Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance: very dark chestnut, almost black; big frothy tan head after aggressive pour; long lasting and good lacing
Smell: roasted grains dominate; light hop aroma; dried figs
Taste: creamy malt on start with immediate hit of hops and roasted grain; warming alcohol shows up in the mid; finishes semi-sweet with the malt and hops; dry lingering roasted grain aftertaste; very complex overall
Mouthfeel: creamy all around; really coats the tongue.
Remarks: my first RIS. I hope they're all this good
06-15-2013 21:50:55 | More by IchLiebeBier
4.64/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured into a large snifter (this time--used different glassware every time with largely the same results).
Color pitch black. Thick latte foam with plenty of staying power and lots of lacing, resembling crema.
Nose of good espresso and roasted dark malts. This is followed by pecan notes, with a hint of orange, then a hit of booze--this comes across even in a snifter, which is supposed to concentrate the bouquet.
Taste starts out as strong espresso and that remains throughout. Bitter cocoa notes with dark tea thrown in, a bit of orange zest and pecans mingled with both dark and sweet malts, with hints of caramel and vanilla. Coffee comes through in the finish with more citrus and a hint of pepper. Lingering aftertaste of dark malts and finally some pumpernickel bread, but then shuts off clean. Nice complexity and balance.
Body is big and toasty, almost oily so, again, a comparison with top espresso. Mild but everpresent carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well, aside from the boozy aroma and a bit of heat in the finish.
This is a beautiful product. I first came across it by accident, while looking for a different impy stout. This stood out because of the name, the artwork and it was $3 less for 4-pack (almost an aberration in MA). I'm much more than $3 richer for it now. This is about as close to a 5 as a regular beer gets (the only distraction is a somewhat boozy nose, and not because of the vessel). I keep going back to the well after that serendipitous moment and it tastes better every time.
06-14-2013 22:44:36 | More by VictorWisc
5/5 rDev +16.3%
A- black as your soul. Deep mocha head is creamy and lasts a looong time. Leaves huge lacing.
S- Roasted coffee notes are wonderful. Subtle hints of chocolate blend in.
T- A thing of beauty. The same chocolate and coffee notes from the aroma blend together perfectly.
M- so smooth. A rich fullness. Not oily or slick.
O- this thing is perfection. Hides it big ABV behind a delicious wall of flavors.
06-13-2013 06:57:38 | More by delta490
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,412 ratings.