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Old Rasputin Imperial Stout: “This beer is really something."

(We enjoy finding unsolicited reviews of our award-winning ales. The following tribute to Old Rasputin was posted on March 27, 2013.)

From the blog of Michael A. Jazayeri, M.D., board certified plastic surgeon

Old-Rasputin-Pour(wpng)As many of my regular blog readers know, I am passionate about wine. But recently, I have been exploring beers as well. Once or twice a month, when we have casual get together with friends or family and casual food is eaten (pizza, etc.), beer just seems to hit the spot. Recently I came across Old Rasputin Imperial Stout Beer by accident. I have to be honest, most beers just don’t “do it” for me. Perhaps it is because I am used to the complexity and sophistication of wine. But this beer is really something. It is made in Fort Bragg, California and is NOT where Fort Bragg Army base is (it is located in North Carolina). Fort Bragg is located in Mendocino County, north of Napa and Sonoma.

This beer is complex, with aromas and flavor of coffee, chocolate and brown sugar, with a warm finish. Most imperial stouts have a bitter finish, but this beer is balanced. I describe it as a pleasant bitterness, almost earthy. It has 9% alcohol by volume, which is almost twice most pale beers, but still less than the 12-14% alcohol content of most wines. I also like the cover: very dark and mysterious. I have not been able to find a translation of the Russian writing on the bottle. Even Google search failed! So if anyone speaks Russian, please let me know.
After doing some research, I found this beer has been consistently rated 95 or higher (out of a 100 point scale) and has been rated as one of the best beers ever made. The great thing about beer is its quality to price ratio (QPR). One can purchase a four, 12 OZ pack of this beer at Total Wine and More for less than 8 dollars. In other words, 24 OZ (equivalent to a bottle of wine) of this beer will set you back only 4 dollars. I challenge anyone to find me a 4 dollar bottle of wine which has rated 95 points or higher. If you do, please deliver it to me riding a unicorn!
Stout beer should be served much warmer than pale beer, around 58-65 degrees Fahrenheit, otherwise the flavors will be muted and the beer will taste bitter.
So next time you desire a beer, pass up the insipid, commercially made Coors and Budweiser, and purchase some Old Rasputin.

 

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Good To The Very Last Bite… Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Buttercream Frosting and Easy Caramel Sauce

We found this photo on the Old Rasputin Facebook Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frostingpage and searched for the baker and photographer, Kristina Chrzanowski. After you read the recipes below, you’ll see that Kristina is an imaginative master baker with an appreciation for North Coast brews. We are grateful that she has shared her recipes with us and hope a few of you will bake up these cupcakes. They look mouth wateringly decadent and delicious!!

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
2½ cups sugar
2 (whole) large eggs
1 egg white
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
Generous ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
¼ cup buttermilk
1½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees | Place on lower rack
Makes 24 cupcakes

Cream butter with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add sugar, ½ cup at a time, until fluffy. Add eggs and egg white, one at a time, until fully incorporated.

In a separate bowl, combine flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Sift and set aside.

In a third bowl, combine stout, vanilla, and buttermilk and set aside.

Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture; mix until fully incorporated. Blend in half of the liquid mixture. Repeat with remaining flour mixture, then remaining liquid mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Gently fold in sour cream.

Fill cups ¾ full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until they bounce back when touched.

Easy Caramel Sauce (for drizzle and frosting)

Ingredients:
24 wrapped vanilla caramels
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon whiskey

Combine caramels and cream in double boiler, stirring constantly until smooth and creamy. Add whiskey, stir. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt. Set aside and cool for 30 minutes.

Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
5-6 cups powdered sugar
1½ teaspoons premium vanilla
2-3 tablespoons Easy Caramel Sauce (recipe above)
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese

There is a trick to the trade with a good buttercream frosting. You don’t want the butter at room temperature, but you don’t want it too cold. You’re aiming for slightly cool.

Cream the butter in medium bowl. Slowly add 5 cups powdered sugar, until full incorporated (if at any point little pebbles form and the mixture won’t combine, that’s because the butter may be too cool to absorb the powdered sugar. In this case, add 1 tablespoon cream). Add vanilla, caramel sauce and Mascarpone to the mixture until fully combined and creamy (if translucent or loose, slowly add additional 1 cup powdered sugar).

Frost the cupcakes after they have cooled down. Drizzle cupcakes with Easy Caramel Sauce and sprinkle with crushed Brother Thelonious Beer Brittle (click here to purchase).

BON APPETIT!

Kristina Chrzanowski
Erie, PA

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Reviewers on Old Rasputin

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout“It’s just a flavor explosion…
big…bold…amazingly delicious.”
Brew Chief

“91 Points. Exceptional.”
Beverage Testing Institute, Chicago

Rate Beer score: A perfect 100

“Best in the World…in my eyes.”
–Bill Owens, President, American Distilling Institute

“Very big, very bold, and downright kick-ass.”
The Brew Guide

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Food Pairing: Brother Thelonious with Beef Tenderloin and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce

North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food.

