Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A friend gave me a bottle of this as part of a Christmas gift, and boy am I glad. I had high hopes for this Imperial Stout based on what I've read about it and the fact that Imperial Stout is my favorite style of beer. I was not disappointed.
The appearance was great, dark brownish black. Very small tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice bit of lacing. It smelled of burnt coffee, toffee, chocolate and burnt molasses with a slight bit of alcohol in the background. The taste matched the notes of the smell. Very burnt coffee and chocolate/molasas. I also detected a weird soy sauce taste?!? Hard to explain but something reminded me of it, perhaps the molasses. There was also a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was excellent, smooth, creamy, hearty. I'd like to drink this after a long day outside in the cold. The drinkability was excellent. I could drink a few of these. The only thing slowing me down is the high abv, but if you're at home and staying in, I guess it's no problem.
All in all this was an excellent example of an Imperial Stout. I would defiantly try it again, hopefully on tap.
01-01-2004 14:42:12 | More by Ieatlambfries
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Dark, dark... black...
what little head there was went fast, but left an awesome swirlability with great legs and delicious carbonation comings and goings...
Aroma is chocolatey and roasty... great malty nose with sweet caramel and touches of alcohol.
Cocoa upfront on the taste... smooth sweetness in the middle and a bitter bite on the swallow... flavor meanders between the sweet and bitternes with a cutting alcohol burn. I dig it.
04-27-2007 15:55:03 | More by Fugazme
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
The beer is pitch black with a short but thick brown head.
There are lots of deep, dark roasted aromas as well as enough alcohol to burn the nostrils just a little. Nothing sweet, nothing fruity, this thing just smells big, roasted and evil. I like it.
Definitely a big beer. All of that roast from the aroma is there but I also taste espresso, peppery spices and the alcohol warms the throat all the way down. It finishes sweeter than the aroma would suggest, but it's delicious.
This is one damned good beer.
04-18-2011 21:35:08 | More by SuperSpy
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Had on tap at Union Brew House. Poured into a 10 oz. glass. Pours jet black with a thin, creamy tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee and some burnt sugar. Taste is wonderful. Good amount of chocolate and coffee with a nice, smooth sugary, malty finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel, but not thick- rather thin and drinkable. Wonderful beer that I probably first tried 10 years ago and is still great today.
02-19-2009 14:57:08 | More by DrDogbeer
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter
A-Black as night. Faint ruby highlights when held to the light but other than that, utter blackness. Thick creamy brown head that laces nicely.
S-Have you ever been to Hershey? It smells like Old Rasputin. Coccoa nubs, roasted chicory, a hint of anise and licorice. A bit of alcohol in the background
T-The palate begins with bitterness, the roasted cocoa and chickory so present in the nose explodes onto the palate, yet, unexpectedly, here come some citrus hops, slighly out of place, yet keeping things a bit interesting. The hops follow out to the finish in a tingling and astringent manner. This is a nice and bitter RIS, but I would rate it much higher if it had a bit of sweetness to even it all out.
M-Full bodied with even carbonation. Well done.
D-I adored the anniversary stout, and like this, but it feels a bit off balance, like it needs some age to mellow out. Decent beer, but I'll steer straight for the Ten Fidy before buying another pack of this.
08-23-2010 23:04:08 | More by caddybuyer
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A This beer is pitch black with a 2 finger brown head with decent retention and lacing.
S The nose of the beer is pretty nice. There are notes of chocolate, roast and coffee.
T Tastes of chocolate, roasted coffee, with some pine from the hops in the finish.
M Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very easy to drink for a Russian Imperial.
Overall this is a great beer. It might not be the best RIS but it is an excellent representation of the style and fairly easy to find at a reasonable price which makes it a great go to stout.
04-14-2011 01:56:56 | More by beerandcycling88
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
Received in a pint glass on tap at the Brew Kettle.
A tan colored two-finger head of miniscule bubbles sits atop a pitch-black body. The head retention is fantastic as it never completely fades no matter how empty the glass becomes. The lacing coats the glass almost entirely. Truly a fantastic and somewhat intimidating looking beer.
