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RATINGS: 4137   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 From the bottle

Pours an almost entirely opaque obsidian with red highlights and a fine head that fades to a modest haze covering the surface of the beer. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, raisin syrup, plums, and a hint of wheat. The flavor is splendid in its balance and intensity; this is a beer that you can savor for an hour without feeling as if you are holding back, taking small micro-sips that explode onto the palate and blast through a robust cycle of flavor. That palate is full and well-rounded and the 9% ABV is masterfully hidden. The flavor? All of the expected - the splendid thing about this beer is not any particular unusual component, but rather the balance and intensity of the components.: plum, raisin, a slight bit of brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, a hint of smoke, and a relatively dry (and very long) finish.

This is one fine imperial stout, and itís become a regular house beer for me. I go to it again and again and never expect it to be as good as I remember --- and it always is.

Addendum: On tap at Brouwers, along with a slice of chocolate cake, this was surely one of the best beers Iíve ever enjoyed. Darn near perfect.

Aged 18 months. At 18 months, I donít think that age has improved this beer. If anything, itís lost some of its edge; the rich intensity has stepped back and thereís really not much new that is coming through in its place. It feels a little thin, still extremely tasty but more like a 4.0 or 4.1 beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottle: Black night appearance, charcoal head. Aroma was dancing with loads of coffee malts and carmel hints. Candied yeast followed that, with chocoalte finishing in its wake. Mouthfeel was almost perfect, very little carbination, which I liked. Taste blasted through with huge malt coffee flavor, follwed with candied brown sugar and chocolate at the end. The only thing I didnít like was the bitter finish. Otherwise a perfect brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 29, 2005
Not the strongest imperial stout on the market. However, it is really good. Definitely fruity and balanced in the coffee and chocolate department. Very little alcohol. Not very complex...at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 Bottle. Aroma knocks me on my ass immediately upon uncapping. Apples, alcohol, yeast... fruit cornucopia, raisin, milk chocolate, nuts. Senses are super excited. Pours mahogany with a huge tan head (thatís a gentle pour!) Green apples prominent in the flavor of the head, with a big bite of dark chocolate w/fruit in the head too. Beer replicates those flavors with more prominent dark chocolate, alocohol detectable, but perfectly balanced. Infinite and beautiful finish that prolongs the joy. At rating 110, this is a gold standard for me - 2nd time Iíve had it and both times it impressed me that it was better than almost any other beer Iíd had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2005
A nice stout throughout. Khaki head atop an obsidian brew with a lively nose of roast, chocolate, and cream notes. Flavor is more of the same with a distinct roast character that gives way to an assertive hop finish. Enjoyable and impressive in its depth of malt tones as well as hop impact.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16972) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Pours thick black. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Can really taste the alcohol. Bitter chocolate taste tool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Solid stout, and better on tap, although this rating (and Iím guessing majority of the ones here) is from the bottled version. Given I even tried to pour it to take advantage of the bit of nitro in the bottle, Iím still not overly impressed with this one. Thereís a somewhat abrasive hop finish with a bit of unwarranted sweetness, but thatís almost the least of its problems. I simply donít find this overwhelmingly complex, at least not Top50 complex. Thereís some chocolate, some roasted coffee notes, enough to leave one longing for more complexity. And lastly, the palate is suprisingly thin, not big and chewy like the best of the Impys. It reminds me of a very good stout, and a mediocre imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spclerk (47) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 One of the best Iíve had. Difficult to describe the complexity of flavor. Stunned to discover, after drinking, the 9% alc content. You have to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2005
A beautiful beer. Nice tan frothy head.. almost creamy. Black as night. Good lacing. Taste started off a lillte too coffee and smokey for my taste. But quickly smoothed out and finished quite nicely

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