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RATINGS: 3925   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bottle. Opaque. Dark brown/orange head, not too thick. Malty cofee roast nose. A little of a tartish almost vaguely citrusy bite to tongue. Espresso-like flavor thick on tongue. Probably my 2nd favorite stout to Mackeson.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Dark beer, very light lacing, little to no head. Excellent falvor you expect from an Imperial Stout. Would definitely buy again.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Your usual roasted coffee, chocolate flavours but there’s an interesting fruityness thrown in there and overall there are subtle nuances of other flavours, it has quite a bit of complexity for a stout. Very full body, bursting with flavour, one of the best stouts I’ve had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2004
Bottle - Complex aroma of coffee, chocolate and fruit. Appearance was perfect. Black hue with large tan creamy head that lasted to the finish. Full bodied flavor and finish that was consistent with all the aroma. The complete stout in a bottle. Thank you North Coast.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2004
Finally time to rate Ol Raspy. Pitch black, tan creamy head. Nose of some citrus fruits, expresso, bitter chocolate, with added vinous notes to boot. Rich flavors of dark roasted coffee and cream, citric fruit, grapes, and bittersweet chocolate. Full bodied, soft carbonation, tangy dry finish. When in doubt, I can always turn to my friend Ol Raspy in a pinch. Great stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2004
Bottle. 100% opaque with a very thin beige head that fades very quick. Smells like a bag of fresh ground coffee beans and malt. Very nice nose. Upon tasting, notes of coffee, bitters, plum, toffee, and malt come through. Finish is bitter, like iced coffee. The taste reminds me of just that-a strong iced coffe with malty and alcohol notes. The finish is long and bitter. This is def. a good beer, but probably not worthy of a 4.17.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2005 i decided to "re-rate" this one as i have had a few other imperials as of late.this is one of the best imperial stoust i have ever had.so smooth and drinkable compared to some others.the alcohol is hidden well and it doesnt have a syrup type taste at all.yummy!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2004
Very similar in flavor to Weyerbacher Imperial Stout, but slightly stronger, and not as well balanced... the malts don't blend as well

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2012 Gosh, I hate to be negative given all the high marks for this beer, so I am gonna start of positive... Wonderful aroma. Unfortunately from there it kind of went downhill. Too bitter and too much alcohol flavor. Not a bad beer mind you (all stouts are good in my opinion) but not one of the better stouts I have had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
Certainly one of the best imperial stouts out there. Thick and rich with a medium-sized head, lots of toffee, caramel and chocolate flavors and a long finish. Very well balanced and extremely impressive.


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