Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Russian Vote

I voted today. Say what you want about Kansas, but we get voting right. We have 4 places to go in Johnson County to vote early and avoid the lines on election day. But, like Russians in the 80's, I wasn't that pleased with my choices in the voting booth. So I don't think I really accomplished much in the voting booth*, but I did make one great choice today. I opened up a bottle of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.
*Stella called me just as I was pulling my voting card out of the machine. I didn't think much of it as I flipped open the phone and started to speak to her. But, apparently I drew the ire of a campaign worker because he ran at me and I thought he was going to tackle me. He told me to shut the phone, shut it now. I was in the room literally 3 more seconds, I think he could have let it go, I was obviously on my way out.

Just from my normal beer related reading, I knew that Old Rasputin was one of the best stouts money can buy. I was a bit surprised at how reasonable it was (something like $8.99 for a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles) usually beers this highly regarded are priced to match. Over the weekend I had a couple and really enjoyed them. Tonight I took pictures and had pumpkin pecan bars to accompany it.

Old Rasputin weighs in at 9% ABV, but at 12 oz. it is completely manageable. The beer pours a super dark brown with a slight long lasting brown head. It has a chocolate malt smell with a little bit of coffee and surprisingly a little bit of anise. When drinking it, the beer coats your mouth with the chocolate malt taste. It finishes with a hoppy bitterness and a bit of an alcohol bite. But everything is completely balanced, a difficult feat. It is definitely the best tasting stout I've had, edging out previous favorite Yeti Imperial Stout.

Having a glass with a pumpkin bar is a pretty good idea. It's the perfect fall snack (if you don't have to worry about your weight). The pumpkin flavor doesn't get overpowered by the coffee chocolate malt taste of the beer. Think of a pumpkin scone with your morning Roasterie coffee. This could become that much of a fall classic for me.

While I didn't get much from my voting experience today, I did get an excellent drinking experience. I also got the added benefit of drinking a beer with a high alcohol content that will allow to me to forget, if just for a little while, what our country is in for over the next four years. I only hope that the coming big government experience truly does bring meaningful change to the country, a viable third (and fourth) party.


  1. you also let us into your life by the 24 piece puzzles of Disney princesses you buy your daughters (btw--it's setting them up for some romance hardship at 16 when cold hard reality smacks them in the face. .totally a sidenote and my cynicism coming out). but the beer sounds tasty

  2. Mar, thanks for breaking down the pics CSI style.

  3. This is one of my favorites! Bull, where can you find Old Rasputin in Johnson County? I've been heading to the Lucas Liquors @ 135th / State Line to find it, since the Lucas on 119th doesn't carry it.

  4. Bull - the Gomer's in midtown has the Southern Tier collection; if you're interested in trying their Pumking Ale the one in Lenexa might carry them, too. Also, their "Un-earthly" IPA is truly out of this world. 11% ABV and one of the best tasting beers I've ever had - next to only the Meantime IPA & the Bouleveard Double-Wide.

  5. Lucas by the DSW has it. I saw it last week. It comes in a 4-pack, I believe, for $10-ish. Some of the restaurants around town have it, too, sometimes for $4.50/bottle, which is good for a restaurant.

  6. Old Rasputin is one of my faves as well, and I actually laughed to myself when you mentioned it edged out the Great Divide Yeti. Both are outstanding, and I have found myself trying to decide which one I like better (to no avail). Actually I'm a fan of pretty much everything Great Divide and North Coast do.

    You can get Old Rasputin at the Foundry and the Tap Room/Waldo Pizza in a bottle...and on TAP at the Flying Saucer. Not that I would ever advocate the P&L, but this is almost a good enough reason.

    I've seen Rasputin at Gomer's and Batson's.

  7. Lucas on 119th has old Rasputin. I've bought it there a few times. If you want a good draft they have it on Nitro tap @ saucers. I agree awesome beer. Still like Old Yeti just a little bit more..