I have written before that I am not a fan of stouts and porters. They are often too heavy for me and the fact that I live in Arizona usually makes me avoid a dark beer during the hot summer months. However, there is one stout that I will always opt for if I see a bar has it in bottles (I have yet to experience this delicious brew on tap). I am of course talking about the Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Coincidentally, Old Rasputin was the first Stout that I have ever had, when I was a spry, law breaking 19-year-old brew fan.
Despite its name Old Rasputin is brewed in California at North Coast Brewing Co. located in Fort Bragg. North Coast also offers these impressive brews, The Acme California IPA, Black Hart Irish Stout, Le Merle Saison and Class of ’88 Barley Wine.
The Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout has a delicious blend of coffee, chocolate, cream and CHERRIES that is every bit refreshing as it is filling. I wouldn’t recommend drinking more than two of these if you are downing pizza with your buddies or planning on a night of heavy drinking. If you are, however, enjoying a tasting menu or munching on hors d’oeuvres this is perfect.
Unlike other Stouts Old Rasputin doesn’t leave a long lingering flavor in the mouth, which I personally enjoy, the high ABV% is hardly noticeable.