Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
12,161 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12,161
Reviews:
3,712
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
595
Gots:
2,989
For Trade:
52
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 12,161 |  Reviews: 3,712
Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with ruby hints around the edges, and a two finger creamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is cocoa-ey, and filled with scents of roasted barley, and a bit of coffee. Toffee also pops out, along with a hint of burnt toast. Only the smallest hint of alcohol present.

Flavor is smooth, and dominated by coffee nuances behind the roasted grain. Chocolate is also present, along with a hoppy finish. Dry finish, balanced between roasted grain and (what taste like noble) hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy. Begs for another sip. Drinkability is pretty good considering the ABV and heft of the beer.

Yet another fantastic beer from North Coast. They almost never disappoint.

 709 characters

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

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Almost black with a dense 1/2” head that recedes to thin cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: As expected for a RIS roasted malt, strong coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: The richness of the roast comes forward with all of the chocolate and coffee plus the added warmth provided by the ABV. Not really getting any other flavors other than the mocha.

Mouthfeel: Clean on the palate with the warmth of the alcohol and the bitterness combining at the finish.

Overall: Very good RIS, the alcohol is not completely masked; however, it is also not unpleasant and the alcoholic warmth adds to the flavor of the beer.

 653 characters

Photo of paulys55
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dumptruck81
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("11082016") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter glass.

Appearance: Inky black with fringes of dark brown. Builds a nice head of khaki foam that slowly recedes to streaky lace

Smell: Deeply roasted grains, light woodsmoke and emerging alcohol as it warms.

Taste: Complex malt body with layers of roasted and burnt grains, espresso and some bittersweet chocolate in the close. A healthy dose of earthy, bitter, herbal hops keeps any sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall: Big, bold and complex; definitely lives up to its reputation as a classic RIS.

 636 characters

Photo of Harvest06
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 564 characters

Photo of johunnic
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bcuz7
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of pschul4
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of freemanj
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dbrelsfo
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Johnroby
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Nbdreher
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Antc2382
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle
This beer may make you crazy like ol' Rasputin himself. High ABV, clocking in at 9.0. This is a big, boozy beer for us beer lovers.
A: Black. No light. Little tan head which forms a ring around the lip. One of the darkest beers I've tried. S: an earthy, smoky aroma from the roasted malt and coffee tones. I pick up some of that alcohol there as well. T: very dark chocolate of a high quality gives way to strong malt and coffee undertone. F: creamy, very smooth, nice taste left in the palate of coffee. O: a huge flavored, smooth and boozy stout that purest will love to drink slowly to savor

 616 characters

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JPowell712
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Russian Imperial Stout. The smell is nice a bold. You get a smoky coffee odor and hints of chocolate. The big taste has so much going on! The smoky roasted coffee with chocolate malts and a nice dry mixture of hops. This is a winner!

 250 characters

Photo of GreenWBush
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Old Rasputins' ghost emerges from the bottle with a better cascading action than Guinness (its the lack of nitro). Blacker than doom? Not exactly, you can see through ruby-colored glass if you try hard enough. Quite impressive is the head that is created, a dirty ivory that squirms like its alive. A fine sticky lace has formed even before the first sip.

Hmm, interesting aroma. Sweetness is the first thing I encounter, scrambled with dates, prunes, and malty alcohol. Roastiness abounds. Also, an unfortunate amount of metallic twinges.

An amazingly carbonated hoppiness greets you initially, then follows the gulpingly thick sweet mass of Stoutitude. The mouthfeel is right on, thick enough to back up the huge amounts of alcohol, but light enough to allow carbonation to cut through the mess. The hops aren't out of control on this one, but quite noticible for the style. Like many stouts, your mouth is left with puddles of sourness on the beers' way down, but in this case it cloaks the alcohol perfectly.

If someone handed this to me as a stout, I wouldn't instantly think "imperial" and would probably put down one too many. Read: VERY drinkable.

Overall a damn fine creation from the talented folks at North Coast. Have another? Well thanks for asking - I will.

 1,284 characters

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of atoulouk
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of acbe
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Yabev15
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Matthew607
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,161 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe