Mr. Rasputin is an imperial stout. Doing some quick research via wikipedia, I see that imperial stouts are Russian in heritage. Always dark and high in ABV. Let’s see how this one follows the wiki description.
First off, I have to come clean. Despite recently being educated on how to pour correctly (see this post) I goofed this one up hardcore. Poured too quickly and ended up with 3 inches of foam. Oh well…it made for a lot of aroma. Fruity and chocolaty.
The taste is phenomenal. I’m getting cherry flavor, but most dominant is rich, smooth, creamy, vanilla. I checked out North Coast’s website, and discovered that Old Rasputin has 9% alcohol and 75 IBUs. You can most definitely taste those IBUs!
This beer is NOT for the weak of heart. It packs a punch in multiple areas: bitterness, ABV, and most of all, flavor. For me, I was desperate to review a beer that was going to challenge my taste buds. BINGO! Old Rasputin did a wonderful job.