Tuesday, February 22, 2011

North Coast Old Rasputin

Old Rasputin poured a dark brown, blackish color with a thin, pen width, brown head.  The aroma is rich, with plenty of darker malts.  The body is smooth, low levels of carbonation with almost a creamy mouthfeel.  There is a little sweetness up front, and a roasted malt backbone.  The finish is pleasant, dry with decent length without overwhelming.  Overall, this is a very tasty beer that seems a little out of style.  Classified as a Russian Imperial Stout that measures 9% ABV, there is not hint of alcohol and is incredibly easy drinking. While there is plenty of flavor, the nose, depth, and finish are all not what I expected from a RIS.  Style guidelines or not, Old Rasputin is a damn fine beer that would be welcome in my fridge anytime.

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