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RATINGS: 3863   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2938) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle: Inky black with a highlight of dark brown at the very edges; thick & viscous pour with a fine mesh of leathery-tan bubbled grouped up top. Aroma contains huge bouts of unsweetened dark cacao beans, bitter espresso, huge roasted malt with the lightest underpinning of burnt brown sugar sweetness. Flavor is a bit more complex, opening up with 86% cacao dark chocolate, raw cocoa powder, charred & ashy malt, roasted nuts, bitter coffee with a woodsy & earthy undertone, heavy herbaceous & leafy hop scores towards the back-end, & a kiss of smoky anise in the finish. Lingers forever & coats the palate with flavors of herbal wood, smoke, coffee beans, & even some faint tobacco leaves. Dry & bitter for the style, heavy mouth feel. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CharmCityCrab (189) - Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Aroma primary of raisins, prunes, and coffee, with a very slight foresty or hoppy smell. Pour is nearly pitch black, maybe a little brown, with a lot of initial carbonation. Taste is dark coffee grinds with licorice and a hint of dark chocolate (Minus the sweetness) and roasted flavor. Familiar stout flavors in there as well with that harsh warming taste that youíd get in craft stouts of all varieties, probably from the dark malts. Strong brew that would be perfect for winter. Iím drinking it on maybe the warmest day weíve had this spring, and I was a bit anxious to try it, so I only let it cool in the fridge for maybe an hour or two, because, you know, I wanted to drink it. I think chilling the beer longer on a chilly day might get it a bit closer to perfection, but I like it as is. This is a manís beer (Or a really ballsy woman, donít want to be sexist!). Uber-stout. I remember maybe a decade ago when I first started drinking regularly, a friend foolishly challenged me to drink a Guinness in a bar knowing I was a novice drinker and had never really had anything more complex than a Budweiser- and I, of course, being Irish, quickly downed that in seconds and held out my hand for payment having won the bet (My red beard should have been a clue not to make a bet like that with me)- and that was simple, Guinness is very light and smooth for a stout. This is more the kind of thing college kids might challenge each other to drink and that some of the lightweights might have trouble with drinking on a bet, and that mature drinkers might savor like a fine wine, swishing around in their mouths to get the full taste. Complex and with difficult but rewarding and warming flavors. Legend has it that Catherine the Great drank this style between dalliances with horses, hence Russian Imperial Stout. :) This is the sort of thing thatíll never go mainstream, but will have fans who absolutely swear by it. Itís challenging and not a fruity or candy beer, despite some of the fruits I used in the description. Itís for guys with long beards in cold winters. Glad I had a chance to try it! :) I can actually see salmon as a potential food pairing for this, though Iíve never tried that combination, so caveat emptor on that suggestion, but I wanted to try including more food pairing in these reviews than I used to, and that is jumped to mind. Maybe some rye bread, too?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (504) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 11, 2015
from bottle at Braukunst Live, Munich. black color, coffee colored head. light smell of coffee, chocolate, dried fruity. full body, tastes coffee, chocolate, cacao, mulberry, light malty sweet, roast aroma, oily texture, nice slick mouthfeel, malty roastiny / dry chocolaty finish. great beer, smell was lacking a bit on my sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSilentSaint (71) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Pours black with light brown head. Smells caramel and chocolate. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of caramel, raisins and chocolate balancing the bitterness of hops. Overall good imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MyPorterHouse (10) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Chocolate, caramel , roasty beginning, deep dark color, carbonated, heavy body, bitter finish, foamy brown head. Paired great with an egg/jalapeŮo/bacon burger!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
geeklimit (229) - USA - MAR 8, 2015
Pours an opaque black with minimal carbonation and a healthy creamed-coffee head that laces the glass. Deep and rich aroma of licorice and roast dark chocolate. Pronounced flavor of bakers chocolate on a thick palate. Large martini alcohol burn in the follow-through on a base of bakers chocolate. Lighter mouthfeel than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2070) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle from GBBF 2014. Opaque swirling very dark brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malt, coffee grounds, some liquorice, molasses, Marmite (yeast extract), dark chocolate, and then something a little like red wine vinous or brandy just at the edges. Taste is malt dominant with lots of roasted malt, burnt malt, black coffee, dark chocolate, dry texture and then on the other side of things thereís a brandy, alcoholic fruitiness, dark fruits, raisin, prune etc and finally some of that salty, savoury Marmite, which Iím not so keen on in my stouts. A very solid imperial stout with some nice elements working in harmony and some nice complexity but as someone else has said below, doesnít have a wow factor for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KurtJ (3) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Malt Shoppe. Strong - sipping beer. Creamy, tan head. Great flavor - bitter with some dark fruit flavors. Would buy again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migajos (272) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 3, 2015
On tap at Hophenreich, Berlin. Just an regular RIS. Nothing outstanding. Aroma: roasted coffee, some vanilla, almonds. Taste: the warmer the better. Unfortunately served cold. Coffee nutty roasted flavours. Lacking some body. Pleasant beer, but I need some WOW factor in Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snick222 (2) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015 does not count
Very nice balanced flavor, not too sweet or bitter but enough to bring the flavor out. The alcohol seemed to step on the flavor and smell a bit, but it is a very nice and drinkable beer

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