Sunday, January 30, 2011

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

The perfect beer for a frigid Minnesota day, consider me part of the cult following for this amazing award-winning beer. As you would expect pours a pitch black with a definite aroma of chocolate and alcohol. Tastes even better - caramel, mocha, chocolate, toffee all present, with a nice alcohol warmth - well balanced and dangerously drinkable at 9% ABV (compared to Bell's Expedition Stout this is a session beer)! I was surprised that this has an IBU of 75 which is more than many IPA's, it is hard to detect any hoppiness at all. Affordable at about $8.99 a 4 pack of 12oz bottles I try to keep this in my fridge year round. One of the best beers in the world.


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