So...finally have these things going...hopefully I'm using them correctly
Pints in the cold
January 24, 2014
It’s cold outside. Not just cold, FUCKING COLD. This used to be some of the weather I enjoyed the most, fresh powder on the lawn and a calm quiet as the city stays inside to keep warm. Today, it’s just another reminder of recent battles hard fought but lost, wounds still open and stinging and thoughts best ignored. There is nothing better for a night like this than a solid stout. Really any cold night is a good stout night, but given that it’s a FUCKING cold night I’m thinking something in the Russian stout area. The go to for this has always been Old Rasputin and there just so happens to be some in the house tonight.
Stouts are a mysterious beast. I’ve met far too many people whose breadth of knowledge in regards to this type of beer is Guiness….and that’s it. There is nothing wrong with liking Guiness, especially extra stout, nonetheless there is so much more to the dark magic that is this type of beer. There a great many offerings in this vein, giving a pantheon of opportunities for your pallet. I’m going to go talk about of a few of my favorites because well, why the hell not.
Let's start with the pint I’m having now, Old Rasputin. The complexity of tastes and shear potency of this stout is unparalleled. It has a bitter sweet quality reminiscent of a really good cup of coffee (you know, Portlandia style). It’s definitely not for everyone, if you are one of the aforementioned Guiness folks, you may want to pop the training wheels on before trying this one (That’s not a jab, but don’t say I didn’t warn you kids).
An interesting stout that has made it into my regular rotation is Buffalo Belgian Stout, a very unique beer indeed. This is the first Belgian stout I’ve had and I find it to be pretty good for times when I’m in the mood for something slightly sweeter. It is on the lighter end of the stout spectrum in a good way. The flavor of this is akin to a cherry cola but bitterer in the back of the pallet (apparently “bitterer” is a real word, but “Betterer” is not….neither sounds right to my brain).
Lastly I can’t have a post about stouts without giving a nod to Nitro Milk Stout from Left Hand. This creamy sumptuous beauty can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned, and I have never had a bad one in either a bottle or on draught. It is easily one of the most easy drinking and flavorful stouts out there; and while it has gotten really big and easily available, I don’t consider that a bad thing. This is the result of Left Hand making an amazing stout and people taking notice.
So, what’s the moral of the story on this post? Stouts are fantastic. Fantastic for the heavy flavor, surprising variety and for being the perfect thing for a cold hard night. Now, it's time to re-read this and take a drink every time you see the word “stout”…
What I was drinking when I wrote this: Old Rasputin by North Coast Brewing (duh)