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RATINGS: 3941   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Near perfection. Completely pleasing in all respects. This is what a high quality beers should aspire to.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours near opaque with a monstrous tan head that dissipates into creamy mounds of foam. Nice aroma with notes of caramel and chocolate. Some roastiness and a subtle underbelly of raisens. A very slight tinge of alcohol as well. Nice rounded body that moves from sweet chocolate to espresso smoothly and cleanly. Medium thickness and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. A truly great stout. But wait, this is supposed to be an Imperial Stout right? Other Impys I’ve had duelve much deeper and break the usual chocolate/roasty pattern with complexity and levels. While this is a beautiful stout, only the ABV takes it to the Impy level for me.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Black with a frothy tan and orange head. Smells are similar to that of other imp stouts I have had. Coffee, chocolate, and an alcohol sweetness. A lot of coffee in the body with a bit of hop bitterness toward the finish. Dry finish, hides the alcohol very well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2005
Rich nose with almost confectionary and fruity (Red Skin?) notes. Much more serious in the mouth, built in a dry style. Has a great body of flavour with good use of malts. Finishes quite dry and sharp. Expected a touch more complexity as IMHO doesn’t really hit top speed. Very good though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 Bottle. Pours dark ruby with amber brown head. Smells of chocolate with mild roast. Tastes of chocolate malt with a slight hop finish. Very creamy and delicious. Excellent beer!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blueshockey24 (2) - Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2005 does not count
Reddish Brown Head, Chocolate Malt Smell. Full Bodied Creamy Chocolate ttaste with chocolate / hoppy aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Very dark, motor oil like pour with a red tinted head. Aromas are strong: lots of chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, and hops. Very intense, complex flavors. Rich and silky, with coffee like roastiness, chocolate, smoke and bitter hops. Long, long finish. A truely fine example of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2005
this stuff is extremely complex, very dark and very heavy beer, maybe even more heavy than a guinness extra stout very coffee like. rough to drink more than one of this beer. amazing bottle to collect though

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of hops, smoke, chocolate and coffee. Hoppy flavor with notes of coffe, chocolate, fruit and roasted malt. Finish is dry with a nice touch of alcohol

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Midnight brown, near black in color. Frothy, shallow and quickly dissipating tan head, leaving nice lacing tracts in its wake. Looks somewhat thin based on pour from the bottle. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, hint of roasted malts and a dash of molasses. Flavor expresses itself as a lingering rich chocolate espresso taste blast. Excellent bitterness overriding the chocolate and roasted malts. Full-bodied and thicker on the palate than expected. Finish is dry bitterness, like downing a double shot of espresso. A fine imperial stout.


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