Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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:
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Rasputin is an enjoyable RIS with an apparent emphasis on roasted malt, giving this beer roasted and charred flavors with prune-like sweetness and hints of cocoa beans and roasted coffee beans. Unfortunately, the ethanol is able to bleed through somewhat substantially, and while the roasted malt and chocolate flavors are substantial, they're not as overwhelming as in, say, Odin's Tipple. The result, for me, is a beer with good aroma and taste, but unfortunately hurt by an easily detectable ethanol presence that detracts from these more interesting components. Good, but due to this imbalance, I'd say not in the upper echelon as it's currently ranked.

Pours a 2cm head of dark tan foam: the bubbles are small and compressed, giving this a very dense head. Retention is about average for the style, lasting only a minute or so as it fades to a thin cap of foam atop the body. Lacing is present, modest, a few Body is an opaque brown to black, with no visible carbonation.

Aroma primarily of roasted malt, with some dark prune-like sweetness, ethanol, and slight vanilla. Not as complex or huge of an aroma as I was hoping/expecting.

Taste is generally of roasted malt, unrefined cocoa nibs, prune-like sweetness and ethanol. Opens with prune and raisin-like sweetness on the front of the tongue, moving to a mid-palate of roasted malt, prune-like sweetness, strong ethanol, and hints of modest chocolate and coffee. Back of palate picks up ethanol and roasted malt, leading to an aftertaste of lingering roasted malt, minor dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, and subdued ethanol. I really like the aftertaste of this beer and wish that the entire experience was as enjoyable.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body weight, with medium levels of carbonation. The result is a beer with enough carbonation to slowly propel this across the palate in an appropriate fashion for an imperial stout. Ethanol heat and burn is definitely felt across the entire palate, but is less detracting here than elsewhere. Substantial stickiness across the palate after each sip.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So i have Old Rasputin now...

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. Pitch black inside the glass. Absolute darkness. About two fingers thick shining brown head with good persistence. Sticky lacing that will stay on the sides forever and as is.

Aroma: Good roasted malts stout aroma, some burnt up smell, slight coffee and a good amount of hops. Alcohol is discernible very well. Likable but a tad under strength i feel.

Taste: Very strong taste. Malt wise, hop wise and roast wise. Just awesome. Starts with sweet malts. then some burnt up roastedness and finally ends with some happy mix of hop and charred bitterness. Good amount of alcohol presence.

Mouth feel. Medium to full bodied, leaves something to be desired body wise. Dry bitter finish. Very slight hop and roast derived astringency. Moderate carbonation makes it comparatively easy to drink.

Overall: Lives up to the reputation, underwhelming here and there. But a top notch brew nonetheless.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.25

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Wow this beer is the real deal. Ain't no bullshit. There's many crazy bottle art put out by American and other brewers, especially the Belgians. Taste so good, can't stop drinkin' it. Gettin' drunker than shit.

Appearance: Black and blacker. Reminds one of Seal.

Good stout aromas.

But the flavor is gigantic. Strong. thick. Malty. Highly roasted. Reminds of French roast coffee.

Pair this baby with Zappa music. I suggest Zoot Allures.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 12,193 ratings.
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