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North Coast Old Rasputin


This will be the first Russian Imperial Stout that I’ve reviewed so far. So what makes a stout a Russian Imperial stout? Story has it that it was the style was originally developed to appeal to a Russian Czar in the 1880’s. Anytime you see Imperial, you will see high alcohol contents, usually in the range of 8-12% ABV. This one is ringing in at 9%. These beers tend to be pretty malt driven, and make no statement on the hop character. This is one of the most, if not the most, well known Russian Imperial Stout.

Russian Imperial Stout. 9.0% ABV. 75 IBUs. California.

Pitch black color, and holds a nice head.

The nose has yeast, coffee, chocolate, banana, caramel. It has a bit of a sweet nose.

It is a pretty lightly carbonated beer, but feels pretty silky in the mouth.

the coffee and bitter chocolate dominate. Sweetness and caramel come through, as well. I get a bit of smoke, as well. The chocolate lasts forever on the finish. I’m also getting some nice vanilla notes as I keep drinking.

If you like stouts, you need to try this beer. It is a fantastic, and complex beer. The high alcohol doesn’t bother doesn’t seem to be much of a factor, and the malts come through nicely. 90 Points.

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