Monday, April 12, 2010

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Today is a bit of a Philly sports celebration day, so if you're a bitter New Yorker or Floridian or Californian or wherever you're from, well, I don't have any advice for you. Yesterday the Flyers played the Rangers in the final regular season game for the final playoff spot. Win or go home. The Flyers outplayed the Rangers except for the score, ringing the crossbar half a dozen times. The game was tied after regulation and came down to the Shootout where the Flyers prevailed. It was so excellent!

Even Victory Brewing got into the trash talking act today with this Twitter post. VictoryBeer Justin, our Director of Distribution, just wanted to send this out to all you NY Ranger fans . . .

Then, the Phillies, behind Roy Halladay's complete game pitching performance (and second win), completed their sweep of the Astros. They are currently (of course) beating the Nationals 7-4 in the seventh. This is definitely a pattern. See you in October!

Finally, my fellow Philly sports lover Mike sent me this press conference rant from Donovan McNabb. I was caught off guard at first, but after considering that McNabb hadn't said that many words in 10 years, plus the fact that I don't think he could pull that speech off, I got the joke. Joke was on me! Funny stuff!

So today I needed to make a tough beer decision. Victory V-Twelve for the above reasons or North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout because I wanted to drink it exactly one year after the first time I reviewed it. Well I picked the Old Rasputin. I'll save that particular Victory for a Flyers Playoff Victory! The label has some Russian writing on it, which I am very familiar with, mainly because of my work email in-box. The label also talks about this beer developing a cult following wherever it goes. With my memory of this beer, that doesn't surprise me one bit!

Chocolate aroma, a little sweet. Rich chocolate flavors with a hint of coffee start things out. You will notice the 9% alcohol warming you up right away. Roasted flavors, but not burnt. There is also a hint of licorice and a faint dark cherry fruity component. There is a bit of a medicinal flavor lingering around the entire time. Creamy texture. Medium to upper level body; low to medium carbonation. Lightly bitter, boozy coffee finish. Although this was terrific, it wasn't as awesome as I built myself up to remembering. You, however, should definitely try this guy!

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Michael Jurewicz said...

Go Phillies! Go Flyers!

I pretty much agree with Old Rasputin as well. I think it is a solid Russian Imperial Stout but a bit over rated in my humble opinion. It is though probably the most well known of the style out there. That accounts for something. Right?

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Personally, I liked in better a year ago when I had it, but it was still pretty good.

North Coast is a little underrated, though, in my opinion. All of their beer are solid. Do they break away from their normal offerings ever? Try new stuff?

Hannah said...

I am mos def a fan of Russian Imperial Stouts but have yet to try Old Rasputin. Do you recommend it or are there others I should enjoy first?

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I liked it a lot. As Mike said, it's well-known and as their label said, it does have a cult following.

One other I can think of off the top of my head is B.O.R.I.S if you get that. A friend of mine sent it to me.

Michael Jurewicz said...

Actually Stone's Imperial Russian Stout really got me into them. That is a good one. Cigar City's Mashal Zhukov is really good but not easily accessible. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is absolutely amazing!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Oh, yeah, Mike. I've had the one from Stone, too, but I'm pretty sure I've mentioned once or twice here that Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout will be my next wife. Sorry ladies!

Michael Jurewicz said...

Rob, do you want to become mormons and share her?