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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,197 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,197
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 253
Gots: 1,012 | FT: 32
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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mountsnow1010

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep black, with brown head, sweet lacing. Looks delicious.
S - Dried cherries, chocolate notes and tons of coffee. Hints of alcohol and some slight yeasty notes. Got some chalky notes too?
T - Lots of coffee, touches of chocolate and a fairly bitter aftertaste.
MF - Pretty sharp, could go slightly more creamy.
O - Nice beer, especially at this price. Will have to pick up a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 03:37:16 | More by mountsnow1010
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours opaque jet black with a formidable tan head -- nice retention. Impressive lacing as well.

S: To me, the alcohol came through most strongly. Coffee came through as well, with some hints of dark chocolate sweetness.

T: A nice mixture of coffee an alcohol up front, moving into a slightly bitter and lingering chocolaty aftertaste. The sweetness from the smell really didn't come through in the taste for me.

M: Wet and alcoholic, nothing too exciting in my opinion. I would have liked a bit more creaminess.

D: Erred a bit on the boozy side for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:13:55 | More by schlimenhaumer
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - a nice jet black body to this with a brown head that is about an eighth of an inch thick and quickly settles to a thin line for the remainder.

S - nice notes of malty biscuits and chocolate. nice roasty smell sits well in the back.

T - sweet maltiness up front with a good bit of hoppy bitterness hitting at the end. chocolate, bread, and coffee can all be tasted in there. such a tasty brew.

M - nicely full bodied. good carbonation levels.

O - one of my personal favorite russian imperial stouts that i have had to this day. it just seems to never get old and always seems to end up back in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 17:31:38 | More by celticfutblclub
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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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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love RIS’s. And when I saw that a 4-pack was only $10, I was definitely excited. Eager to see if this could become a nice go-to.

A: Slight brown hues, almost pitch black. Beautiful dark tan head that completely laces the glass. Quite a lot of carbonation is visible; a fair amount of bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

S: Carmel and chocolate at first, biscuity undertones follow. Nice and welcoming. The 9% ABV is completely hidden.

T: The first thing to come out is a smooth, warming, alcoholic spiciness. Sweet malts and coffee are very, very miniscule, but still there. Then, surprisingly, hops finish it off. A nice bitter finish. There are some other sweet flavors that become more apparent with each sip – chocolate and a hint of dark fruits (underlying yeast, I’m sure). Still, the prominent flavors are definitely spicy alcohol blending into bitterness. It’s a transition that goes a little too quickly for my taste. It makes this obviously well-crafted stout seem less complex than it actually is. You can tell there are many different elements in each taste, but you really have to work to seek them out from under the blanket of the biggest flavors.

M: The carbonation is one of the first things you notice in this brew. It adds a sensation that works to bring out the big spiciness of the alcohol. This may be another reason why the hops and alcohol are so prominent; the carbonation definitely beefs up these aspects.

O: This is a big beer. Its biggest elements, however, can substantially diminish its complexity. Still, a very nice RIS. I would love to have this on-tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 20:21:08 | More by BarryMFBurton
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treque

Mexico

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

A: a deep brown almost black clour, with a big off-white head, i would say a sand colour, made of wide bubble, with good retention.

S: a nice roasted very deep but also a sweet notes, probalby from dark fruits, and some caramel malts

T: some alcohol presence, deep roasted, Some sweet notes i would say from caramel malts, and some smoky notes.

Medium-high body

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 18:49:46 | More by treque
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WankelEngine

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours completely black and opaque, even when held up to a bright light. There is a dark tan head with moderate retention.

S: Incredibly complex and balanced. The first thing I could smell was coffee, followed closely by chocolate and caramel. There is also an herbal smell, sort of like grass cuttings or pine. On top of all this, the beer smells distinctly fruity, like cherry and citrus.

T: The taste is less balanced than the smell; a smoky mocha is the dominant flavor. The malts also contribute their characteristic sweetness. The fruit flavors are still here, but faint compared to their smells. More hops in this than most Russian imperial stouts which do a little bit to balance the mocha.

M: There is more carbonation here than in most RISs. Moderately thick and slightly syrupy.

O: This beer has more hops and carbonation than your average RIS, making it somewhat unique, but the smell is better than the taste

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:35:12 | More by WankelEngine
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timmick

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying this, so I'm just a little excited....

A: Pours very dark brown... even black. Nice thick, frothy, two finger head that has a nice light brown appearance. Awesome looking in the glass. Heavy lace clings to the sides as the head slowly recedes and I drink it down.

S: So nice! Dark aromas of coffee and chocolate power through strong. Grainy breads and a bit of spice present themselves and add complexity. Alcohol comes through, but is not overpowering. I really need to stop smelling this and take a sip!

