Sunday, April 12, 2009

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Happy Easter! The egg hunt is over and I've already been to the pool. Explaining the meaning of Easter to two unfocused kids is not that easy either.

What beer goes with a holy Sunday? Well, I didn't think about that until today, but I did manage to switch things up in my available fridge lineup to find one named after Rasputin (The picture to the left is kind compared to the one on the bottle. Wow, what a beard). I guess he's not exactly an ideal Easter figure, but at least he was a religious leader at best, and at worst a 3-month member of the Verkhoturye Monastery as a punishment for theft. So he's done his time.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout brewed by North Coast Brewing Co. in Fort Bragg, California is the second beer I've reviewed from these guys. The first was Old Plowshare Stout Organic, which North Coast actually picked up and put my review on their site. Let's see if they post the review of the review and create a vicious cycle. They probably wont need to when I'm finished with this Old Rasputin because so far it's a kick-ass beer. They can just quote that.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout has an extremely dark roasted malty aroma, with a hint of alcohol too. Flavors are excellent. You start with a creamy chocolate and roasted coffee flavor, evolving with nutty flavors as well. The alcohol is a really nice attribute to this beer and not hidden at all. The 9% alcohol content is very well matched with the sweet aspects to provide a strong flavor and nice warming sensation. Very powerful and lasting flavors, this is perhaps one of my favorites and I think just the beer to dethrone Best Sixer Guinness Extra Stout (which was on the bubble). Yes, I think it has done just that, starting now.

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Update 4/11/2010: Almost one year later, here is a picture for you!

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