Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

12,233 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

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 Lodisgrisen
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSUBronco
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopflyer
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle with etching 31050530. Pours pitch black, light tan head. Its an RIS.

Dark fruit aroma, some raisin, and prunes. Some alcohol but hidden way backstage on this one.

taste is espresso-like in bitterness up front and follows up with semi-sweet chocolate mixed in with dark dried fruit like the prunes picked up in the aroma. Smooths out as it warms and the upfront bitterness backs off.

Not overly carbonated but more so than I was expecting. Pretty new to stouts so not sure what the goal is here. For me, it work here. Thickens as it warms and leaves stickiness on my lips.

Like I said, pretty new to stouts. I like this beer especially on a day like today, raw and cold. I'll certainly go for this again and it seems to have opened me up to more than the ipa/dipa that are usually my go to's

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Photo of CPAles
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arfenhouse
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black with a light brown head. Head can get large and the retention is good. Getting some lacing as well.

S: Nose is dominated by dark chocolate. Some dark fruit (raisin/prune). Some alcohol. A bit of coffee.

T: Bitter dark chocolate that transitions into a charred malt. Grain flavor is a bit bitter. Aftertaste is of dark chocolate. There's a bit of dark fruit sweetness hiding behind all the roasty flavors. A bit of the alcohol comes through.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Fuller body would be better. Some stickiness and wet.

O: Good complex, roasty, and bitter RIS. Not very expensive and good quality.

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Photo of kevinsane
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with a stout was a Guinness which I did not particularly enjoy. This beer however, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, has completely changed my opinion in regards to the Stout category.

Appearance : Poured a deep robust black/brown color with around a centimeter and half of thick tan head, which as it emptied, left several dense layers of foam.

Smell : A rich melody of chocolate, coffee and what I assume was the residuals of alcohol. Simple, yet very enjoyable.

Taste : A sophisticated yet conservative mix of chocolate, black coffee and possibly toffee? It's taste is mysterious yet familiar and is one of my favorite aspects of this beer.

Mouth : The first sips are in my opinion the most enjoyable. The thick foamy head acts as an appetizer to an entirely delicious dark beer , combined with a sturdy 9% alch by vol rating which leaves nothing to be desired.

Overall : It may seem as though I am gushing over this beer and frankly that is because I am. It was thoroughly enjoyable from the first to last sip, and I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially on a cold night.


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Photo of stucat
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinDixonBeer
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobhits
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pitch black, 3 finger mocca head, creamy finish to the head and it's staying put very well.

Chocolate, burnt malt, some kinda sweet salty mix.

Sweet yet not over powering. Balanced bitterness from hops and chocolate to even out a sweet malt and barely explosion. Thick enough to savor but thin enough to drink a few. You already know the flavors to expect here, chocolate, burnt malt, some coffee notes, etc. It's a Russian imperial stout, but this one is delivered just flawlessly. Sure many have more flavor or some more interesting flavor combination. That comes down to taste and well this is far from my personal favorite, but this one executes in a way few can.

There's a touch more alcohol in this than I'd like and I could go for a touch more body, but it's certainly not needed. The carbonation in this is great.

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Photo of jooler
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On nitro.
Taste is always flat as usual. But the taste is very coffee forward. But I always love the look of it. But it is still pretty good

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Photo of MichaelPiazza
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of BeersIsTheName
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bradleyp
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Market of Choice for selling this beer. I finally got to try this beer served in a snifter glass, and drank it in honor of the Man in Black from LOST. Smell was very clean, this beer is a dark brown. I felt that 9% alcohol really served it's purpose, and I don't think I could drink more than 2-3 of these beers in one sitting. However, I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of Drsuse84
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinsman
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprised to see that I had no review listed for Old Raspy, so here we go.

Really, an impressive looking stout with a perfectly black body. Crowned with a sticky coffee-with-cream colored head, about 3 fingers thick to start. Retention wasn't as much as I would have liked, but it still provided plenty of foamy stickiness and lace.

Aroma begins with a slightly grainy roasted aroma before sweeter chocolate scents come in. Plenty of coffee aromas to go along with this too.

