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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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3,634
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4.28
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Photo of nwshull
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance: It is a deep blackish-brown with a head darker than most beers body. The head settled thick about 1/2 inch high.

Smell: It smells like a strong dark chocolate

Taste: It has an initial taste of bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee followed by aftertaste of half way between hops and the previous described flavors. High Alcohol is well masked

Mouthfeel: It is a thick mouthfeel to start with carbonation moderate, it ends rather velvety.

Drinkability: It is a pleasure to drink but I generally only want to drink one a night.

Overall this is my favorite Imperial Stout.

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Photo of kylephillips
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Creamy looking head, tannish in color. Good head retention. Lacing sticks to side of glass. Beer is very dark brown, almost solid black, cannot see through it.

Smell is thick with chocolate flavors. Smells like it would be a very sweet drink.

Excellent mouth feel, with a decent amount of carbonation that sort of bites the tongue.

Initial taste is very sweet but immediately becomes bitter as you swallow. Finishes with an excellent roasty flavor that stays on your tongue. Almost has a salty taste that lingers.

Drinkability is good considering the finish leaves you wanting another sip for the initial sweetness.

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Photo of ironchefchris
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin. I bought it for the title and the bottle and luckily the beer itself didn't disapoint. It's a traditional stout and pours super dark with a dark brown head. Smell was malty and strong and taste matched the smell perfectly. It's one of those beers that tastes pretty familiar, but it's just done very well and drinks super clean and super smooth. Unlike most stouts, this one didn't annoyingly linger in my mouth after swallowed. Some of these beers will do that and basically "film" in your mouth for a bit. This one didn't. If you like a stout, this one might be as good and consistant a stout as I've ever tried. Great beer. OLD RASPY!
*sidenote: i didn't catch much of a "dark fruit" or really much of anything but that traditional tofee malt taste. Maybe in the backend of the taste there was just a hint, but certainly not much

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Photo of mpensworth
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with little tan head and awesome lacing. Smells like an evil chocolate coffee and tastes the same. Amazing coffee and malt tastes here, feels heavy in the mouth with a nice even carbonation. I love this beer, but after a pint or 2 that would be about it. It's perfect to sip at the end of the day, after dinner, just before you go to bed.

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Photo of Oldscramch
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks black in the glass, with reddish brown at the top and bottom; can't see a damn thing through this beer. Light tan tracing of head around the rim.

Smell: Sweet. Malty, but with more hops than I was expecting in this beer. The alcohol does not come through in the taste.

Taste: Fairly bitter coffee taste that lingers in the mouth; not at all a bad thing, considering how well it plays with the overall flavour.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, not too light. clean, but hearty. There's a tingle on the tongue for a while afterwords.

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Photo of x63x77
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, very opaque. Nice rich creamy brown head from the nitro-tap, fine lacing all the way to the end of the glass.

Smell: Warm roasted malty goodness. Nose had a nice sweetness about it that balanced the hops well

Taste: Spectacular. The nitro-tap makes all the difference with this beer. I have also had it from a bottle which is good, but the tap version had all of the freshness and bright, warm flavor I have no come to expect from this beer. Personally, I would like to see a bit more hops, especially from a west coast company.

Mouth Feel: Silky smooth, liquid velvet. Smooth light nitrogen carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, tiny tight nitrogen bubbles help make this very much not filling.

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

Pours the color of Brent crude. Fluffy off-white head.

Nose is hard to identify. I don't drink a lot of stout. Toasty coffee.

Taste is powerful but smooth. It delivers a tingling sensation on the tongue that warms into that characteristic toasted, slightly bitter chocolate/coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is dominated by that tingling sensation. It's addictive.

Old Rasputin truly is black gold. This beer is also one of the best values in my collection at 9 bucks for a four pack, compared to 14 - 15 for anything else that's similar in quality and size. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of littlesgtpepper
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on top at the North Coast Brewery on 09/22/10 in a pint glass.

This beer has a mocha-colored, fluffy/smooth head that stays. This beer is black, like King Bowser's heart.

Smells of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and malt.

Holy God, this beer is incredible! This beer has so many flavors: dark chocolate, strong espresso, malt, black coffee, nuts, and toffee and even a hint of the Holy Lord himself. There is also a strong hop bitterness that really works to balance everything out but doesn't overtake the beer which is truly a blessing.

I could have a couple of these beers but no more since the flavors are so strong that the only thing keeping this beer from being absolutely perfect is the drinkability. Truly a phenomenal beer, especially on tap.

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Photo of jrc64
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was convinced that Stone made the best Russian Imperial until I opened a bottle of Old Rasputin this evening!

WOW....off the charts Russian Stout! Amazing aromas of coffee and chocolate. Initial taste is coffee with the chocolate coming through after. I can almost taste the heavy cream in the coffee!!

