Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by divineaudio:
3.78/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. bottle has a code on the bottom but no date.
pours dark brown to black and forms a one finger head right away. head retention is good but leaves very little lacing behind.
smells of coffee and floral hops with notes of apple and/or pear. has a weird medicinal quality that i can't place.
taste follows nose with big roasted malt character up front and lots of bittersweet hops in the back. some dark chocolate and burnt malts in there too. after tasting, the medicinal quality seems to be due to the alcohol content. well balanced and tastes good, but i was expecting much more flavor here.
mouthfeel is on the thick side, slightly syrupy and has more co2 than i would like. slight alcohol warming in the finish.
pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content, but not sessionable. two of these and you're likely done for the night. a pretty solid beer but not one that i feel lives up to it's reputation. i can think of a few other RIS that i would rather have than this one - bell's expedition, stone, founders...
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2010 04:06:11 | More by divineaudio
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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 9,138 ratings.