Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

12,190 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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Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of samibr
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

Poured into a large stemless red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours solid very dark brown, maybe black. Two finger tan head, which disappears leaving a thin film on the top. Good lacing.

Smell: Sweet, complex but not overpowering. Hints of french vanilla coffee.

Taste: Taste is subtle and complex, hiding the alcohol well. Somewhat sweet, with mild but detectable hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Great, light carbonation, a little bit of stickiness, definitely complements the taste.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but the high ABV means you don't want to go through too many.

My first Russian Imperial Stout, and I will be trying more of the style.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of khiasmus
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Poured with two fingers of dense, fluffy head into my snifter, that soon settled to a ring... can't ask for more at 9%.

S- Roasted grain, dark malt, charcoal, coffee, chocolate, molasses, alcohol. Smells excellent.

T- Initially thick, sweet malt, followed immediately by dark roasted grain and alcohol. Hints of soy sauce, sherry, chocolate, coffee, honey, cane sugar, and burnt bread crust. Wonderful.

M- I actually noticed the mouthfeel more than the taste on my first sip. Thick, chewy, medium carbonation, full bodied, leaves a slightly dry feeling at the back of your tongue, but the rest of your mouth feels coated in oil. I can't give it a five, though... Dark Lord has ruined me forever from giving fives in this style.

D- Quite good, especially for the 9%. I wouldn't drink it all the time, but if it was readily available... sigh. I'd be a happy man.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of n00blar
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tapped into a pint glass at Lowbrow.

Appearance - Black body, medium brown one-finger head with enormous retention and stick.

Smell - Nutty, coffee malt. Slight alcohol underneath. Well balanced.

Taste - Coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Very roasty and lactic.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Totally full bodied. Coats the tongue.

Overall Drinkability - I want to give this beer all 5's, but since I'm rating it in style, it has some pretty stiff competition.

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Photo of KlayWey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of silverking
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Luiz0930
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ledouge
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of supercolter
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is great very dark and thick looking, little to no carbonation.
Smell and taste are similar, but taste is a bit stronger. There is a very malty coffee up front, some tobacco, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Some slight dark fruit as well. Mouthfeel is good as well, medium to heavy body. Goes down much smoother than any other RIS I have had.

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Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Sathanas
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Poloplaya
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark almost opaque brown with a chocolate 1 finger head. The head only lasted a few minutes. Smell had hints of oakiness, along with very slight raspberry aromas hiding in the milk chocolate mocha scent. Taste was both dark wheat bread, and burnt chocolate at the same time. Slightly bitter in the mouth with a little acidity on the toungue that detracted from the mouthfeel. Overall was fairly drinkable, but the alcohol content did hit a little stronger than would have been expected.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of KRG
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

A- Pours a deep blackish color with a nice, pillowy, creamy brown head.

S- Smell starts with rich roasted malts and moves into a deep spiciness which gives way to a sweet maltiness.

T- Starts off with unassuming sweet malt and then a coffee flavor grabs hold and moves into a bit of bitter hops at the end. Dark chocolate in the background all the way through.

M- Thinner than your average RIS with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Let me just put it out there that I am not a huge RIS fan. I like them from time to time, but they aren't my bread and butter. This seemed a lot less menacing than some of the other ones out there so i'd say this is a good one for people who are looking to get into the style.

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Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of eat
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hoping for a chance to try this one out for a while. Thanks to ritzkiss for opening this one up after cellaring for a year and a half or so.

Old Rasputin is black and opaque. The head fades to a ring around the glass and a patchy covering with bits of lacing. Head retention could be better, but I guess that's fairly typical for a strong, old beer.

The nose is of wheaty cracker, dark chocolate, caramel, light coffee, earthy hops and tons of smoky roast. Delicious. The alcohol comes off a little hot, surprisingly. I would have thought the aging would have smoothed that away. Definitely smells imperial anyway.

Heaps of roastiness follow in the mouth. High-quality dark chocolate, light coffee, bready and wheaty. The alcohol found in the smell seems to have disapeared here. Coffee on the finish.

I'd like the body to be fuller to match the malty flavour. The feel would be fine for a less-intense stout, but this one is just so big. Not bad though; smooth medium body and moderate carbonation.

For a RIS, the drinkability is as crazy as old Rasputin himself. So smooth. If I didn't know its ABV, I would say it was sessionable but obviously this one would kick your ass if you tried.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A: Good head retention, 2in. nose, which is mocha, caramel in color. The deep black body is non-transparent.

S: Roasted malts with a complex nutty aroma.

T: This brew is very smooth and creamy. Strong malt up front, with a slight bitterness to finish.

M: A very powerful lingering taste, one that releases flavors well after the beer is gone.

D: A brew that is an ideal sipper, but for the style, this is one that I could drink often, even could have a few in a row, cannot say the same for other IRSs. Great flavors that keep you coming back for another analysis.

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Photo of Mgm54
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of UcDru
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,190 ratings.
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