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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

9,208 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,208
Reviews: 3,326
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 1,016 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

Old Rasputin has a body that is very dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges. The head is a light brown behemoth. Three fingers in height, super creamy, great retention, all of which ends in thick, sticky lacing on the side of my glass.

The aroma is nice; bitter chocolate, some roasted scents, a touch of coffee. Maybe a bit of dark fruit and some heat from the alcohol also.

The flavor is sweeter than I expected, leading off with flavors of molasses and chocolate. Old Rasputin is packed with chocolate actually. The malts have also been roasted with a vengeance, making the roasted flavors pop up here and there. Underneath those flavors are a touch of fruitiness, coffee, anise and a bit of alcohol induced warmth that tingles the back of your nose. The finish has a pretty liberal dose of bitter hops, and the hops are really the flavor that hangs around in the after taste.

The body is big, thick, creamy, and has just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, Old Rasputin has a great mouthfeel.

Old Rasputin disappeared from my glass much more quickly than a stout this big should, which qualifies it as dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 01:54:23 | More by Hojaminbag
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ocmpoma

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours out a dark black with a thick, tan head that sticks around a bit and leaves plenty of lacing.

S- not a lot of aroma, but there's definitely chocolate, caramel, and toffee in there, all with a distinct roasted character.

T- delicious. Bitter, roasted nuts and toffee with hints of coffee, the back of my palate really enjoys this beer. Taste is long and lingering.

M- great mouthfeel, too. Not too heavy, but certainly an in-your-face, up front feeling. It's almost chewy, but in a very good way.

D- drinkable, yes, but not excessively so. I've had RISs that were smoother; Old Rasputin's mouthfeel and taste make me rather savour this one. Not a session beer for me, but one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 21:23:27 | More by ocmpoma
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very much looking forward to trying it. I'm on a real RIS kick right now, and this is supposed to be one of the best. Glad to buy a bottle. This beautiful beer pours a jet black, with a perfect half inch smooth tan head. It leaves wave after wave of lacing. Close to perfect.

The smell is not at all unpleasant, just a little...missing. I pick up some chocolate malt, and some toasted espresso; the expected smells. But it's a fishing expedition. This is the one area where the beer doesn't stand up to some of its colleagues. The taste, however, is damn good. Tastes like a chocolate covered roasted espresso bean. There's a nice, roasted, astringent bitterness. The alcohol is present, but it's subdued and complementary.

Rasputin is super smooth, creamy, and incredibly thick. You're almost chewing it. The carbonation is a tad high for the style, unfortunately, which stops it from being perfect. Still, easily one of the most, if not THE most drinkable RIS I've sampled. I'll certainly be conferring with the old Russian mystic again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 02:06:36 | More by CharlatanSin
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hops1337

Mississippi

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

I'm reviewing the nitro version although i have had way more of it bottles and regular draft. Had this at the green frog in the 'ham. First thing i noticed was how smooth it was. Damn i could drink a lot of this stuff! Way smoother than the bottles. Still had all the taste and complexity of the bottle version, just way easier to drink. I just love the tobacco flavor of old ras, i don't know why. One of my favorites of all time, hands down...

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-02-2010 08:36:12 | More by hops1337
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HumulusLupuLust

Ohio

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

Appearance: hm, a R.I.S.... it's black. espresso-crema brown head, some lacing.

Smell: smokey, roasted malts; raw cocoa nibs, slight alcohol, detergent/soap, peat, caramel, rose petals, some oats, charred "something"

Taste: nice carbonation, crisp on the tip of the tongue, unsweetened cocoa nibs, soggy mash/oats, chalky-nutty mouthfeel, sediment residue on tongue like espresso, powdery on the sides of the tongue, dry finish, roasted malts on exhale.

One of the R.I.S. that i get excited about seeing in my glass... or rather, not:)

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 02:01:38 | More by HumulusLupuLust
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snpub540

California

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

Pours a deep brown almost black hue. pretty much motor oil in color with a brown head. Leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smells much like dark fruits, some brown sugar, and coffee. Also some caramel and toffee notes.

Taste was very much coffee and chocolate. Alot of smokiness in there and some oak in the finish. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel was slightly syrupy and did a good job of coating the palate. Drinkability was good as the alcohol is subdued but it creeps up on you.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 01:08:20 | More by snpub540
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IAmNinjor

Florida

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

In a word, this beer is very very full. The taste, mouthfeel, color, alcohol - all very full.

