Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ChanChan:
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Finally I get to reviewing a classic oldie but goodie. Poured from a 12OZ botella into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Very dark with a tinge of ruby-red showing when held to the light. An aggressive pour results in a huge root-beer-float type head. The lacing is casklike beautiful.
Aroma: Hops, roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruits. The hop presence in this beer is very pleasant it gives the impression that this beer is fresh even if it isn’t.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation is minimal in this beer, there is a slight coffee sourness in the finish.
Taste: Bitterness right up front, lots of coffee and chocolate. The chocolate note is perfect in this young beer. I Think with a year of age this beer will be fantastically smooth. The taste is also reminiscent to an Abyss in that it has a bit of saltiness in the finish. The bourbon barreling of the Abyss, of course, makes that beer much more complex than the Old Rasps. I wonder how my Old Raspy XIIth anniversary will compare to my 2009 Abyss, we'll see!
Overall: This is one of the most consistent and affordable Imperial Russian Stouts out there. In addition, it is available in 12OZ bottles! I had this beer at room temperature and I loved it! It’s no barrel aged stout but then again a 12OZ bottle of Old Raspy is only 1/6 the price of many of the popular imperial IRS bombers!
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2011 07:02:29 | More by ChanChan
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4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours pitch black with a magnificent head. Lacing and retention are also outstanding. The nose is sweet dark chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit and smoke. Almost full bodied with a very smooth, almost creamy, texture. Borderline normal carbonation level with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and a bit complex, but not as complex as FIS or Wulver. It begins with sweet dark chocolate which flows into a roast and hop bitterness. The middle has a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with an alcoholic burn at the back of the throat that lingers quite long. Less hops would allow the dark fruit flavor to materialize and add to complexity.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 18:56:21 | More by tillmac62
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,027 ratings.