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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2003
This is what its all about if your all about the russian imperial stout. And that I am. Dark, Deep, powerful, chocolate, coffee. Makes ya feel all warm inside too.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Dark, almost black, with a light brown head. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and dark malt. Taste of coffee, chocolate, dark malt, and bitterness. Wonderful complexity, yet easy to enjoy rather than study. Hides the alcoholic punch, which I am experiencing now as I attempt to type and find that even spelling is a challenge. Nicely mouth filling. Brooklyn Chocolate and Victory Storm King may be better, but this beer stands up well to very good competition!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 ReRate-bottle-aged almost 1 year. pours a deep brown hue (yes, this beer was not black-i could see quite a bit of light through it) with awesome lacing. Unfortuately, for me to really like an imperial’s appearance, i HAS to be pitch black. Aromas of woody hops, char, dark chocolate, roast, mocha kinda like coca puffs with a sliglty vineous twang. Big vanilla/char/roasted flavors with a long very long char finish. Flavors are huge, but the body sufferes somewhat from thinness. A top 50? thats arguable. A damn quality stout, definately (this tends to lean towards an imperial porter kinda IMO) Tastes awesome as a black and tan with FFF Alpha King

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Aroma of Whoppers malted candy balls and whisky, maybe a bit of coffee too. Nice masking of the alcohol, but don't drink the entire 4 pack!!!! A really easy to find Imperial Stout that stands up well to the more elite and expensive ones.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2003
A great looking beer, espresso color with thick almond color head. Aroma of very dark roasted grain with light coffee touch. Bitter malty taste with a tang on the tounge finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2003
I am completely in love with this stout. Strong aroma, thick brown head, completely black body, opaque. Wonderful bitterness, very chocolaty. Alcohol content is masked well, very nicely balanced. I cant think of a better stout that I've had. This is second only to Fuller's 1999 for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
This beer pour almost black dark amber color. It formed a nice dark tan foamy heal that left some nice circular lace. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. The body was a bit thinner than the few others I have tried. The finish was of a burnt bitter style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2003
One of the finest imperial stouts made, black in color with a thin tan head, a little bit of an alcoholic nose as well as bit of roasted maltiness, coffee undertones, the alcohol was very well masked with flavors hinting at dark roasted coffee & burnt barley, very sweet flavors as well as in the finish with a bit of alcoholic kick, very well balanced & full bodied, an excellent stout

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2003 One of the first beers that turned me from swill early on. I really enjoy the cocoa/coffee/fruity aroma with that slight licorice finish. I get hints of cherries and strawberries as well. Super smooth and a fine looker as well. I haven't found any alcohol in this (that is until I stand up).


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