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RATINGS: 3802   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanovajr (659) - Rio de Janeiro, - JAN 6, 2012
Bottled. A dark brown opaque beer with a tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark sugar, chocolate and hops. Taste is sweet, roasted malt, licorice, chocolate and coffee. Bitter and dry end. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1633) - 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.

   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.

   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 you’d 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!

   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.

   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. It’s 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 didn’t 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 it’s tolerable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfhennig (14) - - JAN 20, 2015
This has been one of my favorites for 5-6 years, always from a bottle and poured. It ’s 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 Mackey’s Hideout. Everything I’ve always enjoyed about this beer was just a whole lot better. It’s not the perfect beer for all occasions, but it’s damn close.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlfredoGarcia (15) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 13, 2015
This beer was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow. Most people look at it with terror and with fear, but to Ratebeer chicks it was such a lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBHansen (193) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2015
bottle @ home. Appearance: pours clear dark brown with ok off-white creamy head with good acing. aroma/taste: caramel, chocolate, coffee, wood and hints of citrus notes. palette: medium carbonation, full body, notable caramel sweetness, average to distinct bitterness, dry finish, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice tasteful stout that just lingers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wittales (660) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Appearance was opaque with mocha diminishing creamy 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas are roasted black malt, coffee, molasses, chocolate, licorice and soft alcohol heat. Taste are soft chocolate, coffee upfront then soft licorice with roasted barley bitterness backend, alcohol well hidden. Palate was soft CO2 with lasting oily slick full body, then roasty bitter finish. Overall a solid RIS, could used more creamy CO2 and chocolate malts.

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