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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

9,011 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,011
Reviews: 3,316
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 242
Gots: 948 | FT: 31
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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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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goom

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given its reputation, I was slightly disappointed, until I let the beer warm properly.

Pitch black, with a tight brown head. Leaves some nice lacing which creeps down the glass as I drink.

Massive nose. Chocolate and coffee, roasty malt, plenty of hops, a touch of sweet fruits, slight alcohol.

Taste is similar to the nose, chocolate and coffee pair with big roasty flavour, and bitter hops all assault you. Some dark fruits sweeten the finish and a touch of alcohol.

Medium to Full bodied, perfect carbonation. Not too thick, certainly not watery, the beer seems to coat the mouth beautifully.

I'm not too far into stout territory but this beer is fantastic, exceptional example of the style. Don't make the mistake of serving this too cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 12:57:55 | More by goom
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MrKennedy

Australia

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

12oz bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Visually spectacular, pouring a thick black with a "top deck" head of foam that is a darker tan down the bottom and lighter up top. Poured with two fingers of foam and settling down at a quarter-inch with some good glass lacing.

Aromas are hoppy initially, mixed with dark chocolate and some coffee. Big roasted malt smell as well which makes it enticing.

Nice mix of flavours, chocolate initially, hoppy in the middle and finishing with a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is great, coating the mouth, finishing with some roasted bitterness and hoppiness.

Overall, i can see why this is ranked by many as the top year-round RIS. Complex, drinkable, interesting, well balanced brew. Hats off to Palais Imports for bringing this to Australia.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 11:21:57 | More by MrKennedy
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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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bamojr

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black thick tan head. Holds its head for ever and the laceing stays all the way down the glass for the entire beer.
Strong malt and coffee smell. Chocolates and roasted malts as well in the nose. a lot of chocolates that are quite bitter in the taste . Tons of carbonation. This is very think and chewy beer, a bit hard to drink a lot at a time, took me almost 30 minutes to finish one. This is a crazy beer with alot to offer and plays games on the palette.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:47:05 | More by bamojr
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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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vandemonian

Maryland

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

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is a delicious Russian imperial stout. It's strong but not overpowering.

A: Black colour and a 3 cm head that fades to very good lacing. 4.5

S: Roasty, blackened malt with hints of coffee. Some sweetness too. 4.5

T: Some hops when it first hits your mouth followed by roasty malt. The malt dominates along with some coffee and chocolate into a finish that is slightly bitter aftertaste. Really smooth and pleasant flavour.4.5

M: Very foamy. 4.5

O: Delicious and not overpowering. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 04:02:57 | More by vandemonian
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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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Airyk12

Oregon

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

Pours a deep brown, with a big light brown head that does not go away.

Strong smell of roasted malts with notes of some sweetness and a hint of spice.

Taste follows the nose, with lots of roasted malts up front and a sweet backbone. Aftertaste of roasted cocoa flavor.

Smooth, but decently carbonated. Medium-heavy body.

A solid RIS, which I admit is not my favorite style. Still, this beer has tons of character and flavor to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 21:08:27 | More by Airyk12
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AllAboutTheTaste

California

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

This will be my first BA review. In reviewing this beer, I tried to dutifully follow the guides and process so that I could write a useful, accurate, and objective-as-possible review.

Appearance - Poured a solid opaque black color with a small dark/tan head. Did not pour with a thicker, creamy head which left me disappointed (Would like to try this on tap)

Smell - A few things that stood out in my notes: dark chocolate, hints of coffee, and alcohol which was not masked as well as I would have liked (I might have poured too cold)

Taste - A hearty mix of chocolate and malt flavors and a touch of bitterness

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, not too robust and not too watery

Overall - A distinct taste that's affordable and available; a great introduction to RIS that I will definitely revisit!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 15:54:38 | More by AllAboutTheTaste
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz short bottle, no date.

black, with 1/4" khaki colored head. aroma is roasty, but with strong hops underneath. tastes of toasted marshmallow, roasted malt, with hop finish. medium body, low carbonation.

overall, definitely a solid imperial stout, with the slight twist of a strong hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:31:52 | More by jmdrpi
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

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

This beer pours nearly pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. the smell is roasted malt and cocoa. the taste follws suit with a wonderful hints of dark chocolate and a good roasted malt profile. the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation to style. overall this beer is by far the best deal when price and availability are taken into account for a russian imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 18:19:52 | More by rowingbrewer
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Engineerbob

New Mexico

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

pours thick and slightly cloying. Large butterscotch head that quickly collapses to form a thin, well retained head.

Appearance is thick and deepest black. The nose is heavy, with malt, marmite, leather, chocolate lightly roasted coffee and mild tobacco.

