Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
Russian Stout - Who would have thunk it? Anyway - this one is a real surprise for the stout lover. It compares well to Rogue Shakespeare Stout.
It is a dark stout (of course) with a dark brown head that is not as creamy as the Guinness style of stouts. The taste is more malty with a strong taste of hops in the finish. Another beer that I rather enjoy. A little hard to find in stores. Definitely worth a try. Has a clean finish. And read the article on the side - what a hoot that is. This beer even has a history that is more than just how they make it.
It's been speculated that no one had a greater appreciation for this rich, roasty elixir than Rasputin, the mystic wag (and favorite of the ladies of the court), who was the ultimate downfall of Czar Nicholas II.
Rasputin is probably best remembered for his dramatic exit. Having been deemed politically expendable, he was fed poisoned wine and tea cakes by his rivals. Surviving that, he was shot several times - whereupon he attacked his assailants. He finally succumbed when bound and stuffed through a hole in the ice to drown in the River Neva. Legends that attribute his tenacity to his appetite for Russian Imperial Stout are unproven.
12-18-2002 07:54:56 | More by AtrumAnimus
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Not a big stout fan, but I figured this one was worth trying.
Very creamy looking head. Big and fluffy at first but quickly faded to a lasting tan ring around the glass.
Very nice aroma from this brew as soon as I opened the bottle. Chocolate and roasted nuts. Some sour fruit. Sweet molasses.
Taste is a little tangy at first sip. Then roasted flavors and semi-sweet chocolate. Ends with a significant amount of bitterness, especially for a Russian imperial.
Silky mouthfeel. Smooth. Nice level of carbonation. Expected for the style.
Cited as one of the best Russian imperial stouts.I definitely agree this beer is "up there", though it's not outstanding IMO.
11-10-2005 05:25:19 | More by palma
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
This is the last bottle of a 4-pack that I bought about two years ago. Why am I just now drinking it? Because I hated it then.
Pours with very little head, the beer is dark brown, no lacing. Smells roasty and chocolatey, some vinous notes.
The taste has really dried out. Slightest touch of oxidation, roasted and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel has thinned, but is still chewy. Highly drinkable.
11-21-2006 23:09:14 | More by Sephiroth
4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance- Pours with very little head. Beer itself is an absolute pitch black color, no light at all escapes this beer.
Smell- Deep dark malty nose with subtle hints of alcohol.
Taste- Very complex flavors, sweet candied fruit, coffee, hint of spicyness from lovely hops. Truly delightful, alcohol leaves hint on warmth on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Fills palate completely with warm dark malt flavors and its full and chompy.
Drinkability- One of the most enjoyable RIS Ive ever had this one just melts in your mouth, definitly a repeat buy.
06-20-2008 02:44:26 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
appearance is the darkest black I've seen in any beer. thick tan head that is sticky as hell on the glass.
smell doesn't strike me as much, chocolate and malts
taste is incredibly chocolatey and malty, dark chocolate and esspresso, creamy and smooth. quite possibly the most delicious RIS I've ever had.
thick, creamy and oh, did I say THICK! superior drinkability but watch out it will kick your ass!
10-19-2008 14:52:46 | More by naterock
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured from tap at Horse Brass Pub in Portland:
Pours with a disappointing head fading into a lackluster lace, but with a good, rich, dark hue. Smells richly of licorice, molasses, espresso, and some dark chocolate. A little funky on the nose and that carries through the palate, possibly from the kind of hops they used. Decent texture but abrasive on the finish.
Overall good, but probably better out of the bottle with some conditioning.
12-19-2009 02:40:13 | More by cbarrett4
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured nto a tulip taster and also enjoyed out of the same bottle.
a- Pours pitch black pretty bubbly head that dissipates quite quickly leaving a little lacing
s- Chocolate and maple tingle the nose, anise is present and so is a little tobacco.
t- Dark chocolate and fruits, pear raisin and malts. A little wet grain in the back and through the nose. The alcohol is present but only invites.
m- Medium bodied, brilliant carbonation a great feature of the beer, the body does leave a little to be desired though. If you buy the bottle I would recommend it out of the bottle (never said that before but it seems to affect the light mouthfeel to a more robust and full one).
d- I would take on at least two. I say this because they are delicious and worth it, and with 9% alc your palate might be destroyed too much to fully move on to another good beer.
10-07-2010 23:41:02 | More by JoeAmerican77
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
A: A very dark brown, almost black pour into my Wild Heaven snifter. One finger tan head with good retention and a persistent rim of lace for the duration. This lace has legs and a slow oily descent.
S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, ethanol and even a hint of soy sauce all emerge as aromas of interest.
T: Biscuity, roasty malt, chocolate, dark berries, coffee grounds and warmth of alcohol are all contributors to this flavor bonanza.
M: Stout is putting it mildly. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. This beer coats the tongue and lingers with a slightly bitter finish balancing out the flavors.
O: Outstanding brew with no shyness to it. The alcohol presence does not hide itself but does not hijack this beer. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. I will turn to this one again and again.
10-25-2011 23:48:38 | More by Paincane
4/5 rDev -7%
Had this in a pint glass. Poured very dark, nearly black, with a half inch head.
Nice hoppy aroma. Also hints of coffee and chocolate.
Very nice flavor. Rich, but not overpowering. Not too sweet. Coffee and chocolate tastes, balanced by a pleasant bitterness which cleansed the palate after swallowing. Although a high alcohol content, it didn't overpower the beer.
Smooth, clean finish. Didn't linger in the mouth.
An excellent beer, although it would be hard to drink a lot of these in a row.
12-21-2005 14:38:58 | More by doppelmeup
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
A - pours a solid black, no light or anything other radiation is getting through this brew. the head is large and is around a medium champagne colour.
S - one can most certainly smell the alcohol right up front, that is what is most noticeable; strong smelling but more subtle roasted malts trail behind the booze
T - A good and complex taste for this one. the hops add a great bitterness to the initial taste on the sides of the tongue, while there is a different type of bitter on the back of the tongue, reminiscent to that of strong coffee The alcohol only becomes prominent for the aftertaste, remaining very manageable on the palate.
MF&D - very smooth, and thick. Not as thick as it could be, but then again, who wants to drink syrup. nothing extraordinary to really note here.
01-07-2009 00:16:55 | More by erz316
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in '09.
Looks thick and substantial right out of the bottle, inky blackness that obscures all light. A straight pour produces a thick brownish head that leaves a lot of lacing and never really dissipates. Lots of barley and malt in the smell, along with a very, very distinct aroma of dark chocolate. Quite enticing.
Big malty kick right off the start, followed by the chocolate flavoring that was a big part of the smell. Transitions into a slight bitterness, but not as potent as compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had. Finishes off with a tempered alcoholic twinge, not too overpowering, but it lingers well enough into the aftertaste to let you know it's there. Mouthfeel is full and weighty on the tongue, creamy and nice. Not a lot of carbonation, which suits me just fine.
Drinkability is great for a beer of this type. I could easily have a couple more, provided I have an entire night to drink it in. The alcohol is masked well enough and the beer itself is so tasty that it'd be easy to just keep going. This is quite a tasty brew, something I look forward to having again.
01-29-2010 06:57:58 | More by r0nyn
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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