Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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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
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Pitch black completely opaque even when held to light. Head is a medium brown that sits nicely at an eighth inch. Lacing sticks all the way up the glass.
S - Rich roasted coffee bean aroma with hints of raisins.
T - Deep bittersweet coffee flavor with fragrant dark fruits,burnt sugars and a sweet vanilla sugar taste up towards the front of the tongue.
M - Medium to thick consistency that is smooth and chewy. Carbonation is at a higher level that brings an unexpected bite to the mouth.
D - One of the most original tasting stouts out there. Price is also very reasonable at around 7.99 for a four pack.
02-06-2007 05:19:13 | More by umustdrink
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
A- Dark. impenetrably black with a medium brown way too bubbly head that has decent retention. what you would expect from an imperial stout, but definitely nothing special in the category (im thinking abyss, ten fidy, BCS, etc.).
S- coffee and roasted malts. burnt smell that is quite nice.
T- very good. not as much coffee as expected but very malty. somewhere between sweet and bitter, i cant figure out which, and the lingering aftertaste adds to the confusion. all i know is that i like it, whatever it is. a very small hint of dark fruits. A little too much carbonation.
M- overly carbonated. full-bodied, although a bit less than other RISs i enjoy. also not quite as smooth as i like the style, but still very good.
my favorite year-round beer.
01-04-2009 06:51:43 | More by jdklks
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
For as many of these that I've had, I figured it was time to wind down and review one.
A: Pitch black with signs of brown, the head is a tan color. Head receded a bit from about a fingers worth to a thin ring around the glass. RIS in a glass, perfect.
S: Picking up strong roasted malts, vanilla, and a woody aroma on the nose. Slight alcohol burn, but hidden behind some cherry like aromas. Big chocolate nose, reminiscent of the Brooklyn BCS.
T: A bit dry and bitter, full of roast. Chocolate and dark roast coffee come through. Some dark fruits, mostly raisins and dark cherries. Hops are quite bittering, a nice touch to this big and roasty brew. Cocoa powder seems to lend its flavor and its presence on the mouthfeel.
M: Dry, roasty, bitter and super dark and creamy. This is a Russian Imperial Stout. Great body and carbonation, just a bit of fizz that is left around the palate after swallowing. Slight heat from the alcohol.
D: As far as RIS's go, this is one of my favorites. It never disappoints on the classic flavor of what a RIS should be. Absolutely delicious and more breweries should take some notes on this one. Alcohol hidden well, ridiculously huge roasty flavor, perfect RIS.
05-14-2010 02:14:07 | More by kiddynamite920
4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured into a pint glass...
A: Very dark black, finger of brown khaki head, some cascading effect.
S: Dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee/espresso, light hop presence, some dark fruits as well.
T: Lots of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate, espresso coffee grounds, nice roasty bitter finish.
M: Thick and chewey, smooth creamy feel, hard to have more than one in a session though.
O: Outstanding RIS, so much complexity and flavors goin on and the 9 abv goes almost unoticed.
04-01-2012 17:31:07 | More by Dools9
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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