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RATINGS: 3727   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2003
Such a beautiful, wonderful, extraordinary treat. Very complex. Creamy chocolate is chased by roasted coffee. Soft, light head, sticky and lasting palate. Mellow mocha aroma. Simply amazing...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
oh yumm! Yummmm..... so rich, and chocolatey! Oh, yeah! This is a really great beer, and I hope to get more and drink it soon! Thick, rich, creamy. Not too sweet or too heavy - dry and crisp and perfectly delightful. Perhaps this is THE perfect brew! Wow. WOW!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Holy crap! This beer rocks harder than Motorhead, and if it had arms it would more than likely kick their asses as well. This beer explodes on the tongue with all the qualities anyone can possibly want in an imperial stout, and in perfect balance as well. Chocolate is all over this brew, and it lounges on the palate like your lazy uncle on disability lounges on his couch all day eating cherrios and drining vodka - this beer seduces your tongue like Rasputin himself seduced the ladies - more complicated than a Russian novel, and much easier to appreciate - The Brothers Karamazov of beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
(bottle) A burst in flavor just assaults you as you drink this. I'm no expert in picking up on all of the distinct flavors but I expect this pretty much has them all. ;)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1943) - New York, USA - APR 14, 2003
typical imperial stout. Black body, bone colour head that fads quickly, sweet aroma. Taste began sweet and finished bitter. The bitterness was more pronunced with the taste of alocohol. Very heavy on the stomach.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (815) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2003
A good, strong, full-bodied stout. Great color, not much head. Nice chocolate/coffee flavor.

1.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
I can't understand what people see in this beer. I had trouble finishing my first bottle of it. I found the totally unenjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2003
One of my favorire Stout's. Not as heavy as most, but with nice coffee like taste.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1503) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2003
If you want to try a great beer, try this one. Bit of a thin head, but a really nice deep dark appearance. There is a pleasant mellow, fruity aroma followed by a coffee/chocolate toasted malt taste. A decent hop presence helped balance the overall impression.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopophile (15) - USA - APR 4, 2003
A superb Imperial with a deep dark color. Sweet, malty, almost strong rancid smell, but in a good way. Rich coffe-like taste. Alcohol taste is almost non-present. Gets even better as it warms. Very impressive.


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