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RATINGS: 3681   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 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Solid black, black as a moonless night....one finger high head of super lumpy, solid crunchy top, but also looks fluffy and light, tan in color, leaves some spotty lace patches. Smell, dead on, is a great sweet dark chocolatey aroma with notes of dark fruit - banana, starfruit, mango, strawberry, and black cherry all noted. Taste is a swirling light chocolate, sweet and dark smoothness throughout, yum. Nice twinged hops in the finish that brings out just the right bitterness and dryness to say hello kindly and leave you with a smile. Feel is full and creamy with a way easy smoothness that makes this a amazingly drinkable stout. North Coast has a winner here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Dark black... but not really thick. Brown head, but not very carbonated. Aroma is spicy. This one is more chocolaty in flavour than imperials I REALLY like. As with other beers in this type you get LOTS of taste. ;) Unlike some other beers in this family you don't really taste the extreme alchohol content.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5165) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Pitch black with a thin brown head. Nice smell of coffee, dark chocolate and hops. Wonderful aroma! The taste expands on the aroma. More coffee and dark chocolate but the bitterness of the hops takes a step forward. Finishes bitter and has a sharp edge to the body. Great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
bit of a letdown. very big flavours, ugly and badly combined. way grapefruity and vanillay - itself a stupid combination - and undeniably complex, with extra sherbet, ryebread, and mint. just a mess i think, and i definitely see what ecrvich is on about with the west coast citrus-acidity. might be good in an IPA but in a stout it's silly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2003
Quite big and complex. Roasty, licorice aroma, with more hops in the aroma than i expected, quite aromatic. The palate is quite thick and roasty, with some licorice and raisins, with quite a few hops to finish, the finish is even a bit citric. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2003
Burned cofee, aromahops and a slight lactic sourness. Deep brown with a creamy brown head with lace clinging to the glas. Wonderfully complex taste: Coffee, figs/raisins and brandy rounded of nicely by the hops. Long aftertaste of dark chokolate. Fullbodied and deceivingly smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 My favorite beer ever! Excellent full body, strong but not overwhelming flavors and wonderful chocolate after taste. The aroma is only slightly alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Opaque with a creamy tan head, great lacing, just sticks to the glass, full-bodied. Raisin, bittersweet chocolate, woody port like aroma, excellent. 1st taste, raisins, pop of hops, vinous. Middle of the glass, chocolate tones coming through, sweeter, warming. Further down, the hoppy bitterness reclaims it’s territory, I’m not dead yet! The smokey malts are still there too. Wow, the final sips are wonderfully balanced, a fizzy fruity (blackberry?) attack followed closely by smokey malts overthrow of my palate, I must now surrender to the twisted Rasputin and his wonderfully complex namesake. Damn, this is simply a great beer, glad I saved it for last! Must find more...must find more... damn it all, why didn’t I buy more the 1st time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Pours black with a thin offwhite head. Rich chocolate malt aroma, very appealing. Initially strong alcohol and subtle chocolate taste, finishes with a nice dry roasted malt aftertaste. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Bottle: black with sizeable beige head. Nose of alcohol. Outstanding flavor - can I change my rating to a 12??? Roasty, roasty, roasty. Creamy feel that coats the entire mouth. Alcohol in the finish - just a beautiful beer.

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