Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Ive never really fancied stout beers. Ive tried a small handful over the years, but never found myself attracted to what the style had to offer. I could probably even count on my fingers the number of stouts that Ive tried. Having become quite the hophead and Barley Wine fan in recent months, it was about time I started to take a real serious look at what stouts have to offer. Several weeks back I had the chance to split a bottle of Rogues Imperial Stout with a fellow Beerfly at the Rogue brewery in Issaquah, WA at little more than a 1/4 bottle, it was little to truly test my taste buds with, but the initial impact was definitely applauded.
Having played with real Russian beer earlier in the evening, I thought Id tackle a Russian Imperial Stout Old Rasputin to be specific. In a single word IMPRESSIVE! Now I know the Old Rasputin is a highly regarded stout, but Ill have to admit, my taste buds, palette, stomach and the rest of me was really ready for this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sold in traditional 12oz dark brown, stubby bottles, the label features a sketched image of Rasputin to help prepare the drinker for battle. This brew pours exceptionally dark black, not quite as heavy a pour as some stouts, but suitable characteristics nonetheless. The head is a thick dark creamy consistency that sticks around for a long period of time.
This beer has an incredible rich aroma packed full of robust hints of chocolate, coffee, plenty of hops, and even some subtle fruit essence in the bouquet. An extremely appetizing aroma that makes you want to dive right in.
Taste wise, it delivers everything that one would hope based on the initial inspection of sight and smell. Very rich, intense flavors of dark roasted coffee (very bitter like many of Starbucks blends), a strong but even chocolate flavor which works well with the nutty flavors that come through in the brew too. Theres an almost spicy hint that this beer leaves on the palette, something Im thinking it a result of the roasted malts, 8.9% alcohol and bitter hops. Its an interesting flavor that works very very well.
This brew is a super drink that worked well tonight as an after dinner relaxer and would make for a perfect winter warmer. Kudos to North Coast Brewing Company for this stellar addition. I wasnt a stout drinker before Rasputin, but if this is what the world of stout beer is all about, consider me converted.
[ STATS:>> 12 oz bottle / ABV: 8.9% abv / PRICE: $3.19 USD ]
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2003 22:14:35 | More by 49degrees
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4.11/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Aroma: Sweet, bitter, dark chocolate with hints of licorice and alcohol
Appearance: Pours rich black with enormous head that settles into a nice, tan finger of frothy luxury
Taste: Medium sweetness up front giving way to a lightly bitter aftertaste
Palate: Light bodied with a thin oily texture, finishing with a long bitter finale.
Overall: A very good imperial stout
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 03:59:30 | More by auee92
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,167 ratings.