Mouthfeel is extra smooth and pleasant. 9% alcohol is very well hidden.

Gentlemen, if you're looking to get your lady into the word of fine beer....this is a great way to start. pour her a little in a small wine glass and let her sip it. She'll be hooked!!!

I rate this one in my current top 10 beers! AMAZING!!! So good, I will not buy another bottle of Stone!

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Photo of cfrivera1
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful nearly black color with a finger and a half to two fingers of dense dark tan head. Great retention and truly beautiful lacing.

S: Smells of a malty pang. Chocolaty with slight coffee scent and a hint of some dark fruits. Sweet and tangy in the initial whiff with slight roasted and chocolate malts present.

T: WOW - smooth chocolate taste from the roasted malts. A slight coffee aftertaste. I don't get much of the dark fruit that I thought I was smelling. Its blend of chocolate and coffee flavorings which work really well. VERY tasty. I better be careful with this one - at 9% - it's no chump!

M: Medium to full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Lovely syrup sensation that adds to the rich deep flavour. A hint of sweetness complemented with tasty dark chocolaty bitterness. A solid RIS mouthfeel with a perfect balance between sweetness and chocolate/coffee bitterness.

O: Bottom line - at $8.99 for a 12 oz 4-pack, this is a gem in the rough!! Appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel are above average. This brew is in a league of its own; everything that is better than what's harder to find year round and more expensive, but damn near comparable in every other department.

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Photo of GordonofSeattle
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottom line: Old Rasputin tastes like it was aged in a oak barrel made from the planks of an old pirate ship, carried by griffins over the fires of Mordor, and tapped by Sean Connery.

A: Solid head, nice color, nice lacing
S: Not much smell. I'm blaming this on the rather old single bottle I acquired.
T: This stout is top notch. Taste it. You'll like it. If you like stouts.
M: How can a 9% abv Imperial Stout have the smoothness of an oatmeal stout? I don't know, but it is amazing.
Overall: How can a stout with a 9% abv taste this good? Without a doubt the best Imperial Stout I have yet to taste.

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Photo of rufusb
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer several times, and always enjoyed it. Very complex dark beer. One of the best stouts! Dark, thick appearance, with a high tan head. Smell is not as complex as the taste. Hints of coffee in smell. Taste is smokey, roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol is masked very well. Not apparent until it warms.
Excellent beer!

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Photo of JordanC
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved the dark appearance that was strangely obvious as a dark dark brown, but not black

Smell lacked a bit, perhaps because it was too cold at first. As it warmed, the roasty smell of malts and sweet molasses came through

Loved the coffee hints and chocolaty taste. Went incredibly with a slice of coffee-ice cream cake

I thought it was slightly over carbonated, but not distractingly so. A good thickness on the tongue that lingered

This is a highly recommended beer. One of my favorites, especially since it comes in 12 ounce bottles and so many good stouts are 22 ouncers

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Photo of throwthechaff
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Totally worth all the hype that this beer gets. This Russian Imperial Stout is a must try. Very dark in color, almost black smells of dark chocolate. Has a slight hop bitterness to as well. Very drinkable even though the 9% abv. A very good beer to sip and appreciate

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Photo of BeachBumC
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try the Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout since a friend told me of it. I finally found it at Hamilton's in San Diego.

Poured out of a bottle, nice clear black color with a thick 1 inch head.

It has a very roasted smell with hints of chocolate or bourbon.

Tasting it gave an instant zing on the tip of my tongue with a medium to thick body. Flavor was almost too roasted, almost burnt, but complemented well by the chocolate/espresso taste. The flavor was lasting and stayed well on the back of the tongue to the point that I had to have another sip.

Good thing I take quick notes because this beer didn't stay in the glass very long. I'll be having many more of these!

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Photo of pdxwhisky
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass - and a wonderful one inch head developed. Perfect inky coloring. Head dissipates into a nice laced skin. Excellent roasted malt nose. Taste starts with a smokey note, growing into a nice roasted malt finish. Mid notes of hops quickly fade, but add excellent balance. Heavily carbonated. Very rich. Alcohol levels very well masked by flavors.

A bit too carbonated, kills the smoothness I desire, but a very, very good RIS.

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Photo of Jtschupp04
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a trappist glass

looks like: root beer float.

smells like: cherry chocolate coffee.

tastes like: nutty cocoa.

feels like: cold foamy cappuccino

drinks like: french pressed coffee

i love stouts and this one enforced the love and lust for more delectables that you can't see through.

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Photo of Psyopticon
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Was in bottle, but could tell this was a pretty dark beer.

Smell - Some dark roasted malts. Caramel and Molasses.

Taste - BAM! Damn good taste. Can taste some hints of Molasses, chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

Mouthfeel - Pretty syrupy... But doesn't make it bad. Light carbonation. Full bodied.

