Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
Paid $1.99 for a 12oz. bottle...
The appearence on this defines the qualities of a good stout, almost black-like base, with a dark brown head, retains well, laces well, little carbonation going on... well done. I love the smell of this stout, dark chocolates, dark-roasted coffee, hints of caramel and a few other spices and candy flavors.
The taste was pretty good, giving up what the aroma gave off until the aftertaste kicks in, and then you taste alcohol, thus lowering it's drinkability to just average, the mouthfeel is a step above that, but that kind of goes with the style.
Final Thought: Storm King is 9.1%, this is 8.9%, same ballpark, but the alcohol in the taste ruins the total picture... still sticking with Victory for a Domestic Imperial Stout.
07-14-2004 22:42:38 | More by mobyfann
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling(?), relished 09/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.
Poured black with outer dark ruby brown edges with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.
Smelt of heavy dark chocolate with light dark berry and moderate piney hops.
Taste was upfront medium milk chocolate sweetness, and light banana sweetnes and bitter burnt malt, followed by a bitter ascent into the harsh burnt piney bitterness of the malts (and hops?), keeping its medium chocolatey sweet backbone throughout and dies slightly vinous trailing behind, leaving only the initial chocolatey taste and some roasted character. Mouthfeel was medium to full, creamy coating and velvety, soft carbonation, with light astringency and light alcoholic warmth.
Overall, this beer is like grabbing a handful of fruit and spice flavored dark chocolates and jamming them in your mouth. Excellent!
09-20-2006 04:57:52 | More by xav33
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured from 12oz bottle into bourdeaux glass.
No bottled-on date that I could find, but not a huge concern w/ this style...
Aroma: Fudge brownie, chocolate malt, and very prominent, herbal hops.
Appearance: Pitch black opaque espresso with a thick 2-finger pillow of tan foam stays for a while.
Flavor: Dark, dark chocolate bitterness is balanced by semi-sweet bitterness the whole time. A hint of tannic cabernet appears. Hop bitterness is prominent, but at no point is it out of control.
Mouthfeel: Bittersweetness (3/4 bitter, 1/4 sweet) coats the tongue. Very thick body with creamy carbonation.
Overall: I love this beer! It has the exact qualities I'd hope for in an imperial stout. Other brewers lend complexity to their impy stouts through flavor additions like bourbon barrel aging, coffee beans, and/or chocolate nibs. While those are delicious as well, this beer stands on its own with a masterful blend of water, barley malt, hops, and yeast.
05-13-2011 02:52:25 | More by mdvatab
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Pours an absolute black (que the similes and metaphors about sucking your soul, staring into a void, etc.) with a brown head. The head poured fairly thin, but then just kept growing until it was about two fingers thick. Fades back down relatively quickly, but eventually settles into a thick crown with a nice film over the middle.
Nose is of dark chocolate, espresso, and sweet. The taste is superb. Dark caramel malts, espresso, dark chocolate, and a subtle hint of dark fruits. This beer has every excuse to be a bitter bomb, and it does have some bitterness, but it's actually quite balanced and distinctly sweet. Complex, superb taste.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. There's a mild amount of carbonation - you'll notice it, but it's not dominant. Subtle alcohol taste. A bit of a burn or tingle in the throat. There is a bit of a feeling/taste in the throat that reminds me of cough syrup, but it's not unpleasant.
Drinkability is tough to rate on this. It's delicious and you'll frequently find yourself sipping away on a glass of this, but it's heavy and full-bodied, so you're not exactly going to be chugging this or going back for seconds and thirds.
11-07-2009 21:46:12 | More by Mavajo
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
Let the stout sit out for 20 minutes then poured into my Great Divide Tulip.
Appearance-Black, like any other good RIS. Thick tan head that fades into thick lacing. Carbonation bubbles floating up the side.
Smell-Can really smell the booze. Chocolate, Malt, and alot of Espresson. I think I get some raisons in there too.
Taste-Sweet at the beginning, bitter finish. Lots of espresso and alcohol.
Mouthfeel-Thick and Creamy. Lots of carbonation.
Overall-Very drinkable beer. What makes this beer taste even better is b/c your getting a bargain, 799 a 4pk. Great beer to keep in your fridge without breaking the bank.
03-15-2011 02:58:02 | More by SWMeyer4141
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a dark black-brown with only the slightest red hue when held up to the light. Thick bubbly brown head with good retention.
Dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, and roasted caramel/toffee aroma..
Somewhat mellow and understated for the style, but still a full-flavored brew. The citrus hops are the first thing I notice, along with the full and complex malts. Bitter chocolate and coffee with healthy, but not overpowering alcohol flavors.
Creamy but somewhat syrupy full-bodied mouthfeel. This is probably the most drinkable RIS I've tasted too, since the flavors are so subdued and there is almost no bitter aftertaste.
11-06-2006 21:27:48 | More by Phocion
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle with a label depicting the Mad Monk himself in the midst of dark, psychic meditation. Cryptic Russian lettering wraps around the bottom half of label. Evil stuff. No freshness dating.
A: Pours an opaque ebony color with a two-finger, caramel-colored head that fades to a thin rim of foam. Great lacing.
S: Chocolate malt, coffee, and a whiff of alcohol. A hint of wet wool. (That's a first.)
T: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Bittering hops in the middle. Notes of malted milk balls and blackstrap molasses. Alcohol is well-concealed. Finishes with a snap of licorice.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Generous carbonation on the tongue.
D: At 9% ABV, not exactly sessionable - but a great sipper that's appropriate for this time of year.
10-24-2008 16:47:26 | More by CaptainIPA
4.47/5 rDev +4%
A: Amost black....some ruby edge.
S: Roasty of malts, burnt coffee and dark bakers chocolate
T: Excellent. No heavy sweetness. Roasted coffee and chocolate dominates here. Some nice hoppiness finishes. A lasting chocolate brownie flavor.
D: As far as the style...very good. A great sipper.
02-21-2011 08:16:22 | More by Brunite
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from the bottle into my Stella Artois chalice. Pours a deep brown -almost black with a chocolate brown head. Smells like chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite good. Very well balanced between the chocolate and coffee. Hops and malts are very well balanced in this one. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Don't know if I could drink more than one of these at a time, but if I had to, I wouldn't be opposed to it. One of the better imperial stouts that I've had in a while.
04-01-2008 03:34:33 | More by jdubjacket
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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