Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Wow! This stout is a handful. Pours very dark and opaque, with an imposing head that warns of what is to follow. Plenty of lacing.
Aroma is of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, toffee, and alchohol.
Mouthfull is complicated, smooth and fulfilling. Nice balance of roasted malts, hops, and an essence of prunes that jumps into the mix somehow. Slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste.
I'm new to imperial stouts, but this one is very drinkable. Perfect companion to an open fireplace. Rasputin will leave you with a nice warm feeling, as you might expect from the abv.
11-09-2003 19:21:17 | More by merlin48
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
4-06-2009 - fresh bottle.
poured from 12 oz bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours black with some very nice looking mocha colored head. pretty nice retention. only a little bit of lacing.
on the nose, theres a lot of solvent like alcohol, chocolate, and some nice roasted malts.
big complex taste to this one. nice roasty, chocolatey malty taste in the begining that settles out to a slight hop bitterness. alcohol is a little present.
heavy mouthfeel, that for some reason, almost seems a little lighter than it actually is. very smooth for such a big beer. pretty drinkable considering the body and the ABV. but id prolly be done after 2 of these. i reccommend this to all, go get it.
4-4-4.5-4-4 = A-
4-30-2011 - about 2 years of age.
12oz. bottle pulled from my cellar that, if i remember correctly, was from the same 4 pack as the above review. purchased 4-5-2009, no bottling date, but i would imagine it has been in the bottle well over 2 years.
pours out opaque black with just a small fizzy head that pretty quickly turned into just the slightest ring. no lace, nice sticky legs however. it was a very slow pour, but there was no retention.
aromas of heavily roasted malt and dark fruits primarily. some coffee and alcohol behind.
again lots of roasted malt. also some dark fruits, rich malts, coffee, bits of cocoa, some alcohol in there, but from what i remember its subdued a bit, no longer really solvent like. hop bitterness in the finish? nice roasty choco aftertaste.
as it did 2 years ago, the mouthfeel a bit on the thin side, still chewy and big bodied, but (i hate to say it) almost a touch watery? smooth
i drank this too fast, now that the alcohol has simmered down a bit, its definatly more drinkable. it has definatly changed over time, but its not really for better or worse, i might lean just a bit towards better, but its not something i would go out of my way to age again. i do however, wish i had another right now.
3.5-4-4.5-3.5-4.5 = A-
04-30-2011 04:34:01 | More by dogfishandi
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from a nitro-tap at Tyler's (Carrboro, NC) into a pint glass.
A: Massive mocha head, much lighter than it is from the bottle or on draft without the nitro infussion. Crazy thick lacing.
S: Roasted malt, a bit musty and not too dissimilar to Ron Burgundy's place: he has many leather-bound books and his apartment smells of rich mahogany.
T: Espresso, tofee, burnt malt & dark chocolate sweet in the finish.
M: Creamy (nitro) and sweet, fully coating the mouth upfront and ending with a thinner bitterness.
O: Potent beer milkshake.
02-13-2012 17:24:21 | More by Mantooth
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,489 ratings.