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RATINGS: 4140   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 (Bottle from http://hitimewine.com/) Pours coffee brown with tannish head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee, malty sweetness, some chocolate. Taste is coffee overlain with sweetness, some bitterness at finish, but kind of predominated by sweetness. Some chocolate flavor as well. Seems a bit too heavy-handed with the alcohol and sweetness, and not as complex as I thought. Alcohol quickly ascends to nasal passages. Mouthfeel smooth, ligthly syrupy. One swallow pretty much summed it up. UPDATE (6/10/11): Well this beer should rate higher than the 3.4 I gave it way back when but I’m still not overly impressed. While still certainly a pretty nice Imp Stout, I’m missing much of the advertised complexity. Aroma pretty much straight up chocolate and coffee, palate is a little loose and fizzy, flavor is nice cocoa and coffee with some molasses as it warms and ABV is warming but well-covered. Current rating is an average of the two scores.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (8962) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. Head. Brown longlasting. Body Black. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, chocolat, liqorice, man I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Draft. This seemed to be firmly sitting between a stout and an imperial stout — too full bodied for a stout and not thick, oily enough for an imperial. Still, this was an excellent, tasty beer. Its aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of sweetness. Flavor starts sweet, chocolatety, roasted. Nice bitter finish hangs in the balance of the sweet malts. This is good stuff, whatever style it is.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdjuice (497) - 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.

   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!!

   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.

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