Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by vrazionale:
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours thickly, with a slight head that quickly dissipates. The brew's color is nearly opague, like a cup of dark-roasted coffee.
S - Again, dark-roasted coffee, and a pleasantly bitter dark chocolate. Only a very slight hint of smokiness.
T - Not to keep harping the same point, but the taste is very similar to the pleasure of eating chocolate with a cup of good coffee. This gave me an idea - I tried a piece of (baking) bittersweet chocolate that was lying around the house with this brew - I thought the beer interacted very well with the chocolate. But I digress. Without chocolate, there is only a slight acidity on the finish, with hardly any alcohol taste.
M - A bit unsatisfying, but creamy and smooth. The finish was a little less lingering that I might like, but overall, an outstanding Russian Imperial Stout. Surprisingly high in carbonation, but I found that this made the texture a little more complex and interesting.
D - An outstanding, enjoyable brew. Take your time with this one. What the hell, I might as well use the coffee analogy once more: drink this beer as you would a cup of coffee on a lazy morning.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2008 01:54:59 | More by vrazionale
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4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours pitch black with a magnificent head. Lacing and retention are also outstanding. The nose is sweet dark chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit and smoke. Almost full bodied with a very smooth, almost creamy, texture. Borderline normal carbonation level with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and a bit complex, but not as complex as FIS or Wulver. It begins with sweet dark chocolate which flows into a roast and hop bitterness. The middle has a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with an alcoholic burn at the back of the throat that lingers quite long. Less hops would allow the dark fruit flavor to materialize and add to complexity.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 18:56:21 | More by tillmac62
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,027 ratings.