Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A - dark and sexy...just like a stout should be.
S - coffee and chocolate hints touch the nose... Probably more coffee than anything.
T - outstanding... Hits you upfront with a coffee shot and then settles into a chocolate background. Delicious and heavy this is a stout you pay attention to.
M - for as bold as the taste is....mouthfeel is a little bit watery. Not bad, just unexpected.
O - Do yourself a favor and pick this up. Not a session beer... Too heavy... But incredibly enjoyable in small doses. Enjoy!
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 00:44:20 | More by dmgallag
3.69/5 rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 ounce stubby into a shaker. I tried a moderate pour but backed off some, and ended up with about 2 inches of billowing, chunky, light brown head, which sticks around for the duration. The color is a very dark brown- a mini maglite bulb can barely be seen through the glass, but this little red star reveals a deep ruddiness.
My poor olfactory glands perceive some coffee and unsweetened chocolate aromas. These continue to manifest themselves in the flavor, along with hints of caramel. The flavor is quite bitter, and, combined with just a little bit of alcohol warming, takes a bit of getting accustomed to. There's maybe even some slight un-roasted acorn quality to it- a good bit of astringency, that is, particularly at first. However, I find that more cherry, oak and other dark fruit flavors come through as it warms, and the chocolate begins to balance out the coffee-like bitterness a bit more. The ABV is relatively well-hidden but with some definite alcohol warming. I perceive some hints of maltomeal like flavors in the burps, despite all expectations. The mouth feel is fairly creamy, but not abundantly so, and is perhaps helped along by the lingering head.
I have not tried very many examples of this type of stout because it has just not been generally available in my area. It would definitely not be my first choice in terms of a stout- I think I prefer the sweeter types. It's definitely a big beer, not meant to be guzzled down, and with some bitterness that may be overwhelming at first. I can certainly imagine some 19th century imperial Russkis quaffing this stuff down though...
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 02:31:18 | More by archyquaffer
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,006 ratings.