Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a thick, dense black, no discernible highlights, with a large and sustaining foamy and creamy tan head.
Smells like a good imperial stout should, packed with deeply roasted grain, black coffee, and bitter dark chocolate, all on top of a bed of sweet malt with a touch of fruitiness.
More of the same on the palate, with an intense roasted character that strongly suggests a cup of seriously black coffee, accompanied by earthy, bitter dark chocolate. Turns sweet mid-palate, showing creamy, milky caramel, before finishing with a quite large earthy hop bitterness. Finishes firm and dry, with a lingering roasty and hoppy bitterness.
Full bodied and firm, but shows hints of softness. Alcohol is well hidden at 9%. A well-made beer, and while far enough down my list of top imperial stouts, this proves to be a great value.
12-09-2009 01:13:58 | More by wnh
4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Solid black with a light brown head.
S: Very rich malt aroma and some alcohol.
T: Strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The mildly bitter finish is balanced by warming alcohol.
M: Smooth, Creamy and a little heavy but not overly so.
Overall: A great beer with a lot of flavor. Like an alcoholic French roast coffee.
02-18-2013 18:08:05 | More by JuliusCaesar
4.3/5 rDev 0%
The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a massive, effervescent head, the color of old parchment. Falls pretty quickly to one finger. Very loud bubble popping. The nose is wildly chocolatey, sweet, and full of coffee. Strong notes of alcohol and port come through. Taste is very bitter, but with a sweet finish. Incredible chocolate covered espresso bean aftertaste. Body is massive, the biggest I've had in memory. So incredibly smooth. Pairs very well with some strong chocolate. A very slow sipper, but a joy.
Develops some vinous and milk chocolate notes when paired with chocolate. Interesting. Becomes less bitter and rich.
This has improved so much with a year in the cellar. Fresh, it was abusingly bitter, and, if I remember well, far too hoppy. That has all changed, and I have some more left!
08-13-2006 19:41:36 | More by mjc410
United Kingdom (England)
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
This is a beer I've been after for a while, and finally got my hands on it thanks to the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Pours jet black with a decent level of carbonation and a big creamy tan head that shows good retention. The aroma is hugely dark and heavy with intense notes of chocolate, coffee and dark forest fruits. The taste is dark and bitter from the start with flavours of the highest quality cocoa, strong bitter espresso and a earthy smokey peat. After a few sips it is really the coffee flavours that come through the strongest, providing a massively rich imperial stout. The feel is full bodied and silky smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a superb imperial stout, one of the best i have tasted. I wish this was easier to get hold of outside of the US.
06-08-2010 22:20:07 | More by PartyBear
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a bottle into a wide mouth pint glass
A-Dark coffee brown near black very thick and smooth, nice head great lace.
S-The one downfall of this one nose is very small hints of malt and vinilla
T-Nothing like the nose as far as the subtle goes this one is big throughout, rich robust coffee flavor, with notes of vinilla, malt with an amazing bitter finish.
M-Nice thick body very complex flavors great carbonation level.
D-I am sad that I have not had this before but I will have it often from now on.
10-20-2008 04:04:17 | More by SpecialK088
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
Pours very dark, but still I can see some ruby hints around the edges, may be lighter/different in color than the average RIS. The head is kind of thin (<1cm) and dense, which leaves bits of lacing down as I drink. The smell is filled with sweetness, but deep in there are dried fruits (maybe from some esters or the black patent), the roasted barley - coffee type smell, and a light nose of chocolate. I can imagine a better smell, in terms of complexity, this one is about normal, but because its so intense, the smell is very much more inviting. The taste is very complex, and includes all of the usual suspects. The first sip has this dark, overripe plum taste, almost a hint of slick dark tartness, but with a pleasant sweetness. Then comes the coffee flavor, just flavor - no bitterness, and the sweetness still lingers, up until the last bite of chocolate. A roastiness fills as it goes down, again with the dried fruits, but overall pleasant. The mouthfeel is nice, pretty full, but kind of slick, this one fits the bill in terms out mouthfeel, but isn't a standout. An easy drinker for sure, I mean, you have to sip, but easy, good for the style. Recommended for an easily accessible RIS.
04-30-2009 00:06:15 | More by taylorhamrick
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
01-17-2010 23:04:01 | More by Seanstoppable
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Served in a tulip
Old Rasputin is one of my favorite brews; I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts, but I always take time for an Old Rasputin. The mouthfeel is heavy, but very wonderful on a winter's night or a fall evening with friends by a fire. The taste is of burnt malt, some hops, and coffee/espresso. This jet-black beer is always welcome in my fridge or cellar.
10-13-2011 22:01:28 | More by BierStein711
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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