Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
12 oz stubby brown bottle with a b/w picture of the mad monk.
Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a light brown whisp of a head. Lacing, is however, very nice.
Smell is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee (boy oh boy is it coffee).
Very smooth, espresso, chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of alcohol.
This beer is quite deceptive. At 9% abv, I would expect to taste more of the alcohol that is present. Nevertheless, the folks at North Coast have done a fantastic job hiding the alcohol. This makes the beer sneaky, perhaps not unlike the monk himself.
This is a great beer, will definitely be added to my list of favorites (especially since it's now available in FL...yay!)
05-16-2004 01:36:57 | More by LuckySevens82
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Pour is a super dark black with slight hints of ruby at the edges, thick tan head that fades and leaves good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, and some hops (flowery, light perfume) in the end. Flavor starts with chocolate, middle the roasted malts show through, some hops towards the end. Alcohol barely shows through at the very end when it reaches it's warmest temp. Full bodied, long lasting taste. Truly outstanding.
03-29-2003 09:50:32 | More by goz
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
This brew is as dark as the man himself!
Extremely dark and with a head that lasts for quite a long time. Coffee and Dark Chocolate tastes that mix well with the heavy hop flavor. Strong beer for strong taste.
Probably one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have had, and have had many times before... and will have many many times again.
I enjoyed this beer in a mug at a slightly chilled temperate, maybe about 58 degrees.
10-05-2009 00:37:53 | More by Spineypanda
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +3%
I'm never really sure what to give a beer for its appearance as opposed to what I have seen in the past, but this beer most definitely deserves the top. After its poured there is absolutely no light that passes through it, even when the glass is tilted. Really Impressive. The smell has to be teased out but is mostly like sweet grains and dark malts. The taste is just phenomenal. Its big, but is really well mixed. There is a lot of traditional stout flavor, but lots of chicory on top of it. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both great, again with a big flavor that is really well balanced.
08-23-2006 00:22:44 | More by Toddv29424
4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
12oz into a snifter.
Pours black, nice head, leaves a bunch of lacing.
Smell is great for the style--roasty, chocolate-y, coffee, a hint of burnt flavor.
Coffee, chocolate, burnt barley notes and some creamy milky notes. Flavor is full but tails off quickly on the finish.
Medium mouthfeel, decently carbonated for the style...not as thick as some stouts, but not thin, either.
Definitely one of the go-to imperial stouts out there; affordable and easy to find.
03-19-2011 03:58:33 | More by musicforairports
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
One of my all-time faves, let's see if it holds up....Pours a deep, rich black with a velvety-smooth haed of tannish foam. Pours about a finger wide then receeds to a 1/8th inch or so of persistent head. Leaves nice lace. Aroma is huge and robust. Deep chocolate notes, some slightly metallic notes, some other stuff I can't rightly place. Maybe a touch of bourbon. Flavor is dramatic. Nothing hits you immediately, but quickly a blast of flavor attacks. Complex, somewhat bitter but not too bitter. Somewhat sweet, but not too sweet. It's kinda like a Charleston Chew that's been frozen and dipped in espresso flavored syrup. This is incredible beer. The bitterness is sharp, but dissipates into a long, wonderful hop finish. Clearly one of the World's finest ales, without a doubt. Excellently priced, too. This was $1.69/12oz. bottle. You can't call yourself a true beer enthusiast until you've tried and loved this.
07-29-2010 01:15:09 | More by SolomonGrundy
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Had it on nitro a few days ago. You can read all the other reviews about how solid this beer is but if you have a chane to drink this nitro, do it. To think that such a thick beer could be so velvety and smooth. This stout is a benchmark for stouts and fortunately available all the time but its really perfect for nitro.
02-12-2013 03:01:02 | More by brewtus
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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