Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 7.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date but I bought the pack last June so we're looking at a minimum of one year old. Served in a Founders snifter.
Pours almost pure black with 2 fingers of dense mocha tan head. Good consistent lacing.
Smells of dark fruit, cocoa, burnt sugar and roasted malts.
Nice bittersweet plum and dark chocolate up front. Notes of cherry, coffee, smoke, anise and burnt wood. Great blend of all the flavors I expect in a Russian imperial stout. Alcohol is lurking in the background but never dominates.
Creamy medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Long bitter cocoa malty aftertaste.
A truly classic Russian imperial stout. It is the standard to which I hold all others. It's not the best around by any means but it's readily available enough that if a stout isn't at least this good, it has no business in my cellar. If you're a stout fan and for some reason you haven't tried this one, it's past time you get out there and give it a try. Like most Russian imperial stouts, Old Rasputin is great fresh and even better with some age on it.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2012 19:20:01 | More by ThickNStout
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,143 ratings.