North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

  • Opaque black appearance with a thin head the colour of espresso crema. Intense aroma of coffee with hints of burnt toast and bittersweet chocolate.

    Very fine and spritzy carbonation lightens the mouthfeel up front. Fairly full body with a smooth & creamy texture. Luscious, roast and bitter character with plenty of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, and subtle notes of baked prune, molasses, and faint licorice, all with a dry edge. Big, lengthy finish. Very flavourful. Leaves a lingering bitterness, with a roasty and tangy character. There is some alcohol burn on the finish, but overall it's surprisingly drinkable for 9% ABV. Small bits of foam cling to the glass by the end. Outstanding example of the style.

    Would pair with a rich chocolate cake or Belgian chocolates, I should think.

    alt

3 comments
  • Mark
    Mark North Coast makes some great brews and I am sad to say I have not tried this yet. I will remedy that this weekend.
    April 2, 2009
  • dobroD
    dobroD good call on the chocolate pairing. This beer is a bit bitter on its own, but a pairing like that really sets it off nice!
    April 2, 2009
  • JayZeis
    JayZeis This is one of my favorite (if not my favorite) stouts made. I love the bitterness the beer brings. It has led me to be disappointed with most of North Coast's other brews. (They aren't bad, but when compared to OR, they don't) Good beer, good pairing.
    April 6, 2009