Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,688 Reviews
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 AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with very nice tan head and lacing. Smells of burnt malt, coffee, and some roasted nuts. Taste is very nice, good blend of coffee, expresso, nuts and malt with a little alcohol bite. Finish is clean, little coffee notes linger with a sugary malt taste. Overall this is a nice beer, not too bad a bite and great mix of flavors.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep black body with a thick, deep coffee colored head. Good retention on the head/ lacing.
S - Coffee and roasty, but just right.
F - Was lighter on the palate than I anticipated from the thick pour, which I liked. Real nice mouthfeel and after taste.
T - Coffee and chocolate with a roasty taste. Wow!
O - Really good beer! It kept getting better and better as I drank it.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a single 12oz bottle, drank from a snifter.

Look: pours a black color with a couple fingers tan head, dissipating quickly into a thin lacing
Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, roasted espresso
Taste: similar to the smell, creamier than I had expected. Delicious dark chocolate aftertaste.
Feel: very smooth, easy to drink. Full bodied & moderately carbonated.

Overall: just an incredible stout. Will definitely seek this beer out again.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

L: Black body that lets no light through. Big, cream tan head.

S: Roasted malt and dark fruit. Chocolate sweetness that I could smell before even finished pouring the glass.

T: Roasted, almost burnt like malt flavor and espresso predominate. Chocolate is present in the finish giving it a sweet finish.

F: Smooth, but full bodied. Lingering slightly bitter dark chocolate after taste.

O: The beer started my appreciation for imperial stouts years ago. It was the first one I ever tried, and still one of the best I have ever had.

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Photo of Holderness
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Jet black with a thick, tan head. Significant lacing
S -- Boozy roasted malts, barley, coffee, brown sugar, raisins, peaches, and jackfruit
T -- Dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar, almonds, and all the stone fruits
F -- Heavy, potent, flavorful
O -- A worthy classic

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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the head on this brew is three fingers thick medium brown, and finely bubbled , with solid lacing, and a body dark as night.

I smell generous booze amidst a very nicely brewed stout. You get the conventional notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, raisins, aromatic pipe tobacco, all with a nice-sized smack of dark rum IMO.

Tastes like a deviantly smooth, yet rich version of the aroma. The booze note sits really fantastically with the coffee&chocolate elements of the stout. Adequate warmth from the 9%, but not sharp or harsh;nice and mellow/inviting.

The mouthfeel is thick and slightly chewy with fair carbonation. This alcohol warmth is really welcome on this frigid night, I may add.

Overall, I'll rate Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co. with a well-eared 4.75. It's odd to me that I'm just now reviewing this, as it is one of the very first "big" beers I've ever had at the very start of my "craft journey", so I'd just figured this whole time that it was reviewed by yours truly long ago. Nevertheless, you all know to grab this, 'Nuff said!

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Photo of Skillron
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my beer. I have had it aged and is my go to when i want something for after dinner or on a cold evening in winter.

Dark and thick it is not a beer that you would chug but savor. Chocolate and rasin overtones add to the deliciousness of it.

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Photo of Vader444
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour into tulip.

Big, black, bold, heady and generally quite lovely. Alcohol is quite obvious, as I think it should be with this style. I really like this. Only negatives are that it might be a bit over-carbonated? Great beer for the price but doesn't quite match up to my benchmark that is Founders Imperial Stout. Close though. Cheers!

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously producing a big fluffy beige head which lingered and left lots of lacing.

Lots of chocolate and coffee on the nose - very nice.

Palate is big with lots of chocolate, coffee and a slight wine note. Finish is long with an assertive bitterness and more chocolate - very nice. Mouth is great.e

Overall a very good beer - I struggled to finish a whole bottle due to the typical bitterness in American but good none-the-less. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Savan
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Black as my soul into a clear 12oz coffee cup. I didn't pick up any particular smells, then it is mid November and i can as usual not smell so good this time of year (my apologies, I will assume it has an average stout scent about it). Has beautiful chocolate creme head and tastes amazing and hardy! Thick enough to use a fork it need be ... thats a good thing :D Overall i will most certainly revisit this one!

