Beer 349/365 – North Coast Old Rasputin

North Coast Old Rasputin

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Probably the best bang for the buck as far as Imperial Stouts go.

Will I be drinking this again: Hell yeah, this one is a staple for me.

Grade: A

10/23/2010: Who doesn’t love an Old Raspy? I don’t know anyone who is a stout lover, who dislikes an Old Rasputin. It probably is the best tasting affordable big stout out there. I really wish I would have picked up some of the Old Rasputin XII way back in December when I made my first ever trip to Vintage Estate. My haul ended up costing me over $300 as it is soooo it was probably for the best that I didn’t buy any.

Chocolate is the headliner through and through in Old Raspy. The nose is full of sweet rich chocolate, and actually a little bit of hops as well. Which is odd because I usually can’t pick out hops in the nose of a beer. The flavor is a bunch of chocolate, a tiny bit of espresso flavor, some sweet caramel, and an over average amount of hops for an Imperial Stout. I’m willing to bet there is a little bit of lactose used in this as there is a milky kick I am getting. The mouthfeel is big and chewy like a giant milky way bar, but silky going down. Carbonation is a bit on the low end. Overally this is one of my favorites, and if you haven’t tried it you really need to.

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Beer 305/365 – North Coast Pranqster

North Coast Pranqster

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 7.6%

Purchased at: On Tap@Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Pretty citrusy for a BSPA

Will I be drinking this again: Yes this was better than I thought it would be.

Grade: A-

9/9/2010: Ahh back to my happy place; Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman Ohio. Quite honestly I never knew what good beer was before finding this store. Then I ended up redoing their website, and becoming personal friends with the owner Phill. Its always nice to see when good/honest people end up running a successful business.

I’ve seen bottles of this a bunch over the years, but never tried it. The smell is a little bit citrusy, and not very funky like most BSPAs. The taste is really nice, almost a peachy type citrus, some clove, and a bit of a flowery kick. Moderately sweet, but not too much so. Carbonation and mouthfeel are both right in the middle for the style. Overall this was a very good drink, emptied my tulip a little quicker than I normally would for a Belgian Strong Pale. Thats how you know the beer is good.

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