Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
3.9/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to demcorhip for getting this one for me.
Pours black as night with a 3/4 inch tan head off of a stiff pour. Lots of lace and good head retention throughout. Mostly sweet aroma with a coffee roasted bitterness, cocoa. A bit of chocolate and a bit of lactic sourness balancing with some juicier notes in the background. Smells good, straightforward and clinical stylewise.
Taste is good, but a little raw for my liking. There's a distinct background note of rubber beneath the inital whack of lactic sourness and bitter roast that assaults the palate. Bitter cocoa and milk chocolate. Bittersweet with a schwack of flavour and a big alcohol burn going down. This is still a bit rough for my liking, very flavourful though. Body is heavy, but not too heavy, carbonation is zippy, and finish is dry and satisfying. This is a drinkable stout, is small quantites of course, but it goes down pretty well. This bottle is still a bit rough though, and I'll be cellaring my other bottle to see how it holds up.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2008 03:20:34 | More by trevorwideman
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4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a textbook perfect example of a RIS. Dark and beautiful in color, nice beige head, amazing smell, perfect mouthfeel. I loved the coffee notes and the dryness, perfectly hopped with what I assume to be KEG (something english for sure). My only negative is that it was a little boozy for 9%, where I have tasted smoother stouts with a higher ABV. Regardless, that's just a personal preference and this is an absolutely amazing representation of the RIS style.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 00:05:44 | More by aqualung23
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,081 ratings.