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RATINGS: 3959   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Had at home in a pint glass and it was super dark brown-to-black. medium dense cream head was dark tan. dramatically smooth and jumping with raisin, chocolate, and coffee. yes, bitter, but the way it should be. the second one was straight out of the bottle at the movies, so a little warmer and even more pleasant with dark chocolate trail mix!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Aroma is coffee, chocolate and seasoned wood. Appearance is black with medium head. Flavor is same as aroma with more coffee than chocolate. Alcohol content can be detected in the sip but is it not a deal breaker. Palate is semicleaned leaving bittness behind. Overall, good example of Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2004
I'm not the biggest imperial stout fan, but this is a good beer. I felt that it was a little too sweet and suffered from a soy sauce type taste...I've had similar problems with these very rich beers. This beer became fabulous as it warmed up, showing off a lot of different flavors in each temperature range, although the soy sauce taste was always prevalent. And hell, you get 8.9% ABV!! Worth a high score on that alone, I mean we are drinking some beer here. That said, you can't taste the alcohol at all... I'd try this again, fo' sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2004
I have waited to try this beer b/c of cost, but it is well worth it. For starters, it has a great dark color and a nice brown fluffy head. Aroma is strong and varied. Likewise, the taste has several hints, ranging from Chocolate, to coffee, to some sweet/fruity taste. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting. Also, the beer becomes better after it has sit a while and you have had a good amount of it. Well worth the cost and proof that North Coast is all about quality.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 This beer smells like chocolate and looks beautiful, with a head that fills out only after its been poured. The taste is complex, yet fantastic. I dont really taste any coffee, but spices are nice. Fantastic. Sometimes just seems a little too alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (1517) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $1.79 for a 12-oz single. BLACK as night, head fluffy, brown, and HUGE. Smells wicked: deep and dark. Coffee and chocolates. Am I ready for this? Yes, I am always ready. HUGE and THICK as hell. Unbelievable. Coffee, chocolate and liquor. Tastes like a dark chocolate cordial. Nearly mindblowing (but not quite). WOW. Under $2 for this great of a brew. Not for the faint of heart (or mouth).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Beautiful beer - dark brown with good head (and every may likes good head). Smells fruity, and has a taste simular. Man, there'e a lot going on in this beer, and it's all good. Glad I grabbed a bottle of this to enjoy during the Super Bowl. Now if the game was only half as good as this beer....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Midnight black with a creamy mocha colored head that is held back by the alcohol content of this beer. Nice coffee, chocolate, and malt aromas, with a sweet, toasty, palate. It hides it's alcohol very well until you quit sippin' and try to stand up. Very well crafted and satisfying Imp Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
Pours an obsidian black with a brown, quickly diminishing head. Aromas of coffee. chocolate, cabbage?, toasted malts. Flavour was awesome coffe , mildly alcoholic, malty nice and dry. A great stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Pours dark root beer color with tall caramel colored frothy head. Lots of lacing. Chocolatey malty aroma. Flavor is very sweet, roasted and smoky caramel, coffee. Slightly bitter mocha finish. Very tasty indeed! Packs an alcohol wallop -- you won't down too many of these in a sitting. Best for sipping to enjoy.

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