Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,373 | Reviews: 3,289 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by MCain04:
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Can't believe I haven't formally reviewed this before. 12 oz bottle, no bottling date that I can see, poured into my Darkness tulip.
Dark brown pour with a light mocha frothy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Very nice in the glass.
This is aromatic even though my nose is stuffed up. Extremely roasty with strong notes of baker's chocolate. Spent coffee grains are present but more subtle. Not very hoppy.
Taste is roasty and burnt, smoky, morseso than most imperial stouts, bordering on rauchbier level of smokiness. Some bitter hops and cacao. Halfway-burnt cigar ash. Almost no alcohol, remarkable.
Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth body, medium carbonation, and a sticky finish, but could really use more oomph behind it. Could be fuller and creamier. Not off-putting but holds the brew up.
Overall this is renowned for it's great price point and year-round availability. Definitely the best RIS that is year-round, present everywhere, and $10/4pack. It doesn't compare to the world-class RIS's that I've had the pleasure of drinking, but I would drink this any day of the week with a smile on my face, and save some time and money while I was at it. Pick up a 4-pack with no reservations.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 14:06:32 | More by MCain04
More User Reviews:
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.
96 out of 100 based on 8,373 ratings.