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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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world-class

8,391 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8391
Reviews: 3289
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%


Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro Tap at The Royale in St. Louis

A- Extremely dark, pours large creamy head

S- Smells subtle, hints of coffee and chocolate

T- Very well balanced. Lots of coffee upfront, creamy vanilla in the middle, a little acidic on the back. Alcohol is almost completely masked.

M- Medium and sticky body, very very smooth.

O- This was really great on nitro, much better than on regular tap or bottle. It really made it a lot creamier and balanced out the stronger coffee and alcohol notes.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-17-2011 22:10:49 | More by fo1ksguitar
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mjw06

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In a mediocre approach to this, I can best describe this beer by applying it to the "King of Stouts" in the manner that Budweiser is the "King of Beers." I can imagine Old Rasputin is what happens when the flavor of Guinness Foreign Extra meets the feel of Guinness Draught. But that's way to simple. Old Rasputin has an amazing full-bodied thick and creamy mouth that just isn't present in any other stout I've ever encountered. Somehow, the best of many worlds is what you get with Old Rasputin. Nevertheless, the taste packed an unpleasant bitterness on the swallow that I judged to be an imperfection and I was also disappointed with the alcohol, not that it was present, but rather its location on the palate. These of course are personal peculiarities that others may in fact love. I'd like to try this beer again however, exceptionally paired.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-11-2011 18:18:23 | More by mjw06
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AllHoppedUp84

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had anxiously awaited my first shot at this brew. Served on-tap at New Albanian Brewery. Poured a deep black with a two-finger head that was khaki-colored. Head retained very nicely and gripped to every inch of the glass. Aroma was somewhat hoppy but chocolate and coffee blasted through. Taste was much like the aroma, being dominated by chocolate and coffee with some nice hops up front. This brew masked the 9% very well. Medium-bodied and very smooth from start to finish. I typically am a hop-bomb IPA drinker and haven't experienced too many RIS but I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Definitely will keep me coming back for more in the future. A must-try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 18:45:04 | More by AllHoppedUp84
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mrkun

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro at Toronado SD.

A: Stout black with really foamy tan head with very nice lacing.

S: Roasty malt with mild coffee notes.

T: The taste follows the nose with strong roasty flavors becoming more prevalent as the beer warms up.

M: Very light carbonation and ultra smooth and creamy.

O: This is great on nitro and the creaminess makes it very easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-17-2011 06:20:11 | More by mrkun
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Carmel coloured head which hung around for a few minutes. The liquid itself is a dark chocolate colour.

S: Malt and dark chocolate.

T: Bitter malt and black coffee with a boozy finish.

M: Low fine carbonation. Somewhat soapy.

O: Good beer but could be better balanced. For beers with this high level of alcohol, I prefer ones that are somewhat sneakier and smoother and do a better job of masking the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 05:26:32 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer in WPB, FL. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a two finger cream colored head. The head slowly recedes to a foam that coats the surface of the beer. What more could you look for in an RIS?

Smell - Dark chocolate and coffee. Some hops come through, as this seems to be an RIS that is hopped to hell. Very nice aroma. Even my wine-drinking sister could smell the coffee in this when she took a whiff.

Taste - Dark chocolate and coffee again up front. Roasty flavors abound throughout the drink. Not a hint of sweetness to it. It finishes with a long hop bitterness. Great flavor, although it is extremely bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and chewy. Great texture as it goes down. My only complaint is the bitterness in the finish. It's tough to put this away quickly because of it. Not that I'm looking to put it away quickly...

Overall - The bitterness is its only flaw. Otherwise, a fantastic RIS. Amazing that it is this good and this easy to come by.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 03:34:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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zimm421

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap in a standard pint glass at Bodega on 6/9/11. Appears a dark brown with slight black hues (not quite pitch black though). Has a thick, fluffy tan head that sticks around forever and leaves the best lacing I've ever experienced.

The nose smells of dark chocolate and malts with some alcohol scents as well. The aroma isn't as overpowering as I hoped, but still smells good. The taste is very similar with dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The alcohol doesn't jump out at you. Finishes slightly bitter and goes down well. Not quite as flavorful as the bottled version, but definitely still enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth. Thick, heavy bodied and lesser carbonation than the bottled version. Overall, the nitro makes it beautiful in the glass, makes it go down smoother and makes it slightly more easy to drink. The tastes are less outstanding but still good. Again, still a great brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-11-2011 21:18:18 | More by zimm421
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at the Owl House, served into a tulip.

