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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kodos (200) - USA - OCT 4, 2001
I agree, this seemed a little light for an Imperial. Licorice-coffee notes were very distinct although slightly less sweetness than other Imperials. Overall a great example of an Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2001
For an imperial, this was surprisingly light (in a relative sort of way) and restrained. The chocolate notes were more milk-chocolate than dark chocolate, and the coffee flavors were quite mild. The finish had a slight hint of vanilla. In a blind tasting, I would not have thought this an imperial - more like a robust porter, as the alcohol did a good job of hiding in the background, but a very tasty (and potent) brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2001
A nice full, thick imp stout. Loads of coffee flavor. Didn’t have the richness of lingering sweetness of some imp stouts, which was a disappointment, but still a very tasty and rewarding beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2001
I enjoyed this beer to it’s extreme last night, and I don’t think that I can say anything else that has not already been said. I had it a little warm (@ 69 deg.), but all that really did to the taste was dry out the roasty flavor a little (which is not too bad...for me!) and the alcohol was a little more apparent. But even at the temp. that I had it at, it still was a world-class redition of an Imperial, and was the most balanced Imperial that I had to date. Exceptional, and highly recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 20, 2001
pretty damn good beer.pretty near to russian stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2003 Wow. A very rich, sweet imperial stout with a lot of complex flavors in the malt and medium to above average hopping to top it off. Chocolate, licorice, and dark fruit contribute to the complexity of the malt. I found it amazingly smooth while still loaded with flavor and was shocked at the actual abv. Definitely a world classic in the stout category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
A wonderful thick Imperial. This will sustain you well on cold winter nights.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosendale Brewmeister99 (55) - Rosendale, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2001
Wonderfully oily stout! Complex and complete.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2001
I love imperial stouts and this one is fantastic. Great balance of malt and hops (not too much hops just right). Good alcohol/ warming sensation at the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jswatson (2) - Antioch, California, USA - AUG 23, 2001 does not count
One of my all time favorite beers. At times it is so good, it brings tears to my eyes.

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