Feeling a little portly myself, what could be better than a cheeky bottle of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout to set the world to rights after a somewhat turbulent day? Out of the fridge, into a pint glass – looking good already, with a deep inky blackness and a thick burnt-cream head that bodes well for this drink’s immediate future. Smell’s good, too.
Fortunately, these initial impressions are on the nail. One first tentative, experimental sip turns rapidly into a mighty quaff, for this is a beer you can really get your teeth into; a full-on mouthful of slightly earthy, peaty goodness that follows through with some hints of burnt things. Wood maybe, I dunno. Even better – as well as tasting great, it’s 9% ABV. By the end of the pint, I’m feeling surprisingly happy for a Tuesday evening.
Knocked up by my new friends at the North Coast Brewing Co out of Fort Bragg, CA, this is a good-to-great find that I’ll be keeping on my “buy again” list for the forseeable future. And even better – I’m heading that way on a summer road-trip soon, so I might just stop in and say hello to them… good times ahead.
Not quite sure why old Rasputin is about to make the universal sign for “Loser” on the label though – North Coast people, you might want to revisit your art. Keep the beer as it is, please.
JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again