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Photo of SwervyEarvy
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Everything about the drinking experience was amazing. As soon as I finished it I grew a beard and invaded Ukraine. The thickness was delectable. In fact, I even consumed it with a fork. Would probably pick this over Kirkland Light any day of the week.

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Photo of royalenfield
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wasn't as impressed with this beer as others. The look, texture and mouthfeel are spot-on, but it tastes much too "hot" - the alcoholic burn is unpleasant. The rest of the flavor profile is a bit harsh too - ashy and dusty rather than roasty. I found I couldn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super solid Stout. Mild carbonation (you don't want a Stout fizzy anyway). Nice black color, with dark tan head. Chocolate, caramel, and roast is what I tasted. Just enough kick alcohol-wise to know you've got your hands on something. Great brew!!!!

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Photo of Road_to_Beervana
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Near Black with gorgeous 2 finger tan head. One of the most visually appealing stouts I've seen

S: Roasted malt with chocolate notes, very comforting

T: Nutty taste with candid caramel tone. Did not wow me as it was overly forthcoming with the hops too soon.

F: Very nice carbonation tied to a oily/slick feel, very well done.

O: Definitely a solid stout, think this would fair better in the cold of winter, will try again and re-evaluate.

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Photo of BeeeerProdigy30
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional stout with a full bodied flavor and crisp finish. Chocolate and coffee flavors support the beer. Smooth sweet finish owns the beer. Great after a meal.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pokal glass.
Appearance: Looks like a typical stout, which is black. Approximately 1 finger of tan head.
Smell: Subtle hints of chocolate and coffee
Taste: The taste does follow the nose. When I first tried this beer, it tasted like a typical great stout (e.g. a velvety-smooth texture with hints of coffee and chocolate), but there is a bitter aftertaste, that was actually a pleasant surprise (at least to me). Definitely a bit more hops to the flavor than your average stout. The 9% ABV is hidden very well.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth going down, which is what you should expect from a top-notch stout. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: It's not hard to see why this beer has garnered such high ratings from Beer Advocate: It is a very tasty stout that is perfect for a relaxing winter's night.

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Photo of Eleaf
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Beautiful with three inch grey and brown colored head, black body color.
Taste is of bitter licorice. Medicinal/herbal tincture tasting.

A bit too harsh to be a favorite. As a stout enjoyer, it wasn't my style of stout.

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Photo of BCad
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown-black heue. Good sized head of brown and white. Good looking brew.

S: Malt chocolate, toasty and sweet. Pretty mouth-watering.

T: Minimally-sweet earthy malt backbone. When coating the pallet, this beer takes a quick turn towards a sharp bitter end note, and i sort of wished that the initial taste lingered longer before going full hop-ended, boozy stout on me. If swallowed quickly, the brew leaves a nice nutty taste in your mouth, which I enjoy a lot though.

F: Creamy and fizzy

O: Decent beer, for a beer so good looking and great smelling, the taste left me feeling short-handed... I haven't had as many stouts as some people have, so maybe I am missing something! I'd drink it again, but I don't think I'd seek it out or anything though.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Finger of tan head with mixed bubbles. Poured dark brown black in the glass. Unable to see and carbonation.

Chocolate is up front on the nose, nice roasty notes, mild coffee notes

Very nice roasty notes up front on the taste, bitter chocolate, heavy espresso, nice mildly sweet finish

Mouth feel is not what i want from a stout. Wish itneas thicker

Over very delicious

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap after a fine meal...

Appearance--All that one would look for. Black as night--check. Pleasing tan head--check. Persistent sticky lacing--check.

Smell--Wonderfully complex--smoke, chocolate, and alcohol notes all very pronounced and providing a pleasing warning shot for the faint of heart.

