Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,701 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 andrewh995
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate, roasted barely, smokiness, and coffee. Beautiful to look at, and incredibly enjoyable to drink. Definitely not a place to start you dark beer journey though, that is for sure. This beer is stout.

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Photo of DallasK
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah dear old friend Rasputin, a go to value beer. Pitch black with a wispy ring for a head. Smells of bakers chocolate and roasty sweetness. Taste follows, roasty sweetness, bakers chocolate, prunes/mollasses? A little more hop presence and carbonation than many popular stouts. Solid easy to find offering leaving me wondering why I pay so much for more hard to find beers.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Old Rasputin is an old favorite. Time for a review! Into a goblet...

L: Looks like expresso; super dark, but not too thick or syrupy. Tons of very fine, frothy head that acquires multiple colors, ranging from khaki to cappuccino. Great retention: the lacing formed a nice flat ring around the top of the glass with dripping tendrils.

S: Smoke is immediately apparent, quickly turning into dark roast coffee and gaining sweeter notes of raisin, plumb, and molasses, finishing in a tart blackberry. Favorite scent profile I've found in a stout. Love that dark fruit. Could do with even more.

T: Upon first sip, again smoke is immediately apparent, but the fruit takes over from there with definite plum and blackberry (molasses and vanilla also make a short cameo). Unfortunately, the fruit is quickly demolished by strong expresso notes, which become increasingly dry and salty, until ending in a salty, bitter dark chocolate. Definitely a tasty finish, I just wish the middle of the palate were slightly longer.

F: Not as thick or creamy as a typical stout, but this beer is not very sweet, which is preferable to me. Perhaps this is a necessary trade-off?

O: A fantastic stout. And the only good and affordable one that's widely available (at least in California).

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Photo of TerryMills
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good stout ,poured jet black with 1 finger light cream head.

I enjoyed it but for my taste it's not world class , too thin ,too bitter and doesn't hide the booze at all.

Would drink it again but there are several ris I would go to first...

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a go to RIS that I've enjoyed for years. The smell doesn't really give off much but the taste is where it's at. This is a benchmark for the style. Thick and rich with the ABV pretty well hidden. Taste of.....this one confuses me. It's damn good, I just can't break down the flavors. Anyhow, I always have a couple of these in the back of the fridge just in case.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Perfectly opaque chocolate body with medium dark khaki head slowly dissipates leaving ample legs of lacing.

Taste is dark chocolate and medium roast coffee. I dunno why people are saying this tastes like espresso, the coffee flavor has that light lemon tinge I associate with medium roasts. There is plentiful hop flavor as well, however the dominant malts leave it as a sort of herbal miscellany. Unlike most imperial stouts which become sweeter as they warm, this one - due to the hops- the herbal essences become more apparent. This makes it whilst warm something like a black IPA. Mouthfeel doesn't make itself known, which is to say it's perfect.

Overall pretty good. It's a style I'm partial to as well.

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Photo of Hallu
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great classic imperial stout. I love because it's drier than most American stouts. Usually, you get the coffe/chocolate stouts on the sweet side, or a coffee/tobacco/dark fruit stout on the boozy side. But this one has a taste and finish closer to a dry stout, which is great. Like a dry stout, it's not thick either. The nose is heavy on the coffee and dark fruits: prunes and dark grapes. A bit of cacao bitterness, but no real chocolate there. The finish is very long, roasted malt and coffee, very nice. No nuttiness at all, it's actually quite agressive, that's where you can feel its American side as opposed to English stouts. Usually a heavy stout doesn't go well with a sweet dessert, but this would definitely work because of its dryness.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark, dark coffee with a nice, big, creamy, beige head that cascades bubbles as you pour and laces like a boss when it's done. Aroma is chocolate, a hint of raisins, coffee, and booze. Taste follows, but the bitter roasted coffee is more forward and the sweetness is less pronounced, although it balances nicely. Lots of alcohol burn but not unpleasant, I think it's what makes this such a good wintertime sipper. Mouthfeel is somehow thin and creamy all at the same time, with lots of carbonation and tongue numbing warmth making it a very fun drink. I wouldn't want this every day, but sipping this thing as I watch the snow coming down feels just about perfect.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle,into a Cigar City snifter.

Creamy,1 finger,khaki colored head.Jet black in color with no light coming through the glass.Hard to tell if there is any carbonation.

On the nose I get alot of toffee,caramel,some chocolate and coffee.Also getting dark roasted malts,and dark fruits.

The palate follows the nose with lots of toffee,caramel,chocolate,coffee,and dark roasted malts.Tiny bit of alcohol in the finish.Also getting hints of dark fruits in the palate.

Medium / heavy body,with a dry finish,slight alcohol warming as well.

This is a very good IRS....definitely a go to.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is pitch black like a cold espresso, small bubbly head that soon vanishes. Body is thick like a stout should be.
Aroma is malts, chocolate, and coffee.
Taste is chocolatey, malty, nutty, and coffee but carries a slight nasty metallic taste so it's missing something in its flavor. Not the best stout but do like the fact it's a 9.0 abv but probably won't but again.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well there are 3.665 reviews of this one so what can i really say? I guess if you see it buy it. a wonderful Stout. I bought a 4 pack and i am heading out to buy more.

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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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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,125 ratings.
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