Beer Review: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
From: North Coast Brewing Co. in California, United States
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

overall: 3.2
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3

A- A nice, rich opaque black pour. Not too thick of a head, but a nice soft tan. Doesn’t last long, but keeps a lacing a decent time.

S- A toasted chocolate coffee smell. Rich, deep smell. Not complex, per se, but the notes change as you smell it and as it warms up.

T- Just like it smells, rich chocolate coffee–but a HEAVY toasted nut taste as well. Very bitter, almost burnt nut taste. Like a coffee brewed with ground burnt nuts with a touch of chocolate.

M- Very creamy, rich, thick. Chewable. Bitter on the back of the palate but doesn’t stay around longer than appreciated.

D- Can only handle one, being very thick, stout, filling. You want to drink it slow and savor it (I dare anyone to drink it fast,) which helps that the taste and aroma changes as the temperature changes. Unfortunately it gets TOO bitter toward room temperature.

[ serving type: bottle ]
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