A- motor oil body with a solid 3" of dense mocha head that slowly disperses into curtains of lacing all down the glass.

S- Only really catching bitter chocolate and coffee here.

T- Roasty, sweet malts, coffee and dark chocolate

M- Starts off nice and creamy and full, then towards the middle loses a bit of it's body and seems to get watery, only to return with a solid finish.

O- Very impressed how well this beer does on nitro. Will definitely have again and again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-11-2011 20:53:03 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I knew what this was going to look like after having it from the bottle a few times before. The Nitro just sets this brew off right from the start. It's got the deep black stout look to it. With a wonderfully thick creamy tan head that leaves a fantastic lacing down the glass. The smell has some pine on the nose with a deep roasted aroma following after. The taste is explosive, it's hoppy and has a masterful chocolate taste. The finish is dry and smoother than just about any beer I've ever had. The mouthfeel is creamy, heavy and silky smooth. Overall I never wanna have this from a bottle again. If you see this on Nitro it's a must have!

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-10-2011 22:30:33 | More by Knapp85
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It’s pitch black with a finger worth of light brown creamy head. Settles to a solid cap and left tons of lace.

S: Roasted malt and coffee for the most part. No alcohol on the nose.

T: Roasted malt with some dark chocolate and coffee. You also get some alcohol on the finish.

M: Light carbonation a medium body.

O: Sampled this on tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver. I normally hate anything nitro but this had a good mouthfeel and the taste wasn’t watered down either. I would however like to try this not with nitro to see the difference.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-09-2011 23:18:15 | More by marty21
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.

Appearance: Served in a chalice. Completely black with a one finger brown head that dissipates at a reasonable pace and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Good roasty malts, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee

Taste: More good roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, an excellent Russian Imperial Stout, I would consider it the gold standard of the style.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, full body with low carbonation.

Overall: A top notch brew, I had to get it when I saw it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 02:25:02 | More by MadCat
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beagle75

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft service with nitrogen propulsion at Yard House in Irvine.

A: Opaque black color with over one finger of dense and persistent beige foam head. Heavy, continuous sheeting of lace remains on the glass.

S: Generic dark roast is present, with a weak charcoal and mineral snap. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with concentrated roasted grain and semi-sweet Hershey's syrup. Acidity is very restrained into the middle, where a whiff of dark fruit emerges. The finish is remarkably mild for the style, slightly spirituous, with easy-going bitterness that seems as tied to the roasted barley as to earthy hops. A fine thread of dark olive brine lingers on the palate.

M: Thick viscosity, smooth and creamy on the palate, with very low carbonation.

D/O: Before imperial stouts were cool, there was North Coast's Old Rasputin. I remember the first time I tried it during Winter 2001-2002--when craft beer meant Sierra Nevada pale ale, Alaskan amber, Widmer wheat, or whatever stout I could get at the local brewpubs--and it was shocking to the senses. I may have thought that no beer should taste as this does. Now the beer endures, and it offers an honest look at how my palate has changed in a decade. Now (and especially on nitro-tap) it is a mellow and even old-fashioned take on the style, with a drinkability that is off the charts compared to its contemporaries. While some strong members of the porter-styles seem to struggle to separate roasty from smoky qualities, this is all roast and no smoke. It is chocolatey at the front-end, with a small finish that leaves room for that dessert such a beer is expected to accompany so well.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-24-2011 23:38:53 | More by beagle75
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farlieonfootie

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin pours a pitch dark black, with a two fingered, milk chocolate head that looks as if it's gonna stay awhile, and leaves behind epic lacing. I get malt, licorice and other dark stuff on the nose; Old Rasputin smells kinda boozy.

And the taste? Wow! Liquid heaven. Very complex, and oh, so smooth, like a velvet hammer. This stuff could kill you. I taste hops, roasted malts, and then rich, dark chocolate before the long, sweet finish. This beer is not for everyone: Big Boys only need apply. It's one of my absolute favorites; it just doesn't get any better than this.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-21-2011 14:20:40 | More by farlieonfootie
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night, think tan head. Dissipates slowly and leave a thin layer on the top of the beer. Some lacing. Decent looking.

