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RATINGS: 4092   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Nice black body. Aromas of roasted malts/coffee/tobacco. Full flavor malts/coffee and a little chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Dark black pour, with a hint of brown. Nice tan head that reappears after every sip. Malt, chocolate, good hops...weaker than I would expect from an Imperial Stout, but a fantastic beer. Iíd put it up there as one of my favorite imperials.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 This Imperial Stout pours with a medium brown head that quickly vanishes leaving no lacing behind. The beer itself is a deep reddish brown with a rich earthy malty aroma with just a hint of banana. It has a thick, sweet taste with a finish of bitters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Dark black color with a frothy brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malts. chocolate and coffee aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2005
On Tap at Flying Pie (Fairview). A pint of this looks like a jet, inky, black glass of wondrous stout to be enjoyed thoroughly. The aromas are rich roasted, almost burnt malts. The small head stays with you to the end and is light brown in color. The lacing is all over the glass like a cheap suit and then about half way through dissipates into a more sticky, spotty lacing. It is fairly thin for a stout, but itís not a bad thing. The taste is complex with charcoal, a sweet espresso as well as a slight hop presence amidst all the malts. All around, a wonderfully enjoyable brew. I can see why it is rated at 100%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Nice beer. Smokey/Roasty. Black in color with thin tan head. Smooth in palate. Improves with each sip. Malt is prevalant whereass hops take a back seat here. Very robust and strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2005
Liquorice aroma. Opaque dark brown color. Soft mouthfeel and basically everything is right here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 From notes 16nov05: Pours pitch black with no hints of light shining through around the edges. Theresís a thick two finger head thatís slow to recede, and leaves behind a rocky cap that never fades away. Lots of thick lacing. Smell; notes of coffee, chocolate, licorice, roasted malts and a slightly burned toast smell. Taste; Chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, a little bitter at first from the roasted malts, but that smooths out alot as it warms up. Nice thick, rich and creamy mouthfeel. This is a really good stout, just wish I could go back and get some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2005
12z bottle. Black opaque with minimal ring of tan head. Rich malt nose. Sweet and alcoholic, slight fruity aroma and some chocolate and cinnamon notes. Full and warming in the mouth. Rich and bitter and creamy and a dark roasted malt flavor. Great roasted flavor, but still smooth and creamy. Buttery and toffeeish. Flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee. Smooth and alcoholic. Kingering and delicious from start to finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Smells of sweet malts, hint of chocolate, and hops. Thinner than what i usually expect from an imperial stout but it makes up for it in flavor. Has a nice bitter hop taste start to finish with hints of chocolate and alot of roasty sweetness. The alcohol presence is strong and it goes well with the hop bitterness.

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