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RATINGS: 3960   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 12oz bottle. Tasted in a snifter/tulip style glass. The aromas started when I popped the cap off! Poured black with a small tan head. Tasted at 50 degrees (my cellar temp today). Nose of high quality milk chocolate, with some tart fruit, a bit of coffe, but not much. This is really fragrant! Is this a flavored beer? The chocolate flavor is pronounced with more coffe and those same fruity flavors. Some bitterness, but maybe just what is needed to fend off the apparantly assload of malt to get this up to 9%. The more I drink, the more I get more bitterness and more floral hops flavors. The beer really changes over the course of the glass. Finish is dry, fruity, kinda roasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours black with a tan head. Sweet malt, average hops, lots of alcohol in the aroma and taste. Well balanced. Not too wild like some other imp. stouts. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is of toffee and smoke. Flavor is malty, coffee, smokey, and chocolate. More bitterness than many Imperial stouts. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2004
A smoky sexy stout! Toffee and malt aromas. Flavors of toffee and licorice. This brew shows its 9% power in it’s finish. Right. I know you won’t have 3 or 4 of them in a session, but they demand more respect than that. I love this Impy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2004
If you don’t like stouts, stay away. If you don’t like smoky stouts, leave the area. If you enjoy the aforementioned qualities, this brew will make you smile. Take your time and enjoy it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ambroze (22) - Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2004
This beer to me has a balance of a stout mixed with an IPA. I’m more of a stout drinker and not IPA but the beer was great!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 (Bottled) Very dark brown with a large, beige and foamy head. Roasted-sweetish-malty aroma with licorice and quite a bit of hop bitterness. Roasted-malty, sweetish, bitter flavor with licorice and notes of oatmeal sourness. Alcohol is well hidden, but warming. Quite full, sticky body with slightly astringent bitterness and soft carbonation. This is like Slottskällans Imperial Stout with added roast and bitterness. Good stuff! (Bottled@Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Very dark, almost black color with no head. Quite mild aroma with sweetish malt. Very, very malty, coffeeish, quite dry flavor (for an imperial stout) - but with a sticky and sweetish finish. Full-bodied, creamy-smooth, low-carbonated palate. A very nice, dryish imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
This was the first Imperial Stout I ever tried, had it a few years ago that turned me on to the style and haven’t had it since for some reason. So I decided to pick it up and see what I thought of it now. Pours an opaque black color with a decent tan head. Not much retention, but it does leave a bit of lacing. Aroma is brimming with dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a bit of sweetness in there as well. The flavor is a bit mild with chocolate and coffee being at the forefront and a bit of hop bitterness as well. The alcohol defiantly comes out the more this one warms. This has a full-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall a good imperial stout but there are plenty out there that I would prefer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
i’d opened this gift on a hot summer afternoon, with not a bite in my stomach. rich head, a pleasant bite to the black-roasted malt, foreboding of copious amounts of alcohol in the aroma. made for a pleasantly wobbly evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 Pours like ink with a one-finger off-white head. Very appetizing aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Surprisingly smooth, with just the right amount of bitterness around the edges--balances the malty sweetness nicely. Alcohol is barely perceptible. Excellent.

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