Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
Black with blonde head. Roasty, salt and bitter and high acid. In sip: Cinammon, rye bread, bittersweet chocolate, fruit,licorice. Could be less hoppy. Medium plus texture.
Had 4.5 years later and certainly stands up over time. There are more "big" RIS but for a bitter coffee one, this is the classic.
06-08-2004 05:00:50 | More by Sammy
4.47/5 rDev +4%
A - Pours a pitch black color. I could not see any light through the beer. 1 inch chocolate milk colored head. Nice ring lacing.
S - Smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee/espresso beans, and surprisingly like soy sauce.
T - Bittersweet chocolate, bitter espresso, coffee aftertaste.
M - Good carbonation. Thick and creamy.
D - Very good. Tasty RIS that I will get again.
07-05-2010 17:50:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
The first RIS I had as a serious craft-beer drinker. I had thought they were a little too heavy and off-putting in the past, but this one really turned me to the light. A big thank you to the local Trader Joe's for offering singles of this one.
A: Black with a brown head and some good lacing.
S: Roasted dark malts and a little bit of alcohol.
T: Good espresso flavors meld with the roasted malt. Some hops make their way in and overall it's slightly sweet.
M: Fairly thick and well-carbonation. Nice and creamy.
D: Pretty drinkable. A very, very good introduction to the style, and one I plan on offering to many other beginners.
05-01-2009 14:15:43 | More by Thorpe429
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
A: The beer poured jet black with a two finger high creamy light brown head that took a long time to die down into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a significant amount of bitterness in it. Notes of coffee beans particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather rich on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish and warming from the alcohol.
D: The alcohol is noticeable but fairly well masked, which doesn't make it too difficult to drink. This is a great beer to sip during the winter months.
09-05-2010 05:50:10 | More by metter98
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Deep, menacing mahogany with ruby highlights and a medium brown cascading head that would make a nitro pour proud. Initially four-fingers-and-a-thumb in size, the cap looks as if it'll last for a good, long while. Dark brown lace--some of the darkest I've ever seen--coats the glass, but doesn't last all that long.
The nose abounds with bittersweet chocolate. Yes, there's some coffee; yes, there's heavily roasted malt and hops; but chocolate is king as far as the aroma is concerned. On the palate, hops return with a vengeance. "Regicide or death!" they scream as they pound away at King Cocoa... sorry, I got carried away there for a moment. A huge quantity of heavily roasted black malt results in a constellation of flavors that includes bittersweet chocolate, espresso and anise. Each and every one fills the mouth with Godiva-like goodness.
Even with all that malt, the citric hoppiness is unrelenting and is at least as prominent as in a middle-aged Storm King. Strangely enough, I'd prefer to see the hops ratcheted back a few notches in this beer, something that I never thought I'd say.
The mouthfeel is akin to heavily silky melted chocolate and is some kind of chewy, as befits an Imperial stout. Those who don't believe this is a true Imperial stout have different standards than I do. Nearly unnoticed carbonation is a perfect capper on a nearly perfect mouthfeel.
Old Rasputin is a mega hoppy stout, perhaps a tad too hoppy. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or the faint of palate. Proceed only if you enjoy immensely flavorful, luxurious stouts that could fairly constitute a meal in and of themselves. Old Raspy is North Coast's best beer, I do believe.
10-27-2004 21:19:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.14/5 rDev -3.7%
Appearnace: Tar black with a bit of ruby peeking through when put in front of a light source; a modest head that webs the glass with lacing
Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and espresso
Taste: The flavor explodes in your mouth - at first you get the coffee and chocolate and then, after the swallow, the bitter hops kick in along with the alcohol; after the warmth and the bitterness fades, the chocolate tones linger and comfort
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A lovely, warming stout for the cold weather months; a big beer and not for the faint-hearted
12-16-2004 23:06:55 | More by brentk56
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
Bottle: Poured a dark black colored beer with almost no head. Aroma is comprised of a strong chocolate and coffee mix. The chocolate and coffee also hits you right at the first sip along with some roastiness. A bit too much bitterness at the end for my liking though. Carbonation is bit weak and body is strong which was expected. Overall, this is a very good drink but maybe not as much as some make it out to be
08-04-2004 16:07:06 | More by Phyl21ca
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
This is THE staple of Russian Imperial Stouts that paved the way for unreal American stout brewers of this depth, boldness, and aggression.
The beer pours with a deep onyx black color, a 1" froathy tan head that rises to the top of the tulip and proves to be steadfast til the end. A fair amount of lacing, soft legging, and retention.
Strong aromas of roasted malts, burnt toast, deeply roasted coffee, and waves of burnt cocoa. Truely aggressive, attacking the nose.
Equally strong flavors favor the espresso character, while the burnt toast and cocoa provide complex flavor to the highly roasted grains. Milder fruity flavors of plumbs, dates, licorcie, and raisons round out the roughter grain-related tastes very well. Not to be outdone, the hops also provide a piney, light resin tone to the finsihing flavors. Lightly acidic flavors later remind me of bitter coffee once more.
