Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.09/5 rDev -4.9%
Reviewed from notes. Had on nitro-tap at Redlight Redlight. Served in a 10 oz. glass shaped like a nonic pint pint glass.
A: Very dark brown, and opaque. Creamy dark tan nitro head, but much of the nitrogen movement within the beer had dissipated by the time I got the glass.
S: Coffee, dark cacao. Rich maltiness and a creamy sweetness. Not a huge aroma, but nice when you work at it a bit.
T: Sweet dark-roasted coffee, cacao, and big roasted malts without being overly bitter. Some toffee and a lactose-like sweetness throughout. Mild roasted bitterness in hang.
M: The body is on the thin side for style and the nitro-tap serving. Creamy mouthfeel, and alcohol is well-hidden for style.
O: Truly a quality, easily accessible example of style, but it didn't quite live up to my high expectations for having it on nitro.
04-10-2012 05:18:23 | More by macrosmatic
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
This is one pitch black brew, with a 4 finger chunky head towering over my glass. It leaves very sticky lacing.
The aroma is of rich roasted malt complemented perfectly by over-ripe citrus and whiffs of coffee. It almost smells as if it were barrel-aged.
Sweet, smooth, and almost milky, like milk chocolate with caramel Bitter hops and roast malts refuse to allow the sweetness to overpower.
Thick and creamy in the mouth, with a bit of light foaminess. Very warming.
One of the best stouts. It's sweet, as I prefer, but countered well by the heavy bitterness. Great for a cool spring night.
04-10-2012 01:40:52 | More by obywan59
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
I can see why this is so popular. Roasted malts balanced by a pleasant bitterness, with tones of complexity to boot. It also warms nicely, which allows the chocolate and coffee flavors to bloom. The bottle I had wasn't especially creamy, to my disappointment. I think I'll revisit Old Rasputin with the hope the I'll get a better bottle, but this is how I feel about it for now.
04-05-2012 02:49:10 | More by ThePortlander
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
12oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours pitch black with almost four fingers of very active light brown head. Recedes to a film atop the beer.
S: Very strong roasted malts with a mixture of dark and milk chocolate, though light. Some piney hops in the background.
T: Starts out with a bitter hoppiness that is quickly followed by roasted malts, espresso, and dark and milk chocolate. The bitterness is a bit strong for me, but fortunately it's accompanied by great stout characteristics. As it warms, it gets better - the roast and chocolate become more apparent, and the bitterness less so.
M: Fairly thick with creamy carbonation.
O: A solid Russian Imperial Stout. Very roasty with great milk and dark chocolate flavor, but a bit too bitter for my liking. If it was a bit sweeter, it'd be phenomenal.
04-05-2012 01:08:14 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,505 ratings.