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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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95
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3,634 Reviews
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Reviews:
3,634
Ratings:
11,856
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
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Photo of KenMiller123
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite beers! I'm on a dark beer discovery kick. It's fun. I like it.

L - Dark. Almost black. Very little head if you poor it slow, but a nice creamy head if you poor it hard.

S - Alcohol is noticeable, but not too strong. It smells a bit like the lingering aroma of home brewed coffee.

T - You can taste the booze, for sure, but it's not over-powering. Drinking it goes down smooth, but it's got some bitter notes on the back end, like you just had a shot of espresso and chunk of quality dark chocolate (none of that sweet crap, but the 90% cacao stuff). I absolutely fell in love with this the first time I drank it.

F - It's super thick. Like heavy cream...oh yeah!

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

L: Pitch black body with a two finger tan head that slowly receded.

S: Dark fruits, Smoked coffee, dark chocolate.

T: Same as the nose. The smoked coffee is more apparent.

F: Medium bodied with mild carbonation, slight alcoholic burn, and creamy.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-24-16 - On tap at Tir Na Nog in Philadelphia. Served in a snifter with overflowing creamy head. Aroma was there, but not too much. Sweet and smooth. A nice surprise to find here.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into snifter. Thin head, liberal lace.

Smells: roasted malt, chocolate, oats, raisins, and aged wood.

Taste: unsurprisingly, the roasted malts are most prominent, but cocoa tastes are there too. A little coffee and cola as well.

Mouth: thick, but wateriness smooths it out.

A beloved stout for a reason. Surprisingly watery, but still full of flavor. A roasted cocoa delight. Essential for lovers of the stout and stouty.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and you can also smell the high ABV. The taste is roasted to burnt malt with alcohol. A very good Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of KevCan
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a few single 12 oz. bottles from Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. No date. Poured into tulip glass.

Look: Very dark with tan-colored head. Great head retention with medium-sized bubbles.

Smell: Nice roasted malt, with a strong sweet/fruity character. Licorice.

Taste: Malt flavor is extremely well-balanced between bitter and sweet.

Feel: Low to medium bodied, surprisingly less body than I would have expected, given the style and ABV.

Overall: Dangerously drinkable for the high ABV.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy head. Nose was coffee and bitter chocolate. For higher abv was very smooth. Taste of hops almost IPA strength along with notes of chocolate and espresso. Very good stout and worth the find if in your area

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a creme colored head. A little bit of lacing left behind. Roasted malts, molasses, and cocoa nibs in the aroma. The taste follows suit with a warming mix of roasted malts, molasses, and toffee. Mouth feel is rather nice with a creamy and smooth feel. Overall, a Russian imperial stout that is solid across the board. Certainly worth experiencing.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a tulip: nearly black, no light getting through. molasses, toast, vanilla, on the nose. Taste follows: malt forward, vanilla, molasses, tobacco. An excellent imperial stout!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

As I find my beer fridge filled more and more with tropical and citrusy IPAs I find myself yearning for ross classic RIS when I need something dark and roasty to warm my innards. Luckily, my local watering hole has this as a constant
The tap pour never disappoints. Always greeted with a creamy light mocha head on a black colored beer with brown and reddish highlights. Sweet, roasty, fruity, light char, licorice, caramel mocha nose. Astringency from roasted chocolate malt and coffee are initial impressions on first sip. Background flavors of toffee, dates, and raisin. Lingering char and licorice. Lush, velvety feel with smooth warmth. Not overburdened by alcohol. Clocks in at ideal ABV for style allowing great balance of flavors.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one yet, but here it goes. Pour is almost black, but really a very dark brown in body. A big, dense, and creamy head forms and hangs around forever. Lacing is amazing. Scent is mostly very bitter burnt malt up front with a slight touch of anise in the middle. Semisweet chocolate at the back end of the smell that sweetens the nose up just a bit.

When the liquid hits the tongue, the bitter malts burst onto the tongue first. Burnt flavors plus anise are prominent, quickly followed by slightly less bitter dark chocolate. Anise and black licorise really ramps up on the back end of the drink and the flavor really dries out. Lingering flavors are burnt and dark, with just a slight hint of charcoal. On the palate, this beer is very smooth and creamy despite the relatively high level of carbonation. The alcohol is very hidden, with only a slight warming being felt.

Overall, I really need to make more of a point to drink this more often. It is on tap and on shelves everywhere, and apparently I have just been ignoring it. Really need to stop doing that because this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of rarigney
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a dark brown head. Tastes of roast malt, coffee, and chocolate. This is an excellent stout, with a nice warming alcohol level. Certainly one of the best stouts I've tried.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks: Black, inky

Smell: Smells like it tastes

Taste: Toasty/burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe a tiny tiny bit fruity

Feel: Silky but thinner than expected based on appearance

Overall: A damn drinkable beer

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Photo of Kdubzz
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of, if not THE staple Russian Imperials out there. I've never heard of anyone disliking this beer, or even having much negative to say about it in general.