I liked the pour a lot, and the color of the head against the almost black liquid made the bubbles sparkle against the glass after every drink.

The smell wasn't very strong, but was good.

The taste was great. Very rich and solid. You could taste the alcohol, but not in a bad way. This was really an ideal beer to take slow and enjoy on a cold day.

Overall a very good beer, but not for the faint of heart. Here's a full review:
http://alligator.org/blogs/foodandbeer/article_f014c912-0c82-11df-83da-001cc4c002e0.html

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 16:21:16 | More by IAmNinjor
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r0nyn

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in '09.

Looks thick and substantial right out of the bottle, inky blackness that obscures all light. A straight pour produces a thick brownish head that leaves a lot of lacing and never really dissipates. Lots of barley and malt in the smell, along with a very, very distinct aroma of dark chocolate. Quite enticing.

Big malty kick right off the start, followed by the chocolate flavoring that was a big part of the smell. Transitions into a slight bitterness, but not as potent as compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had. Finishes off with a tempered alcoholic twinge, not too overpowering, but it lingers well enough into the aftertaste to let you know it's there. Mouthfeel is full and weighty on the tongue, creamy and nice. Not a lot of carbonation, which suits me just fine.

Drinkability is great for a beer of this type. I could easily have a couple more, provided I have an entire night to drink it in. The alcohol is masked well enough and the beer itself is so tasty that it'd be easy to just keep going. This is quite a tasty brew, something I look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 06:57:58 | More by r0nyn
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noduckla

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark color, did not pour with a great head, but was pouring from a really cold bottle.

S - not inky black, but nice and chocolaty with a hint of coffee

T - tasted great, not too bitter, lingering chocolaty aftertaste

M - good carbonation, well balanced without a strong aftertaste

D - I could drink a couple of these back to back to back easily. It is a good stout that does not overpower the palate with a nice chocolaty taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 23:16:19 | More by noduckla
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BigBigPickle

Illinois

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

What a beer!!!

Sitting at the bar in Yia Yia's - Lincoln, Nebraska. A dark night wet with rain and melting snow. And this place, a holy beacon for a traveler stranded in Lincoln ...

But I digress. The first beer I ordered was Old Rasputin. Not sure why I haven't picked this up yet. I truthfully was unaware it was so easy to find in my hometown, Chicago.

A beautiful pour - dark chocolate with a toasty tan topper. A gorgeous beer, smelling strongly of chocolate with a hints of coffee and fruit esters.

The first sip is eye-opening as this is a big beer wit great coffee and enormous chocolate notes right up front. It also possesses an amazing hoppy front and a velvety smooth finish. I kid you not, this is so thick and full it tastes like dirt would taste if dirt tasted good.

Drink up my friends, this is a beer to fill your fridge, share with friends, and cherish until it is no longer with us.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 20:03:21 | More by BigBigPickle
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teovaldi

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Incredible amounts of lacing.

Coffee, coffee and more coffee mixed with dark chocolate and some malts in there as well. A bit of sweetness and alcohol comes as the beer warms. Exceptional smell!

Lots and lots of coffee up front, bitter chocolate with some malts. Finishes slightly bitter/boozy but very nice.

Thick, vicious, velvety, almost creamy mouthfeel. Very nice and also much better on tap versus bottled.

While this is thick and vicious you hardly taste the alcohol at all. Quite drinkable considering how big this brew is.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 17:44:40 | More by teovaldi
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BeerNemesis

New York

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

Old Rasputin 2009 vintage

a - very dark, thick brown almost black, beautiful copper head

s - malt, walnuts, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, some fruit and a lot of hops presence.

t - Very delicious and thick. Tastes like espresso, dark chocolate, and a tinge of fruit. Strong alcohol presence. Very warm, inviting, powerful and complex taste.

m - thick and creamy, medium carbonation, small head retention, great lacing.

d - one or two max, any more and it's taste overload.

Raspy's the quintessential Russian Imperial stout. It's also easy to come by which is a plus. I had this with porterhouse steak, which was delicious to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:14:01 | More by BeerNemesis
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cassanoj

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Wesley Snipes black. A beautiful bronze head that glimmers and cascades across the surface. A lot of lacing. I don't know if I was just messed up from the HopSlam I just drank, but this Old Raspy looked simply magical.

Smells of rich malt, coffee, nuts, alcohol and chocoLOT, I mean a lot. Also a nice fruit and hop presence that flares the nostrils.