Sweet, smooth, creamy textures conjure up a full and round body with a billowing and expansive initial mouthfeel. The beer settles and allows the hops, acid, and light sourness to cause a lightening in the body to allow for ease in drinking. Hop bitterness begins to gain dominance over the astringent coffee, toasty bite. The light warmth of 9% abv. kinda gets lost in the complex flavors and textures.
Very well attenuated and controlled yeast character made this beer a Godfather of Stouts and continues to outlast newer Stouts with its restraint and boldness. Always a pleasure to see this beer in my glass.
08-07-2005 22:47:20 | More by BEERchitect
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
Thanks to bm0095 for the bottle.
Good lawd does this look nice. Absolute black as night with a huge cream colored head. Lace was so thick I could not see through the glass. Perfect look for an Imperial Stout,Perfect. Smell started with a hint of chocolate, some coffee, maybe even some dark fruity smells hidden in there, nice overal aroma.
As for the taste, hmmm.Big Flavors right off the bat. Roasted, caramel sweetness, The alcohol can definatly be tasted and this is warm going down, yummy. Coffee undertones as well as the tiniest hint of chocolate, I mean tiny but it is there. Very nicely carbonated, and thick. This is a definate sipper. The abv custs down on what you may be able to drink but not what you think you can! I could really drink this on every cold night. Big beer here folks, very nicely done!
02-05-2007 02:16:20 | More by mikesgroove
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
I can't believe I've yet to write a few for Ol' Raspy. Here it goes...
A: I poured the bottle into my Cigar City snifter to reveal the beautiful and familiar jet black, viscous liquid that is Old Rasputin. A small mocha colored head sits atop the darkness.
S: Great aromas of chocolate, coffee, a roasted nuttiness, and hints of vanilla. A wonderful combination of sweet and bitter aromas.
T: The taste very much follows the nose, and I'm quite glad it does. Once again, a great balance between sweet coffee and vanilla flavors melds well with bitter coffee and a roasted, bordering on burnt, taste.
M: Now this is a full bodied beer. Very little in the way of carbonation, the way it should be, and this gives the beer that thick, creamy mouthfeel you are looking for in an RIS.
D: I personally find this to be one of the more drinkable beers in the RIS style, but that doesn't make it a beer you're going to drink 6 of. A great beer and I've decided to finally put some away to age, even though I love it fresh.
10-22-2009 07:32:58 | More by womencantsail
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Bottle version of the three version taste test this night (Nitro, regular tap and bottle).
Black with a thick pillow like head. As nice as the tap but not as firm as the nitro;
Nose of bitter dark chocolate and fresh espresso. Nose from the bottle is actually a bit more assertive than on tap or nitro. Also has a bit more of a hop character than the tap.
Again however, great flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee/espresso and malt/toffee/carmel with hints of bitter and roasted grains.
Medium to full mouthfeel with a bit of creamy character.
Long coffee/espresso bitter chocolate finish. An all around great drink.
Bottle version is my least favorite but, having said that, I'll drink the bottle version any time! Very nice beer!
10-02-2009 06:28:55 | More by GRG1313
4.43/5 rDev +3%
A: 3 finger milk chocolate head, thick lace.. Very black.
S: Very roasted with a sharp sweet note resembling dark fruit filling.
T: Dark chocolate is the major player here. Roast and coffee as well with toffee mixed in. I am also getting a dark fruit finish, like the aroma, with a cherry-like thick syrupy filling would taste.
M: Thick bodied and moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice aroma. One of the best imperial stouts I have had. Excellent all the way around.
09-01-2011 01:07:30 | More by kylehay2004
4.6/5 rDev +7%
Appearance: Pours out black, with a thick tan head that slowly fades to a thin ring of lace.
Smell: The aroma is a rich, vibrant framework containing scents of licorice, espresso, sweet chocolate, and ripe, vinous fruits.
Taste: Flavors Ahoy! Bitterness and black roasted malts fight for attention. Hints of molasses, toffee, mocha, and spice help to round out the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied; feels heavy on the tongue. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. The ABV provides for a warming, satisfying finish.
Drinkability: Very enjoyable. For anyone who's had this beer before, let me just say: Booyah!
If you haven't had this beer before... Try it: Today!
03-18-2006 03:48:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Wow, I knew what this was going to look like after having it from the bottle a few times before. The Nitro just sets this brew off right from the start. It's got the deep black stout look to it. With a wonderfully thick creamy tan head that leaves a fantastic lacing down the glass. The smell has some pine on the nose with a deep roasted aroma following after. The taste is explosive, it's hoppy and has a masterful chocolate taste. The finish is dry and smoother than just about any beer I've ever had. The mouthfeel is creamy, heavy and silky smooth. Overall I never wanna have this from a bottle again. If you see this on Nitro it's a must have!
06-10-2011 22:30:33 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
I have to say this is the best imperial stout I have had so far,pours a deep borwn but not quite black with a light almond colored head,aroma is burnt with some rasin notes.The taste is a bombshell very buttery and rum-like with some light earthy tones,love the butteriness of this beer along with the rum flavor.A real complex brew that is pretty easy to drink for the alcohol content,what a real nice beer.
12-03-2003 02:42:18 | More by oberon
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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