Rasputin – Imperial Stout
Rasputin is an Imperial Stout brewed by De Molen in the Netherlands. It is an honour to the most famous character of the Romanov court, Rasputin. It is only brewed once a year. It is thus a limited edition, every bottle is numbered. You can age this stout within 25 years in a cellar. Rasputin could quickly became a vintage beer. It has a very dense body. It has a very dark brown robe, almost black topped by a persistent light brown head. It contains 10.5 % alcohol; the nose has thus strong liquorish aromas, but you will find aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. In the mouth, you will find a strong liquorish taste, with notes of coffee and caramel. The finish is powerful with roasted malt flavours and a strong bitterness. The flavours could change during the ageing, depending on the date you will taste it.
De Molen was founded in 2004 by Menno Olivier and is based in De Arkduif, a historic windmill in Bodegraven, the Netherlands. De Molen’s beers have received national and international praise. On RateBeer (the largest beer review site in the world) De Molen is currently at 6th place in the list of the 100 best brewers in the world. It’s a real testimony to the quality of the beer as the list is determined by beer enthusiasts. It’s also an impressive achievement for such a small brewery because there are over 28,000 brewers on RateBeer.