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RATINGS: 4032   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Deep, dark chocolate, coffee aroma with hints of citrus. Warming on the palate. Well balanced between the roasted bitterness, malt body sweetness and cleansing hop bite at the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Rich coffee/caramel/fruit aroma. Nice mouthfeel, with the alcohol warmth really shining through. Roasted barley is tamed by a malty sweetness, and a hoppy finish. Well done Imperial.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Nice creamy brown head. Muddy and black. Deep roasted/toasted malt aromas. Also sweet smelling. Very rich and complex flavors, very bitter chocolate/coffee flavors and bitter roasted malt flavors. Hop bitterness also in there somewhere. Big body with long lasting alcohol and grain flavors. Good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flemdawg (554) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2003
This beer taught me a lesson in tasting. The first bottle I had was an utter dissapointment. I guess, it tasted like Old Rasputin Light. Something just wasnt there. But the second bottle, boy oh boy! Very dark, and a tan head. Cholotate bars, plums, and malts in the nose. The taste was outstanding. Malty, coco, fruits all on my tounge. Stayed with me for a while after every sip. If my dad hasnt tried the one I left him, I may have to take it back.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Rich dark color with gorgeous chocolaty lace. Powerful roasted malt aroma with hints of carmel and chocolate. Flavor starts strongly of espresso and roasted malt with carmel and chocolate coming tones. Finishes mildly hoppy and with a lasting espresso flavor. A tad overpowering with all of the coffee flavor, but its nearly perfect.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Beautiful dark brown color,coffe chocolate aroma, initialy very smooth velvet mouthfeel but as it warms the CO2 starts stinging the tongue. The first taste is fruit chocolate and carmel, but then a bitter alcohol taste starts building in the back of the mouth if drunk fast it becomes bad. good stout if slowly sipped

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 31, 2003
Had a nice sample of this at Aofoxxy's gathering last night. The brew pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. The large light brown creamy head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The nose is malted milk shake, figs and plums, with alcohol and coffee as an afterthought. The warm and rich flavor is deep and complex. Mostly sweet, the brew corrects with a nice balance at the finish. The full and chewy body is soft and finishes clean. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
On draught. Nice blackness with a small head. The first sip just grabbed me with its intensity and uniqueness. Malty with a caramel aftertaste that lingered for quite a while. Sharp and acidic mouthfeel. Will try again!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
travise (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2003 does not count
pours dark as motor oil, which immediately excites my taste buds. off-white head doesn't stick around too long. strong dark chocolate, slight hint of hops & berries aroma with definate alcohol presence. nice mouthfeel with a slight bitterness at the end. loved it. my girlfriend kept nagging for sip after sip.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 Honestly hated this beer the first time I tried it, but for some reason I kept comming back and now it has become one of my favorites. The falvour is strong but the texture often borders on velvety and the after taste is no where near as strong as you would think based on the initial flavour. This is a great sipping beer that I cant get enough of. coffe and deep dark chocolate.


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