T: Okay... I took my nose away so I could finally try a sip... Coffee and dark chocolate dominate at first with a warm alcohol follow. A bit more bitter on the finish than I expected, but not unpleasant. Sweet cream or vanilla notes show up also. I wasn't very impressed at first, but the longer I sip this the better it gets. Complex, dark, and powerful... Yes!

M: Thick and creamy with a dry, bitter finish. Heavy flavors may make this feel thicker than it is, but the bitterness seems to hang on the tongue a little too long.

D: Great flavors combine well for an excellent tasting brew. I couldn't drink much more than this one at a time because of the heft and alcohol. This beer got better as the time went on... very nice. I may look for another to store away for a year or so and see what I get.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 19:40:36 | More by timmick
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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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SuperSpy

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch black with a short but thick brown head.

There are lots of deep, dark roasted aromas as well as enough alcohol to burn the nostrils just a little. Nothing sweet, nothing fruity, this thing just smells big, roasted and evil. I like it.

Definitely a big beer. All of that roast from the aroma is there but I also taste espresso, peppery spices and the alcohol warms the throat all the way down. It finishes sweeter than the aroma would suggest, but it's delicious.

This is one damned good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 21:35:08 | More by SuperSpy
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jhughes23

Delaware

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle Poured into a 16oz. Tulip Glass

Pours a Dark Black, almost motor oil black but not quite. Starts with a nice thick mocha colored head that dissipates down to a decent thin layer on top. Laces nicely throughout.

The Aroma is definitely of dark chocolates and roasted malts and coffee. The Roasted Malts seems most prominent with a hint of vanilla.

The Flavor is very dry and bitter upfront mellowing out with a roasted chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but there are RIS out there that have a smoother mouthfeel. The alcohol is prominent but not as much as you would expect. Over time this will calm down and the mouthfeel will improve.

Definitely a sipper that has many more layers as it warms up.

By far in my top 5 RIS. But it has to be #1 if you factor in the Price.

I would be hard pressed to find a better best buy than this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 18:40:52 | More by jhughes23
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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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d4114

California

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

3/30/11
A- Pitch black; 2 fingers of creamy tan

S- Big coffee notes; At first it can be a little strong but after a little you really get the complexity; A little sweetness and some alcohol

T- At the front you get a really bitter and chard flavor; The middle you get coffee or espresso with a hint of alcohol; The alcohol is masked very well; At the back you are left with a smooth, dry bitterness

M- Medium to heavy bodied; Would have thought it would have been more thick and viscous; Warms back of mouth and throat

O- Really good complex beer that you can get year round

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 18:31:30 | More by d4114
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BigE90

Washington

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

Poured into a frosted pint glass, 1 finger head, good chocolate color, disappeared quickly though.

Nice and dark like a stout should be

A deep roasted almost burnt smell, swirl it around and hops come through

There is some substance here as I call it when it lingers in my mouth afterwards. A good medium body feel, some bitterness comes at the finish. Just a slight taste of chocolate and hint of the alcohol.

The finish lingers so you know you are drinking a heavier beer

Overall a very drinkable RIS. Probably would not buy again but at the same time I would not turn one down. The bitterness is the only real thing that is turning me off about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:40:56 | More by BigE90
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beerandcycling88

Washington

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A This beer is pitch black with a 2 finger brown head with decent retention and lacing.

S The nose of the beer is pretty nice. There are notes of chocolate, roast and coffee.

T Tastes of chocolate, roasted coffee, with some pine from the hops in the finish.

M Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very easy to drink for a Russian Imperial.

Overall this is a great beer. It might not be the best RIS but it is an excellent representation of the style and fairly easy to find at a reasonable price which makes it a great go to stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:56:56 | More by beerandcycling88
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OddNotion

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my DFH Signature Glass. Oh boy I have been waiting to review this for a long time now!This particular bottle is roughly a year old.

Appearance: Pours a black body reminiscent of coffee where it is a dark dark brown around the edges. No head to speak of but there is a nice lacing around the circumference of the glass.

Smell: This is one of my favorite stout smells. It is sweet and inviting. Lots of dark malt, a little roasty, and very chocolatey.

Taste: One of the few imperial stouts that I love even at fridge temperature! Slight hints of coffee are just trumped by the chocolate flavor. A good amount of malt sweetness and no bitterness to speak of. Old Rasputin has a very distinct taste in comparison to other stouts I have had. 9% alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel. Carbonation is just slightly higher than I like in my stouts and it could use a little more viscosity. However I am very picky on the mouthfeel with my stouts and this one is not far off. Decent level of creaminess.

