“Produced in the tradition of the 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.” from North Coast
All in all Oh. my. lawd. I have to say that this one’s a bit intimidating – I mean come on, something that looks that good makes you stumble around for what to say…seriously, look at that beautiful pour (see below). That aside, this will prepare you for whatever the cold winter Russian weather may throw at you. All in all, it’s delicious.
Recommend to a friend? Do you prefer an ale through which you can’t see the sun shine? Then help yourself.
Safe for lightweights? 9% I’d recommend trying to finish any blog posts or any work that needs to be done before polishing off one of these. Also, if you really want a second beer of the night, go with something uber light like an Upland Wheat and make sure you have a ride home.
I’ll raise my glass to that.
Labeling? Isn’t Rasputin’s portrait enough for you?