jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
From a short 12 oz. brown bottle with a sketch of Rasputin on the label, no freshness date. I wonder why nobody puts a picture of Lenin on a beer bottle? Made a very good appearance, poured the darkest chocolate brown with a nice foamy clinging brown head that slowly reduced to a thin lacing. Had a big roasted malt aroma with whiffs of semi-sweet chocolate and alcohol, and a little fruitiness in the background.. Good carbonation and a smooth, creamy full bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Had a delicious taste, a burnt, roasted mellow chocolate maltiness, the mildest touch of a fruity hop bitterness and a semi-dry sweet roasted malty finish, very smooth.
One of my favorites from North Coast, an excellent Russian Imperial Stout.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Old Rasputin Russian Imperial stout pours to an opaque jet black color, with a slight tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is incredible. Huge waves of dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, vanilla, roast, piney hop aroma, and peppery alcohol flood the nose. The palate is massive on this beer, just jam packed with intense and robust flavors. Dark chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla, licorice, and coffee coat the tongue. This beer is full and comforting on the tongue as it gently glides down the throat. Old Rasputin finishes with more big, robust coffee and licorice up front, then ends with a roasty, bitter, very warming, soothing, high octane burn.
This beer is a world class example of Imperial Stout, and one of my all time favorites. Imperial stouts make a fantastic after dinner drink, or night cap, truly a beer to slowly sip and savor. Their intense, and complex flavors also make them ideal desert beers. johnprtekyd (1) - groton, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2006 does not count
Delicious barley covers it! Amazingly well balanced with tons of chocolate and coffee riding smoothly along on a river of alcohol bite! Baught bottled, cant wait to find it on draft! ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2006
bottle...semi transparent deep garnet pour (dark red light seen as glass is held up to light). Small light brown head...gone in an instant. Fruity, vineous aroma. Roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and butterscotch evident in the nose also. Smells really nice. Not overly sweet, burnt/roasted malt flavors, some strong coffee. Nice hop presence to balance it all. Really nice bitter finish, alcohol hardly evident. Slightly oily mouthfeel, not overly chewy. A good imperial stout in my opinion. thornecb (6152) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Pours jet black into a snifter. Fruit and roasted chocolate aromas. Head quickly disspates to hug edge of glass. Medium sweet and heavy bitter -- almost like a chocolate espresso bean.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Poured out a deep black head with a small tan head.There is definetly hints of coffee and chocolate.The finish is bitter and all in all a pretty good stout. OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Pour was black with a tan head. This one is best served at about 50 - 55 degrees. The chocolate and caramel come out at this time and you get a nice achohol kick at the end. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours black, small compact tan head, aroma of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, flavor is roasted and chcolate malt, alcohol, with a bitter finish but to overly bitter. good meaty body, good stout. jtr167 (4) - USA - JAN 19, 2006 does not count
Old Rasputin pours smooth, small tan head. A very rich and robust flavor but will leave you thirsty afterwards. It’s a worthwhile everyday drink but limit it to two or less, prefereable one. This isn’t a frat/puke beer. jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2006
stouts are not tops on my list but this one could change my mind. coffee and raison aroma. It taste like the same coffee and dark chocolate. What makes this special to me is the bitter finish with no trace of alcohol. I’ll have to pick this up again