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RATINGS: 3776   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 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Poured black with thin head...smells of coffee and chocolate...tastes bitter bitter bitter...small coffee taste in the finish which is dry and alcohol...

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drooge99 (4) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2004 does not count
Tasted a slight bitter. Dry, but tangy. smooth syrup base with a soft aftertaste, not too pungent though. 8.9% alcohol makes this one to be enjoyed, just not too fast.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Bottle: Poured a dark black colored beer with almost no head. Aroma is comprised of a strong chocolate and coffee mix. The chocolate and coffee also hits you right at the first sip along with some roastiness. A bit too much bitterness at the end for my liking though. Carbonation is bit weak and body is strong which was expected. Overall, this is a very good drink but maybe not as much as some make it out to beÖ Re-rate Dec 2008: Well done with loads of chocolate and coffee notes and a full body. Upgrading rating to 4.1

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2004
An amzing beer. Strong but very smooth. Perfect stout for a malt fiend. This beer could almost be dangerous as it is soooo smooth despite the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Black with slight tan head that diminished quickly. Robust roasted coffee flavor with vanilla, caramel, and dark fruit. Iím amazed at how well the alcohol is masked, despite the ABV!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 bottle: 12 oz. Almost black dark mahogony/brown w rather small tan head that fell quickly, little lace. Carbonation was good with many small bubbles. Sediment in the bottle. Aroma is creamy, somewhat sweet, dark roasted malt with a bit of a Belgian essence, and hops in the background. Flavor is spicey, complex, perfumey, dark roasted malt with a touch of dark roasted coffee and European chocolate. Alcohol is noticible but well masked. A definate sweetness is present. Hops are well integrated into the flavors and finish with a nice, sharp, unmistaken bitterness. Not quite as full bodied as I expected. (Victory Storm King was on my mind). Very good Imperial stout, especially considering the price. Would like to taste from a freshly tapped keg. Remove from fridge at least 1/2 hour before you drink if your refer is cold and let it warm up to at least 55 degrees. Was sorry to see the bottom of the glass. 3/29/06 Iím drinking this now at PP Solana. Tap, and Itís very good. Iím upping it from 3.9 to 4.3. Full bodied, complex, excellent balance between sweet & bitter. Alcohol perfectly integrated. Fine brew. 8/15/06: This Imp stout is quite good. Full bodied, spicy, sipping stout. Yum. *Having this in any quantity in the fridge is a curse. The only thing I can think of is attacking it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Black and opaque under a thin tan head. Aromas of espresso and bitter-sweet chocolate emerge at once. First sip was a bit surprising relative to this stoutís considerable bitterness and bite. This was not a negative, but most Imperial Stoutís Iíve had have leaned toward the sweeter side. Flavors very reminiscent of the aroma with lots of roasted malt and probably black patent, along with a generous addition of hops to give it a long, dryish finish. Alcohol intigrates very nicely. A superb west coast I. S. indeed!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bodomite (34) - USA - JUL 22, 2004
VERY strong stout. Strong taste of Hops, nice roasted malts, and coffee? Very thick with nice brown head that lasts for the duration of the drink. Overall VERY good stout for winter. Reccomended for Chirstmas or New Years!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Bottle. Dark beer with a hint of ruby color that sports a big beige head. huge roasted malt and coffee aroma with a slight underlying hop presence. Tons of roasted malt, some coffee, molasses, and raisins with a lingering bitterness and a dry finish. If you want tons of roasted malts in your imperial stout, youíll love this one. Hides alcohol well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1105) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
Wonderful Imperial Stout. For whatever reason, though, it just doesnít look like an imperial, perhaps its lack of head just threw me off (i know imperials often lack head, but this one had NONE). However, the aroma of this incredibly complex beer blew me away. It tastes like burnt wood and fruit swabbed with some syrup and then immediately liquified. Mmmhmm. Makes me forget about the ACME IPA.


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