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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Never Say Die - North Coast Old Rasputin

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout:

The legend of Rasputin is alive and well at North Coast Brewing Co. Dark and mysterious? Check. Gets in your mind and controls your thoughts and actions? Check. Hardier than normal? Refuses to die? May very well be immortal? Check, check, and check.

Old Rasputin is dark as night and just as infinite. Where does the bitterness come from? Coffee, cocoa, and deep roasted malt lurk there in the depths of this black beer. The beige head pours thick and lingers for a good while.

Each sip is mesmerizing. Give yourself over to the multitude of flavors going on in the swirling darkness of the glass. Bitterness, dryness, more bitterness. Then your breath is stolen by the phantasmal alcohol kick. You may ask, "What am I drinking?" Ask him yourself. Pick up the bottle and look at the label. Now gaze into his eyes. "Take another sip," says the monk, "9%abv will not harm you..."

What was I saying? Oh yeah, drink Old Rasputin. It's great. The flavors are bold and bitter and strong. This stout is imperial, alright. It has a never-say-die attitude. The only way to conquer the very bitter finish is to have another sip. I really recommend this beer. But only if you're in the mood for a dark and rich experience. Old Rasputin is the scary second cousin that North Coast Old No. 38 never talks about.

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout:

Representation: .85
Accessability: .75
Style: 1.0
Personal Preference: .85

Total Score: 3.45 Flags

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