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HopCast Episode 196

Episode 196: North Coast Old Rasputin & Leinenkugel Big Eddy

In episode 196 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open a couple Russian Imperial Stouts that you have likely seen at your local beer store. Both of these beers are pretty common and are worth checking out because they are both great. Brad and Ken kick off the episode by diving into one of their favorites, North Coast’s Old Rasputin. This 9% ABV Russian Imperial Stout has never disappointed… well unless you drink your entire four pack that night. Next up is the 2010 and 2011 Big Eddy from Leinenkugel. This 9.5 % ABV Russian Imperial Stout might surprise a few of you who have been turned off by Leinenkugel but a good beer is a good beer and Big Eddy is delicious.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hop Cast – Episode 68

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back with another episode of the Hop Cast. In episode 68, the two of them sample and review two beers from Pisgah Brewing; their Vortex 1 and Vortex 2. This is a brewery neither Brad nor Ken have had beers from. Pisgah Brewing is out of North Carolina and have over two dozen beers they brew, most of which are pretty highly rated on Beer Advocate. Brad and Ken start off with the Vortex 1 which is a Imperial/Double IPA coming in at 10.80%. After that the two of them move onto the darker and higher alcohol, Vortex 2. The Vortex 2 is a Russian Imperial Stout coming in at 11.70%. Both beers were pretty tasty and now that Pisgah Brewing is on Brad and Ken’s radar you can bet they will be picking up some more of their other beers.

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Beer Of The Month – November


It’s a new month and its time for Hop Cast to pick their November beer of the month. With the recent release of Surly Brewing’s Darkness and The Bruery Black Tuesday, it seemed fitting that November’s beer of the month should be a Russian Imperial Stout. Since both those beers are tricky to get if you didn’t go to the release parties, Hop Cast decided to choose a beer of the month people should be able to find pretty easily. So for the November beer of the month, the Hop Cast has chosen North Coast’s Old Rasputin. Brad and Ken recently reviewed the Old Rasputin XII on episode 54 with Shawn Horton. Don’t be fooled, just because this guy is in a smaller bottle doesn’t mean it isn’t packing a huge punch. Coming in with an ABV of 9.0% this isn’t a beer you should be drinking all night no matter how delicious it is. The Old Rasputin pours out black as night with a two finger tan head; within a few moments the head slowly starts to reside and leaves some nice lacing with it. The aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and bourbon drift out of the glass. What you smell is what you taste with Old Rasputin. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, with alcohol that will smack you in the face and warm you up. Even though that alcohol is pretty strong, it’s very well balanced and finishes with a coffee bitterness.

You can find North Coast’s Old Rasputin pretty much year round but its perfect for a cold fall or winter day when you’re looking for a beer to warm you up.