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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date on the bottle but I have it marked as purchased in December of 2009 so it's at least 2 years old. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night, with a massive 3 finger foam head that dissipates rather quickly. A nice cap is left, however and it leaves nice lacing on the glass. The oddest feature is that the head is a very light tannish color. Very surprising for a beer so dark. I'm almost certain that when fresh the head tends to be quite darker, maybe a lighter shade of brown. Either way, it's an excellent looking beer.

There was a massive black licorice aroma when I held the freshly poured beer up to my nose. As the beers warms it disappears completely. The nose evolves into a hugely roasty, slightly smoky aroma. There are hints of chocolate here as well.

The taste has the same characteristics as the nose but is considerably different. There is a touch of some semisweet chocolate upfront before the roasty flavors takes over. The roastiness quickly turns into a bitter, smoky and acrid flavor. The bitterness sticks to the tongue at the finish, almost like a really bitter DIPA.

Feels a bit thin, relative to style. Overall it's somewhere between the highest end of medium and the lower end of heavy. It really does feel like both at different times. Surprisingly, the carbonation still feels prickly on the tongue. Pretty amazing for a 2 year old beer.

Overall, this is still a good beer two years later, though it may be a bit past it's prime. This is the last beer of a 4 pack that I have had over the past 2 years and it shows that the beer is probably best within the first 15 or so months of bottling. As I said, still a very good beer even at 2 years, but it's heading downhill. That being said, the scores from this bottle should give an idea of how good it is when it's fresher.

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

well hidden alcohol for an imperial. pours deep brown like dark chocolate and mildly carbonated with a mocha head only half an inch thick. smells imperial. strong, roasty, and complex. powerful taste just a little bitter from the roast. genuine russian imperial, probably the definitiion of the style, all grainy and boozey. yummm, but i coudnt drink the whole four pack, no chance

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12 Oz in a pint.

A- Syrupy black with a surprisingly large thick brown foam head.
S- Lots of mocha, coffe, roasted nuts and burn caramel. A smooth complex smell.
T- A lot of burnt nuts, caramel, Smoke and chocolate. Lots of complex flavors, the taste seems to be a little differnt every time.
M- The beer is lightly carbonated and isnt as syrupy as I thought it would be. Leaves me with a dry aftertaste that lets the smokiness linger. Warm finish.
O- This is a very good beer, Its actually my first RIS so im not to familiar with the style but im impressed with this one.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 12,258 ratings
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