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RATINGS: 3941   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 bottle: 12 oz. Almost black dark mahogony/brown w rather small tan head that fell quickly, little lace. Carbonation was good with many small bubbles. Sediment in the bottle. Aroma is creamy, somewhat sweet, dark roasted malt with a bit of a Belgian essence, and hops in the background. Flavor is spicey, complex, perfumey, dark roasted malt with a touch of dark roasted coffee and European chocolate. Alcohol is noticible but well masked. A definate sweetness is present. Hops are well integrated into the flavors and finish with a nice, sharp, unmistaken bitterness. Not quite as full bodied as I expected. (Victory Storm King was on my mind). Very good Imperial stout, especially considering the price. Would like to taste from a freshly tapped keg. Remove from fridge at least 1/2 hour before you drink if your refer is cold and let it warm up to at least 55 degrees. Was sorry to see the bottom of the glass. 3/29/06 Iím drinking this now at PP Solana. Tap, and Itís very good. Iím upping it from 3.9 to 4.3. Full bodied, complex, excellent balance between sweet & bitter. Alcohol perfectly integrated. Fine brew. 8/15/06: This Imp stout is quite good. Full bodied, spicy, sipping stout. Yum. *Having this in any quantity in the fridge is a curse. The only thing I can think of is attacking it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Black and opaque under a thin tan head. Aromas of espresso and bitter-sweet chocolate emerge at once. First sip was a bit surprising relative to this stoutís considerable bitterness and bite. This was not a negative, but most Imperial Stoutís Iíve had have leaned toward the sweeter side. Flavors very reminiscent of the aroma with lots of roasted malt and probably black patent, along with a generous addition of hops to give it a long, dryish finish. Alcohol intigrates very nicely. A superb west coast I. S. indeed!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bodomite (34) - USA - JUL 22, 2004
VERY strong stout. Strong taste of Hops, nice roasted malts, and coffee? Very thick with nice brown head that lasts for the duration of the drink. Overall VERY good stout for winter. Reccomended for Chirstmas or New Years!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Bottle. Dark beer with a hint of ruby color that sports a big beige head. huge roasted malt and coffee aroma with a slight underlying hop presence. Tons of roasted malt, some coffee, molasses, and raisins with a lingering bitterness and a dry finish. If you want tons of roasted malts in your imperial stout, youíll love this one. Hides alcohol well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
Wonderful Imperial Stout. For whatever reason, though, it just doesnít look like an imperial, perhaps its lack of head just threw me off (i know imperials often lack head, but this one had NONE). However, the aroma of this incredibly complex beer blew me away. It tastes like burnt wood and fruit swabbed with some syrup and then immediately liquified. Mmmhmm. Makes me forget about the ACME IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2074) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Dark as night. Not much head, but a deep tan one it is. The alcohol is very well masked. I would not have thought that it was an imperial stout if someone just gave me a glass! Very nice hints of coffee and chocolate. An almost wine-like fruit flavor lies underneath. Worth trying.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
great imperial stout..i describe it to my "non good beer drinking" friends as guinness on steroids...def. worth picking up,,and having a few in the fridge at all times!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 bottle.. WOW this is awsome!!. black with a thick milk chocolate looking head!! thick heavy lacing. rich sweet smoked taste roasty baby!! this is good!! must buy.. must try!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 BottlePours black with a dark tan creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bunrt charcoal and coffee. Taste is a very dark roast, smokey coffee flavor. A little extra carbonation than other stouts. Feel is rich thick and smooth. Nice fnish with aproppriate bitterness and smokey taste. The ABV is masked well. Very good. Even if the picture looks like he's maing the "loser" sign.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 The pour is just beautiful on this one - pitch black with a tan head, mild carbonation and great lacing. The aroma includes elements of the vine, with some raspberry even. What shows up at the beginning of the aroma (a chocolate blast) hits the tongue first, then comes the sweet, warm anise (jager) finish. There is a little touch of coffee, but not the dryness and only a touch of bitter. This is really sweet nectar.


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