In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated

90

North Coast Brewing Company Old Rasputin

“Roast and chocolate dominate with low level dark fruit esters to complement them, specifically cherry. Hops bitterness throughout balances the malt sweetness. Finishes fairly dry and slightly bitter, but this makes you want another sip. Slight heat on the finish as well reminding you that this is imperial. A bit light on body relative to other contemporary examples. The addition of some caramelized sugars or other dark fruit flavors would help the complexity.”

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