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RATINGS: 4126   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 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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
One of the best stouts Iíve ever tasted. Dark and smooth with a slight bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2006
12 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Very dark brown, almost black pour with a small off-white head that faded to a thin film quickly. Deep roasted malt aroma, notes of bitter chocolate, licorice, and alcohol. Roasted and burnt malt flavor balanced nicely with significant hop bitterness. Finish is espresso with a slight alcoholic warmth. Oily texture with moderate carbonation yields a mouthcoating beer. Great roasty Imperial, not the biggest or badest, but a solid example of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
12oz bottle to pint glass. Pours a thin and dark head releasing a distinct aroma of burnt oak, caramelized sugar, and brandied prunes. The colour is, as is often noted, nearly black. I donít think this beer hides its alcohol as well as other beers in this style nor do I think it employs a depth of malt character. It is by no means a bad imperial stout but its flavor and palate seem to lack intriguing undertones and length. 2 dimensional at best.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Loved this! So pretty in the glass, nearly black with a bit of a reddish tint. Nice lacing on the glass with nearly no head at all. Smell was sweet, with hints of chocolate and fruit. Possibly plum? Taste was exceptional. Thick on the tongue and smooth as velvet. Alcohol was warming and just plain yummy. Only had the one bottle, but definitely plan on picking more up.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pours black as Charles Mansonís soul!Beautiful brown head, chocolate, coffee,fig,black bread at first sip.Then oily and earthy with caramel and some citrus! I had 4 of them yesterday and canít wait for some more! forgot how much I like this one!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
bottle - Pours almost black with a thin head. Taste is complex with the most noticeable flavors being coffee and chocolate notes in this thick, aggressively malty brew. Thereís also a bit of bitterness and the alcohol is fairly well masked.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Had this one bottled. Deep reddish brown head, nearly purple, nose of chocolate and raspberries, all kinds of complex tastes of coffee, berries, sweet cream and caramel, chocolate, orange, and bread. This one was wicked awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Thi is a great beer but... It lacked the typical brown head and the sour ting was a little subdued. This is north coastís best beer by far but I did not get the linger I expected from a complex Imperial Stout. If you are local to Chadds Ford PA go grab a McKenzie 5 Czars... or a Sly Fox Imerial Stout. Same Guys.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours an almost black with a fizzy, mostly diminishing light brown head with good lacing. Lots of smells going on here, showing lots of promise, toasted grain, strong coffee, some dates and alcohol. First taste, slightly sweet, toasted grains, alcohol, some chocolate, grape/port and light hop. Somehow the flavors are seperate, they lack the smoothness and complex interweaving I look for in a good Imperial Stout. This is a mostly full bodied brew with a creamy texture accented by a soft but present carbonation. Finish was warm with a slight alcoholic aftertase. Not bad just not one of my top picks in an Imp. Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep black with hints of rubywith a nice thick cream brown head. Aroma is sweet with notes of dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, and cream. Flavor is sweet with definite coffee notes, as well as, burnt cherries, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is perfect, just the right amount of carbonation, chewy but very smooth. Nice drinking beer.


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