Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Picked up a growler of this from State Line liquors in Elkton MD.
A: Beautiful dark motor oil black with a small creamy brown head
S: Malt, chocolate, oats, dark fruits, alcohol
T: This stuff is almost perfect. Creamy and smooth chocolate on the front and finishes with some bitterness and a hint of the alcohol.
M: I don't know if it's because it was from a growler but very little carbonation. Super thick the way a good stout should be.
O: An amazing stout for the price.
11-28-2013 21:23:21 | More by alexk307
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
a highly enjoyable beer! pours black with some faint ruby highlights; has a huge tan head that vanishes over time. smell is a bit faint compared to some other imperial stouts, but it does smell nice -- warm chocolate, hops, maybe toasted almonds. taste is phenomenal! chocolate and coffee hit you first, with hints of fruitiness and tobacco next, and a very bitter, but controlled, hoppy finish. mouthfeel is quite crisp, for the style, but that's not a detraction. creamy and smooth in the finish. dangerously drinkable, as it's not as demanding as some other imperials.
11-22-2006 15:13:22 | More by schusterbauer
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
A: black as coal. maybe blacker. Ok light tan head on the pour.
S: dark coca and some dark roast coffee, a bit of dark fruits too but not a huge aroma coming off
T: Oh man the taste makes up for the lack of aroma. Roasted right up front with a bit of coffee. Dark chocolate coming in right after, and doesnt go away for a while. Then the dark roast astringentness. Finishes off with a bit of warming alcohol. Can't taste the alcohol, just feel it. SO GOOD.
MD: Great drinkability for a RIS at 9%. nice smoothness to it, which makes the mouthfeel great.
09-17-2009 02:51:22 | More by Pinto21
4/5 rDev -7%
Beer is a syrupy, liquid black with a small chocolate brown head that disappears quickly. Smell is coffee, molasses, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is smooth, rich malts up front with a slightly bitter finish that's accompanied by hints of dark chocolate. Alcohol warms and lingers in the finish as well. Carbonation dances across the toungue and leaves you wanting more. Beer is sticky and chewy in the mouth. A great RIS but fell a bit short compared to the Stone I had last night.
04-08-2009 06:13:36 | More by Nick3
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours thickly, with a slight head that quickly dissipates. The brew's color is nearly opague, like a cup of dark-roasted coffee.
S - Again, dark-roasted coffee, and a pleasantly bitter dark chocolate. Only a very slight hint of smokiness.
T - Not to keep harping the same point, but the taste is very similar to the pleasure of eating chocolate with a cup of good coffee. This gave me an idea - I tried a piece of (baking) bittersweet chocolate that was lying around the house with this brew - I thought the beer interacted very well with the chocolate. But I digress. Without chocolate, there is only a slight acidity on the finish, with hardly any alcohol taste.
M - A bit unsatisfying, but creamy and smooth. The finish was a little less lingering that I might like, but overall, an outstanding Russian Imperial Stout. Surprisingly high in carbonation, but I found that this made the texture a little more complex and interesting.
D - An outstanding, enjoyable brew. Take your time with this one. What the hell, I might as well use the coffee analogy once more: drink this beer as you would a cup of coffee on a lazy morning.
11-02-2008 01:54:59 | More by vrazionale
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
12oz bottle in a snifter.
Appearance: poured black as night with a one finger brown head
Smell: coffee, coffee, coffee(get the point), chocolate, flowery and ether alcohol(duh, 9%)
Taste: hops bite, chocolate, smooth, flowery, not strong for it's alcohol content, coffee like always
This is a wonder in a bottle. Drink it alone or with some chocolate desert. I am not the stout fan in my house, but this is definitely one worth trying.
09-14-2008 17:12:12 | More by ClavisAurea
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into an 8 oz. snifter at Barley's in Shawnee, KS.
Appearance: When I first laid eyes upon the glass, it looked strikingly like a dry stout, whether this is due to a nitro tap or what, I don't know at this point. There was a solid finger and a half of tan colored head that looked soft and billowy. And the beer itself is black as night. No light is getting through today, and it's a pretty sunny day here on the plains.
Smell: This beer smells heavily of roasted chocolates and toasted grain malts. There is a lot of sweet vanilla and some cream as well. Subtle hops are present, but this beer is certainly all about the malts, which is exactly what an impy stout should be about.
Taste: Much like the nose, this beer is a heavy chocolate, grain malt bomb. The chocolates are mostly dark and heavy with a bit of spiciness as well. The grains on the other hand represent everything that is good with using toasted and burnt grain malts in a beer. I love it.
