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
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
Ratings:
12,233
Reviews:
3,727
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
603
Gots:
3,037
For Trade:
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Photo of rlshep
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Burnt notes. Some plum

Appearance: Pours thick medium brown head. Very slow to dissipate. Tons of foam clinging to side of glass more like whip cream than beer head. Pours thick like motor oil. Black Hole black in glass. Some ruby highlights when pouring and at edge of glass.

Flavor: Creamy chocolate up front followed by acrid notes and coffee flavor. Thick caramel sweetness lies on tongue in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Strong alcohol but doesn't overshadow rest of beer. A little high in carbonation making somewhat harsh.

Overall: Really well done. I may be drinking this one a little early and getting too much alcohol and astringency. Can't wait to age it and try again.

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Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschind
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 12 oz bottle resulting in a huge creamy mocha head that reminded me of a root beer float. Thick, very dark and opaque. Excellent lacing all the way through.

S- Dark roast coffee, chocolate, raisins.

T- Sweet and malty up front giving way to some mild bitterness and carbon astringency. Faint hops flavor with some coffee notes as well. For something with 9% ABV, the alcohol stays in the background.

M- Rich and smooth, full bodied and gently carbonated.

O- Years ago this was the first Imperial Russian Stout I tried. It was a revelation after only having Guiness as a representative of the Stout style. HIghly recommended. Never say die!

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Photo of msscott1973
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deuschbag
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. cool little labeled bottle. pours a dark black with just a hint of ruby red with a light tan head. smell is chocolate more over coffee. taste is nice. the chocolate and coffee balance each other out so one or the other doesn't dominate the taste. feels very nice and mellow in the mouth. a very nice brew. i'm not much of a stout drinker but this is by far my favorite stout.

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Photo of Malefactor
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this beer for a while and I finally was lucky enough to find a fourpack at hyvee for 9 bucks. I went back a few days later and not a trace was left. It pours black. Not inky black like some others but dark enough. The amazing part is that you can see the bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to the top! I don't know what is causing it and it's the firts time i've ever seen in it. Head retention is pretty good not that I care. It smells like the typical Imperial stout, burnt. It tastes pretty complex for suck a heavy beer. I can detect a bit of citrus and rose on the front of the toungue. Maybe a little bitter for my taste but still delicious. The picture of Rasputin on the front is great. I'm surprised I found this in august as i usually thing of imperial stout as a winter drink.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with nice thick dark khaki head (2 1/2 fingers). Retention was quite good with equally impressive lacing.

Picking up some roasted malt aroma. There seems to be some coffee notes as well. I am not picking up a very big aroma on this one at all.

There is some bitterness up front which is quite noticeable. Definite hop bitterness with a combo of bitter coffee/chocolate. Roasted/burnt malt flavor is picked up easily.

Very creamy slightly warming alcohol on the back end.

Good brew and enjoyable to drink. Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer after drinking a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and I think this one suffers a little in comparison. A black color with a fairly small head. Coffee, sweet chocolate aroma. An espresso taste, some chocolate. I thought it was a little on the sharp side. Still, a pretty enjoyable stout.

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Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly thin pour (not as dense as a Bell's Expedition), nice dark brown head -- 1/4 inch. Very dark color but does let light through at the bottom of the pint glass. Nice fruity aroma, definite notes of vanilla. Full-bodied mouthfeel but not quite coating. Alcoholic, but not excessively so. Lots of bittersweet chocolate flavors, a little java and raisin. It can come off as showing excessive artificial blueberry flavors. Not as complex as Storm King. Partly bitter finish, not bad, mouthfeel brings down my drinkability score. Obviously a decent quality beer, just a definite step below some other Imperials. Nice smell.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like squid ink with a deep mahogany edge. Quite Dark. A rocky mocha-colored head rises and falls quickly leaving sparse bubbles and lace

Surprisingly, big, green hops dominate the nose with a underlying edge of char and coffee. Flavours explode in the mouth with a big cocoa-powder-baker's chocolate intro laced with a soft lactose edge. A deep toffee sweetness mingles with the still-smoking coals from last night's campfire. A powerful hop presence gives a massive bitter finish. Who baby, a big delicious beer which really benefits from serving almost room temp.

Medium viscous body with a pleasantly coating wake that begs another dive into the huge flavors. Alcohol produces warmth and only a slight phenolic presence. Who's your daddy? Old Rasputin is, in case you've forgotten.

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Photo of OCSA_1978
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an engine oil black color with a very thick, toffee colored creamy head of foam. The head is very dense and lingering.

Aromas begin with malted chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted graininess, some creme and mild coffee.

The tastes begin with creamy layers of malt balls and coffee wrapped in an earthy wet blanket of flavor. Waves of creamy coffee with a slightly watery middle balanced by some ample hopping and roasted malt bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, with medium carbonation. Lighter on the palate than I remember from the bottle but it improves the drinkability.

