Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Thur123:
4.6/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An opaque black with a creamy caramel colored head that's minimal in height but seems to retain just so nicely. Now the sniff...Big roasted malts and a thick kind of molasses sweetness, maybe some raisins and a bit of the hooch comes through. Smells strong and sturdy, but not too powerful...but my nose is kind of a noob anyways.
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First there is a sweet taste of roasted malts and a creamy flavor...and if I'm not crazy a bit of hop bitterness lingers along with it. Just after the initial hit I get a fruity base of plums and maybe cherries. The entire profile is really well balanced and complex, in addition to being just really damn tasty. I still feel like there is a RIS out there I might like more for one reason or another but until then this is great. The mouth feel is full and just right. Also, I tasted little alcohol in this, which is an awesome benefit to such a great tasting beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2009 03:46:03 | More by Thur123
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4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Licorice with a vanilla/beige head.
Aroma: Bold notes of roasted coffee and malt, with not-too-subtle hints of dark chocolate.
Flavor: Much like the aroma, but stronger; deep-roasted with a subtle dark chocolate aftertaste which slowly changes to hints of dark smoked grains. In truth, I was not expecting it to dissipate so quickly - the aftertaste of dark smoked grains quickly became somewhat...'off'; I was hoping for the chocolate/malt notes to really come forward after letting it rest on my palate, but instead, it became somewhat bitter - not what I would expect from any Imperial Stout.
Mouthfeel: Fairly moderate carbonation - smooth, full-bodied, but somewhat dry after a while.
Overall: This was my first from North Coast Brewing, and a good choice to get my 'foot in the door'. To any die-hard fans of Imperial Stouts: make this a staple in your collection. Personally, I may need to revisit this one after a while because while it is good, I was not entirely impressed - particularly in terms of flavor/mouthfeel. But as stated above, if you love Imperial Stouts: get it and enjoy!
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 19:21:59 | More by MV_CHI-NS
4.11/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at one of the local craft brew bars. Served in a special Old Rasputin-labeled glass. A little on the small side, but this is a RIS.
Beautiful appearance. A deep, dark, rich black with a thick, tan-colored head. If they were looking for the most photogenic beer of the night, this was the one. As volume decreased, lacing very apparent.
The smell...Roasty is the first word that came to mind. Darkened maltiness with a definite coffee overtone. Some chocolate in there too.
The taste...Fantastic! Starting with roasty malty goodness along with some dark chocolate notes, and finishing with the coffee near the end. Full-bodied, but not too carbonated. Once it warmed up a bit, almost got a bit of a dark fruit aroma and taste too. Creamy, full, and an excellent winter warmer. The 9% abv was very well hidden. This was a meal in itself.
I have had some other RIS, but this one really stands out. Everything about it was just splendid. I have a feeling that when people think Russian Imperial Stout, good ol' Old Rasputin will come to mind.
So...If your name happens to be Rasputin, you're in good company!
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 13:26:42 | More by BeerDazed
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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