GarrettB (1583) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 It is difficult to know what to expect from a beer that takes its moniker from a Russian mad man. Granted, there are many such gentlemen who qualify under the term ďRussian mad manĒ, but the most eminent, in at least a pre-Bolshevik cut of history, is Rasputin. If the beerís label is genuine, then Rasputin was no friend of beauty. However, he depended not on a charisma or noble character, but his illusory and often confounding feats. That, in a way, is how I felt about North Coastís Rasputin Imperial Stout. The dark and ruddy bottle reeks of the Russian proletariat, and reminds me of many black and white photographs depicting Russiaís ghettos and poor districts. And here we have a similarly monochrome beer; a shrouded and inky black brew fitted with a slightly brown top. The smell is a simple touch of the Imperial Stout style, complete with an abundance of coffee and a bit of the teriyaki sauce Iíve been prone to probe with my proboscis. However, something is a bit off, or rather, something is a bit eccentric about the Rasputin amongst other Imperial Stouts. Maybe its heavy handedness is stayed, to allow other flavors to permeate past the swamp of malts. Or maybe the gentler mouth feel lends it more towards a Western European taste instead of the Czarist collection of flavors it seems to claim for itself. Either way, thereís a bit of a difference here, I think, that makes Rasputin stand out (though not above) from other Imperial Stouts. It treads a fine line between confusion and acceptance to be sure. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Grapes and dark fruit dominate the aroma. Pure black in color with a light brown head. Coffee and mollasses with some spices for the taste. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2006
This one;s been sitting in my cellar for God knows how long. Smells of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Tastes chocolatey with some mellow coffee notes and lots of fruity elements. Buttery mouthfeel and a sweet finish. Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2006
WARNING: This is a dangerous beer, a beer that puts hair on your chest, a beer gives you nightmares at night, a beer that fills your soul with a heavy darkness that will never leave you, never. This is the kind of beer you dare not share at a party...no one else understands, no one else can see the beauty behind this beastly animal. At 8.9%, thank the gods it comes in a 4 pack. Those who dare to try this, keep it secret, keep it safe, and keep it far from the hands of children! awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Dark black, oily pour with a thin toasted head. Very syrupy texture leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas of blueberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, coffee, mild tobacco, and toffee. The texture actually feels a bit thinner than it looks in the glass, but it has a nice effervescent dispersion over the tongue. Very chocolatey finish.
cquick (3) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2006 does not count
Dark chocolaty beer whose flavor masks the high alcohol %. Definitely complex with a long, bitter finish. DanielBrown (4500) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle from Jeppeís shop in Copenhagen. Delicious, smooth, warm choc, toasty aroma. Dark black, with a beige head. Very delicious and full of interest. Bitter to start, with some pepper and ice, becoming smoother, richer and more chocolatey right through the mouth, into the long finish. Like Milk Tray with just the right amount of alc appearing. West Coast hops are laced in expertly also. Excellent. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Pours a rich black/brown super fullbodied nectar. An extremely rich and complex specimen of itís genre. The best in itís class. This brew has so much going on but without any focus on any one element. Itís a tasty stout with huge bright/fresh flavors from the dark spectrum (coffee, cocoa, tar, and the like) which is quite rare. These flavors are usually so dense and rich that they overshadow the other elements. Not here. Itís sweet yet ballanced by the hopy character. Well ballanced with a long finish. Stays flavorful to the last sip.The alcohol is well hidden and keeps you warm. The next best thing to have during a Detroit whiteout on 75 Northbound to Clarkston, the first being your girl of course. I highly recommend trying it. weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Okay. I am not going to paint a portrait here. This is an excellent imperial stout made to awaken the senses and reflect on its tones of Choc. Coffee and is that heaven. Just get one. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
In my early drinking days, this was at the top of the heap. And while my tastes have changed somewhat, the quality of Old Raspy hasnít. Still one of the better stouts on the market and WELL worth the time and money to hunt it down and enjoy. Creamy and roasty goodness thru and thru. This one will stick your ribs if thatís possible. It donít take much of these to fill you up. This brings back many fond memories. I hope it does the same for you.