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RATINGS: 3726   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
Certainly one of the best imperial stouts out there. Thick and rich with a medium-sized head, lots of toffee, caramel and chocolate flavors and a long finish. Very well balanced and extremely impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 The Guinness lettering on my pint glass was jealous. Very small, tan head with an almost black, but red tinted color. Aroma is very rich with apples, cinnamon and rye bread. The full mouthfeel is great with the style. Flavors of hops, oats and rye. This is nice and rich. A very good imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2004
A very intense and complex beer. Usual dark black stout color. Pretty hoppy and bitter for a stout, but then again I have been havin a lot of smooth stouts like sam smith oatmeal. Also had the usual chocolate flavor of a stout. THis was definitly good, but i didn't like it as much as the hype made me think i would.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 13, 2004
Nice and smoooooooth. Think that has to be why it is so well liked in general. Nothing overpowering - for an Imperial, but nothing lacking either. My kind of after work mikshake.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 In the bottle. LOVED IT! Pours black and beautiful. Very strong ethanol aroma. Burns the nostrils to sniff it. Rich and thick malt body. OG must be a beast, but 9% ABV seems like an underestimate. Iíll bet this racks well. UPDATE: At my 2007 Impy Stout Tasting. Thanks to Nate for the beer. When compared head to head with 18 other commercial Imperial Stouts in one tasting, this old dog just wonít hunt at my original score of 4.5. Not as dark as most, mildy perfumey. No strong aroma otherwise. A bit of smoke to the taste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8711) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
Bottled - bought at Happy Deli NYC. What can I say but wow!? The best beer I've had since joining this website. It has a vinuous smell with hints of coffee and licquorice. It is beautifully black with that off white head typical of the best stouts. the taste is warming, vinuous, roasty, alcoholic and extremly well-balanced. A fantastic beer which tastes stronger than 8.9% but at the same time invites you to have another (If only I'd bought another).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2004
This pours with a small creamy, dark head, and has a carmely/chocolate nose; sweet, roasted double mocha latte flavor fused malt and a soothing bitterness that finishes dry, though not lingering very long: nice balance; massive body, and overall one of the better brews thus far.....

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2005 Iíve read a lot of good things about this beer, but iím in the minority. Its a very decent stout but nothing special. The head is weak and too yeasty but the aftertaste is nice and burnt and roasty. I recently had this on tap so am re-rating. This is a pretty darn good on tap even though Iím not a big fan of it out of the bottle

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Pours a dark coffee brown that appears opaque when in the glass. Head is light brown, foamy, and plentiful. You can really smell the alcohol embedded in the chocolate and mocha notes. Tastes like a sweet version of coffee, pleasant to the taste buds. Smooth and rich on the palate, but I wish that it were a little but thicker in body. Overall, though, a delicious imperial.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2004
lovely aroma of alcohol, coffee, and vines. hits you with an earthy, dark (unsweetened) chocolate bite and goes dry very quickly in the finish. leaves a little residual bitterness and an alcoholic aftertaste. overall very good!


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