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RATINGS: 4098   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2005
Aroma of a coffee and malt. Black with a tan head that dissipated to a thin layer over the top of beer. Lots of lacing left on glass. Flavor was of the chocolate malt. Good alcohol bite on the finish. Good beer glad my wife picked it out for me. Dam nice to have a beer secretary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Texans0743 (5) - Sugar Land, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005 does not count
Not too bad... Maybe a little overhyped, but then again every sip seems to get better. The appearance is amazing. I love a dark beer you can’t see through no matter what kind of light you hold it up to. The head sticks to the side of my snifter glass, which is a good sign. As far as stouts go, my favorite is Guinness Extra Stout, but this might be a new addition to my list, despite the lack of a bite after each sip. The taste and aroma are rich with a dark chocolate flavor/scent. Very good... I think I will have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
Translucent shiny brown pour... fizzy light-tan head that fades into a dusty covering. Dry roast chocolate, sweet cherry brownies, kahlua aroma. Bitter roasted hops with some alcohol twang in the start that quickly sweetens up. Finish is some bitter coffee, and long after the swallow, you can feel the alcohol. Its a good, big, and enjoyable drink, but nothing about it sticks out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Very dark -- tried to shine my brightest light through and saw only black. Typical coffee aroma of a high-quality stout but with pina colada thrown in there. Tastes like they’ve also added milk sugar -- with good results somewhat reminiscent of some of those 1800’s medicines such as Schenck’s Pulmonic Syrup, with a similar pruney finish. Flavor is strong in alcohol which drowns out the hops a bit (they still show through well enough). Slightly oily mouthfeel but still quite acceptable. I’m not knocking Rasputin but it may be a tad overrated. But hey, it’s 9% and is quite typical of a historical stout ... meant to get sloshed on, totally unlike Guinness in that regard fo’ sure!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pitch black with a medium off white head. Bitter coffee smell with a nice sweet chocolate undertone and hoppy undertone, outstanding smell. Thick rich coffee taste with a wonderful chocolate undertone. Thick rich coffee aftertaste, this beer coats your mouth real well. Somewhat simplistic for an imperial stout but not in a bad way. Outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Jet black with a thick and lasting tan head...very rich aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and cookie dough. Much more mellow flavors that combine very well that make this Imperial Stout stick out from others. Rich and silky body of roasted coffee and chocolate with a hint of sweetness accompanied by a nice hop balance in the finish...much more drinkable than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 31, 2005
#400, Pours a mahogany brown color, small tan head. Aroma is roasted, of molasses and coffee. Flavor is thick, sweet and alcoholic. Lots of coffee and roasted flavors come out in this one. Not incredible but a decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 Pours with little head, coffee flavor dominates, strong alcohol flavor, hits you quickly, Strong aroma... lingering after-taste. Very enjoyable!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2005
Pours black with a brown/yellow head. Sweet, fruity, hoppy, roasted flavour. Smooth and rounded with segments of dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle. Deep brownish black with a light brown head. Nose: dark fruits, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Taste; espresso, bitter chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol.

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