Taste--Perhaps more aggressive than I generally like in this style, so the rating here (4.5) is a compromise--My "personal" meter wanted to render a "4" but because this is an unapologetic Russian Stout, I "averaged" that with the "5" it might garner from someone that isn't quite the wimp I am. Strong burnt sugar, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla notes, with a creaminess that gradually increases as it comes closer to room temperature. Very little "hop" balance, but that's fine, because the "booziness" and carbonation carry the day.

Feel--Big, chewy, and creamy. A perfect sipping beer. I would have said "perfect" on the score if it had just a tad more dryness on the finish.

Overall--Nothing much to say in summary other than, this is one of the finest imperial stouts I've tasted--even if it's a tad more aggressive than what I normally enjoy. For the style--a paragon.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably smooth, despite the high ABV. Slick and chewy, nice mildly bitter roast grains dominate. Black with a small creamy beige head, sticky lacing. Some smoky bitterness lingers. A classic!

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Photo of citizencane
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

How some things change with time. I remember the first time I tried this thinking that it wasn't dark and oily enough for my liking, and then not giving it a second thought for a couple years until this week.

Dark and roasted malt notes. Creaminess emerges as it warms. Faint booziness but alcohol is well hidden for ABV. As I've gotten into craft beer more I've learned that all-out intensity Is not everything. This is intense yet balanced. Will drink again- probably sooner than later.

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm, one of my favorites. This classic stout pours oil black and can generate a nice two finger head with great lacing. The smell on this beer is fantastic, coffee like with tiny hints of sweetness, like vanilla and slight chocolate, little bit of alcohol too. The taste is even better. It's got a warm very small alcohol taste, and a beautiful bitter/sweet coffee taste, exceptional. The mouth feel is wonderfully creamy and smooth. Always a good beer. Whenever you see it... Buy it! At least one!!

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as death. Large, brown head is beautiful and persistent. Bubbly lacing all down the glass is one of the many rewards for glugging down this menacing beer.

Immediately greeting the nose are notes of bread, chocolate, mocha from the malt, and rustic and earthy qualities from the hops in support. Bitter/ baker's chocolate, more bread, toffee, treacle. Wonderful caramelized sugar and a deep, primordial earthiness.

Taste is a combination of chocolates- milk and dark, and mocha coffee. There is a biscuity component, but a rich breadiness and roast character dominate the malt bill. Bitterness is light and pleasant and cuts out toward the finish, as the beer ends with a dollop of warming alcohol and roasty-sweetness. Trace amounts of raisin and berry appear with warmth, but mostly it is the chocolate character increasing, with the roasted coffee tones never falling away. Tasty, complex, wonderful.

Full-bodied, slightly creamy. Very clean with some alcohol warmth on the finish. A very smooth after-effect allows for those delectable malt notes to hang around making music untrammeled.

One of the classic Russian Imperial Stouts, and it lives up to its legend. Incredibly complex in the malt. The rustic hops add a nice support. Something new each time I return to it.

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Photo of BeerTv
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
(ABV: 9%) (IBU: 75)

This Russian Imperial Stout is brewed in the 18th century tradition of those early Imperial Stouts produced for Catherine the Great's Russian Imperial Court. It’s safe to say this is a beer fit for royalty.

AROMA - dark chocolate, roasted coffee, bready yeast, roasted nuts, hints of raisins and dates

APPEARANCE – pitch/jet black with a frothy tan head, impressive head retention with long streaks of lacing

FLAVOR – bittersweet chocolate, dates, espresso, cinnamon, raisins, black licorice, coffee beans, roasted cocoa, plums, bitter hop pineyness finish, hop/malt ratio balanced

MOUTHFEEL – Very rich and dense, bold with a creamy medium-full body, warming alcoholic sensation, moderate carbonation

OVERALL – Great beer for the chilling Russian weather, or in most of our cases, great for winter time sipping near the fireplace. Although a high ABV at 9%, this beer is easy drinking due to the smooth creaminess of the body. A delicious example, if not THE definition, of a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,085 ratings.
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