North Coast Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels >twenty bucks
Every year North Coast ages a special batch of its Old Rasputin in Bourbon barrels. Prior to 2012, this beer was only available at the brewery. In this 15th edition, as its popularity has grown across the nation, this top-rated brew is available for the first time in Nashville. Very limited release.
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Black Ops Stout aged in Bourbon barrels >twenty bucks
Production ramped slightly for this year's release of the much balyhooed Black Ops. 1200 cases, up from last year's 1100. Bottle conditioned with Champagne yeasts and aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for four months. Pours like engine oil, tastes like boozy heaven. Limited release.
Straight to Ale Unobtainium Old Ale aged in Bourbon barrels >twelve bucks
When Straight to Ale finally made it to TN, I was surprised how consistent their beers are. From the RIS Laika to the fresh & clean IPA Monkeynaut, these are undersung craft beers from an unlikely place—Huntsville AL. This Old Ale is full of rich, sweet booziness. One to share over a sliver of Stilton. Limited release.