Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout – North Coast Brewing (Fort Bragg, California, USA)


  • My Rating: B

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout – North Coast Brewing, 9% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Fort Bragg, CA, USA)

on the neck, front label:

“Brewed in the tradition of the 18th century English brewers who supplied the Russian court of Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin develops a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big, complex flavours & a warming finish.”

  • Style: (Russian-style) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: creamy bitter -> burnt malts/dark roast/chocolate -> lingering bittersweet hopped finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) – 12 fl.oz., February 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, definitely for stout fans

Visual: Good ‘ol Rasputin on the front label. Makes me wanna sing “Ra, Ra, Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen…” Love the 70s jams. Nonetheless, this pours almost pitch black with some brown in there, a large sized dissipating creamy head, lots of sticky lacing, decent retention, lots of activity.

Nose: roasted malts, cacao, burnt coffee. (6/10)-pungency

Attack: cream-foamy, incoming biting bitter-sweetness

Mid-palate: (6/10)-sweetness, high bitterness, light sourness, (MAIN) burnt malts, bitter roast, dark chocolate

Finish: long roasted bitterness, bittersweet light-medium-hopped finish.

Summary: This one is all about dark roast with extremely well-hidden alcoholic background. It’s quite smooth and a touch lighter than other Russian Imperial Stouts I’ve tried.