Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I stored this bottle in the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about a half hour before unleashing its contents into a beer snifter. It poured out black as night with a perfect, solid, dark head with big bubbles that popped and hissed like something out of Dr. Frankenstein's lab. As the head deteriorates, lacing sticks to the glass like grim death.
The aroma contained chocolate, coffee, nuts, raisins, and cookies. This beer has a crazy intense and complex flavor. You get a big hit of malt that tastes like one of those rich Viennese chocolate cakes, then it gets really creamy as it moves across your palate and evolves into a nice figgy-coffee flavor that's not overly bitter. At the finish, you taste a bit of bitter chocolate again with some holiday spice. The taste of this beer lingers for several minutes after swallowing.
This beer has earned its legendary status. It's probably the finest imperial stout I can get my hands on (at least until I make it to Dark Lords Day).
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2011 11:01:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours pitch black with a magnificent head. Lacing and retention are also outstanding. The nose is sweet dark chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit and smoke. Almost full bodied with a very smooth, almost creamy, texture. Borderline normal carbonation level with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and a bit complex, but not as complex as FIS or Wulver. It begins with sweet dark chocolate which flows into a roast and hop bitterness. The middle has a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with an alcoholic burn at the back of the throat that lingers quite long. Less hops would allow the dark fruit flavor to materialize and add to complexity.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 18:56:21 | More by tillmac62
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,027 ratings.