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RATINGS: 3871   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 1, 2003
A wonderful head that leaves at just the right time, a clear but dark dark ruby coloration. A smell of chocolate malts, and a slight fruity aroma. The taste is DEEP, wonderful, semisweet and creamy with a hint of hops overshadowed by wonderful malt and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Strong, attractive head that stuck around just long enough, aroma of coffee and raisin, Flavor mostly coffe and raisin with a bittersweet chocolate background. Perfect palate, not thin at all but not thick and syrupy either. Very drinkable could drink more of these in one sitting then most imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Nice, I can really hear the head fight its way to the top. Great black body with a tan head that never wanted to completely leave. It smells like it tastes. I can describe it as a little bit cremey coffee/chocolate soaked fruit. The fruit seemed to linger with the bitterness while the coffee/chocolate liked to slide underneath for that typical stout feeling. All this was happening while the cremey medium-bodied texture used itself to hold these two aforementioned dimensions together. When it’s warmed, the head still doesn’t want to even leave itself as a ring around the glass. There’s still a layer of head, hey! The body becomes thicker and creamier while the fruit wares off and its nuttier features come forth. I need to have more of this to pick more out. Either way, another great stout. Excellent. Thanks BierBauch! UPDATE 1/21/05: on tap at Maproom in Chicago, served in an Orval glass / holy shnowzer! this is a stout! very smooth and cremey palate with rich roasty chocolate and coffee. a little bit sour, but in a good and fruity manner. downrated aroma and appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4843) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 Black with a small tan head that stayed around. Coffee is the dominant aroma, but also some chocolate. Lots of flavors. Coffee and chocolate are the easiest to pick up, but there was also soy sauce, red wine, some tobacco, and sour fruit. There was so much there it is hard to pick up everything with only one bottle. Heavy and rich. Outstanding, but I still got the perception something was missing. It loses points for the alcohol taste in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 Pours a deep, opaque black with a thin tan head. Strong aroma of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is very dark and rich: sweet dark roasted malt bordering on burned, a dash of alcohol warmth and a burnt bitterness in the aftertaste. Everything about this beer is strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Complicated aroma dominated by a coffee overtone but also dark chocolate and carmel. The look of the beer is near perfect - deep dark brown in color with a fairly thin head. The flavor is more complicated than the aroma - a nice balance of deep chocolatey coffeeness with lighter overtones of a sweeter fruitier flavor. The effect on the palate is excellent - this beer hits you everywhere in just the right way. An excellent imperial stout that everyone should try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Dense head atop a virtually black body. Complex raosted and fruit flavors, good coffee and chocolate components. This is one of my all-time favorties to just sit back and enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2003
This black beer pours with a chestnut-hued and thin head. On the nose there is rich caramel and toasted grains and the lightest nuance of citrusy hops. The palate is rich and heavy with hints of eucalyptus, anis, coffee and dark chocolate. Toward the finish there is a touch of grapefruity hops which lead to the rich coffee and light caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2412) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Nice dense, brown head which setles nicely. Excellent aroma that is a little winey with hint of coffee, black cherry and dark chocolate. Color is an intense, deep brown/mahagony. Flavor is very rich with coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. A slight bitterness in the finish offsets the dark malts in the body. Nice alcohol warming which tingles on the tongue. A top quality imperial stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Deep, dark chocolate, coffee aroma with hints of citrus. Warming on the palate. Well balanced between the roasted bitterness, malt body sweetness and cleansing hop bite at the end.

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