North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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Stout – isn’t it summer? You wouldn’t know that given the last week of weather here in Vancouver. Hence, I pulled out and revisited an old favourite from California brewer North Coast (maker of other tasty beers such as Brother Thelonious).

Pouring with an awesome thick head, the nose on this was classic toasty caramel and heavy roast coffee. The palate expands on this and is very deep and intense: fresh coffee grounds, ash and cigar punctuate the viscous texture. Each flavour also manages to keep in balance with the others and the alcohol (at 9% abv) is not overly noticeable – a feature that will smooth even more with the proper aging. In the end, this is a very well made Russian Imperial Stout and a perfect standby for cold summer evenings.

Very Good+
$4/333ml at Brewery Creek, Viti, Liberty


  1. Flavius
    June 27, 2009

    This one of the best stouts in North America. Anything made by North Coast is gold.

  2. dyanna
    June 28, 2009

    I like your blog.I'm waiting for your new posts.

  3. Shea
    June 28, 2009

    Flavius: it certainly is – and remarkably consistent.

    Dyanna: thanks!

  4. Matthew
    June 28, 2009

    Great posts and reviews. North Coast does indeed rock. Thoughts on their revitalized Acme project?

    Keep posting


  5. Shea
    June 28, 2009

    Matt: I think it will be interesting to see where it goes, but if the recipes stay the same as they were, I'm not so sure. Craft beer has come a long way since prohibition.

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