Friday, March 1, 2013

North Coast Brewing Company Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is North Coast Brewing Company Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.  I was checking out beers I had yet to review from my favorite breweries and was SHOCKED to see that I had not reviewed Old Rasputin.  Six pack after six pack bought and enjoyed and no review.  So, tonight I correct this omission.

From the North Coast Brewing Company website: “Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia's Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It's a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.
The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with a thin dark tan head and chunks of lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, espresso, toffee, earthy hops and chocolate.
Taste: Intense roasted and dark malts, espresso, bittersweet chocolate with a slight hop bitterness at the finish.
Overall: Smooth, creamy and delicious North Coast Brewing Company Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is a masterpiece.  Weighing in at 9% ABV the alcohol is not noticeable which makes this one a dangerous beer as the need to consume more and more is necessary.  Fully enjoy this offering from North Coast Brewing Company at your earliest moment.  You’ll be glad you did!


Mark Harvey

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