Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by salvo:
4/5 rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Old Rasputin Russia Imperial Stout is greatly improved with tap serving. Pitch black; opaque. Darker than Guinness and three times its density, ten times the flavor.
The head retains its shape and tan color for a long time, and I see why this is beloved: complex, roasty, warming, but is just a bit too thin on the palate . Perhaps it's a psychological thing, but I expect a big Russian imperial to coat the tongue like motor oil; like Dark Lord. This is drier and spicier than DL. Spicy and peppery finish, this stout stays on the palate a long time. And for stout lovers, I see the appeal. It's just not my favorite style.
Enjoyed this on tap at the Black Dog in Urbana, IL, which is highly recommended: see my Beerfly review.
Serving type: on-tap
02-06-2011 14:53:03 | More by salvo
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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 9,140 ratings.