Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -7%
I am a big fan of the Imperial Stout, so I was looking forward to this one. Pours a dark dark brown with no transparency. The head is tannish and poured to a thickeness of 1 inch. There is a fair amount of sticky lace at the top of the glass that goes away toward the bottom.
The aroma is of strong coffee, a bitter smell. Very malty and toffee smelling as well. The taste is much like a bitter, strong coffee. It is not thick as some stouts I have tasted. The aftertaste is like a bitter dark chocolate. The one thing apparent in the taste is the strong alcohol flavor. At 9%, it is not surprising, although some beers are better at masking the alcohol flavor than others. This one does not hide it, thus the reason for the drinkability sliding down the scale a little.
10-24-2004 22:41:47 | More by abcsofbeer
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
a: deep black crude with a one inch tan head; leaves light lacing
s: light roasted coffee, light grain; light cream; light grassy hops
t: dark roasted coffee; terra firma; light grassy hops; molasses; bitter burnt coffee and bitter hop kick
m: creamy anf thick; very light carb
d: a great Istout
07-15-2008 04:35:11 | More by hoegaardenhero
4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
This has to be the most easy to drink Imperial Stout I've ever had. It poured an almost opaque black with a awesome brown head that was so big I had to wait a few minutes for it to die down. The smell was of dark chocolate and hops. The taste was just about the same as the smell, with a perfect mix of coffee flavors in there. The thing I loved about this brew is that it was powerful but not overpowering. I could sit back and enjoy the whole 4 pack in one sitting, even though they are 8.9% a piece! Great beer!
12-20-2003 09:43:02 | More by Dmann
4.3/5 rDev 0%
Since this brew has such an outstanding reputation I was wondering if it would live up to it, or if it was just hype Well it sure deserves that fine rep!
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout poured an almost opaque [reddish] black color with a bumpy 1½ finger tan head and leaves behind some lacing. This is a complex brew with a rich intense robust palate that is creamy, buttery [smooth] with the right amount of carbonation. Old Rasputin has a light fruit aroma. The taste is dominated by dark chocolate and coffee with touches of blackberries.
Drink ability is a little lower due to its rich flavor [it hides the alcohol well] but that is NOT a bad thing! Rasputin makes for a GREAT nightcap.
12-01-2007 00:27:12 | More by bushbeer75
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Old Rasputin pours a deep black with amber glints around the edges, a huge cocoa colored head builds leaving loads of sticky lacing.
The aroma is rich malty chocolate with a touch of licorice and nice floral hops.
The taste profile is dense and powerful, huge malts flavored of dark chocolate, a touch of licorice, very hoppy with a clean bitter finish. Alcohol is felt as a pleasing warmth and a mild aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, chewy and creamy with fine light carbonation.
A very good RIS and a great bargain in an RIS to boot. Highly recomended!
02-10-2010 00:25:53 | More by BlackBearForge
4.48/5 rDev +4.2%
A - Poured slow, you can see the thickness. See it! Jet black, with a nice finger and a half of tan foam. Standard stout characteristics, but somehow darker and more thick. You can see the flavor waiting.
S - Fantastic smell, great hop character, with a mild alcohol nose, and some notes of cocoa, coffee and sweet roast
T - Heavy roast bitterness up front, mild hops, dark coffee. Very multi-layered flavor. Alcohol on the back, the roasted black flavors of coffee, chocolate and burnt sugar, all rotating and being balanced by a prominent, floral hoppy bitterness.
M - Thick, lively carbonation, foamy finish. A wonderful texture for a RIS. Heavy, hearty, full.
O - A fantastic beer, just as great as I'd heard. I love Russian Imperial Stouts, and this one captures all the great notes of the style, and exemplifies them in a unique way. Great beer.
11-19-2012 17:48:40 | More by BigBarley
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,527 ratings.