Scents of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and a little coffee are there, although not as strong as they could have been.
The flavors follow the nose in all respects. Malt, chocolate, and coffee are there but I would have liked them to be bolder. The 9% ABV is well masked and is only apparent as a slight warmth. A slight bitterness also persists at the end of each sip.
The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but not sticky. Not alot, but just enough carbonation help move it along. The beer coats your mouth and makes you remember each sip until you take another.
While I would have liked this beer to have bolder flavors, it is still quite refreshing for the style and has excellent drinkability. I could definitely have multiples in one sitting, which is quite impressive for a stout.
All in all, an excellent RIS with great drinkability. My only complaint is the mildness of the flavor. It was almost like drinking a 1% chocolate milk. I have heard claims that this beer ages well and I am definitely interested in seeing how this would affect it.
03-06-2011 20:43:51 | More by output01x
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Apperance: Old Rasputin pours a dark brown, not quite black color. It seems to be less viscous than some other Imerpial Stouts I've tried. Atop it billows a fluffy cream colored head that fades to an inch and a half of light tan peaks and valleys.
Smell: The smell of this beer is first bitter hops-- my requisite for a good imperial stout. The nose is very sweet, with mild roasted notes coming across through the hops. Nutty molassess.
Taste: My mouth is watering. Yum. Heavy roasted and black malts come through, with a Very astringent bitterness in the aftertaste. Hops are there in a big way, quite nicely balanced. Dry and fruity, like currants dipped in roofing tar. Maybe even too bitter for me. I was expecting more of a coffee/choco flavor, but this rolls right over it. Alcohol warmth bursts right through. At "only" 8.9%, I would expect better coverage.
Mouthfeel: Thick and malty, slick and sticky. The initial thinness of the beer and its light transparency have absolutely no bearing on the feel of this beer across your palette.
Drinkability: This is a good one, for sure. As with most things, I have others I would look to before this one. It is quite good, and quite roasty and bitter, if that's your thing. I could put back a couple, but it is a filling stout and the alcohol seems so much more strong than 8.9%. Go check it out.
03-31-2004 02:02:20 | More by 99bottles
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
12 oz. bottle. The color is black. The head is thick and brown. The body is thick and chewy. The taste is of burnt grains with a hint of dark fruits ( plums ). The finish is of bitter burnt grains and alcohol.
As I drink this I see myself goose stepping in a WW II victory parade in Moscow Square !
A classic Russian Stout ; )
09-30-2004 05:38:58 | More by beerceller99
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
A- Appears black in my pint glass, large brown sand in color.
S- Dark sharp roasted malt, chocolate, bitter hops. Smells delicious.
T- Roasted malt nose, luscious chocolate center, roasted coffee bean, black licorice, strong hop bitterness dry finish.
M- Medium/thick body, silky, dry sticky finish, leaves a good coating of flavor on the palate.
D- Slightly to bitter for my liking. The roasted malt and coffee bean is strong, however that is just a piece of this brews complexity which makes for a delightful challenge on the palate.
10-13-2010 02:24:14 | More by Yesac
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Thank you Scottfrie for extra!
A- Poured black with a small tan head that left rather quickly.
S- Good aroma of chocolate and coffee with roasted malts.
T- Nice smooth taste of malts. Chocolate up front with slight hints of citrus hops. Mocha finish towards the end. Very nice flavor.
M- Full body with little carbonation. Very smooth drink that hides the alcohol.
D- Very solid RIS. Good flavor but nothing overpowering. Could drink a few of these easily.
08-03-2010 03:43:21 | More by HosP
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours black with tan head and tons of lacing on sides of Stone IRS tulip.
Smell is toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. There is also a nice hoppy citrus in the background too.
Taste is sweet toasted malt up front. There is tons of chocolate and coffee flavor. Nice citrus begins to come through as it warms up. There is so much complexity here that I have trouble describing it.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation.
Overall this is fantastic. One of my new favorites.
03-04-2012 03:43:24 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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