Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a bottle into a wide mouth pint glass
A-Dark coffee brown near black very thick and smooth, nice head great lace.
S-The one downfall of this one nose is very small hints of malt and vinilla
T-Nothing like the nose as far as the subtle goes this one is big throughout, rich robust coffee flavor, with notes of vinilla, malt with an amazing bitter finish.
M-Nice thick body very complex flavors great carbonation level.
D-I am sad that I have not had this before but I will have it often from now on.
10-20-2008 04:04:17 | More by SpecialK088
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
Pours very dark, but still I can see some ruby hints around the edges, may be lighter/different in color than the average RIS. The head is kind of thin (<1cm) and dense, which leaves bits of lacing down as I drink. The smell is filled with sweetness, but deep in there are dried fruits (maybe from some esters or the black patent), the roasted barley - coffee type smell, and a light nose of chocolate. I can imagine a better smell, in terms of complexity, this one is about normal, but because its so intense, the smell is very much more inviting. The taste is very complex, and includes all of the usual suspects. The first sip has this dark, overripe plum taste, almost a hint of slick dark tartness, but with a pleasant sweetness. Then comes the coffee flavor, just flavor - no bitterness, and the sweetness still lingers, up until the last bite of chocolate. A roastiness fills as it goes down, again with the dried fruits, but overall pleasant. The mouthfeel is nice, pretty full, but kind of slick, this one fits the bill in terms out mouthfeel, but isn't a standout. An easy drinker for sure, I mean, you have to sip, but easy, good for the style. Recommended for an easily accessible RIS.
04-30-2009 00:06:15 | More by taylorhamrick
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
Another North Coast product that is available locally. One of the more expensive ones, but I decided to treat myself around Christmas.
Pours an inky black color that almost seems to swallow the light. Plenty of thick head that is a chocolaty color. Head has quite a bit of staying power, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
A hint of alcohol is detectable in the nose, not surprising given its high ABV. A hint of chocolate malts is also present.
Flavor starts out with a hint of chocolate, then a hint of alcohol, and then is washed out by dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Some coffee flavoring as well, but not the dominant flavor. Alcohol flavor is present throughout, but is on the periphery, rather than a main component. It is the nutty flavor that stands out and lingers most.
Generally not a stout fan, but this is a very good example of one. Not something I would drink all night, but good for an occasional indulgement.
01-17-2010 23:04:01 | More by Seanstoppable
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
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Served in a tulip
Old Rasputin is one of my favorite brews; I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts, but I always take time for an Old Rasputin. The mouthfeel is heavy, but very wonderful on a winter's night or a fall evening with friends by a fire. The taste is of burnt malt, some hops, and coffee/espresso. This jet-black beer is always welcome in my fridge or cellar.
10-13-2011 22:01:28 | More by BierStein711
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
I've had this a few times, and tonight I decided on a formal review. The bartender served it beautifully. The head was gorgeous, like every nitro-tapped stout should have and the black color was quite nice. The smell was standard stoutish, but gave off more of a sweet coffee flavor than a bitter coffee flavor and that was rather enticing. The taste really developed the sweetness to bring a very nice balance to the beer. The mouthfeel was better than average, but probably because it was a nitro tap and added to the smoothness. It was drinkable in all respects, and I will keep getting it on occasion, but have a hard time going through a few pints in a sitting.
11-30-2006 05:06:30 | More by dbalsock
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
a 4-4.5 nearly opaque dark brown, tawny head leaves a swirly cap and branching lace.
s 4.5 semi-sweet chocolate, tobacco. you know it's warming to the proper temperature when the fudgy brownies begin making their appearance.
t 4-4.5 deeply roasted at first, but it yields to a complex brownie explosion. there are even hops in there fighting hard to be heard. a little undisguised alc comes through here and there.
m 4 seems too thin at first but gets chewier with time.
d 4.5 a classic. and a good base for the addition of other flavors if desired.
01-15-2011 23:58:45 | More by brewmudgeon
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle. I grabbed this bottle from the Foodery in Philly.
A: Very, very black body (No light comes through at all) topped by a thick tan head. It laces decently at first, but then dies away. I was expecting more I guess. Maybe it is the glasses fault, but I thought the head would stick around for the whole beer.
S: There is a BIG smell to this glass of beer. I smelled hints of chocolate and coffee with a strong hop presence. That balance in the aroma between hop and roasted malt is a wonderful combination.
T: BIG smell is followed up by a BIG flavor. Chocolate and espresso notes are contrasted by a strong bitter hop flavor. There is a serious warming presence by the alcohol content. In the aftertaste is where you will find the subtle fruit esters.
M: Full-bodied, though not too much. There is a rich, chewy sensation brought on by the leftover sugars in this beer. Delicious.
D: This is a drinkable version of a Russian Imperial Stout. Most are too much, but his is just right with the mouthfeel and the flavor being not too rich, etc.
05-30-2008 09:23:27 | More by MusicaleMike
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
pours jet black, black as black can get with a nice toffe colored head. aromas of toasted malt, coffee, alcohol, raisins...everything an imperial should smell like. intense but inviting. first sip? oh man...roasted flavors run wild. this thing is complex! nice big alcohol slap, dark fruits, coffee coffee coffee, toffee and caramel, finishes with a nice puckering twang. damn, this is packed with flavor and character. very warming, you can feel this this beast in the chest. silky smooth in the mouth, yet you get the carbonation sting in the back of the throat. goes down like a friggin champ. for an imperial that weighs in at a whopping 8.9% this drinks like a dream. all i can do is throw the horns in the air and give it an "at the gates" tribute and hope the beer gods are satisfied. fackin glorious beer.
paid $5.99 for a 4 pack.
01-27-2004 07:15:26 | More by DESTRO
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Old Rasputin is definitely one of the best values in craft beer today. A four-pack only set me back $9 and change.
No bottled on or best buy date anywhere on the bottle or case.
This beer looks magnificent in a over-sized pint glass. Motor oil black, with a ruby red tint when held up to the light. The head stays around for a while .. mocha colored valleys and peaks of foam with sticky lacing.
The first smell is unexpectedly of ripe dark fruits .. sour, red fleshed plums and black cherries. The prerequisite aromas of coffee and cocoa are present in the background.
The roasted malts are the highlight here .. lots of dark chocolate and cocoa nib flavors. Vanilla, caramel, and licorice all come into play with a moderate amount of pine-y hops at the end.
One of the most drinkable Russian imperial stouts out there. Despite having a high ABV %, the alcohol is unnoticeable. The roastedness never detracts from the drinkability. With a lot of different flavors coming out from cold to room temperature, this beer is a sipper.
09-29-2009 07:31:32 | More by diamondc
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Creamy pour from the bottle to my Sam Adams glass. A good three finger head of rich, tight foam, light brown, and delivering a moderate clinging lace. The color matches a 38 on the SRM beer color chart. Looks black until you hold it up to a strong light, then the reddish, dark brown color appears. Smell is a jack hammer of thick intense fragrances of dark chocolate, French brewed coffee, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, lime, and malt. The taste is very complex, with flavors of malt, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, plum, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with a creamy sensation, and a prickly texture of carbonation. A great beer for a one time drinking session. I would like to have another at a latter date.
06-18-2011 19:13:04 | More by beerprovedwright
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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