Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
4.54/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
This revered RIS pours pitch black with highlights of brown. There is no light getting through this sucker. Massive, sticky, frothy head of dark khaki foam which leaves massing lacing chunks. This beer does not mess around.
On the nose, a classic RIS profile: A noticeable degree of roast, similar to coffee, and lots of chocolate – dark chocolate, cocoa dust, and maybe some milk chocolate. There's a slight dark fruit note (cherries) and just a whiff, very faintly, of alcohol. Super robust. I'm scared, momma.
Yowza. This is a smooth behemoth. I served this at cellar temp to experience the full flavor. Beginning with a robust roasty note – dark roasted coffee comes to mind – the beer dominates with dark, caramelized flavors into the middle of the palate along with some dark fruit and some earthy hop bitterness on the end. I appreciated finding some hop presence in this compared to most in the RIS style. There is just a smidge of alcohol, so I have the feeling this beer would benefit from additional time in the cellar. A super drinkable RIS though and a great balance in the flavor in the profile.
The mouthfeel, as expected, is heavy with a low carbonation tingle. It finishes with some earthy bitterness as well as notes of espresso and dark roast coffee. There's not much alcohol in the flavor, but it is defnitely noticeable in impact.
If you're looking for a starting point with imperial stouts, start here. With a heavy roast characteristic and nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, this beer is just as good fresh as after it has been cellared for a few years.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2013 01:58:24 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
My first review!
Served slightly chilled from bottle into stem glass.
appearance: Being a stout, you're not going to see anything surprising here, but it still looks very appetizing, like a fresh espresso. Black as night, a moderate pour produces an average sized, bubbly khaki/light brown head that settles down to a layer of foam.
smell: Roasted malts, coffee, maybe a bit of alcohol, very nice
taste: Chocolate, black licorice, and (my favorite) dark fruits or raisins come through here along with the coffee, ending with some good warmth from the alcohol. I gotta have some of this in the winter! It's a big stout for sure, but I don't find the flavor overpowering.
mouthfeel: Not as thick as I was expecting, more on the medium side, but it doesn't get in the way
overall: Old Rasputin is a nice, big imperial stout. I usually don't drink beers this big, and was surprised by how long it took to finish a bottle. The flavors are well balanced and it's not gonna wreck your palate, but having two in a short time period will definitely knock you off your donkey. Not exactly a beer you'd have at a party, but it's good sipping during a movie or reading a book (it will take half the movie to finish).
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 07:53:05 | More by enjambed
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,039 ratings.