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RATINGS: 3849   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pours black as Charles Manson’s soul!Beautiful brown head, chocolate, coffee,fig,black bread at first sip.Then oily and earthy with caramel and some citrus! I had 4 of them yesterday and can’t wait for some more! forgot how much I like this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SteveOrz85 (37) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
12 oz bottle to tulip. Awesome roasty malt aroma. Leather. Leaves. Appearance is black with two finger tan frothy head. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter taste. Light notes of chocolate and more so coffee. Full bodied with a fairly thick texture and average carbonation. Lightly bitter but soft finish. Overall great subject of a Russian Imperial Stout. Full of flavor. Highly recommended to anyone interested in strong stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (767) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2015
Negro opaco con espuma beis abundante. Aromsa lupulados herbales con tostados y café. Cuerpo medio-alto, quizá demasiado carbonatada, con inicio achocolatado, sabor herbal y final de amargor moderado y acafetado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BIK89 (8) - SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2015 does not count
Köpt på Norrlands nation i Uppsala. Bra imperial Stout men inget som sticker ut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lillunken (12) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2015
Köpt på norrlands, Uppsala. Svagt rostade toner, en del kakao i både smak och doft. En bra imperial stout men inget speciellt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frozer (177) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Nitro. Huge creamy off white head. No aroma due to massive head. Malted chocolate. Low carbonation. Smooth and refined. Amazing lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (750) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
On nitro. Black with fluffy beige head. Coffee, wood aroma. Coffee, dark fruit, roasted malt taste. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2851) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle: Inky black with a highlight of dark brown at the very edges; thick & viscous pour with a fine mesh of leathery-tan bubbled grouped up top. Aroma contains huge bouts of unsweetened dark cacao beans, bitter espresso, huge roasted malt with the lightest underpinning of burnt brown sugar sweetness. Flavor is a bit more complex, opening up with 86% cacao dark chocolate, raw cocoa powder, charred & ashy malt, roasted nuts, bitter coffee with a woodsy & earthy undertone, heavy herbaceous & leafy hop scores towards the back-end, & a kiss of smoky anise in the finish. Lingers forever & coats the palate with flavors of herbal wood, smoke, coffee beans, & even some faint tobacco leaves. Dry & bitter for the style, heavy mouth feel. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CharmCityCrab (182) - Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Aroma primary of raisins, prunes, and coffee, with a very slight foresty or hoppy smell. Pour is nearly pitch black, maybe a little brown, with a lot of initial carbonation. Taste is dark coffee grinds with licorice and a hint of dark chocolate (Minus the sweetness) and roasted flavor. Familiar stout flavors in there as well with that harsh warming taste that you’d get in craft stouts of all varieties, probably from the dark malts. Strong brew that would be perfect for winter. I’m drinking it on maybe the warmest day we’ve had this spring, and I was a bit anxious to try it, so I only let it cool in the fridge for maybe an hour or two, because, you know, I wanted to drink it. I think chilling the beer longer on a chilly day might get it a bit closer to perfection, but I like it as is. This is a man’s beer (Or a really ballsy woman, don’t want to be sexist!). Uber-stout. I remember maybe a decade ago when I first started drinking regularly, a friend foolishly challenged me to drink a Guinness in a bar knowing I was a novice drinker and had never really had anything more complex than a Budweiser- and I, of course, being Irish, quickly downed that in seconds and held out my hand for payment having won the bet (My red beard should have been a clue not to make a bet like that with me)- and that was simple, Guinness is very light and smooth for a stout. This is more the kind of thing college kids might challenge each other to drink and that some of the lightweights might have trouble with drinking on a bet, and that mature drinkers might savor like a fine wine, swishing around in their mouths to get the full taste. Complex and with difficult but rewarding and warming flavors. Legend has it that Catherine the Great drank this style between dalliances with horses, hence Russian Imperial Stout. :) This is the sort of thing that’ll never go mainstream, but will have fans who absolutely swear by it. It’s challenging and not a fruity or candy beer, despite some of the fruits I used in the description. It’s for guys with long beards in cold winters. Glad I had a chance to try it! :) I can actually see salmon as a potential food pairing for this, though I’ve never tried that combination, so caveat emptor on that suggestion, but I wanted to try including more food pairing in these reviews than I used to, and that is jumped to mind. Maybe some rye bread, too?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (375) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 11, 2015
from bottle at Braukunst Live, Munich. black color, coffee colored head. light smell of coffee, chocolate, dried fruity. full body, tastes coffee, chocolate, cacao, mulberry, light malty sweet, roast aroma, oily texture, nice slick mouthfeel, malty roastiny / dry chocolaty finish. great beer, smell was lacking a bit on my sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSilentSaint (54) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Pours black with light brown head. Smells caramel and chocolate. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of caramel, raisins and chocolate balancing the bitterness of hops. Overall good imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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