S - Black Licorice, Coffee, Chocolate, and darker fruits.

T - A Lot more bitterness than I expected from the scent. Roasted malt, hops are presented very well. Some chocolate and coffee as well. Maybe some candy, like a caramel.

M - Good amount of alcohol comes though. Lighter body, but still very nice.

O - Very good stout, one of the better ones you can find in Delaware on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 22:12:38 | More by BeerThursdays
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Nook in Huntsville, AL.

Near black with a thick, beige head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing all over the glass. The aroma is of heavy roast, slightly charred, with subtle chocolates. The flavor is slightly smoky, with chocolate notes. The finish brings an interesting combination of charred roast and hop bitterness. A classic beer and a tasty stout. I will always go back to this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 04:18:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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lloyd83

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the nitro-tap at Binny's South Loop.

Looks amazing with tiny, dark khaki bubbles floating up through the dark liquid and settling into a fantastic half-inch head at the top.

Scents of coffee, malt, general roastiness comes out.

Tastes delicious...Roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet, and thick. Coats the mouth well in this format. Definitely want to keep drinking them.

Moderate amount of alcohol burn is noticeable, but doesn't take away from the overall excellent character of the beer. If anything, it's a nice reminder of the abv and that I shouldn't ask for a million pours.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-08-2011 19:29:47 | More by lloyd83
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Retsinis

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't recall how many times I've had this, probably a few dozen. This review is based on a recent visist to Spring Street bar in downtown Los Angeles.

A: The beer pours jet black, with a large two inch of solid cream nitro head, that sat on top like a ice cream float.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, licorice, coffee and dark choclate.

T: Some bitter dark choclate, sweet roasted malt and mollasses, and mild charred coffee.

M: medium mouth, well carbonated due to the nitro pour, creamy, and smooth.

O: Great quick pint this day. The beer is a bit different out of the bottle, Co2 draft, and nitro. Old Raspy is the staple and standard of the RIS for me, as it was the first I can remember that woke me up to just how simple the dry irish style of Guinness is in contrast, and how much more of a Stout, the RIS is.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-05-2011 22:56:06 | More by Retsinis
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tbrown4

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro last night at Frisco Taphouse. I saw it on the short nitro list and bit. I've had this several times before, not in well over a year and never on nitro.

A - Pours beautifully black with a thick small bubble tan head that sticks through the entire tasting

S - Roasty and hop aroma

T - Coffee, dark roasted notes up front. The middle is very dry with no sweetness at all. Some bitter dark cocoa shows up towards the end. It finishes lightly bitter.

M - Medium in body, not a hint of alcohol.

O - Dangerously easy to drink. At 9% this one will sneak up on you quickly. A very enjoyable RIS that is one of the better American made versions available. Priced at $4 at Frisco, I am very happy.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-30-2011 15:55:06 | More by tbrown4
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legalpete19340

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Came pitch black in the pint. Thick and intimidating with a massive head that was so thick it seemed like frosting. This is a lacing monster covering nearly every part of the glass when I was done.

S: Shoe leather, molasses, earthy hop notes, slight bit of smoke.

T: Booze, wood, smoke, peat, burnt malt. Extreme cappuccino creaminess and coffee in the middle. More of those earthy hop notes and bittersweet baking chocolate.Ends with a burnt sweetness.

M: Perfect: thick, heavy, creamy, chewy but drinkable.

O: This is a monster! How I forgot. Dark and heavy with great burnt malt and hop profile. It excels for me in a world of syrupy RIS' that have gone over the top sweet. A welcome relief. How lucky that I can get it all the time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 03:59:26 | More by legalpete19340
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Retention on this thing is amazing. Half way through the glass it still has a decent little head and the lacing covers about 85% of the opposite side of the glass. The color is pitch black with a bit of a red tint towards the bottom of glass.

S: Coffee and chocolate aromas dominate with a little hop aroma coming through.

T: Nice and chocolaty with some strong coffee notes and a solid, bitter smack of hops for the finish. This is delicious.

M: The Old Rasputin feels like you are drinking a cloud - light, fluffy and very, very easy drinking. There is nothing about this beer that makes it seem like 9%.

