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RATINGS: 3708   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2002
Tasting Notes from Fall 2000: Very good on draught. Strong, alcohol noticeable. Good heartiness, with coffee overtones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11149) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
Wonderful almost black colour (but with reddish/mahogany colours interfering beautifully). Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts and barley in general. Taste is complex, quite alcoholic. But is starts with a powerful assault of roasted malts, but wnds up as a ful.-bodied example of a stout. With taste of barley, bitterness and in particular smokiness and taste of roasted malts it is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 050710-12 oz bottle-pours a thick foamy light brown head and deep black colored beer. Malt, hops, licorice and alcohol are found in the aroma. Taste is just as the aroma previewed. Reminds me of Heavyweight’s (NJ) Perkunos Hammer Imperial Porter. Finishes with a bite. Not my style. 2.8*************multiple repeats 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11053) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Black with a light brown head. Strong aroma of burned malt, licorice, vineous dried fruits and some apple/citrus freshness. Flavour of dark chocolate in particular, coffee, and hints of smoke and ash. Quite bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Great aroma of coffee underlaid by cocoa. Under halogen lighting the color is virutally black, but there are some reddish highlights at the edge of the glass. The head is monstrously foamy tan. It starts with coffee, quickly followed by toasty malts. It is almost like the original Guiness, but toastier. There is some hop in the finish, but it blends with the roasted malt. Quite a strong stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Old Rasputin
Date: July 07, 1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: total beverage, DC
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Flavor: strong sweet chocolate aroma with lots of essters very rich flavor, lots of chocolate, touch of roasted malts, sharp ester aftertaste with just a bit of bitterness tap (nitro): very creamy, subdued roasted character, slight warm esters in the finish

Name: Old Rasputin
Date: November 16, 2002
Score: ii+
Words: blind
Appearance: Ruby, big tan head
Aroma: roasted malt aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of roasted flavor, hint of malt based bitterness

Name: Old Rasputin
Date: August 20, 2005
Mode: nitro
Source: brick store
Appearance: black, thin tan head, thick lace
Aroma: light roasted aroma with nice sweet vanilla and ripe fruits
Body: super creamy body
Flavor: big roasted flavor, hints of fruity sweetness, lots of bitterness in the finish but not the offensive malt bitterness so often associated with such a beverage with this much roasted malt

Name: Old Rasputin
Date: August 31, 2010
Mode: nitro
Source: brick store
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, layers of solid lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, nice hops, milky sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, milky sweetness balances the heavy roast and adds a dark fruity character

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Score: **** /4

Name: Old Rasputin
Date: February 23, 2005
Vintage: 1995
very winey aroma, chocolate becomes prominant, no hops or bitterness,

Name: Old Rasputin
Date: February 10, 2008
Vintage: 1996
lots of sherry in the aroma and flavor, dark chocolate melds well with the sherry and dark fruits, oxidation is present but not too distracting

The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (10874) - DENMARK - MAY 31, 2010
Sample. Black with small tan head. Flacour is roasted malr, coffee, chocolate and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (10841) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish with a little warming alcohol. Smooth and oily. 060711

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: I poured the bottle into my Cigar City snifter to reveal the beautiful and familiar jet black, viscous liquid that is Old Rasputin. A small mocha colored head sits atop the darkness. S: Great aromas of chocolate, coffee, a roasted nuttiness, and hints of vanilla. A wonderful combination of sweet and bitter aromas. T: The taste very much follows the nose, and I’m quite glad it does. Once again, a great balance between sweet coffee and vanilla flavors melds well with bitter coffee and a roasted, bordering on burnt, taste. M: Now this is a full bodied beer. Very little in the way of carbonation, the way it should be, and this gives the beer that thick, creamy mouthfeel you are looking for in an RIS. D: I personally find this to be one of the more drinkable beers in the RIS style, but that doesn’t make it a beer you’re going to drink 6 of. A great beer and I’ve decided to finally put some away to age, even though I love it fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2010
Tap at Barcade. Yeah, this is fantastic stuff. Rich, powerful nose of roasted malts and dark fruits. Flavor is sweet yet muted, with a nice mix of roastiness and fruity notes. Smooth and thick, this full-bodied beer is a joy to drink.

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