Drinkability - This is a damn good beer. And is probably one of my new favorite stouts. But the high ABV makes this a one drink only thing. I'm pretty buzzed while writing this. :D

Enjoy!!!!

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Photo of mdquigley
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Manhattan, KS "Rock-a-belly-Deli." Review written from notes.

Enjoyed from a 12 oz tumbler.

Appearance: Severely dark with a mystical creamy tan 2.5" head that transitions into the body.

Smell: Slight coffee, roasted nose. Aroma was slighter than expected.

Taste: Espresso and cocoa nibs up front. The taste was very balanced and much sweeter than I expected. It is not a dry stout but much more similar to a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy! Mouth-coating and full bodied.

Drinkability: I detected no alcohol for such a high ABV %.Thus, this can be drunk and drunk. Just watch out!

Overall: A very delicious and creamy beverage. A real special find.

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Photo of trecker
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark coffee color with 1/4 inch head that fades to a collar around the edge.

S: Solid coffee smell to it. That's about all I can pick out.

T: Very good. Espresso taste. Surprisingly not astringent for the ABV.

M: Medium to full. Good amount of carbonation.

D: I agree with the other user who said this beer had scary good drinkability. This drinks very well for a 9%.

Overall, this is a perfect beer for those little reward yourself moments (weekends, good days at work, bad days at work, etc).

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Photo of DJScroggins
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black, opaque, thin tan head that fades quickly. Light lacing.

Smells of malts and powdered chocolate

Tastes of toasted malts, light chocolate. Hops more prominent here than on the nose. Finish tastes of burnt coffee beans and bourbon.

Lighter bodied that one might expect. Some alcohol burn.

Overall an excellent Imperial Stout. It's a classic for a reason.

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Photo of williamsgodfrey
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Old Rasputin came out of the bottle a dark brown, nearly black, color. There was a half a finger’s worth of head, roughly the color of overly creamed coffee. The head stayed around briefly but fizzled off shortly, becoming a thin ring at the edges of the glass with an island or two of small bubbles floating around on the top of the beer. I think (I know) that I had the beer too cold when I poured it and I think that is why the head was so small. Russian Imperials should best be poured and consumed in the 50-55° F range. When I’ve enjoyed Old Rasputin in the past, at a more reasonable temperature, I remember a much more robust head that stuck around more. As I began to drink I noticed that the beer actually appeared almost red at the edges. When beer spread out on the way out of the glass with each sip I noticed a deep red or crimson to it, quite nice.

Aroma:
I got a big, dark, roasty, bready aroma out of my glass. Perhaps a bit of hop spiciness on the back-end. As it warmed up a bit I began to notice a lot of tobacco flavors, really near to that earthy sweetness of freshly dried and cut tobacco leaves.

Taste:
This beer truly tastes wonderful. I get a lot of hop up front, not quite as sharp as a big IPA, followed by dark, roasted malt, a little boozy heat, something akin to sugar just as it starts to caramelize/burn, and finally a finish of alcohol soak chocolate covered raisins.

Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel felt pretty spot on for a Russian Imperial, it was smooth with a faint carbonation tickle with a slight amount of body.

Overall:
It’s a classic and it's awesome. One of the best Russian Imperials out there, and maybe one of the first to receive widespread acclaim and distribution in the North American beer market.

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Photo of dogboy
2.71/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thought I'd try this highly rated brew and was dissapointed. Pours good and looks ok in the glass. Smell was too much coffee on the nose and the first sip confirmed the smell. Overpowering burnt coffee taste for me. Also the beer was too thick and as I find with American stouts, too fizzy. It's ok enough and I'd like to try it on tap (or aged), but why the A?

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Photo of biercircus
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty stinking good RIP. The high alcohol balances well with the complex dark chocolate and coffee flavor. My wife made me let her sip while eating dark chocolate. I tried some too, and it really complemented it well.

A- I saw it poured into a cup, but it was dark outside, and I just had a bottle.

S- sweet, chocolaty coffee smell, molasses, liquorice, hops

T- complex malty chocolate coffee, alcohol peeking through

M- heavy, creamy, bubbly. Takes a while to drink because it's so heavy. Some carbonation.

D- Very good sipper. Shouldn't drink fast. Very well-balanced flavors. Awesome beer.

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Photo of aayooper
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - poured with a nice thick, brown head which disipated over 10 minutes as it warmed from its over refridgerated temperature. This RIS had a big, full mouth feel and flavor. Specifically, what really stood out to me as I sipped it after a big steak was a really nice burnt malt flavor followed by a smooth dark chocolate linger. Unlike some in this class, there was really no strong sense of alcohol for its high ABV. While drinking several in an evening may not be in order, one or two will really work well after a steak or on a cold winter evening.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.
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