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12 ounce Old RasputinReview of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout by Brew Chief

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Chocolate & Old Rasputin!

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, 12 oz bottleCraftBeer.com:
“Chocolate rich Stouts go so well with high-percentage dark chocolate. The levels of bitterness and sugars, and in some cases, like [North Coast Brewings' Old Rasputin], the fruity notes are a good match…. Once they are in your mouth, there is little delineation between the beer and chocolate flavors. They pair together to create a beautiful balance of bitter and caramel. It really is magical.”

Philadelphia Weekly
To illustrate suggestions for pairing beer with food, author Brian Freedman offers North Coast Brewing Co.’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with a chocolate tarte. Says Freedman, “A successful marriage of beer and food is often just as much about alchemy and the magic of the unexpected as it is about a thought-out plan of attack.”

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Old Rasputin Scores 100

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin 4-pack CarrierNorth Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout was named by RateBeer as one of America’s Best Beers for 2011 and given a Gold Award.  The brew received an overall score of 100 and a style rating of 97 and was called a “perfect balance” with “coffee, chocolate and dark fruit” flavors.

“One of the all-time classics.”

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TAP Beer of the Week 11: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

“It’s loaded with chocolate and coffee aromas, some roasty notes and bready yeast.  It’s a rich mouthful, sweet, even luscious, but nicely balanced by the hops.” Read the whole review by Tom Bedell here.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Review

“The taste is something else, bitter chocolate and espresso with a sweet finish. I have to say that if you like bitter chocolate and beer—strong beer—you’ll like this. Nice creamy yet carbonated mouthfeel keeps it from being cloying. This is something you want to sip & savor.” –From a review of Old Rasputin by Emerald City Supertasters

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Old Rasputin Featured in Gourmet Magazine

From “Eight Great Winter Beers” by Joshua Bernstein in Gourmet Magazine:
“This obsidian flavor bomb has a thick pour that releases aromas of chocolate-dipped raisins, yeasty bread, and espresso. Java also defines Rasputin’s rich, roasty flavor, with a balanced sweetness that masks the beer’s strapping 9 percent ABV. It all adds up to a dangerously drinkable imperial stout that’s best shared with a couple cohorts.”

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