Damn near jet black, with a dark, dark tan head that laces very well. Smells like heaven, heavily roasted malts with just a twinge of chocolaty sweetness. Tastes pretty much like it smells, roasty, cocoa, chocolate, a bit of dark roast coffee, with a bit of a bitter hop character in there as well. A light warming alcohol feel at the back of your throat that's pronounced, yet subtle. It's actually not as thick as one might expect, medium to medium-high mouthfeel as it warms.

If there is a more well rounded Russian Imperial Stout out there, I've not tried it. Muy delicioso.

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Photo of hman43
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours pretty close to jet black. It has a dark brown head.

Smell: It has a strong chocolate aroma, there is some roasted elements, and some soft citrus elements. The also is the presence of strong alcohol, but it is not overwhelming.

Taste: There are flavors of roast, coffee, some chocolate, high hop flavors that provide the hop bitterness throughout the tasting process.

Feel: The is a high bitterness in that last a while and includes alcohol warming.

Overall: This is a strong, American stout with complex malt flavors and a quality hop finish.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with three inches of tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is roasted malt. I get some burnt popcorn, cocoa, and black coffee.

I taste roasted malt flavors of burnt popcorn and black coffee in the finish.

Full mouthfeel

It is nice to have a well done stout. I have had so many bourbon barrel or coffee or chocolate et cetera that I almost forgot how good a simple RIS can be. And I can't believe I have not reviewed this in the seven years that I have been on BA.

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

Appearance: Dark, ruby brown color with one finger of thick tan head that fades slowly with a uniform curtain of lace.

Aroma: Roasted malt, cocoa, raisins and hints of tobacco. Textbook.

Taste: Dark roasted malt, sweet and a little creamy. Unsweetened chocolate bitterness builds towards the finish, becoming the dominate flavor with some earthy tobacco hints. Finishes lingering with mild bitterness and some nuttiness.

The Rest: A fantastic, textbook RIS. An all-time favorite!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour looks medium bodies, can see some caramel tones, turns mostly black by the time its in the glass. Huge 3+ finger head that slowly backs down, but has at least a thin top for the long haul.

Smell is roasty, malty and sweet. Not overwhelming, and not complex, but still inviting. Body is somewhat thin as expected, but good carbonation. Moderate hoppiness shows up early and comes on strong late. Stout taste is mostly malts.

Overall its a really good RIS, and really packs a hop punch.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black, with a brown foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, some chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is rich and roasty, not as complex as I expected, and a little bit weak. Same with the body of the beer, I expected a thicker beer, it was medium-low. Nice beer, not world class to me.

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Photo of Strike00
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours black with a dark brown head. Nice lacing
S: Smell of roasted grains and alcohol. A slight coffee smell underneath.
T: nice roasted taste, with dark chocolate a bit of coffee underneath. A good alcohol warmth that is well balanced.
F: smooth and creamy. Fairly thick but not too much so.

O: A very good RIS. One of my favorites.

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

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: pours black, dark, large head some lacing
Aroma: nice smell, aroma of toasted grains, slight scent of coffee, chocolate
Taste: Balance alcohol , not too bitter
Mouth feel:Creamy
Overall: Very good beer

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Photo of EMH73
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick, well retained tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, toffee and coffee. Strong dark chocolate flavor with coffee notes. Mildly bitter finish and highly carbonated. Overall an excellent RIS.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black thick caramel colored head excellent lacing head dissipates leaving a small thin head.
Smell toffee and some coffee notes very faint sweet faint chocolate
Taste dark chocolate flavor some caramel notes no hint this a 9% brew.also get some dark roasted coffee flavors
Feel not thick at all medium body no burn from the alcohol very smooth
Overall I would have as many of these as possible excellent beer.

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

What's left to say about Old Rasputin that hasn't been said. Probably my favorite beer. There may be more obscure, fussier beers out there. But this one comes through time and time again. I like beers that have complex flavors fade in an out through the swallow. This one has all of that. Nice blend of chocolate, coffee, and fruit flavors. A great, classic beer that will never go out of style.

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Photo of MACrist
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in May of 2015.
LOOKS: Poured into snifter, a nice 2 inch creamy dark tan head that stuck around about 5 minutes and left a nice thin layer on top of the beer. Leaves nice lacing down the glass. The beer is jet black, just a bit of light comes through around the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Good carbonation when rocking the glass back and forth.
AROMA: A floral note is the first thing I get, followed by rich dark molasses, some soy sauce, and chocolate. Coffee and a leathery quality, as well. No alcohol in the nose.
TASTE: The flavor is much bigger than the aroma with big dark chocolate, a little alcohol, licorice, coffee, molasses and that leathery quality. A slight soy sauce quality but really mild compared to other stouts in this category, that I've had.
MOUTHFEEL: Creamy and smooth, slightly dry on the very back. Not quite as thick as I was expecting, but not a bad thing. Carbonation is there but not overbearing, just enough to bring out the flavors.
OVERALL: A very pleasant RIS. Not that super gloopy thick feel you may want in the style, but lots of flavor.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.
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