Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by imagese:
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pulled a cellared bottle that was purchased 06/09
Poured into IRS snifter
A- medium pour produced a fluffy 3 finger creamy coffee colored head that sat on top of the dark dark ruby colored brew. The head faded slowly, hung around as a thin patch, and laced like a champ
S- semi sweet chocolate, coffee, liquorice, and roasted dark fruit. Aging appears to muddle the scent of this amazing beer a bit, but still nice
T- heavy dark plum dipped in chocolate followed by coffee bitterness, heavy roasted malt, and a slight boozy burn
M- carbonation is still present, and the full bodied roasty goodness is still kickin'
D- If I didn't want to age the others longer, I'd keep 'em coming!!!
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2011 08:14:49 | More by imagese
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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.
96 out of 100 based on 8,097 ratings.