Taste is Very slightly sweet on the tip of tongue, but immediately overwhelmed by tarry, burnt chocolate and bitter coffee. Great aromas on the palate of bitumen and feintest hint of soy sauce.

Mouthfeel is round, full, soft and caressing. Long finish of bitter marmite, and a little meaty.

A wonderful example of IRS. Top value!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 04:21:13 | More by Engineerbob
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OttoPeeWee

Illinois

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

Very good stout. Probably a notch below my favorite Guiness Foreign Extra Stout. The look is black with brown head that dissapates. Smells like dark chocolate, cigar and toasted bread. The taste is thick and similar to the smell-dark chocolate tobacco, but with a nice hop bitterness that is very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 03:30:47 | More by OttoPeeWee
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ferrari29

Illinois

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

Beer poured from bottle into Pint glass

A - Beer poured with a two+ dark beige colored foam; frothy and immediately latched onto every piece of glass it could; dark brown, black colored body; no visible carbonation; appears very viscous at first glance, but is more fluid that originally perceived

S - Deep roasted malt scents; licorice jelly beans; subtle hints of cinnamon and ginger; refreshing and clean; chocolate; smoked malt scents; some coffee; scents of coffee come out the nose after a couple of sips, retro-olfaction, really the first experience with this after drinking heavily

T - Espresso/deep coffee notes; roasted malt and chocolaty; some bitterness in the aftertaste, but touch of dark chocolate in the front of the palate; dark fruit and bitter dark chocolate taste; coffee notes come coat the mucus in my throat

M - Slightly silky, liquidly toward the back-end of the mouth; not much bubbly; expected more frothiness; goes down rather quick; bitter hops rattle the sides of the tongue a bit

D - Good drink, makes a fantastic RIS; can't go wrong with this one; North Coast is definitely a leader in the field of micro brewing; deservedly so

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 23:04:20 | More by ferrari29
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sirdillon

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with quite a bit of carbonation. Big frothy(!) light tan head that sticks around pretty well. Leaves a beautiful dark lacing around the glass as I sip. Good stuff.

S- Like if you made a hop tea in a dark chocolate mocha. Except not much coffee. This is one of my favorite smelling beers out there, definitely one of a kind. Pine, dank marijuana, roasted barley, dark chocolate and a bit of alcohol heat are all there. Not much sweetness to be found. The alcohol is a bit prominent, but it's a fair trade off for a walk through the marijuana chocolate forest that is Old Rasputin.

T- Lots of hops and lots of deeply roasted coffee flavors. Finishes with a sensation of hop resin and coffee. Not much sweetness to be found, but very drinkable. There's some alcohol in the taste, but it's not too unpleasant.

M- This may be the weak aspect of this beer. I'd say it has a bit too much carbonation for an imperial stout, and has a somewhat light mouthfeel because of that. However, this is infinitely more drinkable than most imperial stouts because of this as well. Lots of hop resins coat the mouth, leaving a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Not cloying or syrupy in the least.

O- By far the best beer for the money that I've found thus far. Has a very distinctive and refined taste and smell. It's not perfect, but this is one of my favorite beers, and in my opinion it deserves great affection.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 05:31:07 | More by sirdillon
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ADZA

Australia

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

Definately one brew thats been on my list for a little bit and finally get to knock it off and it pours a dark as night black hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a two finger creamy coffee laced head and heaps of lacing,the smell is oak,strong black liquorice,strong mocha malts and dark fruity hops,it has a lucious creamy full bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and starts off with tastes of creamy cappicino,bitter mocha,dark bitter belgian chocolate and finished with a dark fruity hoppy bitterness that really warms you up and the alcohol is really only sensed with the finishing warmness and on a cold night like tonight in the hills its truly appreciated the only downfall from tasting this is that i dont have another one therefore the next brew has alot to top cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 12:52:54 | More by ADZA
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into my DFH snifter. No date on the bottle that I can find.

This was the first time I've tried anything brewed by Lost Coast. After this experience, I will be looking for more.

Old Rasputin was a deep brown-black color, and poured with over a finger of thick chocolate milk head. It left heavy lacing on the glass and the head stuck around for quite a long while. It had a great smell- roasted coffee, honey, and chocolate were all present. The taste was ridiculously complex. It started with chocolate bitterness, roasted malt, and earthy wood, but then at the back end of the taste there was an intense sweetness that matched the honey and chocolate smells. In my experience sweetness typically precedes bitterness, but this beer was quite the opposite, which I really enjoyed. There was some lingering bitterness the whole way through the finish, but nothing unpleasant. Mouthfeel was creamy, thick, and chewy.

