Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

12,162 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:
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Photo of SirBentham
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mxsluis
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of HippieDave56
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an inky, opaque black with abut a half inch of light brown head. Laces moderately.

S- Roasted malt, chocolate, slightly boozy, some hop presence (piney, mainly). Maybe some dark fruit lingering in the background.

T- Coffee, dark chocolate, sweet and roasted malt, light alcohol bite (gives it a slight sweet kick), hops are far less present than in the nose, but there is a slight piney finish. Pleasant and good. Finishes slightly prickly from the alcohol. Thinking about pulling the trigger on the 4.5... ok I did.

M- Thick. Creamy. Very nice.

D- Goes down smooth. Definitely a good sipper and enjoyable stout. Well-crafted beer.

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Photo of Dapperticus
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of greencovesteve
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of 1levelabove247
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnTurano
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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

had this on nitro at five horses tavern in boston. really nice stout ... beautiful nitro waterfall made me so pumped to taste. getting a big roastyness, some woody notes, and light chocolate and vanilla on the nose. taste is similar, very rich. perfection on the feel, thick and velvety smooth.

pretty different from the bottle. mouthfeel wasnt as smooth or thick, but there was a lot more roasty and bitter espresso flavors, hoppy even. either way very enjoyable and excellent stout!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

North Coast brings out yet another winner. A very good brew. It almost appears, to me, to be a porter-like brew. But this beer is so much more. It offers a porter-type body and consistency complete with malted aroma and flavor. There are hints of chocolate-like sweetness, but not too overbearing. If you can find it, please seek this one out. It is well worth it. Prost!

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Photo of climax
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass, this one pours an almost immortal black. The head forms instantly and is about as menacing as Rasputin's mugshot. Slowly the globs of bubbles sink atop the Goodyear black body. For a 9% beer, the head qualities are confounding.

The first thing that actually leaps out of the aroma are leafy hop tones. The earthy character is almost reminiscent of compost, but in a good way. The hop character is a welcome gift to the expected conglomeration of coffee and chocolate, perhaps because I am drinking this one early in it's usable life. The alcohol and astringency are very tame for a beer of this stature. As it warms, more buttery caramel and diacetyls emerge to add a little sweetness to this roasty beast.

In the flavor, earthy bitterness lingers from start to finish. A fleeting burst of sweetness, maybe ripe fruit, comes and goes. It's the dark unsweetened chocolate and coffee qualities that create the intensely dry roasty character that completely defines the beer.

The dry hoppy bitterness, teamed with the dark roasted malt, leaves the palette like the desert wanting the rain. The beer demands to be drank swiftly, even if the gloriously thick body makes you think twice. The carbonation is pretty assertive, keeping it very crisp beginning to end.

Considering the availability and price of this, I'm really hard pressed to imagine there's a better stout out there. If you like them bold, bitter, and dry... drink the 4 pack and light a cop car on fire.

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Photo of oldsailor
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisuspeed
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulling out an old favorite to review tonight.

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Nice black body with a thin tan head on top. Gentle lacing down the glass.

Dark roasted malts on the nose mixed with anise, chocolate and a touch of alcohol. Big, roasty, sweet aroma.

Ah yes... this is the flavor that turned me onto Russian Imperials. Lots of roasted dark malt, sweet chocolate notes, anise and hints of wood. Alcohol is faintly noted, but mostly just adds some warming.

For a fairly mass produced RIS, North Coast has done a great job of keeping the body decently thick, smooth and velvety, just like an RIS should be. Carbonation is on the lower side, which is perfect for the style.

Drinkability is very good. This is an excellent RIS for the beginner or the stout connoisseur. Lots of flavor, but very smooth. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Always a pleasure to drink.

Overall, I've had this beer many times and every time it's excellent. Not only is this RIS well crafted, but North Coast has the quality control down pat. Never a bad bottle. Even with the large surge in new RIS's and special release RIS's hitting the market, Rasputin still manages to hold it's own; and for the price it is often a better beer. Old Raspy will always be a classic. Never say die.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of Lagerquestrian
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TravisMason
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of happygnome
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a deep dark black color with about a quarter inch of toffee tan head that doesnt dissapear but leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass as the level of beer in the glass falls with every sip.
s: roasted malts, sweet cocoa aroma mixed with a strong coffe smell. there is a subtle hint of alcohol in the nose
t: strong flavor of roasted malts, cocoa flavor is storong as is the coffee flavor. hints of alcohol can be detected in the flavor
m: full bodied beer with little carbonatoin

overall, wow i loved this, if it wasnt so expensive (about $2.50/bottle i believe) id have it in my fridge more often deffinatly a very solid brew

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Photo of damienblack
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black, your standard RIS appearance with a consistency like chocolate syrup. Nice little tan head with good retention. Has that cocoa powder smell, with the idea that "you are about to get your ass whooped by a huge stout." We'll see if that holds true.

First impression: someone robbed a tin of 90% cocoa powder and poured it in here. It's like the superconcentrated intense chocolate experience of Weyerbacher XIII, except I don't have to choke it down. A little hop presence to balance out the chocolate/coffee, and that's it. Nice and coating without being overly cloying, and no crappy aftertaste to speak of, which is quite a feat when you consider the ABV and intense flavors. A great sessionable RIS.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin

Appearance: Dark and black, huge head, lots of lacing

Smell: floral hops, coffee, slight chocolate

Taste: very malty, floral hops, and a prominent coffee and chocolate finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy with a slight bitter finish

Bottom line:
A great stout. Smooth and not overbearing in the slightest.

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Photo of tazzman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of 21Maestro8
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,162 ratings.
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