Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Had this on tap at Max's the other day, where it was every bit as wonderful as it is on tap in Ft. Bragg.
The beer pours a lovely black color with persistent, long lasting head and lacing. This beer looks very impressive. On the nose, I don't know what it is, but I'm not getting a lot. There is a hint of coffee and licorise, but that's really about it. On the palate this is a very impressive beer. The beer is very soft and creamy, with flavors of coffee, vanilla and more licorise. The licorise flavor is actually quite pronounced. The beer finishes pretty well, though you can tell the abv. is up there. This is definitely a very big beer, but on the nitro it's very soft and easy to drink.
A good solid beer from North Coast brewing. Well done.
01-21-2008 19:54:59 | More by John_M
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Had on a nitro tap at Meridian pint poured into a shaker pint
Appearance is pure hot sex. Tight dark bubbles those tiny little things of microscopic nitro bliss, dark and cocoa like and super creamy in appearance. Dark walnut body with a one half finger head that will not go away. Seriously it falls like an elevator never to disappear. There is even some slight red hue just under the head. Ladies and gentleman... we have... no joke near perfection here.
First bouquet is a good spicy coffee, roast density and milk chocolate all rolled into one. Medium notes and balanced but kind of hidden not overpowering.
Then taste is WHammo! Dense DENSE chocolate on bubble consistency foam. Airy whisps of cream, killer just KILLER thick milk chocolate density DENSE, so thick bodied but not syrupy it's like a kids chocolate drink for adults. Hints of grain malt and husk, slight roast.
Overall it's a one trick kind of thing in a way and not complex but jesus it is done so well on nitro. Exceptional drinking right here this is like adult playtime right here, small children and small tastes need not apply. Pure win plain and simple!
04-19-2011 00:25:33 | More by smakawhat
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass. A beautiful dark brown hue with a thick two finger caramel head. Poor head retention but superior lacing.
The smell is a robust toasted barley aroma. Strong hints of coffee and subtle hints of cocoa.
The taste mirrors the aroma. A very rich roasted coffee flavor with significant lingering coffee and cocoa flavors. Pleasant flavor lasts minutes after the sip. A suprisingly slight alcohol taste considering the ABV. The balance is very good in this stout - just enough hop to moderate the roasted flavor.
The mouthfeel is rich and long lasting. The lingering flavors produce a prolonged mouthfeel.
A very drinkable 9.00% ABV beer.
04-18-2006 02:15:32 | More by plaid75
4.41/5 rDev +2.6%
Big thick very long lasting light brown head covers a clean and clear dark brown to black colored beer.
Aroma is on the lighter side with well roasted to almost burnt grain malts and some chocolates.
A full well roasted grain malt taste with lots of dark chocolates coming through.
Slightly dry aftertaste with some of the dark malts and chocolates tastes lingering behind with this full bodied drink.
Very well done, was lucky enough to enjoy this in front of the fireplace on chilly night.
11-12-2013 05:20:42 | More by LXIXME
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
A: Poured a dark opaque coal color with a tightly bound dark beige head that was mostly lasting.
S: a huge fruity aroma starting things out before yielding to dark espresso beans, and bakers chocolate.
T: The flavor was fruity and dark with raspberry like tartness that was backed by a huge palate of dark roasted malt and citrus hopping. There was some charred woodiness, dark coffee beans and some rum raisin as well. The palate was huge, robust and full of complex flavors of dark malt and fruity sweetness leaving a pleasant aftertaste that lingers long after you swallow. At 55 F brings out strong coffee flavor. Great desert beer and one that should be sipped and savored for its huge complexity of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate providing the standard per style for all others to follow.
M: dark and slightly astingent, bitter, creamy with a full body and thick viscostity.
D: Incredible drinkability, warm, luscious, full bodied and complex warming up to release a whole new layer of flavors and complexity.
07-17-2008 23:06:05 | More by beerthulhu
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Pours a super opaque black, little bit of red on the edges, creamy dark brown head and lots of lace. Smells like dark roasted malt, hops, coffee and chocolate. Taste is sublime, lots of roasted coffee, hops, dark chocolate finish. Very thick and full, perfect mouthfeel and carbonation, amazing beer. Reminded me of Rogue Imperial Stout a lot but smoother. Thanks for the taste DrJay.
07-20-2005 02:40:25 | More by Viggo
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Had out at a restaurant, no indication of year.
A: Pours a very deep black with a 1.5 finger frothy mocha colored head that remains until I am finished. Decent lacing down the sides.
S: Lots of roasted malt, a little bit of coffee, and some nice cocoa. It is an extremely strong aroma overall, but no hint of alcohol.
T: More coffee comes through on the flavor than on the aroma, and while I typically am not a fan of beers with a lot of coffee flavor, this one I like. Probably because there is a sizable chocolate/cocoa component as well. There is some molasses as well and a little bit of dark fruits, mostly raisins that I can pick out.
M: Has a thick and creamy mouthfeel, really didn't get any indication of alcohol, no heat really at all.
O: A really great beer, a go to in the style for sure, especially at the price. I got this bottle at a place that does a $10 happy hour for a burger and your choice of beers, so I consider that to be an amazing deal.
03-28-2011 02:43:28 | More by mdaschaf
4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
Pours jet black. Medium brown head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful roasty aroma. Also get a bit of smoke on the nose. There's some burnt malt tastes. Very strong bitterness. I love that in an Imperial. The IBU must be approaching 100 in this brew. Incredible malt load balances nicely with the hops. A bit of alcohol dangles on the tongue nicely. This is everything I look for in an Imperial Stout. Not as viscous as Bell's Expedition, but tremendous in its own right. One of my all time favorites. This is in the elite category of microbrewed Imperials that I have tried (along with Bell's Expedition and Rogue).
