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RATINGS: 4065   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 Russiaís Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Itís 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 itóA sincere friend is not born instantly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1921) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Black with a thick, light-brown head. Citrisy hops, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, light coffee, and alcohol in the aroma. Very full bodied and milky smooth. Roasted malts and fantastically bitter hops fight for dominance throughout the entire flavor. Finish is massively bitter, so much so that it nearly brings tears to your eyes. Salty lingering aftertaste underneath all of the hops. Could use more malt to help mellow out the flavor profile -- it seems to be overhopped as is. My 600th rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Very dark chocolatey pour. Thin to no head. Aromas of malt and roast come out from the pour. Light tanginess. Taste of roast and mocha. Little smoke flavor. Good brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2004
12 oz bottle. Huge brew, similar in spirit to some quadrupels but with characteristic stout burnt and roasted malts, a touch of astringency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2004 From a bottle into an ale glass. Smells of dark chocolate, cookie, and a little bit of sweat (maybe that just came to mind thinking of Rasputin, the slimy villain). Head size was average, a darker shade of light brown, looking nicely antiqued and disappearing almost as quickly as the Csarist regimeís involvement in WWI. The flavor is where itís at: light to moderate sweetness, light acidity, light to moderate bitterness, all underlying huge flavors of chocolate and coffee. I was expecting to find grounds at the bottom of my ale glass. Well bodied (unlike the Csarís wife while he was away at war, wasting away under the good "doctor"), oily and creamy. Mmmmmm. This could be dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Damned good stuff. Black as tar with an ample frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and quality chocolate. Some anise. Brandy. Port. Very complex and interesting. Medium to heavy body. The flavor was rich and robust. The coffee and chocolate with the brandy/port hints. Excellent. One of the best stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Man this brew is like sucking down a glass of Russian dirt. Woah! Very dark. black as night actually. Head is brown. Deep light brow. Head dies. What remains smells like really good rum. I mean, really good rum. Notes of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, and the plague. I can hardly drink a whole one of these. It destroys me every time. In the mouth it feels like your are sucking on a coal miners fist. So thick.like sug juice. Hard to finish, t be relished after dinner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2004
Mondial de la Biere 2004. Very dark brown colour with glints of ruby and a frothy tan coloured head. Alcohol, merlot, dark bread and chocolate aroma. Vinous, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, and smoky flavours that blend together nicely. Full bodied and smooth, but without the richness I like in a stout. Actually preferred this to the Peche Mortel sampled immediately prior.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Tried this beer today, the first sip was absolutely wonderful! Very smoky, chocolaty, coffee flavour, small head, a wonderful beer! Bravo!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Yardstick Imperial Stout. Finger-wide brown head forms and fades quickly, leaving behind the business end of this brew. Smoky, chocolate, coffee aroma is a mere prelude to the masterful blend of astoudingly complex flavors. First sips bring chocolate, followed quickly by Vienna roast coffee beans, anise, peaty single-malt scotch, mysterious hops well balanced by perfect sweetness. Unlike many West Coast Imperial Stouts, this one is not overly hopped. Takes me immediately to a rainy day in the Highlands, or a late-night Seisun at a pub in Ireland (even though it is "Russian"). I would give this a perfect score except I am rating the bottled version, while I hear it is a revelation on tap, pushed by nitrogen. The complexity deepens as it warms. I disgaree with those who have said the palate is thin. Drink a bottle and understand the gesture of the man on the label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Bottled Pours jet black, brown head forms & quickly dies leaving only a slight trace behind...well carbonated. Black liquorice, maybe even a touch of cherry dominate my nose...slight cobwebs are overtaken by burnt/roasty/smokey scent...good aromatics. Palate is lighter than expected, but still towards full, seems to feel bigger as the glass empties. Flavor is overridden by the finish, which screams liquorice and maybe a bit of peaty whisky lingering...dark sweet roasty, alcoholic flavor. Burnt alcohol as it goes over the sides of my tongue. Very nice RIS, not my favorite, but still complex and fun. Slightly thin, and the liquarice and burnt alcohol flavors I got detracted overall

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