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RATINGS: 3889   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russiaís Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Itís a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling itóA sincere friend is not born instantly.

cleverlobo's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle; black with creamy large brown head; aroma-chocolate, coffee, roasty and fruity, wine-like and a little pine; taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter at first but lasting and increasing in bitterness long after the swallow. Pine and chocolate. Medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter, long finish. Great beer, complex aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alex_leit (234) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle. Almost black color. Aroma: coffee, chocolate, cognac. Taste: roasted and dark malts, very alcoholic and heady, with coffee and brandy, warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (576) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Old Rasputin is practically mythical thanks to all the hype surrounding it. My anticipation to have it was high. My temper flared equally high when the bartender gave it to me in a frosted goblet. It was a situation that demanded me to sacrifice my warmth and dignity by wrapping my hands around the goblet as tightly as possible. It worked... eventually. Though my efforts looked idiotic, I was finally able to appreciate this Imperial Stout at something close to optimal conditions. And there was a lot to appreciate. Burnt sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of cream. Spectacular balance. The head stuck around to the very last sip. I can see why Old Rasputin has remained relevant even while other Imperial Stouts are constantly emerging. Like the real Rasputin, this brew is hard to kill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3227) - FINLAND - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle@tkcbb. Black. Roasted, malty nose. Chocolate, slight coffee. Surprisingly light med bodied. Well bittered, pretty nice drinkability. Med long finish. Seems like a nicely mellow drinkable ris. Lots of flavours, sort of traditional portery than overwhealming.

-- bb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
feliponk (11) - CHILE - MAY 23, 2015
Cerveza compleja, se nota el amargor del lķpulo al final. Excelente cuerpo y espuma precisa. Una excelente cerveza.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alberti92 (153) - - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in Hami hill. This ones all about the bitter coffee notes with undertones of chocolate and toasty/roasty nuts. Finishes a lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3111) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours an inky black beer with a big brown head on top and a reddish hue around the rim. Aroma has mostly chocolate and coffee with roasty notes. Flavour is mild sweet and also some bitterness in there. Good amount of coffee and chocolate with caramel. Quite boozy mouthfeel and good carbonation. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (853) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
05/21/14 bottle. Pours black with a one finger, tan head that thins to a film but hugs the glass. Aroma has big, rich notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, caramel, dark fruits, and a faint hop presence. Taste is a bold bitter with lots of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, hint of hop resin, pine, and citrus, then a drawn out, espresso/dark chocolate bitterness at the end. Full body with a low-medium carbonation. Thick and creamy, but still not cloying, in the mouth with a subtle carbonation and dry finish. Overall spectacular. Not sure if I am just in the mood or what but this is awesome. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of hops. Very excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knights97 (109) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2015
This beer is so smooth. I love the big brown foam head to it that goes with the black motor look of a body. Itís a big body beer that is smooth that goes down, has a nice little smoked taste to it and will leave you a nice after taste. It is very well balanced between the smoked flavor, the smooth feel to it and such a good amount of malt. Definitely a beer I will buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maledictum (704) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - MAY 17, 2015
Very nice burnt malt and chocolate on the nose. Nice black color with creamy off white head from the nitro. To taste, more malty flavors throughout, fantastic stout. Lingers nice on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1363) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
I first tried North Coast Brewingís flagship beer ďOld RasputinĒ back in 2011 and I enjoyed it immensely (so much so that I included it in my book Ė The Handbook of Porters & Stouts). I had not had it much in the years since; maybe just a short pour if I found it on draught. I was actually vying for a job with this brewery and they liked me so much they flew me out to Northern California for an in-person interview and gave me a complimentary 4-pack right off the bottling line. I was told this beer is only intended to be served on nitrogen when on tap. I drank it as such at their adjacent taproom and itís nearly a different beer as itís rich, sweet and chocolaty. I think the draught version deserves its own review, but for now Iím content to give the standard bottle a re-review since itís so fresh. It really is a different beer as itís quite hoppy and bitter Ė maybe a little too much so, actually. Regardless, this is still an excellent imperial stout and it deserves its place in the annals of beer culture and history.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. It was bottled on 5/7/15.

Appearance: Inky opaque black body; nothing visible within. Pours to a large, brown, frothy head which retains and laces tremendously.

Smell: Quite hoppy for a stout (general floral/citrus aroma). Strong chocolate presence as well. Alcohol is noticeable.

Taste: Believe it or not, the first thing I taste here is hops. I suppose thatís understandable considering the bottle was so fresh and the beer is quite hoppy and bitter at 75 IBUs. Slightly citrusy/flowery hops help to balance out the strong malt base of the brew. When fresh, this beer is not extraordinarily sweet, though itís noticeably sweet. Dark malts impart slight chocolate notes through the middle (bittersweet dark chocolate to be specific, though the nitro draught version is almost like pure milk chocolate). The deeply roasted malts are prominent throughout the backend Ė accentuating the bitterness of the palate, but changing it from hops to that of burnt toast. Some alcohol lingers in the background; not doing much for flavor other than imparting some dryness. I could see a barrel-aged version accentuating the base palette perfectly (there is such an edition, but Iíve yet to try it).

Drinkability: At 9% ABV, Old Rasputin is definitely a big beer by anyoneís standards. That being said, itís not a beast of one. The mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied for sure, but not chewy, sticky or cloying. The strong hoppy presence cleanses the palate and leaves a slightly dry aftertaste. I detect minor warmth from the alcohol, but itís in no way distracting or intimidating. Few beers this big sit this well on the system. A great brew to enjoy on its own.

Score: 9/10

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