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RATINGS: 4078   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 Russias Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Its 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 itA sincere friend is not born instantly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2004
12 oz. bottle. Smells of expresso and fruit with hints of vanilla. Pours a deep mahogany with a small tan head. Has a thick, rich body that matches the strong flavors of dark chocolate, burnt malt, hops and alcohol. The flavors meld together so well and finish so perfectly, it is hard to distinguish them all at once. A truely excellent ale that is divine on draught when you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3863) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Pours a nice dark black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and hoppy. Flavor is milky, chocolatly and molasses. Everything has a very roasted flavor that warms as it goes down. Alcohol is felt as a spicy bite on the tounge. Good beer for sipping with a nice cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Bottle: Very dark brown, not opaque as Id thought it would be, but has a lasting beige head. Nice ruby highlights! Aroma is roasty and chocolatey, chocolatey & roasty. The two aromas sort of intermingle and switch places as it warms from refrigerated temperatures. More chocolate when cool, & more dry, coffee, roasty as it warms. Some hints of a milky lactic aromas, and unfortunately very little dark fruit character. Some currant, but overall, very light! Hints of toasty malt and caramel after it warms also some noticeable alcohol. There is fruitiness, but its not dark fruit. Very well balanced for a big beer. Roasty & lightly chocolate, caramel, and moderate fruitiness...again, not dark fruit. Finish is on the semi sweet side with a chocolate and lightly bitter aftertaste from dark grains, not hops. Lighter full body, low carbonation, very smooth, w/ extremely well hidden alcohol. I can see why this is highly rated! Its a very well made beer. More of an American Russian Imperial, but still well made. I prefer more dark fruit(winey, raisiny) character in my R.I.S. but this is an extremely fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Thick black pour. Rocky brown lasting head. Chocolate, brandy, coffee and some hops in the aroma. A great complex beer. Smooth chocolate flavors with some noticable alcohol. Taste sticks with you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 On tap: Almost black in color with a brown head, this pours nicely from tap or bottle. The aroma is fruity, but not too sweet, with an underlyting malty scent. The flavor is chocolatey mixed with burnt coffee, and fruity hops. Strong alcohol presence. Good good good.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Pours a thick tan head on a black body. Nice and sweet fruity and malty aroma with tones of coffee, oranges and dry fruit. Delicious flavor, sweet and full and very smooth. Notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, hops, roasted malt and plenty of fruit. An extremely tasty stout and really my kind of beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
This is an intense beer. A deep dark red with a yellow/brown head. Sticky lace. The head dwindled quickly. Aroma is of hops, roasted malt and coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee and a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied; creamy with a biting finish and a lingering hop representation. A good Imperial Stout, however, it is not as well balanced as others in its class.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
An old, old favorite that Ive been loyal to since my very first sip. Huge, cocoa-colored head, properly boisterous and fizzy. Phenomenally aromatic: all the regulars for this style and more are here in attendance--cocoa, coffee, toffee, nuts. Very mellow, despite the flavor and strength. Perfectly black in color, fantastic texture: thick and chewy, but not overly so. This is a great accompaniament for any meal, particularly rich and spicy food. Id compliment the finish, but it never stops! The flavor sticks in your mouth forever, it seems. One of the finest stouts in all the universe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Almost completely black, but a close look unravels a wonderful ruby red tint. Medium frothy tan head. Fuckin awesome looking beer! Huge aroma of burnt coffee, chocolate, licorice, brandy like hints, rather dryish in the aroma. Huge flavor, nice hops, rather bitter. Good coffe flavors, some molasses, rather sticky, some nuttyness. Very drinkable imp stout. Deeeelicous!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottle pours black with uber brown highlights, large tannish frothy head, with extremely sticky lacing. Heavy coffee and subtle chocolate on the nose, slightly dry and chalky. Mmmmm, a nice malty front, followed by semi-sweet chocolate and a slight coffee note. Wow, rather sweet this is as well. I think this should be known as <h4>   Old Rasputin Russian Imperial CRACK.</h4> I think I just had a religous experience... Body and mouthfeel are fantasic. Finishes clean, with more of that chocolate and roasted malt flavor. I cannot get over how easy this is to put back, DANGEROUSLY too easy. A good Barfday treat this is! A slightly bitter trailer but its very fleating. DAMN$#!$#!

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