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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 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 5, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Thanks to gputty for sharing this one. This is the tale of two beers. The cold Rasputin and the warm (cool) Rasputin. Initial pour is black with a brown head. COLD Raspy: Nose is musty, kinda like when you do a load of laundry, forget it’s in the washer for 3 days, then lift the lid. Ugh! Flavors are metal and charcoal, with alcohol and bitterness in the finish. WARM Raspy: Warmed to a few degrees cooler than room temp, cool really. Beautiful, fruity nose. Dark fruits, dates and fig, with some chocolate, coffee and caramel notes. Flavor follows the nose. Very smooth, a great Impy. Just gotta warm up to it!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle Vintage 2004 (1yo)
Intense fruity hoppy aroma. Some matured cheese in the background. Taste is hoppy first. Someone below said charcoal, and I can agree with that. Not much of it, but still. Some dark chocolate is there too, but not so much. Slightly malty and sweet aftertaste. Very easy to drink - dangerously so.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - DEC 3, 2005
From what i remember, this beer had a nice dark head and a good up front aroma. deep roast, coffee, and thckness in the taste and smell. Not too sweet, good stoutly taste

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
An excellent beer, much better than yhe standard stouts. Very easy to find (at least in the Atlanta area). Drinker should take cautions, beer has a somewhat high alcohol content. Definately a top-5 beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - 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.

4.3
   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. I’d put it up there as one of my favorite imperials.

4.1
   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.

4.3
   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.

4.1
   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 it’s 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%.

4
   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.


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