North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin (9%)

old-rasputinThere’s a lot of liquorice in this.
A hell of a lot.
Old Rasputin pours a thick and sticky black with a tiny cappuccino head and smells of aniseed and plum jam.
In fact this beer actually smells gooey.
It has a smell that is so gluey that you know that when you take a swig it will glue itself to the inside of your face and refuse to let go.
And that’s exactly what happens.
Burned wholemeal toast, smoky charcoal, a hint of smoked bacon, honey and Pastis make up the backbone of the beer.
Over this you find fudge and chestnuts, maple syrup, sapling wood pith and garden herbs, all of which build and grow as you drink, leading you towards the rich boozy brandy and sherbet lemon finish.
Very good.

Source: Beers Of Europe

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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