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RATINGS: 3925   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 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2002
Black with brown head. Cognac and coffee in the aroma. The flavour is quite complex and rich. This is a very full bodied brew and the rather salty aftertaste lasts very long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
This is quite a blueberry coffee snort up the nose. If you keep looking at the guy on the label while you drink this, you’ll get freaked out, it’s like some kind of curse or something. The head initially appears strong, then fades into an edgy ring around the solid black pool that browns slightly around the edges. What is that some sort of wacky hand signal? I can’t take it anymore. It starts out with a very smooth mellow fruity hue, then dances into a coffee like bitter end. I could use some more carbonation, but WTF, this is 8.9%, I feel cursed, blindsided by the man with the cryptic hand signal and the long beard. Quite a stout, no doubt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Nice dark color, Creamy foam head. Semi-chocolatey nose, and a hint of roasted malt. Flavor speaks volumes for the roasted malt flavor tho, not so much as the chocolate. Nice bitterness and all around complex flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2002
I truly felt that this was only an average stout. Thick and flavorful, but also sort of tart and tangy. Slightly obtrusive with a licorice flavor mixing with a bitter chocolate taste. Nice to drink on a cold winter night. A nice warming beer in front of the fire. Thanks mwsf for giving me a chance to try this highly rated beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2002
Black w/ small head. Dry, coffee, chocolate nose. Thick & chewy. Nice bitter chocolate & burnt coffee flavour w/ underlying notes of caramel & molasses. Balanced, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sixpack595 (13) - USA - DEC 23, 2002
Deep red, appearing black with a rapidly fading head of light brown. Aroma of dark roasted malt with undertones of chocolate. Strong flavor of burt coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Syrupy mouthfeel, and warming effect from a decent alcohol content mean this beer will leave its mark on you. Big, in your face kind of beer. Definitly worth trying a few, but will not be a regular of mine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
One of the finest beers I’ve ever had. I’ve enjoyed this more each time I’ve tried it. The aroma is rich with luscious chocolate. The flavors include chocolate, caramel, roasty espresso, molasses, and cloves. It’s thick and creamy, black in the glass with a brown foamy head. Splendid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2003 Pours a thick, dark almost black color. Low carbonation with average head. Smells of chocolates and coffee, a malty bitter smell of a true imperial stout. FULL of flavors. I would have to drink 100 of these to find all the different flavors. My favorite beer at the moment. Rerate DowngradeNot as rich as I remember, but still thick and complex. Still yummy though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
This is a pretty damned near incredible brew that I don’t take for granted in any way. This is the best beer I received through my Secret Santa samplings(thanks for the setup ChimayBabe) and like all imperial stouts, it knocked me on my ass. Very little head (probably due to transit) but what head was present was dark tan, nose of sweet, syrupy alcohol; palate was infused with robust coffee and licorice overtones, and finish was slightly acidic and burned inside with alcohol - a perfect winter brew...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1527) - 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.

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