Beer Review: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout [North Coast]

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout [North Coast]

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Brewery: North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, CA)
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.0%

I didn’t think it would happen so quick, but the recent decrease in temperatures has already had me craving a strong stout. What better way to satisfy this urge than with the legendary Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout?

This beer from North Coast Brewing Co. has won numerous awards and medals from all sorts of beer festivals, including SEVEN gold medals at the World Beer Championships. It holds an “A” rating on BeerAdvocate and a 100 overall score on RateBeer. The praise is unanimous.

Folks, this beer lives up to the hype. It is as dark as they come, almost motor oil in appearance, and it has plenty of ABV at 9%. Its aroma brings traditional smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is a terrific blend of the two flavors, and has a creamy mouthfeel. As other complexities start to come through, the stout leaves a lingering myriad of flavors. The hops become noticeable, but are balanced out by an overlying sweetness. If you dig deeper, there are hints of dark fruits and molasses as well. Seriously, this is a never-ending adventure.

Old Rasputin’s alcohol content is noticeable, but never becomes overwhelming. This is a perfect winter beer, best for those days when you wish to remain indoors while watching the snow fall outside. Bold, rich and well-balanced, this Russian imperial stout is more than worthy of its reputation. Bring it on, Old Man Winter!


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