Corsair Rasputin, 43%

Price: $50 Issue: Summer 2012 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Distilled from imperial stout and “vapor infused” with hops, this is a bold example of Darek Bell's “Alt Whiskeys.” Piney hops, hot toffee, and chocolate notes fill the nose. It's a long ride on the palate: brisk spice first, then hops and hot malt, a mealy undercurrent that pulls you from a cocoa start to a hot and sweet finish, with a burnt note on the very end. Busy, but consistent.