Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
With a pitch black pour and a good inch thick head, Old Rasputin looks mighty fine! Great lacing on the beer as well; the nose is pretty much loaded with dark chocolate malts. There is a great bittering chocolate taste and hints of coffee initially, while the beer ends with a bitterness from the hops and coffee. The bitterness is simply addicting, and is making me want to drink it. The alcohol is completely covered up! The beer is thick and slightly creamy, solid for a RIS. There is a lot of flavours in the beer, and it's definitely drinkable.
07-31-2008 22:50:53 | More by swizzlenuts
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Pours a sexy black with a walloping tan head that lingers in its awesomeness.
S: Toasty chocolate, malts, coffee, and earthy scent.
T: Very pleased with this beer. The toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee traits flow through. Not overwhelming or overdone. Good balance of kick and sustain.
M: Smooth, silky, and perfect balance of acid.
D: Great beer that has a close to perfect balance.
11-27-2009 03:39:33 | More by cagocubs
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout...9% alcohol. Had this before but reviewing this time to later compare to OR XII.
A- Pours an opaque black fluid that produces a light half inch tan head. Leaves decent lacing on glass. With as much alcohol as this one packs light head and slick lacing is expected.
S- Heavy does of expresso and coffee upfront with light scents of chocolate and tree nuts. Sweet malty hints hit the back of the nose.
T-M- Taste is creamy with bold flavors of black coffee, smoked oak chips, sweet malts and a hidden but there alcohol warmth. Well rounded taste that is lightly carbonated allowing all the flavors to roll over the tongue with a creamy mouthfeel and beautiful heat.
D- I will be revisiting this well rounded stout. I look forward to the Oak aged 12.
03-21-2010 04:36:32 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.47/5 rDev +4%
Had on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.
Appearance: Served in a chalice. Completely black with a one finger brown head that dissipates at a reasonable pace and leaves tons of lacing.
Smell: Good roasty malts, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee
Taste: More good roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, an excellent Russian Imperial Stout, I would consider it the gold standard of the style.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, full body with low carbonation.
Overall: A top notch brew, I had to get it when I saw it on tap.
06-09-2011 02:25:02 | More by MadCat
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
A: A very dark brown, almost black pour into my Wild Heaven snifter. One finger tan head with good retention and a persistent rim of lace for the duration. This lace has legs and a slow oily descent.
S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, ethanol and even a hint of soy sauce all emerge as aromas of interest.
T: Biscuity, roasty malt, chocolate, dark berries, coffee grounds and warmth of alcohol are all contributors to this flavor bonanza.
M: Stout is putting it mildly. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. This beer coats the tongue and lingers with a slightly bitter finish balancing out the flavors.
O: Outstanding brew with no shyness to it. The alcohol presence does not hide itself but does not hijack this beer. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. I will turn to this one again and again.
10-25-2011 23:48:38 | More by Paincane
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Not a big stout fan, but I figured this one was worth trying.
Very creamy looking head. Big and fluffy at first but quickly faded to a lasting tan ring around the glass.
Very nice aroma from this brew as soon as I opened the bottle. Chocolate and roasted nuts. Some sour fruit. Sweet molasses.
Taste is a little tangy at first sip. Then roasted flavors and semi-sweet chocolate. Ends with a significant amount of bitterness, especially for a Russian imperial.
Silky mouthfeel. Smooth. Nice level of carbonation. Expected for the style.
Cited as one of the best Russian imperial stouts.I definitely agree this beer is "up there", though it's not outstanding IMO.
11-10-2005 05:25:19 | More by palma
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
This is the last bottle of a 4-pack that I bought about two years ago. Why am I just now drinking it? Because I hated it then.
Pours with very little head, the beer is dark brown, no lacing. Smells roasty and chocolatey, some vinous notes.
The taste has really dried out. Slightest touch of oxidation, roasted and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel has thinned, but is still chewy. Highly drinkable.
11-21-2006 23:09:14 | More by Sephiroth
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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