Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This specific bottle provided by 603BeerMe, thanks Clark!
A - Pours into the glass and as it fills it extinguishes all light through it, and despite my trying, I can't seem to find any highlights here. Even the head of this beer is magical as a relatively normal pour unleashes a 3-fingered, tan head, comprised of tightly condensed bubbles giving it a nice, creamy look. Retention is great as well as it lasts for several minutes and when it finally settles it still leaves about a half-finger ring around the edge. Additionally, this beer leaves sheer curtains of lace, covering almost the entire circumference. I haven't seen such great lacing since Pretty Thing's Babayaga, which was extremely impressive. This is just a fantastic looking beer.
S - The nose is full of roasted malts, bittersweet baker's chocolate, and a bitterness that could be attributed to either the chocolate or some slight hops. It's a bit acrid, almost similar to smelling a pot of coffee that is a few hours old. Some alcohol also comes into play near the back.
T - The taste really lives up to the smell. A lot of coffee comes into play at first before getting tamed by the malts. Tons of dark chocolate follow and I'm getting a nice roast as well. I am also getting some hops, but not to the extent of something like Great Divide's Yeti or Victory's Storm King, just a slight hop bitterness to complement the bitterness in the chocolate and alcohol, which again makes an appearance at the end. The finish is long and bitter with a lot of chocolate still lingering. This beer is extremely solid; it's not going to blow your mind with delicate, exotic intricacies, but if you want a tasty beer that does the style justice at an excellent price point, look no further.
M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually a bit lighter and less chewy than I would've expected, but it still does feel great in the mouth and it leaves a coating and long finish to remember it by.
D - Drinkability is high. For anyone looking to get into Russian Imperial Stouts, I wouldn't recommend anything else besides this. It scores high for me on all facets, and for the price point it can't be beat. This will be a regular staple for me when looking for a solid representation in the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2011 21:30:29 | More by nhindian
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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 9,156 ratings.