Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Bottle with no date, though I believe I bought this approx a year ago so it has some aging.
Pours into my tulip glass opaque black w/ big foamy 2 finger tan head.
Scent is lightly sweet and fruity. Raspberries? floral notes.
Taste is sweet, smooth and fruity. Dark fruits, raisins, plums(?). Some lighter sweeter fruit. I;d swear there are raspberries. Vanilla, anise. Doughy bread or cookie batter. Milk and dark chocolate. Molasses. Very smooth and silky. A nice hop bitterness still peeks through at the end.
Drinkability is very good though the alc warming is pronounced.
Although I neglected to review it then, this was delicious fresh. It strikes me as a bit softer and fruitier with a year of cellaring on it and is still quite a delicious RIS.
07-16-2009 01:39:47 | More by sethmeister
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin is roasty and rough-around-the-edges.
It poured black with a short and short-lived head. Almost no lace was left behind. It smelled and tasted like dark roasted coffee, with the flavor having an extremely strong roasted character. The feel was very aggressive and rugged, giving a remarkably long-lingering tongue lashing. This was no smooth or slippery stout.
Old Rasputin is a bold, flavorful, heavy-handed, powerhouse cold day or late evening sipper. It leaves a very strong impression.
01-03-2011 00:05:55 | More by MetalHopHead6
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours none more black with a thick and creamy tan head. Leaves a ton of lacing. Simply beautiful.
Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. Hop presence found in the taste doesn't have much place here.
Tastes of..coffee, chocolate, and a nice bitter hoppy finish. This is definitely a hop-forward stout.
Thick bodied and medium carbonation with a warming sensation.
Very good, very easy to find, but as it warms the hops tend to overtake the other flavors making it more difficult to drink as I prefer hops take a backseat if any seat in my stouts.
01-21-2009 02:25:43 | More by sonicdescent
4.43/5 rDev +3%
A-Pours a deep black colour-Unable to see through it even when held up to the light. Brilliant 1.5" light brown head that settles.
S- Deep, dark chocolate and some lingering hops. Definite "roasty" scent overlays everything.
T- Roasty malt up front. Bitter finish from the hops brings about the dark chocolate-ness. No alcohol is evident.
M- Heavenly smooth. Lingers on the tongue long after swallowing, leaving you wanting more. Smooth and velvety.
D- Smooth, tasty. Incredible drinkability for the style.
02-27-2009 05:44:47 | More by darklordlager
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
A: Jet black and creamy-looking with a toffy head of about two fingers and mine is sticking around and leaving some pretty good lacing.
S: hops, malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. maybe a hint of dark fruit.
T: I was struck by the bitterness. Bitter in a pleasant way. Definitely getting coffee and dark bitter chocolate as well. Very nice.
M: Creamy, full mouthfeel. A little alcohol burn on the back-end.
08-30-2012 23:10:46 | More by circus_cat
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,408 ratings.