Most stouts are somewhat dark in complexion. Old Rasputin, the North Coast Brewing Company's Russian Imperial Stout, looks like a cross between crude oil and the void of deep space. Most stouts are creamy and sweetly malty. Old Rasputin is dense, with a taste of roasted malt and a heavy load of hops at the finish. Many stouts have a relatively light alcohol profile. Old Rasputin is 9% ABV. If Old Rasputin sounds like a cranky and wise elderly man, that's because drinking this beer is like talking to one. Unlike its namesake, this beer isn't wild-eyed or even particularly loony. It's simple, straightforward, and bullshit free. It's also a little much – a little too stark, a little too enamored of its own pitch-black darkness. Imbibe in small doses.