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RATINGS: 3941   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 Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s 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 it—A sincere friend is not born instantly.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Not bad for an easily attainable beer. One of the first craft beers that i have had and probably helped get me to try more. Would recommend to any russian imperial stout drinkers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smithld1 (42) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle. Quite a treat. Very smooth. Quite warming. Roast nutty. Balanced. I could put a few of these away.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2015
Classic American RIS, bottle bought at GBFF and enjoyed at home. I’ve been wanting to taste this for years and could not wait to open it. Dense, thick and creamy, pale beige head lacing thickly like the foam on a cappuccino remaining in your cup after drinking it, colour very dark burgundy with black ’soul’, but still translucid on the edges. Strong aroma evaporating from the bottle, noticeable from some distance; a lovely and complex bouquet of hot chocolate sauce, wood ashes, cognac, rhum-soaked raisins, candied figs, cold black coffee, cured meat, dry hay, black peppercorns, dried moss, roasted chestnuts, Cuban cigars, beef stock. Restrained candied sweetishness in the mouth with a sourish edge, raisins, dried plums, blackcurrant; smooth and oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation (a bit above average for the style), full, with a profound nutty and toasted malt bittersweetness building a firm bridge to the finish; ends with assertive coffeeish roasted bitterness, warming and lasting long, persistent nutty malt sweetishness, something minerally, spicy hop bitterness more bittering than aromatic but well in balance with the malt, and an afterglow of warming, rhum-like alcohol. Could perhaps do with a bit more thickness, but in all this sure deserves its reputation, I would recommend this to anyone as a classic example of the imperial stout style; it has all the basic properties, all in good balance, without any further frivolities, though it does make me curious about the barrel aged versions.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerBulldog (5) - Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2015 does not count
I first enjoyed this beer on tap at HopCat in Indianapolis. The server recommended this as my first choice was no longer available. It quickly became one of my favorite imperial stouts and I was happy to be able to find it locally in bottles. Bottled is a little more bubbly than I prefer in a stout, but in all other departments Old Rasputin hits all the marks.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sureshpa (339) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2015
Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, malts, roast Appearance: Dark brown, red glow, light carb, fine foam dense deck, full lace Taste: Coffee, roast, chocolate, hint of licorice, light dry soothing finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (2197) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle from the Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Black with a tan head. Sweet treacle aroma. the taste is spicy with rich treacle, liquorice and leather. Rich and very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (486) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Dégustée en dessert après un gargantuesque souper de côtes levées BBQ. La bière est parfaitement noire. Je dois absolument mentionner que le collet qui flotte au-dessus de la bière est d’une opulence rare. Celles-ci est brunâtre, crémeuse, irrégulière tel du lichen. Le nez est délicat. Je reçois du tabac, beaucoup d’herbes qui me rappellent du thé, le tout sur trame boisée. En bouche les saveurs sont également délicates et homogènes : une belle amertume mi-sèche, des notes terreuses et anisées. Longue, pétillante, souple, légère, cette très bonne bière est une mauvaise représentante du style RIS de par son manque d’autorité, ce qui ne m’empêche pas de l’apprécier hautement!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schrammalam (2) - - JUL 29, 2015 does not count
Excellent imperial stout. A bit lighter on the mouthfeel than I would have expected. Good appearance, strong and complex coffee/caramel malt character with a great bitterness balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (154) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Draft at Yard House in a shaker glass. Pitch black with unusually creamy tan head for an imperial stout. More bitter finish than I prefer for this style, overwhelms the palate somewhat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2968) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Black oily pour, no head. Aroma of vanilla and chocolate. Taste of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, mild vanilla and bitters. Thick mouthfeel. Very nice.


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