Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Chiefy770:
4.11/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle (no freshness date) into a nonic pint glass.
A very thick and mocha colored head (about 3 fingers deep) sat on top of a pitch dark body... the darkest of browns, hell, this was black. The head lingered around for a good amount of time. Lacing eventually formed on the sides of the glass but a fluffy puff of head remained in the center of the beer throughout the majority of this experience.
Very toasty malts dominate the nose. A woody liquor smell (somewhere between whiskey and brandy) is present as well.
Full flavor. Goes down smooth and creamy. Leaves a slightly bitter finish. The aftertaste reminded me of an iced mocha.
Overall: Incredible amount of flavor. Very filling, you could have one of these in place of desert. This was fairly pricey in my market but I thought it was well worth it. This tastes better when there is snow on the ground but that is not always a reality for everyone... you get the idea though.
Bottom Line: Great flavor. Might not be the best introductory stout. If you want to put your money towards a quality stout, may as well put this one in the cart. Does not disappoint.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2013 02:49:50 | More by Chiefy770
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4.51/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Heard a lot of good things about this beer, and it did not disappoint. The appearance is near-perfect. The beer is night-black with an off-white head of about two-finger widths. It leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is robust, full of chocolate and roasted barely. The taste is equally robust. At first sip, the overwhelming taste was of dark chocolate, but as I drank it, roasted coffee came to the forefront. There is just a hint of alcohol, but nothing that would suggest the 9% abv. There was also a certain sweetness that I lingered on the tongue along with a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy with a modest carbonation. Overall, this beer is outstanding on every level.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 04:33:16 | More by thomda11
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,161 ratings.