Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a coffee black. Huge tan head that reminds me of whip cream and maple syrup and lasts forever. Ever so slight amber coloring in the glass, but no light is escaping from it, it is a black abyss. Lacing is thick and frothy, like the fangs of the ocean, or sea-foam wallowing in a tidal pool. It sticks to the glass nicely and stays for quite some time.
Smells of a malty pang. Sweet and tangy in the initial whiff with slight roasted and chocolate malts present.
Very smoky on the tongue, far more so than I got from the smell. Sweeter malts can be found in the aftertaste, but for the most part the roasted malts power through with lots of thick smoke. Vanilla notes can be found in the background character.
Light and frothy, but a little harsh with smoky power of the malts. Fairly bubbly, too, on the tongue, with a long and bitter smoke aftertaste. Sits a little thickly in the stomach, as is expected with the style. Nice Russian Imperial Stout.
I like this beer. Its smoky like a boy scout’s campfire, carries a lighter ABV for an imperial stout but still plenty of alcohol, and it fits the style well.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2012 23:42:22 | More by Maxwell
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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