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RATINGS: 3886   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Dark not quite black color and medium head. Roasted aroma. Bitter roasted chocolate flavor. You can taste the alcohol. Acidic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 Very dark pour, black, almost opaque with little head. Roast malts and some fruit stand out the most in the nose. Grape or plum is what I'm getting the most. The flavor is where this gets complex. Lots of roast malts, coffee, grape/raisin that finishes with a hearty bitterness. Pretty big body, but it's not too cloying or syrupy. Oily palate makes this a damn fine Impy stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
Quite a coffee/chocolate aroma. Deepest brown, small cappuccino head. Strong coffee flavour, hint of liquorice. Oily, good bitterness. A well defined Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 15, 2002
Dark, dark ruby, low on gas. Nice hue. Rich, intensive aroma. Chocolaty, coffeeyesh brew. Highly sophisticated palate. Less brutal and much more refined than most other stouts. Very smooth, velvety, creamy. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
this is a beer lover’s beer. not for any one light of heart. mix this with old stock ale and a guinness and your stomach will either learn to love you..sooner or later.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2002
"Intense" puts it pretty mildly. This beer comes on like the overly amorous guy at the end of the party, but with loads more charm. A breath like that guy, too, strong with alcohol - he was drinking brandy old fashioneds, plainly. Powerful chocolate, cherry, and smoke. It’s too many for me - I’ll get home on my own, thank you - but an excellent Imperial, nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Have had this twice in the last few days; once in my hotel room in FL, and once at home. Has a wood/oak barrel aroma, very smoky, roasty. More substantial head than most imperials, really tiny bubbles that I feel help the palate rating rather than take away. High alcohol content not immediately apparent. A small hint of berry, perhaps dark cherry (?), and super warming. This is a big boy, and maybe my 2nd fav Imperial behind, almost up there in drinkability with Storm King.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Deep dark black in color with a thick brown head. Smelling of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Taste is full flavored with hints of coffee and toffee with a sweet malty taste, very sastisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2002
pours black with attractive hints of reddish brown at the bottom of the glass. well retained, noisy tan head. in my opinion, drinking this beer this beer is best described as having an alcoholic mars bar with a really good cup of espresso(in a good way). a gorgeous stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Had this again and it was much better, more well rounded and didn’t taste astringent at all. 9/17/02 - 3.7: The extrememly intense flavor many are discribing as ’licorice’ is a bit over the top for me...almost astringent tasting. Very rich malt, but there seems to be a lot of flavor masked by the tastes I’ve described thus far. .... I allowed the beer to mellow out quite a bit and towards the end of the bottle roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate rear their ever so welcome heads and add a lot to the beer. Dry crackery wheat aftertaste (Triscuits?).

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