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North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout*Packaging may vary

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Imperial Stout /9% ABV / California, United States

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Product details

Imperial Stout
California, United States
Tasting Notes
Rich, Roasted, Coffee, Chocolate
Food Pairing
Dessert - Vanilla & Caramel, Cheese - Hard Aged
Suggested Glassware
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product 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. The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly. How hard it is to make and keep a good friend. –"Jericho," Joni Mitchell

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Community reviews

4.820 Reviews
  • Christopher
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    This Stout, although USA is not too bad. It needs a less coppery finish. Actually it is pretty good and I can recommend this to novice and intermediate stout drinker.

  • David
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    Love this punchy stout

  • Jeremy R.
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    This has always been a solid, reliable beer, and last night was no exception.

  • Jen
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    Nice smokey flavor without being cloyingly sweet.

  • Jonathan
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    I ordered 1 bottle, had to buy a pack.

  • Nellise O.
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    They didn’t have it so I didn’t get it

  • Andrew T.
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    Expedient and very polite. 10 stars if it were an option. :)

  • Theresa K.
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    Excited to get this, hard to find.

  • Eric
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    My favorite beer. Rich taste and a beer thick enough you can chew it. This is not over hopped trash hipster beer; this is worth buying.

  • Kyle

    Personal Favorite.


Imperial stout first originated in England, though it was not for the British monarchy — it was brewed for Russia’s Peter the Great. This beer has a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) level than most English stouts. Whereas normal stout is dark, strong and served at a medium temperature, the imperial stout is in a category all its own. It’s heavy on the alcohol (usually around 14% ABV), and the term “imperial” can be taken to simply mean “big:” big on the alcohol, big on the flavor. Sometimes imperial stouts are simply called double or strong, as they’re made with extra amounts of hops and grains.
Imperial stout is an intensely flavorful beer with a rich profile and plenty of complexity to explore. Though different brewers create different iterations, you can expect a wide range of roastiness in these beers, with malt tones that match the color. Hops are quite prominent (how else do you think they get to the average 14% ABV?), and you’ll likely pick up on some fruity esters. Then there are the flavors like coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and burnt grain. That high alcohol content isn’t just for kicks — it contributes to the warmth and the finish of this fantastic beer.
Imperial stout lives up to its glorious name with an average 14% alcohol by volume (ABV) level. That’s pretty darn high for beer, which averages around 5% for standard brews. That high alcohol content could be interpreted to have given the imperial stout its name, though, in fact, the beer was first brewed in England to honor Peter the Great of Russia. Imperial stout is a rich, complex beer that’s got tons of flavors lying in wait for you. And a charming alcohol warmth, of course.
Who would have ever thought that Imperial Stout would one day be gluten-free? Well, that day has arrived. Certain breweries are offering delicious, gluten-free Imperials that lean on millet, buckwheat and rice as their base ingredients. This sets them apart from traditional Imperial Stouts, which not only use grain but also use a double dose of grain to achieve a higher alcohol content. Gluten-free options deliver all the intricate flavors and high alcohol content without triggering gluten sensitivities.
Imperial stout, like other stouts, is a dark ale made with the use of top-fermenting yeast. These yeast prefer to do their work in warmer temperatures, typically between 60°F and 70°F. This separates them from lager yeast, which is a bottom-fermenting breed that works at colder temperatures between 35°F and 50°F. Imperial stouts often use a base of pale malts plus generous dashes of other malts — things like roasted barley, chocolate and black patent (for color and roasted aroma).
Imperial stout packs a whopping punch at 250+ calories and 2+ grams of carbs per 12 oz. serving. That’s not too light, considering regular beer weighs in at 150 calories and 13 grams of carbs per serving. However, consider what you’re getting for that extra calorie/carb count. You’re getting notes of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain and dark fruits. You’re getting hops and malt tones in an extraordinarily rich, complex body. Oh yeah, and you’re getting a staggering 14% alcohol by volume (ABV) to top things off. All for 257 calories and 21 grams of carbs … not so bad after all.

Drizly's take

Enjoy the bold and complex flavors of the North Coast® Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Winner of several brewing awards, this drink has a deep black color with mild carbonation for a refreshing mouthfeel. The Old Rasputin beer has complex flavor notes featuring dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. It has the right amount of sweetness with a creamy texture that makes it a tasty sipping beer.

Pair this North Coast beer with a hearty steak dinner or rich entrees like a creamy chicken bake. It's a fantastic combination with dark chocolate desserts like a triple-chocolate cheesecake. The intense flavor of this craft stout meshes beautifully with mellow desserts like vanilla ice cream or shortbread cookies. The coffee notes of this beer match espresso-based desserts like a Tiramisu for a refined platter. Give this North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin a try by clicking these handy links to search for Drizly in your city and look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.

-This imperial stout has a bold and complex flavor profile
-Features hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel for a tasty drink
-Pairs well with meaty fare and chocolate and coffee desserts

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