Name: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Brewery: North Coast Brewing
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Fort Bragg, California
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9%
First Brewed: 1995
Black in the glass, with mahogany highlights at the edges. Roasted coffee beans and toffee-chocolate sweetness on the nose, with more of the same in the mouth. Complex and creamy; dark fruits as well as nutty chocolate. Long, dry finish with lingering bitterness.
I love the label. I didn’t know until I wrote the “what they said” for this beer that the label is actually Old Rasputin. Clever name… or clever label. Anyway, I have seen this beer before, but I am not sure I have had it. But since we have so many stouts in the fridge I figured we would go ahead and drink another one tonight. This one has a pretty big ABV and the word “imperial” usually excites me. Let’s see what she has to offer.
In the Glass: The beer is pitch black in the glass. It has a creamy head on it with a thin lace that tries to hang on… but just drips all the way down as you swirl it in the glass. But the beer is dark as night.
Nose: I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the top. It smells VERY sweet, fruity, and a hint of salty caramel there at the end. It smells so good I don’t even want to drink it. This beer better taste as good as it smells, because I am sick of beers not tasting close to what they smell. Anyway, let’s see if it lives up.
Flavor: The beer is VERY smooth. Holy cow, there is hardly any carbonation in this beer. I didn’t want there to be either. Maybe that’s what the “imperial” means. When the beer first hits your lips it goes in smooth, and just dances across your palate leaving hints of honey, chocolate, and coffee all over your tongue. Holy crap, this beer is delicious.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is like a parade in your mouth. You can use that… because as soon as you drink this you will see what I mean. The beer is somewhat creamy, and frothy and just slowly coats the tongue to give your mouth a ton of flavor. The beer has very little carbonation, and when you swallow the most bubbles come out as the beer takes you to aftertaste.
Aftertaste: I like an aftertaste that sticks around. This one does. For a LONG time. At first it’s cold and sweet, then it quickly turns dry, bitter, and almost stale. But a good kind of stale. The bitterness is what I am mistaking for as stale. Anyway, the aftertaste is strong on for a good three to five minutes. The burp is nice too. This is just an all around good beer. Not sure there is anything bad I could say about this beer. Well, maybe that my glass is empty.
I am a BIG fan of this brew. Those folks over there at North Coast Brewing have done it again. Keep up the good work and bottoms up!
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout – The bottle says: “Brewed in the tradition of the 18th century English brewers who supplied the Russian court of Catherine the Great. Old Rasputin develops a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big, complex flavors and a warming finish.
We seem to be doing a lot of dark beers lately. I know I have had the beer we are having tonight before, but I don’t really remember anything about it. It sounds good, though! I’m looking forward to it.
The beer poured out very dark in the glass, basically black, with a foamy tan head about a half-inch thick. The beer itself looks very thick and opaque. It smells awesome, very chocolaty and malty. Let’s hope it tastes better than the chocolaty-smelling beer I had last night. This one has more of a malty sweet smell to it, so hopefully that might balance out some of the possible bitterness.
First taste… yeah, this beer is good. Way more malty than the Anchor Porter we had last night. It has a malty and sweet taste balanced by the chocolate, just like the smell. This is what I want a stout to be. This is a beer I could sip on for dessert. The flavors taste good and they linger on your tongue. No carbonation, just maltiness. I like it a lot. I would definitely buy this beer again… if I could afford it!
921 bottles of beer on the wall…