BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a thick, tan, creamy, elastic looking head and the color was a dark burgundy. This is also the first beer I've rated so far that smelled unmistakenly chocolaty - like an actual cup of chocolate (with just a hint of hops).The mouthfeel was sharp, the malty was robust, but the finish was too bitter for me.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a near solid black liquid that light can not penetrate with generous off-white, light caramel colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of berries with sweet molasses and alcohol. Flavor is a medium hop followed by strong alcohol and berry sweetness. This beer warms the belly and, IMHO, is too strong in alcohol flavor to be enjoyable even when sipped. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One quarter-thousand ratings later, I finally try the Old Rasputin. Unfortunately, there is nothing too spectacular to remark upon. Pours dark brown, with a thin tan head. Aroma is of roasted chocolate, sweet malts, and molasses. Flavor is of dark fruits, molasses, sugar, and roasted chocolate. Thin-bodied. Reminds me of Left Hand Imperial Stout; all of the elements of a superior Imperial are here, yet they are not exploited to full potential. Second-tier material.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, ruby, opaque body with a nice dense tan head. Aroma of roastiness, with some sweet carmel notes. Taste starts with a nice roastiness and coffee flavor, leads into some sweetness, and finishes with a chocolate bitterness. Has a slight alcohol warming effect, but is easily drinkable. Very good.
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum. Yum. Yum. Smells and tastes like a good beer should. Not at all what I would expect Old Rasputin to taste like, he was nasty, this was not. Beautiful espresso coffe color with a thick tan head. Coffee and bitter chocolate notes, earthy almost mushroom or olive under tones. Have i said Yum yet? Very enjoyable and easy to drink.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Second rating: Aug 23: BeerSkellar DC: This bottle didn't strike me as having quite the oomph that the previous one did. Maybe it was the bottle or maybe it was me. This one I rated as one point less than last time on all factors so overall I gave it a 3.7. However, I'm leaving my better rating there because I think it's more indicative of this beer.
First rated Aug 3 2003: Boulder CO: 4.3. Deep deep ruby red brown under a medium size medium lasting tan head. Medium dried fruit (raisins and plums), stronger roasted malt and hints of coffee aroma. High alcohol is just there when cold but surprisingly vanishes as it warms. Big medium carb very creamy smooth palate. Exceptionally well balanced roasted malt bitter-sweet. Medium strength fine roasted malt and lighter hops with hints of coffee and chocolate flavours. Some vinous (port?) character clearly evident. The balance in the bitter sweet continues well throughout the finish and aftertaste. Truly one of the worlds best Imperial's.
pilsnerrogge (2486) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 Dark, dark brown colour (well, black actually). Nice light brown (almost pink-ish!) head. A BIIIG beer , very roasty, very tasty.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love this live. Had a few at the Hollywood Bowl. Roasty, raisons, plums. Roasty and toasty, baby. I dig this big black brew and it is one of my favorite stouts.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours very dark, ruby-black, almost opaque, with a rather smallish light-brown head. Nose is definitely toasted, with hints of coffee, and a little hint of fruit is noticeable (but not much). This stout has a very pronounced alcoholic taste (being 8.9%, it's not surprising), which makes its mouthfeel a bit dry. Medium-to-full bodied texture... Overall a very nice, very toasty, brew.
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much aroma to speak of. Very dark with a wee bit o' ruby on the edges. Smooth taste with a big choco-coff-ay taste that's lightly burnt on the edges. a very good beer, named after a very bad man.