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RATINGS: 3805   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 Russiaís Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Itís 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 itóA sincere friend is not born instantly.


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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 í10í, 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 Iím getting more depressed by the minute that I didnít buy more when I had the chance, Iíll 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 ípopí 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!!


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gowdy (781) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2015
12floz bottle at Vesper Tavern at Newark airport. Very dark colour. Minimal head. Bit of an aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlihcsnatas (379) - Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
$10 four pack of 12 ounce bottles. Black brew with a nice thick tan head that hangs on for a long time. Aroma is dominated by the chocolate malts. Taste is chocolate, roasted, some fruitish sweetness, and then there is this very bitter pinish aftertaste. Really good stout even though the aftertaste wasnít really needed. Overall it lost points due to cost. Yes some top notch brewing went into this one but there are stouts out there just as good for less cost and you get a whole six pack.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlmostHome (28) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Very, very good beer! Dark, great head and nicely malted. I taste pine nuts and Bavarian dark bread. I love it. I don't get a great aroma from it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1636) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle bought in S.Francisco. Finally! This is a classic! Dark color. Thin to medium brown head. Body is medium and surprisingly smooth and fizzy. Medium bitterness, very light sweetness. Aroma is chocolate, roasted, liquorice, hoppy, high fruit.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SeanCunningham (8) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
Shocked by the quality of this beer. Bold taste without being too bitter. No oily residue like many imperial stouts.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barnacle_Ed (13) - Milpitas, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Been one of my favorites for years. Big, black, bitter, and beautiful. Heavy tastes and smells of chocolate and coffee, as youíd expect from any stout. Well-executed and hides the alcohol well, but has a fairly bitter aftertaste that not everyone will enjoy. Try it over vanilla ice cream on a hit day...it sounds weird but trust me its delicious!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Duchammer (92) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Draft Nitro: Poured Black with a long lasting fluffy tan head. Aroma molasses roasted barley. Taste Sweet malty molasses with a bitterness of the roasted barley. The heat from the abv was hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 22, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz into a tulip on 01.19.15. A: Cocoa, chocolate, and dark fruit. Itís a chocolate bomb. A: 3 finger very fluffy tan head with an easy pour and had to stop mid-bottle. Needless to say, the head is retained very well. Midnight black body with no red in the glass. T: Cocoa and a coffee sting of bitterness are dominant. Coffee grounds, roastiness, raisin, and fig are subtle. P: Creamy smooth, and crisp from bubbles on the back end. It leans toward medium chewiness. O: Like Narwhal, I didnít like this one when I had it last year. Palates can change, though. There is a slight sting on the back end that lingers, but itís tolerable.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfhennig (18) - - JAN 20, 2015
This has been one of my favorites for 5-6 years, always from a bottle and poured. It ís been available year around in Illinois for the last 18 months or so. There are no surprises here. This beer is black, thick and frothy, with a ton of flavor. Coffee, molasses, cocoa, barley, it has it all and it kicks butt too. Today I had it on tap at Mackeyís Hideout. Everything Iíve always enjoyed about this beer was just a whole lot better. Itís not the perfect beer for all occasions, but itís damn close.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackmetal (123) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
A really solid Russian Imperial Stout but somehow the version by Courage has a tastier blend.


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