North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
I’m starting with Old Rasputin by North Coast Brewing Co. This Russian imperial stout has a nice 9% ABV.
So what’s the difference between an imperial stout and a Russian imperial stout? Not much, really. It seems the style started in London by Thrale’s brewery for export to Catherine the Great’s court in 18th century Russia. Catherine the Great’s affinity for strong dark beers launched a whole new style and whether it’s called a Russian imperial stout or just an imperial stout, it’s brewed in the style of Thrale’s.
Old Rasputin, or Ol’ Raspy as I like to call it, is a dark black beer with a large chocolate-colored head. It has a rich roasted malt scent along with the sweetness of chocolate. Those notes continue in the flavor of the thick creamy liquid with light carbonation and sticky lacing.
I could have sworn this was served somewhere at Disneyland, but we don’t have any record of it being served anywhere in a Disney park ever. I guess I was just thinking since Disneyland served North Coast’s PranQster and other North Coast beers they had Old Rasputin as well. So Disneyland, you should add this!