O: Wow. I am very pleased and impressed. I am becoming a bigger and bigger Imperial Stout fan and this is serving to continue that trend. Dynamite beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 22:46:38 | More by StoneTSR
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on a nitro tap at Meridian pint poured into a shaker pint

Appearance is pure hot sex. Tight dark bubbles those tiny little things of microscopic nitro bliss, dark and cocoa like and super creamy in appearance. Dark walnut body with a one half finger head that will not go away. Seriously it falls like an elevator never to disappear. There is even some slight red hue just under the head. Ladies and gentleman... we have... no joke near perfection here.

First bouquet is a good spicy coffee, roast density and milk chocolate all rolled into one. Medium notes and balanced but kind of hidden not overpowering.

Then taste is WHammo! Dense DENSE chocolate on bubble consistency foam. Airy whisps of cream, killer just KILLER thick milk chocolate density DENSE, so thick bodied but not syrupy it's like a kids chocolate drink for adults. Hints of grain malt and husk, slight roast.

Overall it's a one trick kind of thing in a way and not complex but jesus it is done so well on nitro. Exceptional drinking right here this is like adult playtime right here, small children and small tastes need not apply. Pure win plain and simple!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-19-2011 00:25:33 | More by smakawhat
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 12oz glass on tap at Hollywood Casino in Joliet, IL for $4 in Spring 2010.

Pours a very dark brown color with a good thick head of chocolate colored foam. Has a strong scent of roasted malts and hops. The taste was heavy and long lasting. I was really surprised to see some foam stick around til the very end. Definetly a must try!

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 15:06:07 | More by Lemke10
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from my local store into pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black with a finger of nice brown head. Very impressive lacing.

S - Clean coffee aroma with some chocolate and a roasted malt backing.

T - Really impressive. There's coffee, a lot of chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice hint of dark fruit. Sweet chocolate is the dominant flavor here. Even has some hop to it, just the right amount. Some alcohol, but not much. Going to let it warm up and see how it blossoms.

M - Nice and thick, spot on for the style. Stays pretty wet throughout. Creamy and almost chewy.

O - Overall a very delicious beer. Incredible for something so widely available and relatively inexpensive. The value and availability make this the go-to "everyday" beer in the RIS style, but it's not diminished in any way. It is simultaneously really easy to get and impossibly complex and delicious.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 23:41:31 | More by greenmonstah
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ehammond1


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful sight to behold when it's brought from the bar. Black as night, unrelenting chocolate milk head that won't dare leave, thick lacing, milky, thick, and creamy appearance. Luscious and decadent.

The two main aromas are chocolate and roasted malt. The chocolate is rich and sweet while the roasted malts almost smell meaty, akin to a barbeque. There's a bit of smoke and some coffee in the nose as well, but it's mainly chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste is a bit more complex than the nose. The chocolate, roasted malts, and smoke are present along with a bit of bitter and citrus hops. It's complex, decadent, yet simple.

Creamy, milky mouthfeel.

A simple yet complex RIS. Consistent and delicious, not to mention affordable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-06-2011 03:16:50 | More by ehammond1
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to say, nitro-tap really changes this beast.

This is probably the most intense, thick, beautiful looking Nitro pour I've ever had the pleasure of gazing at. Dark blackness with effervescence of the gods fueling a truly never-ending frosting-like cap. The curtains of lacing are epic.

Aroma, as some nitro tends toward, leaves a bit to be desired. vanilla, rich malt, cocoa nibs. mild, creamy, not bad.

Taste is surprising... heavily roasty, charred coffee, and an impressive hop presence. Nitro really adds a stunning depth to this luscious brew. possibly it's fresher - thus a bit hoppier - than I'm used to, but this has a stunning hop presence that really transforms this from what I'm used to into something ephemeral. I'm missing the leather, smoke, peat and rich chocolate, but it's been pleasantly replaced with piney, resinous and bright hops. Digging it.

Mouth is solid, with ample carbonation from the nitro, yet it retains some of that old rasputininess. thick, a bit viscous, and touch of syrup, and some lingering bitterness. Lovely.

All in all, nitro has done some interesting things to one of my old standbys. The hops are definitely accentuated, turning this into a surprisingly rounded and balanced RIS. Which I like... although i almost miss the heavy coffee, chocolate, and rich malt that i'm used to.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-24-2011 03:15:52 | More by djeucalyptus
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,391 ratings.