Deeee-licious! Perfect balance of the espresso, cocoa and alcohol. Some mocha and dark fruits - just the lightest touch. Malty, warm, roasted, indulgent, sweet and bitter - Old Rasputin hits on all cylinders.

Medium to full bodied, moderate amount of carbonation.

Old Rasputin is my quintessential Russian Imperial Stout. It defines the style and does it with flying colors. Not to mention at 3-4 dollars a pop and widely available, does it get more well-rounded than Raspy? I don't think so.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 03:09:50 | More by cassanoj
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satowns

Colorado

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

Tasted blind with 13 other imperial stouts.

pours black with a very dark brown head.

Molasses, chocolate and roasted malt invigorate the olfactory.

wonderful hop flavors and a roasty bitterness balance a nice alcohol warmth.

big chewy body.

a VERY enjoyable beer. one of the top picks for the night.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:17:38 | More by satowns
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

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

Old Raspy pours a dark, opaque black color with no visibility through it at all, even when held up to the light. This does put up a two finger mocha colored head covered in pockmarked foam that leaves giant rings of sticky lacing all around the glass.

Dark, slightly bitter chocolate is evident in the nose. It surrounds the other aromas of dark roasted barley malts and earthy hoppiness, as well as some coffee.

Bittersweet chocolate, bitter and earthy hops, a bit of black coffee, and a smoky, toasty malt flavor makes this quite an interesting taste experience. A little sweet up front with a drying, almost nutty bitterness in the finish. Definitely big on flavor.

The mouthfeel is very good, just what I like for a Russian Imperial Stout. Big, thick, creamy, but this one throws in that drying finish to make it a little extra special. Has very little carbonation, but it still hides the 9% ABV pretty well. Very well done.

Overall, this is a solid, flavorful RIS that not only brings good looks to the table, it has the flavor to back it up. The drinkability takes a slight hit because of the 9%, but other than that this is a damn tasty stout that is easy to appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:34:17 | More by feelmefoam
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mickstepp

Ohio

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

Just fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. It's pretty. It's tasty. It smells good. If it could walk and talk and have sex with me, I'd marry it. Rasputin and Storm King are my winter Stout staples. An almost perfectly balanced Stout. Just dry and hoppy enough and sweet and malty enough at the same time. Velvety on the tongue without being cloying and viscous. I love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:08:54 | More by mickstepp
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tanousa

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pour a dark black color, intense , small lace foam with chocolate taste , great initial presentation.

S-strong coffee aroma , some chicolate, dark fruits.
T- Again, chocolate, coffee expresso, malts and hints of molasses.
M-Medium body, great carbonation, very well done.
D- Awesome, I can share a few with my pals, no problem !

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 02:14:02 | More by tanousa
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Very dark. Thick, creamy foam.

S - Very chocolaty. Slight coffee aroma. Sweet malts.

T - Can taste the alcohol but not overwhelmingly for an imperial stout. Coffee with slight chocolate. A bit toasty.

M - silky smooth. slightly carbonated.

D - As I continue to drink it, the alcohol becomes more prevalent. Still remarkably smooth for a 9% ABV. Couldn't drink more than one, but that is par for the course with imperial stouts in general.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 02:03:06 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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afausser

Montana

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

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque plum with a fluffy finger of chocolate head and a sheet of fine lacing that glitters down the side of the glass as it's drunk, leaving minuscule traces of where it's been on the side of the glass. The head disappears in the first few minutes and leaves a very still top with wisps of chocolate foam on the top. Very fine carbonation bubbles can be seen near the top of the pour going into the head. Not half bad for the ABV.

Smell: Smells dark, with dark chocolate, wood, smoke, and earth notes. Slight cherry and raisin notes, along with a hint of anise and vanilla syrup. A bit metallic.

T: Dark fruits tempered with heavy coffee and a roasted nutty flavor along with burnt toast. Initially quite hot and with coffee and hops aftertaste. Creamy and slightly minty and sweet as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very light and fine carbonation bubbles in a very heavy beer. Nice and creamy.

