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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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2001

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2001

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2001
This is one incredible stout. Intense flavor, luscious mouthfeel. I was seriously knocked out. (The high alcohol level doesn’t hurt. Wow!) Now, a funny story: I had the heavenly draft version of this beer at the J.T. Collins Pub at Lincoln and Roscoe in Chicago, which has an excellent ’Microbrew Tuesday’ -- 20 varieties on tap at $2.50 a pint. (Worth checking out if you’re in town!) And there were 25-something ex-frat boys drinking *bottles of Bud*. I kid you not. Some folks are just beyond redemption.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lmahony199 (52) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2001
like a six course meal

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 Black, chewy, medium-bodied, slight carbonation. Briefly soft and toffee-like, followed by a coffee-like dryness, high alcohol quickly takes over, very whisky like in the finish, causing slightly sour aftertaste, plenty hop citrus. Fruitiness adds some subtle balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2001
I’ve had several Imperial Stouts, this has got to be by far the best I’ve ever had. Smooth and flavorful on the palate with just the right amount of bitterness and hopiness, I can see why it was on the top 10 for so long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2001
This brew has great chocolate malt flavor and a malty aroma. It is full bodied and - accordingly - has a great mouth-feel. Has a warming characteristic provided by the high alcohol content. Almost non-existant head. Very complex and tasty, although I did not detect a great deal of hoppy bitterness that some other reviewers have mentioned. Beautiful dark reddish-brown hue! A solid example of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2001
A very nice brew, especailly if you can find it on tap. Nice woody, rum-like flavors, as well as the requisite chocolate/coffee. Another American stout that crushes Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 14, 2001
The best way to describe this brew is a ’PAcific Northwest Imperial Stout.’ Like many beers from the area it’s pretty much overly hopped. Despite the acidic front, it does kind of grow on you. Rich and complex are an understatement. You can see the direction it’s going, if only it did’nt get take a couple of detours.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - JAN 29, 2001
This is a truly outstanding beer. Very rich, very roasty, maybe a touch to hoppy for a stout. (But don’t let that turn you away, this is an excellent beer by any standard.) Think of it as the ’barley wine’ of imperial stouts. It was a bit lighter than I expected, it’s a deep red almost black color, with good clarity. I hope I can find this beer again, I was lucky enough to experience it at a local homebrewing club meeting.

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