Wow. This is a heavy hitter- the intense tastes and a heavy mouthfeel make for a beer I typically would only want one of, but I found myself desiring more after I finished the 12oz bottle. Very complex, but tasty. Definitely will be looking forward to having this one again, as well as some other offerings from Lost Coast.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 01:23:47 | More by shangwang
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Avantyawn

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown black, nice thick brown head. Looks typical of the style

S: Cream, chocolate, grains, smells much like a Cafe Latte. Slight eggy sulfur scent.

T: Creamy smooth balanced chocolaty malty RIS. Slightly sour bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is good but a tad thin for my taste for the style.

O: Overall, this is a wonderful yearly RIS. Not much to say about this other than it's really very tasty and easy to obtain. Well done. If only the mouthfeel were a bit thicker this would be nearly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 18:53:03 | More by Avantyawn
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mattjv

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours pitch black, looks like an eclipse held up to a bright light. Frothy and robust 2 finger tan head.

S-Sweet malty backbone, accented by many other aromas. Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, and dark fruit are all present. Solvent alcohol presence lingers in the background.

T-Starts off with thick malt presence, semi-sweet chocolate and nutty flavors. Not as sweet as the aroma hinted at. Roasted malts quickly come in strong with assertive coffee and smoky
bitterness. Herbal hops on the finish with another round of bitterness. Mild alcohol spice and warmth, for 9% it is kept very well in check. Aftertaste is smoky and slightly dry.

M- Assertive carbonation, prickly on the tongue. Thick and silky smooth mouthfeel, drinks similar to an oatmeal stout.

O-A great imperial stout, satisfying on every measure. Tons of flavor without anything overwhelming, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 04:06:57 | More by mattjv
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ElderRasputin

California

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this at whole foods on my way home from work the other night. Came in a 4 pack of 12 ounce bottles with paper labeling.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate and coffee with a little bit of raisin mixed with a malty complex aftertaste that finishes slighty bitter but smooth.

S: Strong brewed dark coffee with a little bit of chocolate and burnt oak. Has a sharpness to it of alcohol and slight fruitiness.

A: Very dark almost pure black in body with beige carbonation that comes up through the glass to form a tan two finger head. The had retains very nicely.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy smooth that is also heavy with sharp medium carbonation.

O: overall is a very complex and heavy style stout that I think does justice to russian imperial stout. one my most favorite beers and I will be buying this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 02:52:11 | More by ElderRasputin
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MikeM40

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH Signature glass from a 12oz bottle. This beer pours black with a large lingering tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Noticeable aromas of roasted malt,chocolate,coffee,cherries,and anise rise from the glass. Strong roasted flavors,coffee,dark chocolate,with hints of dark fruits and plums. This beer also has a deep bitter component with a rich character. The only real knock on this beer is that the mouthfeel was a bit thin for an Imperial stout,if it was more viscous it would be an A+ beer to me. Any alcohol flavor is well hidden among the well balanced complexities and the great bitter coffee/licorice finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 16:25:09 | More by MikeM40
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

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

Old rasputin

A: murky black with tan head foamy with lacing no light passes through, pretty solid example of the style

S: sweet raisin and dates with chocolate on the nose, some drying oak but not similar to an oak aged beer, if that even makes sense.

T: taste is chocolate with bittering hopiness, nice malty balance, standard coating, it is the Mario of the Kart racing world. Not exceptional but no complaints to articulate, just standard.

M: The mouthfeel its pretty impressive for such a widely distributed stout, nice coating and balance.

D: This is a well done stout, maybe its sheer availablity has prejudiced me but I dont feel that it is amazing. I wouldnt be able to have this consistently but it is a good occasional treat, the maltiness is good but just offers too much filling.

Narrative: NOBODY BUT NO BODY KICKS OLD RAZZIE OUT OF THE ROLLER RINK. Ok, keep your cool, you know that you are a smoothe debonaire guy, but how can those girls fail to see your individual aplomb and flair? It just isnt right! You have your velvet chocolate coat, your smoothe ways, your bitter discountenance but they all seem to write you off for guys in Pele Pele Jeans and southpole shirts. Where did you go wrong? Maybe it was the fencing lessons, maybe it was talking to every girl in the roller rink. Razzie you spread yourself too thin. How could I have been so stupid? Well, there's only one thing these size 11's needs and thats a sick game of redlight green light. Time to narrow the scope and impart some chocolately velvety goodness to the masses.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 08:13:04 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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bdo894

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a super dark chocolate color, almost like black coffee. Really cool looking. Very little head.
Smelled chocolatey and grainy, like whole wheat bread.
Tastes delish, chocolate and coke with a touch of hops. Can barely taste the high APV.
Smooth mouthfeel with a clean finish. Goes down real easy.
Overall an awesome beer, especially for something with such high alcohol. I'm loving the darker beers in general nowadays.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 19:30:40 | More by bdo894
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,011 ratings.