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RATINGS: 4127   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Stouts and Porters are still a bit of a mystery to me so I bought this really highly touted stout to learn to appreciate this type of brews. I really tried hard to appreciate it but it just does not compute with my taste buds. The aroma is too sweet, with a strong/bitter burnt coffee punch. It looks and pours like over-used motor oil with almost no head. Completely flat, no detectable carbonation. Flavor is unpleasant burnt/sour rubber, with a shot of liquid smoke added on top. No subtle tones can break through the overwhelming primary taste. Very bitter with an aggressive alcohol after-burn. Yuck! My apologies to those who love stouts, I am not questioning your rating but I’m just not ready for this type of beer yet.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (1045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2016 Tap at Cityworks before the Leon Bridges show. Snifter glass. Deep black with tan, nearly full finger head. Nose is chocolate and dark fruit like a chocolate covered raisin. Taste hits you with a strong dark chocolate bitterness. There?s a dark fruit tartness that plays a role throughout the middle of the sip. End feels like a boozy, smoky, chocolatey celebration. This one lingers for a long time making sure you realize you just consumed an imperial stout. The predominant bitterness takes away a little bit from the enjoyment. Mouthfeel is actually thinner than you would expect. This is tasty but falls short of the upper echelon of Russian imperial stouts.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebwaw (68) - POLAND - SEP 25, 2016
Served in snifter. Pours totally black with great beige head, astonishing retention. Aroma is fantastic, lots of cocoa, dark malts, coffee, a hint of vanilla, caramel. Taste is very intense from the very beginning, very dry, lots of dark malts and bitter chocolate, some coffee beans, a little bit warmy, but not alcoholic at all. Its very reputable beer, not for a reason, delicious RIS, worth every penny.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1273) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Roasted malty full flavored imperial stout with a hoppy balance. Not sweet. Almost has a light body for a Russian imperial. More hoppy than some. Nice and a solid stout but not as good as it is rated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portwood (169) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2016
Dark chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar/caramel. Thick oily mouth feel, avg carbonation. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee bean, dry & nutty. (bottled 03/22/16)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewhemia (194) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2016
Very brown/black with beautiful thick brown head. Aroma of blueberries I think and a distant burnt toast aroma. The beer goes down smooth. A really nice palate. The taste is quite nicely balanced but rather sweet cholatety which I am not a great fan of.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (146) - - SEP 22, 2016
The truly undisputed and highly reputed Russian imperial stout. North Coast is one of my top 10 favorite breweries all time almost exclusively because of Rasputin. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, the head produced was a monstrous 3 fingers of dark tan, dense Whipped cream. Pillowy and inviting like a craft milkshake almost. Truly gorgeous in the glass with a oily black color. The aromas are inviting with rich cocoa, caramel, dark dried fruits and licorice. The flavor is more of the same elements in the aroma with and added depth of coffee beans lending toward a comforting dry finish with a slight alcohol warmth in the belly.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highliferoy (13) - - SEP 22, 2016
bottle conditioned. served 7degree in a tulip glass. finished in 30mins. very dark pour with big tan smooth head, lasted less than 5mins. bit hoppy, malty, complex spice, soy sauce, banana like aroma. mid-full body, starts with roasted coffee, dark bread, malty, slight tart, sweet, dark chocolate in the middle, ester, oil, bitter in the finish. warmth but tiny hint of alcohol notes. intensive but very drinkable beer! well contracsted! today is 22nd Sep, exactly 6month the day it is bottled. enjoy, rasputin recalls!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SeniorZozo (1265) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 20, 2016
Pitch black pour with tan head. Notes of roast, licorice, some tar, ash, bitter chocolates, vanilla and some light coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackisle (2043) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle 12fl.oz. Served into a tulip glass. Pitch black, tall creamy tan head, good retention and lacing; strong and rich aroma, roasted malts, cocoa, licorice, dark fruits, touch of vanilla; smooth taste medium sweet and bitter, roasty, dark chocolate, fruity and coffee notes; roasty bittersweet aftertaste, chocolate, bit wood, spicy notes, some alcohol; full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation; great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mateuszk (2085) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 13, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate with big amount of dried fruits plus some roastiness. In taste medium sweet with chocolate and fruits. Medium to full body, could be more oily, feels a bit thin for ris, soft carbonation, bitter and alcoholic finish. OK, but could be more complex.


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