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RATINGS: 3690   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattcolo99 (27) - USA - JAN 11, 2002
Damn, that is the best beer, I love it, so complex and great finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rambis (12) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2002
Extremely hoppy stout - not creamy at all. Solid taste, good body. Fairly unique due to its bitterness - not for all stout lovers, but a very nice departure from the smoother stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2002
Good, but I didnít find it as complex as other people here suggest.. All I felt is the massive presence of hops. A little roasted malt struggles to come out of the intense hoppiness. The most amazing thing about this brew is the fact that it hides itís massive alcohol really well.. wouldnít have known itís 8.9%..

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2001
Perhaps the best Imperial Stout commercially available. Extremely complex flavor. Not for everyone, but a superb example of the style.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2001
Anastasia is still screaming in vain!!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheDarkertheBetter99 (27) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2001
This brew truly is a benchmark for Russian Imperials. Ratebeer reviewers place 10 Russians above this one, but I donít know why. So complex, nice gravity, perfect aftertaste. On a near-empty stomach, two will knock you on your arse. Look for it. Drink one ice cold and another at room temperature. Very, very good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 2, 2001
A heady brew - fruity, coffee aroma, taste of burnt mocha, toffee, sweet malt, and licorice, with enough hops and alcohol to numb the tongue and warm the spirit.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2001
Roasted coffee notes in both the aroma and flavor. If I try hard I can taste a similar hop flavor to the Red Seal Ale buried beneath the intense roasty maltiness. A wonderful Imperial Stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 22, 2001
Dark roasted cocoa aromas, complex malt aromas and flavors that are full and roasty without being ashen. Thick and lactic without being sweet and syrupy. To be this big and be well balanced with some brightness in the hops is an accomplishment. The alcohol burn is there for certain but subdued.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (4058) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2001
Complex. Nice roasted rum-raisin flavor. Not overpowering, but I probably wouldnít drink more than 2 at a sitting. Iím going to ding this a little for lacking a stacked head, but otherwise, itís a 4.4-4.5 beer.


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