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RATINGS: 3681   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Old Rasputin looks the part, plays the part and delivers intangibles to boot.Black French roast coffee with a thick two fingered brown sugar tint head. Plenty of lace along the glass as it drinks, excellent for an imperial stout.Nice blend of roasty near smoky malt, classic espresso rich tones of the style. Huge bittersweet chocolate in the malty body with nice touches of orange, mint and grapefruit hop character. Luscious medium full body, slightly warming with moderate carbonation. Rich chocolate character dark and bittersweet with with roasty ground dark coffee beans. Some vanilla bean and licorice. A nice touch of earthy and citrusy hops fills the mid palate.Warming alcohol in the finish. Well balanced fermentation, leads to a quintessential Russian imperial stout. In a beer world rife with extreme indulgence of ingredients and absurd drives to be aggressively hopped alcohol monsters with funny names, Old Rasputin rests as a classic you should always be thinking of, especially when thinking RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (167) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Pours pitch black with a magnificent head. Lacing and retention are also outstanding. The nose is sweet dark chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit and smoke. Almost full bodied with a very smooth, almost creamy, texture. Borderline normal carbonation level with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and a bit complex, but not as complex as FIS or Wulver. It begins with sweet dark chocolate which flows into a roast and hop bitterness. The middle has a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with an alcoholic burn at the back of the throat that lingers quite long. Less hops would allow the dark fruit flavor to materialize and add to complexity.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixer006 (11) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle from Bev. Rich, thick, dark apperance. Syrupy mouth feel, like a desert in a glass. Alcohol is apparent but well mellowed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lizardking3 (42) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Smells great. Pours huge brown head with blackish hue. Tastes roast and smooth. Delicious

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Pours jet black with minimal head into a snifter. Smoky aromas with chocolate and coffee undertones. A smooth taste for 9%abv. Taste the dark roasted malt flavor. A great stout. My go to stout in fact

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1188) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
Un liquide noir comme la nuit, mais assez léger et pétillant ; un nez de grains fortement torréfiés, de vanille et de boisé. La bouche est plus épaisse et complexe qu’il n’y paraît, alors que du chocolat, du café au lait et un tranchant houblonné viennent tour à tour se manifester. La texture est toujours, cependant, légère, ce qui rend presque mystérieux le fait que de si riches saveurs puissent se cacher dans un liquide mi-mince. En termes de stout impérial, il est assez accessible, mais ce n’est pas un défaut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, nose of light smoke and chocolate, taste is smoky, chocolate, rich, liquorice, bitter and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scottishchris (158) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Keg at the bat. Black, creamy light tan head. Ethiopian coffee beans (?!), bitter chocolate nose. Sweetish middle with fruity bitterness throughout. Lots going on, can see why it gets raves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (45) - Canton, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Good. woody front notes. Smooth with minor bitter finish. Very good profile over all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1684) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle from stirchley wines. Shared at Richthevillan tasting. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate and dark fruits with some licorice. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2419) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle from Stirchley wines via SarkyNorthener; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has dark fruits, taste has light coffee, blackberry, roast malts, smooth mouthfeel. Quality impy.

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