Drinkability: Not awful, but I didn't like this one as much as i would have expected to.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:26:44 | More by afausser
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jjhbrfdds

Illinois

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

Pours black as coal with a tiny head,smells of coffee and roasted malts a small bite of cocoa,This is a well balanced stout lots of malt and hop character,just the right amount of alcohol on the exhale,easy drinker readily available and fair priced make this a cornerstone in my fridge

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 00:26:21 | More by jjhbrfdds
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mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark black color with almost no carbonation. No light at all getting through and a little bit of an off brown colored head that left after about a minute.

s - Smells largely of coffee. Also got a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of alcohol.

t - Has a good, definitely coffee taste. It was actually a lot smoother than I was expecting. Also getting a bit of chocolate in the taste, but not really tasting the alcohol which is nice.

m - Rich and creamy, with very little carbonation. Full bodied and a great feel.

d - Overall I really liked it. It was a lot smoother than I was expecting and considering the high ABV, it goes down real easy. Would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 01:36:01 | More by mdfb79
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

Another North Coast product that is available locally. One of the more expensive ones, but I decided to treat myself around Christmas.

Pours an inky black color that almost seems to swallow the light. Plenty of thick head that is a chocolaty color. Head has quite a bit of staying power, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

A hint of alcohol is detectable in the nose, not surprising given its high ABV. A hint of chocolate malts is also present.

Flavor starts out with a hint of chocolate, then a hint of alcohol, and then is washed out by dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Some coffee flavoring as well, but not the dominant flavor. Alcohol flavor is present throughout, but is on the periphery, rather than a main component. It is the nutty flavor that stands out and lingers most.

Generally not a stout fan, but this is a very good example of one. Not something I would drink all night, but good for an occasional indulgement.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:04:01 | More by Seanstoppable
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Torps

New York

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

Pours a rough, mocha two finger head. Nothing extraordinary. The head dissipated rather quickly and left a modest amount of lacing. Very dark brew as is expected for a RIS.

Aroma is very nice. Dark chocolate, and espresso. Sweet, and malty. Tinge of metallic lingers as does the apparent ABV.

This is a very pleasant RIS. I'm not a big fan of certain RIS's that dominate too much with coffee flavors. Old Raspy is very balanced.

Mouthfeel is chewy and the carbonation is spot on. Nothing to detract from the experience of this fine RIS.

There is no date on the bottle so I can't say whether this is fresh or not but I'll certainly be saving a couple bottles for aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 19:27:33 | More by Torps
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icetraxx

Michigan

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

A: Pours a 7-finger or so head that dissipates into an extremely creamy 3 finger head over time. The massive head was probably due to my quick pouring action. The head lasts the entire beer, even if you drink it slowly. The beer appears to be as black as the night.

S: Caramel, fruity hops, molasses, and roasted malt dominate the aroma. This beer is nicely aromatic thanks to the 9% ABV.

T: The taste starts slightly sweet and a caramely with a nice kick of fruity hops. The flavor quickly becomes hoppy bitter and finishes with a dry hoppy crispness. The first few sips reveal a lingering bitter tongue. The alcohol is very well hidden for 9% ABV. No dark fruits, complexity generally suffers.

M: Thick & creamy, perfectly carbonated.

D: High for the style, and definitely high for 9% ABV. Be careful, this one could get you in trouble. Easy drinking.

O: The second example of this style that I've ever had and already a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 00:13:22 | More by icetraxx
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The bottle bears no date but the label is classic.

A: Pretty decent creamy head, very brown in color, about 1.5 fingers thick. It lasted for the entire beer; I love when that happens. High expectations for lacing were met, covering the walls of my pint glass in sheets. The body was dark black (as if that makes any sense) and completely opaque.

S: Very heavy malt character, somewhere in between roasted and burnt. Cocoa is the dominating aroma. As with many of my favorite RISs, this one has a distinguishable hop presence, albeit light, but I pick up on some grass, pine and an intriguing lemony tarragon note. Fantastic. So far. Something weird going on with the yeast, which is heavy and soapy in the first place, (not that I ever minded that), but there is an out of place meaty/briny/olivey note that I never smelled before. It wasn't completely off putting but odd nonetheless. Plus a little hot in the nose.

T: Good thing the yeast didn't translate directly to the palate, which I found to be on par with, if not quite nice for a RIS. Noticeable alcohol, woody & smokey with some tobacco, tar and black licorice. There is a long drawn out finish, moderately bitter and salty at the same time with a mineral component as well.

M: Full body, thick, chewy texture with a pleasantly dry finish. This beer becomes especially creamy as the temperature rises plus a few swirls to wear the effervescence out. This one finishes a little warm.

D: A very drinkable RIS, this one will not rock the boat.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 19:32:07 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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