Old Raspy is not as chocolate as some stouts but not as coffee flavored as some either. It seems to sit somewhere perfectly in between with a great balance of sweet, bitter, and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and a bit chewy. Overall, this stout is one of the best widely available stouts, and you don't have to wait in line at 3am just to give it a try. Great everyday drinker.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful stout. Nicely balanced, one thing I really like (or dislike) about stouts is the roastedness of the beers body. This one was not too roasted, but it had enough bitterness to warm me up on a single digit western New England evening. Highly drinkable at %9

Purchased as a 4-pack for $8.00, a good deal. There are so many good stouts out there, I feel that this category is going to become a much more scrutinized category.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head that has decent retention. When it does disappear it leaves very nice lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malt, sugars, and dark fruit esters. Carries on into the taste, but much more boldly. The roasted malt is predominate, along with a bit of balancing bitterness. The fruits are nearly gone, though there's a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Thick, with a creamy head; pretty much what one would expect of a stout.

Overall a very nice RIS. Not exactly terribly drinkable, but that's just in the nature of the style.

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Photo of blue-dream
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of suds on this Russian Stout. Not much lacing but the bubbles stay with the beer quite a while.
I smell chocolate and coffee and some sort of fruit/raisin.
Bittersweet is what I would describe the flavor to be.
It starts out bitter but ends up with a sweet dark toffee flavor.
I love the aftertaste on this one. While not as good as the Stone
it is still a great beer.
I could drink a couple of these at one sitting but wouldn't want to down a case of them.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter Bottle was aged 4-6 months.

A- Pitch black w/ a one finger thick dark brown head. Leaves a nice lacing om the sides of the snifter.

S- Has a nice RIS aroma, chocolate and roasted malts some through prominatly. Following slight coffee, licorice and hints of wood as well.

T- Nice smokey nutty chocolate taste up front giving way to some warming on the back end from the alcohol. As the beer warms the roasted malts and smokey notes become more prominent.

M- Smooth mouthfeel w/ nice carbonation but not as smooth as other RIS's. Also get a tingling in the mouth and tongue from the alcohol.

O- This is a very good RIS,but imo not an exceptional one. I enjoy this beer and have had it several times. Its a very good beer with a very reasonable price tag and a wide distribution. All of these factors keep Old Rasputin in my beer fridge, its just not the best beer in the fridge.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no date on bottle) poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Poured a very persistent tan 1/4" thick head. Good lacing as I drank it down - sometimes in thick sheets. The beer is quite black and there is maybe, just maybe, a hint of brown glow in the entire thing when held up to the light. Otherwise it's opaque.

Smell: Alcohol, fruit/prunes, some hops, and chocolate notes all rolled up into one. Very nice.

Taste: Quite good. Rich bittersweet chocolate up front, followed by a balanced bitter finish with hop and coffee flavors. At times the beer reminds me of a dark chocolate covered espresso bean.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Not thick and goes down really easy. Carbonation isn't very noticable - not that this is a problem.

Drinkability: Despite the high alcohol I think I could go for another. Went well with a meal (Italian seasoned beef and noodles) and I know it would go well with a dessert as well.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (no freshness date) into a nonic pint glass.

A very thick and mocha colored head (about 3 fingers deep) sat on top of a pitch dark body... the darkest of browns, hell, this was black. The head lingered around for a good amount of time. Lacing eventually formed on the sides of the glass but a fluffy puff of head remained in the center of the beer throughout the majority of this experience.

Very toasty malts dominate the nose. A woody liquor smell (somewhere between whiskey and brandy) is present as well.

Full flavor. Goes down smooth and creamy. Leaves a slightly bitter finish. The aftertaste reminded me of an iced mocha.

Overall: Incredible amount of flavor. Very filling, you could have one of these in place of desert. This was fairly pricey in my market but I thought it was well worth it. This tastes better when there is snow on the ground but that is not always a reality for everyone... you get the idea though.

Bottom Line: Great flavor. Might not be the best introductory stout. If you want to put your money towards a quality stout, may as well put this one in the cart. Does not disappoint.

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Photo of MimDIPA
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Brondeau
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good. A bit bitter for my stout tastes.

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