Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
Appearance: Poured into a pint glass nice and dark; no light coming through on this one. The head didn't maintain long, but rarely does on imperial stouts.
Smell: Dark, earthy, coffee, chocolate; very smooth. Not much by way of alcohol which is surprising weighing in at a hefty 9%
Taste: Glorious. Full flavored. This is as fine as the best espresso on earth and blended like a well aged cigar. I always forget how much I love this beer and am very happy to have that surprise.
Mouthfeel: A little carbonation; I would say it is a heavy bodied beer but not too over powering.
Drinkability: Surprisingly high; for me the only way I would be able to consume more would be to have a nitrogen version of this or a still beer version.
Easily one of my favorite beers of all time as well as the quintessential example of what a Russian imperial stout should be all about.
02-25-2009 05:57:32 | More by halo21
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
This beer poured a dark thick black with a thick and creamy brown head. It smelled strongly of coffee chocolate and somewhat of alcohol. The flavor here is intense. Dark roasted coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate dominate, there is also a toasted sweetness like roasted marshmallows that are almost burnt(the best kind). The finish is smooth with a touch of alcohol. This is currently my favorite stout
10-06-2007 20:50:19 | More by geetlord
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of reviewing for me is returning to a beer after a long period of sampling other standouts in the style. RIS is an especially portent style for such revision, with its massive complexity and depth. On to Rasputin in a snifter, after nearly a year of mostly Stone, Ten Fidy, and any other barreled/double stouts to come my way.
Pours slick and creamy, a darkly tan head swirling about on top. Booze is apparent in the smell, something I may be in the minority for liking. Other than that it's all roasty coffee/chocolate goodness, with powerful bursts of fruit, some licorice, and possibly oak/vanilla. A great scent that I am not too patient to surrender for a taste.
My first thought is: too bubbly. A few swirls to kick this back and I'm met with a smoother vehicle in which to glean these flavors. I am instantly reminded of Sam Smith, but that fruity, roasted malt profile so prevalent in his beers has been pumped up and rounded out considerably here with chocolate and coffee notes.
I get an occasional twang of metal as well, but also oatmeal, pepper, milk and bitter hops. Hops push through the finish in a way some will love but is kind of distracting for me. This hop character creates a certain dryness and the beer stays rather thin for its abv. The alcohol is not masked as well as the best in class manage and I think the bitterness factor adds to this.
If you like the English style stouts and enjoy a bitter RIS this will be right up your alley. A great deal for a 4-pack but not entirely satisfying to my palette. More coffee and sugar, please.
EDIT: Bumping up the taste and mouthfeel dimensions as this beer really comes into its own as it warms. Sweeter and richer. Nice!
10-20-2010 01:07:24 | More by bohemiandonut
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
A- Motor oil black with a one inch tan head and excellent lacing
S- Coffee and chocolate with earth tones and dark fruits
T- Lots of coffee and smoke flavors with a slight chocolate finish and some hints of dark fruits
M- Very thick (it is a RIS) but very smooth as well, smoother than most
D- Excellent beer and a treat to drink even with the high ABV.
01-15-2010 19:30:07 | More by wangbruins
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
2009 vintage, tasted on 8/2/10
I haven't had a fresh bottle in a while, so I'm not sure if this is typical of the beer or just shows what happens after a year. But the alcohol was very subdued and the beer really didn't seem particularly rich. Oh it smelled rich as hell, but it finished downright clean and tangy. Which was cool enough, I suppose, but more like I would expect from a Porter than a RIS.
Deep, dark, and nearly absent of color. Fine coffee-cream head. Smells of blood and grilled meats. Sweet Turkish coffee on the palate. Oddly un-rich, actually. Even tangy on the finish.
Food pairing: Mexican porchetta (slow-roasted pork shoulder, wrapped around aromatics)
08-03-2010 20:04:47 | More by detlefchef
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
Wow... Poured very dark with a slight two finger head.
As I do with all my first taste beers, the light test... strong thin gold rim obove dark reddish tint body.
Strong fruity smell, almost like a red wine with slight sulfuric lingering aroma... which made this beer very appealing.
Very strong earthy flavor that goes down very smooth. Very little lingering burnt aftertaste which makes this beer very drinkable. I really enjoyed drinking this beer for the first time.
09-30-2009 20:57:41 | More by Bajasith
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
A: Pitch dark beer, pours like oil. Big dark tan head that settles but never leaves and revives quite nicely with a twirl of the glass. It leaves some pretty awesome lasing as well.
S: Intense coffee and chocolate upfront with a massive amount of roasted malts. Sweet caramel maltyness. You can smell the booze a bit. Smells robust and delicious.
T: Big on the coffee. Big time dark chocolate mixed with semi-sweet chocolate. Later on I notice a bit of dark fruit taste, along with slight acidity. You can taste the alcohol, but I know of no other beer that marries the alcohol and the beer flavors better than Old Rasputin. Hop bitterness across the palate in the aftertaste that cleanses the palate for more. After finishing about half the beer, it leaves a thick layer of bakers chocolate all across your tongue... nice! It doesn't have vastly complex flavors, but what flavors are there, are absolutely perfect.
M: Thick and chewy with light carbonation. Silky and smooth as it flows across the palate.
This beer is my favorite RIS to date. I love it for its awesome flavor, its great drinkability, and its price and availability. I always have a couple on hand. Highly recommended!
06-23-2011 03:25:48 | More by iDrinknewglarus
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours nearly pitch black with three fingers of lumpy, toasted brown foam. Very nice lacing and good visible carbonation. Nose is rich and sweet with notes of coffee, cocoa, a little caramel, and some alcohol. Thick like chocolate milk on the palate with excellent carbonation. Not much hop character. The malt isn't overbearing, allowing dark chocolate flavors to play on the palate and become more pronounced in the finish. Very easy to drink for 9% abv. The mouthfeel and palate are very well rounded so you don't feel super weighed down. Still, its obvious why they only sell it in 4-packs. Its a big brew meant for moderation and special occasions. Happy Friday to me :)
04-08-2011 21:24:37 | More by hoppyhampy
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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