Thursday, July 24, 2014
North Coast Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is North Coast Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.
From the North Coast Brewing Company website: “Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.
Prior to 2010, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin was released in such limited quantities that it was available only at the North Coast Brewing retail shop in Fort Bragg, California. However, we received so many requests for this beer that we began producing enough Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin to put into broader, but still limited, distribution.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with a fluffy tan colored head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, oak and vanilla.
Taste: Dark chocolate, bourbon, espresso, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, anise and a touch boozy.
Overall: Smooth and creamy, North Coast Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is well done. This 11.3% ABV barrel aged beverage is worth every penny. North Coast Brewing Company always impresses me.
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