Overall: Year round Russian Imperial Stout at about $10 a 4 pack after tax. I will gladly get this any time. I wish I bought it more but always get caught in the seasonal stout assault and lose a lot of my desire for stouts come spring and summer. This is my go to stout in the summer when the craving does hit. Available everywhere I go. Buy it, you will not be disappointed if you like big stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 05:23:05 | More by OddNotion
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

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

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Awesome label and artwork!

Appearance - Pours black with a 2 finger brown head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted smokey malts.

Taste - Tastes of roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Has a very nice hoppy finish. The high alcohol content(9.8% ABV) is masked very well within the taste of the beer.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied than expected while still having a creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

Drinkability - Drinkable because of the lighter feel and and good flavor but prob could only drink a few because of the alcohol content.

My first RIS and I loved it would def recommend! May be a bit intense for an amateur beer drinker and those that do not have a great love for stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:35:25 | More by thegodfather1076
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very dark, 2 finger tan mocha colored head, excellent lacing
S- Chocolate, Vanilla, sweet, raison, molasses and dark fruit as well, excellent aroma
T- Caramel, chocolate, bitter cocoa, roasted malt, nice coffee finish.
M- Full mouth feel, fills your palate, very thick and smooth.
O- Quit delicious, very smooth, easy to drink for an Imperial Stout, really solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 07:13:59 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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sugeknight6289

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz poured into standard pint glass.

Appearance:
Pours black with nice carbonation. The brown head bubbles then turn to a delicious fluff. No light is able to be seen through this baby. No alochol legs apparent.

Aroma:
Reeks of chocolate, hints of coffee with that thick molasses and dark fruits. Slight hops also play throughout. That nice rich, familiar RIS smell. Reminds me of a Stone IRS.

Taste:
Hop biterness roles in the front of the tongue followed by dark chocolate/coffee. The flavors meld together well but it almost seems like the hop over power the rich flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel:
Creamy, with medium carbonation. The biterness plays down the throat but is smoothed over the dark flavors of slight fruit, chocolate and coffee.

Overall:
With such an afforable and just price, I will be picking this brew up again in the future, just not going out of my way to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 04:19:41 | More by sugeknight6289
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Dark brown, nearly black with a finger and a half of foamy, chocolate-tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Dark chocolate, grassy hops, burnt sugar and a little rubbing alcohol.

Taste. Bitter cocoa, grassy hops, black licorish, booze and a nice bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with solid medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Great RIS. Pretty easy drinker considering the fullness of body and flavour.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:28:45 | More by Rutager
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Azurescens

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours jet black with thin light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lacing around glass.

S: Lots of alcohol in the aroma with molasses and roasted barley. The dominant alcohol smell stings my nose and makes it harder to pick up other aromas.

T: Slightly hot but not nearly as strong as the nose. Molasses, roasted barley with some dark fruit and chocolate coat my tongue with each sip. Smooth up front and finishes with a bitter kick.

M: Full bodied with some carbonation, smooth and slightly chewy.

O: Above average imperial stout, but no real robust dominant flavors that jump out at you. Pretty good all around besides the strong alcohol in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:57:55 | More by Azurescens
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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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rawfish

California

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into a NB globe glass with three fingers high of amazing head, mocha and whipped consistency. No cascading effect and spotty but tight lacing.

Rather light aroma for an RIS but components are all there, predominant chocolate and coffee but paired with cherries, dark fruits, molasses and even pecans. Rather boozy and syrupy as well.

Sweet but not cloying, chocolate predominant, in fact very little coffee to speak of in the initial taste. This is coupled with some caramel, cherry and nuttiness. The after taste comes in late but rather strong, not of hop bitterness but coffee and charred almonds. Unlike the nose, alcohol is well hidden.

Medium heavy mouthfeel, velvety smooth almost creamy and lacking in carbonation.

A slow sipper meant to be savored and a great value to boot, under $8 for four of these bottles. Pleasant all around and a good portal into the world of RIS.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:12:34 | More by rawfish
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hoppyhampy

California

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours nearly pitch black with three fingers of lumpy, toasted brown foam. Very nice lacing and good visible carbonation. Nose is rich and sweet with notes of coffee, cocoa, a little caramel, and some alcohol. Thick like chocolate milk on the palate with excellent carbonation. Not much hop character. The malt isn't overbearing, allowing dark chocolate flavors to play on the palate and become more pronounced in the finish. Very easy to drink for 9% abv. The mouthfeel and palate are very well rounded so you don't feel super weighed down. Still, its obvious why they only sell it in 4-packs. Its a big brew meant for moderation and special occasions. Happy Friday to me :)

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 21:24:37 | More by hoppyhampy
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,197 ratings.