Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
always good to revisit an old favorite, last week was troegenator, week before siberian night, these are all 3 outstanding beers at great value.
standard opaque black, huge, thick head, lots of bubbles and gorgeous chocolate mocha color. absolutely the best head ive seen on any beer.
aroma just ok, roast and a little smoke, but nice and rich. the head tastes like chocolate marshmallow, leading to nice dark roast, lots of hops mid palate and in the finish that lingers for quite some time. nicely bitter and the hops complement rather than overpower the beer. the mouthfeel gets a little oily and slick, and my impression last night was the first 12 oz were better than the second 12, but couple years ago i would think nothing of going thru a 4 pak in one night. now i settle for two, and thankfully pass on the hangover.
overall very good, very satisfying, but i like siberian night a little better.
06-13-2012 14:51:57 | More by B33R501
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe
Had this one several times in the distant past, time to revisit and rate so here goes:
A - thick, billowy dark tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Seeing how good it pours makes me glad I came back to it.
S - bitter chocolate struggles to make it past the large nose of char. Burnt wood and roasted malt make a slightly smaller nose than I had anticipated.
T - roasted malt makes the first impression along with the char on the tongue as well. There is a mild bitterness that balances this RIS. Finishes pretty fast and suprisingly clean. I had hoped for more complexity but it is solid nonetheless.
M - medium at best. Not cloying at all and far less full than I would have guessed. The moderate carbonation cuts the mouthfeel down. For an RIS it finishes remarkably clean.
O - first off Old Rasputin is a damn good beer and really good RIS. One of the older players in this heavily BA category, it still holds itself well against the young bucks. It is very solid for the style if fairly unremarkable. Dont mistake this as average, of which it certainly isnt. Old Rasputin just doesnt knock your socks off in any particular way. But, considering its large distribution area, year round availability, relatively cheap price point and is considerably better than MOST breweries RIS, you could do far far worse.
06-13-2012 00:15:20 | More by Momar42
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
Poured into a pint glass. Pours opaque black with a tall, creamy brown head. The head dissipates slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. Poured into a pint glass. Pours opaque black with a tall, creamy brown head. The head dissipates slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. Dark roasted barley malt, bitter chocolate, anise, dark fruits, dark coffee, some hops, and some alcohol round out the flavors. It has a nice, dark roasted flavor overall. The flavors are bold and well balanced. There is a bitter aftertaste. It should be noted that the alcohol taste is not strong despite this beer being 9% ABV. The body is full with adequate carbonation. This beer is smooth and the drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer and remains one of my favorite examples of this style. I've enjoyed this many times in the past and will continue to do so.
06-12-2012 23:03:02 | More by acevenom
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,416 ratings.