Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle into standard pint.
No vintage or bottle date visible... I'll assume it's pretty fresh as I bought it from a store that recently opened...
I've had this beer lots of times, and I must say I prefer it with age-- this might be the freshest I've ever had it!
Anyway, getting on to actual beer-related notes;
Looks dark black with deep brownish tan legs. Nice dark brown head of two fingers-- thick and fluffy looking. Really nice.
The smell hits big chocolate malt with some sweet caramel and a giant roasty character. The flavor is much of the same, but it adds a bit of boozy warmth at the dry and smooth finish.
Body is full, thick, and creamy.
Overall-- this is a spectacular beer for $8 per 4-pack! I think it comes out better with a bit of age to help smooth it out a bit, but this entirely palatable and quite a pleasant sipper.
11-24-2011 02:45:02 | More by AleWatcher
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Poured into tulip glass:
A: just about pitch black, with the slightest of dark brown hues on the edges when held to light. Yields a pillowy brown head that leaves just a bit of lace as it settles.
S: brown sugar, semisweet chocolate, pleasant alcohol fumes, molasses. Very appealing.
T: vine fruit (as in a bold red wine), bitter chocolate, alcohol heat, all rounded out by a bold, dark coffee flavor that lingers. So good.
M: Rich and full, as it should be. Can get a bit hot after a while, but that's to be expected.
O: I already knew this, but taking the time to be critical reaffirms how much I love this beer. They're two different animals, but the only Russian Imperial that equals this is Samuel Smith's. This is the standard bearer for the style.
11-23-2011 03:21:39 | More by rwathree
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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