03-23-2002 02:10:35 | More by Bighuge
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
On tap at World of Beer North Hills on 12/29/11. Served in a small snifter.
Pours a pitch black with thick, creamy, cascading mountain of cappuccino colored head that has great retention. The nose offers rich chocolate aromas, some roasted malts and coffee, and even some faint anise. The flavor is similar with rich chocolate and coffee with faint anise, but there are also heavy alcohol esters and a very faint astringency in the finish. The alcohol is intense, but doesn't take away from the flavor. It's a very rich, smooth, warm, full bodied beer.
This is a great RIS. I've had it several times before, but this is the first time I had it on tap. I'll go back to this stout again and again.
12-30-2011 11:56:13 | More by tdm168
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Big badass black and brown color, brown foam head, great lacing. Burnt aroma.
Burnt taste, massive. A little hoppy. Coffee dominates, choco comes after that. Good bitterness, yet thick and slick. Minimal alcohol presence relatively speaking. Gets easier to drink throughout, great price compared to all the other "to the extreme special release" IS out there. Take a lesson boys, this is how you bring the best product at the best price to the consumer.
03-24-2010 16:26:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Totally black with clear, ruby highlights topped by a lace of medium brown head. Looks nice all the way down due to moderate lacing and good head retention for what's there. Vinous alcohol aroma, lots of roast coffee, dark chocolate and overall maltiness with a moderate hoppiness. The flavour starts malty sweet, bitterness appears at the mid-point along with chocolate and alcohol warmth. The finish is very roasted and dry, with bitterness contributed by the dark malts. Creamy, viscous texture, full bodied. The alcohol flavour melds well with the malt character, leaving you with a very drinkable stout.
07-21-2005 00:51:34 | More by DrJay
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured nearly black with a small tan head that all but disappeared shortly. Not much lacing on the glass. Excellent aroma of caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste has a lot of coffee and bitter chocolate coming through. Nicely carbonated and a nice creamy mouthfeel as well.Excellent RIS, especially for the price and availability. I've purchased this one many times and will continue to do so.
11-23-2009 18:41:33 | More by billab914
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
12 oz from the Coop for about $2.25.. shared with Steven.. mine in the New Belgium tulip.
First off, wow.. very pretty lacing.. looks like a leopard skin except in reverse... brew is expected very dark brown/black.
Dark roasted malt with abundant chocolate and espresso.. citrus hops as it warms with alcohol and yeasty fruitiness.
Flavor is a very appealing mash-up of bittersweet chocolate.. French roast and dark malts.. hop bitterness plays well with the bitter grains.. and the hop profile makes me glad I'm an American.. in the middle, the citrus hops mix very well. Fantastic body and carbonation... Simply huge across the board.. everything about Rasputin is big.. fantastically tasty..
Old Rasputin is a great goto Impy Stout and a great value.. everything one would want from a West coast RIS.. I have some in the cellar just to see how they age, but this brew is great fresh... no doubt one of my favorites.
01-18-2008 11:01:13 | More by JohnGalt1
4.43/5 rDev +3%
12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.
The well-sized dark tan head was about as dense and lovely as could be short of a nitro-can or nitro-tap. The liquid appears black with just tiny glimpses of brown at the edges when backlit. The head has excellent durability and leaves lots of light brown lacing.
Rather aromatic for a stout, with an easily detectable hop note over a rich dark malt aroma. The high ABV becomes more evident as the beer warms, but remains partially hidden. This high ABV is exceptionally well hidden in the taste and feel, however. The rich flavor, mainly from dark roasted malt, certainly contributes to the masking of alcohol flavors. There are dark chocolate and, less obvious, coffee notes in the finish. Almost no charred (burnt) taste components. Perfect sweet/bitter balance.
M - Exceptional mouthfeel, with a body that is nicely full for style, a creamy smooth texture, only the slightest alcohol tingle, and a modicum of lively tongue feel from the perfect carbonation.
O - What an excellent balance of hops and dark roasted malt, in this lively RIS! Delicious.
09-05-2011 23:46:30 | More by chinchill
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Nitro-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours black with a large and cascading brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, smooth dark chocolate, and very light leafy hops. As the beer warms the aroma sweetens a bit.
Tastes similar to how it smells, although a bit more complex. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the chocolate flavors sweeten a bit and are joined by very mild amounts of vanilla. Finally, hints of leafy hops come into play right before a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very viscous thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.
Overall I was surprised at how much the nitro-tap changed this beer and even more surprised at how it positively affected it. Well worth a shot.
05-31-2010 23:49:49 | More by glid02
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a beautiful black, with a lovely cascade ascending into 3/4 inch of dark tan head that had excellent retention and left a moderate amount of lacing.
Rich roasted malt aromas greet the nose, without the annoying coffee notes so often found in brews of this type. Those deep scents translate into a glorious flavor on the tongue. Nothing exotic, edgy, radical or extreme, just the exact stout experience you're looking for.
The body is wonderfully full, smooth, textured and coats the tongue like a well-worn jacket. Easily drinkable, this is one of the big stouts I have several of in a row. Truly a world-class brew, if this is not available locally it's certainly worth much effort to obtain it by whatever means at your disposal.
08-01-2009 21:30:37 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
3.7/5 rDev -14%
A: Ruby-black, tan head, some retention & lace.
S: Fruity, sherry, slightly solventy.
T: Dark, burnt chocolate, molases, coffee and a little fruit. Balanced to the bitter side, but a nice depth of flavour.
M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, slightly oily.
D: Maybe even a little below average.
12-06-2005 23:57:00 | More by Derek
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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