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RATINGS: 4111   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours a brown/blackish colour. Off-white head. Has a smell of coffee and chocolate and a roasted smell. Some hints of alcohol too. The taste is roasted and abit bitter, you have chocolate and coffee taste too. It has a a nice bitter aftertaste. This is one of the best imperial stouts i have ever tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle. Pours dark brown, with an off-white head. Aroma is of chocolate malt, alcohol, a tad smoky. Deep malty flavor, a hint of coffee, alcohol, and some smoky flavor. Flavors hang around a bit in the finish, not as thick and rich some other imperials that I’ve had. Certainly a cut below the best imperial stouts, but don’t let that take anything away from the quality of this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Black with a huge fluffy beige head. Bitter coffee aroma with some rosted malt. Initial taste is similar but fades to a sweet chocolate toffee that almost masks the coffee. Finishes dry bitter coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours black with smallish tan head. Slightly smoky nose with notes of coffee, rich maltyness and fruit, Flavor is complex with toffee, chololate and bittersweet notes. finishes with dry bitterness as expected with an Imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2004
This beer was excellent in the bottle, although I prefer it on tap. An excellent Russian-style stout. As has been noted, it’s better as it warms up, but it’s not as bitterly smoky as I prefer my Imperial stouts. It’s got a hint of sweetness and burnt sugar, but is largely countered by its coffee and roasted flavours. Fantastic, although Rogue and Brooklyn’s are superior in my opinion.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours black. Off white head with large bubbles. I smell roasted malts and coffee. Aroma also carries just a tiny bit of that alcohol smell. Initial tastes are similar to the smells: roasted malts. After a few swallows you can actually get some caramel, raspberries and plum. I wouldn’t recommend drinking this beer ice cold. If you’ve been storing it in the fridge, let it sit out and warm up a bit. This beer turned out to be more complex than initial tastes indicated. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2004
Bottled. Pours a black colour with a small, off-white and very lacey head. First aroma impressions are molasses, coffee and fruitiness. The first sips are pretty bitter and coffeish. Then I detect chocolate, fruitiness, but it ends pretty bitter and leaves a very slighty medicine-bitter aftertaste. This biterness diminished, though, the longer the beer sat in the glass. It´s light- to mediumbodied and pretty dry. This beer has a nice complexity, and some nice flavour characteristics, but I didn´t find it anywhere as enjoyable as the Stone Russian Imperial Stout, I had the day before. Thanks, saarlander, for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Nice black pour. Moderate amount of surprisingly light head that dissipates very quickly. Aromas of raisins, alcohol and cough syrup (somehow, not a bad thing) and a bit of dark roast. Body is much dryer than the aromas led me to expect, and very dry for an Imp Stout. Lots of roasty astringency. Taste is amazingly complex... Roasts, carmel, raisins, port, carbon. Wow! A terrific beer, and just the thing for December.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Burnt chocolate grains and molasses overtones cover the high-alc punch nicely. Low-carbonation matches the not-tto-thick yet rich texture nicely. Finishes complex, like Old Peculier--not a first-date beer. For my money, it’s one of the best tasty little wallops in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2004
Deep ruby/brown colour. Not that dark for a stout. Low carbonation. Treacle accented, coffee essence flavour. Burnt malt and chocolate to go with the coffee in the flavour. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice, but not outstanding. Bottled.

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