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North Coast "Old Rasputin"
North Coast Brewing Company - Fort Bragg, California USA
Russian Imperial Stout (ABV 9%) (IBU 75)

[Best served in a Snifter]

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 9/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 18/20

The pour was a deep dark black with a large (2-3 finger) medium brown creamy head that lasted throughout, finally reducing down to a large thick cap of foam with excellent sheeting of sticky lace.

The aroma was wonderfully robust with a burnt dark bread malt and a moderate dose of a leathery yeast with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a decent scent of alcohol.

The taste started with a very mild sweetness that was slightly subdued by a rich bitterness and had notes of dark chocolate and molasses. Then it became extremely bitter and mildly acidic with notes of vanilla and coffee and a strong alcohol presence towards the end. The flavor hung around for a very long time letting the taste of an alcohol infused espresso settle in nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was extremely full in body with a dry creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this is an exceptional Imperial Stout with a ton of flavor and a smooth drinkability...

Sampled: 4/24/2012
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