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RATINGS: 3990   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

Sombeast's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Served in a Westmalle chalice for no other reason that I need to break in the glass.

Rich roasted malt & coffee nose with everything an Imperial Stout requires. Pours a clear but nearly opaque ultra-dark brown color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that has moderate staying power. Lacing and head retention could be a touch better. The mouthfeel is creamy and robust. The flavor, a clear ’10’, is the high point of this beer. It leads with a crisp bitter bite on the front end, then a touch of sweetness, followed by a rich roastiness that persists through a delicious and wonderfully long finish. The only hint of the alcohol is a just touch of hotness combined with roasted malt acidity in my throat.

Since I’m getting more depressed by the minute that I didn’t buy more when I had the chance, I’ll bump the overall rating up a notch.

Rerating after a rich stew dinner (same day) - Espresso notes are more clear in flavor and aroma. Flavor and bitterness just ’pop’ from the beer and the staying power of the finish is just astonishing. Bumping overall up 2 to to 19 as I am loving the second half of this beer even more tha tthe first half!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnstledger8 (345) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black with a mostly lasting foamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, oats, hint of liqourice. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, dark fruits, blackcurrant, molasses. Soft oily mouthfeel. Really nice stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tysongillmore (350) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9100) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle, Brewdog Leicester. Black with a beige head. Coffee with burnt toast and liquorice. Very peppery with toffee and blackberries. Funky yeast with bitter dark chocolate and lemon. Vinous plumminess with oil and coal. Boozy with a dry, burnt brown sugar finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hinez57 (218) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - NOV 19, 2015
I’ll keep it simple. Fruity, roasty, ultra-smooth, silky mouthfeel, little head, dark with lots of red. Dark caramel, hop flavors(grassy), burnt sugars, & more. A classic that ages super well and drinks better young than most beers of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (1369) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Rating #1305- 28.10.2014 - On tap @revolutionyeg - Dark, jet black pour. Aroma is star anise, cocoa, espresso. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, chocolate, coffee, and earth. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1003) - - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle. Strong roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee and a bit of licorice. Pours black with a large light brown head with excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with dark chocolate flavor with a bit of licorice to go with a rich, full body. Finishes smooth with good roasted malt flavors that gets dominated by straight coffee pretty quick. Nice, imperial stout despite the strong coffee on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
migwell (155) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Darkness. Extreme darkness. Smells roasted and toasted. Tastes like espresso. Not very sweet, nor overwhelmingly bitter. Poured this into a 22 oz. snifter and barely got the 12 oz. bottle in, thanks to the massive head. This one is for slow sipping. This high ABV cocoa/coffee style of stout which appears to be pretty popular is not my favorite at all. If I want to actually drink some stout, I’d much rather go with the understated and easy drinking Sam Smith’s or Murphy’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gr_pa (120) - POLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Dark brown, clear, fantastic head. Aroma: not very intensive - malty, coffee, alcohol. Medium body, dry, oily feel, light sweetness, again coffee, roasty, and unfortunately again alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dojken (391) - - NOV 11, 2015
Fat på 3 små rum. Härlig doft av saltstänkta hav o tång. Smaken något torr med en bred smakpalett. Här kommer fikon o annan torkad frukt sedan kommer lite choklad med lite maltighet. Efterbeskan är mycket bra. Bra öl

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demannu (246) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Roasty aims of chocolate and coffee. Black pour with tan foamy head. Fair lacing. Creamy mouth feel, satisfying full body. Rich classic stout flavor (roasty malts and chocolate) with a nice slightly bitter finish. Another fine beer from NC

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