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North Coast Brewing Co.

North Coast Brewing Co.
Barrel-Aged XX Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Category: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

North Coast Brewing Co.
Barrel-Aged XX Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Category: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.1%
Dark brown color. Toasty aromas and flavors of peanut brittle, carob coconut health bar, and creme brulee with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, long dark roasted nuts, cappuccino, brandied dried fruits, and sprouts finish. A remarkably smooth and balanced imperial stout with great finesse and complexity.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy & Smooth & Mild
Aroma Aroma: peanut brittle, carob coconut health bar, and creme brulee
Taste Flavor: dark roasted nuts, cappuccino, brandied dried fruits, and sprouts
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium/High
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with cigars
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Ribs, Steak & Potatoes
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A remarkably smooth and balanced imperial stout with great finesse and complexity.

The Producer

North Coast Brewing

The Producer
455 N. Main ST.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
USA
1 707-964-2739

Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

The category of barrel-aged beer represents a diverse range of ale and lager styles that have been aged in non-neutral wood. These beers commonly range between 7.5-10% in alcohol with further variations depending on the interpretation of the style. These beers are characterized by both wood-influenced flavors (vanillia, caramel, toast, coconut) and secondary flavors of the alcohol previously aged in the wood (bourbon, scotch whisky, sherry). The overall character of the final beer may also included acetic, lactic or Brettanomyces flavors and aromas resultant of the barrel.

A wide variety of base beer styles may be barrel-aged for an additional level of complexity, although barrel-aged versions of darker or more alcoholic styles are among the more common examples. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Grand Rapids The Mound Maker.

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Barrel Aged Imperial Stout