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RATINGS: 3776   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.


3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours black. Off white head with large bubbles. I smell roasted malts and coffee. Aroma also carries just a tiny bit of that alcohol smell. Initial tastes are similar to the smells: roasted malts. After a few swallows you can actually get some caramel, raspberries and plum. I wouldn’t recommend drinking this beer ice cold. If you’ve been storing it in the fridge, let it sit out and warm up a bit. This beer turned out to be more complex than initial tastes indicated. I like it a lot.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2004
Bottled. Pours a black colour with a small, off-white and very lacey head. First aroma impressions are molasses, coffee and fruitiness. The first sips are pretty bitter and coffeish. Then I detect chocolate, fruitiness, but it ends pretty bitter and leaves a very slighty medicine-bitter aftertaste. This biterness diminished, though, the longer the beer sat in the glass. It´s light- to mediumbodied and pretty dry. This beer has a nice complexity, and some nice flavour characteristics, but I didn´t find it anywhere as enjoyable as the Stone Russian Imperial Stout, I had the day before. Thanks, saarlander, for this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Nice black pour. Moderate amount of surprisingly light head that dissipates very quickly. Aromas of raisins, alcohol and cough syrup (somehow, not a bad thing) and a bit of dark roast. Body is much dryer than the aromas led me to expect, and very dry for an Imp Stout. Lots of roasty astringency. Taste is amazingly complex... Roasts, carmel, raisins, port, carbon. Wow! A terrific beer, and just the thing for December.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Burnt chocolate grains and molasses overtones cover the high-alc punch nicely. Low-carbonation matches the not-tto-thick yet rich texture nicely. Finishes complex, like Old Peculier--not a first-date beer. For my money, it’s one of the best tasty little wallops in a bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2004
Deep ruby/brown colour. Not that dark for a stout. Low carbonation. Treacle accented, coffee essence flavour. Burnt malt and chocolate to go with the coffee in the flavour. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice, but not outstanding. Bottled.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2004
This beer is high in alchohol and chocolate. Short lived bite of hoppiness gets renewed with every sip. Very smooth but a bit on the thin side. Sits quietly in the glass with no bubbles. Muddy brown and glows ruby in the right light. Comes close to overwhelming the malts and hops at the end. A stout with presence.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 12oz bottle. Tasted in a snifter/tulip style glass. The aromas started when I popped the cap off! Poured black with a small tan head. Tasted at 50 degrees (my cellar temp today). Nose of high quality milk chocolate, with some tart fruit, a bit of coffe, but not much. This is really fragrant! Is this a flavored beer? The chocolate flavor is pronounced with more coffe and those same fruity flavors. Some bitterness, but maybe just what is needed to fend off the apparantly assload of malt to get this up to 9%. The more I drink, the more I get more bitterness and more floral hops flavors. The beer really changes over the course of the glass. Finish is dry, fruity, kinda roasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours black with a tan head. Sweet malt, average hops, lots of alcohol in the aroma and taste. Well balanced. Not too wild like some other imp. stouts. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is of toffee and smoke. Flavor is malty, coffee, smokey, and chocolate. More bitterness than many Imperial stouts. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2004
A smoky sexy stout! Toffee and malt aromas. Flavors of toffee and licorice. This brew shows its 9% power in it’s finish. Right. I know you won’t have 3 or 4 of them in a session, but they demand more respect than that. I love this Impy!


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