. If you listen closely you can hear the carbonation rising to the frothy head. As it sits for a moment for all to gaze upon the head slowly disappears. Some lacing holds to the sides.

Smell: Espresso beans, certainly. Mild dark chocolate backbone lofts around your nostrils. A toffe'ish smell is noticable.

Taste: Slight notes of caramel, which surprised me, but stuck to the tongue, I am a fan of this. But where is the chocolate that I smell? Lets let her warm up... Ah yes, there it is, slight hints of dark unsweetened chocolate, but not overwhelming at all. Buttery, somewhat oiled hops are quickly joined and overtaken by a beautiful roasted barley purity.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation that was oh so prevelant with that first sip fades away as the beer warms up, which is strongly suggested. This allows it to slicken out. Lovely as it goes down and lingers on for quite some times.

Drinkability: No more drinkable, no less drinkable than any other stout I've had in the past.

Notes: A pretty sweet looking beer at first pour, definitly let it warm up and then linger in your mouth to obsorb the full flavour.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Flying Saucer in Austin.
Poured a 4 finger cascading head into an old rasputin glass. (OT -- is that guy giving the loser sign or what???). Loved that glass. It took all my good upbringing not to nick it.
Appearance. Thick motor oil black with a tan head.
Smell: Not much - - a bit malty.
Taste: chocolate, roast malts. a little hop bitterness at the back of my palate.
Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, thick, silky.
Drinkability. Not too boozy for an RIS.

Overall, this is a very nice RIS. The nitrotap made it quite interesting. Not as complex in the malt profile as some I have had. This is definitely a staple in my beer collection.

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Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black, with two inches of very creamy, pillowy coffee-colored head. Head retention is excellent, with plenty of stick on the sides and a substantial lace on top.

Smells sweet and malty, with chocolate aromas most dominant, but caramel malt molasses, and coffee, as well.

Taste is not as sweet and chocolaty as the nose indicated. There is a lot more roasted malt coming through flavor-wise than there was in the aroma. The chocolate is there, quite bittersweet, though, with a low-level of overall malt sweetness. There is an underlying hop presence that includes a bit of a citric twang and a good dose of bitterness, as well. The finish includes a lingering roasted malt/charcoal flavor and some bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and quite creamy. Nice and smooth on the palate. Overall, this is a good beer, although I wish it were a tad sweeter, and the roasted malt/hop bitterness combo gets to be a bit wearing.

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Photo of pkaeding
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured it from the 12 oz bottle into a mug, and the first thing I noticed was the very dark black color, and the thick brown head. After a minute or so, the head subsided somewhat, leaving an even lacing, and lightening in color to more of a cream color.

The dark, roasty coffee/cocoa aromas hit you first, with a faint bready aroma in the back. It is a very inviting smell, but you know from the first whiff that it will take a long time to finish this beer.

There are some sweet malty notes, but the flavor is dominated by the roasty/bitter notes that finish out. It reminds me a lot of baker's chocolate. There is a faint flavor of alcohol, but the bitterness balances it out. The mouthfeel is very thick, but not to the extreme. This is a very heavy beer.

The finish lingers for several seconds, and you will want to savor it until it subsides before having another sip. Then you will definitely want another sip.

This is a great beer that I would definitely try again. However, you will most likely not want more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of feilb
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a nice four pack from murray's.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost opaque, not quite black, but very dark. Shows a nice fluffy cream head that stick around a couple minutes before diminishing into a very nice lace that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A pleasant yet subtle nose with a roasty smell with hints of mocha and slight hints of garlic, though this flavor isn't borne out in the taste.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy, definitely pick up the roast and the mocha here, not much bitterness and no discernible astringency in spite of its relatively high ABV.

Mouthfeel: A good creamy smooth mouthfeel without being oily or sticky. Substantial as a good stout should be, but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability: Not a session beer, but it goes down with a smooth finish. Its hefty and substantial, but not epic.

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Photo of thoglund
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrkun
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro at Toronado SD.

A: Stout black with really foamy tan head with very nice lacing.

S: Roasty malt with mild coffee notes.

T: The taste follows the nose with strong roasty flavors becoming more prevalent as the beer warms up.

M: Very light carbonation and ultra smooth and creamy.

O: This is great on nitro and the creaminess makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black pour with a one finger mocha head that left just a bit of lacing.

S-Coffee, dark chocolate, plums & figs.

T-Tastes just like the nose with a bit of hotness but not in a bad way. It compliments this beer.

M-Heavy & creamy yet slick with an oily finish and perfect carb level for me.

D-For a big beer, it is surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with ruby hints around the edges, and a two finger creamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is cocoa-ey, and filled with scents of roasted barley, and a bit of coffee. Toffee also pops out, along with a hint of burnt toast. Only the smallest hint of alcohol present.

Flavor is smooth, and dominated by coffee nuances behind the roasted grain. Chocolate is also present, along with a hoppy finish. Dry finish, balanced between roasted grain and (what taste like noble) hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy. Begs for another sip. Drinkability is pretty good considering the ABV and heft of the beer.

Yet another fantastic beer from North Coast. They almost never disappoint.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a tan head that has a wonderful oil layer on top. Really nice looking brew. The smell is even better, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The taste continues the trip to Chocolate town with hints of coffee and caramel to boot. This is an intense beer, you really take your time with it and one is probably plenty, but I really enjoyed it. I've never been a stout guy, but this is a couple in a row that I've enjoyed. I would definetly have this beer again, it would be a great dessert after a meal.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this both on-tap and in bottle, and surprisingly, the bottle was superior to the tap, god knows why, so I averaged the two ratings.

A - Black as night, opaque, no light going through this stuff. 1/2 pinky of head, darker grey colored.

S - Typical quality Imperial, nice hints of chocolate, maltiness, slight hop quality to it.

T - Great, tastes of smooth chocolate and the hops make their presence subtley known. The chocolate malt is clearly the forefront. Alcohol taste is very effectively masked by the fantastic flavors.

M - Thick, decent carbonation, not overpowering or underwhelming. Good balance. The creaminess is praiseworthy.

O - Does it live up to the hype? That, lads and ladies, is up to the drinker. In my opinion, the bottle lived up, whereas the tap did not. Anyways, both were great choices; drinkable, flavorful, nice ABV and cleverly masked. Recommended.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an oily black appearance with a light coating of tan foam across the top. Nose is filled with ripe, sweet fruity aroma and rich, velvety maltiness. First taste is slightly roasted malt with creamy cocoa and toffeeish notes. Lots of bitterness, but there's a lot of malt to pit it against. Dries out a bit at the end, with a modest acidity. Full-bodied, warming with a creamy, soft texture.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,333 ratings
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