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RATINGS: 3726   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2003
One of the best Imperial Stouts that I have ever had! Nice dark Rich color, with a bitter taste and smootheness that was great! I will drink this again, thanks to Dogbrick for this one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
I don't necessarily agree that the alcohol is that well hidden, I am aware with each sip that this is a strong concoction - but the complex chocolate/coffee/fruit flavors are very prominent and I am not complaining. This example seems very true to the style. Although I don't often lean toward something this heavy, I did find it to be perfect for the winter evening and will be buying some more... soon.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2003
Had on tap at Archer's Ale House. A Beauty is this beer. Body is black with minimal brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and porty. Taste is robust and the high ABV is not noticeable. The chocolate and coffee standout but are nicely blened with the roasted malt taste. Finish is smooth and creamy. A Stout Lovers dream!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Tried it on tap after buying some garbage in a corked bottle (another RIS). This one cleaned my palate and then some. Located a 4-pack at a local grocery store and ran home. This is a great stout. I recommend a two beer max on weeknights as it packs a wallop.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2003
This is a great Imperial Stout. Caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavor. Finishes smooth and creamy. Recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2003 Roasted malt aroma. Nice tan head over a black body. Initial flavors with roasted coffee. Dark chocolate tones in the middle with a nice, warm, dry, finish with a touch of alcohol flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (1850) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 WOW! I bought this just as something interesting to try. Hadn’t looked at previous ratings first. What a beer. This is a superb Imperial stout. If there were a required drinking list, this would be on it!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Wonderful imperial stout. Good aroma of alcohol and roasted malt. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2003
WOW! Nice dark and thick looking and pouring beer. A lot of alcohol and some amazing taste, which covers up the alcohol a litter. One of the best tasting strong ales I have ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Deep, dark and black-hearted, like the Mystic whose name sake it bears. Currants, coffee, chocolate ... it all comes together gloriously ... culminating in an IRS experience that would make Boris Yeltsin put down his Vodka for more. The hops are in the nose but not on the palate to any degree that takes away from this category of stout. Let this baby warm up before giving it a real go ... you won't be disappointed.


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