North Coast Brewing Company
Fort Bragg, CA
Russian Imperial Stout (bourbon barrel aged)
Old Rasputin is a Russian Imperial Stout aged in oak whiskey barrels. It was only available at the brewery retail shop until many request were sent in to distribute. For North Coast’s 12th anniversary they released Old Rasputin XII to select areas. I had it once before at Three Penny on draft but only once in the bottle. It was given as a gift from my girlfriend. Here was my review of the bottled version. (I forgot to take a picture so i took that from the internet)
Appearance – Very black. Brown foamy head with good lacing.
Smell – Very chocolatey malts, dark roasted coffee. The oak from the barrel gives it a vanilla aroma.
Taste – You can taste the alcohol. It tastes like all the aromas combined. Almost like a spiked chocolate milkshake.
Mouth Feel – Thick. 7/10 on carbonation. Very creamy and coats the palate. A definite booze sting.
Drinkability – Not a gulper. Should be patiently sipped over a period of 10 or 15 minutes. Allow to warm in your palm to bring out more flavors and you will be highly rewarded.