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RATINGS: 3708   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
rib109 (6) - USA - AUG 27, 2004 does not count
This Rasputin guy is someone I respect, and his beer ain’t bad either. The color of molasses, the taste is like hops on steroids. I roll up my sleeves to drink this beer; no running home to mama. At this abv level, 2 is all the palate can take. Stout drinkers will apppreciate the coffee overtones, don’t over do this stout as it can quickly leave you feeling like you’re overdosing on licorice. Aroma and appearance are very rich and thick. Available in 4 pks. at Trader Joes, well worth the price!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
rich dark hue, w/a slight head. aroma was strong, chocolatey & roasted/coffee-ish. flavor had a bit of sweetness to it, like sweet molasses but not in a bad way. a really good stout, IMO...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Very dark, brown head. Aroma is chocolatey/roasty, and flavor is not too sweet, just right. A very great beer!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2004
I notice lately my taste are quite divergent from others on this site and this is perhaps one of the biggest examples. I just thought it was hopped up and bitter. Not that it was not well crafted but I just did not like it much at all.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 Have been saving this one for #400 for a long time. Looking forward to this bottle and milestone. Rasputin predicted his own death and placed a curse upon the Czar Nickolas and his family if a member of his kin was a part of the plot to have him murdered. In less than a years time the bolshevik revolution came following rasputins quartering and bodies remants buried at the N, S, E, & Western most point of Russia so that his spirit would never haunt the Romanov’s again. I hope this beer lives up to the namesake. Wow!!! Potent Powerful just like the man himself!!! Definitely feel the potentcy of this drink. Hoppy, malty, chocolately, smooth and very drinkable, rasputin survives in this drink even though his Spirit may not. Potent is the best word for the man and his beer. Intense, powerful, great Imperial Stout. Top 6 of my sampling of this category. Lots of head on this one. Its a great beer!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Smells very strong of roasty creamy (Bottle) Brown head with an opaque body. Rich and complex. Cask whiskey, port nose. Chocolate & coffee/alcohol in the mouth. Nice ebony color/mohogany highlights. Tastes very nice and better as it warms. Roasted choco-coffee/slightly smoked with hops and alcohol w/some cream in there. Hints of port and other complxities just waiting to come out through aging. I reallywant to do a side by side with the Storm King and Expediton....intense flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 black as a moonless night poured up with a nice tan head. nose was alcohol, chocolate, coffee, same with the taste! hops present but balanced very well with the malt. warming but not overkill. fruit in the nose i can’t determine, cherries? figs? a nice late night snack! my fave imperial so far.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2004
BEAUTIFUL Jet black pour with a frothy brown head. Oh, and the aroma is a heady...choclatey, warm luxurious olfactory experience. The alcohol is a very nice vehicle for its slightly bitter coffee, slightly salty flavor. A nice stout for those occasional darker moods.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2004
This is an excellent imperial stout that is easy to find in my area and very affordable. Pours great with a bourbon like aroma. The alcohol taste is warming, but not overwhelming. Great for a nightcap. The flavor is quite memomable and I’ve picked up many four packs this summer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 Me used to be big fan of Guinness. That was back before me start drinking man stouts like Old Rasputin. Now, me can’t get enough of hearty roasted flavor, hoppy bitterness, and high alcohol content. Me think Guinness kind of girly anymore, me prefer something a little rougher. Me love the Old Rasputin though, and me can't wait to get me hands on a six.


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