Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.3/5
12,276 Ratings
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:
#492
Reviews:
3,735
Ratings:
12,276
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
610
Gots:
3,064
Trade:
51
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Ratings: 12,276 |  Reviews: 3,735
Photo of willcull78
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to find this brew at a local craft beer store. Had to try it and it was fantastic! The color was a deep dark richness and it poured beautifully. The foamy head was a creamy beige. The first taste was phenomenal with chocolate and coffee overtones, lingering on the palate. It was better than I had expected. The overall finish was excellent for the taste lingered on after I had finished. I definitely want to have another.

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Photo of stucat
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fryeguy52
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MyLastNameIsStout
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing really stood out good or bad. Nice color, decent smell, some malty character, but nothing about it was outstanding.

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Photo of Am94w7
2.9/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of degueulasse
2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's a rather standard but still attractive deep brown (almost black) with a dense but thin head. The head has a creamy feel on the tongue, and the body is pleasantly smooth and milky. This is likely one of the best-feeling beers I've ever had. That said, I couldn't get around to liking the taste, which is chocolaty but also somewhat sour and stale. It smells strongly of chocolate as well, though a little flatter than most beers of its kind that I've tried. This has the formula to be a favorite beer of mine, but it ended up disappointing me.

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Photo of colbywatts
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmontoto
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing strength of character. Slightly bitter semi-sweet taste. Very good in the glass.

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Photo of mmoriarty
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobert84
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great taste! Loved this stout.

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Photo of Rufus1
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. Appears nearly jet black and opaque with a one and a half finger creamy tan head. Some ruby highlights. Nice sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee, bakers chocolate and dark roasted malts. Touch of alcohol. Ripe dark fruits. Hints of tobacco barn and smoke.

Taste follows the nose with a balanced blend of sweetish chocolate, expresso coffee and roasted malts. Deep luscious dark fruit like plum, raisins and dates. The bitter is in there but almost completely lost in the in the mix. Silky on the palate with perfect carbonation. Sweet up front then boozy with a good hop finish added to the dark roasted malts. Silky on the palate with perfect carbonation.

Overall this has to be one of the top imperial stouts. I enjoyed it immensely. Cheers!!

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Photo of foundersasap
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TerribleTaste
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the 2015 and 2016 Laganitas Beer Fest
Such a thick and sweet creamy beer with heavy coffee and chocolate tones, really enjoyed sipping this ice cold offering in 100+ degree weather.

I recently tried this beer on Nitro over at 99 Beers on the wall in Santacruz, It's much better on nitro, makes that thick creamy beer go down so easily, and just provides a totally new experience with the beer!

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Photo of Chriscowles1980
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with an extremely tan foamy head that does not die. The beer smells of coffee and char. The beer has a heavy malt and coffee flavor that is followed by a bitterness on the tongue. The beer is creamy. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing taste with coffee/toffee/dark and roasted malts flavors thrown into a great hops balance. Leans toward the dark in flavoring...... as it should since it's in the stout family.....killer stuff!

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EvClon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joshs555
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Chianti
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alpha-Leader
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alt-malt
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft in taster glass. Poured dark black with a persistent foam that took several seconds to lift into a thick sticky head that remained on top of the beer and on the sides of the glass as I drank the beer down. Smells thick of rich malt and lightly of malt. Taste is slightly bitter and sweet with a delicious mix of coffee flavor and hops playing well together. The feel is rich and smooth on the tongue. Body is fairly heavy, but not overwhelmingly so. This beer has a near completely perfect mix of everything from the smell, taste, and body which makes for a fantastic beer that thoroughly pleases.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,276 ratings
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