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RATINGS: 3991   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2005
Rated @ Stockholm beer fesival. Black with small beige head. Higher alcohlos, chocolate and coffey in the aroma and flavour. Mouthfeel is syrapy but rather metallic due to the huge amounts of roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is vinous, grapefruit, dark chocolate, roasted barley. Taste is bittersweet: coffee, spicy hops, sweet malty goodness. Thick bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. What more should I ask from this world-class imperial stout?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Thanks to Fatty for sharing this one. Pours a dark brown with a medium size lacing tan head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and cappucino. Flavor is darker chocolate and coffe with some dry hops at the end as well as roasted matls. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Black as night. Dark roasted coffee as well as hints of fruit. A very good, well balanced imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
No light comes through my beer. I get a minimal light brown head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and chocolatey. Nice coffee-y bitter hits a few seconds after the initial taste. Pretty dry finish. And actually you get some more fruit... I want to say cherry at the end, roasted nuts deliciousness...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Nutty, coffee aroma. Good tan head, dark opaque body. Starts sweet and fruity, becomes almost tangy roasted malty, fades a little, and then finishes strong and chocolate-bitter. Creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours a blackened ruby with a thick, tan head. Aroma is rich chocolate and raisin with some floral notes. Flavor is bittersweet and fairly simple for the style with roasted and crystal malts dominating. Ripe fruit is not as present as the style would dictate, but some plum is present. Full-bodied and easy to drink, save the substantial alcohol presence. A good, but not great Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
(draft) A wonderful beer. Intensity everywhere from the aroma to the flavor to the finish. Dark chocolate and quite a lot of roasted malt. A sweet burning finsh that made me want another sip right away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2005
Very nice dark-brown black with creamy old bone brown colored froth. Nose is fresh hoppy and has well integrated blackend céréal accents. also hints of wax, pine needles and chalk powder. Mouthfeel is round, smooth creamy, and has touches of freshley torifactioned coffee beans, vanilla, cedarwood, burned bread crust and hard carbonized (burned raisins) on the crust of raisin bread. in the afthertaste a fine and well dosed sweetness that counters the burned and hop bitters in a smooth and elegant way. This beer lingers on with a complex burned herbal finale. Sage and rozemary on the grill of a BBQ;

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Damn this is good...and at near 9% it has to be sipped! This stuff is even better at its place of origin. GOD KNOWS WHICH TIME SINCE: This stuff is beautiful. Pours a thick black. Tastes a thick black. Goes VERY well with chocolate.

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