Mouthfeel: Amazingly enough, the nose didn't display anything overt, but the first sip had some stinging alcoholic esters, which was very surprising. As the beer warmed and settled, these phenolic overtones mellowed considerably, but it was a bit harsh to start. This brew was definitely served too cold for my tastes.
Drinkability: As I find myself staring at my final third, I can't help but remark about the drinkability of this brew. Many RIS tend to be heavy, thick, viscous sipping beers. This is not like those. It definitely has a pronounced mouthfeel. It's not too light, but it doesn't sit heavily in your stomach either. North Coast created a winner with this RIS, and it is one that I will continue to drink happily here in Kansas.
06-23-2010 23:14:29 | More by COBeerBuff
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - dark brown-black with deep amber highlights; one and a half fingers of a mocha/tan head with a large bead diminished to just barely a finger and remained for all but the last few ounces; left thick splotchy lacing
S - rooty, rich and toasty malt nose with a strong roasted barley edge and coffee, bakers chocolate, and espresso notes with a whiff of alcoholic heat
T - the palate is very much in line with the nose, though an alcohol-driven, faint vanilla note emerges towards the back and the roasted malt is more evident; there are hints of dried fruit married to the malt
M - excellent texture; rich, full body bordering on creamy; CO2 is gentle; alcohol and dark malts provide a firming dryness to the finish
D - definitely not a session beer, but really quite drinkable
overall, this is the beer that defines the style for me; truly excellent stuff!
01-02-2011 23:49:36 | More by nezelrac
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Ahhh... a perennial favourite! The colour is mahogany brown with no head. The aroma is sharply malty with anise , coffee ground and hops. On the palate, a creamy mouth feel with loads of dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, chewy licorice, strong coffee, biting hops, some phenolic notes and a helluva long finish!
05-07-2010 06:20:16 | More by slaintemhor
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours like motor oil with a light-tan head. It goes away fairly quickly but there's a decent amount of lace for a higher ABV beer. Aromas of roasted coffee and the darkest chocolate imaginable. Very pleasant but not as aromatic as it could have been. There's a ton of depth in the flavor with the roasted notes taking the forefront. The coffee/bittersweet chocolate flavor starts with a dark cherry fruit flavor peaking through in the middle. It was very subtle but it was there. The finish came on nicely with a roasted coffee bitterness. Nice, chewy mouthfeel that made me feel like there was ground up coffee and cocoa powder floating in the beer. One of the most delicious stouts I've had to date. A definite must try and something I'll drink again.
09-29-2009 03:48:52 | More by apbarwood
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Jet black with a little brown hue. Coke-like upon pouring. Relatively small amount of mocha colored head that created a nice lacing.
S - Good amount of roasted malt odor but still smells a little sweet (root beer-ish). Also a little alcohol on the side, but not too much.
T - Mostly roasted, dark malt coming through with some vanilla sweetness on the side. Finishes clean and crisp with smoky aftertaste. Very mild booziness but you can feel the alcohol warmth going down.
M - Full bodied. Moderate carbonation.
D - Solid stout. Stays true to the style. As drinkable as it gets for 9% abv.
02-23-2011 04:52:50 | More by bbb099
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
A - Pours a deep black with an out of control foamy latte head.
A - Blast of hops - not sure what kind, but a softer C-hop variety, I guess. Then there's some roasted malts warning me of what's to come.
T - When it's cool I pick up the hops, just like I wanted to. Good, they're zesty. I hear American varietals were used, I don't mind that.
When the beer is warm enough to be enjoyed: sweet, smooth malt. Kinda tastes English. It's very flavorful, but not overly sweet or roasty. The finish has some bite to it.... acrid towards the end of the beer. Other than that, it's not overly interesting. I don't think it's too young, I just think this a tame beer. Some heat at the end makes the beer fun.
M - It's smooth and full-bodied. The beer doesn't weigh you down, though. Plus the finish is dry. Definitely Chico.
O - This beer drinks tooo easy. On the one hand, it's nice having a 9% behemoth just glide away. On the other hand, I wish there were more of interest in this beer. Maybe I'm spoiled, but for as taut as this beer is, I wish there were something more to it. I think the yeast is too boring, the crystal malt could impart a little more pit-fruit flavor, and the roasted character could be a slightly more aggressive.
Sure, for anyone like me on a seasonal Doppelbock binge right now, this will compare to a bull out of the pen. But as far as RIS's go, its tame than usual.
Fine beer. It leaves a hoppy-acrid linger at the back of my palate that not other beer will match for a long time to come.
11-05-2011 17:18:05 | More by MONKandTUCK
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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