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RATINGS: 3695   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2002
Pours black as night with a small head that quickly fades. Huge roasted aroma. It has a creaminess that I wish more stouts had. Huge explosion of coffee/chocolate/alcohol/dark fruit flavors that keep on going minutes later. Thanks legion242!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2002
Nice and rich, yet smooth. Has a great roasted flavor and warming finish. To me, the higher alcohol content is masterfully hiden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2002
Damn this is good. Poured a nice thick head that rose above the rim almost half an inch and stayed firm. Black in color, no light comes through at all. Nice malty aroma with a hint of alcohol but very well masked. Delicious burnt malty/chocolate flavors smooth from start to finish. Definately at the top of my list and nice to have a store that sells it now.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, husky), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a light note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly husky. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Over six years since my last rating, so I thought...why not? This never fails to disappoint, but it’s popularity always make me curious to try it again after a long hiatus. As usual, popular things are rarely great. I’m not even sure *why* this is popular, though. It has very little to entice in the nose, it’s rather doughy, husky, and acidic, and overall it’s just...well..."blah". There are so many vastly superior examples of this style that I just can’t fathom its legion of fans. But that’s the way of things, I suppose. I’m not a North Coast hater...they do make some decent brews now and then, but this has never been one of them. This is a clumsy, simple, crude beer and it will likely be a long time yet again before I ever get curious enough to buy a bottle again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FortWorthBrew99 (6) - fort worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2002 does not count
Too much of a dark chocolate flavour for my taste, an unenjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2002
A wonderful start, deep dark black color, chocolate with hints of carmel, definately will be drinking this one again. A wonderful stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2002
great carmel/coffee aroma, dark black opaque color. rich taste with a clean hoppy finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2002
A wonderfully smooth roasted flavor with hops balanced with maltiness. Dark and delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2002
A nice Imperial, better than Storm King in my opinion but not as good as Left Hand. Needs a little more complexity and a little less ’burnt-bitter.’

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2002
’Dark as the inside of a cow’. Large frothy chocolate head, tons of lace, a nose that simply reeks of toasted grains, chocolate, caramel. Big sweet malt start, top ’Don’t get no fuller than this’, finish is hop spicy, light to moderate carbonation, dry. Just can’t remember having a better ’Imperial than this’. A must try for all ’Lovers of the Dark side’, and if your a ’Stout’ lover, ’Baby your ship just came in’.

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