'Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia's Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It's a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.'
Well I was very excited to announce the 100th post of Beers Of My Life, but Andy beat me to it! So... Happy 101st!
I am quite interested in Rasputin (the man that is) and that is what prompted me to pick put this beer quite some time ago. I have read numerous biographies on the man and DVR everything that might have to do with him on the history channel. I am a Grigory Rasputin fan.
I think the beer itself channels the mans spirits quite a bit. It is dark, slightly oily and very bitter like the mad monk himself. I know that makes Old Rasputin sound akin to drinking gasoline but believe me, this is some good shit. This beer won't be for everyone though- a high alcohol content, although masked wonderfully by the bitter hops, is intense at ABV 9%. It is rather hoppy for an Imperial Stout, or any stout. Flavors that are commonly the first thing you taste when drinking a stout come rolling at you in the aftertaste. Chocolate. Coffee. Toasted malts.
This is a fierce, full bodied beer. After a few Old Rasputins you are ready to move on to something a little lighter but it is a hell of a way to start the night (or afternoon, in my case). Any fan of stouts should at least give this a try, you will thank me for it.