Archive | September, 2012

North Coast Brewing Co: Old Rasputin Imperial Stout

16 Sep

Well it’s that time again, time for a beer review! Man, did I pick a good one this time. I went to Ridgeview Liquor in Green Bay after work last week in search of a good stout to celebrate fall and I found a great one. North Coast Brewing CO.’s Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. This is one hell of a damn fine beer.

First off, the labeling is nothing short of awesome. It’s almost as if it’s saying “No beard, no beer”. Perfect.

It pours dark. As dark as it gets. There’s no seeing through this glass, no, it looks through you, asking if you’re ready. The head looks like a perfect creme on a shot of espresso, on top of that beautiful black liquid. As soon as that glass is full you know you’re in for a treat.

The aroma is not overpowering, but sure is inviting. You get a deep hint of roasted coffee and chocolate, just welcoming you. You can almost smell the 9% alcohol content. Even a little bit of molasses is present.

As far as mouthfeel goes, this is a pure stout. This beer is creamy, caramely, and just plain wonderful. Old Rasputin thickly pours into your mouth and rolls like an ocean of molasses, coating the entirety of your taste buds with a subtle power, and you instantly know how you’re gonna feel after drinking this.

The taste? Ohh the taste. This is the first Imperial Stout I have had, and all I can say is, wow.  You can taste stout. Stout flavor. Chocolate molasses and coffee, and the 9% alcohol isn’t overbearing, but you can taste the alcohol. It starts to pack a punch from the first delicious sip. Hops are noticeable, but this is a malty beer, full of caremelasses. It’s wonderfully bitter, a little bit of hops creeping in, but mostly losing the battle to the wonderful dark bread malt flavors.

All in all, this beer is awesome. I say with confidence that if you like stouts, you’re gonna love this beer. Go find it now!