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RATINGS: 3913   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 Russias Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Its 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 itA sincere friend is not born instantly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Black, with a thick dark head. Chocolate aroma. Alcohol taste is slight. I certainly notice a lactic acid taste though. The flavor is more coffee and less chocolate than Id expected from the scent. Id like it more if there was less of the lactic acid taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Old Rasputin is named after one of my personal heroes. Thats worth one point on Overall Impression ;). Aroma is burnt, coffee, a touch of hops, and alcohol. Flavor is of strong coffee, melon fruits, plums, anise, coffee, did I mention coffee? Taste is very robust. Warming on the way down. Carbonation a bit lively for an IS, but Im not complaining. One of the better examples of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Bottle. Pours a dark black, with a medium tan head that fell to a thin layer. Aromas of raisin bread, alcohol burn to the nose, dried fruits, dark/burnt malt, somewhat harsh, and sour coffee. There is an immediate bitter alcohol bite to the tongue, much like a port bites your tongue. Salty, sour, quite bitter middle, lingering alcohol flavor. Finish is quite nice, malty, coco, coffee. I found the middle to be a little harsh for my tastes, but I have not had very many Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Dark black with a thin tan thick frothy head with great lacing. The nose is warm and sharp with ots of malts. The taste is very bitter with lots of malts and chalk. Some coffie beans but wow is it salty and bitter. Vapour of alcohol

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MagikLair (9) - Alexandria, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 Dark black with a nice brown head. Very strong Malt flavors (coffee and strong chocolat). Decent size head with great lacing. Complex taste - strong coffee/dark chocolate with a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol content well hidden. Malts and hops balanced nicely. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2004
bottled from happy deli NYC,Dark as hell tan head. sho its stout All of that coffee and Burt malts goin on. Thick mouthfeel,and you can tase the alcohol. Banging!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
A classic violent stout. Coffee notes in aroma. This brew is extremely good and creamy. Quite sour, but still a nice stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
The first thing youll notice about this beer is the strong, typical stout aroma--chocolate, coffee, maltiness. Color is nice, head is good while it lasts. The taste may be too sour for some, but its easy to tell that this is a very well-crafted stout. If you like stouts and you like em strong, this is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Sweet, coffee-ish nose. Light tan head, nice lacing. Deep dark ruby black. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, fresh coffee. Very bitter, I feel this lacks balance and something else. Im not as impressed as everyone else...But Rasputin was the friggin man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3834) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark, oily black with not much of a head. Roasted malt and chocolate/coffee aroma. Very strong flavor at the start of chocolate and malt which gives way to a warm alcohol middle and a nice bitter coffee finish.

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