Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +16.3%
I don't know why you do not have this beer in your top 25. This has to be the best Imperial Stout that I have ever had. In my opinion this beer cannot be improved upon!
I am more of an Pale Ale or IPA person, but if I see this on a beer list at a restaurant, I have to have it.
08-23-2013 15:56:46 | More by JackDempsy
4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
A: great looking dark dark brown beer with a nice thick tan head and crazy good lacing
S: smells like a nice cup of coffee with some chocolate and a after hint of alcohol
T: Taste goes along with the smell, with an initial bitter coffee taste balanced by some malt and dark chocolate flavors with a delicous after taste that stays on the tongue. and almost no alcohol taste
m: really good mouthfeel for such a dark high abv beer
O: one of my top stouts right up there with founders breakfast and ten fidy
04-10-2014 00:31:27 | More by GinjaSlice
4.3/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle, served in a Chimay chalice.
A - Pours a dark, dark black with a deep ruby hue when put to the light. Huge 2-3 finger head of deep beige colored foam that leaves a great lacing.
S - Chocolate espresso, with hints of nuts - no hop aroma to note of.
T - Sweet chocolate and espresso like coffee notes. Nice hop presence with a great lingering bitterness that makes this beer very enjoyable.
M - Thick on viscosity and low on carbonation - perfect for this style.
D - While this one is 9%, you can actually drink more than a couple in a sitting, but be careful!
An excellent representation of this style. FKro.
12-01-2007 02:34:10 | More by djeffbee
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
A: Ebony darkness. Only the slightest light penetration. Lovely tan head, but it quickly dissipates into a coagulated, large bubbled, foam replica of Pangea.
S: Dark roast, vinous malty alcoholic stone fruit with molasses chocolate ashy husky whiffs. Yeasty Vegemite beef bullion. Malt acidity beckons a sip.
T: Sweet coffee, ash, molasses, herbal hops, lingering bitterness, large warm yeasty presence, dark cocoa chocolate milkshake. Graham crackers and wheaten scones lurk in the shadows. The finish is rounded by iron aerosols left over from John Henry's frenetic activities.
M: Sweet, cleanly balanced with bitterness, herbs, iron. If sipped and swallowed it appears thin and quaffable. If tossed about in the mouth it awakens with a silken, mouthfilling foam.
D: Very nice. The bitterness, roast acidity and herbal nuances sweep this large, sweet beer down the pipes.
04-18-2006 08:34:14 | More by kohoutek
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Jet black with some slight transparencies towards the bottom of the glass. Very thin tan head that disapates before it even gets anywhere.
S: Very very roasty which I love. Chocolate, toffee, coffee... pretty much anything you would expect from a IRS, only WAY roastier!
T: First taste the roasted malts and chocolate dominate the palate followed by some licorice and a slight sting of alcohol. Aftertaste is very bitter like a strong coffee leaving the tongue throbbing and begging for more. Sticks to the tongue like glue. I can taste it for a long, long time after I've swallowed. A little alchol burn is noticable after a while, but for the most part it's pretty well hidden. As it warms the malts become stronger while the alcohol becomes weaker. Tastes better and better as you drink it.
M: There is a slight burn of alcohol on the way down, but not too bad. Carbonation is a little high.
D: This has quickly became one of my favorite beers of all time. I can drink it like water and I drink it very often. Very easy to drink for something of such high ABV. I really can't see it getting much better than this.
09-01-2006 07:32:52 | More by MLegendre
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
Purchased this tasty beer at the local PCC at a bargain price of $1.75. Served in a pint glass at about 50 degrees.
Appearance: Poured a very dark reddish brown, which is perceived as black in all but the brightest lighting, with a large yellow-brown head.
Smell: Earthy. Smells of dark leather and peat, some cloves and hops, and just a hint of sweetness, maybe sugar or vanilla.
Taste: Burnt sour cherry, cocoa. Charred and a little smokey at the end where the alcohol finally comes in, though not overpoweringly so.
Mouthfeel: medium body, a little syrupy.
Drinkability: An excellent Imperial Stout, but a little high in ABV to drink too many. But it is very drinkable because it is so tasty!
12-13-2006 02:24:13 | More by jletts
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Barrel Aged Old Rasputin RIS was tapped at Bavarian Lodge tonight. Unfortunately, it was a very small keg so it was entirely gone in 15 minutes, no exaggeration.
Nose was oak, oak, oak. Just the way I like it. Roasted malt aromas too.
Tasted dry for a RIS with a bit of woodiness and moderate roasted malt with touch of coffee and a wee bit of dark chocolate. Predominately oak/malt though.
The regular RIS is average by itself but the oak definitely kicked it up an interesting level. It was dry enough that I could have drank another, if only they hadn't run out so quickly... Good stuff.
04-03-2009 03:13:10 | More by PrinceDarren
4.47/5 rDev +4%
A - Wow! Massive head!! Really over poured this one easily. Thick brown foam head like malt. Looks like a sponge from the side. Good retention and sticks on glass. Looks like liquid chocolate and very inviting. Very black.
S - Smells like scorched dark chocolate, roasted malt and liquor. Very strong aroma.
T - Holy $*^! - very full flavor. Mild bitterness at back of tongue. Slightly sour on the sides. Roasted goodness like drinking a fired almond.
M - Lightly carbonated. Well balanced. A little bite on the back of the tongue. Feels slightly heavy.
D - I LOVE THIS BEER! So much character!! This is my first Imperial Stout, and I have to be honest, I was a little scared. The aroma almost made my knees shake. BUT, this is very drinkable and I'm enjoying every drop. I'll be picking up a sixer next time.
02-09-2008 02:24:51 | More by TYE
4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle poured into pint glass
A: Half a finger head, with weak lacing. There doesn’t appear to be much carbonation at all. Vaguely translucent, giving off a subtle crimson glow. Looks like crude oil.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, bitter coffee. A remote sweetness lurks somewhere in this layered aroma.
T: Initial malt flavor, maybe some caramel, coffee bean bitterness but well balanced. Might be some toffee. Has a transient sweetness possibly from some dark fruits, prunes? The hoppiness presents itself when allowed to mature on the tongue a bit.
M: Not as thick as I expected, very light carbonation. Not very dry, smooth with little after taste. A creamier character arrives as it approaches room temperature.
O: After engaging in some debauchery with old Rasputin, I can say I’m up for round two. This is an excellent stout for wintertime drinkin’. This was recommended to me by a rando in my local beer distributor, and I’m glad I took him up on it. A must try as far as imperial stouts are concerned. Until we meet again.
12-20-2013 00:21:30 | More by ZagZagg
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Bottle poured into glass
Appearance Beer is a black cloudy color. Head is a nice tan color. Head lingers on for quite awhile. I dont see a lot of carbonation bubbles through glass not sure if the beer is to dark to see these or there are just not a lot of bubbles.
Smell Nice chocolate aroma is the first smell I get. A hint of coffee is also present.
Taste A chocolate taste is present. Sweet malt is also tasted. Finishes a little bitter. Very smooth beer that is mild as well. Does not taste like a 9.00% but I know it is.
Mouthful Ultra low carbonation, a very smooth beer.
Drikability For a Russian stout goes down pretty good. A little to rich to drink to fast, must be sipped, a very nice beer.
12-30-2008 01:51:45 | More by mattffrost
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,505 ratings.