Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 9,025 | Reviews: 3,317 | Display Reviews Only:
4.14/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip
Pour: As expected this beer is a huge looking beer being ink black with a stunning creamy, fluffy milk chocolate head of three fingers. Lacing is evident as the head recedes.
Smell: Nice! Smells so chocolaty! Big time chocolate with a secondary note of roast and this is intriguing me because most RIS seem to be roast forward. There is some vanilla and molasses in here creating a somewhat sweet smell. Coffee, malts, some nuttiness, and dark fruits. Digging this nose
Taste: Smooth creamy chocolate with a sweet taste but this is very quickly followed up by a bitterness. More roasty and malts than in the nose creating a nice complexity. Some bitter coffee comes through along with some dark fruits and nut taste. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Aftertaste I would have to say is more bitter coffee bean like than anything else.
Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy but I'd have to say leans toward the medium spectrum actually. Thinner than I expected and carbonation seems lower.
Overall: The nose really got me excited but must admit the taste let me down slightly. I liked this beer a lot but was hoping for something a little different when I smelled it.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2013 01:52:09 | More by sleuthdog
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe
A - pitch black body under an enormous thick, foamy head of dark tan; awesome lace and great retention
S - tons of roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, booze
T - coffee, chocolate, booze, a bit nutty; bitterness kicks in for a pleasant balance, with plenty of malty sweetness in the finish
M - creamy full body, medium/high carbonation, slick, plenty of warmth from the alcohol
O - Excellent imperial stout. It's a classic for a reason.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2013 21:28:26 | More by lwillitz
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,025 ratings.