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RATINGS: 4127   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Yes ... complex as advertised. Dark & rich in color, content & body. Slight tracings of a fruity essence though combined well with roasted toffee & subtle sweetish anise in flavor & aroma. Overall hearty, robust & fulfilling.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
Black, brown head. Fresh aroma with red berries and coffee. And rope! Rich flavour. Roasted malts, some smoke. Licorice! Some underlying malty sweetness. Dry, bitter lasting finish. Thick, velvety, oily palate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 A delicious example of one of the best styles in the world. Smoother than many imperials, this one goes down surprisingly easy. I prefer them with a little more kick, but this is still one of the best beers you could buy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Deep brown with a small & lingering head. Inviting aroma of malt and (surprisingly) hops mixture. Taste is exciting of coffee-licorice-chocolate with an injection of hops. Good subtle but strong flavor that warms you and moderates the alcohol. Effervesence actually revives in your mouth. Slightly bitter aftertaste with coffee lingering - overall a very good finish. Excellent beer!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2005
So tasty. Dominated by dark chocolate and coffee, not super heavy or thick, yet still smooth. Has a nice bitter chocolate aftertaste. The whole beer is very well rounded, very well balanced. Maybe almost as good as Brooklyn Black Chocolate.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Wow...wowey, wow, wow. This is a great fuckin’ beer. Burnt chocolatey aroma, beautiful dark brown/almost black appearance. The first sip is as velvety smooth as the last. The flavor is a little malty and quite hoppy for a stout! Totally delicous. If it wasn’t for WWS Dogifsh. this would be my #1!!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 9, 2005
extremely dark brown, almost black. flavors consist of chocolate, toffee, raisins, sweet roasted barely. nice mellow hoppy finish. very smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Black hued stout having large exceptional off-white shaving cream head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with fresh hop flowers. No discernable carbonation but difficult to tell. Full bodied with creamy texture that starts with a slightly sweet malt complex flavor with hints of toffee, raisin and hop and finishes with lingering roast malt and moderate zing of hop bitterness. A savory, delectable hoppy stout, one of my personal favorites.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours an opaque deep brown with half inch head. Aroma is a complex mix of syrup, brown sugar, rose, and a chocolate coffee liqueur. Smell is inviting and very indicative of the taste. The flavor contains dark chocolate, hops, dark roasted coffee beans. Very smooth going down with low carbonation and no alcohol taste. The higher alcohol content is well masked by the roasted malt and hops aftertaste. This is a very good after dinner beer or perhaps accompanying a heavy steak and potato meal. I wished the head lasted a bit longer to add a creamier feel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Pours thick black. Rick creamy mouthfeel. Tastes like raisins and alcohol. Really prominent alcohol, not the way I like it. If you like them sweet and smooth, avoid this. If you like licorice, alcohol, anise and raisins, check out Rasputin. Rerate (kinda): I finally tried this again, and I liked it much better. I still get that strong raisin flavor, but on tap the alcohol is subdued. Really nice smooth texture. I probably rated this too high previously, relative to my enjoyment. So, I will keep it at 3.6, since I think this is fair, but I like it much better now than I did.


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