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RATINGS: 3940   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (1962) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 WOW! I bought this just as something interesting to try. Hadnít looked at previous ratings first. What a beer. This is a superb Imperial stout. If there were a required drinking list, this would be on it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Wonderful imperial stout. Good aroma of alcohol and roasted malt. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2003
WOW! Nice dark and thick looking and pouring beer. A lot of alcohol and some amazing taste, which covers up the alcohol a litter. One of the best tasting strong ales I have ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Deep, dark and black-hearted, like the Mystic whose name sake it bears. Currants, coffee, chocolate ... it all comes together gloriously ... culminating in an IRS experience that would make Boris Yeltsin put down his Vodka for more. The hops are in the nose but not on the palate to any degree that takes away from this category of stout. Let this baby warm up before giving it a real go ... you won't be disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
duke33 (69) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Nice Imperial Stout...actually reminds me more of a Baltic Porter than anything, but it's very good. Maybe just a tad bit too hoppy, but the coffee flavor does a good job balancing it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2003
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 Thick black with a typical nitro head on it (tap sample) sweet, chocolate, coffee and malt but still somewhat balanced by the hops. The alcohol is very well hidden, to well sometimes, three imperial pints later I stood up and was a little surprised by it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2646) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Thick pour.Dark tan head with little brown spots dotting the top of it.Black,opaque.Nose is burnt malt,coffee,chocolate.Full bodied,oily,slick on the tongue,coats yer mouth. Burnt chocolatey flavors with some fruitiness.Finish is dry, roasted and somewhat bitter.Special dark chocolate candy bar would go real good with this.This is a big brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Wow! Very dark and is pretty much black. It has a big thick tan sludgy head that lingers for quite a while. Aroma is of roasted malts. The flavor is of chocolate, coffee, and fruit. This is one of the best imperial stouts I've had. Very enjoyable beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WabashMan (1020) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 A nice looking beer, but not as lovely as some Imperials (which can be the most beautiful of beers, in my opinion.) Nose is roasty and very vineous with notes of dark fruits. Flavor is roasty, with chocolate and coffee, deep and dark, with a lovely aftertaste. RE-RATE: I have a tendency to start a beer colder than the suggested serving temperature, and to drink slowly as it warms. Iím rarely "wowed" by a beerís flavors when itís fresh out of the fridge, but my first sip of this gave me loads of flavor, seemingly unaffected by the temperature. Iím changing my flavor rating to 10/10 (was 9/10) though I still find the nose to be thin (at least in comparison to the flavor) and the appearance to not be enough for perfect marks. Still, an absolutely outstanding beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Fairly light, mostly diminishing, head compared to other stouts I've had. Not quite the dark tan color I've become accustomed to. Very dark mahogoney color. Chocolate aroma with a somewhat tangy aroma behind the maltiness/chocolate. Smooth drinking. The malts settle on the tongue well. Delicately. Coffee finish. The alcohol is there for sure, but not overdone. This is a good nightcapper. The more stouts I drink the more I start to like them.

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