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RATINGS: 3928   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopophile (15) - USA - APR 4, 2003
A superb Imperial with a deep dark color. Sweet, malty, almost strong rancid smell, but in a good way. Rich coffe-like taste. Alcohol taste is almost non-present. Gets even better as it warms. Very impressive.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Yummy, poured deep black color, would have liked to seen more of a head. Smells sweet. Tastes of rich maltiness, chocolate and coffee.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2003
Full of roasty, chocolate, black malt aromas. Mild on the tongue, tasty and rich but not overwhelming, burnt chocolate, strong bitterness. Filling, rounded finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Pour is a super dark black with slight hints of ruby at the edges, thick tan head that fades and leaves good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, and some hops (flowery, light perfume) in the end. Flavor starts with chocolate, middle the roasted malts show through, some hops towards the end. Alcohol barely shows through at the very end when it reaches it's warmest temp. Full bodied, long lasting taste. Truly outstanding.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Dark brown, not quite opaque with a medium tan head. Big coffee aroma layered with west coast hops, I could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. Taste is a different story. Starts out great with roasted malt coffee taste but it turns very astringent. Unpleasantly bitter. Rerate: 8 months later this comes across as salty, a detraction from an average beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Poured an opaque black with a thick tan head. Lots of lacing.
Smells malty and slightly hoppy. Alcholo appears in the nose as the beer warms.
Tastes very malty and creamy. Some roasted malt in also detectable. Big thick malt backbone is nicely balanced by the slight hop/alcohol finish.
Very drinkable beer for how big it is. Nicely carbonated and a creamy mouthfeel one would expect from an imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kyzr (1155) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Wow, that sums it up for me, but it looks great, smells great and taste the same. If you drink it on the cold side, it has a little anise flavor that when warm turns to a roaste espresso. Very nice stout, maybe one of the better ones that I've had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
this is why my favorite style is imperial stout ... poors thick and dark as you would expect ... the head was thick and stayed about as long as you'd like ... flavor has all the coffee and malty chocolate you'd like from an imperial stout... nothing to not like about this beer, alcohol is totally hidden ... i taste this one for hours after drinking ...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Beautiful deep rich color, and phenominal aroma -sweet and chocolaty. Has a great flavor - roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnut. It has almost a port wine type quality to it. Only negative - Aroma better than the flavor, but overall quite impressive. I'm glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks urbnhautebourg.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2003
Ahh yes how sweet it is, black like coffee, dark and sweet like chocolate. Fills the palate nicely and sweet and theb has a slightly bitter burnt aftertaste. As you continue, the sweetness turn into an almost hazelnut like flavor, right until the end, that is nice and smooth, leaving you wanting.


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