Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.51/5 rDev +4.9%
Dark and chocolatey appearance. Amber foam.
Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. While the flavor follows the nose, it's much more bitter and hoppy than a typical stout in the same class. The finish is dry too. A clean presentation for a serious brew.
Overall, it's one of the best dark beers I've enjoyed on the west coast. A welcome change to a steady stream of IPAs and over-the-top flavored stouts.
07-21-2013 04:49:09 | More by Bauzen
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured form the 12oz bottle into a large snifter.
A: Black with only the faintest light coming in at the very edges when held to light. Head was 2 fingers thick, creamy, and dark tan to brown color and lasted a while. Vicious looking beer.
S: You can smell this one from a foot or more away. Super roasty with hints of cafe au leait and some mocha and chocolate. Sweet dark fruit note in there buried deep and a touch of alcohol and then covered by caramelized and burnt sugar. Very nice, if intense smelling beer.
T: Almost overwhelmingly packed with flavor. Roasty, almost smoky character right up front, with hints of bittersweet and baker's chocolate all throughout. A bit of coffee shins through with mocha notes and espresso highlights. Finishes bitter with a warming feeling, alcohol and then immediately covered up in the roast again. Dangerous brew.
Overall: an absolute classic. What an imperial stout should be. Very bitter but also having some balanced characteristics of sweetness. Always a good go to.
07-21-2013 04:39:40 | More by BucBasil
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,516 ratings.