North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXIV
The beer pours jet black with a comforting layer of toffee-colored brown foam which slowly builds and forms atop the liquid in the glass. Warm, sweet ethanol rises from the glass and greets the taster as it carries the roasted notes of the stout, along with bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa, to the nose.
The bourbon character from the barrel-aging gives the beer a full-bodied creaminess that coats the mouth with warm, tingling heat. The flavor of the beer is complex. This beer obviously began its life as a stout, full of roasted flavors from the malt, but now carries the complementary sweet flavors of chocolate and vanilla mingled with the bourbon. The beer finishes well with notes of raisins and berry-like fruits.
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.
North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin uses Roman and Mayan numerals to indicate the release number.