Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

North Coast Brewing Co

USA

This is probably one of the more heralded stouts brewed in the US, and I think with good reason. What makes it more unusual is that it's an imperial stout, which isn't that common. Very malty, giving it a powerful sweetness, and it has a deep roasted coffee flavor. It's got 8.9% ABV, but don't worry, you'll sober up when you see the picture of Rasputin on the label. Man, he is one creepy bastard. Look at Rasputin, and then turn the bottle one way or the other, and I swear, the eyes follow you...Not even John Ashcroft gives me the paranoid willies like this label (begin Tommy Chong-like rant against the government in 3, 2, 1.....).

Reviewed: November 06, 2004

Rating: 7/10

Wow, strong. And very black. Like Mike Tyson. And like Mike, it'll knock you for a loop. Not something I'd reach for every day, but once in a while it'll be fine.

Reviewed: November 06, 2004

Rating: 5/10

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