We were in New York City and Hoboken for most of the weekend and just returned a few minutes ago. I had some of the Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout last night at one of those bars where you look at the bill and do a double-take because of the $$$ amount. Gulp…and not from the brew.
Most assuredly, too many glasses of these Old Rasputins would put Czars under the table for good. Although not made by Pennsylvania Microbrewery, I have to give it a shout-out. It packs a wallop. 9 percent alcohol…what is this stuff….Vodka-infused? Even though brew is strong, it surprisingly mellow. It was rated “Superlative” by the Beverage Testing Institute, Chicago. By my counting, it looks to be evaluated to be the 7th best beer made in the USA. That was a special edition of the Old Rasputin. That is quite an accomplishment.
The Beer Advocate writes, “Inspired by brewers back in the 1800’s to win over the Russian Czar, this is the king of stouts, boasting high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. Low to moderate levels of carbonation with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Often dry. Suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident. Hop character can vary from none, to balanced to aggressive.” The Old Rasputin is ranked by Beer Advocate as the top Russian Imperial Stout in the U.S.A.
Although the historical Rasputin came to a cold and chilly end, the beer itself–when served and chilled–portends of future happiness in a glass.