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RATINGS: 4137   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
From Bottle

Poured very dark, motor oil like. 1-inch thick creamy tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of strong coffee and malts, I felt like I just walked into Starbucks. Flavor like espresso...about 5 shots of it. Mild hops and an underlying caramel sweetness. Slight alcohol burn, though no alcohol was noticeable in the flavor. Carbonation good, tingly on my tounge. Nice balance of hops and malts as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1748) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Dark, dark brown - - totally opaque with an expresso-like light brown head. Aroma is coffee and bitter chocoate. Burnt malt bitterness and coffee flavor dominate, but there is a caramel sweetness in there as well. This is a very good Imperial. Alcohol warms but doesnít show in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
A fine example indeed. Rich. Intense. A huge palete. Fruity nose with almost no hops. Sweet maltiness predominates with a complex array of roastyness, astringent dryness, and semi-dried fruits (plums; dates; figs ... not raisny at all). Balanced by a wonderful bitterness that makes you forget the sweet alcohol lingering in the background and warming your tummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NotWthoutStout (32) - Wharton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Poured this bottle aggressivly into a tall 18oz glass. The head rose up from bottome to top before cascading down into a jet black brew with an almost four inch frothy brown head that stayed a long time lacing nicely down the glass. Great aroma and very nice roasty malt flavor giving way to sweet fruits like plums, figs, raisins finally morphing into a perfectly balanced hop bitterness and ending in a nice warming. Flavor is intense, as an Imperial Stout should be, but not overwhelming and covers the high alch. well. A very good Imperial Stout. I will be keeping a stock of this beer and look forward to trying it on tap someday.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2006
12 Fl oz. Bottle: Pours a black coffee color with a thick dirty tan head which thins quickly to a thin ring and leaves nice lacing. Aromas of piney hops, chocolate malts, some leather notes and a unique roast peanut scent. The flavor is big chocolaty malts at first followed by a tinge of alcohol and ending on a yummy roasted nut finish. Good mouthfeel overall. The ending is the best- reminds me of a charcoal-grilled rib eye steak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
My rating is the middle of my two feelings about this beer: Comapred to most other beers, itís a 4, compared to other imperial stouts, itís a 3.4. Smells great, very rich smokey, sweet, alcohol. Looks a little thin for a heavy beer. Doesnít taste as good as it smells, only medium bodied, strong roast and coffee flavors, a bit of sweetness. Doesnít have that sock-it-to-you power of flavor that the better imp stouts have, just the alcohol. If this were marketed as a strong stout instead of an imp stout, it would rate more favorably. Itís a good strong beer that was well-made. I donít think it dereves to be in the top 100 of beers on this site. But at $6.49 a four-pack at Trader Joeís, there may be no better deal for a good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Deep black with a brown head that thin down quicky. A dark chocolate flavor with a caramel creamy texture. You can taste the alcohol a little but the chocolate and caramel cover the alcohol taste well. This is a good stout worth having again and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Pours an absolute pitch with a huge oily brown head, enormous lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and bread. Very strong. Flavor is malty to the point of seeming artificial, chemical even. Hops are here in force, blending with the coffee flavors to form one giant wall of flavor. I think thereís some yeast there too, giving way to dark chocolate and a somewhat sour sensation. As all this sweet stuff subsides, a vacuum of dryness is left behind, almost mouth-puckeringly so. If it wasnít so damned tasty, Iíd feel inclined to deduct some points in the flavor category due to the abuse your tastebuds endure, and how there are few subtle qualities to this one. That said, I didnít. Try one and find out why.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2006
12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours dark and opaque, no light getting through this baby. Smells of raisins, dates, sweet dark fruit, and hops, lots of them. My roommate could smell it from across the room! Taste is STRONG, very fruity sweet with the hops to balance and an alcohol burn when it goes down. Very warming, you can taste the 8.9abv. Took me a long time to finish this one, so take it easy. All in all pretty good, but I prefer the Rogue IS or Central Waters Satin to this. I have yet to try Worldwide or Oak Aged Yeti, which I currently have...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phleg (5) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2006 does not count
Pours thick and dark, with a reddish-tan head. Aroma is excellent: bittersweet, with floral, earthy and roast hintings. The smell is confident and bold, but not overpowering. The first sip is quite similar to the smell; it has an excellent bittersweet taste thatís hard to pin down, but which is thick, full-bodied, and malty. This is from the bottle, but Iíve had this stout on tap before and itís even better that way if you can find it. Definitely not a beer to waste on the uninitiated or those who wonít appreciate itís complex qualities. As an additional note, beers around the range of 9% ABV tend to have an overpowering taste of alcohol. Thankfully, Old Rasputin does a terriffic job of hiding the alcohol in its powerful flavor and aroma.

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