By Josh Liddy
The holidays are almost here! That means the cold weather is on its way as well. I don't know about you, but when it starts to get colder, I tend to gravitate towards stouts. More often than not, I tend to reach for the higher ABV ones as well. A nice, strong, stout goes perfectly with the cold weather. Here are some of my favorite stouts with high ABV that we offer at Colonial.
North Coast Old Rasputin
The first stout I tried years ago, and I've been hooked ever since. Old Rasputin is brewed in the same vein as the 18th Century brewers in England who supplied Catherine the Great of Russia. This Russian Imperial stout sits at 9% ABV. On the nose you get hints of chocolate and coffee that finishes on the palate, with a strong roasted malt flavor and a dry finish. Highly recommended!
North Coast Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin
I wanted to mention this one just because of how blown away I was by it. While original Old Rasputin is great, the barrel aged version just intensifies the awesomeness. At 11.9% ABV, this one has no burn at all. This is one of the smoothest barrel aged beers I've ever had and if you love the original as much as I do, you need to try this one.
Stillwater Artisanal On Fleek
Stillwater does some awesome stuff, and this beer is no exception. On Fleek is a 13% ABV stout that's dangerously easy to drink. You get aromas of dark chocolate and vanilla, with the chocolate very prevalent on the palate. The finish starts sweet and ends with the dark chocolate bitterness. I will be enjoying a four pack of these this Christmas.
I haven't met a single person who doesn't love this beer. Prairie is becoming one of my favorite breweries, and this beer has some influence over that. Prairie Bomb is aged on coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. I know what you're thinking--pepper in beer?! I am not a fan of pepper beers at all, but this one is perfectly balanced. The aroma includes everything which follows on the palate. The pepper comes out at the very end after the intense chocolate flavors. At 13% ABV, there is no burn from the alcohol. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who hasn't tried it.
This winter, I suggest picking up one of these beers for those cold nights. They're sure to warm you up. As always, you can follow us on UNTAPPD at Colonial Wine & Spirits to see what we have to offer and my personal UNTAPPD (jliddy09) to see what beers I've been trying lately.