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RATINGS: 3714   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Claer dark brown / black color with a average frothy good lacing mostly lasting light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, burnt, roasted, chocolate, moderate to heavy hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. Very nice ;o))

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 18, 2008
12 lf oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a huge, dense and chocolate brown head. Roasted malt and light hops aroma. Quite intense roasted. Flavour is smooth chocolate with solid roasted malt flavour. Medium sweetness and light hops note. Light coffee note following and slowly taking over into the finish. Dry and bitter/roasted finish. Lovely and smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2003
The aroma is fantastic; sweet with strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The color is pithch black and it has a fantastic dark brown head. The flavor is fantastic too; starting out very sweet before the complexity hits You with notes of sweet black chocolate, licorice, and hints of coffee. The sweet start is soon taken over by more powerful stout notes of roasted malts, tar, wood, bitter chocolate, and bitter hops. Even with the roasted malts and the bitter hops the mouthfeel is still very smooth. But the bitter and roasted/burnt flavors lingers on Your tongue for a long time after taking a sip. It is so strong, that it warms my ears - a great winter beer. This is one of the very best beers I've ever had. Thanks a million to Alex (fiulijn) for trading this one with me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a small, off-white head. Fat and rather aromatic nose - obviosly some good aroma hops are used here. Medium body with sweetish, roasted malts - somewhat vinous. Quite alcoholic and bitter finish. 030606

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20662) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Nice aroma of chocolate and coffee with notes of fruits. Flavour of chocolate and coffee with lots of roasted notes. Nice.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2005
Bottled. Black opaque with big creamy head. Lacing. Roasted malt in aroma with hints of coffee and toffee. Roast, smoke, toffee and caramel in flavour. Old coffee in aftertaste. Very nice Imperial Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19324) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2002
Black coloured with a rich brownish head. Loads of salty liquorice in the aroma. Chocolate flavour. Ful bodied, so full bodied that you don’t think about the high alcohol contents. Aromatic hop aroma, salty finish. This is indeed a very good beer, but to give it an even higher rating I’d like to see even more malt, and perhaps a tad fruitiness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours a brown/blackish colour. Off-white head. Has a smell of coffee and chocolate and a roasted smell. Some hints of alcohol too. The taste is roasted and abit bitter, you have chocolate and coffee taste too. It has a a nice bitter aftertaste. This is one of the best imperial stouts i have ever tasted.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
1st June 2008. Silky smooth RIS. Milky chocolate malt and bitter coffee. Very drinkable but the bitterness is a bit harsher than the best RIS beers IMHO.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013
2013-01-30, old bottle, maybe 7 years old, 8-5-9-4-18=44
Black color with creamyhead, very persistent. Interesting aroma, mixing some delicate roasted malt with light cheesy smell (hard Alpine cheese, very light ammonia). The mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with silky roasted malt flavor, dark dry chocolate, an interesting spicy character (pepper and coriander), and moderate bitterness; all very well blended together.
Apparently after many years this beer took an unexpected turn, becoming something new. Excellent sipper. Elegant and intriguing. I’m willing to try an older bottle.

2011-08-22, old bottle, maybe 6 years old, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Black color, still able to produce a generous creamy head. Nice roasted malt aroma, milky, with notes of cardboard and a hint of phenol. The body seems less thick than usual, and indeed there is also a very light sourish note, maybe a refermentation in the bottle occurred; the roasted malt flavor is very good, with plenty of dark chocolate; it’s also a bit salty, with leather and just hints of soy sauce; strong bitterness but not aggressive; the alcohol perception is under control. Good but not exciting.

2010-04-13, bottle a few years old, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Creamy roasted malts, ashy, with an excellent body structure and a silky body; strong bitterness and a vanilla touch; very light liquorice in the final.

2010-02-18, bottle a few years old, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Black color; huge, creamy head. The aroma is initially creamy and dusty, with roasted malt and cardboard, lightly smoked. Soft mouthfeel, almost silky; very good chocolate and roasted malt flavor, strong bitterness; there is some sweet liquorice; the final is balanced, less strong and long than I could remember.

2007-01-01, draught at Hop Devil, NYC, 7-5-10-5-18=45
Dark color; persistent creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, delicate, a bit yeasty. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and velvety, good malt, sweetness, not oily, caramel and good roasted malt, a powerful hopping that cannot overwhelm the malt. The final has hop, a lot of caramel and some sweet liquorice. Incredibly pleasant to drink.

2003-12-04, bottle, 9-5-10-5-18=47
Brown color, brown thin creamy head. Strong aroma: chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, dust, liquorice, hop, very light cheesy ammonia. Flows in my mouth like velvety malt ambrosia. Harmonious fugue of roasted malt, malty sweetness, liquorice, caramel, hops, nuts, walnuts and roasted nuts. Long final, a lot of coffee.


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