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RATINGS: 4112   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Cost $1.63/12 oz. bottle at Trader Joe’s. Bottle claims it is 9% alcohol by volume. Poured a dark brown, light brown head that didn’ last and very little lacing. Aroma has lots of roasted chicory (stronger than coffee) and some bitter hops. Mmmm. There is also a strong hint of alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is dominated by burnt chicory (my only real criticism of this beer), followed by some maltiness and black licorice. There is a real alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied (characteristic of a Russian Imperial Stout), syrupy, some carbonation, with a crisp, mouth-drying finish. I could drink this one all night!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a creamy tan head that quickly subsides to a thin layer that laces the glass some.

The aroma is roasted chocolate, dark fruits and some anise and alcohol and hops.

The flavor is roasted chocolate and some milkiness with some almost metallic alcohol (that subsides) followed by a big and dry coffee bitterness tinged with licorice. The mouthfeel is medium to full and nice and creamy.

Overall, a nice imperial. It’s a little unbalanced in the flavor with alcohol and bitterness - all the elements don’t come together well and play nicely. It’s good, but I’ve had better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (8390) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Full of everything. The aroma and flavor reminds me of Rochefort, the port-like aroma and flavor. Old ras has the same thing in the start, then the laqurice and chocolade takes over, and thats fore sure! Long lastning and fullfilling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (13091) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a translucent ruby black with a brown head. Aromas of mocha, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and alcohol. Palate was smooth and warming. Flavors of dark chocolate, mocha,roasted malt, licorice, and pepper with a dry warming finish.Lingering bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2006) - 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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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6630) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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