Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by schnauzeborne:
4.06/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Old Rasputin used to be my favorite beer. One day, I bought a four-pack of OR and a 24 oz. bottle of Guinness Extra Stout, then settled in for the night with what I felt was an adequate amount of good beer. Looking back, I was quite surprised with the similarities between the two beers. In retrospect, Old Rasputin is basically Guinness without the acidic, bitter aftertaste. I know that some people drink Guinness specifically for that vinegary taste, which comes from the brewery reusing samples of their products from previous centuries, so it would be completely understandable if some people prefer Guinness to North Coast Old Rasputin. In my opinion, OR's smoothness and unadulterated chocolate after-taste is highly desirable, and outdoes Guinness by a long-shot. Still, it helped me to realize that there are better options out there. I would recommend Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout for anyone looking for the next level of delicious stout. For anyone that loves Old Rasputin's taste specifically because of its ability to be delicious while hiding a high alcohol content, I would suggest Weyerbacher's "old Heretic" or "Heresy" stouts, because even though they do not match the sheer tastiness of Old Rasputin, they definitely hide their ABV better than any other beer I have come across, and are in some ways reminiscent of OR's flavor profile.
Old Rasputin, herself, though . . . I highly recommend her. Pick this up whenever you get the chance.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2013 04:45:07 | More by schnauzeborne
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4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Licorice with a vanilla/beige head.
Aroma: Bold notes of roasted coffee and malt, with not-too-subtle hints of dark chocolate.
Flavor: Much like the aroma, but stronger; deep-roasted with a subtle dark chocolate aftertaste which slowly changes to hints of dark smoked grains. In truth, I was not expecting it to dissipate so quickly - the aftertaste of dark smoked grains quickly became somewhat...'off'; I was hoping for the chocolate/malt notes to really come forward after letting it rest on my palate, but instead, it became somewhat bitter - not what I would expect from any Imperial Stout.
Mouthfeel: Fairly moderate carbonation - smooth, full-bodied, but somewhat dry after a while.
Overall: This was my first from North Coast Brewing, and a good choice to get my 'foot in the door'. To any die-hard fans of Imperial Stouts: make this a staple in your collection. Personally, I may need to revisit this one after a while because while it is good, I was not entirely impressed - particularly in terms of flavor/mouthfeel. But as stated above, if you love Imperial Stouts: get it and enjoy!
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 19:21:59 | More by MV_CHI-NS
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.
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