Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DavidST:
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Old Rasputin and I go way back and I have a nostalgic attachment to it. I'm pretty sure 5 or 6 or so years ago, trying one of these was the experience which got me moved off of Guinness / Shiner and onto trying different craft beers.
I poured a pretty aggressive pour into an over sized wine glass. The head was a nice brown color 2 fingers thick, it quickly went away and leaves a nice thick lazing, there is also a thin layer of foam which lingers around the edges and stays on top. The color is pitch black, even around the edges no light gets in, beautiful.
The smell is wonderful, mostly coffee, dark roasted malts and barely hops.
The feel is great, tingling carbonation / alcohol, semi thick and velvety.
The taste is amazing, one of my all time favorites. Up front I'm hit with tasty chocolate / coffee and roasted malts, on the way down there is some nice hoppy / bitterness. A very well balanced marvelous taste, the higher alcohol is well hidden. It gets even more complex as it warms up (although then the alcohol isn't as well hidden).
Overall, I love this beer. I still think it would make my top 5 all time favorites and at only $9 for a 4 pack, its price is hard to beat.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2011 03:15:40 | More by DavidST
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3.99/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I do love this beer. in fact, formative beer for me. however; ive tried blackout stout, I've tried expedition. to me, those two rate higher, even avery Czar. just not according to BA. still I respect this beer fully, one of the first imp stouts I've had
lot of bitterness, dark bitter chocolate, coffee beans, hops. creamy, bountiful carbonation. it is good, really good.
still, not my favorite! but a beer I'll still always come back to
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 23:01:38 | More by dank203
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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