Finding new things that we didn’t even know existed is awesome with a capital AWESOME. We’re familiar with the high quality deliciousness of North Coast Brewing Company’s Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, but we didn’t know they decided to put Rasputin in a bourbon barrel until we stumbled across it last weekend. When you lock Rasputin away like that, it only comes out stronger and better. (Exactly like the real Rasputin. If you don’t know Rasputin, we highly suggest watching the animated film Anastasia, which is entertaining and surely 100% historically accurate.)
Old Rasputin pours super dark with nice foam and smells strongly of chocolate. The foam displays a good amount of carbonation. I tend to prefer stouts with much less carbonation, but here it gives the beer a light texture that complements the heavy flavors of coffee and—you guessed it—chocolate. The barrel adds a hint of vanilla and oak that highlights each sip.
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