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Day #179 – North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

June 29, 2011

Old Raspy! Now here is a beer I have been looking forward to for quite some time. You know, now that I think about it this may have been one of the first true Imperial Stouts I may have ever tried. Awwww.

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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North Coast Brewing Company is located out of Fort Bragg, California. They have several offerings in our area but Old Rasputin is probably their best known. This is absolutely an Imperial Stout and it weighs in at 9% ABV. This will certainly be a fun beer, but I’ve got some time to kill while it warms up on my counter. Don’t want to drink this one too cold now. Through the magic of the internet you won’t have to wait very long at all! 🙂

Check out the head on this guy!! Wait…scratch that. Anyways this beer pours so black that you cannot see any light coming through. It also has a tremendous brown head that looks like a loaf of bread.

After the head goes down I stick my nose in the glass and pick up a wonderfully sweet aroma of dark malts, roasted grains and bitter dark chocolate. Very nice smell. It does smell pretty strong too.

The flavor is big. Lots of sweet bready malts with a roasted dark malty flavor as well. There is a sharp tingle from the alcohol but it’s masked by the other nice flavors. Ah very nice indeed! How cool it must’ve been to live back in the day and this beer was fit for royalty.

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Cheers!

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One comment

  1. Old Raputin – how I love thee… let me count the beers!! Yum!



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