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RATINGS: 3748   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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2629) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 Malty, fruity, roasted aroma. Very dark red-brown color. Yep, itís an Imperial, all right. The aroma is mouth-watering, but itís not quite as there as I want it to be. The flavor, on the hand, totally nails it. Bam! Oh, my Lord. The balance between the exquisite yet intense malt flavors and the hoppiness is unreal. Sweetness is almost immediately tempered by the roasty yet fruity character and the subtle but insistent hoppiness. The finish shows the most hop, with the aftertaste leaving a roasty, malty deliciousness on the palate. Not as intense as some other American micro Imperials, but thatís okay, thereís something to be said about the blending of elements here. Itís fantastic. One of my all-time favorite beers. Just this whole concept, the name, the beer, the label... I hope I get some more of this before it gets colder out. Cheers, John!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rich42 (128) - USA - JUL 14, 2002
rah rah Rasputin lover of the Russian queen... this is a most impressive brew - pitch black, flavors of alchohol and chocolate... very little bitterness... thick and milky... only second to Stoneís Imperial Russian Stout... oh those Russians...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Upgrade March í05. Superb, just superb. Definitely greater smoky character on this than the other samples of great Impys Iíve had as of late. Certainly complexity going on, when the smokiness is countered by tartness in the finish. Unimpeachable appearance, and aroma is indicative of whatís in the flavor. Even the mouthfeel seems to balance thickness with lightness. An expertly crafted beverage for expert entusiasts.

Iím now somewhat more familiar with the kinds of Imperial Stouts out there, ranging so far from a Sam Smithís to a Bellís Expedition. This is more similar to a Bellís Expedition (but I love Sam Smithís more at this point). That was my thought at first, anyway. This doesnít quite have the all-around robustness of a Bellís Expedition, though. But by the same token, the Bellís Expedition is more overpowering and hence is more limited in its drinkability than this. This is pretty excellent stuff even if not quite the eccentric masterpiece that Bellís Expedition is. Aroma is pretty mild by comparison. Like Bellís, the alcohol comes in rather overpowering and noticeable in the bite in the throat upon swallowing it. I donít get the kind of complexity as in Bellís (is it apparent yet that Iím judging the quality by the standard of Bellís?), though the mouthfeel provides a similar kind of silkiness before that throat bite kicks in (this is how they both differ from Sam Smithís). I have íImperial Stoutí entered as my favorite style, but they differ enough that now I dunno for sure. If not Imperials, then (well-done) Doppelbocks are my faves, so maybe that gives some idea where Iím coming from.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Solid strong stout. Pours thick and black like a good ip should. At 8.9% the alcohol is masked very well with strong tones of roast coffee and burnt chocolate, taste goes on forever. Great beer for a cold night in a nice dark pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Really good stuff. Very complex maltiness masks the alcohol a bit. Moderate bitterness to boot. Very thick and syrupy on the palate - like drinking molasses. The bottle I tried had almost no head to speak of. The label is also cool - Iím not sure why.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2002
A fantastic stout. Alcohol is well hidden. Flavors just seem to roll on forever. Finished well as I donít like sweet. One could drink damaging amouts of this. Hmm.. Gives me an idea, 3 - 4 - 5?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2002
As far as imperials go, this is a good beer. But after having Bellís Expedition stout, everything else seems inferior.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Imperialís are my favorite style and this is a solid beer - but why so much hops?!? Dark motor oil like appearance. Huge nose of pine. Complex flavors galore - burnt chocolate, java, winey notes. Very nice finish that lasts for minutes!! But alas it is out of balance when the hops take over the malt characters - yet still, some of the boldest flavors I have had in an IP.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Thick black with a nice tan bubbly and creamy top, aroma was first and foremost strong coffee, with chocolate and raisins and authentic black licorice sneaking in too...bittersweet cocoa start, with licorice, bitterness, and warming alcohol...high carbonation...tummy warmer with bitter head slaps

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9258) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2002
This beer rocks. The nose is one of alcohol and espresso. Very intense beer with a shade and consistency as black and thick as Mississippi mud. Pleasantly surprised by the dry finish.

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