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It is that time of the year craft beer lovers, the leaves are falling, the drive to work in the morning is cold, damp and probably in darkness, what is the perfect remedy you ask? How about a hearty Russian Imperial Stout to warm your body up. Russian Imperials came to fruition back in the dynasty of Peter the Great, and have been around ever since.

I stumbled upon this craft beer gem from North Coast Brewing a couple years ago when first getting into craft beer. Widely available in 4 packs, as North Coast is one of the few breweries to brew their Russian Imperial year round, this beer is one of my go to beers at this time of the year. A little tough drinking this when it’s 80 and humid outside, but with the weather beginning its descent into the throws of fall and soon winter, there is nothing better.

old-rasputin-russian-imperial-stoutABV – 9%

Appearance – This craft beer pours a dark brown, almost black, reminiscent of freshly brewed coffee, with a large creamy coco head.

Aroma – Sticking your nose in the glass you pick up hints of roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste – This beer tastes like you are drinking a beer milkshake, very thick and heavy with all of the same notes in the smell just cranked up a few notches. Roasted Malt, coffee, chocolate are at the forefront with a hint of bitterness at the finish, nothing overpowering that keeps you coming back for more though. The 9% ABV is well hidden with the myriad of flavors present.

Overall – This craft beer is one of my favorite Imperial Stouts, an absolute homerun when looking through the beer selections on a day where nothing else jumps out at you. The Victory Storm King is also high up on that list, a beer we have reviewed in the past, along with the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

For an interesting read on the history of Russian Imperials, check out this article from the Washington Post a few years back.

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