Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerNinja007:
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this on tap last night at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier VT. $6 for a ~10oz draft pour.
A: Clear nearly black brew gives a slight mahogany-red glow around the edges in dim bar lighting, so I presume it isn't completely opaque. Lovely dense tan head, super thick and creamy. Looks like it came from a nitro tap (but I forgot to ask if this was true). Super thick carpet of smooth dense lace covers the sides of the glass.
S: Good dose of dark, astringent, roasted barley and bitter cocoa powder. Mostly dry. Slight dry grass/ hay hop.
T: Same as the smell, plus a bit of light thin sweetness of candied fruit, tart raspberries and currents. A bit of dry smoke and a modest earth/herb hop both add some bite and depth but aren't major players. Long finish has lingering soft dark cocoa and smoke, and some residual sweet slickness, like the aftertaste from chocolate-raspberry liquor (if there is such a thing).
M: Mostly dry, smooth and creamy, moderate thickness, but balanced by a bit of light bitter fruity sweetness. Fairly lightbodied for a RIS. Soft mellow carbonation.
D: Hugely drinkable, not filling or overly sweet. Highly recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
03-11-2011 02:40:13 | More by BeerNinja007
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4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Licorice with a vanilla/beige head.
Aroma: Bold notes of roasted coffee and malt, with not-too-subtle hints of dark chocolate.
Flavor: Much like the aroma, but stronger; deep-roasted with a subtle dark chocolate aftertaste which slowly changes to hints of dark smoked grains. In truth, I was not expecting it to dissipate so quickly - the aftertaste of dark smoked grains quickly became somewhat...'off'; I was hoping for the chocolate/malt notes to really come forward after letting it rest on my palate, but instead, it became somewhat bitter - not what I would expect from any Imperial Stout.
Mouthfeel: Fairly moderate carbonation - smooth, full-bodied, but somewhat dry after a while.
Overall: This was my first from North Coast Brewing, and a good choice to get my 'foot in the door'. To any die-hard fans of Imperial Stouts: make this a staple in your collection. Personally, I may need to revisit this one after a while because while it is good, I was not entirely impressed - particularly in terms of flavor/mouthfeel. But as stated above, if you love Imperial Stouts: get it and enjoy!
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 19:21:59 | More by MV_CHI-NS
4.11/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at one of the local craft brew bars. Served in a special Old Rasputin-labeled glass. A little on the small side, but this is a RIS.
Beautiful appearance. A deep, dark, rich black with a thick, tan-colored head. If they were looking for the most photogenic beer of the night, this was the one. As volume decreased, lacing very apparent.
The smell...Roasty is the first word that came to mind. Darkened maltiness with a definite coffee overtone. Some chocolate in there too.
The taste...Fantastic! Starting with roasty malty goodness along with some dark chocolate notes, and finishing with the coffee near the end. Full-bodied, but not too carbonated. Once it warmed up a bit, almost got a bit of a dark fruit aroma and taste too. Creamy, full, and an excellent winter warmer. The 9% abv was very well hidden. This was a meal in itself.
I have had some other RIS, but this one really stands out. Everything about it was just splendid. I have a feeling that when people think Russian Imperial Stout, good ol' Old Rasputin will come to mind.
So...If your name happens to be Rasputin, you're in good company!
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 13:26:42 | More by BeerDazed
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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