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RATINGS: 4078   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
Black with a creamy brown head. Mild chpcolate and roast aroma. Flavour is great, melded chocolate, roast coffee, nutty caramel. Finish has a long citrusy grapefruit flavour. Silky smooth oily mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1991) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Poured a deep brown/black with caramel highlights under an average-sized, creamy, light brown head. Chewy caramel aromas with cherry and a touch of pineapple, some late coffee and lactic notes (which altogether gave the impression of ice cream :) Big malts in flavor with a bitter coffee start and moderate bittersweetness to finish. Thick and slick. Truly decadent, especially with an Acid-brand Red Cameroon cigar.

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0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
ouch! this one burns... much too strong for my taste... was like paregoric with a kick. cleared my sinuses, cured my cough but burned my throat. yuck.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6372) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick and black with a small brown head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma is toasty and malty with fairly strong floral and perfumey hops and a bit of licorice underneath The flavor is sharply hoppy with floral and perfumey notes and has fairly strong notes of cocoa, coffee, licorice and molasses. The finish is long and hoppy with some lingering licorice. Thick and full bodied. Remarkable.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
An excellent beer. Pours like a 40-weight after driving 5,000 miles. Scent of coffee and chocolate, with just right amount of raisin and date. Taste is coffee and burnt malts. Long finish. This brew is almost like a combination of Stone’s version mixed with Speedway Stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse brune persistente. Arômes de café, de cacao, d’alcool et de levure. Saveurs de cacao, de chocolat, d’avoine et de café expresso. Intense. Corps bien présent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle. Pours jet oily black with small but very dark head. Burnt nose of malts, licorice, and some roasted coffee. Relatively light mouthfeel, but long and satisfying finish. Sweet malty and coffee flavors at first, fading to darker burnt malts. Alcohol could be hidden better; the slight burn adds too much sweetness, but also a nice raisiny tint. Definitely a good slow drinker, but too close to a sweet stout. I’d prefer a drier palate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 12oz bottle. Beer pours out black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and banana. Flavor is intense roasty burnt malt, espresso coffee and chocolate. Almost overload on the flavor. A faint tartness in the middle. Finish is long and bitter. Alcohol is only mildly noticeable and even though 9% is totally covered by the intense flavor. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected given the intensity of this brew. Good complexity and its character changes as you get further into the bottle. This is a very interesting imperial stout indeed. A true sipper. $6.99 for a four pack at Broudy’s, Jacksonville, FL. Beautiful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onelststnd (19) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Not the best by any means, but very good. Strong taste to it, and indeed very tasty. Can buy it at most World Market stores for around $5/bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12554) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Black with a light brown head. Strong aroma of burned malt, licorice, vineous dried fruits and some apple/citrus freshness. Flavour of dark chocolate in particular, coffee, and hints of smoke and ash. Quite bitter


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