coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
iím not sure why this is rated so high. to me, a guinness is heavier than this. maybe i served it too cold, as it improved a bit as i drank it, but this may have just been the 9%ABV. itís not really bad by any means, but i expected a lot more for being in the top 50.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black body with a small tan head. Sweet aroma. About what you would expect from a stout with 9%. Not bad, but a bit chalky.... Im not sure it lives up to its reputation, I have had a few chocolate stouts, and they all tasted a lot like this one, nothing special I dont think. Not as impressed as everyone else, sorry to say.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a short 12 oz. brown bottle with a sketch of Rasputin on the label, no freshness date. I wonder why nobody puts a picture of Lenin on a beer bottle? Made a very good appearance, poured the darkest chocolate brown with a nice foamy clinging brown head that slowly reduced to a thin lacing. Had a big roasted malt aroma with whiffs of semi-sweet chocolate and alcohol, and a little fruitiness in the background.. Good carbonation and a smooth, creamy full bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Had a delicious taste, a burnt, roasted mellow chocolate maltiness, the mildest touch of a fruity hop bitterness and a semi-dry sweet roasted malty finish, very smooth.
One of my favorites from North Coast, an excellent Russian Imperial Stout.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Old Rasputin Russian Imperial stout pours to an opaque jet black color, with a slight tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is incredible. Huge waves of dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, vanilla, roast, piney hop aroma, and peppery alcohol flood the nose. The palate is massive on this beer, just jam packed with intense and robust flavors. Dark chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla, licorice, and coffee coat the tongue. This beer is full and comforting on the tongue as it gently glides down the throat. Old Rasputin finishes with more big, robust coffee and licorice up front, then ends with a roasty, bitter, very warming, soothing, high octane burn.
This beer is a world class example of Imperial Stout, and one of my all time favorites. Imperial stouts make a fantastic after dinner drink, or night cap, truly a beer to slowly sip and savor. Their intense, and complex flavors also make them ideal desert beers.
johnprtekyd (1) - groton, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Delicious barley covers it! Amazingly well balanced with tons of chocolate and coffee riding smoothly along on a river of alcohol bite! Baught bottled, cant wait to find it on draft!
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle...semi transparent deep garnet pour (dark red light seen as glass is held up to light). Small light brown head...gone in an instant. Fruity, vineous aroma. Roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and butterscotch evident in the nose also. Smells really nice. Not overly sweet, burnt/roasted malt flavors, some strong coffee. Nice hop presence to balance it all. Really nice bitter finish, alcohol hardly evident. Slightly oily mouthfeel, not overly chewy. A good imperial stout in my opinion.
thornecb (5370) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black into a snifter. Fruit and roasted chocolate aromas. Head quickly disspates to hug edge of glass. Medium sweet and heavy bitter -- almost like a chocolate espresso bean.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out a deep black head with a small tan head.There is definetly hints of coffee and chocolate.The finish is bitter and all in all a pretty good stout.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour was black with a tan head. This one is best served at about 50 - 55 degrees. The chocolate and caramel come out at this time and you get a nice achohol kick at the end.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours black, small compact tan head, aroma of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, flavor is roasted and chcolate malt, alcohol, with a bitter finish but to overly bitter. good meaty body, good stout.