Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
L - Jet black with a 1 finger brown wispy and foamy head that doesn't stay around too long. Very nice lacing, though.
S - The first thing I smell is chocolate. There's definitely good amounts of roasted malt and hints of coffee. Maybe the tiniest bit of alcohol present, but not much, and also a slight hint of hops.
T - Simply delicious. The sweetness of the chocolate balances well with the bitterness of the roasted malt and coffee flavors. Some hop flavors may be contributing to the bitterness as well. Very good balance between the sweetness and bitterness.
F - Medium-to-full bodied, not much as far as carbonation, and a dry, slightly bitter, slightly astringent, slightly warming finish from the roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol. Light creamy texture.
O - This was a great beer. If you are a stout-lover, I highly recommend this one. Very, very tasty and hides the alcohol extremely well. I'd love to come back to this one.
03-21-2012 14:42:48 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Aggressively poured into a tulip producing a big two finger light brown head atop a black on black on black body of darkness. Lacing clings to the glass from top to bottom.
The smell is everything you want from a RIS. Roast character, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. There is even a slight hoppy citrus aroma.
The roasted malt hits big with the coffee and chocolate flavors in tow. There is a definite bitter bite. The aftertaste lingers wonderfully. I don’t want any water to wash it away.
Not quite a full body. Smooth with light carbonation.
It is hard to turn down this beer. A wonderful stout at a great price point.
03-21-2012 04:37:41 | More by MattSweatshirt
3.68/5 rDev -14.4%
Cheers once again to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle
Appearance: Black, with a moderately-sized beige/light tan head, leaves wisps of lacing
Smell: A lot of different aromas here - burnt malts, somewhat charred, very roasted - burnt, dark coffee - dark chocolate and some cocoa - hoppy, too - herbal and grassy, with orange and grapefruit rind - the hop profile is not what I'm looking for, but I imagine that it will drop over time
Taste: Follows the smell, with a ton of burnt - burnt malts, chocolate malts, bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, char - burnt orange and grapefruit rinds - combined bitterness from the burnt malts and the hops is actually a little harsh - lingering bitterness, too
Mouthfeel: Medium body, above average carbonation, very smooth, somewhat dry
Overall: Good, not that amazing
The RIS style is inundated with ridiculously thick, absurdly ridiculous monsters. This is not one of them, and it isn't supposed to be. It's a good for what it is, but I am not a huge fan of the hops and overall lack of depth of the malts. This does work well in cooking chili, however.
03-20-2012 05:58:29 | More by angrybabboon
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured into a tulip. (Closest glass nearby)
Yeah, no light is escaping this one. Kind of an odd thing to give a high appearance on, but I think you know where I'm coming from on a stout like this. :-)
The carbonation was pretty much spot on, nice small bubbles. I think I was surprised by the smell, not as strong as I was expecting. A little charcoal and bitter chocolate aroma.
The taste was very smooth, not overpowering. Somehow, I was hoping for some more complexity to shine through, but the variety of subtle flavors was dominated in my nose by the charcoal taste.
I was surprised how masked that 9% is. Doesn't feel like it at all. I'm not sure I'd ever session an imperial stout, but it's as likely a candidate as you're gonna find.
Regardless, it's good stuff.
03-20-2012 02:17:02 | More by Chirpie
4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
A- The nose is a little understated. I get some coffee and roast.
A- Pitch black with a thin rich brown colored head.
F- Dark chocolate and deep roasty flavors are present. There's some bitterness, but it's subdued. Not harsh or overly astringent. The malt flavors are there, but not residual sweetness.
M- Low to average carbonation. Nice full body, without being cloying. Actually a pretty dry taste, like accented by the mild astrigent character of the roast malts.
O- An awesome beer. It's everything you could want in a Russian Imperial Stout. I love the fact that it's big and strong, but there's not a hot alcohol flavor and that the roast flavors are present, but the beer avoids being too harsh. It's a drinkable version that I'd come back to.
03-19-2012 04:51:34 | More by onewetpaw
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,516 ratings.