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RATINGS: 3887   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2002
I am one of the Ohioians that is thrilled to be able to buy this locally finally. Silly laws. I’ve had this before years ago and the one I just drank was just as good as I remembered it. Deep, dark color with a creamy, brown head and aroma of sweet roasted grains. Sweet caramel, brown sugar with a buttery smoothness that finishes with a nice coffee bitterness. The alcohol warms you with out even noticing it. Very good sipping beer on a cold night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2002
this is an amazingly complex concoction. it should come with instructions and a site map for finding your way around the dizzying subtleties. the aroma is a travelogue of olfactory adventures: here’s a belgian chocolate factory where cocoa beans are roasting and sugars sizzling; and then in a dreamlike morph, suddenly there are bare-foot sicilian women crushing grapes and purple plums-- simultaneously are the yeasty parchment smells of a basement vintage book store in st. petersburg, and finally the dark peat of the emerald isle. (and i never even sent y’all a postcard, so sorry). the beverage has a cyrano kind of quality in that the appearance doesn’t have the creosoted phone-pole kind of impermeable blackness we associate with huge stouts, but rather the deep umber of rembrandt, with sienna coals hissing deep within, supporting a wispy mocha colored head. but then like cyrano, this huge nose soars out like the space shuttle. magnificent flavor, of course, moderately sweet, alcohol rippling like the sinuous muscles of a panther, and finally the bitterness carves your tongue like a maori tattoo. it’s been said that this was winston churchill’s favorite drink. of course, it was only ME that said that, and i was clearly lying, but it sounds about right, aye?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Oh my goodness! Wonderful heavy aromas of coffee and fruits. Excellent presentation when poured into a wine goblet---great rocky head. Drink this one slow and enjoy. Will really warm you up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Very high carbonation dark coffee flavor with a definate alcohol taste.With a strong after taste that last’s awhile a definate beer to try again a little pricy at $5/bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Nice big aroma with chocolate, figs, alcohol and coffee. A flavour that makes you drool when you’re done: full cherries, roasted malts and coffee. Raisins and other fruits finish off a great imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Oh my good lord, this is an incredible beer! This is an absolute ’must-try’ beer! Thick and tasty. High on the alcohol but not in an overpowering way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9173) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
I could almost kiss Governor Bob Taft on the lips for allowing us high-ABV beers in Ohio (even though it was dumb we didn’t have them in the first place). This immediately became one of my favorite beers, being the Stout lover I am. Wonderful warming chocolate flavor with an alcohol presence that is not overpowering. Absolutely perfect pour with lacing that lasted to the bottom of the glass. I will be keeping this one in stock at all times.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Very complex. Dark ruby pour. Aroma breat taking. Full bodied, top notch imperial Stout. Great for After dinner snack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Intensely carbonated, strong roasted coffee, chocolate, cinnamon flavors. Very unique taste, alcohol is quite noticable. Interesting, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Dark body with a brown head. Nose of molasses, candy, plastic bag(?), coffee, then alcohol. Black licorice and coffee/espresso taste. Alcohol aftertaste.

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