Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.3/5
12,275 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:
12,275
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
610
Gots:
3,063
Trade:
51
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Ratings: 12,275 |  Reviews: 3,735
Photo of jjamadorphd
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw this in my local liquor store and knew I had to at least grab one. I wish I had grabbed more...

Beautifully dark, thick head, and good lacing make for a visually appealing beer. The smell was distinctive to most other Russian imperials but with a good scent of booziness to tingle the nose. The mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full-bodied but with carbonation that did not necessarily distract from the overall experience. The taste was not my best of Russian imperials I have had, but I'm pretty sure it's up there. Overall, it's an impressive beer that is well worth the hype found within this hallowed site.

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Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of happygnome
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +1.2%
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%
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 21Maestro8
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HippieDave56
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to say, nitro-tap really changes this beast.

This is probably the most intense, thick, beautiful looking Nitro pour I've ever had the pleasure of gazing at. Dark blackness with effervescence of the gods fueling a truly never-ending frosting-like cap. The curtains of lacing are epic.

Aroma, as some nitro tends toward, leaves a bit to be desired. vanilla, rich malt, cocoa nibs. mild, creamy, not bad.

Taste is surprising... heavily roasty, charred coffee, and an impressive hop presence. Nitro really adds a stunning depth to this luscious brew. possibly it's fresher - thus a bit hoppier - than I'm used to, but this has a stunning hop presence that really transforms this from what I'm used to into something ephemeral. I'm missing the leather, smoke, peat and rich chocolate, but it's been pleasantly replaced with piney, resinous and bright hops. Digging it.

Mouth is solid, with ample carbonation from the nitro, yet it retains some of that old rasputininess. thick, a bit viscous, and touch of syrup, and some lingering bitterness. Lovely.

All in all, nitro has done some interesting things to one of my old standbys. The hops are definitely accentuated, turning this into a surprisingly rounded and balanced RIS. Which I like... although i almost miss the heavy coffee, chocolate, and rich malt that i'm used to.

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Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JxExM
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark chocolatey brown color with a tan head that lingered. very nice.

The aroma is a dominant malty chocolate. Delicious.

The taste follows through on the aroma. A little bit muted though... I wish more malty chocolate flavors came through.

At 9% I wouldn't WANT to drink a lot of these in one sitting, but it's good enough to.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[review from notes taken 09/17/10]

on tap @ deep ellum, allston (boston) MA.

appearance is a dark, opaque brown/borderline black w/ a solid two-finger mocha-toned head. nice retention and lacing. great looking stout.

aroma is heavy with roasted malts; notes of coffee and chocolate as well, with the slightest suggestion of hops. nose is substantiated by the flavor profile with the roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee pulling through in that order. again, very faint but perceptible hop presence. tasty brew, easily an upper tier RIS, though IMO doesn't quite distinguish itself enough to rival the best of the best.

smooth, velvety moutfeel; moderately carbed. decent drinkability, as far as russian imperial stouts go. you won't find a better beer for your money.

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Photo of kuhndog
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of samibr
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of seand
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -1.2%

Photo of khiasmus
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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 n00blar
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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 AlexFreudenberg
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12,275 ratings
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