Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 9,011 | Reviews: 3,316 | Display Reviews Only:
4.06/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
poured into 12oz Hill Farmstead Snifter
A: Black. Quickly dissipating 1/3" head. (I rated three on appearance because honestly, what is an above average appearance?)
S: Not much aroma. Roasted malts, alcohol, slight dark chocolate. Pleasant.
T: Dark chocolate - bitter on the sip, toasted oats and thick malt on the aftertaste. Slight sweetness on the finish but predominantly malty and roasty. Slight hint of leather. 9% abv hidden well.
M: Very fine carbonation. Smooth and mouthwatering. Thick and creamy.
O: This is my go-to stout. It's well balanced, complex, high abv when you need the job done, and drinkable. There are a few better stouts but this is available year round and packs a punch for the price.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2013 04:29:22 | More by Lledd
4.14/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip
Pour: As expected this beer is a huge looking beer being ink black with a stunning creamy, fluffy milk chocolate head of three fingers. Lacing is evident as the head recedes.
Smell: Nice! Smells so chocolaty! Big time chocolate with a secondary note of roast and this is intriguing me because most RIS seem to be roast forward. There is some vanilla and molasses in here creating a somewhat sweet smell. Coffee, malts, some nuttiness, and dark fruits. Digging this nose
Taste: Smooth creamy chocolate with a sweet taste but this is very quickly followed up by a bitterness. More roasty and malts than in the nose creating a nice complexity. Some bitter coffee comes through along with some dark fruits and nut taste. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Aftertaste I would have to say is more bitter coffee bean like than anything else.
Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy but I'd have to say leans toward the medium spectrum actually. Thinner than I expected and carbonation seems lower.
Overall: The nose really got me excited but must admit the taste let me down slightly. I liked this beer a lot but was hoping for something a little different when I smelled it.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2013 01:52:09 | More by sleuthdog
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,011 ratings.