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RATINGS: 4125   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
to date, 01/2006, the smoothest imperial stout compared to any other in the same class. very rich but not overly dry, would be appealing to many.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bailz316 (253) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Pours a black with tan head. Aroma is of milky malts. Coffee, roasty, robust. Alcohol masked very well. Good, but there are better imperial stouts out there.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Wonderful dark brown body with foamy tan head that dissipates with some minimal lacing. Aroma is somewhat subtle: earthy, peat, sweet flavors with some mild prune-like fruity complexity. Flavor is a nice molasses punch with some fruit (prune and apple?) and then some chocolate that lingers behind the scenes. There is also a bit of a bourbon-like twist that makes this great for sipping. The flavors seem to change quite a bit with the temperature on this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
i’m 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. it’s not really bad by any means, but i expected a lot more for being in the top 50.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnprtekyd (1) - groton, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2006 does not count
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2006
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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5493) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
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.


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