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RATINGS: 3913   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 16, 2004
Dark as night with cappucino head, very thick! Malt, chocolate, coffee, sour cherry, and some burnt aroms. Heavey mouthfeel with bitter dry finish. Favors of coffee, toffee, bitter chocolate, sour fruit, and burnt toast. The finish lingers on and on with the bitter burnt toast lingering. Great winter warmer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2004
this is ok, thin and chalky, more like Sam Smiths impy than an in your face, oily hopped up US take on the style - which I prefer. Definately overrated IMNSHO.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Poured the color of root beer,no head. Aroma of chocolate, mocha and a hint of hops. Mouthfeel a little thin and dry but not bad.Flavor also mocha,slightly bitter chocolate with mild roasty/dry finish. Easy to drink and another one that goes good with choco chunk cookies. Pretty good but it ainít Storm King.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Poured an opaque pitch black, with a fairly thin but dark brown head, the way a stout should look. Aroma was a heavenly blend of chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits. Excellent bitter flavor punctuated by notes of dark chocolate, strong espresso, plum, grapes, alcohol, and a sublime smoky roasted malt finish. Thick and creamy in the mouth, but never exceedingly heavy. Best imperial Iíve had to date, and I canít wait to have some more.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Jet black pour with a long lasting foamy tan head. Intense aroma of chocolate, coffee and dried fruit. Initially it seemed to be very thin, but then this brew just explodes! Very rich taste with more chocolate, some raisin, smoke, peat, roasted malt. Alcohol is warming, but doesnít throw off the beer at all. This beer is not overrated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2004
12 oz. bottle. Smells of expresso and fruit with hints of vanilla. Pours a deep mahogany with a small tan head. Has a thick, rich body that matches the strong flavors of dark chocolate, burnt malt, hops and alcohol. The flavors meld together so well and finish so perfectly, it is hard to distinguish them all at once. A truely excellent ale that is divine on draught when you can find it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3505) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Pours a nice dark black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and hoppy. Flavor is milky, chocolatly and molasses. Everything has a very roasted flavor that warms as it goes down. Alcohol is felt as a spicy bite on the tounge. Good beer for sipping with a nice cigar.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Bottle: Very dark brown, not opaque as Iíd thought it would be, but has a lasting beige head. Nice ruby highlights! Aroma is roasty and chocolatey, chocolatey & roasty. The two aromas sort of intermingle and switch places as it warms from refrigerated temperatures. More chocolate when cool, & more dry, coffee, roasty as it warms. Some hints of a milky lactic aromas, and unfortunately very little dark fruit character. Some currant, but overall, very light! Hints of toasty malt and caramel after it warms also some noticeable alcohol. There is fruitiness, but itís not dark fruit. Very well balanced for a big beer. Roasty & lightly chocolate, caramel, and moderate fruitiness...again, not dark fruit. Finish is on the semi sweet side with a chocolate and lightly bitter aftertaste from dark grains, not hops. Lighter full body, low carbonation, very smooth, w/ extremely well hidden alcohol. I can see why this is highly rated! Itís a very well made beer. More of an American Russian Imperial, but still well made. I prefer more dark fruit(winey, raisiny) character in my R.I.S. but this is an extremely fine beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Thick black pour. Rocky brown lasting head. Chocolate, brandy, coffee and some hops in the aroma. A great complex beer. Smooth chocolate flavors with some noticable alcohol. Taste sticks with you.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 On tap: Almost black in color with a brown head, this pours nicely from tap or bottle. The aroma is fruity, but not too sweet, with an underlyting malty scent. The flavor is chocolatey mixed with burnt coffee, and fruity hops. Strong alcohol presence. Good good good.

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