Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 9,166 | Reviews: 3,322 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This brew pours a motor oil black. We get a nice medium brown colored head of two fingers, which retains for a bit, then dissipates into a bubbly film across the top of the liquid. Spotty and sparse lacing appears as we sip. The aroma is huge in roasty malts. There is typical dark chocolate and a healthy alcoholic aroma, with subtle hints of fresh coffee bean wafting in and out. Hops are also abundant, making for a balance through the nose. The taste buds are assaulted with deeply roasted malts at the very front. Therein mixes a bittersweet dark chocolate that is more bitter than sweet. This affectively rolls back on the palate through the middle of the taste. Here there is also a curious organicness to it. There is dark, peppery spice, and incredibly subtle flavors almost similar to a vegetable juice (tomato and cucumber come to mind). The finish is robustly malty, but cleanly hoppy, and a bit sweet. As the sip departs the drinker breathes coffee remnants, ghostly hops, and more roasted malt. The body is full, with an almost syrupy feel. The carbonation is light and, while the mouth is left coated, once that dissolves it is dried. The abv is nice and high, as it should be, and this warming beer is a sipper.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its robust attitude. The aroma was dark and foreboding, but also inviting with its sweetness of hops. The taste is very much the same way, but is nicely balanced and complex. This is a delicious brew and, if you only have one or two of them, it becomes difficult to kill.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2010 00:59:43 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.11/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Aroma: Sweet, bitter, dark chocolate with hints of licorice and alcohol
Appearance: Pours rich black with enormous head that settles into a nice, tan finger of frothy luxury
Taste: Medium sweetness up front giving way to a lightly bitter aftertaste
Palate: Light bodied with a thin oily texture, finishing with a long bitter finale.
Overall: A very good imperial stout
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 03:59:30 | More by auee92
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,166 ratings.