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RATINGS: 3684   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.


Sombeast's rating

4.5
   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!!


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Howlader (700) - - JUL 13, 2014
On draught and in bottles several times. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts around.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (878) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle to goblet at RBAG14....getting close to,the end Bourbon, coffee, and sweet malt. Dark reddish brown with a thin creamy off white head. Lots of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bork (5) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2014 does not count
Big, bold stout with lots of coffee and other roasted notes. While the 9% alcohol only shows slightly, this is anything but smooth. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (167) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Pours pitch black with a magnificent head. Lacing and retention are also outstanding. The nose is sweet dark chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit and smoke. Almost full bodied with a very smooth, almost creamy, texture. Borderline normal carbonation level with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and a bit complex, but not as complex as FIS or Wulver. It begins with sweet dark chocolate which flows into a roast and hop bitterness. The middle has a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with an alcoholic burn at the back of the throat that lingers quite long. Less hops would allow the dark fruit flavor to materialize and add to complexity.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixer006 (11) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle from Bev. Rich, thick, dark apperance. Syrupy mouth feel, like a desert in a glass. Alcohol is apparent but well mellowed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lizardking3 (42) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Smells great. Pours huge brown head with blackish hue. Tastes roast and smooth. Delicious

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Pours jet black with minimal head into a snifter. Smoky aromas with chocolate and coffee undertones. A smooth taste for 9%abv. Taste the dark roasted malt flavor. A great stout. My go to stout in fact

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1188) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
Un liquide noir comme la nuit, mais assez léger et pétillant ; un nez de grains fortement torréfiés, de vanille et de boisé. La bouche est plus épaisse et complexe qu’il n’y paraît, alors que du chocolat, du café au lait et un tranchant houblonné viennent tour à tour se manifester. La texture est toujours, cependant, légère, ce qui rend presque mystérieux le fait que de si riches saveurs puissent se cacher dans un liquide mi-mince. En termes de stout impérial, il est assez accessible, mais ce n’est pas un défaut.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, nose of light smoke and chocolate, taste is smoky, chocolate, rich, liquorice, bitter and dry.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scottishchris (161) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Keg at the bat. Black, creamy light tan head. Ethiopian coffee beans (?!), bitter chocolate nose. Sweetish middle with fruity bitterness throughout. Lots going on, can see why it gets raves.


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