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RATINGS: 3726   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2002
While I donít drink much stout, I have had just about every variety of it available here in Tallahassee and a few that arenít; this one blows them all out of the proverbial water, and makes me regard Guinness as a good drink for breakfast. Old Rasputin is darker than anything Iíve seen, and has a wonderful liqueur sort of taste. The Russian on the label says, roughly, íA true friend is not made suddenly.í Good advice for this brew, which must be sipped slowly after a large meal. (I had another one recently, and am going to bring it back a little from the perfect score, since I have had more experience rating beers now. Itís just a little hoppier than I have come to identify with stout.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Overpoweing and immediate alcohol presence. Strong, intense, burnt chocolate and coffee flavors. Very complex. Rerate: alcohol presence not at 'overpowering' as my first try. Moderate hoppiness in both aroma and flavor. Medium to full body. Nice finish with coffee/chocolate flavors. Still a bit too much alcohol/vodka flavor and too hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Nice clean, slightly fruity and malty smell. Dark in the glass with a head that literally looks like foam rubber sitting atop my glass. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy at times and tends toward sticky. The taste is better than any imperial stout Iíve tried---sweeter, less bitter, fuller in body, like spicy molasses. There is an alcohol bite but itís not too noticeable, and to me itís welcomed. There are notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, and the earthy hop taste. Overall, I like this one. Until now I havenít been a real stout fan, but this style has caught my attention...this beer in particular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2002
So so dark and yummy. My favorite imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - FEB 22, 2002
Pretty good stuff !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2002
black with a nice foamy head, sweet, berry-like aroma...chocolatey-coffee taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2002
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Dark as expected of an imperial stout. Chocolatey aroma, but also of noxious ether. This potent brew is rich in chocolate malts, but poorly masks its alcohol content. Way too astringent for this beer to be enjoyable to me. Re-rated. I have enjoyed this on tap a couple of times and it has definitely grown on me. A solid imperial stout that packs some uumph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisvonsimson99 (8) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2002 does not count
Excellent all-rounder with presence. Slightly sharp with excellent body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11477) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2002
Tasting Notes from Fall 2000: Very good on draught. Strong, alcohol noticeable. Good heartiness, with coffee overtones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2002
Millenium release 22 oz. bottle, with bottleneck dipped in wax (very cool). Average sized, toffee-colored head sits atop opaque, almost black body. The aroma is quite vinous and acidic (balsamic vinegar?), with heavy notes of charred fruit (raisins, black currants), sharp hops, and an alcoholic tinge. This is one huge, complex beer. Lots and lots of roasted malt, which is complemented be even more hop bitterness. At 9% ABV, I honestly donít sense much alcohol on the palate. As an imperial, Iíd expect the malt to be much more prominent, but I actually enjoyed the hop kick. Delicious.

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