Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

  • SRM Color : 24
  • Brewer: North Coast Brewing
  • Brewer's Description: 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.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Goblet
  • Russ' rating: 7 of 10
  • With the brew: Steak Dinner
  • Comments: The Pour on Old Rasputin was faster than I anticipated. The head was a rich latte color with smaller than average bubbles (< 0.5mm), and lasted the entire glass. The body of the Beer was a lovely impenetrable black. During the pour the scent was of rich dark roasted barley, malt, and just a hint of hops. The actual drink of this beer was more hoppy than I had expected. The flavors of the grains and malt were deep and delicious, but the over all flavor seemed too bitter. I felt that the beer may have been past its prime as the bitterness was not the spicy hoppy flavor you would have expected. I reserve the right to try this beer again, especially if I find it on tap.

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  1. I grab a 4 pack of this one now and then as the AC is just right for a nice swerve on when finished.

  2. This beer was very good, but I think it may have been stored improperly making it bitter beyond what it should have been from the hops. I would have scored much higher, and I will definitely look at trying this one again.

  3. If you find it on tap, definitely give it a shot. I found it to be a bit smoother. It doesn't have the flat bitter taste that lingers around with the bottled version.