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Friday, October 15, 2010

North Coast - Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
North Coast Brewing Company
455 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA USA
Est. 1988

Brain Damage Quotient = 9.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Jet black color but with ruby tones on pour.
Sweet, roasted malt and hint of chocolate smell.
Two finger caramel-tan head that leaves abundant lacing.
Head is tight and lasts about half the glass then thinly covers.
Deep roasted malt/chocolate/coffee tasting with fig/raisin taste that warms.
Light amount of carbonation.
A full bodied ale that will satisfy.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Here is a fantastic Russian Imperial stout that will satisfy the discriminating ale drinker.  Old Rasputin is rich and full bodied with a lot of complex flavors going on, in the glass.  It is chewy and thick in body.  The complex flavors keep you guessing what you will taste next.

An absolutely fine beverage that will please with ease, for those of you that like stout. The 9% alcohol is masked until the end when it releases a warming and drying factor in the back of your throat. Now it leads me to wonder what Rasputin is doing, gesturing with his it a salutation? A blessing? Or is he telling you the bed is upstairs when you are done with that one in your hand?!?

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