Overall this is an exceptional stout, overlooked in today's saturated dark beer craft world because of it continuous availability, but a real treat to find on draft at a local bar in my town.

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Photo of NODAK
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is rich with heavy caramel maltiness...molasses...chocolate...perhaps some alcohol. Very thick. If an aroma could be chewy, this would be it.

A thick beer in the mouth, it definitely doesn't disappoint in the character department. No crispness up front, but the aggressive maltiness impresses at first. Very rich malts...molasses...sweet, caramel malts....some dark chocolate in the flavor profile as well. Powerful. Finish is sweet with some astringency right off the bat even when cold due to the high ABV. The exhale certainly will let you know this isn't a small beer. Small hoppy bitter bite at the end, but is an afterthought after all the other tastes.

It's tasty for sure. This is definitely what I like in an imperial stout. It's hard to go wrong with this. The drinkability will suffer a bit due to the high ABV and the aforementioned astringency, but it shines overall.

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Photo of Tiger1833
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great stout, but it's a little to bitter for my taste.

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Photo of Spider889
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, not too thick, nice tan head of less than a finger's height.

Smells of dark fruit, fig and rasin, alcohol, and dark roasted malts.

The taste is cartinaly alcohol forward, rasin, coffee, and sweet chocolate malts.

On the lighter side of being medium bodied, very smooth on the way down.

As far as drinkability goes, you feel the alcohol the whole way. It certainly is not an unpleasant feature; however I would have to stop at two unless I wanted to get drunk off of Old Raspy.

Easy to find, I wonder why it took me years to come back and give this beer another go. Certainly worth the praise...

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Photo of kohoutek
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ebony darkness. Only the slightest light penetration. Lovely tan head, but it quickly dissipates into a coagulated, large bubbled, foam replica of Pangea.

S: Dark roast, vinous malty alcoholic stone fruit with molasses chocolate ashy husky whiffs. Yeasty Vegemite beef bullion. Malt acidity beckons a sip.

T: Sweet coffee, ash, molasses, herbal hops, lingering bitterness, large warm yeasty presence, dark cocoa chocolate milkshake. Graham crackers and wheaten scones lurk in the shadows. The finish is rounded by iron aerosols left over from John Henry's frenetic activities.

M: Sweet, cleanly balanced with bitterness, herbs, iron. If sipped and swallowed it appears thin and quaffable. If tossed about in the mouth it awakens with a silken, mouthfilling foam.

D: Very nice. The bitterness, roast acidity and herbal nuances sweep this large, sweet beer down the pipes.

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Photo of BrewsandBlues
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beagle75
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft service with nitrogen propulsion at Yard House in Irvine.

A: Opaque black color with over one finger of dense and persistent beige foam head. Heavy, continuous sheeting of lace remains on the glass.

S: Generic dark roast is present, with a weak charcoal and mineral snap. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with concentrated roasted grain and semi-sweet Hershey's syrup. Acidity is very restrained into the middle, where a whiff of dark fruit emerges. The finish is remarkably mild for the style, slightly spirituous, with easy-going bitterness that seems as tied to the roasted barley as to earthy hops. A fine thread of dark olive brine lingers on the palate.

M: Thick viscosity, smooth and creamy on the palate, with very low carbonation.

D/O: Before imperial stouts were cool, there was North Coast's Old Rasputin. I remember the first time I tried it during Winter 2001-2002--when craft beer meant Sierra Nevada pale ale, Alaskan amber, Widmer wheat, or whatever stout I could get at the local brewpubs--and it was shocking to the senses. I may have thought that no beer should taste as this does. Now the beer endures, and it offers an honest look at how my palate has changed in a decade. Now (and especially on nitro-tap) it is a mellow and even old-fashioned take on the style, with a drinkability that is off the charts compared to its contemporaries. While some strong members of the porter-styles seem to struggle to separate roasty from smoky qualities, this is all roast and no smoke. It is chocolatey at the front-end, with a small finish that leaves room for that dessert such a beer is expected to accompany so well.

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Photo of Nhoelzen
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours used motor oil black with a thin, almost non-existent, head leaving thin rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of dark roasted malt blends well with the coffee, chocolate, and a faint hint of dark fruits. Some vanilla and cream sweetness helps keep things balanced as much as possible. Very nice nose.

T - Flavors are very similar to the nose. Rich coffee and cocoa dominate this one with some vanilla sweetness offering a bit of balance. Very rich, dark malted texture in the finish lingers for some time. If anything it was a bit thin, and given the nitro serving I can't see how that can happen..maybe too cold? Either way I have had this before, it is one of my favorites, and I will have it again. Hopefully those will be better than this one...

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation for being on nitro. Not the thick, creamy, stout I was expecting to receive when I ordered it to say the least.

D - Still very high. Even with the carb issues this is still one of my go to stouts. I was more disappointed in the pour than I was in the beer. I will have to re-review this one at a later time...

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Photo of Greels
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lukasbane
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wowie zowie, that was good. I wonder how it would taste on tap

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,233 ratings.
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