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RATINGS: 3726   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2001
Nice, creamy mouthfeel, with flavors of burnt coffee and caramel. I found some slightly off-putting sour, vinous notes in the finish, however.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2001
OK so Iíve used the words írichí and complex cavalierly before. This is the first beer Iíve had to rival drinking Guinness in a pub on St Pats in my imagination. A heady brandy-like flavour and something else that I can only liken to the pleasant sensation of a fine cigar. Wow. You get the post cigar feeling of genuine well being, too. A tuly magical beer and the finest imperial Iíve ever been in the same room with.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2001
Took awhile to get used to. Started off with an aftertaste, dry and hoppy, that was a little too strong for my liking. As it warmed the rich chocolate and roasted, coffee flavors came through and subdued the aftertaste, as did the high alcohol content. Nice, but i prefer other styles of stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2001
Nice- Got that littles bit of hop on the backend.A little lighter than some Imperials but still good chocolate roasty flavors

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radek6999 (12) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2001
An absolutely wonderful experience. It starts out slightly hoppy and once it warms the roasted malts take charge. Warning: Not for the weak at heart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - OCT 4, 2001
Beige head leaving a nice lacing over a dark brew. Fruity nose. Chocolaty and roasty some black licorice notes. Not my favorite Imperial but a darn good one. Well done North Coast!

   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. Didnít 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 itís extreme last night, and I donít 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!

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