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RATINGS: 3925   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1074) - USA - JUL 28, 2005
Surprised I haven’t rated this before. I consider it an old standby as far as imperial stouts go. Nice roasted complex taste without having too much of an alcohol taste that some imp. stouts suffer from. I regularly find myself going back to this beer, especially since it can usually be found without too much trouble.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 rich, intense brew with a robust palate, a fruity nose and a warming finish. chocolately goodness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2005
this was good, but i will be honest: i dont think this can hang with the top 50, or even the top 10 impy stouts. impressive aroma, appearance, and palate, but the flavor was somewhat lacking. bland for a impy stout, not as much coffee and chocolate and carmel as i am used to. some whipped cream and ver ysmooth creamy malt flavors but that was it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
WOW, chocolate and roast in the aroma and the taste. This is how a Russian imperial stout should taste with the roast right up front and in your face. A standard for me, absolutely great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Pours a pitch black color with a surprisingly small creamy colored head. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate best describe the scent. Taste can be described as coffeeish, dark chocolates and slightly oaked bourbon. I go back and forth between this and Storm King as to which is my favorite imperial stout. An excellent beer !!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Rerate: Draught at Coles, Buffalo NY. Pretty much the same as below except this time I found the alcohol completely hidden and the bitterness just right. An excellent Impy Stout.
Original rating: 8-4-8-3-17: 4
Bottle.Pours black with a small diminishing brown head. The lack of head was dissapointing. Very nice aroma of hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and fruit. Flavour was surprisingly hoppy along with spices, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and alcohol. I had to knock a few points off the palate and the overall as the hops made it very bitter and the alcohol was too predominant. Perhaps aged it would be smoother. Really good but not excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
12 oz. bottle from Holiday. Poured very dark brown/black. Nice tan head that left very lasting lacing. Aromas were dark cherry and caramel. Flavors added coffee, chocolate, and an intensly bitter finish. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Bottle from binny’s... Poured an inky black with a creamy tan head that didn’t last long. Aromas were heavy of fresh coffee grounds, chocolate, caramel and some sweet floral notes perhaps. Flavors were similar to aromas with a velvety mouthfeel and some slight alcohol notes in the finish. Overall, very complex and quite enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1402) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Wow, nice stuff here. More aroma as it warms, but what you get is dark, sweet smoky, malted toffy, chocolate, warm bread, amazing. The appearance is very dark Almost black, red tints when held up to the light. there is little head, but what does show up is a tan coffee colour. The flavour is complex. Alcohol, cloves, sweet banana, dark toffy, coffee, chocolate, dark malt, burnt toast. It goes down with some alcohol bite and a little carbonation hit, but it is very smooth. Nice strong bitter finish. Thanks to Downtown Wine and Gourmet, Harrisonburg, VA

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
sirraffles (3) - Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
One cannot help but noticing the enticing aroma, well described by others here. Indeed, I find this selection has one of the most delicious aromas of any that I have sampled. Alas the taste was rather more mundane, very decent but a bit of a letdown after the wonderful introduction. I could easily taste the chocolate tones, perhaps too much so as it seemed to overwhelm the other flavors that I expected.


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