Main Course: North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale and Beef Tenderloin with Sauteed Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce

Brother Thelonious Bottles and PourOld Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce (make in advance)
Huckleberries grow wild in great abundance on the Mendocino Coast. Locals often harvest them in late summer or early fall, freeze them in pint containers, and enjoy them year round. You can use fresh or dehydrated blueberries or wild Maine blueberries as a substitute.

Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh huckleberries
40 oz. Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout
10 oz. beef stock
10 whole black peppercorns
5 fresh sage leaves

Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2 hours. Strain and return sauce to pan on low heat. Continue to reduce until sauce is desired thickness, about another two hours.

Sautéed Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms
Ingredients:
1 lb. Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms (also known as maitake mushrooms)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

Heat oil and butter in a pan; add mushrooms and sauté until tender.

Beef Tenderloin
Use your favorite beef tenderloin recipe (here’s an easy one). Slice and top with sautéed mushrooms and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce.

Serve with a glass of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

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The Jazz Kitchen to Host Dinner Featuring North Coast Brewing Company Craft Beers

The Jazz Kitchen, located at 5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis IN, will host a dinner on Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm featuring the brews of North Coast Brewing paired with unique food offerings prepared by Chef/Owner David Allee. Tickets are $35, including tax and gratuity and can be purchased online at thejazzkitchen.com or by phone at 317 253-4900.

Four course North Coast Brewing Dinner Menu:
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner paired with Shrimp Etoufee
Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale paired with Red Seal marinated Flat Iron Steak
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale paired with Roasted Root Vegetable Stack Andouille Mashed Potato
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Float + Chocolate Truffles

North Coast Brewing’s John Bisson will lead the educational part of the event to help prepare guests for the Brewers Guild of Indiana Winterfest 2013 beer tasting festival on Saturday, January 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

THE JAZZ KITCHEN
The Jazz Kitchen is a prominent jazz club and restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana. The club showcases local, regional and national jazz acts. Opening in 1994, The Jazz Kitchen was voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world in 2009 by Down Beat magazine. In 2009, a year of significant changes for the jazz club, a “smoke-free” policy was adopted and the corporate partnership of The Jazz Kitchen, Owl Studios and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation took over production of the Indy Jazz Fest, an annual festival held in September.  Facebook.com/indyjazzkitchen or @thejazzkitchen

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More Compliments on Old Rasputin

We sent out an email the other day to let people know Old Rasputin had received a gold medal at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. We were delighted to receive this email back:

“Best in the world…in my eyes.”
– Bill Owens, President, American Distilling Institute

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Old Rasputin Wins Gold at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival

North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout won Gold at the 2012 Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. The international event, in its 21st year, took place over two weekends in September and October, and saw a record number of more than 1,500 beer entries, from which Rasputin stood out, placing at the top of the Porter/Stout 6% och över category.
Rasputin Bottle with Stockholm Beer Fest Logo
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. This ground-breaking beer seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish. We’re gratified that the judges in Stockholm agree.

Visit our Rasputin Distributor in Sweden: Great Brands AB

Click here for a printable PDF of this press release.

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Neon Signs Now Available!

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Neon SignJust in time for holiday celebrations, we have added nine neon signs to our store! Pick them up at our store in Fort Bragg, or find them in our online store here.

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Audio Interview with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich on Beer Obsessed

Thanks to BeerObsessed for posting his great interview with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich! Here’s an excerpt from his blog post.

Thanks to Mark Ruedrich and North Coast Brewing Co. for taking the time to do the interview and for his hospitality in general.

We talk about why he came to Fort Bragg (mainly due to his love of Steinbeck and tidepools).  We talk distribution: how far and wide North Coast beers are (45 states and 7 countries). Also plenty of great info on his beers, how he formulated Old Rasputin, other beers, etc.  The last third of the interview is a tour on the production floor including: the brew system, fermentation tanks, bottling, and his cold storage area. Mark talks about future expansion and also a bit about his barrel program (yes, more good things to come in barrels).

Navigate over to BeerObsessed to hear the interview.

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Old Rasputin is Beer of the Month in LA Times

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin pourOld Rasputin is featured as the Beer of the Month in the LA Times! Here’s what they said about it:

Old Rasputin is a Russian imperial stout, meaning that it’s very dark (it pours nearly black with a very high tan head) and alcoholic (9% by volume), but you taste very little sweetness. That’s because of a bitterness level toward the top of the IPA range, though it doesn’t register in the palate as bitter, rather as a dryness cleaning up after all the malt.

Don’t think of it as you would a sweet stout; its overwhelming taste impression resembles dark coffee. Like coffee, Old Rasputin could be comfortable with most traditional American foods, even steak and eggs with hash browns.

Style: A broad-shouldered, super-dark brew ready for anything.

Click here to read the whole review | Download this as a printable PDF

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