Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.38/5 rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
The high alcohol content took a little away from it. I would have enjoyed this beer more at 7.00 abv. As for the particulars rated above: strong point is its look and smell. The alcohol is what equated to the taste & mouthfeel rating being lower than the olfactory.
I'd drink this with dessert in a small 6oz glass.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2013 07:15:03 | More by flooshmander
4.54/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at cellar temperature.
Old Rasputin's head is a dense, three-finger mass of light brown foam which lingers on for quite some time. This stout isn't totally pitch black, as light penetrates the edge of the surface in the glass, but it's still pretty dark and opaque. It leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. One of the prettiest imperial stouts I've seen.
In the smell I get vanilla, sweet milk chocolate, raisins, prunes, and a hint of earthy coffee. Really nice.
Pretty much everything in the smell is also in the taste with the chocolate and tart dark fruits, but there is also a great aftertaste of coffee bitterness and earthy roastiness. The alcohol is VERY well buried under this stout's excellent qualities. I'd say it could pass for 6%.
The carbonation is medium to high. I've had other imperial stouts that are more thick and viscous than this, but it's still pretty substantial. It's good.
This is an amazing, standard-setting sort of Russian imperial stout. It may be one of the most common and widely available beers in it's style, but there is nothing "common" about Old Rasputin's character (either the beer or the historical figure).
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2013 15:59:48 | More by Kuaff
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,228 ratings.