Saturday, July 12, 2014

North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV

This is an 11.9% ABV Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels from the North Coast Brewing Company of Fort Bragg, California. There is one batch each year, the number indicating the number of years since the first batch was done.

The beer pours the deepest black, just a bit of dark brown and ruby on the edges when held to the light. There is about an inch of light brown head. The aroma is sweet, with a fruity tartness, a touch smokey, a touch of bourbon alcohol, strong sherry notes. A touch of mocha comes in as it begins to warm. The taste is pleasant fading bourbon, loads of mocha, coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa goodness. The finish is semi-bitter and lightly woody. The mouthfeel is smooth and elegant. Oh, so, nice!

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