Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

Added by kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: As expected this beer is a huge looking beer being ink black with a stunning creamy, fluffy milk chocolate head of three fingers. Lacing is evident as the head recedes.

Smell: Nice! Smells so chocolaty! Big time chocolate with a secondary note of roast and this is intriguing me because most RIS seem to be roast forward. There is some vanilla and molasses in here creating a somewhat sweet smell. Coffee, malts, some nuttiness, and dark fruits. Digging this nose

Taste: Smooth creamy chocolate with a sweet taste but this is very quickly followed up by a bitterness. More roasty and malts than in the nose creating a nice complexity. Some bitter coffee comes through along with some dark fruits and nut taste. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Aftertaste I would have to say is more bitter coffee bean like than anything else.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy but I'd have to say leans toward the medium spectrum actually. Thinner than I expected and carbonation seems lower.

Overall: The nose really got me excited but must admit the taste let me down slightly. I liked this beer a lot but was hoping for something a little different when I smelled it.

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12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - pitch black body under an enormous thick, foamy head of dark tan; awesome lace and great retention

S - tons of roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, booze

T - coffee, chocolate, booze, a bit nutty; bitterness kicks in for a pleasant balance, with plenty of malty sweetness in the finish

M - creamy full body, medium/high carbonation, slick, plenty of warmth from the alcohol

O - Excellent imperial stout. It's a classic for a reason.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 12,259 ratings
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