Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by barczar:
4.11/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Been in the fridge a couple years, so...
Pours an opaque black brown with a dense, frothy one inch mocha head that lingers indefinitely. When it dissipates, it leaves thick, sticky sheets of lacing.
Dark fruit, a touch of soy, roast malt, and chocolate start the aroma. Deeply toasted, nutty scents are accentuated by sorghum sweetness and earthy notes, finishing with a touch of coffee grounds. Malted milk balls and licorice emerge. There's a touch of plasticy phenols.
Flavor is dominated by deeply roasted malt, lightly sweet, which becomes chocolatey mid palate, and finishes charred, a touch acrid, and fairly bitter. Underlying notes of dark cherries surface, adding complexity. Toasted, nutty notes and dark chocolate are evident in the aftertaste.
Body is thick and smooth, with low carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth. There's a bit of astringency at the finish.
Aside from some light phenol presence, an excellent brew. It's more bitter and dry at the finish than I recall. Good complexity, but the bitterness is offputting to me.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2013 00:34:59 | More by barczar
More User Reviews:
4.51/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Heard a lot of good things about this beer, and it did not disappoint. The appearance is near-perfect. The beer is night-black with an off-white head of about two-finger widths. It leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is robust, full of chocolate and roasted barely. The taste is equally robust. At first sip, the overwhelming taste was of dark chocolate, but as I drank it, roasted coffee came to the forefront. There is just a hint of alcohol, but nothing that would suggest the 9% abv. There was also a certain sweetness that I lingered on the tongue along with a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy with a modest carbonation. Overall, this beer is outstanding on every level.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 04:33:16 | More by thomda11
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,157 ratings.